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Socio-economic Transformation for Inclusive Development & Environment

The project will bridge peace-prosperity-planet through education, skills-based entrepreneurship and climate action in Kashmir state, India.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The consequences of war, conflict and unrest are particularly damaging to civilian populations, displacing them within their own state, depriving them of security and stability, and preventing them from achieving prosperity. The resulting insecurity and instability that follows from these circumstances – lack of basic needs, harsh surroundings, and generational poverty – forces many to turn to violence in defense of their right to survive. These tragic circumstances have increased societal awareness of the need to understand and to prevent the conditions leading to violence. The theory of change is that literacy, education and sustainable livelihoods are central for promoting peace, sustainable development and prosperity in long-term conflict affected areas, and will prove to be crucial in bringing peace in the long run in the international and domestic conflict zone of Baramulla district. The pivotal idea is to achieve education for children by mainstreaming 3,000 Out of School Children (OOSCs), educating15,000 women through proven model of computer based functional literacy (CBFL) and building skills-based livelihoods and enterprises for 7,500 households in the region. The project will also promote Climate Literacy and Peace education for all, engage in sustainable green cover management and introduce solar energy for homes and livelihoods across 200 villages. The proposed solutions will prove to be key to increasing economic efficiency and social consistency for the people affected with conflict, inequality and natural disasters. By increasing the value and efficiency of people, it will help to alleviate the poor from poverty and improve quality of life. The cumulative efforts will improve the educational attainment of the next generation, thereby raising the next generation's chances for peace and prosperity, while better equipped to handle and manage risks from frequently occurring natural disasters like flash floods and earthquakes.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

The beneficiaries of the project are Out of school children (OOSCs) of age group 6-14 years, women of 15+ age group and their families from around 200 villages in the armed conflict area of Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir. The idea of the project is to benefit the torch bearers of tomorrow through education and to build a conflict-free society by mainstreaming Out of School Children through HPPI’s proven Kadam model and building economic empowerment of the women through functional literacy and skills-based entrepreneurship models (both proven at scale), which can open the door for better livelihood opportunities for the women. As quoted by former Indian president, Pratiba Patil, "Education is a key to Kashmir’s peace and prosperity”. Thus, it is a peace induced sustainable development model leading to prosperity and safe planet through education, peace and climate literacy.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

The goal of achieving long-term peace and prosperity in a sustainable development framework by benefitting adults and children alike makes the idea unique. Additionally, all the proposed solutions are proven-at-scale models of HPPI with high impact and low costs across India, which makes for a robust social investment in the region and has the potential for scaling up in the region and/or replicating it in any conflict zone across the globe. The project will also leverage from the HPPI’s partnership with J & K government on invitation for providing a) printed Kadam toolkits - workbooks for OOSCs and manuals for teachers; b) teachers for running the Special Training Centers: c) space for centers in the Govt. schools and d) mid-day meals for children enrolled at STCs at Govt. schools. The integrated model for solving the Complex problems keeping short-term and long-term impacts in their solutions makes the project idea unique and innovative.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Full Scale Roll Out: I have already tested and scaled this idea significantly with the intended user base.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Humana People to People India is a development organization registered as a not-for-profit company under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956 as of 21st May 1998 working for the holistic development of the under-privileged and marginalized people in rural and urban India through social development and poverty alleviation, and is part of the largest network of grassroots organization in the world.

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

The genesis of Humana People to People is deeply rooted in the fight against apartheid and civil conflicts in Sub-Saharan Africa in 1970s. The founding principles of the movement and the organization has been both a guiding light and an inspiration for our work fighting inequality and poverty shoulder to shoulder with the people. The recent collaboration with J & K government to mainstream OOSCs in the state with a long-term goal of achieving peace in the region.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

The state of Jammu and Kashmir has faced armed conflict since independence, which has deeply affected people’s livelihood, their living environments and their access to education. Child labour is one of the biggest challenge faced by government in the state. As per a report of state human rights, J & K has an alarming dropout rate of 57.41% in primary schools. Baramulla has been one of the militant infested district and is the poorest district of Jammu and Kashmir with highest number of people living below poverty line. Female literacy stands alarmingly low at 49.63 percent in the district. The wars that broke out in the area has fragmented societies and has led to the depletion of natural resources. The highly militarised space has not only usurped agricultural lands and residential areas; it has also taken a heavy toll of the forests. The state is also affected by natural calamities like landslides, flash floods, snow avalanches etc.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

The project will be executed and implemented by HPPI. The project will be implemented using participatory approaches to development with the community. The project will also work directly with local NGOs, the Govt. of J & K in mainstreaming OOSCs and will leverage this partnership to drive convergence benefits from other Govt. schemes and departments to the target community and region in the project. The range of activities across the broader thematic areas will be organized through consultation process with the community and the local government, along with community specific skills and climate programs. The project will be for the people, by the people for achieving sustainability of efforts and results, creating ownership within the community the project will operate in.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

People have sound knowledge and possess traditional skills in horticulture, handicrafts and handlooms but in absence of structured market development, the supply is low, even though the state has prominent tourism industry. Major handcrafted products from the district are – shawl, ladies bag, cushion cover, suits etc. Hand embroidery and Papier Mache are famous skills found in Baramulla. The district has high potential to give boost to the entrepreneurship culture to a large extent.

Geographic Focus

The project will work in 200 villages of Baramulla district Jammu & Kashmir district of India.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

The project will be implemented in 36 months.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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