Social Development and Health Initiatives
MARI’s social development approach focuses generally on people, and their opportunities and choices, in particular disadvantaged and most vulnerable groups. We focus on women and children, adolescent girls, SC/ST communities, small and marginal farmers, landless labour, differently-abled and HIV/AIDS affected/infected people. We promote inclusive development in our programme designs and practices, including gender integration.
In terms of sectoral focus, we work on child rights and protection, women empowerment and selectively on health. The sectoral programs are Childline 1098 – national toll free number for children in need of care and protection; strengthening prevention, prosecution and protection services for children at risk or subjected to trafficking for Child Labor; rebuilding livelihoods of victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking; and reducing the spread and impact of STIs, HIV and AIDS in high risk population.
In all our interventions, community based organisations (CBOs) are formed and strengthened at village level with a view to empower these groups, and to engage CBOs in implementing the program as well taking responsibility in sustainable management of program in post-project phase. More than 1000 CBOs are formed under different programs. Additionally, the Federation of CBOs are also promoted at mandal/district level in order to engage them in demanding and accessing quality services, including rights and entitlements, for their members. We promoted 14 primary MACS and one apex MACS namely Sangatitha for running community managed micro-finance activity; four agriculture cooperatives for providing extension services to its members, collective procurement of inputs and marketing; two MACS for High Risk Groups (HRGs); and 12 MACS for sustainable management of Watersheds.
Project Title: Saksham – Rebuilding Livelihoods of Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking (VOCSET)
Funded by: PLAN-India and Axis bank Foundation
Location: Medak District, Telangana
Time Period: 2015-17
Main Objective: To rebuild livelihoods of victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking to reduce their vulnerability and poverty.
Expected outcomes: The project would rebuild livelihoods of victims of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking by organising them into groups to mutually support in overcoming women’s extreme vulnerabilities, stigma and discrimination; engaging them in mainstream income generation and job employment. The project is ultimately expected to prevent second generation trafficking and HIV among VOCSETs.
Project Title: CHILD LINE -1098 Project, 24 Hrs National Toll free number for children in need of Care & Protection
Funded by: Childline India Foundation (CIF), Chennai, India
Location: Warangal District, Telangana
Time Period: 2011 – Present
Main Objective: To reach out to every child in need of care and protection by responding to emergencies on 1098 and by physically reaching out to children.
Output/ Impact: The project has been successful in providing shelter and counselling services to poor and vulnerable children. Since inception of the project a total of 2359 children have been rescued till date.
Project Title: Strengthening prevention, prosecution and protection services for children at risk or subjected to trafficking for Child Labour in the state of Telangana in India
Funded by: PLAN International India Chapter, New Delhi, India and Human Dignity Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland
Location: Adilabad and Karimnagar districts of Telangana State
Time Period: 2013- 2018
Main Objective: To prevent, protect and rehabilitate 10,000 under-14 years old girls and boys who are at risk of or subjected to trafficking for labour.
Outcomes: The project has rescued 6352 children who are at risk, including 1398 child labour. Of these 5626 were rehabilitated. Livelihood support is given to 1230 vulnerable families to run small enterprises; and prevent their children from engaging in labour.