Social DevelopmentWho are we trying to help? What issue are we trying to address?
We, the Heritage Foundation, a non-profit making public charitable trust. Grass roots level villagers do not generally understand a range of health issues including the importance of immunization and growth monitoring, techniques of low cost nutritious food preparation, methods of birth control and spacing of children, the importance of using sanitary or pit type latrines and the preparation of safe drinking water and the maintenance of personal hygiene, etc.
This results in the deterioration of health, the increase of superstition and incorrect treatment leading to a high incidence of maternal mortality, child mortality, morbidity, dehydration and malnutrition. The incidence of infectious diseases is also relatively high. The existing local doctors are not properly qualified or trained so that local people often have to travel long distances for proper treatment.What is our project and how will it help?
The project will cover many villages and around 1,00,000 people will be benefited. It will enhance the quality of life in regard to health. Participants will be encouraged to attend meeting and to follow the advice given. The project aims to
- a. Reduce the incidence of maternal mortality, child mortality, de-hydration and malnutrition and to provide both antenatal and post-natal care to at least 70 % of the rural women within the next five years.
- b. Make people conscious through basic literacy, hygiene, nutritional and environmental education.
- c. Improve nutritional and health standards of mothers and children
- d. Make people aware about basic health needs within 5 years. The organization is planning health centres in the villages. This will resolve long pending health issues in rural areas. The project will commence immediately after we secure financial support, and it will go on for 48 months.
In this project people are the beneficiaries and the partners. People use health services and also pay a nominal fees towards the cost of the service. However, we are also making efforts for mobilizing resources from the government through convergence efforts. Hence the government will be the secondary partner for this project.
A) Health Awareness Programme:
Heritage Foundation, having some motto, started journey to fulfil the basic needs of the rural people through various awareness programmes. More than 450 villagers attended the programme, our trustee members and medical experts have given their valuable advice regarding how to take health care. Heritage Foundation creates awareness among people through many ways:
- Educate the backward areas for increasing public awareness that diseases are significant
- Public health problem awareness about symptoms and signs of disease.
- Good and proper eating habits, cleanliness and drinking and eating pure are the most significant part of good health.
- Improving the knowledge, attitude, will-power and confidence of the people should be boosted.
- Taking care of hygiene and proper sanitation.
- Creating public awareness about the ill-effects of alcohol, smoking and drugs etc.
- Encouraging the village people to come and take advice from rural health centre as well as to encourage health professionals to treat patients carefully.
Heritage Foundation has organised more than 35 camps of free health check-up in various rural & urban sectors Purba & PaschimMedinipur, Jhargram, Hooghly, Purulia, Bankura, South & North 24 pgs. districts. Some camps were there with collaboration with clubs & societies.
More than 2000 peoples have been benefitted by such programs.ii. Awareness program for HIV/AIDS etc.
Under the supervision of Dr. M.K. Pradhan Heritage Foundation has organised Awareness camps across rural and remote areas of the southern districts of West Bengal.iii. Donate Blood and Save Life
In association with medical hospitals and blood banks Heritage Foundation has achieved remarkable feet of conducting number of blood donation camps by making people aware of how important blood donation is and how it feels to take part in saving someone’s life and how blood donation is a healthy procedure to follow.
B) Cultural Awareness Programme:
Key areas of cultural awareness training
Our Cultural Awareness Training covers all important aspects that managers need while working across cultures or in Multicultural Teams. Some of the key areas focused in our Cultural Awareness Training workshops are as follows:
- Identifying crucial cultural differences and similarities affecting the way people from different cultures work.
- Implications of cultural differences on corporate styles and business results.
- Negotiating styles across cultures
- Effective HR Policies in Cross Cultural Teams
- Effective Communication Styles across cultures
- Presentation skills in Cross Cultural Scenarios
Both Public Sector organizations and Commercial Businesses benefit tremendously from our Cultural Awareness s. In the Public Sector, a partial list of organizations that we work with in the areas of Cultural Awareness are: Job Centres, Council Offices, Multicultural Centres, Education Departments, Hospitals, Police and Health.
In the Private Sector companies that do business globally or have multicultural clients or employees from different cultures benefit from our Cultural Awareness Training s. We also conduct specially designed Cultural Awareness s for companies outsourcing or off-shoring their business processes to other countries like China and India.
If you are working in international teams, or with Multicultural clients or you are a Global Manager, our Cultural Awareness will give you effective competency skills for global success.
Heritage Foundation Trust is continuously exploring its wings in different areas of society. Cultural Awareness has been always one of the main focus for us. As we understand that without cultural enhancement a society cannot move forward.
C) Empowering SHG:
Self-Help Group (SHG) is a small voluntary association of poor people, preferably from the same socio-economic background. They come together for the purpose of solving their common problems through self-help and mutual help. The SHG promotes small savings among its members. The savings are kept with a bank. This common fund is in the name of the SHG. Usually, the number of members in one SHG does not exceed twenty.
