Community Mobilisation

‘Commitments

adopted social mobilisation as its focus of work, which involves raising awareness in the community, especially among the affected group, on the issues of their concern and mobilising them to take action. Taking a cross disability approach, ‘Commitments’ facilitates building of participatory, self-managed institutions among the PWD. These institutions function as vehicles for their self-reliance, socio-economic development and self-respect. It provides support in training, capacity building, experience sharing, awareness campaigns on disability (prevention and treatment) etc., to PwDs.

The PwDs are facilitated to mobilise themselves into SHGs (called Vikalangula Sangham) with about 10-15 members of both sexes, with cross disabilities and including children and are intended to provide micro finance services. There are 364 SHGs comprised of 4699 PwD members.

These SHGs are federated at Mandal level as Mandal Vikalangula Sanghams (MVS). The MVS is supposed to aggregate the issues of the PwDs from all the members of SHGs and villages and to consult/liaise with government departments to realize the rights and access rehabilitation and financial services from Government and Bank.

The eight MVSs formed into a federation, called ‘BISSA’ Committee, which in local language means Steering Committee. The Bissa Committee, a district level federation of MVSs is an apex institution at the district level mandated to represent disability issues in broader and higher platforms and to facilitate consultations with government departments and Banks to realize necessary services for the PWDs. This Bissa Committee is represented by each Mandal with 5 office bearers of the MVS along with one staff member of MVS. The BISSA Committee is registered as Mahabubnagar Zilla Vikalangula Sangham under Andhra Pradesh Societies Registration Act, 2001. In addition to this, all the eight MVSs promoted by Commitments are members of the larger district level federation called Zilla Vikalangula Samakhya promoted by Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP). The institutional structure of the PwDs is illustrated at below.

The 3 tier institutional structure is intended to provide diversified support services to its members at each level. The Sub-Committees at the MVS and Bissa Committee level play vital role in discharge of the specific roles and responsibilities assigned to them. The responsibilities assigned to the five Sub Committees relates to Institution Building, Advocacy with Government organizations, Rehabilitation, Loan Recovery, and Protection of Rights.. The issues raised here are represented to the line departments of the government, or with hospitals, etc wherever and whenever necessary by the members of the Committee. This Federation is a registered under the A.P Societies Registration Act 2001.

The SHGs, Federations and Steering Committee (BISSA Committee) of PwDs function as 'Disabled Peoples’ Organisations (DPOs). They have network with larger institutions of the poor at the village, Mandal and District level particularly the women organisations.

'Commitments’ have tax-exempt status in India, entitling the donations made to it to qualify for exemption Under Section 80 G of Income Tax Act, 1961. Similarly ‘Commitments’ possesses registration granted by Govt.of India, Ministry of Home Affairs under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 to receive donations and contributions from Foreign Donors and Agencies.

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