Andhra Pradesh based Sanga Mithra Development Association (also known as SAMIDA) is a 14-year old Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) working with the poor and less privileged families in rural districts of Visakhapatnam. The organization promotes holistic development with an emphasis on participatory development and empowerment of the poor, particularly women, and other socially disadvantaged communities in the target area.
SAMIDA focuses on health, education, economic, and social upliftment of deprived communities. Their main activities are:
Target Intervention Project for High Risk Group: High Risk Group includes female sex workers and other vulnerable communities who are socially and economically backward. The project is supported by Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control Society, Hyderabad. It covers about 1,220 High Risk people. The intervention focuses on counselling, regular medical check-ups, condom distribution, social marketing, advocacy and lobbying, crisis management, and other support services to the target group.
SLEEP (Sustainable Livelihoods Enhancement & Enterprise Promotion): The program covers nearly 500 women farmers. Training on sustainable ways of farming, and entrepreneurial skills are the topics discussed in detail. Survey research is conducted to understand the issues faced by women farmers and the same are then addressed during sessions. SLEEP is supported by Rashtriya Grameen Vikas Nidhi (RGVN), Bhubaneshwar.
MGNREGA program: SAMIDA conducts training programs for wage seekers and orientation is given on the MGNREG Act.
Income Generation Programs (IGP) for Women: SAMIDA implements income generation and capacity building programs for petty businesses like vegetable vending, dairy development, etc. to provide sustainable livelihood to vulnerable women. Under this project, nearly 1,455 targeted families benefitted.
Awareness camps: Awareness drives are held focusing on Environment (bio diversity conservation), Water & sanitation practices, and child labour. SAMIDA also conducts general awareness sessions on Human Rights, Domestic Violence Act, and Right to Information Act.
Tech Camps: Site visits are organized for young children to get exposure on technology. The objective of this program is to spread awareness about the benefits of technology in the services sector.
Income Rs25 lac
Expense Rs25 lac
Source : Audit Report 2016
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