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  1. 1. Village Reconstruction •&Ê Organization (India)Theme of the Year : SOLIDARITY
  2. 2. T• H M H H gHMaail VRO ( I N D I A ) - CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS Outreach of VROs activities. Since inception in 1969 Present Status Service Village Construction Projects Programs £ Centres CLRCs, VDTCs and XI Families expected ! S to be benefited villages) since CCCPs, VLPs, Ongoing (new HPs and OPs Ongoing (old «= CVs BPTCs, Completed / InauguratedSN Area Region o o villages) c OAHS o e 2009 C JQ (0 m Q .2 1 « IL Odisha North 3 11 381 0 0 0 9 51 Odisha Odisha South 3 9 240 0 0 0 3 3 Hydeabad 2 119 5424 0 1 30 17 5 Rajahmundry 2 39 1458 0 1 46 5 5II Andhra North Kothakota 1 21 954 0 2 90 10 0 Wardha 3 5 190 0 0 0 0 0 Guntur 3 82 5006 0 1 38 15 3 Nellore 3 65 3094 0 2 113 13 4III Andhra South Kadapa 1 28 1518 0 0 0 5 3 Tamilnadu 11 33 1593 0 0 0 2 1 TOTAL 32 412 19858 0 7 317 79 29 CCCPs - Community Child Care Programs, VLPs - Village Learning Programs, HPs - Health Programs, OPs - Other Programs, CVs - Childrens Villages, BPTCs - Basic Productivity Training Centres, CLRCs - Child Labor Rehabilitation Centres, VDTCs - Village Development Training Centres & OAHs - Old Age Homes
  3. 3. $wfafU I I Page No.Minutes of 39th Annual General Body Meeting 1Presidents Report 5Secretarys Report 7Operational Team Leaders Report 8OPERATIONAL AREAS - OVERVIEWArea - 1 Odisha Area Directors Report 10Area - II Andhra North Area Directors Report 15Area - III Andhra South Area Directors Report 19Report of the Chief - Quality Management 23ORGANOGRAM - VRO (India) 24FINANCES 25Report of the Treasurer 26Auditors Report 27Statements of Accounts 30Significant Accounting Policies 31Budget 2011-12Overview 2011-12 32Priorities / Focus & workplans 2011-12 33 . --jsEEswi.« --
  4. 4. HB BraSa &m°M Minutes of 39th Annual General Body Meeting held at Jeevan Jyothi, Hyderbad on 29th August, 2010 the men and women, who worship the spirit of God and Love". We all shall consider and treat them as his testimonial to each one of us. 3. Confirmation and approval of 38 th AGB Minutes: Since the Annual Report of VRO 2009-10 was circulated to all the General Body members prior to the AGB Meeting, the members had an opportunity to go through the Minutes of 38th Annual General Body Meeting and all the members confirmed and approved the same. 4. Secretarys Report: Dr. Nagender Swamy presented the SecretarysThe 39*1 Annual General Body Meeting was called to Report and stated that a total of 5 GoB meetingsorder by the President at 9.00 a.m. were held during the year. And Resolutions wereThe President invited the Secretary, the Treasurer and passed concerning the disposal of property andthe new OTL on to the dais and a roll call was taken - the GoB laid down clear guidelines regarding33 out of 47 Life Members and 1 out of 11 paid Annual usage, lease or disposal of VRO property andMembers were present. President invited Miss Sabien disposal of the old vehicles (4 wheelers and 2- Arnaut, the niece of late Prof. Fr. M.A. Windey, SJ, wheelers) at various site. The present Operationalthe Founder Director of VRO to share fond memories. Team includes Chief Quality Management and theA minutes silence was observed to pay our respect Chief Finance Management. A Memorandum ofand to mourn the demise of Archbishop Marampudi Understanding was entered into with the SocietyJoji. It was informed that in a few minutes, funeral of Jesuits as full time partners with VRO. Theservice would be observed at Vijayawada. Governing Board resolved to propose Fr. George DSouza as Member of the Governing Board andFifteen minutes were allotted for tea break. he became a Member of GoB. A proposal has been1. The Meeting began with a prayer song and the made to appoint M/s K.V.R. Subba Rao & Co. as light was lit by Ms. Sabien Arnaut and other GoB Auditors and the GB considered and approved. members. An outline of VRO Priorities & Focus 2010-11 was approved by the GoB and provided to the2. Fr. Joe Uebelmesser, SJ invited all the participants Operational Team and VRO personnel as an for their active participation in the AGB Meeting. important basis and the guiding factor for the He read out a special poem "Michael and the Indian program implementation. Village" which was written by him and he shared that- The Secretary appreciated all the GoB members and the GB members for their support and also to It is the first Annual General Assembly of VRO the personnel involved in recording the minutes of after the demise of our Founder Father M.A. the meetings. Windey, SJ. He died soon after the last General Assembly on 20th of September, 2009, in Haverlee, 5. Introduction of the new Operational Team Belgium. His body is resting in his home land - Leader: his heart and his spirit however are still among us. The President stepped down of the dais and In many Indian Villages, he has kindled a fire, honoured Fr. Santiago as a sign of appreciation which will never die "because it is nourished by all and giving responsibilities as the Operational Team _ __. ..__..- .._- -..-_- - - -.... - ._.-..... -...-....-........._. _ . . . . _ ._.- . .___. __ - . _. .-, .--- -- . . ..... ....... ............
