PJS India
Activities
  Our Major Project
Environment awareness campaign & Bio-Diversity Conservation
Conservation and sustainable use of biological resources based on local knowledge systems and practices is ingrained in Indian ethos. Programmes have also been launched by PJS for scientific management and wise use of diverse natural resources and ecosystems by the local communities.
The objective of the environment awareness campaign is to create mass awareness among general public, PRI members, school and college students and local clubs about environmental problems and to take measures for environment protection by active involvement of students, NGOs, youths, SHGs, farming communities, rural masses and general public.

PJS also celebrates all environmentally important days such as World Wetland Day  (2nd February), Earth Day (22nd April) World Environment Day (5th June), International Day for Preservation of Ozone layer (16th Sep), International Day for Conservation of Biodiversity (22nd May), etc. with active involvement of all Schools/institutions inChandabali block. Participants take up following activities on the occasion of celebration of Environment related days:

- Planting of local tree species.
- Cleaning of Public places/school compounds/ponds/drains, etc.
- Organization of film or slide shows at community centers, schools, colleges, etc. on environmental themes.
- Organization of puppet shows, street dramas, folk dances, songs, etc. to focus on the need to protect our environment.
- Saving water, repairing leaking pipes and joints
- Installation of rain water harvesting system for management and storage of rain water.
- Choosing products that are recyclable and also products made from recycled materials.
- Walking or riding a bike for short trips.
- Initiate the establishment of plant nurseries in schools, villages, etc.
- Organizing simple exhibitions, fairs, melas, etc. on environment.
- Organizing public debates and discussions on environment Vs. development in local languages for the general public.
- Organizing quiz/essay/painting/poster competitions on environment for school children.



Human Rights & Social Justice
PJS focuses on basic issues in the broad realm of women-gender-development and human rights advocacy and activism. We promote Rights of the Minorities, Rights of the Child, Women, and Disabled Persons ’ fundamentally in the light of Human Rights and Social Justice. Our conviction has been that there is a need to protect the rights of children, women and persons with disabilities, which are considered crucial to any attempt to address social justice in our society.

Women Empowerment & Gender rights
PJS focuses on gender equality and women’s empowerment not only as human rights, but also because they are a pathway to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and sustainable development in rural areas. PJS integrates gender equality and women’s empowerment into poverty reduction, democratic governance, crisis prevention and redressal, environment and sustainable development. Through our network (IPAP), we work to ensure that women have a real voice in all governance institutions, so they can participate equally with men in public dialogue and decision-making and influence the decisions that will determine their role in their families and communities.
Women Empowerment through advocacy for their rights, legal literacy, health and nutrition, Women Land Rights, Livelihoods activities, vocational trainings, Income generation, Leadership & Skill Development, formation of women and adolescent girls SHGs, Microfinance initiatives for poor women for their small entrepreneurships in more than 150 villages of Chandabali block.

Women SHG formation
 PJS has already promoted about 150 Women Self-help groups as the catalytic agents of change & development with the objective of empowering women through developing leadership abilities among poor people, increasing enrolment and retention of girl students, and improving maternal health and   nutrition and the use of birth control measures.

International women’s day celebration
 PJS has regularly been celebrating International women’ Day on 8th March with an aim to educate and sensitize the rural women about their social, economic, political and legal rights.

Promotion of adolescent girls groups
 PJS has constituted more than 10 nos. of adolescent girls groups in five villages of Orashai G.P. We have conducted various social, cultural and vocational training programmes for women and adolescent girls to develop them as a leader and catalyst of change. These groups also monitor the maintenance and use of sanitation infrastructure already installed in the villages.

Child rights
PJS is fully committed to the Convention on the Rights of the Children (CRC). Special attention is being given to children of vulnerable families. Majority of them are girls who are forced into prostitution, sexual abuse, exploitation and crime. Awareness programmes are being organized to educate the public about the general sense of apathy that grips society with regard to the rights of children. In addition all out efforts are on to sensitize government officials and PRI members with other societal actors in order to ensure greater compliance with international human rights norms.

