Some of the issues on which DNR partners are working
Millions of young children in lower income groups, especially rural, urban slums and girl children, comprising nearly 40% of first grade entrants never complete primary school. Even among those who do, poorly qualified teachers, very high student-teacher ratios, inadequate teaching materials and out-dated teaching methods result in a low quality of education that often imparts little or no real learning. DNR and their partners working and running projects for Universalization of EDUCATION through formal, non-formal, adult education and innovative resource (teaching learning material and methods) development.
India has made rapid strides in the health sector since Independence but infectious diseases continue to claim a large number of lives, babies continue to die needless deaths from diarrhoea and respiratory infections, and millions still do not have access to the most basic healthcare. According to a World Health Organisation safe drinking water, basic sanitation, proper nutrition and pollution-free fuel, still unavailable to a majority of the poor in India. More than 40% of low-income families in India have to borrow money from outside the family to meet their healthcare costs. DNR and their partners are working for public health emphasis on Reproductive and Child Health (RCH), Community Health and Health Delivery System
Even after sixty years of Indian independence, women are still one of the most powerless and marginalized sections of Indian society. The Census shows that the sex ratio for India is 933, which is lowest in the world. Percentage of female literacy is 54.16 against male literacy of 75.85 per cent. In India, women's representation in Parliament and in the State Assemblies has never beyond 8 and 10 per cent respectively. Most of the working women remain outside the organised sector. The Indian Government has passed various legislations to safeguard Constitutional rights to women. These legislative measures include, the Hindu Marriage Act (1955), The Hindu Succession Act (1956), Dowry Prohibition Act (1961), Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act (1971), Equal Remuneration Act (1976), Child Marriage Restraint Act (1976), Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act. DNR and their partners is putting every efforts for the women empowerment for the socio economic development through various project and programmes.
India occupies around 2.4% of the world’s landmass. It is also home to 17.5% of the world’s population. The density of population is more in the urban landscapes. However, being largely an agrarian economy, a very insignificant part of India’s GDP (12%) comes from the villages and rural areas. Rural development and prosperity is deeply integrated to any nation’s growth. Skilled workers and entrepreneurs are the need of the hour with the government committed to improving the skill landscape in the country over the next few years. The mobilization of the available youth and man-power and making them as skilled individuals is the need of the hour with the burgeoning youth brigade of India.
U-Turn4Nature (UT) is supported project by DNR Foundation. UT is community based rural development green project where villagers will set-up agro based production center and directly reach to consumers. These units no use any chemical preservative and provide fresh food items to customers. Slowly farmers will convert their farm from killer chemical based farming to natural farming.
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection. HIV causes AIDS by attacking the immune system’s soldiers – the CD4 cells. When the immune system loses too many CD4 cells, you are less able to fight off infection and can develop serious, often deadly, infections. Overall, around 0.9% of India’s population is living with HIV. By the end of July 2005, the total number of AIDS cases reported to NACO was 111,608. UNAIDS (the United Nations agency that co-ordinates global efforts to fight HIV) estimates that there were 5.7 million people in India living with HIV by the end of 2005,. DNR and their partners are striving for minimize the cases of HIV/AIDS through its various projects (awareness, counseling etc).
Disability is any restriction or lack (resulting from an impairment) of ability to perform an activity in the manner or within the range considered normal for a human being. Handicap is a disadvantage for a given individual, resulting from an impairment or a disability, that limits or prevents the fulfillment of a role that is normal (depending on age, sex and social and cultural factors) for that individual. According to government sources about 2% of total of Indian population are suffering from different type of disability. DNR and their partners are running project for the welfare and mainstreaming the disabled persons along with preventive initiatives.
Still the 68% 0f Indian population is staying in villages and lacking in Proper sanitation, safe drinking water, education, pucca road, information system, public health, employment etc. The migration rate from villages to urban has become a serious problem. Due to this migration the urban infrastructure is also not able to provide all necessary services like sanitation, drinking water, shelter etc. Adverse condition of agriculture is multiplying the distress adversely. Keeping all these issues in mind DNR and their partners has started “Empower a village” started a project called PURA (Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas)
Legal literacy/ Advocacy
Legal reforms towards encoding human rights and the reality on the ground are oftener at variance in India. Realizing this view DNR partners are conducting Legal Awareness Campaigns preferably in the remote corners of the states, trying to provide legal aid to those who are needy and hence unable to approach the Court for justice, to create awareness among the students regarding the actual socio-legal situation in the country and to enable the community to analyze, interpret and implement various legal and constitutional provisions available for the benefit of the poor and the deprived classes. We are also conducting programme for anganwadies, media, corporate, government officials like RTI, PIL, Police Custody etc.
Environment has become a serious problem for the entire world. And India's ongoing population explosion has placed great strain on the country's environment. This rapidly growing population, along with a move toward urbanization and industrialization, has placed significant pressure on India's infrastructure and its natural resources. Deforestation, soil erosion, water pollution and land degradation continue to worsen and are hindering economic development in rural India, while the rapid industrialization and urbanization in India's booming metropolises are straining the limits of municipal services and causing serious pollution problems. DNR partners are working for the safe and save environment through awareness and action programmes.
Indian life expectancy has gone up from 25 years in the beginning of the 20th century to 62 years today. Improved medical care and low fertility have made the elderly the fastest growing section of society. As the number of old age is increasing the quality of life is decreasing. Migration, urbanization, Industrialization, and westernization have severely affected our social system. The nuclear family system further worsens the old aged person’s condition. About 85% of older persons are from the unorganized sector, with no social security at the age of 60 and about 35% of older persons live below the poverty line. This issue is grave concern for DNR partners and preparing projects for the welfare of the old age persons.
“Rivers do not drink their water themselves, nor do trees eat their fruit, nor do the clouds eat the grains reared by them. The wealth of the noble is used solely for the benefit of others”(Subhashita).
As per “Loksattathe” the expenditure on ‘Governance of India’, by the 790 politicians at the Center, the 4120 in the 35 States and Union Territories and the 18.7 million employees of the Central and State Govts. use about Rs.2200 crore per day or Rs. 760,000 crore per year, both on capital & revenue account. As government, non government and international organizations are putting every efforts for the socio economic development but the outcomes are far below the expectation and everyone realize that due to lack of good governance we are not able to get the desired results. DNR partners are engage in development of models for accountability in governance with special attention to community mobilization and participation. Programme evaluation for various social development initiatives of the government or bilateral/multilingual agencies.
Sharing, collaboration and participation always gives excellent result and which is possible through networking. Through networking any organization or individual can achieve their objective easily and effectively. Networking has become a worldwide phenomenon in every sector and is striving for strong network may be for profitable or non profitable. DNR partners have also strong believe that sharing the ideas, strategy and problem is the prerequisite condition for the social development. DNR partners are networking with similar national and international organizations through various means.
Research & Consultancy
Research and consultancy on various development issues is the prime issue of the DNR. DNR is focusing on CSR, Governance, Livelihood, street children education, women rights, SHG, community empowerment, rural development apart from psychological issues impacting on development, human factors (man – machine interface) etc.