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Shantidhara Social Service Society
Shantidhara is a voluntary organization registered in 1994 under the Societies Registration Act and subsequently with the ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India under F.C.R. Act to receive foreign contributions to take up various development projects and programmes.
Aims of Shantidhara:
1. Development of both formal and non-formal education with special emphasis on underprivileged and downtrodden Children.
2. Development of Agriculture
3. Women and girl development
Among our rural people, the most disadvantaged people in the area are Scheduled Castes (Dalits) such as Mala and Maadiga and the backward classes (BCs) like Velama, Golla, Saali and Yaata. Among these women are the most disadvantaged and deprived segments in the society. The only asset they have is their "precious labor". The people have little extent of lands to cultivate because they do not have adequate investment. In no time, the situation forces them to depend upon the local money lending class or the landlords. Therefore, by one way or the other, there are forced to pledge their labor with the rich and fulfill their requirements. This is a kind of permanent bondedness to the rich, as the poor cannot clear off their debts. There have been instances of child bonded laborers too in some of our target villages. Unemployment is a common feature among them. There was accumulated inertia for generations. The above mentioned categories of people live in object poverty and misery a condition of life so characterized by illiteracy, malnutrition, disease, squalid surroundings, and low life expectancy as to be beneath any reasonable definition of human decency. The intervention of the NGOs is also at low ebb. After formation of Shantidhara, its administration and the development has planned systematically that are very in need for the people. Right now we are working in 15 villages with four field staff members.