The Direct Programmes are the programmes which are implemented and monitored entirely by CASA in the neediest areas. The staff stays with the community to understand their problems and issues. Focus is on sustainable livelihood, education, gender mainstreaming, Disaster Risk Reduction and community participation in the local capacity building. As per our policy, the focus is to prepare the community members so that they help each other in the longer run. CASA’s role is that of a facilitator as we believe that transformation and development is in the hands of the community.
Sustainable development programmes in 13 states
Under this programme we directly work with the poorest communities across India by organizing and mobilizing people for sustainable and economic development through use of local resources and traditional and democratic institutions. This is also known by the name Core Programmes.
Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (Odisha and West Bengal)
Lymphatic Filariasis is an infectious parasitic disease transmitted by mosquitoes causing permanent or temporary disabilities – mostly on the lower portion of the body. Flies infect humans with roundworms in blood stream which further breeds and attack the lymphatic system of the body. The crippling disease is very prevalent in Odisha, West Bengal and other tropical states of India. CASA extensively provides medical care and teaches disease management techniques to its patients.
Comprehensive Food Security Program (Maharashtra)
This particular programme is implemented in Maharashtra’s drought-hit Yavatmal district where small farmers, sharecroppers, women, landless and other vulnerable people face high debt burden and are susceptible to suicidal tendencies. CASA works on the issues of farmers’ suicides and their access to livelihood by incorporating sustainable agricultural practices, building community’s resilience for facing environmental challenges among other such models.
Child Labour Free Zone Project (Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh)
Abject poverty and lack of livelihood opportunities causes trickle-down effect on the mental and physical growth of children, who drop out of schools to work as labourers. CASA ensures overall development of children in the two states by giving them an opportunity to study again at CASA’s Bridge schools – thereby ensuring child rights and creating Child Labour Free Zones.
Local Capacity for Peace (LCP) Programme (14 states)
CASA helps communities and local institutions to address issues of resource-based conflict through development planning – where people live with dignity. This type of programme is also conducted in partnership model.
Food Security for Community Mobilisation (FSCM) Programme (10 states)
This special programme creates employment opportunities for the neediest communities, making them self-sufficient and self-reliant during crisis period. Food grains are given as wages to the people enrolled in the programme. From creating and renovating land for cultivation to construction of multi-purpose water harvesting structures in their village, FSCM steadily builds capacity of the reference communities.
Partnership Programmes are the programmes which are implemented in partnership with like-minded NGOs who are engaged in supporting poor and marginalized sections of the society. The NGOs must have a similar understanding of community service and should be in sync with CASA’s Mission. CASA’s main role is to accompany, extend institutional and capacity building support to the partners for successful implementation of a planned process. Presently, CASA is associated with 500 + direct and indirect partners.
We address a plethora of issues in partnership model among which sustainable livelihood, women empowerment and development in eastern and north-eastern India are our main arena of work.
Sustainable livelihood and Food Security in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and other states.
*Strengthening livelihood for the marginalised people, besides addressing the issue of forest and non-forest land entitlement.
We are actively working for the welfare of the ailing tea garden workers in Dooars region and vulnerable communities in Sunderbans in east India.
Empowering Women and Gender Justice in Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, and Chhattisgarh.
*Building leadership and empowering women with support from various NGOs, specially women-headed NGOs.
Development in North-East in Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram.
*We are addressing issues of conflict and insurgency in the region, accessibility and infrastructure problems, prevalence of HIV/AIDS, Human trafficking and cross-border migration due to lack of livelihood opportunities.
CASA is one of the early responders to major disasters in the country. We reach the most remote parts of the disaster-hit regions where relief might not reach on time due to connectivity barriers. CASA’s immediate relief operation makes sure that basic necessities for survival like food, dry ration, clean drinking water, temporary shelters and other utilities reach people at the time of disaster. CASA also believes in rehabilitating and building capacities (subject to fund availability) of the communities, helping them to start life afresh.
Community participation in disaster preparedness is another area which, we believe, is most necessary. CASA conducts disaster management and training exercises for the volunteers and communities to help reduce risks during disasters. This type programme is mostly conducted in areas which are disaster prone.
Some key programmes/ responses by CASA include:
Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR) (Odisha)
Climate smart disaster Programme (Bihar)
Tsunami relief operation and rehabilitation 2004
Uttarakhand disaster relief operation and rehabilitation 2013
Chennai relief operation Floods 2015
Flood Relief and response in Eastern and North-Eastern India 2016