  5. 5. am°m Leader and he expressed his happiness about Fr. • He thanked all the people for having given Santiagos acceptance to work with VRO. him the opportunity to carry forward the Vision of the VRO. And the President confirmed that the VRO is still a secular organization by saying like "some may 6. Report of Operational Team Leader / Area say, many may think... Jesuits are taking over Director - Andhra South: the VRO. But this is not correct". The members of The outgoing OTL thanked all the concerned for the GoB are nominated by the members of the having given him the opportunity to discharge the GB. This GoB will remain for the next 3 years and duties during the crisis situation. He mentioned the GoB will be the higher authority. that he knows Fr. Santiago for a very long time and wished to work with him in the team. Further, Mr. Ravi Pradeep was called on to the dais and he presented a brief report on the activities - the President asked him that he would be happy Projects, Programs and Service Centers of Andhra to give some of his responsibilities to the new OTL South. and thanked him that he carried too much burden on his shoulders during the years. Mr. Ravi Pradeep 7. Report of the Area Directors: was honoured with shawl and he thanked the GoB AD - Odisha: Started with a Sanskrit Slokam / for giving him the opportunity to carry forward the Verse. He mentioned that he is happy many people VRO. are visiting Orissa to extend a helping hand as the After that, Fr. Santiago shared the following: people are the poorest and needy. He particularly Thanked Fr. Joe Uebelmesser that he said good mentioned that the visits of Mr. Ronal Nachbauer, things about him and thanked all the GB members Ms. Christine and Ms. lez Thiry helped them a lot for accepting him as the new OTL to recommit themselves to carry forward the After some ups and downs in VRO, again he joined objectives of VRO in the State of Odisha. now to extend the needed services to the poor. AD -Andhra North: He presented a report of the Re-visioning and re-focusing and giving new Construction Projects, Program areas and Service orientation of VRO by following strategic view of : Centers of Hyderabad, Rajahmundry, Kothakota i Transformation of the people in the Villages and Wardha regions. He specially thanked the towards better life which is possible through you Kelkheim Team for their keen interest to undertake and me. various activities in Andhra North Area. He thanked » If joining together and work as a team - everything the members of the Promotional Team for is possible. mobilizing resources to carry out the Programs. • This transformation is possible through Education,Health Services, sustainable While the Area Directors were presenting their agricultural development in the Villages, and Annual Reports, related photographs were promotion of livelihoods. screened. • Education - from Primary level to Interventions on the Reports. Professional levels Mr. Sarma, wished to know the impact created in • Health - by bringing out some quality Villages after implementing the activities. A study changes to make a difference from other has to be made to know the impact and to find out NGOs and the Government Health Centers the impressions of people. • To enable people to work hard Ms. Ulrike wanted to know the reactions of people • By safe-guarding the properties to generate in our Operational Areas on the activities income from their own assets instead of giving implemented and also wanted to know specially little amount for income generation • Our offices should be the centers of the about the Programs implemented in Maharastra people because we are there for them to give and Rajasthan. She mentioned that the local confidence to move forward and to develop resources are to be mobilized wherever possible. individuallyI
  6. 6. WÊtÊÊËËÊÈàÊÊÊÈÊmmÊim Prot. Kolhatkar, reacted stating that one has to A few questions were raised by Fr. Peter Daniel, visit the Centers to know the physical and Ms. Ulrike and they were appropriately answered emotional impact of all the programs carried out. by Mr. Walter Linsi, the Treasurer.Fr. Bosco, briefly mentioned that the Gram shakthi 9. Budget presentation:wing needs to be re-vitalized. And that Fr. Windeys The Treasurer presented Budget for the FinancialVision will be realized through better environment Year 2010-11 and a few questions were raised byand education. the members and they were answered by theDr. Nagender mentioned that the progressive Treasurer.impact is noticed from the people and the same 10. Confirmation of Annual Reports and Budget:has to be reported through graphical presentations Annual Reports presented by the Area Directorsand other forms of charts. Public funds are to be and Budget 2010-11 presented by the Treasurermobilized where ever possible. were approved and passed by the members of theMr. Ranga Rao mentioned that many of the pooled General Body unanimously.local contributions are not properly accounted for. 11. Appointment of Auditors:Some times, local contributions are more than Auditors M/s K.V.R Subba Rao & Co., Charteredwhat we mobilize from other sources by way of Accountants Guntur was appointed as Statutoryfunds. Auditors of VRO for the Financial Year 2010-11.Mr. Sudhir John mentioned that the Government 12. Nomination of the Governing Board for 2010-13:resources are to be mobilized from different a) It was mentioned that the present Governingdepartments. Wherever possible, the Area Board members namely Fr. Joe Uebelmesser, Mr.Directors are making efforts to mobilize / access Willy van Herck and Prof. R.V. Kolhatkar will notpublic funds. continue to be the members in the Governing BoardSr. Martin mentioned that the VRO is busy with for various reasons. Therefore, the need forbuilding communities in an integrated manner and identifying three new GoB members was felt bythat all the members should extend their support. the GB.Ms. Rita mentioned that the VRO is a movement b) It was mentioned that the Central Governmentand we are all trying to / working on lines of reviving under FCRA is not encouraging the foreignthe movement. We are through in a good manner members to be the Governing Board members ofand we can definitely reach the Vision of Fr. any Indian Organization. It was felt by a fewWindey. members that a letter will be written to the Home Ministry for their approval. And some felt that there Treasurers Report: is no need to inform them as it may mislead theTreasurer pointed out the salient features of the Ministry. Financial Statements and mentioned that theOrganization is moving in a right direction. The c) It was said that 14 Advocates were consulteddeficit in the current financial year budget is 20 by Fr. Peter Daniel and 9 of them mentioned thatmillions. The Administrative and maintenance cost there is no problem and the remaining 5 mentionedis at a higher level, because we introduced the that you have to inform the Ministry. Many of theSave & Share scheme for all the personnel working GB members expressed that there is no need towith VRO. Mobilization of local resources should inform the Ministry about foreigners to be in thebe done step by step. For the present year, GB / GoB of the VRO.balances are more and the VRO has enough of d) Three new members were proposed toliquidity. He expressed that the Auditors have given constitute the Governing Board of VRO for theclear financial statements. Treasurer mentioned forthcoming three years and they arethat we need to spend more amounts from our Mr. Theo Vaes from Belgiumbudgets for our Programs and Service Centers in Fr. Peter Daniel from Jesuit Society, IndiaOrissa. Ms. Ulrike Biedendieck from Germany
