Prarambha is a development organisation that supports vulnerable people (individuals, households, groups and communities) in Karnataka.  

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Prarambha is a charitable trust that was registered in 1985. It has since then worked with Farmers and Youth and, presently, supports Manual Scavengers, Devadasis and communities in North Karnataka who are especially Climate-vulnerable.

To support and assist vulnerable people and communities to cope with and overcome their vulnerabilities.

To undertake interventions and collaborations that address specific vulnerabilities in defined periods of time.

Raichur and Koppal districts form a mix of the best and the worst: it has canal irrigation from the Tungabhadra Canals as well as from the Upper Krishna Project.

10 Gram Panchayats of the Devadurga block, which before canal-irrigation was part of the 100 most backward taluks in the country where MGNREGA was rolled out first, continue to be dry villages.

Yet as many farmers are finding, all water for irrigation, from canals, lift irrigation projects or groundwater is ultimately dependent on rain for recharge. A funny way to describe all farmers being in the same boat, and being left high and dry….

This defines an integrated relief and adaptation package that attempts to provide  

  • Covid-19 relief through generating manual work for the most needy families; and
  • Climate Adaptation by ensuring that these Person Days are used to generate Green livelihoods through digging Trench-cum-Bunds.
    • These TCBs ensure
      • Soil Conservation by using the earth from the 10’x5’x2’ trench to return top soil back to the land, while using the lower, stronger soil to build farm bunds that contribute to soil conservation;
      • Rainwater harvesting. Each trench harvests 2800 ltrs of rainwater from one 16mm rain event;
      • Soil Moisture. This rainwater percolates into the ground as sub-surface interflows and enhances soil moisture; 
      • Soil Organic Content. The volumetric space of the trenches are used post-harvest to compost crop residues and leaf litter to enhance soil organic content and soil fertility.

This defines the interventions that these CBOs will access as individuals and as a group includes, and as a SDG Package:

i. Micro credit and Micro Entrepreneur Support, as a package of bank linkages, micro finance loans, pygmy and other savings and entrepreneurial loans;

ii. MGNREGA as food security through an entitlement to 100 days of work at Rs 275 per day or Rs 27,500 pa.;

iii. MGNREGA as an adaptation resource to develop Land Water Trees on private lands, especially of SC/ST families, small and marginal farmers, People with Disabilities, etc;

iv. MGNREGA as a resource for development of Commons and water bodies;

v. Access to Public Resources, esp the 5% reservation in all Gram Panchayat budget lines for People with Disabilities as livelihoods and adaptation interventions.

This encapsulates interventions in Canal-irrigated Paddy, and covers Canal-irrigated NPM (Non-Pesticide Management) Paddy Cultivation as an adaptation and sustainable agriculture intervention.

Goal: To address specific vulnerabilities through direct actions and collaborations

Objective-1: To work with Manual Scavengers to organise and undertake interventions that can be sustained by them as individuals and as a group;

Objective-2: To work with Devadasis to organise and undertake interventions that can be sustained by them as individuals and as a group;

Objective-3: To work with People With Disabilities to become independent within their psycho-socio-economic and physical limitations as individuals and as a group;

Objective-4: To work with water-stressed and climate-vulnerable communities to cope with and reduce the impact of climate change through an integrated package that helps them to adapt their lands and strengthens their livelihoods options.

In the face of the current Covid-19 biological disaster, this will also integrate appropriate responses, including generating green livelihoods, and functioning as an interface between existing Covid-19 responses and our communities

Prarambha’s work to empower and rehabilitate manual scavengers is funded by the Norwegian Human Rights Fund, Norway.

Location: Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Tumkur, Kolar, Chitradurga, Davangere.

Brief Overviews: The inhuman practice of manual scavenging was banned in 1974 by GO, and through a Central Act in 1993 and the 2013 Act. Yet the practice continues. The Project goal is to discourage a traditional occupation that is imposed on SCs because of both societal compulsions and the total absence of other livelihoods opportunities; to ensure that they receive the rehabilitation package offered by Government; and to ensure that the laws are implemented in spirit and letter.

Implementation Model: Since the community is a victim of social injustice, the Social Justice and Human Rights model empowers this community by collectivising them to claim their constitutional rights and legal entitlements.
Formation of community platforms: The Safaikaramchari Watchdog Committee functions as its community platform.

Beneficiaries Impacted: 785 Manual Scavengers enrolled as Manual scavengers. 785 manual scavengers have received ID cards. 451 have accessed one-time financial assistance of Rs. 40,000 each. The process of registration continues.

Outcome/ Social Return: Manual scavengers are coming together in a big way, and are asserting their rights through their community platforms.

Success Indicators:
• Organisation of victims
• Their right to share in development resources established with related government agencies established.
• Government schemes accessed as a matter of right.

Prarambha’s work to prevent the dedication of women as Devadasis; and their rehabilitation is funded by AID, Austin.

Geographical Location: Koppal district
Brief Overview: This inhuman and traditional practice of dedicating women from SC/ST families as Devadasis was banned in 1982. Yet the practice continues. The project works to prevent sexual exploitation of women and works to empowering them to prevent further dedications.

Implementation Model: Since the community is a victim of social injustice, the Social Justice and Human Rights model empowers this community by collectivising them to claim their constitutional rights and legal entitlements.
Formation of community platforms: the Vimuktha Devadasi Mahila Vedhike functions as its community platform.

Beneficiaries Impacted: 500 devadasi women and children have been organised. Rs. 6.5 Crores has been mobilised from different government schemes to allow many of them to pursue self-employment.In addition, 125 bore wells have been accessed for their agriculture lands.

Outcome/ Social Return: Devadasi women and children are now coming together in public against this evil practice their Devadasi Vedhike.

Success Indicators:
• Organisation of victims
• Their right to share in development resources established with related government agencies established.
• Government schemes accessed as a matter of right.

Prarambha works for the following climate-vulnerable people in Raichur  and Koppal  districts:

  • Labour and Farmer Groups who access MGNREGA resources
    • for work, and 
    • to undertake Land Water Trees treatments on their dry lands, 
  • Non-pesticide management (NPM) Paddy Farmers who practice LoWater Agriculture in the canal irrigated belts of the Upper Krishna Project in Raichur district, as well as the Tungabhadra Left Bank Canal in Koppal and Raichur districts,and both
  • Organizations of People With Disabilities and their Carers, whose vulnerability is compounded by Climate Change.

Prarambha’s disability work is undertaken in collaboration with

  • Samarthya, a disability resource group that supports PwDs across Kalyana Karnataka; and
  • AWMD (Association for the welfare of the Mentally Disabled), Mysuru. AWMD undertakes its interventions through premises that were originally purchased on its behalf by Prarambha.

Geographical Location: Kalyana Karnataka and Mysuru

  1. Prarambha Registered Office is No. 25/1, 1st Cross, Capt. Munshi Layout, Hennur Main Road, Lingarajapuram, Bangalore – 84.
  2. Prarambha Field Office is Vittalapura Road Csmpus, Kanakagiri Taluk, Koppal District, PIN – 583283.

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