Centre for Sustainable Development, CFSD, a non-profit organization, is registered under the Society`s registration act 1860 (Society Registration no: Maha 115 / 04 / Nagpur) and Bombay Public Trust Act 1950 [Trust Registration no: F-20854(Nagpur)].
The organization was started in the year 2004, with a vision to facilitate participatory and sustainable development processes that would make human settlements equitable living environments.
Mission Statement: “To develop human settlements into equitable living environment where the community has access to health, education, housing, basic infrastructure and livelihood options irrespective of their social and economic status.”
Since the last 10 years we have been working in the slums of Nagpur city. We work mainly with women and children. We have formed Women self help groups ; “ Bachat gats” in the slums and encourage women to run savings and credit program. To make them economically self reliant we also encourage them to start income generation activities by giving them livelihood trainings and tying up with banks for loans at lower interest rates. We also link them with other govt schemes which are available for the urban poor by close co-ordination with the social welfare depts. We also work closely with the slum kids through play schools and day care centres in the slums.
We have also identified Community based organizations in the slums and also formed these CBO’s wherever there are no active groups and address the issues of “Patta Rights “ of the slum dwellers by organizing regular awareness drives in the slums of the city through these groups.
CFSD Supports an integrated development approach for the improvement of living conditions in the slums by convergence of various local initiatives, national and regional programmes in the fields of urban environment, social and technical infrastructure, poverty alleviation, education and health. We strongly believe that for the success of any govt programs for the urban poor, Involving slum communities, especially woman, in the planning and implementation of sustainable slum improvement measures is a must . For a sustainable urban development concept, CFSD is committed to facilitate participatory approach encompassing slum dwellers, govt organizations, NGO`s and the private sector.
CFSD works with women, youth and children. In the urban areas savings and credit program is being run through formation of women Self Help groups . To make them economically self reliant we also encourage them to start income generation activities by giving them livelihood trainings and tying up with banks for loans at lower interest rates and also linking them with other govt schemes which are available for the urban poor in close co-ordination with the govt depts.
CFSD runs “Education sponsorship program” called “DNYANADA” in slums where there are no govt run ICDS centres. Besides providing them with basic education, they are also provided with nutritious diet, regular health check-ups and extracurricular activities.
To improve the employability of rural and urban youths from BPL families, CFSD is working at the grass root in partnership with government, private firms and NGOs to identify and train these youths and help them to get better jobs. This program with the youth is targeted towards economically weaker sections and is an important component of the anti-poverty program implemented through Govt initiatives.