  7. 7. e) It was mentioned that the three new members of the Governing Board, ALC - Vijayawada in this will be in the Governing Board and the office bearers regard. She mentioned that she is in the process will be selected / elected in the GoB meeting which of collecting, safe-guarding and publishing the will be held shortly after the GB meeting. ideas and messages of Prof. Windey in the form of Biography.13. Any other matters: Fr. Windeys Memorial Trust Fund - a special 14. Fare - well to outgoing GoB members: account will be opened and all the members and The outgoing Governing Board members well - wishers will be encouraged to contribute into mentioned that they are happy to be associated the account for undertaking activities such as with the VRO for many years. They are also happy scholarships to the needy students, supporting for the time and thoughts they spent in various struggling NGOs involved in village development, meetings during the past three years. Fr. Joe conducting special studies on Village issues and Uebelmesser as the President and Mr. Willy van the like. Herckand Prof. Rajendra Kolhatkarwere presented with bouquets and shawls by the members of the Fr. Windeys Academy - It was mentioned that General Body. Ms. Eva Bergmeister, conducted a study of various stake-holders in this regard. She was invited to Secretary appreciated the services of all the the dais to present a brief report on the same. Ms. members to make the GB Meeting event Eva described the work she did with VRO successful and personally thanked all the Volunteers, Members, Villagers and NGO Heads concerned. The meeting ended with VRO Anthem with the VRO background. She mentioned that "Vijayaviharamu" followed by the Community she also discussed the matter with the members lunch in the premises of Jeevan Jyothi. Dr. T. Nagender Swamy Secretary - GoB
  8. 8. President s Message - 2011 Should we not focus more on addressing new needs? A few years back Fr Windey called for a forum of all former volunteers who started their own NGOs. Forty spin offs came forward. A similar exercise was conducted in then Orissa, where more than 20 new "VROs" were born over the years! Needless to say that the combined effort of all these actionable organizations, serving the same lowest segment of the Indian remote rural society, are leveraging the impact of VRO. Economic development agencies all over the world would be jealous about this spinoff dividend of our Organization. My recent journey took me from Delhi to Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Guntur, Hyderabad and Mumbai. I tried to spend considerable time with other organizations to give perspective to^odcf. "DeantlotcmteeM eutd/faea, T>i>ietto>i& <wd ad aan. ot^en my search of understanding Indias rural poverty traps and the thousands of agencies fighting this injusticeSta&e6o(de>i&. cfom tfov&itwtq. fëacvuC leifiectfrdlcf. fineiettU one way or another. In this process I was astonishedt^e4C^ /finaal "Refiwtt fo ytuc. by the "brand awareness" and reputation of VRO and After the turbulences of the recent years VRO is Fr. Windey. This is a value that we could leveragehumming like our tailoring skill training centers sewing further with government and non governmentmachines again. resources. A recent Annual Meeting held in one of our villages gathered more than 500 people, amongst themBesides completing the ambitious work plan, Father the highest officials of the state. As communicationSantiago and his team managed to clear most of our tools and information flows start to strengthen trustinherited gaps. The process of turning the "Identified between individuals and organizations in a modernVillage Needs" into Annual Service and Program world, the opportunities of cooperation with otherprofiles with action plans and budgets is refined under entities becomes a realistic alternative. Sometimesthe relentless drive of the Linsi Foundation. The delivering "para" teachers, to one of the 2500fundraising objectives are met and the Promotional abandoned or thousands of malfunctioning schoolsTeam even managed to finance a number of un- near our villages, can multiply the effect of ourallocated projects. The GOB met intensively and resources destined for skill training or other education.organized a two day brainstorming session with a Networked solutions offer new opportunities but willnumber of experienced VRO and external experts, also require new leadership skills for our team.coordinated by Fr. Prakash Louis sj, Director of JRS, Fortunately some excellent world class SocialNew Delhi. leadership Universities are available in India. After anThe Governing Board (GoB) started a process of re- initial round of contacts I was pleased to hear theirvisioning. The fast changing environment in India both willingness and enthusiasm to develop mutuallysocio-economical and institutional changes beneficial relationships with us. Secondly, as a grassnecessitate some important adjustments. -root movement, VRO is an appealing partner and our 400 plus villages offer an ideal base for relevant caseThe following questions could lead us to answers how studies. Their fact based analysis of endemic Povertywe can maximize the impact of our limited resources per district can help us to make better strategicfor the villagers that need us most within the decisions. Thirdly, cooperation with these Institutionsphilosophy and value systems of VRO India. will also strengthen our credibility with new resources.Should WE be doing some of the services we offer? We have been successful in leveraging some of ourShould we still BE in some of the Areas where we projects with Government resources in various states.operate today? The Indian corporate world is also engaging in SocialShould we be offering ALL the different services in Corporate responsibility programs that are alwaysthose chosen areas? looking for high impact investments in social injustice.Are the areas that we operate in still the most needy This provides more opportunities for us, not only fromor is inertia keeping us there?
  9. 9. a funding perspective but maybe we can develop credit" where the repayments are offered to otheremployment channels with them for our people. potential Women entrepreneurs in the village, without interest charges, shows encouraging effects.Awareness training is another area that we may wantto explore further. A Panchayat leaders workshop Our future will be defined by our capacity to RE-NEWmade community leaders more aware of the various ourselves. This will come with a sense of uncertaintyentitlements that the Central Government provides. within our own Organization. Most people do not likeTheir deeper understanding is also the first step to CHANGE and that is absolutely normal. That is whynegotiate the effective receipts of these resources with we have to learn to embrace insecurity ourselvestheir local Governments. to be able to deliver a more secure future for those that we serve. Our theme this year reminds us notWorldwide research increasingly shows that poor only of the Solidarity in respect of the commonpeople understand economy and given half a chance interests, objectives and standards for each other. Thethey can and will improve their predicament. word also finds in its origin in the word "solidum"Microfinance Institution tried to promote itself with meaning the whole sum. Maybe we have a moralunrealistic expectations initially. Inappropriate credits obligation not only to give and share, but to givecaused considerable problems for people that should the best we have in us. To maximize the impact ofnot have received these credits in the first place. whatever resources our creator and the community inHowever as our Small Savings and Credit Programs all have given us, in a transparent and respectful way,show, there is sufficient merit in this mechanism to is a challenging voyage that I invite you to join with usdevelop it further. This initial experiment with a "revolving in the coming years. Theo Vaes President - GoB / VRO Core Functionaries at "Re-visioning the vision of VRO" workshop at Ananda Jyothi
