Guwahati Province

Guwahati Province Social Action Information

Mater Ecclesiae Province of Guwahati was erected on 24 February, 2000 with Sr.Lucy Rose Ozhukayil as its first Provincial. With the erection of the new Province, Human Empowerment and Development centre began her saga of love and service, with particular attention to the four states of Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh. Sr.Alphonsa Kurisnikal took the helm of the newly initiated organization which took a leap into the development and empowerment of the poor and the under privileged group of the society, especially the women and the youth. To better endorse this process; Human Empowerment and Development Centre was totally dedicated to bring about social transformation and economic development, especially of the backward communities of women and youth by providing them with knowledge and skills through education, skill training, capacity building and entrepreneurship that will make them economically self sufficient. The purpose of HEDC is to increase people’s capacity to participate in all levels of decision-making and in the community development activities, through networking and involving all stakeholders in a sustainable development towards balanced growth so that they become agents of social transformation. To meet this end, HEDC adopted the concept of “participatory Strategic Planning”. The communities, 23 coordinators and social workers of the extension branches of the centers along with the DO and programme Coordinator had carried out a detailed study at two different levels. The external scan (people’s perspective), prioritized peoples’ needs and assessed their present living condition and their preparedness for developing alternate social, political and economic support systems to counter all forms of marginalization. The internal scan assessed the organizational strengths and weaknesses, future opportunity for development and threats, which hinder the process. The outcome of the PSP process showed that the target groups-women and youth were marginalized. The areas of concern are:
  • Lack of educational facilities: both formal and non-formal, proper training facilities, Training courses and trained staff.
  • Lack of sustainable and alternative systems of livelihood.
To tackle these issues, a common effective strategy was formulated in collaboration with the local communities, target groups and beneficiaries. We came to the conclusion that tribal and rural youth, women and school dropouts from the target villages and cities must be empowered socially, economically and politically through Non-formal Education, formation of self Help Groups, Income Generation Project and Market Oriented Skill Training Workshops and Exposure Visits to important Markets, Export Centers etc.



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