Mamta Bahuuddeshiya Society (MBS) was set up to serve the needs of underprivileged. MBS works in association with the local community, government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to mobilize and strengthen marginalised people; improve their skills; empower women; provide health services to the needy and tackle educational issues in addition to various other services.
Some of their key programmes have been:
National Rural Health Mission - Community Based Monitoring Programme: The aim of this programme was to reduce infant mortality rates, mother and child deaths, reduce malnutrition, provide safe and institutionalised deliveries, ante- and post-natal care amongst the poor and needy women of the area. MBS ran awareness programmes, orientation and training workshops and collected data on maternal health and the state of health services to better understand and serve the needs of the community. Report cards that rated the services provided by health care providers were prepared and shared with the community. They organised a Janasanwad or public hearing between government officers and the local people. They also organised a programme for other stakeholders like Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) and government officers.
Movement for creation of child labour-free zones (Vidarbha region): MBS worked with 18 villages in Amravati district for this programme. They first collected data from villages and schools to estimate the number of dropout children working in different fields like hotels, brick-works, animal grazing, factories or at home as domestic labour. They then created child groups for those children and created specialised programmes for them. These included a Child Rights Protection Committee (CRPC) in each village and awareness building programmes around themes of child rights and the Right to Education Act (RTE).
Save Our Sisters awareness programme: This programme on the subject of human trafficking was held in association with Save The Children, India.
Formation of Self-Help Groups(SHGs): MBS has been engaged in the formation of SHGs since its inception. The State Bank of India gave their SHGs loans of upto Rs200,000 and micro- and small business groups that availed of those loans have since become strong and sustainable.