A Society for Integrated Voluntary Actions & Services (Suraksha) works on poverty reduction through natural resource management, improving health and education standards of the rural and tribal communities with support from government of Odisha and international funding agencies. It works towards upliftment of rural and weaker sections of society and offers them vocational training to enable self-reliance. The scope of Suraksha's activities benefits around 42,900 people across 9,000 households based in the Gajapati district covering 174 villages.
Suraksha’s programs are:
Livelihood Programs: Suraksha runs the livelihood program with a goal of promoting sustainable livelihood and improving the quality of life of targeted tribal families. There are various programs that are covered under this program. WADI is an integral component of Natural resource management and with financial support of NABARD, holistic development of tribal community is targeted with orchard establishment as the core element in focus. Mango, Litchi and Lemon along with boundary plantation of fuel wood and fodder is being implemented in 52 villages. Besides this growing of maize, millets, oil seeds and pulses too is done.
The Watershed development project focuses on rehabilitating degradable land and sustainable development. The Odisha Tribal Empowerment and Livelihoods Program PLUS focuses on food security and livelihoods of poor tribal communities. Areas covered under livelihood programs are soil conservation and reducing land degradation, water resource development, agriculture development and productivity of crops, women empowerment, increase in employment opportunities, health, global warming and climate change, and community based drought response program.
Community Health Programs: Suraksha also focuses on the overall health development of the target communities. Various programs are conducted on malaria prevention and control, addressing adolescent pregnancy, promoting knowledge about sexual reproduction among tribal youth, training on home based new born care, construction of maternity waiting home, cleanliness awareness programs and awareness on tuberculosis.