Balajee Sewa Sansthan (BSS) was established in 2002 to spread awareness about health, water, sanitation, and education to disadvantaged populations in Uttarakhand and Bihar.
Some of their main activities are:
Financial Services: BSS provides Micro credit loans and Micro-enterprise loans to its beneficiaries in remote villages of Uttarakhand. The loans (from Rs6,000 to Rs50,000) help them for working capital or purchasing assets for small businesses. The NGO also encourages villagers to take life and health insurance cover. BSS also started the Financial Literacy & Awareness program, to make people aware of the importance of Financial Planning.
Health: The NGO was selected by Uttarakhand State AIDS Control Society (USACS) in 2011 to work with the migrant population in Dehradun district under HIV-AIDS Target Intervention Program. During FY15 they covered 10,000 people. BSS worked with Uttarakhand Tobacco control cell for two districts and made more than 300 government officials and 1,000 students aware about the harmful effects of tobacco. Tehri district was declared smoke free on 26 Jan 2015. Under Project Axshaya, BSS worked with the community in detection and treatment of Tuberculosis in Dehradun district.
Water & Sanitation: BSS organized workshops in villages to make people aware of the health hazards involved in open defecation and the importance of toilets. They were also educated in personal health, hygiene, and diseases related to unsafe water consumption. Under the Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) of the Bihar Government, BSS played a key role in implementing the project in Patna and Lakhisarai districts. With the financial support of PHED and Give India Foundation, BSS constructed more than 1,750 low cost toilets.
Rural Tourism: The NGO started a Rural Stay Destination at village Jayalgarh near Kirtinagar under the brand “Himalayan Gram”. They train people from nearby villages to spare a room in their house, remodel the toilet, and furnish the room with clean linen, etc to receive visitors. This helps supplement the income of the villagers.
Distribution of Solar Lamps: BSS distributed affordable solar lamps to the people living in Uttarakhand & Bihar, which face very frequent power cuts.
Vocational Training: BSS runs a Training Centre for Fashion Designing, Tailoring, Beautician courses & Computer training in their coverage area.
Income Rs72 lac
Expense Rs71 lac
Source : Audit Report 2015
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