Vikas Yojana Social Service Society is the official social service organization of CMI St. Joseph’s Province, Kottayam. The society is registered as per The Travancore Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act 12/1955 (Register Number: K.322/81). It is a secular voluntary organisation supported by the CMI fathers of St Joseph’s province, Kottayam. Vikas Yojana Social Service Society began functioning in 1981 with its Head Quarters at Puthuppally, Kottayam. A unit office was started at Parappu, ldukki District, in 1989 for easy access and successful implementation of its various developmental activities in the High-Ranges.  Several significant activities were initiated in the major target panchayaths of this society namely Kattappana, Kanchiyar, Ayyappancoil and Upputhara. Apart from this, two major projects were also developed and accomplished by the society. Currently, the society is functioning for the holistic development of the people in the community through almost 700 self help groups.

A major undertaking of the Vikasyojana Society is Kattappana Integrated Development Project (KADEP). This aims at the integrated development of the rural and economically backward people of Idukki District, irrespective of caste and creed including scheduled castes and tribes, low-income farmers and agricultural workers.

Project area consists of 10 Villages in Udumbanchola & Peermade Taluk

  1. Kattappana
  2. Thovarayar
  3. Lebbakkada 
  4. Murikkattukudy
  5. Kozhimala
  6. Marykulam
  7. Parappu
  8. Upputhara
  9. Mattuthavalam
  10. Kothapara

“No one is born fully-formed: it is through self-experience in the world that we become what we are” ― Paulo Freire

The development of understanding and awareness of one’s position in social, political, economic, cultural, and historical contexts, with a particular emphasis on a critical understanding of one’s position in power, privilege, and oppression.

Awareness Camps
Seminars/Workshops
Classes/Discussions
Audio-visual programme

“The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavour to be what you desire to appear”– Socrates

self-help group (SHG) is a financial intermediary committee usually composed of 10–20 local women or men. SHG is nothing but a group of people who are on daily wages, they form a group and from that group one person collects the money and gives the money to the person who is in need. Members also make small regular savings contributions over a few months until there is enough money in the group to begin lending. Funds may then be lent back to the members or to others in the village for any purpose.

Vikas has almost 700 SHG’s which are well functioning.

Goals of self-help groups:

  • Empowering women
  • Developing leadership abilities among poor and the needy people
  • Increasing school enrolments
  • Improving nutrition
  • Bridge the gap between high-caste & low-caste people /citizens

 Advantages of financing through SHGs

  • An economically poor individual gains strength as part of a group.
  • Besides, financing through SHGs reduces transaction costs for both lenders and borrowers.
  • Where successful, SHGs have significantly empowered poor people, especially women, in rural areas.
  • SHGs have helped immensely in reducing the influence of informal lenders in rural areas.
  • SHGs help borrowers overcome the problem of lack of collateral. Women can discuss their problem and find solutions for it.

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver”- Mahatma Gandhi

Community health is of great importance as it focused on health promotion and disease prevention. It is the responsibility of health care policy makers to plan health strategies that enhance the health at different geographical areas with equal opportunities of health care services to all. The focus of community health should be education and training of the people about health matters. This helps in enabling local ownership and of the people. This will be particularly useful for rural communities where the availability and access of health facilities is a problem because of the infrastructure.

Programme Activities:

  • Medical Camps – Reducing the threat posed by infectious diseases, contributing to reducing the risk of nosocomial infections, and creating safe environments for local people.
  • Immunisation – Reducing the risk factors of non-communicable disseases and injuries and promoting a healthy lifestyle and environment.
  • School health programmes – Empowering children and young people, with the support of their families and communities, by promoting social activities and supporting their upbringing.
  • Health education – Strengthening the capacity of the local health sector by contributing to improving the accessibility and quality of medical care.

“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.”  — Stacia Tauscher

The well-being of children is one of the cornerstones of vikas’s mission, and serving the needs of children continues to be a primary focus. Children are indeed our future and we must do everything we can to nurture them and help them succeed.

  • Vikas Balavedi
  • Small Savings Schemes
  • Education
  • Scholarships
  • Project Sramadan
  • Supply of study materials

“The empowered woman is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description” – Steve Maraboli

Women play variety of significant roles in our society from their birth till the end of life. Even after playing her all the roles and the entire job timely in efficient manner in the modern society, she is weak because men are still strongest gender of the society. Even after lots of awareness programmes, rules and regulations in the society by the government, her life is more complicated than a man. She has to take care of herself and family members. By following such a big responsibility in the family, they are fully able to come out and do job for bright future of own, family and country. The Constitution of India allows for positive discrimination in favour of women. Vikas is also providing assistance for empowering women through its different projects.

  • Vikas Vanithavedi
  • Awareness Generation Camps
  • Seminars/classes discussions
  • Socio-economic programmes
  • Vegetable garden
  • Animal husbandry

“The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity” – Benjamin Disraeli

When we hear the term Youth, the first thing that comes in our mind, is the energetic group of society who always wants positive change in their own family, community, society, state and overall development of country. They are the change agent of society, who has capacity to change the society. Youth are tomorrow’s leaders, parents, professionals, workers and today’s assets (DFID/Maguire, 2007). The youth is known as the backbone of the country. It is necessary that to develop a community or nation all should focus on development of youth.

Vikas is focuses on integrated development of youth.