The SHGs comprise very poor people who do not have access to formal financial institutions. They act as the forum for the members to provide space and support to each other. It also enables the members to learn to cooperate and work in a group environment. The SHGs provide savings mechanism, which suits the needs of the members. It also provides a cost effective delivery mechanism for small credit to its members. The SHGs significantly contribute to the empowerment of poor women.
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Social Workers, health workers, village level workers, etc. Informal Associations of local people Development oriented government departments, Banks, Bank personnel, Mahila Mandals, Yuvak Mandals, Facilitators, other individuals (in their personal capacities) Farmers’ Clubs under the Vikas Volunteer Vahini ( VVV ) me of NABARD and Other development institutions.
HERITAGE FOUNDATION TRUST is dedicatedly working towards empowerment of society though various activities. One of the main focus areas has been Formation of SHG to help the financially backward society to move forward.
We help SHG to obtain appropriate training through structured training module, innovative approach, SHG-Bank Linkage, Sponsoring SHG through government funding, guiding them in every aspect of life.
D) Entrepreneurship Awareness Projects:Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp (EAC):
With a view to expose basically the unemployed men and women who doesn’t have adequate knowledge regarding how to earn a livelihood, this entrepreneurship programme was designed to create an awareness to generate an earning potential by having an alternative career. Entrepreneurship Awareness Camps (EACs) are organized to implement the strategy for entrepreneurship by self-development and creating value for handicrafts.Programme Objective:
To create awareness among the people regarding the proper utilization of natural resources and in different field of India how the people will entertain entrepreneurship getting support from Govt. and Non-Govt. organization.Target Group:
Unemployed and partly employed men and women
HERITAGE FOUNDATION in collaboration with SARVIK VIVKANANDA GRAM SEVA SANSTHA of Belur Math, Howrah had organized a Crystal Ornaments Training at Jhargram and Stone Curving training at Belpahari, Paschim Medinipur.
The Managing Trustee of HERITAGE FOUNDATION, Dr. M.K. Pradhan and SARVIK VIVKANANDA GRAM SEVA SANSTHA jointly conducted a special training programme for the unemployed men and women especially belonging from rural communities. Dr. M.K. Pradhan conducted a special workshop for education awareness and employment generation programme and guided the participants toward prosperous future.
E) Time Management:
“Beat Work Overload. Be More Effective. Achieve More”.
It’s important that you develop effective strategies for managing your time to balance the conflicting demands of time for study, leisure, earning money.
Sometimes it may seem that there isn’t enough time to do everything that you need to. This can lead to a build Up of stress. Once we have identified ways in which we can improve the management of our time, we can begin to adjust our routines and patterns of behaviour to reduce any time-related stress in our lives. We help people with simple, practical techniques that have helped the leading people in business; sport and public service reach the pinnacles of their careers.
The Skills taught here help you become highly effective, by showing you how to identify and focus on the activities that give you the greatest returns. Doing this will save you time, helping you work smarter, not harder. What’s more, these same techniques help you beat work overload – a key source of stress.What skills are required for effective time management?
Some of these skills including setting clear goals, breaking your goals down into discreet steps, and reviewing your progress towards your goals are covered in Action Planning.
Other skills involved include prioritizing – focusing on urgent and important tasks rather than those that are not important or don’t move you towards your goals; organizing your work schedule; list making to remind you of what you need to do when; persevering when things are not working out and avoiding procrastination. Following are steps to be followed:
- General Time Management Tools
- Time Management Challenges
- Concentration and Focus
- Goal Setting
- To-Do Lists
- Action s
- Valuing Your Time
- The Art of Filing
- Managing Electronic Files
- Managing Conflicting Priorities
F) Employment Generation:
Heritage foundation is playing a vital role in the society by guiding rural people for income generation projects in various parts of India.
Starting from organizing workshop and providing proper guidance under different Government scheme, we have successfully generated income for more than a lakh individual.
UGC Sponsored Seminar at Bhattar College
On 4th Dec.2012 HERITAGE FOUNDATION had organized a Seminar Sponsored by UGC on the topic “Role of Govt. & Private Sector in Employment Generation of Youth” The Managing Trustee of HERITAGE FOUNDATION, Dr. M.K. Pradhan introduced different innovative areas of employment generation opportunities for the youth. He also discussed about importance of small scale investment, personal savings for employment generation opportunities over thousand students and forty headmasters from different schools attended the seminar. Internationally acclaimed educational scientist Dr. Pradhan discussed about different aspects of work education in the discussion forum.
G) Agricultural Research:
India is agro-finance based country. Agriculture is the main sources of financial standard in Indian village life. About 80% Indians are living in rural & semi-urban areas whose occupations are agriculture or equivalent.
In that case everyone should extremely focus on agriculture, because agriculture produces raw materials of production unit. Production is the measurement scale of economic standard of a nation.
