Livelihoods in the rural districts of Aurangabad, Jalna, Parbhani in Maharashtra are harshly affected by various socio-economic factors. Scarcity of water, inadequate skilling, very little agricultural research, financial insecurity and a host of other issues that need immediate attention.
The Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra – Aurangabad, under the aegis of the Don Bosco Development Society – Mumbai, with financial assistance from STULZ CHSPL India Pvt. Ltd. has committed to reach out to 60 villages in this region. 20 villages each in Aurangabad, Jalna and Parbhani have been identified as communities that require sustainable solutions to their varied issues. “We have to envisage sustainable development and permanent solutions to the people’s problems” said Fr Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Dir. of Don Bosco Development Society) and hence launching of this project was very vital.
Initially supported by the BMZ, Federal Ministry (Germany) for four years, this ‘Livelihood Project’ seeks to - through a 11-month period - address issues related to youth, women and farmers. The primary focus is on: Vocational Skilling of youth; Livelihood Skills Training to farmers; Agricultural Extension specifically aimed at understanding and implementing better scientific farm practices with regard to soil and crops; and Empowerment of Women through formation of Self Help Groups (SHGs) and bank linkages.
The ‘Livelihood Project’ is a community mobilization and organisation mission in collaboration with like-minded partners reaching out to the unreached and the neglected. The project aims to educate and equip the rural marginalised through training, exposure and implementation availing the various existent government schemes.
The implementing partner Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra with its linkages and stakeholder networks intends to mobilise, organise and educate individuals and communities to access their entitled rights through this renewable endeavour offering hope to the voiceless. When interviewed Mr Kalyan Chape (Sarpanch of Shahapur, Aurangabad) and Mrs Sakhubai Kharat (SHG Women Jikhthan, Aurangabad) both had similar words to describe the project: “Grateful to Don Bosco and STULZ CHSPL India Pvt. Ltd. for such an innovative and systematic development intervention”.