  10. 10. 40TH ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING - 2011 : 9. EPF Case - The Order of the Tribunal was not in (fowwitf Saatd <wd "Tttent&enâ favour of the VRO. An appeal has been made and a Stay obtained on the Tribunal Order in the High Ae last Annual General Body Court. It was resolved to proceed with the meeting, when the term of office case. It was further resolved to set aside a of the first GoB expired, you had liability fund. approved the GoB for the next 3 10. The GoB resolved to approve the Audit Report and year term with some changes as Budget for 2011 -12 and present it to the General proposed by the outgoing GoB. I Body. present below the Secretarys The GoB, with Mr.Theo Vaes as President, started off Report of the GoB and its work its term very enthusiastically and shifted focus on for the year 2010-11. basics. This was possible with Fr.Santiago taking overGoverning Board Meetings: During the year under as the Operational Leader ably assisted by membersreview the following meetings were planned and of the Operation Team.conducted A two day workshop was organized in March this year1. 23"&24" April, 2010 Cancelled due to volcanic ash blow in Europe for members of the GoB, Operational Team and a few2. 26 m &27* August,2010 Guntur (prior to the General Body Meeting) General Body members on re visioning the vision anda 29* August, 2010 Hyderabad (following the General Body meeting) mission of the VRO. The inputs of the resource person,4. 11" December, 2010 Guntur Dr.Louis Prakash sj, were very much appreciated by5. 21* March, 2011 Hyderabad all the participants.Resolutions Passed: In the course of meetings during The members of the Governing Board are committedthe year under review, the following resolutions were to continuing the effort to make VRO relevant to thepassed; changing present day development environment in the1. Membership - Fresh applications of five overseas country as well as the donor involvement overseas. Local and four Indian members were approved despite the resources mobilization is a major focus and thrust area strong objections of the Secretary on the grounds that the GoB plans to assist the Operational Team in. of not following the procedure and several already Special attention and focus is planned on building pending applications. partnerships, building capacities of village communities2. Assets - The GoB approved the proposals for and VRO personnel and undertaking impact disposal or lease of unused lands and buildings. assessment of our support and assistance activities.3. OD/OTL - The GoB formally installed Fr.Santiago Communication was sent to all members of a number in the responsibility and passed necessary of villages completed that were inaugurated in the resolutions incorporating his signature for operation course of the year in Andhra and Tamilnadu areas. of the Central Bank Accounts. While the newsletter did not materialize to keep all4. Allowances of Volunteers - A resolution was passed members informed, we are glad that the updated to enhance the basic allowance of all volunteers by website www.vroindia.org will be launched very soon 25%. which members can access to be kept informed of5. Auditor - It was resolved to propose KVR Subba the progress of VRO activities. Rao as Auditor for the year 2010-11 Conclusion6. It was resolved to propose the names of Mr.Theo Vaes, Fr.Peter Daniel and Dr.Ulrike in place of FrJoe To conclude I should like to thank Fr.Joe Ubelmesser Ubelmesser, Prof .Kolhatkar and Mr.Willy Van Herck for successfully overseeing the transition and transfer who expressed their desire not to continue on the of responsibility to the present Committee. I should Governing Board. like to acknowledge the efforts of the President Mr.Theo Following the General Body meeting the newly Vaes and all the members of the GoB for their active approved GoB for the period 2010-13 met and chose and committed participation in the deliberations in all Mr.Theo Vaes as President and to continue the meetings. My special thanks to Fr.Santiago and Dr.T.Nagender Swamy as the Secretary and members of his team for their hard work to steady the Mr.Walter Linsi as Treasurer. The new members VRO ship. The good cooperation and involvement of are Fr.Peter Daniel and Dr.Ulrike. the VRO personnel and hundreds of village partners7. Revision of the Vision and Mission - It was decided for their enthusiastic response to the new challenges to organize a 2 day workshop on 18th and 19th March, is indeed encouraging. 2011 to clarify the VRO Vision and Mission.8. It was decided to complete the backlog pending villages for assistance with construction and resolved not to take up any new villages for a period of two Dr. T. Nagender Swamy À years. Secretary - GoB ZA
  11. 11. Report by OTL: will remain, namely Junuthala in Andhra North and Jangamlanka in Andhra South, since they were started after October, 2010. Moreover, most of the beneficiaries are entitled for Government subsidies. We are planning to get subsidies for all with the help of the District Managers of the AP State Housing Corporation Ltd., Nalgonda and Guntur districts respectively. At this point I wish to point out that the GoB passed a resolution in the past to discontinue the Housing Projects for a couple of years. Tamilnadu : Only three programs were funded for the past one year and the Centre at Pondicherry was taken care of without any budget provision. The land at Sevapalli, close to Chennai, was expected to be handed over to Loyola College Society, Chennai as aIRetfieeted IKetnêeu <^ t6e fatvud Sody, (faenttitty Soand, gift (in fact, the said Society gave the same land to"Dott&td and wed - wci^etä-, VRO in 1995). As the process was on, another party I am really happy to place before you my staked a claim to this property. It would be setteled inexperiences and observations of the functioning of course of time. Tamilnadu has a different focus as perVRO from the month of May, 2010 to March, 2011.1 the understanding of the late Founder Director, whichhave visited the Projects, Programs and Service must be kept in our minds, as we take the decision inCenters in most of the operational regions. I future.interacted with most of the volunteers during myvisit to understand their commitment and The overall assessment is that the Learninginvolvement in serving the poor. It is heartening to Centres and Health programmes were within thesee that a good many of the Volunteers have imbibed budget allocations. In the light of the past experience,the spirit and the vision of VRO. All the same, there our attention was directed to cater to the needs ofis a need for re-visioning the original vision of VRO Children from VRO affiliated Villages.in the light of the present context, changes and Salient Features :challenges. > Revival of Carpentry machinery at KM 9 inGeneral Observations : Rajahmundry region.Odisha : The Operational Team meeting was held in > 23 Girl - Students of JMJ College of EducationBhubaneswar on 27th September, 2010 with the idea stayed in VRO centres in Rajhmundry and Gunturof having first hand information of the Programmes and regions for Block Teaching in Govt. Schools. HeadService Centres. After the meeting, I have made a visit Masters of the respective Schools were happyto the Programs of North Orissa along with the Area about their teaching and VRO involvement in thisDirector. The programs are good, keeping the focus process.of VRO, fulfilling the needs of the concerned > The Loyola College, Vijayawada is being involvedstakeholders. Our services must be continued, as the in the formation of Windey Academy.people deserve our attention for some more time. The > An account is opened in the name of WindeyArea Director along with the team is doing a good job. Memorial TrustUnfortunately I could not pay a visit to South Odisha. > Availing the subsidies of the A.P State GovernmentAndhra North & Andhra South : The Village through the District Housing Boards wasLearning Program centres, Health Centres are successful.maintained within the budgets. Some of the > Partnering with the Jesuits of Andhra Province wasConstruction Projects exceeded the allocated budget very timely and helpful to give re-orientation todue to the delay in execution owing to various factors. VRO.Out of 13 Villages, eight were completed by March, > The visits of the donors and Well wishers like Mr.which include the long pending 5 Villages started after Izio, Italy / Members of Gandhi Club, Switzerland,the Tsunami. Three other construction Villages, will Germany, France and England / Members ofbe brought to completion in the near future. Only two Rotary Club, Switzerland / Dr. Wychera and his
