Out of school child with lots of question in his eyes.
Out of school child in serious mood. Can you imagine what he is thinking?
A girl child in school. Looking forward...
A child in school. You can see the confidence in his eyes...
A child in school. Dreams in eye...
Out of school child. Rebellion... Enjoying his freedom...

Programs

--Present Programs--

Education Program

Under this program we have developed a titled –‘Community Based Participatory Program for Strengthening Elementary Education’ in Two Blocks, in the districts Dewas and Harda of Madhya Pradesh.
Samavesh has entered into an MoU with the State government to work in elementary schools of two districts, Dewas and Harda. Under this program Samavesh is also working to evolve governance models for school monitoring through PTA and Village Education Committees at the block levels. This program includes a strong component of academic quality inputs for the schools. Intensive work is going on in 50 schools of the 2 districts to improve the quality of schools and build a close working partnership with the local communities.

Panchayat and Governance

Samavesh has evolved programs and materials to strengthen the Panchayati Raj system and developed methods of mobilization and training to increase people’s involvement and strengthen gram sabhas. At present we have following specific programs with the main focus on women members of panchayats.
- Panchayat (Elected Women Representatives)
- Women Empowerment (Sakhi Pehal)

Women Empowerment

Despite being given express rights and despite the government reserving seats for them in the Gram Panchayat so that they have a voice in village affairs, women remain oppressed and exploited and are unable to exercise their rights. Samavesh is actively involved with setting up Self Help Groups (SHGs) of women for providing for women empowerment at the grass root levels.

Livelihood and Micrifinance Program

Agriculture is the main source of livelihood of the population in both the blocks. Use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides has increased manifold as a result of preference for cash crops (mostly soybean) in the recent past. Agriculture is rain fed; production of soybean in rain fed conditions does not assure a stable income. Increased use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides is also contributing to poor land quality. Cost of production has increased and limited production levels are insufficient to last the annual needs. The goal of the project is to create an enabling environment for the community to understand and adopt sustainable and bio diverse agricultural practices.
Samavesh is actively involved with setting up Self Help Groups (SHGs) of women for micro-credit purposes. Some selected SHGs, on a pilot basis are being helped to start rural livelihood activities such as vermi-culture and poultry. The livelihood activities are a new area of work for Samavesh and the program is supported by a grant from the Small Grants Project of UNDP since one year.
The SHGs are also active in the social sphere. They serve as the backbone for mobilizing members of the Mahila Manch, which takes up village level issues and activates the gram-sabha meetings. In addition, the presence of the mahila manch also helps to provide inputs for other village platforms such as the PTA, anganwadi, PDS etc.

Toys Design and Production Workshop

Samavesh promotes a small workshop to design toys and educational material for balwadis/anganwadis and children of primary school age. Some of this material has found wide usage in primary schools and anganwadis in different parts of the country. Toys are also distributed through various outlets, including Eklavya, Comet Media, Bombay etc.

Media & Communication

Access to Justice

--Previous Programs--

Literacy Campaign

Our involvement in this campaign, in two districts of M.P. in the late '80s and early '90s, required close interaction with the state government as well as a cross-section in the community, and gave us initial experiences of organising community work in rural areas. It also made us step out of the ambit of formal school education.

Activities in Rural Technology

This area of work included studies of selected artisans and other rural communities followed by initiation of some development projects in rural areas. For various reasons, including our inability to sufficiently ground these programs in local communities and their needs, we did not succeed in establishing these projects as sustained activities.

Panchayat Training and Studies

After the panchayat elections in 1994, we have participated in training and studies with the State Government for new panchayat representatives. We worked with rural dalit, tribal and women representatives, and got a close insight into their vulnerability, as well as their growing expectations from local self-governments. Work in this area continues to be an important part of our activities. A series of training manuals and booklets have been prepared, which were used extensively during panchayat raj trainings of the State Government in Madhya Pradesh.

Aagaz Academy

A world where women leaders become actors of their own development and exercise their socio-economic, political and cultural rights and leadership in a way that sets the path for a society based on principles of equality, justice and peace.
Aagaz Foundation through its Aagaz Academies is dedicated to work with elected women representatives in institutions of local governance. Aagaz Academies maintain a positive bias towards giving priority to elected women representatives coming from a disadvantaged background. Thus a majority of Aagaz participants are elected women leaders from poor, dalit, scheduled tribe and other minority communities.

Natural Resource Management

Initiated around 1996, this program aimed at organising a small community to manage their own resources. Through this program we have gained a better understanding of community dynamics involved in the management of common resources.

Watershed Development

There is need to develop methods for the assessment of availability of water in area under consideration, what are the current usages for different needs (like drinking & domestic, agriculture, livestock, industry etc) and under different classes (like marginal & big farmers, industrialists, men, women etc.). How, how much and at what cost they are using it. Based on it, plan for water assuring minimum livelihoods for all.