CNI SBSS is the development and justice wing of the Church of North India. CNI SBSS, through Dioceses and their congregations, works with the marginalized and deprived communities focusing primarily on Dalits, Adivasis, Women and Children. CNI SBSS promotes and facilitates holistic development of the marginalized communities, contributing to the mission of Church of North India and towards country’s growth.
CNI SBSS was established by the First Synod of the Church of North India held at Punjab in 1971. It was conceived as an expression of the Church’s concern for the poor and issues related to justice and human rights. The Vision and Mission of CNI SBSS was evolved in the Calcutta Consultation in 1978 and it became directly involved with planning and implementing programs. The approach of the CNI SBSS evolved from a Welfare Model to a Rights Based Approach, which is a paradigm shift from Social Service to Social Action. The approach recognizes and develops the capacity of communities to identify and analyze their own situation and subsequently develop programs to resolve their problem.
Establishing a society based on equality, justice and peace in harmony with nature.
CNI SBSS covers a population of 2 million through 15 Diocesan Board of Social Services spread across six states of India. Our overarching objectives are:
- Facilitating community development work
- Capacity building and leadership development
- Networking and advocacy
- Resource mobilization and sharing
- Knowledge building and dissemination
PROJECT: REBUILDING WALLS & REBUILDING LIVES
Deprivation of the marginalized communities e.g. Dalits (Schedule Caste) and Adivasis (Schedule Tribe) is a multidimensional phenomenon. Poverty for them is not only limited to fiscal but also in relation to other basic necessities for dignified life. The project “Rebuilding Walls & Rebuilding Lives”, addresses multiple dimensions of poverty. The project focuses on 100 villages to do the integrated work, which is known as Core villages; and rest of the 840 villages focuses on advocacy work and they are known as Advocacy villages. The intervention focuses on Education, Health, Water and Sanitation benefits; creating employment opportunities in 100 core villages; acquiring agriculture and homestead land for the landless; and accessing social security schemes e.g. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), Indira AwasYojna, etc. in the 840 Advocacy villages. At present, the project is implemented in six states through 15 DBSS.
GOAL: “To improve the Human Development Poverty Index among dalit and tribal by ensuring their rights through strengthening of collective institutions of people, governance and administrative institutions; and their mutual interface through Diocese and their Congregation.”
PROJECT: LET MY PEOPLE GO
The project was launched in 2015. It is implemented in three states of Church North India’s operational areas viz. Jharkhand, West Bengal and Punjab covering approx. 100 villages. The project implemented through DBSS Chotanagpur in Jharkhand focuses on the formation of cooperative for minor forest product like- Lac, Mahua, Tamarind etc.; and Production and marketing of lac. The project implemented through DBSS Barrackpore in West Bengal focuses on training on Black pepper farming; Development of nursery, black pepper plantation and strengthening the producer group. The project implemented through DBSS Amritsar in Punjab focuses on training and providing organizational support to DBSS Amritsar for supporting Education initiatives in 10 Leadership development centers that act as after-school support for children; and supporting Self Help Groups for income generation activities. These centers also train the children in co-curricular activities like singing, debating etc.
PROJECT: LOCAL CAPACITY FOR PEACE
In many of CNI SBSS’s project areas structured conflict and violence for various socio-political and economic reasons are observed. Community tensions or conflicts triggered by political or communal forces can jeopardize all developmental efforts. CNI SBSS believes that the youth can play an important role in bringing about positive change and can be good leaders. Youth needs encouragement and positive affirmation to move forward in life. However, we have seen that young people are known for getting into trouble for various reasons, in many instances they are misguided and influenced negatively to meet the interests of some individuals/ groups. So it is vital that the young generation is guided, supported and given opportunity to transform the future. CNI SBSS has initiated the process of working on a Collective Youth Program along with Local Capacity for Peace Project’s South Asian network partners (comprising of NGOs from South Asia), where the youth are the focal point and are being banked upon to take initiatives on working on conflict and conflict transformation in their own community with the goal: “To build a counterculture of cooperation and cohesive communities through youth activities”. Through this initiative, CNI SBSS capacitates the youth, so that they will be able to access situations and have ownership in their communities.
CHAIRMAN, CNI SBSS
The Rt. Revd. Prakash D. Patole
SECRETARY & HON. CHIEF COORDINATOR, CNI SBSS
Mrs. Poornima Lall
TREASURER, CNI SBSS
Mrs. Anuradha Amos
HEAD OF PROGRAMS
Mr. Soumya Ranjan Mohanty
Phone: +91 9953324973
HEAD OF FINANCE
Mr. Rohan Diarsa
Phone: +91 8130591955
CNI Bhawan, 16, Pandit Pant Marg,
Phone: 91-11-237 18168/2126
PROGRAM SUPPORT OFFICE (WEST)
CNI SBSS, Christ Prem Seva Ashram,
Near Sakal Newspaper Office
PT Depot Natawadi, Shivaji Nagar
Pune – 411 005 (Maharashtra)
Tel: 91-20 255 14820
PROGRAM SUPPORT OFFICE (EAST)
Plot No. 436-D, Flat No. 301, 2nd Floor,
Subhadra Residency, Baramunda,
Dist. Khurda, Odisha
Tel: +91 94 3752 7124