  12. 12. Son from E-KLUB gave a boost to VRO volunteers Income Generation programs are foreseen with a view in the respective regions. to help the deserving people. The newly initiated pilot> During the reporting year, we switched over our project, under SSCP, of lending financial assistance focus in Rajmundry region from the Child Labour without interest for the vulnerable households (not eradication to development of the deserving associated with any other SHGs) seems to be Children (Orphans / Semi-orphans / Socially functioning well for the past one year in five Villages disadvantaged in consultation with the donor Dr. (one in Orissa and four in Andhra Pradesh). Instead Wychera, E-Klub. Interaction with former students of paying interest on the capital as per the usual of Jaggampeta / KM 48 (who were economically practice, the Women are motivated to help their in a better position) was very heartening. neighboring Village with their generous contributions however small they are. Thus the poor will help the Issues to be attended to : poor in the neighboring Village. This "Help theLand at Vellanki : the GoB decided to sell it off, and neighbouring Village" chain will be created in thelater the same body magnanimously passed a forthcoming years among the VRO affiliated Villagesresolution to give the former beneficiaries of VRO at to begin with.Vellanki an extent of 2.70 acres for the Housing sites. Another scheme which will benefit the farmers withBeing not satisfied, they tried to occupy the land by small land holdings is being envisaged by the VRO.force. Hence the case was filed in the Magistrate Court Those with small land holdings can make use of theat Vijayawada. VRO Tractors by providing diesel charges and theLand at Bhavanipuram : Might need a stern action maintenance costs. This will enable them to makefrom VRO as some of the Villagers are misleading the their lands fertile and eke out their livelihood.people to have the entire extent of land under the The age old saying goes thus : "Health is Wealth".pretext of using the land for a small Water reservoir. VRO Health workers are helped to improve theirThe local MLA tried to convince them and even offered capacities by attending the two - day seminar everyto support them with some amount to buy the land month from August, 2010 onwards. As a challenge, itfrom VRO. All the same, a small portion of low-lying was taken up by one of the Sisters of JMJland could be allotted for such purpose that may benefit congregation which was associated with Late Fr.the entire Village. Windey., from the initial stage of VRO. The HealthLand at Sevapalli in Chengalput district Workers are motivated to cover ten Villages aroundTamilnadu : VRO may have to resort to court case their base centres and refer the patients with seriousto prove its title deed since a third party has meddled sicknesses to the Government Hospitals.with the land documents. To make our Learning Centres sustainable andPF Case : The case is being pursued in the High court, relevant to the present situation, nearly 40 % out ofHyderabad. The precedent is that the Ramakrishna 600 children, studied in the neighboring GovernmentMission is exempted by Central Government. Similarly, Schools in the reporting year. Besides ensuringthe High Court of Chennai had given exemption to certificates for Children, this paved the way to availChildrens Society in Madurai, Tamilnadu. other benefits and privileges from the Government. InRe-visioning the Vision of VRO Workshop : A two the forthcoming academic year, it has been envisagedday Workshop was conducted for the GoB Members to send all the Children to Government Schools.including a few General Body Members and AreaDirectors at Satyodayam, Secunderabad. There were Conclusion :about 25 participants. Another 3 day workshop, in This is an overview of VROs achievements, struggles,English and Telugu, for 40 Volunteers of VRO was problems for your understanding. Without theconducted at Ananada Jyothi, Nambur, Guntur blessings of God Almighty, without the support andDistrict. Both the Workshops enabled the participants encouragement of General Body & Governing Board,to understand the original vision of VRO and to evolve without the partnership and assistance of generousa relevant vision of VRO for the future. Fr. Louis benefactors, without the helping hands of our cheerfulPrakash, Director-JRS New Delhi was the resource Volunteers in Solidarity with our poor folk - nothingperson for both the workshops. worthwhile would have been achieved.Future perspectives of the Programs: Looking ahead, one can see greater challenges areThe program should be viable and sustainable. The awaiting to be handled. Come, my friends and joinrenewal of contact with the VRO affiliated Villages VRO as partners to march towards liberation inmust be realized in the near future to make the Solidarity with the needy and the deserving living inprograms meaningful and sustainable. An ambitious the Villages in order to make a Better World! It istask of making our beneficiaries for the past three or not too late to join hands in this noble task.four decades into small donors in order to support Fr. A. Santiago S.Jsome of our programs is envisaged. Special type of Operational Team Leader-VF
  13. 13. ^ äm°f& Hf Area - 1 Odisha -- Area Directors Report ^ H We, in our work place at Odisha, too tried to demonstrate empathy to ourfellow community in several occasions. In a recent development, our village community in Sandhapur, covered under Small Savings & Credit Programme (SSCP) has chosen 10 beneficiaries unanimously to grow individually with a community spirit. This will lead to cover the whole village in the next two years through internal circulation * * ""* of the loan initially paid by VRO. By our humble and candid approach, we have renewed IRetfiected "PteiCdeut. "î¥oiiéte- fftemê&u. o£ tie fatentUttCf. our relationship with the village community in a modified "Saatd, fate/tat Sody, Ofienatianal 7e&m, "P<vttttei&. <Votun- teenâ and wed wi&ieM- o£ tie ötyaiucatio«: process. This was witnessed during our last Annual General Volunteers Meeting cum Neighborhood It is indeed a great pleasure for me to be present in Festival, where village community members from each this august gathering of the 40th Annual General Body Service Centre expressed their solidarity by presenting meeting of VRO-lndia and being the Area Director, It is their strong view in favour of our activities. In another an honour for me to place the Annual Report of 2010 - remarkable achievement, we have received largest 11 for VRO Area -1,Odisha. This unique opportunity number of Government Officials into our Service Centers has been bestowed upon me for the last three years and Meetings who expressed their strong support in consecutively and I am deeply obliged to the new this endeavor. management for the confidence and responsibility which have been put on my shoulder since then. The support, guidance, supervision and constant However, each year we have taken careful efforts for inspiration of the GoB Members and the Operational gradual development of our activities and approach. Team Leaders, members and the well - wishers of the While presenting this report, it reminds me the organization have enabled us to live up to our frequently said catch phrase of Fr. Windey "One Step commitment and led us to an ever stronger platform, More, No Stop." from where we can deliver in an easy, lucid format with a strategic input. We hope this will lead us to another The commitment of VRO from its very beginning dimension of solidarity, which involves commitment, reminds us to lead a community - oriented development work, positive thinking as well as the recognition. Even approach. In that context, our personal desire and if we dont have the same feelings, same minds, same passion are converted into community led processes life styles, same soul & bodies, still we do believe on and thereby it keeps us away from self interest and common grounds emphasizing for the need for puts emphasis on Solidarity. In the words of Aurora solidarity. Levins, " Solidarity comes from the integrity to tolerate the affont to our own integrity of passive or active collaboration in the appression of others, and from the Pitambar Sethy Area Director Area-1, Odisha, deep recognition of our most expansive self - interest". Bhubaneswar : : ..:•": -•- X.
