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When the Youth of the Society join hands for the Sustainable Development
The Nation Progresses In Harmony


Programmes focus areas


Our Focus Areas

 Channelise enrgy of Youth:

Unemployment is the single biggest challenge infront of present youth. In the Yuva Groups (Yubak Mandal), young people can learn about trade skills and services that can creat opportunity with in their communities. They provide a positive venue for young adults to communicate, questions, face fear, and voice concerns rather than look for crutches like alcohol, tobacco or drugs. The idea is to harness their energies for rural development. Specifically YSD encouraging self confidence between youth girls. Youth groups for girls to provide a plateform for them to to encourage education skill development. Additionally, young girls learn about adolescent health issues, which are not openly discussed in the family and Community.

 Governance

The governance program cuts across areas where YSD works. It promotes citizen and community (women and youth) participation, transparent and accountable public governance, improved public service delivery, and social accountability through productive engagement with government, networking and policy dialogue.

 Sustainable income generation:

Rural families earn their livelihood through multiple means. YSD offers aflexible approach to livelihood and encourages large number to leverage their apititude. Diverse activities including agriculture, dairy, petty shops, food products, fabrics (weaving, sewing, embroidery), knitting, traditional paintings, bamboo products and various services are facilitated. The livelihood program envisages self-sustaining communities by seeking opportunities for young people and women to avail skills through trainings, information and resources for community livelihood projects. YSD ensuring self-reliance, building operational management and mainstreaming the micro entrepreneurs into the local market is an integral part of the process.

 Water and Sanitation

The water and sanitation program addresses the issues of lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitary toilets, poor quality and water governance, poor garbage disposal and drainage systems in Himachal Pradesh.

 Education

To improve education, promote literacy and value based education. The education program responds to the issues in public formal education particularly poorly performing Anganwadi Center, pre-schools and unequal opportunities for girls and poor children to formal education. This program accesses resources to promote Right to Education and provide support to parents and students.

 Land and Housing Security:

The land and housing security program is YSD’s answer to the rapid urbanization of Himachal Pradesh that resulted in the growing number of families living in slums. The program links slum communities to government schemes on slum development, facilitates land rights acquisition and promotes better public service delivery in slums.

 Environmental Initiative:

To address environment, climate and forest issues, YSD works in the vulnerable areas of environment/climate change like coastal regions, forest regions and also in urban areas in Himachal Pradesh. With a vision to improve the quality of life of the poor and marginalised people in the most environmentally affected areas.
Overtime people have developed apathy in difference to their enviorment. YSD is motivating and trained people to develop and implement micro plans for managing and sustaining their natural resources. It promotes and relates Jal, Jangal, Jameen, Jan, Jeevan, Janwar and Jeevika (water, forest, land, people’ animal, livelihood and, life) an integrated and interdependent mutually beneficial manner.

 Training for Capacity building:

To organize various training camps, spread awareness, educate youth through various capacity building programmes. of Physically/mentally challenged children.
YSD work for the welfare of physically challenged children having physical disabilities like blindness, lameness, deafness, dumbness etc.

 Women empowerment:

A village level forum for rural women to discuss personal and social, economic, environmental, educational, health,gender and self governance matters concerning women specifically as well as participate activity in common village interests and issues. YSD organize, trainings and various other activities/programmes that would empower the women to uplift ther communities and themselves and fire their pontential through community based organization.

 Acessing finance and building capacities through Self- Help Groups:

The concept of Self- Help Groups (SHG), YSD introduced in 2010 in karsog distt. Mandi is to bring small voluntary association of poor people together, not exceeding 25, for the purpose of helping in solving their financial problems. IT is a form of introducing micro banking into the community groups of women within Mahila Mandals begin the process of small-scales saving and loans. SHG formation helps its members not only take care of the financial needs of each other, but develop their skills of financial management and intermediation as well.
YSD has awaired and sensitized bank officers government and non-government officers and a lot of functionaries to promote Self- Help Groups in Himachal Pradesh. It has made micro finance accessible to the poorest of the poor.

 Traditional knowledge:

YSD work for the promotion and popularization of traditional sciences of Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Acupressure, reiki and other alternative healing techniques

 Organising seminars/symposium:

To organise workshops, seminars, exhibitions, conferences etc. and publish various forms of literature that is considered important for upliftment of the society.

 Public Health Care Servces:

To provide community based Healthcare through preventive and promotional measures as well as provide primary healthcare services through dispensaries. Doctors in out patient clinic, village midwives and health guides and community groups together pro mote and manage health issues. Educating people recognizing the role of midwives in isolated rural villages and connecting to referral services is an integral part of the programme Immunization, family planning, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation are promoted of diseases from diarrhea to AIDS is emphasized.

 Social Injustice:

Alcoholism remains a serious issue in many villages of Himachal Pradesh. Furinthering the cycle of poverty and voilance, especially domestic violence- wife beating and some times child abuse. Social injustice is addressed through Informal legal cells and counseling. Vivtims intract with police and lawyers in congenial informal setting to get both protection and justice whenever required. YSD work in the campaigns for the eradication of social evils like dowry, gender-bias and drug padding etc.

 Work for Sustainainability:

We believe that the participatory and integrated nature of our programmes increases ownership and stability leading gradually to sustainability. Nevertheless we realize that sustainability does not happen spontaneously but calls for participation and integration. Hence a deliberate attempt is made to enhance the capacity of the people to run their own programme from the very beginning because the result lies in the steps of the process.

Our programme emphasis is process oriented rather than result oriented. The result is successful as each step in the process increases people's capacity to handle issues as independently as possible.
This march towards sustainability involves great patience, consistency and persistence over a long period. Drawing out people's potential and nurturing them towards sustainability takes time.
Sustainability also means leveraging existing under-utilized infrastructure in the area such as certain banks and government services. Our attempt is to create links in the gaps that exist between the rural population and large overwhelming bodies like the government, which often fail to respond adequately and appropriately to the relevant, realistic needs and problems of the marginalized community.

Our strong network with the people in the villages and the existing infrastructure facilitates appropriate bilateral actions on feedback received from either side.
For sustainability to become a reality for the poor and semi-literate villagers, greater effort is directed towards concurrent capacity building of the people themselves to tap their own resources within the community. Identifying and nurturing leadership and good governance forms a part of our programme.


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National Seminar on Natural Resource Management for Sustainable Development: Present Needs and Our Common Future

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