Poverty is a multi-headed monster that thrives under the deeps of ignorance. To fight poverty, first and foremost, we believe we need to eliminate this smog of ignorance and make people aware of their abilities. That can happen only when we can uplift their overall situation; empower them with awareness through education; enable them to rebuild confidence through opening up access to gainful employment; encourage them towards a future of health that we hope will lead to their happiness; also, uplift their environment so that they can make the best possible use of their ecosystem.
Isolation from the mainstream of development makes people feel neglected and sidelined. Gainful employment integrates them to the system, goes a long way to make them belong to governance and keeps disruptive thoughts at bay. With this in mind, ACM GIDF promotes holistic, sustainable livelihood models across the nation targeting the marginalised sections of Indian population, and involving all major stakeholders.The mission mode is to make the best possible use of available resources and skills to generate vocations for locals.
This includes a vast spectrum of recipients and options - helping traditional Indian artisans to find a foothold in today’s market; training rural youth with vocational courses that facilitate self-employment; encouraging micro-entrepreneurship across a spectrum of trades; formation of self-help-groups as an effective strategy to empower women, both in rural and urban Indian communities.As a facilitator, we collaborate with a number of government projects promoting effective livelihood building across the nation. We believe being in a suitable vocation of their own choice helps individuals understand, appreciate and enhance their self-esteem. Our task is to identify and consolidate local opportunities, encourage beneficiaries to access them and, in the process, inspire communities to feel connected through a participatory process of nation building.
With a firm belief that education is the primary instrument for reducing poverty and inequality in a developing nation, ACM GIDF has come up with innovative projects that seek to bring home quality learning to the marginalized and under-exposed sections of India. Our target is to make the overall education experience interesting and more in line with the demands of our times, by reaching out to the remotest corners of the nation.
ACM GIDF understands that besides ensuring universal access to basic education, it’s crucial to expand the scope and enhance the quality of education at all levels. Our comprehensive programs, designed to bring forth an inclusive access to educational opportunities at various stages, emphasizes on this ‘quality’ factor.
A nation grows to its full potential only when those at the bottom of the pyramid have access to health facilities. All development initiatives fail to make an impact if they are not addressed to a population marked by healthy minds lodged in healthy bodies. With this understanding, and a firm belief that India’s growth story will be incomplete if it is not directed towards inclusive growth, ACM GIDF has a separate wing to take health care to the impoverished and often neglected hinterlands of India. Our objective is simple – to make those living on the edge access health benefits to make them able enough to participate in the process of development. Unfortunately, huge tracts of rural India still do not have access to even the most basic healthcare facilities.
A large number of people in India still stay in darkness when it comes to understanding hygiene and basic preventive measures to block killer diseases. Most importantly, with the incursion of media into almost every corner of India, these people now know what they could expect and should demand. If those demands are not met, they are likely to lose whatever little faith they have on democratic systems of governance. That’s a situation that needs
Rapid technological advances, enhanced and enriched demands, and increased sharing of products between nations with more and more nations adopting the open window policy has brought our world to a crucial juncture – it’s now, more than ever, that we need to find the right balance to stay in harmony with our environment. ACM GIDF believes every effort towards this direction has a long term impact, however small or insignificant they might seem at the onset. This is more so because every such effort towards conserving natural resources and safeguarding the environment represents a change in attitude. To understand the need to care for the ecosystem is the first major battle won.
Living in an era of a comprehensive and largely unregulated growth, ACM GIDF accepts its responsibility towards the environment. We also acknowledge the need to increase awareness towards this – so we take sufficient care to integrate an ecology component to every project we undertake; this besides our regular environment centric programming.
Our focused interventions in the field of Rain Water Harvesting and Afforestation are designed to encourage communities to shift their focus towards sustainable solutions for their immediate environment. We know these isolated efforts, when taken together, have the potential to grow into an ecology revolution. It’s just a matter of time.
ACM GIDF in Partnership with IIPM also Supports IIPM's Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Kendra.
In the mid–nineties, Dr. Malay Chaudhuri, the Founder-Director of IIPM initiated the Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Kendras, in memory of his younger son Aurobindo Chaudhuri. Aurobindo was a highly passionate individual, who was eager to work for the poor, the marginalized and the downtrodden. He was actively associated with IIPM’s initial rural development and entrepreneurial training programmes. But, when at a young age of 19, he met with a fatal road accident, Dr. Chaudhuri pledged that he would do his best to accomplish whatever he had undertaken to do for the villages in India. That’s when the Aurobindo Chaudhuri Memorial Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Kendras were instituted in 1994. Additionally, he also pledged to try and do whatever Aurobindo could have done, had he been alive. Today there are about 100 (at one time the number was around 450). Aurobindo Chaudhuri Memorial Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Kendras in the East Midnapore district of West Bengal and in the Balasore district of Orissa. The dream is to have one Kendra in each village of India.
One of the main activities at the Aurobindo Chaudhuri Memorial Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Kendras is to set up a newspaper board at a convenient location in the village, so that all villagers, especially women, who can read but cannot afford to buy a newspaper, develop the habit of reading newspapers. Every day a different newspaper is displayed on the same stand so that villagers get acquainted with different shades of opinion on an issue. If it is an important issue, there are provisions to display alternative thinkings at the bottom of the board. These boards have been named Mukta Patrika and Vikalpa. Most newspapers are influenced by the political views of one party or the other. They even print false or distorted versions of an event to suit their political lines. In this sense most newspapers are ‘view papers’. The newspapers on the newspaper boards hence carry alternative opinion/solution to share arguments with readers in order to generate debate and discussions. The scheme’s novelty has generated excitement among villagers. They really read, discuss and debate on issues.