  14. 14. Review of the Activities of Area-1, Odisha for the year 2010-11VRO-lndia entered into Odisha soon after October 1971 B. Health Programs (HPs) - There are threeCyclone and continues to work ceaselessly till now. Health Centres running in Keonjhar District of NorthThe activities started in North Odisha extended to South Odisha Region considering high concentration ofOdisha after devastating floods in the Vamsadhara River Malaria and inaccessibility to the local medicalin 1980. VRO-lndia operates in Odisha in 6 Districts, facilities. The centres are managed by one Healththree in North and three in South known as Region I Educator each, who concentrates on impartingand Region II respectively, being State Coordination health education, hygiene and sanitation promotionOffice at Bhubaneswar, the State Headquarters. In the in neighbouring villages. Besides, the centre is alsolast General Body Meeting VRO India gave more providing First-Aid to the patients. Advice on referralimportance on "Priorities and Focus" as a tool. services to the critical patients is one of the important functions. The details are furnishedThe detail of personnel of the area as follows: 27 below:Volunteers, 13 Auxiliary, 6 Gram Sevikas and 5 parttime workers making a Grand Total of 51 (Male 57%, Health Villages Patients Slide Test Remarks Centre Educator Covered TreatedFemale 43%= S.C-18%,S.T- 18%.OBC-52%,G.C-6%& Miner Community6%) personnel working in VRO Gonasika Mr.D.D.Mohanta 10 1516 P-50, N-4=54 Bayakumutia Mr.B.B.Giri 10 1910 P-23,N-06=79Odisha. During this year, One Volunteer & One Auxiliary Ashapuri Mr.B.KShaoo 10 2171 P-22, N-45=67staff left VRO Odisha & the two assignments where Total 30 5597 P-95,N-15=150filled up by new comers. *P - Positive Malaria ParasiteThe result of the efforts is presented in the following *N - Negative Malaria Parasitethree basic areas of activities. Through partnership with Government, our Health Workers are also regularly conducting1. Construction Projects: immunization camp in their adopted village. In each A. Village Building Program (VBP):, No new village, one Health Animator is selected and given Village Rebuilding program has been taken up special training by the Block Extension Educator since 2006, of the Government Health Centre to create B. Infrastructure: In this year, New Hostel Building awareness & educate those on preliminary health constructed in 5 Service Centres.(Ashapuri OAH, activities & First-aid. Ashapuri VDTC, Bayakumutia G.BPTC, C. Juanga Language Schools (JLS) - Two Tumudibandh G.BPTC & Kuangabasa B.BPTC). Juanga Tribal Language Schools are operating Apartfrom above, also Iron Pole with Barbed wire since June 2007 for the most primitive tribal fencing completed around Girls BPTC (Juanga) in Keonjhar district of Odisha at Bayakumutia premises. Guptaganga and Bayakumutia, around the origin place of that tribe. The Centres primarily operate2. Programs: to preserve their language and culture, fast A. Community Child Care Program (CCCP) - vanishing culture due to modernization. Six Gram Seva Kendras are in operation in the District Center Standard Students Promoted & Juanga Teacher year, out of which three are in North and three in Admitted for South Odisha. The programs include pre-school Hiaher studv education to 3~5 year aged children, women Keonjhar Bayakumutia l-V 20 4 Mr.GJuanqa Keonihar Guptaganga l-V 22 5 Mr.LJuanqa organisation for capacity building and women adult 42 9 Total literacy in each centre. The centre also provides supplementary nutritious food to the children during D. Village Learning Program (VLP) - In order working days. The Gram Sevika is just like a to provide primary education to the deprived bridge between village and VRO as well as community, one Village Learning Centres is under Government & Non Governmental Organizations. operation in North Odisha. The Centre provides The details are furnished below: primary education along with basic value -based Promoted! teaching of VRO Philosophy for better Village District Village Preschool Mahila Adult Gram Sevika Children Mandai Learners for Hiaher Communities. The Village Community also studv oriented in the line of VRO village renewal North Odisha philosophy. The Centre is also providing Tailoring Jaipur Gopalapur 30 10 20 08 Mrs. Rasmita Sahoo Keonjhar Chandapasi 22 20 15 05 Ms.PritilataJena & Paper matches training to 11 village girls. Apart Keonjhar Ruqudisahi 33 15 15 04 Mrs.SonaliNaik South Odisha from above work, the teacher is monitoring Two Kalahandi Darpatta 30 20 15 05 Ms.Minarva Sahoo Women SHGs in the village. The students are Ravaqada Nuamunda 30 15 15 05 Ms. Anjana Sahoo Kandhamal Bhutruqoan 30 15 15 03 Ms.Puspanjali Roul provided with Mid-day meals during working < The details are furnished below:
  15. 15. 3. Service Centres: but neglected by their family, an Old Age Home A. Basic Productivity Training Centres (BPTCs) was established at Ashapuri North Odisha in 2006., - There are altogether 4 BPTCs, two each for boys At present, the centre is running with 25 inmates and girls that are operating equally in North and (19 males and 06 females). The able old aged are engaged in environment development activities in District Center Standard Students Promoted & Juanga Teacher the centre, Few Inmates are engaged for fish net Admitted for Hiaher studv knitting, Rope Making & Door Mat Making. They Jaipur Nanpur l-lll 30 04 Mrs.P.Moharana also raised a beautiful kitchen garden & vermi- compost. Daily Prayer, Reflection, Traditional South Odisha with a basic premise of developing Music & Yoga are conducted by themselves. potential village leaders. Other Activities: The details are furnished below: I.VRO -Priorities & Focus 2010-11 One new Bore well was installed at Girls BPTC To bring transparency in work and account, to Bayakumutia. Three Service camps were make the volunteers more service minded, to make organized by each centre in the surrounding the volunteers goal oriented and responsible, the villages for the environment care as well as VRO Priorities & Focus was implemented in this Centre Stream Established Trainees Skills Appeared in the year Staff year 2010-11. The basic objectives were explained Members Carpentry, Wood, 2 n d year 6 trainees got to the volunteers by the Area Director, Chief QualityGonasika Boys 1979 25 Carving, Tailoring, Dross merit certificate on 17th Designing & Embroidery April 2011 3+2 Management & GoB members. The VRO Odisha Tailoring, Dress took initiative to demonstrate their Volunteers, 2 n d year 6 trainees gotBayakumutia Girls 1986 25 Designing, Embroidery, Handicrafts & Domestic merit certificate on 16th 3+2 Villagers & Trainees on Partnership, Projects, April 2011 Skills Programs & Service Centre, and Human Resources Carpentry, Wood 2 n d year 8 trainees gotKuangabasa Boys 1987 25 Carving, Tailoring, Dress merit certificate on 18th 3+1 & Finances during Monthly Volunteers Review Designing S Embroidery April 2011 Tailoring, Dress meeting and also in a Special workshop. TheTumudibandh Girls 2003 25 Designing, Embroidery, Handicrafts & Domestic 2 n d year 8 trainees got merit certificate on 19th 3+2 personnel appraisal form was also introduced to Skills April 2011 measure the efficiency of the volunteers.Total 100 12+7 »TRAINING CAMPS : awareness activities to the villagers. Also once in A. Communication: Training on Motivation, a quarter, each centre conducts trainees parents Communication, and Public Speaking & meeting to share development through partnership Presentation skills at You Succeed, Bhubaneswar. method between VRO & Community. Each centre And second training i.e. PRA "Participatory