Enriching lives: through Sustainable Agriculture
…innovative and unconventional approaches towards sustainable development
…reaching out…to most in need …in different times.
DEVELOPMENT INNOVATION / INNERVATIONS

Developing models of Development is a priority concern and interaction of ECOMWEL. A field area is identified to addressing all emerging concerns using comprehensive community development approach in which people are the central focus for changes


Enriching Lives – Through Sustainable Agriculture
Village identification | Farmers Identification | Training for farmers Exposure visits | Farmers Club | Field Demonstration | Demonstration Plots Seed Bank | Women Collective Farming | Veterinary Camping


Sustainable agriculture takes many forms, but at its core is a rejection of the industrial approach to food production developed during the 20th century. This system, with its reliance on monoculture, mechanization, chemical pesticides and fertilizers, biotechnology, and government subsidies, has made food abundant and affordable. However, the ecological and social price has been steep: erosion; depleted and contaminated soil and water resources; loss of biodiversity; deforestation; labor abuses; and the decline of the family farm. The concept of sustainable agriculture embraces a wide range of techniques, including organic, free-range, low-input, holistic, and biodynamic.



The common thread among these methods is an embrace of farming practices that mimic natural ecological processes. Farmers minimize tilling and water use; encourage healthy soil by planting fields with different crops year after year and integrating croplands with livestock grazing; and avoid pesticide use by nurturing the presence of organisms that control crop-destroying pests. Beyond growing food, the philosophy of sustainability also espouses broader principles that support the just treatment of farm workers and food pricing that provides the farmer with a livable income

Our Objectives

* Awareness on Environmental Protection, Economic Viability, benefits and Social responsibilities.

* Support System to Landless Women Farmers

* Sensitizing Farming Communities on Livestock care and Maintenance.

CAPACITY BUILDING

Capacity building on contemporary development issues is one of the key strengthens of ECOMWEL. Over the past 3 decades, ECOMWEL has addressed varied issues relating to disability, economic sustenance, rural urban poverty and lack of access to health care. It has developed an expertise in building capacities of NGOs though training, workshops, documentation and campaign adopting principles of Equity, Justice and Non distribution.


NGO PROJECT GRANT SUPPORT

…together making dreams a reality!
…every action counts…

Micro-Macro Continuum

ECOMWEL’s support for developmental projects is guided by its mission “Empower the most in need”. ECOMWEL keeps its focus broad-based to respond effectively to different types of human needs. In the past, we had offered support to more than 80 projects and programmes covering different cross-section of people from the individual to small groups to large communities.

NGO PROJECT GRANT SUPPORT

WHOM?
Dalits in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Tribals in jawadhu hills
Narikuravar tribals in Tamil nadu
Muslim women and marginalized Dalit women
Children and Youth
People with disabilities
The yannadis in Andhra Pradesh
Widows and deserted women
The urban poor community
The arundhathiyar

WHY?
To empower the men and women.
To develop them socially and economically
To provide knowledge and access in the areas of livelihood, education, health and hygiene
Organise the widows and empower them through collective farming process.
Provide job opportunities.
HOW
By forming, promoting and strengthening SHG.
By way of counseling and capability building process.
By ensuring the scheduled tribal status as applicable.
Provide livelihood through collective farming process.

HOW?
* Project Selection: Involves Desk Study, Panel Presentation, Proposal Strengthening and Issue Focus Discussions.

* Proposal Strengthening and Budgeting: Understanding Geographical Constituency and defining the project goals, objectives, activities and expected outcome, in line with the budget.

* Project Orientation: sharing of ideals between Ecomwel and the project partners, expectations and financial norms and procedures.

* Project Monitoring: Monitoring of Field Area, target groups, field staff, and their direction towards project proposed activities. Identification of constraints and needs during implementation.
* Project Accompaniment: Support process involving partner perceptivities and additional strengthening of skills.

* Project Mid Review: Strength and Gap analysis for every 6 months for introspective learning.

* Project Evaluation: Analysis with the external experts, or Ecomwel itself for an eye-to-eye reflection.


Current Projects >>



INDIVIDUAL FELLOWSHIP GRANT PROMISING AND PERFORMING

ECOMWEL offers limited number of fellowship opportunities for individuals who initiate development innovation confined to a predetermined small geographical area. It looks into the proposal submission based on the principles of equity.
Individuals, with deep passion and commitment to the society, come up with a micro-level project plan that might be bordering on success or failure. The grants are offered to such individuals, who are accessible and committed to smaller communities, or just a couple of villages.
They are usually not affiliated to any organisation or NGO’s and operate on personal interest and are mostly creative in developmental models and projects, which mostly bring effective and appreciative results. Newly-established individuals may be provided with a short-term grant to support a strategic planning exercise. Assuming successful completion of these grants, applicants would then be invited to re-apply for another project. The field work would be in the areas of education, community development, sanitation, agricultural awareness and so on, which balances with ECOMWEL’s model.

Mr. Jayaraman works with the Irula tribals in Chengalpat district with the objectives to build Capacity of women through formation of Sangams, to reduce school dropout among Irula tribals by enrolling them into schools and to organize Right to Education campaign among tribals.

Mr. Chezhiyan, a visually challenged carries out activities in Tiruvannamalai to ensure in focus to collect data about the number of 3% reservation for the disabled people in government departments.  His activities include assessment of disabled children situation in the local schools and enrolling them.   Organizing discussions with creating awareness on the 3% reservation in government jobs for the differently abled.

Ms. Ujala Begum a Muslim minority single woman affected by leprosy organizes vocational training (Tailoring) for women in Vandhavasiand also supports supplementary education centers for Muslim children.
Mr. Joseph works with urban poor community especially with women, children and youth. Formation if SHGS, developing women entrepreneurs towards self reliance is the core component of fellowship.

DISASTER RELIEF

ECOMWEL’s strength lies in our ability to meet the urgent needs of women, children and families during disasters such as flood, Tsunami and fire, as we work towards a long-term vision of social justice, incorporating the principles of equity and non discrimination. The need and concern of infant, children, differently abled, elderly, women, adolescent girls and widows are given priority in needs assessment as well as response, securing them in the safety net of immediate relief.

Women are often hardest hit when disaster strikes. They have fewer resources to start with and often are primarily responsible for those made most vulnerable. The Fund lets us act immediately and effectively, bringing crucial resources- like food, water, medical care and shelter- directly to the vulnerable and those most in need.

ECOMWEL also aids support in procuring lost documents like Ration Card, Certificates etc, due to natural calamities and man-made calamities, thereby securing identity and progress.

Relief response flowchart


Relief materials:
-              Water pots with lid
-              Mats
-              Cooking utensils
-              Trunk boxes
-              Bed sheets
-              Candles
-              Groceries
-              Clothes
-              Education materials
-              Infant food
-              Sanitary napkin

INTERVENTION STRATEGIES

Capacity building towards perspective & skill strengthening

Development innovations to create models & change

Developing partnership with organisations

Individuals working among marginalized

Disaster reliefs as extension support to the vulnerable and those most in need.