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
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
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.
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
Training for Capacity building:
To organize various training camps, spread awareness, educate youth
through various capacity building programmes. of Physically/mentally
YSD work for the welfare of physically challenged children having
physical disabilities like blindness, lameness, deafness, dumbness
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.
YSD work for the promotion and popularization of traditional
sciences of Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Acupressure, reiki and other
alternative healing techniques
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.
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
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
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.