We at Heritage foundation believe that Agriculture is the backbone of Indian Economy. Industrial reformation will make India a super power, but without a strong Agricultural portfolio, the foundation will be weak.We strive to integrate the entire technological enhancement in the agricultural sector with the current infrastructure available. We believe that we can and we will make every Farmer, an agricultural scientist. With the help of technology, automation, biochemical, and many more innovation we can make India shine again.
We are working independently and also under guidance of government projects to fulfil our dream of “New India” and “Organic India” in case of agriculture for optimizing Indian agricultural natural resources. We have arranged awareness camp for farmers & farmers’ club to inspire them to cultivate seasonal crop, varieties crop cultivation by following crop chain. That may develop the quality or yielding power of soil. We can aware farmers about the organic manure, fertilizer, usefulness of cow-dung, compost manure. We will suggest to use organic medicine & vitamins for crop & vegetables or animal husbandry.
We have developed well-tested models for application of agricultural research and technology for profitability of farming, income generation and poverty alleviation. Presently with association of the resource persons of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Department of Agriculture, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (BCKV), Kalyani University and Kochi University (Japan) we are trying to fulfil our dream for the sustainable development of Indian agriculture and agricultural food products as well as agricultural industries and want to address the unemployment question by employment generation through Agricultural and industrial development.
We, the Heritage Foundation initiate the betterment of Indian Agriculture through our core research works on:
- Awareness programme on farming to the farmers
- Training for the farmers for best outputs
- Uses of Bio-Fertilizers in organic farming
- Employment generation through skill development training
- Training on Betel, Pea nuts and local crops farming
- Training on food processing & Preservation
- Training on agricultural product marketing and branding
- Increase of GDP (Gross Domestic Product)
- Training on water resource preservations etc.
H) Handicraft Projects:
Heritage foundation identifies that one of the most important sector for employment generation is Handicraft projects. Unfortunately it’s been on the most negligible sector in recent years We work closely with the potential artist to nurture them to a self-dependent individual. India has a very strong cultural root and there always been different handicrafts in rural India. Our mission is to develop each sector to a global platform, from where Indian economy gets a boom from foreign currency.
Heritage Foundation have organized Handicraft Project in the different district of West Bengal. We organize stone carving, Crafts made by bamboo etc.
Specially, we’ll entertain the women group to develop some food product unit in organic procurements, for some handy crafted material like bamboo, cane, mat fibre etc.
I) Poverty Eradication:
Eradication of poverty in India is generally only considered to be a long-term goal. Poverty alleviation is expected to make better progress in the next 50 years than in the past, as effect of the growing middle class. Increasing stress on education, reservation of seats in government jobs and the increasing empowerment of women and the economically weaker sections of society, are also expected to contribute to the alleviation of poverty.
We at HERITAGE FOUNDATION is determined to fight poverty by providing proper education, employment generation, agricultural research work.
We are working closely with all the initiatives taken by different governing bodies all over the world.
Integrated Rural Development me (IRDP) evaluation points: sub-critical investment; unviable projects; illiterate and unskilled beneficiaries with no experience in managing an enterprise; indifferent delivery of credit by banks, overcrowding of lending in certain projects such as dairy; under emphasis on activities like trading, service and even simple processing, poor targeting and selection of non-poor; rising indebtedness; scale of IRDP outstripped capacity of government and banks to absorb.
Presently, under developed and developing countries are suffering from a great issue of food security resulting in the problem of malnutrition. Aquaculture and fisheries play a significant role in meeting the problem of food security by producing nutritious and delicious animal protein employing the precious water resources on earth. Aquaculture and fisheries have been experiencing a boom since the min-1980s and therefore it is one of the emerging framings during last few decades in our country. Though it has huge opportunity in rural sector of our country for producing and meeting the demand of animal protein, we are not exploring this resource properly. Besides, aqua and fish farming is able to uplift the socio-economic status of the rural peoples by generating the employment as well as direct cash along with animal protein. In order to improve the socio-economic status of the rural peoples, the following strategies should follow:
- Bring awareness among the rural people regarding the benefit of fish culture in rural water body
- Awareness on scientific technical knowhow of fish farming
- Consider the unused water resources (canal, derelict water body and ponds) for fish culture for extra income
- Follow the integrated fish farming to enhance the fish yield
- Follow recycling organic fish farming to protect the environment
Heritage Foundation by the guide and methodologies of Dr. M.K. Pradhan emphasis on improvement of the quality of life and economic well-beings of the rural people. Thus, It works mainly and mostly on to development aim for the social and economic development of rural areas by showing the scientifically proved and successful methods in Horticulture, Uses of Bio Fertilizer, Employment generation through skill development training, Basic and Professional & Technical Education, Health, Poverty eradication through self-employment and Counselling on different govt. schemes for making those successful for rural people to avail those opportunities.