National Institute of Women, Child and Youth Development (NIWCYD) was established in 1982 and registered under the Society Registration Act 1860 in the year 1985. The organization is of an all India character. Presently it is working in three states viz. Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh & some part of Uttar Pradesh. The organization has established The major programmes of the organization are going on in remote and tribal pockets of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and also working some parts of Uttarkhand and Uttar Pradesh. Following is the brief summary of the programs of the organization since its inception.
- Child Development & Education Program
- Group Building and Awareness Programs for Tribal and Rural Women
- Village Mobilization and Leadership Development Program
- Information Dissemination and Skill Development of Groups
- Women Empowerment through self help promotion
- Networking with NGOs and People’s Organizations on the issues of livelihood and capacity building of the community and community based organizations.
- Soil and Water Conservation Program
- Promotion of Agriculture and Horticulture activities
- Water and Sanitation
- Livelihood issue of the tribals through Natural Resource Management, Agriculture development ensuring women participation.
- Emergency Relief & Rehabilitation Work During Disaster & Natural Calamities
The primary objectives of the Institute are : working for overall development of women, children and youth and empowering them for the purpose of obtaining their participation in the process of their own development, developing skills and leadership potential of rural and tribal youth, improving self sufficiency of people living in remote areas of the country by their social and political empowerment through Panchayat Raj Institutions and local CBOs without drastically altering their life styles and undertaking activities related to Natural Resource Management including soil and water development and conservation.
NIWCYD aims to be an instrument of tribal and rural development through the process of complete empowerment of the beneficiaries which will render them self sufficient, thereby reducing or eliminating their dependence on external support for any issue or difficulty they may face.
The guiding philosophy of NIWCYD's efforts has been to utilize natural resources - real and potential, those are available locally and enable sustainable development and empower the community based organizations to fight for the local issues to safeguard the rights of the poor and the tribal.
Core Issues being addressed by NIWCYD
- Livelihood issue of the tribal and marginal farmers through Natural Resource Management, Agriculture development ensuring women participation.
- Strengthening of Community Based Organisations and Panchayati Raj Institutions.
- Socio-Economic empowerment of the women.
- Reducing the Child Mortality and Malnutrition
- Child rights and Education
- Social security of unorganized sector
- Water, Sanitation and Health
- Skills Development & Livelihood earning
- Disaster Relief and Rehabilitation
Work of NIWCYD revolves basically in the rural and remote tribal areas with the focus on:
- Ethnic groups viz. Baigas, Gonds, Korkus, Mowasi, Madias and Saharia.
- Marginal Farmers.
- Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Children of weaker sections.
- Delinquent, neglected and street children.
- Child labour.
- New born.
Present Area of Operation
Organisation is working in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chhatisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand region particularly in tribal and rural belt.
Villages Covered are as follows :
- Madhya Pradesh - 5000 villages of Dindori, Mandla, Seoni, Balaghat, Umaria, Sahadol, Jabalpur, Chhindwara, Betul, Bhopal, Harda, Guna, Vidisha, Hoshangabad, Raisen, Katni, Satna, Sagar, Ujjain, Badwani, Jhabua, Narsingpur, Balaghat, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Neemuch, Damoh, Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh districts – Tribal Pocket with the network of local CSOs
- Maharashtra & Goa - 1000 villages of Nagpur, Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Yavatmal, Wardha, Amravati, Akola, Washim, Buldhana, Nanded, Nandurbar, Nashik, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Satara, South Goa districts – Rural & tribal Pocket
- Chhattisgarh - 200 villages of Kanker, Ambikapur Kawardha, Bilaspur, Korba, Rajnandgaon, Janjgir Chapa, Jaspur, Raipur, Gariyaband, Balod, Bemetara, Dantewada, Kondhagaon, Durg districts – Tribal Pocket
- Uttarakhand & UP - 20 villages
- 125 Slum areas of Nagpur, Bhopal and Jabalpur cities
- Platform children at Bhopal, Itarsi and Katni railway stations