Alternative for Rural Movement (ARM) was established to find alternative strategies of rural social intervention and facilitating the NGO movement in the state of Orissa.
Their activities include:
NABARD Pilot Project: The goal of the project is to maximize the income of poor farmers by optimizing production levels, creating awareness, and transferring low cost technology. It promotes organic farming, bio-fertilizers, and mechanization, for optimizing profits. In FY15, there was a 34% increase in land productivity and 48% decrease in the cost of production.
Economic Rehabilitation Programme: This programme is supported by the ACA Best Seller Fund-Denmark, CASA-Kolkata, and Connect India to rehabilitate homeless families in Baliapal block and construct low cost houses for their economic rehabilitation. So far, 134 low cost disaster proof houses have been constructed for the homeless poor who have lost their houses in natural calamities. ARM also distributed goats, fishing nets, tailoring accessories, etc. for promoting livelihood.
Seed Village Programme: The seed cluster programme is supported by the NABARD Pilot Project which looks into the deficit in supply of good quality seeds in Balasore district. Various precautions are taken to procure good quality seeds locally, low cost technology for increase in productivity, and the farmers are trained in different farming techniques. So far, the production per acre has increased by 25%.
Child Empowerment: To support neglected rural children, ARM runs Adarsha Vidya Mandir Model School, in coordination with Action Children Aid-Denmark. The children are provided nutritious meals. The NGO, along with the Consulate of Japan in Kolkata, sponsored construction of a school building for children of the poor communities. ARM works with Child India Foundation to help children between 5 to 16 years of age to avoid child labour, torture, and social disparity.
Primary Health Centre (PHC)/PPP: ARM has been providing quality health care for 7 years with active public support and financial support from National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), Government of Odisha.
Childline: A 24-hour child helpline service was started for children at risk, missing, or in need of care and protection. This is supported by Child India Foundation and Government of India.
Employment Programme for women (STEP): Training was provided to 200 unemployed rural women on different varieties of bamboo handicrafts.
Income Rs5 cr
Expense Rs5 cr
Source : Audit Report 2015
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