Rural also Organizes study tour once in a year. Appraisal" was also conducted at Area Office by B. Village Development Training Centre Mr.N.R.DasPatnaik during summer. (VDTC) - In order to provide village development B. Volunteer Capacity Building: Training on training to the village youth., (women), a centre Volunteers Capacity building of N.G.O workers, is functioning at Ashapuri (North Odisha) since Leadership Development & Orientation on 1995. By now, 16 batches of local secondary Voluntarism organised at Chandikhol RVTC education passed youth have been trained in the premises during summer. Then 2nd phase Training subjects and passed out successfully. In the on Greater -Self Capacity Building at same current year, 25 youth were taught fundamentals premises during September 2010. The objective on computer application in addition to Tailoring, of above training is -To strengthen the confidence Dress Designing, and Embroidery, knitting, & skill to plan development programs & build their appliqué and soft toy making skills. The tailoring capacity & enthusiasm for better implementation. is imparted through internationally acclaimed C. Advanced Skill Studies: The Tailoring USHA International, training wing of a world class Instructors of BPTCs and VDTC underwent a sewing machine manufacturer. The trainees special Training on Tailoring, Dress Designing & passed out USHA Sewing School Annual Embroidery at USHA Sewing School, Bhubaneswar examination in last week of March. All of them during summer. The training served fruitful result received Merit Certificate on 15th April-2011 from as the Instructors learnt many new fashions of VRO in the presence of B.D.0 Ghasipura & USHA embroidery as well as new stitching, which they International. taught to the trainees. Similarly, training was One new Bore well was installed in the site. Four organized to prepare Domestic skills (Appliqué & Service camps were organized in the surrounding Paper matche) at VDTC Ashapuri during summer village for the environment care as well as only for Craft instructors & Gram Sevikas of VRO awareness activities to the villagers. Thrice Odisha. And also Computer Training at NICE, trainees parents meetings were conducted to Bhubaneswar during summer. Second phase also introduce development through partnership method organised in Tailoring, Dress Designing & between VRO & community. Embroidery by the USHA International at Area C.OId Age Home (OAH) - In order to house the office, Bhubaneswar in January 2011. aged persons having potential leadership quality
  16. 16. WSówSmD. Annual General Volunteers Meet: Successful V. Local Resources:Organisation of Annual General Volunteers Meeting VRO Odisha raised Rs.2,47,045/- (Rupees Two lakhscum Neighborhood Festival of VRO Odisha at forty seven thousand forty five) only from variousAshapuri on 19th December-2010. Total 468 sources which is accounted for This is 2.07% of ourVolunteers, Villagers and Trainees attended the said total expenditure.festival. The Sub Collector, Anandapur & Sub- 5. Problems:Divisional Level officers graced the Occasion. From (a) Girls BPTC Tumudibandh Land; VRO OdishaCentral Office the Chief Quality Management Dr.NJ. purchased 2.45 Acres of agriculture land from a privateK.K.Rao & his wife were present. party in the year 1986 to establish some developmentI. Solar Project: In collaboration with EWB activities for the neglected Tribals & Dalit CommunityKarlsruhe, Germany, VRO Odisha started Solar of Tumudibandh area. Since 2003 one Girls BPTC isPower Project at Boys BPTC Gonasika to provide running smoothly. In the year 1997, Government oflight for the centre. Though VRO has started its Odisha Revenue Department filed OLR 8(1) C caseactivities there since 1979, no proper communication No-2/97 against VRO for using Agriculture land for Non-& electrifications were made possible till now. By agriculture purpose. As per the demand, VRO Odishathe special initiative of Mr. Ronald & support of Mr. deposited land premium to the Tahasildar Baliguda &Walter Linsi, this new project started. During August Tumudibandh. On 9th June 2011, VRO Odisha received2010, two EWB Germany students visited & surveyed original land Pattafrom Tahasildar Tumudibandh. Thethe place and submitted a feasibility report. According specification of the land mentioned in the Patta asto that report, Agreement was made between VRO Non Agriculture land.& EWB. Then 5 groups from EWB Germany visited (b) VRO Muniguda land : VRO Odisha purchased 4Gonasika & started the project work during March plots of land from Tribal persons in Tikarpada village,to May (phase wise.) Up to now, the progress is: Muniguda Revenue Circle, the then Bisamcuttack> New Battery House constructed. Tahasil at present Muniguda Tahasil of Rayagada> Solar Panels frame made. District .In the year 1982 & 83 VRO Odisha purchased> Electrical wiring of five buildings completed. 3.36 acres land to establish its Regional Base. There> At present using generator for lighting purpose is Government provision that Tribal lands purchased for five buildings. CFL Bulb -14nos & Tube light during the period from 4.10.1956 & ending on the date -09 nos of Commencement of the Amendment Reg. of 2000> Batteries, Inverter & Accessories for above by others will be handed over to their previous owners. project kept in the site. In this category our Muniguda land comes under> Boundary fencing around the building as well dispute, out of 4 plots we got Notice for plot No- 77/ as Solar panels to be done. 185 from the Court of Sub Collector, Gunupur onII. Income Generating Project (IGP) - During the 13.8.2010. We got stay order for this from Honbleyear 2010, it was felt that Self Help activities are to High Court of Odisha, Cuttack by our legal advisorbe undertaken in the VRO affiliated Villages for Mr.Brundaban Gouda, Muniguda District Rayagada.Income Generation and making provision for This case not yet finalized. For another plot No- 294,alternative livelihoods. The three Area Directors were Khata No -77/192 area 0.58 acre we received Showasked to discuss the same with Villagers and the Cause Notice from the Court of Sub Collector, Gunupurconcerned local Volunteers to plan for undertaking to attend Camp Court at Bisamcuttack on 21.6.2011.feasibility and viable of Income Generating activities. 6. VISITORS: GoB members, Donors, (fromSeveral discussions were held at GoB meetings and Sonnenhaus, BIVRO & SWIVRO), SwitzerlandOperational Team Meetings related to the Carpenters, EWB Karlsruhe Germany students, OTImplementation of the Small Savings and Credit Members & Leader. Benefactors, Government & NonProgram (SSCP). Fr. George DSouza, member of Government Officials, VRO Well wishers are visiting regularly & advising us to continue the spirit of VROthe Governing Board VRO, was requested to take for future generation.up the responsibility and accordingly under hisguidance and direction, the present program was 7. Conclusion: Last but not least I would like to expressplanned, designed and launched. On the 11th April my heartfelt gratitude to each one of you, for the2011, a meeting was organized in Sandhapur village continuoussupport and faith bestowed upon me. Alsofor disbursement of financial assistance under I do invite constructive criticisms if any so that theSSCP in the presence of local Sarpanch, Area course correction can be taken and streamlined. I willDirector, VRO Odisha, Field Coordinator, North try in my level best to sustain the better feelings whichOdisha, along with villagers and Mr.K.C.Rout, are being carried by Volunteers and Friends here inJournalist of "The Samaj" a leading Odia Daily. The India & abroad.activities such as poultry, Goat-rearing, vegetablecultivation to be undertaken by 10 Women membersin Sandhapur Village who were provided with loan. Pitambar Sethy Area Director Area-1, Odisha Bhubaneswar
