Le phénomène des ONG (associations à caractère social) a connu depuis quelques années un développement spectaculaire en Inde. J'ai moi-même, en 2006, lors d'une visite de travail dans l'Etat de Tamil Nadu, suite au Tsunami, pu constater l'activité considérable de ces groupes de citoyens qui s'impliquent pour résoudre les innombrables problèmes de la santé, de l'éducation, de l'accès au monde moderne et de la cohésion sociale dans les milieux les plus pauvres et les plus défavorisés.
Voici un témoignage de la part de Moushumi Chatterji, qui, à côté de sa profession de muséologue, a contribué à fonder une de ces ONGs.
Development Consortium is a community based non-profit organization that follows a development process through which children, families and communities can identify and overcome the obstacles that prevent them from living life in its entirety. While addressing issues of poverty, we follow a holistic approach of focusing on basics like health, education, sanitation, economic opportunities, environment and also fighting issues of extreme concern like human trafficking and modern day slavery. We undertake programs that provide for the needs of children in a variety of ways—by giving scholarships to allow poor children to attend formal schools, by providing tutoring and after-school services to youth at risk of leaving formal schooling, and by establishing classroom environments on move by setting up camps in villages from time to time. Development Consortium also runs an educational computer centre with internet access, a vocational training centre and a village resource center. We strive to showcase seedling models of innovation and success in education, and encourage commitments from the private and public sector to adapt these models for wider roll-out.
Development Consortium has been implementing a ‘Comprehensive Health Program’ in rural areas of states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. We are committed to long-term sustainable health care. By partnering with village communities and expanding upon local knowledge and resources we aim to effectively meet the immediate and long term needs of these groups, especially women. We work to empower people, families and communities, regardless of caste, race or religion, through integrated efforts in health and development.
Our project covers maternal and child health, nutrition and water and sanitation and the aim is to increase the prospect for children to get a healthy start in life. Our work also includes educating health professionals and community health workers, strengthening health facilities, fighting diseases such as TB, HIV/AIDS and diabetes and providing humanitarian assistance through donated medicines, medical supplies and volunteer medical help.
Human trafficking is a core area of work where the team works to identify cases of human trafficking and follows up with rescue and rehabilitation of survivors. We are also working with media, in training and educating them on rights based investigating and reporting on the issue of human trafficking. This involves promoting survivor's wellbeing and respect for their rights by portraying them in a positive way, by seeking their opinions, and by providing them with avenues for exchanging information and opinions.
Most of the artisan communities in India are rich with local, traditional art forms, but lack the knowledge and means for access to markets. Development Consortium is trying to bridge this gap by providing rurally based artisans the necessary training and accessibility to resources through government run schemes to produce functional goods using their traditional art. We are also helping them promote these products in both national and international markets as a means to achieve economic and social development for these communities. Fair trade practices are being used to give our artisans self sustainability, self confidence, and pride in their art. We are working to improve their overall state of development including promoting their health care, education and infrastructure. We are also trying to increase awareness about Fair Trade and social responsibility by providing customers and general public information that bring forth the human element behind the product being bought and sold.
Development Consortium aims to build the capacity of communities with information, education, trainings and connections and let them drive the change in their communities which is sustainable and truly empowering.