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Dearah Association for Social and Humanitarian Action

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‘Dearah Association for Social and Humanitarian Action’ alias ASHA NGO has been formed as as result of a fruitful sharing among the like – minded people on the situation bringing gaps between the ‘Rights holders’ and ‘Duty bearers’ and compelling people of the marginalized sections to live as quasi – citizen particularly in the rural areas where remains the ‘root cause’ of the issue whereas its ‘manifestation’ is seen in the urban ones. This fruitful sharing takes a legal shape on the 17th of September, 2007 being registered under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1961.  

ASHA NGO being a registered non – profit organization is also registered under the different other Acts and Bodies in India viz. Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010;  NITI Aayog (NGO Darpan), Income Tax Act, 1961 U/s 12AA & 80G and the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India.

ASHA NGO has been working in the bordering blocks along the Indo – Bangladesh border and the deltaic region of the Sundarban in the district of North 24 Parganas, West Bengal; however, the organization has also obtained the experience of implementing the project in some other parts of West Bengal and those of Assam and Chhattisgarh as well focusing on the issues affecting adolescent children (majority of girls) and women mostly falling prey to Child marriage, Child labour, Gender based Violence, Sexual exploitation, Malnutrition, Unsafe migration and Trafficking.

Following the Rights Based Approach ASHA NGO has always been involving community people, local stakeholders and government officials to address the issue through an interface between the Community people (Rights holders) and the Government officials (Duty bearers) in order to minimize the gaps between both the bodies and to ensure the success the organization has undertaken a number of activities for the empowerment of the community people including children. 

   

ASHA NGO has played a crucial role in formation of the Block Level Child Protection Committee (BLCPC) and the Village Level Child Protection (VLCPC) in compliance with the guidance issued by the Department of the Women & Child Development, Government of West Bengal in its respective project locations in the jurisdiction of the Basirhat Police District and has served  as a Member in these committees and also in others viz. District Task Force for ‘One Stop Centre’ for Victims of Domestic Violence, North 24 Parganas, District Vigilance Committee on Bonded Child Labour, North 24 Parganas, Vigilance Committee on the Atrocities on SCs & STs, Bidhannagar Sub – division, Service Provider under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005.

The organization has also served as a Master Trainer on Child Protection Mechanism and facilitated the training session of the BLCPC and VLCPC members, as recommended by the District Child Protection Unit (DCPU), North 24 Parganas and its work is well recognized by the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights, West Bengal (WBCPCR). 

ASHA NGO has implemented projects on the issue of Child Protection & Prevention of Trafficking with the support of the Aangan Trust, Mumbai, Action Aid India, Kolkata, the British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata. Apart from this, the organization is implementing the projects on Preventive Healthcare and Nutrition being supported by German Doctors, Bonn, Germany and also Child Protection & Prevention of Trafficking being supported by Kindernothilfe e.V, Germany.  The advocacy on the Scarcity of Safe Drinking Water is also going on with the support of German Doctors & BMZ – Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany. 

ASHA NGO conducts a number of activities like development of Teaching Learning Materials – TLMs and Advocacy tools, Theatre workshops, conduction of Awareness Generation Programme, nurturing adolescent children on Child Protection, nurturing the community women on Financial planning & Budgeting, conducting Training & Workshops on Adolescent Reproductive & Sexual Health – ARSH & Reprodcutive & Child Health – RCH, Preventive Healthcare, and  Research & publications.

 

 

Our Mission, Vision & Aims

Our Mission

1. To motivate and support children to promote their Rights;

2. To nurture adolescents for different processes become change agents;

3. To inculcate in women the sense of empowerment and strive for the same;

4. To make the community responsive and participatory to the development process;

5. To initiate a process for bridging the gap between the ‘rights holders’ and the ‘duty bearers’;

Our Vision

“The organization envisages a society for all those (marginalized, deprived, oppressed, and lagging) wherein they exploit and explore their potentials to restore the factors responsible for their survival, development, protection, and participation”

Our Objectives

  1. To mobilize the community to identify the local issues and place them before the relevant authority for redressal;
  2. To enable the adolescent children to identify and articulate the various risks in aligned to their Right to Protection;
  3. To enable adolescent children and youths to understand and practice the ‘democratic process and constitutional values’ in aligned to their Right to Participation;
  4. To orient the community towards adopting a way of perception, practice providing others with a space they find it suitable;