The Marginalised Community Empowerment (MCE) Program focuses on a variety of migrant communities in rural India, located in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Punjab.
Migrant communities often live without the fundamental freedoms of action and choice that many others take for granted. They lack adequate food and shelter, education, healthcare access and other social and political opportunities that keep them from leading a fulfilling life of their choosing.
Due to their marginalisation, they can also face extreme vulnerability to ill health, economic dislocation, and natural disasters. Discrimination affects them in their communities and they are often exposed to poor treatment by institutions of the state rendering them powerless to influence key decisions affecting their lives.
In order to facilitate their empowerment and effect sustainable change, we must first build strong relationships, proving that we are here to assist them, not to decide for or use them, as they are often accustomed to. They have a better understanding of their needs than we do and it is imperative that they have ownership in the development process and the decisions that affect them, thus community participation is strongly encouraged.
Our aim is to inspire and nurture the development of skills for self-sufficiency, innovation and self-reliance through a variety of programs:
- Health Education (including information and assistance accessing local healthcare facilities)
- Microfinance (in the format of Self-Help Groups, financial literacy and individual micro-finance projects)
- Arts (such as craft development and theatre)
- Children’s Activities (promoting creativity and engagement)
- General Education (reading, writing, Hindi, mathematics and basic English).
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