Holy Cross Social Service Society is a registered Non Governmental Organization in Development action. It is registered under Societies Registration Act in 1995 (No. 188/1995). It is also registered with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India under FCRA. It is further registered under 12A and 80G of Income Tax Act and with commissioner of PF. Its PAN is AAATH 3965 M. Holy Cross Social Service Society also submits required returns to all the departments within time. Thus it fulfils all the legal requirements as per the laws of the land.
Holy Cross Social Service Society is a mass initiative totally devoted towards the integrated development of primitive tribal groups of SAVARA and EBC’s in the remote villages of Srikakulam district, which is coastal river bank of VAMSADARA where there are people under much difficult circumstances. These people have no other means of earning to maintain their livelihood except by their daily labour through daily wages process. And these people are facing many problems as and when there is no work then no food for them. Due to the above drastic situation, most of them are migrating to various places so-far from here to get livelihood. The majority of people are still remaining poor and dwelling in acute poverty. The opportunities & programs meant for poor have not been reaching the real beneficiaries.
In this context, some of social development activists have come forward to commit themselves for the development of the poor people, with their own participation and involvement, that is the main reason, HOLY CROSS SOCIAL SERVICE SOCIETY (HCSSS) comes into existence. It is now fully committed towards the sustainable development of the Adivasis with special emphasis on Women. During this period, the organization has expended its development activities to other nearby state Orissa acquiring the status of a prominent NGO, with committed service to poor and needy.
Holy Cross Social Service Society has an active Board, as all the members are interested in development work and participate actively in the management of Holy Cross. Holy Cross is maintaining high transparency standards and disclosures.
A society where communities are able to:
- Make their own choices
- Meet their survival needs and aspirations
- Lead a self- reliant and sustainable life with dignity
To excel as an enabling institution, with the aim of improving the quality of life of deprived communities through:
- Participatory action
- Training and capacity building
- Research and advocacy initiative
- To foster the development of the women, children, disadvantaged, marginalized groups in the society.
- Empowering the poor by way of offering services to give minimum access to development.
- Streamlining the holistic development of the poor and vulnerable in the society that is leading hand to mouth and precarious living conditions.
- To motivate and educate the masses about their own development and to prepare them to tap all resources meant for them.
GEOGRAPHICAL CONDITIONS AND WOMEN'S SITUATIONS IN THE AREA OF OPERATION
Holy Cross Social Service Society operates in Bhamini & Kotturu Mandals in Andhra Pradesh State and Gunupur & Gusani Blocks in Orissa state, which are located in drought-prone areas with an annual rainfall ranging from 150-800 mm, or having 23-40 days of rainfall per year. Most villagers are farmers with small non-irrigated land and landless labourers. the farming in the area is quite challenging. The lack of vegetative cover, especially along with occasional cloudbursts in the monsoon season, causes serious soil erosion, leaving the diminished land unproductive. In general lack of rainfall, allows only one crop, often of-course cereals, to be harvested in a year. A second crop is virtually impossible even in irrigated lands. Thus, these areas tend to suffer from food shortages resulting nutritional deficiency. Furthermore, due to lack of adequate aquifer recharge, water for domestic, drinking as well as irrigation purposes become a big problem after the monsoon for a period of at least 6-8 months.
The life of villagers in rural India can be quite difficult. Their situation particularly that of the women is characterized by heavy workload both at home and on the farm; primitive hygienie conditions; poor nutritional values, remote access to health facilities; and illiteracy in addition superstition prevails all-over. Since all the household chores, including water and firewood fetching, are the responsibility of women, many girl children drop out of schools and forced to work long hours around the household. Women are entrusted with the responsibility of attending to the well being of the family, yet they are marginalized in matters pertaining to the upbringing of children and village affairs. They possess no assets, do not have their own funds and have little access to other resources. Moreover, women often have a limited control over their income and savings if they have any. In this society, a woman has a secondary status to that of a man. Savings access to credit offers women, especially the poor, a means to mitigate their vulnerability due to their disadvantaged social status adverse natural environmental conditions. While credit is a necessary support for the economic advancement of women especially those engaged in self-employment. Credit alone is not a sufficient condition. To be successfully self-employed, the individual should also have the technical skills, entrepreneurial ability, and access to raw materials, infrastructure, market and most importantly, the self-confidence.
PLAN OF ACTION FOR FUTURE COURSE
Holy Cross has strategized the following action plan for the next year to come. It is being a social organization devised a new operational strategy to overcome poverty in its operational areas.
- Prevention of trafficking of women and girl children;
- Create awareness on rights of women and girl children;
- Out reach services for people living with HIV and opportunistic infection;
- Food and Nutrition security to vulnerable groups;
- Campaigning on Domestic Violence Act 2005 and legal aspects;
- Empowering the physically challenged persons;