Development Promotion Group (DPG) was established to support development initiatives among marginalised communities in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala.
Some of their main activities in FY15 were:
Capacity Building & Empowerment: DPG conducted 34 awareness programs benefitting around 3,557 members in areas like management of micro-level institutions, network meetings with bank officials & other government welfare departments, empowerment programs for women, & children & skill training to start small enterprises. DPG has also introduced several newsletters, manuals and training aids in English and Tamil. All the programs were conducted with the support from BftW (Bread for the World).
Organic Farming: DPG invites experienced resource personnel to provide training to farmers on construction and use of vermin compost pits, giving preference to local cows and the sowing of green manure stumps. Farmers are grouped into clubs and registered with NABARD enabling them to get free crop loans after running their clubs successfully. Around 796 farmers have adopted organic farming in about 1,000 acres of land.
Self-Development of People: DPG entered into an agreement with the US based Presbyterian Committee to provide small grants to SHGs organized by NGO partners. During FY15, DPG has enabled six SHG in the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka to initiate activities like animal husbandry, organic farming & transport enterprise, social enterprise development, herbal or medicinal plants, & others. As a result, 115 households have seen additional income ranging from Rs3,000 to Rs5,000 per month.
Water & Sanitation: DPG helps families to access government funding for construction of toilets and engage them in sanitation awareness programs. In FY15, 1,915 toilets were constructed & 952 new drinking water connections were provided to the households.
Girl Child School Enrolment: DPG works to create awareness about the importance of education, especially that of the girl-child. The organization has achieved a 99% enrolment rate in their target areas.
Self-Help Groups: The organization offers micro-credit and serves as a forum for women to learn new skills, thereby enhancing their confidence and self-reliance.
Income Rs3 cr
Expense Rs2 cr
Source : Audit Report 2013
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