  17. 17. am°MSkill Development Si Cultural Activities in Odisha
  18. 18. sm°M Area - Il Andhra North - Area Directors Report organized to strengthen and hone the skills and administrative capabilities of the volunteers serving in various fields. The Right To Education (RTE) Enactment has propelled the VRO Education System to a higher level by collaborating with Governmental Agencies - "Workshops" were organized under the leadership of Shri A.B. Daniel, a Retired District Educational Officer who served in the Government of Andhra Pradesh. Conventional Teaching Methodology and Preparation of lesson plans, Creativity in Preparing Teaching plans etc., were demonstrated through inter - active sessions organized at the VRO Devathpally Service Centre T&iftetted Pieiident, Mendient oj t&e Çetteml (Hyderabad Region) and at the CLRC Jaggampeta%><xUf and <faven*i*$ Stand, Settefrictonà., TOeU-wiaienà (Rajahmundry Region).and^/oùatteeiu o£ t&e ötaatiaatio*.It is indeed an honour and a privilege to stand before Sr. Sujatha, a qualified B.Sc. (Nursing) tutor of JMJ,this August body, and once again present the Annual Congregation Guntur has been conducting monthlyReport - this time for the year 2010-2011. It has Workshops for the benefit of the Health Volunteers.always been a challenge to take up the responsibility The Organization puts on record its gratitude andof administering and overseeing the varied indebtedness to these Resource Persons who havecomprehensive developmental activities covering the been guiding the volunteers and assisting them todistricts of Ranga Reddy, Nalgonda, East and West develop their innate talents.Godavari and Visakhapatnam leading up toAnakapalli. It is a matter of pride and indeed The Child Labour Rehabilitation Program which washeartening to have achieved the aims envisaged introduced in the year 1991 in Rajahmundry Regionin the profiles and it has always been our endeavor is another prestigious and challenging programto work together in solidarity towards achieving our which has made a strong impact and impressionprime goals and objectives. upon the target groups. The existing three Centers in Rajahmundry Region - Rajanagaram, JaggampetaThe thrust areas of the Developmental Activities in and Prathipadu are functioning with required strengththe North Andhra Area are mainly focused in and are meeting the needs of the people. Theorganizing educational programs for the deprived program has been moving in the envisaged direction,classes - the orphans, semi-orphans and the socially with great success and purpose. The "RTE" has todiscriminated against children; providing rural health be followed and implemented in the presentcare to the poorest of the poor; imparting technical scenario.training, both for boys and girls, as a vocation toearn a livelihood through self-employment; promote After ceaselessly working for the rehabilitation ofagricultural and land development; initiate small the children belonging to the under-privileged andsavings and credit programs etc... Keeping the marginalized sections of the Society, and also takingabove priorités in mind, the volunteers constantly into consideration the endeavors of the Statestrived to assist as many target groups/ villages as Government, the percentage of the child labourerspossible. in rural East and West Godavari and VisakapatnamA series of Capacity Building Training programs were
  19. 19. Districts is dwindling to a great extent. The efforts assume that our struggles are the same struggles,put in by VRO are yielding the desired results in the or that our pain is the same pain or that hope is forcontext of the situation becoming conducive for the same future. Solidarity involves commitment,rehabilitating these child labourers and and work, as well as the re-cognition that even if wemainstreaming them into formal educational centers. do not have the same feelings, or the same lives, orThe donor representatives of the E-Klub, Austria Mr. the same bodies, we do live on common ground.Martin Wychera and Dr. Robert Wychera, who visitedthe Centers, have been very appreciative of the Leadership is a critical element of success,efforts put in by the VRO Animators. particularly in focusing efforts on the common good. Closely related to leadership and partnership is theAnother positive development of the Year has been issue of trust. A high level of importance is placedthe introduction of Small Scale Credit Program on trust. Development policies will not work without(SSCP) which provides livelihood opportunities to the trust. Value chains will easily break apart withoutmarginalized sections of the society especially trust.women of rural areas. Infact, 25 women beneficiaries Community Organizations will not beof Rekyanaik Thanda and Vasaram Thanda in effective without trust. In addition, the OrganizationDevathpalli circle of Hyderabad Region, benefitted will also not be able to relate to other individualsfrom the loans which helped them to eke out a and Organization without trust. Accordingly,livelihood through self-employment - there - by Organizations like VRO should highlight the needsupplementing the family income to a large extent. to communicate effectively - internally and externally. It also emphasizes the need for individualsAll Technical Programs, whether they are for Boys and Organisations to establish transparency andor Girls, have been aimed at providing livelihood accountability.opportunities to the participants - be it theMultipurpose Health Workers (MPHW) for Girls Those who suffer or who benefit least deserve(examined by the Board of Intermediate Education, help from those who benefit most. The above mentionedGovernment of Andhra Pradesh) or the Women are some of my personal observations aboutEmpowerment Program at Jeevanapuri and Devathpally "Solidarity" and that these should be construedhave been conceived to provide livelihood opportunities as ones personal reflections.Thank you.to the Girls. Government Agencies namely the Ministry Once again I put on record the Teamsof Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), thankfulness to all the Governing Board Members andGovernment of India and the Jan Shikshana also to the Operational Team Members, for leadingSamsthan, an autonomous Society sponsored by us in the direction as our Vision and Missionthe Ministry of Human Resource Development - have statement emphasizes - "Better Villages for a Betterbeen evaluating the Training Programs and are also World". We are grateful as well to all the Overseassupporting skills development by deputing high Donors for their continued support andquality technically Trained Instructors . Recognized encouragement given to make a success of all theCertificates are issued to the successful candidates. Programmes and Service Centers. The PromotionThere has been 100% result in the MPHW course Team has given us all the encouragement to realize introduced in the year 2009. The VRO expresses the aspirations of the stake-holders, by accepting its thanks to all the collaborating agencies for all the proposals of the Operational Team, for partnering to strengthen the efforts of the VRO. financial support. We trust so that Mutual Trust prevails.We are working together in "Solidarity" infellowship and as one community - volunteers, G. Sudhir Johnvillagers and donors in partnership. To quote from Area Director - Andhra North iMs. Sarah Ahmeds writings - "Solidarity does not