The projects aims to promote sustainable development in seven slums of Mysuru
With the aim to create awareness on issues crucial for development, NR Foundation, enters into the next phase of ‘Project Prererpana (Phase II) to promote sustainable development of seven slums in Mysuru through its focus on health, education, and socio-economic empowerment of youth and women.
NR Foundation had earlier supported the Phase 1 of this project which lasted five years i.e., 2006 to 2011.
Following the success in phase I, proposed for five years (2016-21), and to sustain community driven progress, Phase II Prererpana aims to address and resolve the needs of the slum dwellers and strengthening the key social development indicators such as issues of health (alcohol de-addiction), education (children and youth) and facilitating linkages for social entitlements in the community.
The project will lay its focus on seven slums of Mysuru i.e., Karakushalanagar, Metagalli Ekalavyanagara, Bharath Nagar, Kalyangiri–KSB Colony, Vande Matharam, Shivrathreshwaranagar and Kesare- Kurimandi.
The second phase of the project focuses on four main objectives.
- Organising the community people under common affinity groups/ SHG’s and formation of committees for facilitating activities of Prererpana.
- Undertaking participatory community programmes focusing on children, women and youth in the field of physical, intellectual and emotional capabilities.
- Facilitating securing social entitlements for eligible individuals.
- Mobilising the social capital which will lead to sustainability of the programme.
R Guru, chairman of N R Group said, “Our primary goal for Prererpana Phase II is the development of intellectual, human and social capital in Mysuru. The contribution of the slum dwellers to the city’s economy is substantial. As the industrial workers, construction laborers, domestic servants, and a whole range of small-time traders together render a lot to the city’s development.”
Some of the milestones that this project aims to incorporate to reach this goal of development of human capital are as follows:
- Increase in enrollment to school and colleges
- Educating 100 % of the population of seven slums in Mysuru city about the ill-effects of alcoholism and substance abuse on the individual, the family and the society at large
Dr R Balasurbramaniam, Founder and President of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) remarked, “We are looking at a holistic community development as a partnership between corporates, community and development agencies. This project will lead to the successful development and transformation of the underprivileged community with a community led movement while also strengthening the community bonding. The local committees will have network with local institutions and will be able to show leadership to catalyse, absorb and manage the process of change as well as depict the changed society.”