A group of neo-creative professional activists responded to the socio- economic problems and an effort was made to search for an alternative development strategy through promotion of participatory approaches. They noticed several gaps in the institutional and social framework in the locality within which the voluntary agencies functioned.
Thus there was born the idea to set up a support organization which would help not only to voluntary organisations to overcome these handicaps but also for the community at large, so that we are able to carry out our mission of helping others more effectively.
The result was Centre for Associated Progress, which represents the first organized responses to the major problems in the locality.
Every vision needs a mission and a fusion of purpose, process and people; and what sustains the mission is an abiding and enduring passion.
"An ecologically sustainable, self-reliant society; Where basic needs of every individual like food, shelter, education and entertainment are met; Where justice, equality, liberty and security are assured; Where interdependent community maintaining co-operative culture and harmony between mankind and nature with gender sensitized community structure, having access and control over resources vis-à-vis socio-economic political decision-making process."
The effort has been made to improve the services in quality and quantity in order to meet the ever increasing and challenging needs with the following mission.
In order to fulfill its mission, CAP adhere the following overall objectives.
▪ To promote entrepreneurship and skill development.
▪ To form and establish thrift and credit and self help groups and create avenues for micro-credit.
▪ To transfer and popularise technology in agriculture and allied sectors among rural and tribal areas.
▪ To act as a catalyst in promoting bio-diversity and management of natural resources.
▪ Ecological Sensitivity.
▪ Honesty and Integrity.
▪ Communal Harmony.
▪ Openness and Transparency.
▪ Loyalty (commitment to the cause and the organisation).
▪ A voice for the needy and marginalised communities.
▪ Initiating movements as per the local needs and priorities.
▪ Work in partnership with other local organisations, groups and individuals.
▪ Involve local people to become active participant in their community development initiatives.
Orissa being one of the poorer states of India has a sizable population belonging to the backward communities and weaker sections i.e. the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. 40% of the geographical area is covered with hills and forests which is the land of the Tribes and Indigenous People.
The State of Orissa continuing in backwardness and under development with concentration of weaker sections in many areas, offer challenging opportunities for effective social interventions. Many areas of concern exist in the State to undertake programmes for creating avenues for sustainable development of society with clear option for the poor and oppressed.
CAP will set up services where people are in need, campaign vigorously for change and build a wide reputation of our pioneering work. We are intensely proud of our achievements and determined to build on them.
CAP intends to acquire a strong voice for people, greater emphasis on mutual support and self-help, more opportunities to participate in community activity, better understanding about the challenges, new approaches and services, which reflects the changing world around us.
We recognize that, the objectives presented here with will create ambitious changes for staff as each year they run these operations into operational plans and specific activities. But we are excited by opportunities to develop and further strengthens our existing services and embark on new ventures.
The unifying factor that binds Urja’s team together is their sheer compassion and commitment to incentivise homeless young women effectively so they can create their own destinies. The hands-on, grass-root ideals have allowed them to work with individuals, families, groups, and communities. Spread over a gamut of academic disciplines: social work, education, physical education, economics, and management, each team member fuels and inspires the other to create a dynamic mesh of creative minds who stand up for ONE cause: ultimate empowerment of young homeless women.
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