Samaj Parivartana Samudaya

Project Brief: Community education and advocacy on environmental and human rights issues.
Project Type: Community Based Interventions (description)
Primary Focus: other (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Seattle
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Amit Mookerjee
Project Partner(s): S.R. Hiremath
Other Contacts: Suraj Jacob
Project Address: , Ashadeep, Jayanagar Cross,,Dharwad,
KARNATAKA  580 001
Tel: 08373-860131/861890
Stewarding Chapter: Seattle
Dec 2003SeattleUSD 2500
Dec 2003SeattleUSD 500
Dec 2003StanfordUSD 2000

Total = $5000

This project deals with community education and advocacy on environmental and human rights issues.This is a unique project for Asha since it explores issues beyond the classroom and engages children as well as adults. SPS intervenes in schools to improve environmental awareness among children through the means of practical activities like tree planting and seed dribbling. It also engages the community to make it more aware on issues related to community control and management of natural resources.
The Seattle and Stanford chapters have made a one time grant for SPS's program fund to meet a shortfall.
SPS is an organization based in Dharwad, Karnataka, India and was established in 1983. It has taken up several issues relating to protection of environment and human rights. Some of SPS's key achievements are:
(a) Community mobilization to tackle the pollution of Tungabhadra river in Dharwad District
(b) Wasteland development with watershed approach,
(c) Protection of common lands,
(d) Save the Western Ghats March from November 1, 1987 to February 2, 1988
(e) Right to work campaign with Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS).
It also facilitates people’s participation in decision making and execution of large forestation projects funded by bi-lateral agreements between governments and foreign funding agencies.