Dalit Vikas Abhiyan Samiti (DVAS) founded on 18th June 1992 is working towards empowerment of marginalized communities and groups i.e Dalit’s, Women, Children and other economically and socially deprived sections of society, over the last 30 years in Bihar through addressing factors of exclusion and supporting advancement of their entitlements. The organization believes in its developmental model for increased participation of marginalized communities through various enabling strategies and thematic programmes, such as i...READ MORE
The organization strongly believes in a blended approach of development/ activism and struggle for development. It empowers and enables individuals especially children and women to become independent, self-reliant and financially capable. There is significant exclusion of SC/ST communities, the last line of society on all development indicators - challenges of poverty and low socio-economic status, social exclusion and discrimination.The disadvantaged communities faced social -economic – educational exclusion due to historical neglect, caste hierarchy, and low self-esteem and subjection. It becomes worse in the case of women and children from these marginalized communities who are also subjugated within their own communities.
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Despite 76 years of independence, 89 percent of the urban poor, homeless and unorganized domestic workers have contributed in developing and beautifying the city, yet they are deprived of basic facilities like food, water, housing, education, health, social security and livelihood, in Smart City It is necessary to connect these classes with the mainstream.
Genesis Of The Organization Mr. Dharmendra Kumar the founder executive director of DVAS comes from marginalized scheduled caste family from Fatuha block of Patna district in Bihar. He grew up in the agrarian feudal society where the subjugation of scheduled caste community was so severe that their villages was known by the name of the caste as ‘Parsa chamartoli’ (Chamar is the caste name for the community who were earlier engaged in the work of taking out and tanning of hides). He, his family and his community were treated as untouchables as they came from lowest in the caste ladder. The community was by and large working as daily waged labourers and share croppers for the landlords. In those days women traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) would support and conduct the deliveries at homes as health infrastructures were poor and it was treated as most undignified Jobs in the community. In his college days he was shocked by a incidence that a TBA from his village was called to give her services for conducting delivery by a landlord from the neighbouring village and after the delivery she was molested and gangraped by a group of youths of higher caste. The incidences had a deep impact on Mr. Dharmendra Kumar and he decided to work for the dignity and development of the dalit and marginalized communities. Soon he cam in contact with several social workers and started mobilizing dalit community to raise their voice against injustice and discrimination. Afterwards he associated himself with several social organisations and worked on several development projects for dalit community. Then in due course of time he along with several like minded associates founded Dalit Vikas Abhiyan samiti in 1993 and has been continuously striving and working towards restoring dignity and promoting holistic development of marginalized sections of society: women, children’s youths with focus on Scheduled caste communities. The organization believes in its developmental model attenuated for increased participation of marginalized communities through various enabling strategies and programs such towards ensuring socio- economic transformation and dignity through access to quality education, health services and livelihood options. The organization believes in organic and inorganic growth of an individual and the community through increased exposure and development of core competency thereby leading to the development of intrinsic skill and managerial capabilities.