  • VikasYuvavedi
  • Meetings/Seminars/ Discussions/debates
  • Cultural Programmes
  • Sports & Games
  • Career guidance
  • Employment Generation Programmes

The objectives of the Youth Welfare Program are:

  1. To develop Qualities of Citizenship and dedication to Community Service amongst all sections of the youth
  2. To promote awareness, amongst the youth, in the fields of Indian history and heritage, arts and culture
  3. To provide the youth with proper educational and training opportunities and to facilitate access to information in respect of employment opportunities and to other services
  4. To facilitate access, for all sections of the youth, to health information and services and to promote a social environment which strongly inhibits the use of drugs and other forms of substance abuse, wards off disease (like HIV/AIDS) and enhances the availability of sports and recreational facilities as constructive outlets for the abundant energy of the youth
  5. To sustain and reinforce the spirit of volunteerism amongst the youth in order to build up individual character and generate a sense of commitment to the goals of developmental programmes
  6. To develop youth leadership in various socio-economic and cultural spheres and to encourage the involvement of Non-Governmental Organizations, Co-operatives and Non-formal groups of young people
  7. To promote a major participatory role for the youth in the protection and preservation of nature, including natural resources

“The discovery of agriculture was the first big step toward a civilized life” – Arthur Keith                                                                                                                                                     
The Agricultural Development and Policy Programme work to promote understanding of transitions in food and agriculture, and appropriate policy responses. This is done with the aim of reducing hunger and poverty, and improving the sustainability of rural livelihoods in the face of increasing social, economic and physical shocks and stresses.

  • Agricultural Nursery
  • Farmers Association
  • Water and soil preservation
  • Plant protection Programmes
  • Deep trenches, Compost pits
  • Kitchen garden
  • Sericulture
  • Rubber, Coco, Tea, Areca nut, Coconut and Cardamom Plantations
  • Seminars, classes, Discussions, etc.

Men are not so much the keepers of herds as herds are the keepers of men” – Henry David Thoreau

Livestock play a significant role in rural livelihoods and the economies of developing countries. They are providers of income and employment for producers and others working in, sometimes complex, value chains. They are a crucial asset and safety net for the poor, especially for women and pastoralist groups, and they provide an important source of nourishment for billions of rural and urban households. These socio-economic roles and others are increasing in importance as the sector grows because of increasing human populations, incomes and urbanisation rates.

Livestock Development Activities:

  • High-yielding Mitch house
  • Finance support to brought Cow, Goat, Pig & Rabbits
  • Improvement of Cattle houses
  • Fodder cultivation

“Like the houses we build, the sky was also a shelter to few” ― Neha Bindal

Low cost Housing aims to provide Affordable housing for individuals or families with low incomes.  Affordability of housing refers to the amount of capital one has available in relation to the price of the goods to be obtained. Vikas helps the families with land and without shelter to construct a house.

  • Shelter for homeless
  • Repairing old houses

Sanitation is more important than Independence” – Mahatma Gandhi

Activities aimed at improving or maintaining the standard of basic environmental conditions affecting the well-being of people.

These conditions include

(1) Clean and safe water supply

(2) Clean and safe ambient air

(3) Efficient and safe animal, human, and industrial waste disposal

(4) Protection of food from biological and chemical contaminants

(5) Adequate housing in clean and safe surroundings

  • Low -Cost Sanitary Latrines
  • Water conservation
  • Drinking water wells
  • Sanitation Education
  • Health education

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn”– Benjamin Franklin

Training is a program that helps employees learn specific knowledge or skills to improve performance in their current roles. Development is more expansive and focuses on employee growth and future performance, rather than an immediate job role. The liberally conducted programme enables maximum input of human resources in the implementation process.

  • Orientation
  • Technical Skills Development Training
  • Soft skills development training
  • Refresher courses

“Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career” – APJ Abdul Kalam

Vikas‘ Vijaya Rekha’ career guidance program offers career aptitude tests, career counseling seminars and assistance for admissions in professional colleges (Medical, Engineering, Nursing, Paramedical, Hotel Management etc.).

“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family” – Kofi Annan

EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE (SCHOLARSHIPS)

Vikas ‘Vidya Jyothy’ gives scholarships to students who had secure high marks in X and Plus two examinations.

PMKVY

Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is the flagship scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) implemented by National Skill Development Corporation. The objective of this Skill Certification Scheme is to enable a large number of Indian youth to take up industry-relevant skill training that will help them in securing a better livelihood. Individuals with prior learning experience or skills will also be assessed and certified under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

VYSSS is PMKVY project centre (TC No: 007669) which is conducting “Documentation Assistant” in Logistics course. VYSSS successfully completed courses for 4 batches of students with best result.

MSME

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector has emerged as a highly vibrant and dynamic sector of the Indian economy over the last five decades. MSMEs not only play crucial role in providing large employment opportunities at comparatively lower capital cost than large industries but also help in industrialization of rural & backward areas, thereby, reducing regional imbalances, assuring more equitable distribution of national income and wealth. MSMEs are complementary to large industries as ancillary units and this sector contributes enormously to the socio-economic development of the country.

VYSSS is MSME’s Micro Enterprise type centre (KL03D0001549) which is conducting Basic Computer courses for all kind of people. VYSSS successfully completed courses for 6 batches of students with best result.

Today computer knowledge is a must for everyone without any exemption. This project will provide computer basics to everyone with no any age limit and basic qualification, who are unable to study by paying heavy fees in institutions. Vikas will provide computer basics course with our highly trained faculties. Learning computer basic will give confidence to go students for their further studies.