HELPING HANDS community based organization<br /> <br />Assessment Task – 1 STRATEGY REPORT<br />Kerala is a state in India, located on the southwestern region of the country. Even though there are many community based organizations in Kerala there are no active organizations involved in food banking. Some of the rich people provide food for one day in orphanages or other charitable organizations occasionally if they have any functions in their family like birthday, marriage etc. I would like to develop an organization in Kerala which distributes food and clothes for the most needed people in community, those who are disadvantaged or at risk, including homeless people, charitable organizations etc. <br />I was very much impressed with two charity organizations one in India and the other in Australia which influenced me to design a new organization which provides food and clothing to the most needed ones in the community. <br />OZ harvest food rescue– OZ Harvest is a non-denominational charity that rescues excess food which would otherwise be discarded. This excess food is distributed to the charities supporting the vulnerable in Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle and Adelaide. OZ Harvest was founded in Sydney, November 2004. They began with one van and delivered 4000 meals in their first month of operation. Currently in Sydney OZ Harvest delivers 180,000 meals per month with a fleet of 10 vans. <br />OZ Harvest collects food from function centers, caterers, restaurants, supermarkets, corporate offices, cafes, tourist operators and provides that food to charity. OZ harvest is the only charity that collects and delivers excess perishable food in Sydney on a daily basis. <br />Food for life Vrindavan – Food for life Vrindavan is a humanitarian association recognized by the Indian government. For the last 10 years food for Vrindavan has worked in the poorest villages in the Vrindavan area (In New Delhi). Their work includes food distribution, basic medical assistance, training courses for women, drilling for drinking water and construction of water tanks, assistance to the elderly and disabled, distribution of clothes, environmental projects and education, providing primary school education for disadvantaged children. <br />After knowing about these organizations a detailed research was done by me to know the various ways to set up an organization with similar functioning methods, their best practice methods and how to consider a range of viable options for making this program sustainable. These two organizations were working successfully for many years.<br /> <br />The organization which I would like to set up is named as HELPING HANDS. Helping Hands will have a combined function of OZ harvest and food for life Vrindavan. That is - the organization will be concentrating on distribution of food and clothing for the needed ones. The target group includes: <br /><ul><li>Homeless people – There are a large number of people who are homeless in Kerala. They sleep in the bus stand, in front of shops or whichever place where they can find a small roof over them. They can be seen as singles or in a group which include their partner and kids.
People living in Slums – Includes families with extreme poverty who could not earn enough for their day to day needs and food.
Patients in Government hospitals who don’t have anyone for help etc.</li></ul>How does Helping Hands work?<br />Helping hands works based on participative developmental framework. The frame work analyses three components of participative development, ‘what’, ‘who’ and ‘how’. <br />The ‘what’ of participative development considers the nature of the task and the relationships that are established between local residents and professionals? The members of Helping Hands and the owners / responsible personal of the shop, bakery, restaurant, hotels, supermarkets who donates food are equally involved in this program. The shop owners donate their food which is excessive at the end of the day or the food products nearing the expiry date, and the members of helping hands collect this food.<br />The second component, the ‘who’ in participation, include the local residents, the members of the organization and the target group. <br />The third component of the framework, the ‘how’ describes the participative development as an interactive process. Assessing where the initiative for participation comes from, which inducements for participation are involved, whether participation is voluntary or coerced and whether the structures of participation are formal or informal. <br />So we work combing the three components of framework. The food which is in excessive amounts at the end of the day and the food which is nearing its expiry dates are donated. Members of Helping Hands collect this food and are placed in special clean vessels and are distributed to the target group on the same day. It is made sure that the food which is distributed is hygienic and edible. Foods are even collected from certain houses / party halls where excessive food is there as a result of a party or program. It is made sure that the food is delivered to the target group without any delay which causes food damage. <br />Clothes donated by big textile shops are collected. Dresses donated by individuals are not collected from their home. These clothes can be dropped in the plastic bins which is kept in front of the branch offices or in community centers. Even clothes are washed and dried clean before distribution. <br />Flyers or pamphlets are distributed throughout the shops and restaurants so that anyone who is interested in donating their food can contact us. The names of the shops/restaurants providing food were printed in the pamphlets so as to advertise the shops name and thereby they are happy to donate their food. <br />Program Sustainability<br />The sustainability of the organization is one of the important factors. There are several factors which can affect the sustainability of the organization. The factors are mentioned below<br /><ul><li>Proper support from the community
Cohesiveness among the group members of the organization
Relation between the organization and its stake holders (shop owners)
Good leadership roles</li></ul>If all these factors are necessary to maintain sustainability of program. One of the main issues considered in this program is the quality of food delivered. Strict advices are given regarding food hygiene to the authorities who are donating the food. The food received is checked again by the health inspector of the organization to ensure safety of the clients. <br />Considering all these factors and by providing sincere service to the community can make this program sustainable and a great success. <br />Community development principles like holism, sustainability, consciousness raising etc are also considered while developing this organization. <br />References: <br /><ul><li>Food Bank – An Australia without hunger
Helping Hands [Image] </li></ul>Retrieved September 18, 2010, from http://media.photobucket.com/image/helping%20hand<br /><ul><li>OZ Harvest Food rescue.
Retrieved September 18, 2010 from http://www.ozharvestcanberra.org/donatefood
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