Kumaon Agriculture & Greenery Advancement Societys (KAGAS) mission is to empower and improve the living conditions of poor and disadvantaged people, especially women, through sustainable livelihood, health, and education and technology programs.
Main activities are:
Udaan – Adolescent Reproductive Sexual Health (ARSH) Program: The objective of this program is to (i) Enhance health, hygiene and nutrition of adolescent girls, (ii) Promote reproductive and sexual health with a focus on HIV/AIDS, (iii) Empower adolescent girls through skills, vocational training and livelihood options, and (iv) Promote community participation in overall health and development. So far, 200 adolescent boys and girls are selected for various activities, 40 are trained in livelihood activities, 20 health camps covering 1,000 adolescent are conducted.
Usha Silai School Program: The aim of this program is to reach out to women in the most marginal communities and imparting sewing skills to them and encouraging them to train other village women. These women are given sewing machines, know-how on stitching and on maintenance of sewing machines. The women can use these skills to earn a livelihood (income from teaching sewing, stitching and from servicing sewing machines) and become financially independent. The Silai School has trained around 90 students and the women are encouraged to start similar Silai Schools in their respective villages.
Organic Farming (COF III) Project: Under this program, KAGAS is mobilizing farmers into groups to (i) adopt organic agriculture activities, (ii) increase their income, (iii) increase agricultural production and improve its quality, and (iv) gain access to financial support from financial institutions/banks. KAGAS has reached out to farmers in 20 villages by organising awareness camps and training in organic farming.
Room to Read (Library Program): It aims at creating libraries to advance the education of village children by giving them an opportunity to explore a world outside their textbooks, raise their confidence levels and improve their reading, writing and speaking skills.
KAGAS works with agencies like CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency), CECI (Canadian Center for International Studies and Cooperation), Action Aid, Skill share International, Room to Read U.S.A, Shamdasani Foundation and with State and National Governments.
Income Rs12 lac
Expense Rs7 lac
Source : Audit Report 2016
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