Rights of Person with disabilities
Emphasizing the importance of mainstreaming disability issues as an integral part of relevant strategies of sustainable development, PJS recognizes that discrimination against any person on the basis of disability is a violation of the inherent dignity and worth of the human person. Therefore well thought out strategies are put in place to design and implement the community development programmes in such a way that would  promote and protect the human rights of all persons with disabilities, including those who require more intensive support. Emphasis is on ensuring that persons with disabilities do not face the barriers in their participation as equal members of society

Rights of the Dalits
The term Dalit is generally understood as ‘oppressed', ‘broken' or ‘crushed'. However, this name has been adopted by the people otherwise referred to as Harijans and untouchables. In legal and constitutional terms, Dalits are known in India as scheduled castes. Almost 90 per cent of Dalits live in rural areas. Economic exploitation remains their most acute problem. They are almost all marginal farmers or landless labourers. Many are in debt and are obliged to work off their debts as bonded labour. In some areas many high-caste landlords pay their Dalit labourers minimum wages in cash or food, or nothing at all. Mob violence against Dalit communities is frequently reported.  PJS is committed to the elimination of discrimination based on caste.



Entrepreneurship & Skill Development Training
Entrepreneurship & skill development Training programmes conducted by PJS mainly focuses on poverty reduction with special emphasis on sustainable rural development and gender equity. Individual and group entrepreneurs are a driving force for ensuring competitive growth base in rural areas. However, Human capabilities and the right institutional framework are necessary conditions for entrepreneurship to flourish, particularly in rural areas. Therefore, the essential elements in this programme are to increase confidence among rural young men and women entrepreneurs through hands-on trainings in order to foster entrepreneurial dynamism among these entrepreneurs.

Income generation for the weaker section of the society has been the main thrust PJS since its inception. With the support of the MSME, a unit of Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India PJS has organized entrepreneurship & skill building programme for the unemployed women, girls and youths.


Capacity Building & Networking
PJS believes that good governance and the building of a human rights culture requires that role-players be well equipped with adequate information and knowledge to manage and implement effective and sustainable rural development programmes. Networking is essential for information sharing and developing best practice.

Workshop on inclusion
Persons with disabilities are often overlooked, neglected and forgotten in the process of design and implementation of community development projects. As such, it is vital that we must take their needs, concerns and abilities into account when designing and implementing the programs and activities in order to promote access, inclusion and the full participation of persons with disabilities. After the workshop was over, a strong local committee of persons with disabilities could be formed with an intention to educate and sensitize the persons with disabilities to fight for their rights and entitlements in water and sanitation. Capacity building programmes are regularly organized for the project team members on WASH promotion and social inclusion.

Capacity Building of Community Based Organization
Strengthening of community networking system through capacity building of community organization leaders and other key persons has been one of the strategic development goals of PJS to scale up sustainable water sanitation & hygiene promotion initiatives with special emphasis on

- Mobilization of women participation in community development.
- Empowerment of community leaders for developing their lobbying capacity to ensure better service delivery.
- Awareness building to improve quality of life of women.
- Promotion and practices of key hygiene behaviors.



Community Health
PJS ’s integrated approach to health care delivery extends the impact beyond curative health care to many of the root causes of ill health, such as building awareness, health promotion and disease prevention, nutrition and personal hygiene. Emphasis is on improving the quality of primary healthcare services, enhancing access to secondary care and enabling  the community people to manage their own health care initiatives.
PJS also effectively focuses on community-based child and reproductive health interventions.

Promotion of Gram Kalyan Samit (GKS)
- To enhance community participation in planning and implementation of health and allied activities at village level.
- To create awareness on maternal health services, child health services and family planning services, safe & healthy sanitary practices etc.
- To create awareness about services available under various diseases control programme.

Promotion of Family planning measures
Socio-economic constraints like high levels of illiteracy, poor access to information, poverty, and gender-based disparities serve as significant barriers to family planning in our rural areas. These include social stereotyping, lack of male involvement in family planning, and continuing open discrimination against the girl child, adolescent girls and women. Keeping all this in view, PJS frequently organizes programmes aimed at promoting family planning measures in our operational villages.

Malaria control programme
Malaria not only poses a high risk to health for rural people, but it adversely affects economic growth of rural communities. Socioeconomic conditions of the community have direct bearing on the problem of malaria. Ignorance and impoverished conditions of people contribute in creating source and spread of malaria. Prevention of the disease through better knowledge and awareness is the appropriate way to keep disease away and remain healthy. PJS has been working in collaboration with govt. and other agencies to reduce the incidence of malarial death in remote rural areas.

Over all health interventions by PJS are to
• Promote & facilitate the campaign on immunization, diarrhoeal disease, measles, malaria, malnutrition and tuberculosis.
• Conduct orientation on Sexual and reproductive health of adolescent and women in the reproductive age.
• Organize awareness campaign on HIV/AIDS
• Strengthening of community organization for health promotion in rural area
• Capacity building training programme for accredited social health activist.
• Advocacy for strengthening of health care service delivery mechanism.