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Muzaffarpur Diocesan Social Service Society (MDSSS) is the official organization for promoting Social Welfare and Development in twelve civil districts of Muzaffarpur Diocese in Bihar. Since 1980, the diocesan social work department has been striving towards integral development of the marginalized and underprivileged people of Bihar, particularly of the dalits and landless. Community Mobilization and Participatory Development are the twin pillars of our social work activities. We are committed to participatory, community owned self sustainable models of development.
Promotion of a Just and Humane Society based on human values of equality, love and peace.
To uphold the human dignity of the marginalized, oppressed and displaced of Bihar through a process of socio-cultural value additions, economic and political empowerment.
ARGET TAR GET PULATION POPULATION
Bihar remains one of the poorest states of India with a large chunk of the population belonging to traditionally under-privileged sections. Bihar witnesses constant struggles of existence between the haves and have-nots. Muzaffarpur Diocesan Social Service Society’s (MDSSS) target population consists of these marginalized, oppressed and poverty stricken communities in 12 civil districts of Bihar namely Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Samastipur, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Darbhanga, Madhubani, Khagaria, Begusarai, Saharsa, Madhepura and Supaul. Communities we serve ● Dalits and Landless ● Scheduled castes like Mehatar, Harijan, Lohar, Malhar, Sardar ● Socio economically marginalized groups like Dusad, Ravida, Paswan, Sadaya, and Musahars ● Scheduled Tribe : Santhals ● Less privileged backward castes like Muslims ● Unemployed, displaced, discriminated and unorganized groups ● Underprivileged , malnourished women and children ● Destitute, differentially abled ● People exposed to health hazards ● Forced labors, migrant labors and victims of trafficking.
Working for the empowerment of Dalits
INTRODUCTORY & TARGET POPULATION
CHALLENGES WE FACE
Social life of the people is conditioned by caste arithmetic. Economic status of the landless poor and dalits depends upon the high caste. Social relationship of the high caste with the dalits is merely a verbal communication to engage them in their agricultural fields. We face the herculean task of tackling various economic as well as socio-cultural impediments to the development of these traditionally oppressed and backward communities. Dalits, who make up 85 % of Bihar’s population, are often referred to as untouchables or outcastes. They are excluded from the privileges of the society and treated inhumanly. Bihar popularly known for various local religious festivals has made people economically poor and busy. Haves make use of them as bonded agricultural labors, who are treated with physical and verbal abuse. Migration and the anonymity in the urban environment have in some cases resulted in upward occupational mobility among Dalits, but it has not resulted in savings or economic security. Such unsafe migration has always contributed to health hazards that lead them to non productive premature ageing. Due to over work, unhealthy food practices, submission to alcoholism and exposed to extreme weather conditions they are prone to acute illness either earned or acquired through companions. Hard labour sets them in search of pleasure which in turn exposes them to Human Immune Virus. Lack of exposure to alternative skills and trades has kept them ignorant of innovations against their traditions and their hereditary practices. Traffickers make use of Bihar as entry point for trafficking from international routes and vulnerable communities of Bihar also flow along with the traffickers.
In 1980 along with the formation of diocese of Muzaffarpur the social apostolate got organised with the pioneers, Sr. Maria Therese (MMS) along with Sr. Grace of SND under the leadership of Bishop Rev. John Baptist Thakur, S.J. In the initial phases the apostolate concentrated on non-formal education, relief and charity. Social ministry was served and executed by following directors respectively, Mr. L.J.David, Mr. James Seraphim, Fr. Joseph Oreya, Fr. Julius Lazarus and Fr. Saji Augustine. Last twenty seven years of uphill struggle served to give a new shape to the face of Muzaffarpur Diocesan Social Service Society. Since its inception MDSSS activities have been undergoing paradigm triggered by the changing needs of the target population and the new insights generated from the dynamic sphere of social welfare. While the first decade had begun with Charity and General Social Welfare works, the second decade gave importance to Non-formal Education, Women Empowerment and Community Development. Recent trend is adding value to the ongoing measures of the society by integrating focus on Sustainable Development. The ‘Bihar Flood Response Program 2007’ added elegant professional approach to the service through the inclusion of Resilience Building along with Sustainable Development Initiatives. Today MDSSS stands proudly as a faithful friend and ardent advocate of the needy and underprivileged.
Working for the empowerment of Dalits & Lan
& HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
INTERVENTI VENTION STRA INTERVENTION STRATEGIES...
Awareness Building ● Non-formal education ● Village schools, Coaching centers 2. Women Empowerment ● Formation of self-help groups (SHGs) and promoting self-employment ● Linking the federation of Self Help Groups with lead banks 3. Promotion of Community Based Organisations ● Formation of village youth groups ● Facilitating cultural forums, libraries, health clubs ● Committees for education, monitoring and development 4. Livelihood promotion ● Entrepreneurship development programmes ● Income generation programmes for vulnerable like women ● Schemes and programmes facilitated by and for the aged/differentially abled 5. Health Initiatives ● Awareness and promotion of hygienic lifestyles and disease prevention ● Promotion of health initiatives with linkages with health department ● Providing medical facilities to remote villages ● Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS patients ● Care and support for patients of communicable diseases and malnourished 6. Education for all with special attention to girl children ● Improving the literacy rate ● Care and assistance to children ● Support and guidance to dropouts ● Special packages for education of girl children ● Job security through skill training 7. Relief to victims of natural calamities ● Support to relief camps and other relief activities during floods ● Coordination and networking with key stake holders 8. Disaster Preparedness ● Resilience building among the villagers ● Formation of task forces and capacity building 9. Natural Resource Management ● Conservation and management of available natural resources 10. Advocacy and Lobbying ● Rapport establishment and maintenance of professionalism in all areas ● Campaigns on the rights of Dalits ● Rapport building and maintaining professionalism in all areas
ARTNERS PARTNERS &
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Diocese of Muzaffarpur and its fraternity Caritas India Catholic Relief Services ECHO Caritas Germany Misereor Missio Caritas Swiss TROCAIRE Caritas Ireland (Irish Aid) FVT Deuchmann Foundation CHAI/CHABIJ Manos Unidas DK Austria NEG-FIRE DKE Church in Need MIVA Indo- German Social Service Society
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Federation of women SHG’s Capacity Building Centre/ Animation Centre Management Information System on Dalits and Landless Increasing linkages with the charity and government institutions Undertaking target oriented initiatives in improving the living standards of the people Capacity building among the vulnerable to speak out for their rights and to stand with the community
Working for the empowerment of Dalits & Landless
THRUST AREAS & INTERVENTION STRATEGIES, PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS, FUTURE
ERATION OF OPERATION
Sheohar Madhubani Mazaffarpur Supaul Darbhanga Saharsa Vaishali Samastipur Khagaria Begusarai Madhepura
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UZAFFARPUR MUZAFFARPUR DIOCESAN SOCIAL ERVI VICE SERVICE OCIETY SOCIETY
Reg. No- 76/2001-02 of Act 21-1860 Seva Sadan, Bibi Ganj, Bhagwanpur Chowk P.O. Muzaffarpur-842001 Bihar, INDIA Ph: 0621 2260788, +919334116332 Fax: 0621 2260788 email@example.com www.mdsss.org