Parmarth Samaj Sevi Sansthan is a Non-Governmental, Not for Profit – Civil Society organization, working for the weaker and deprived sections of the society. The organization has been working to bring qualitative improvement & changes in lives of the vulnerable. The organization has been made to engage diversified community groups and stakeholders such as women & adolescents groups, youth, social activists, academicians, media functionaries, lawyers, researchers, change makers, students, political forces, panchayat members in the developmental processes. PARMARTH strongly advocates for participatory processes both within the organization and with the community. The organization believes in principle of transparency and accountability for better interest of poorest & marginalized community. The organization entails a healthy, democratic and gender friendly working environment.
“Preparing People to Help Themselves” Target Groups PARMARTH has been preliminary working for poor, marginalized, vulnerable and deprived sections of society in the remote, ravine and drought affected areas of Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh & Madhya Pradesh. The region has been facing multiple vulnerability in which Feudal System, Caste Discrimination, Gender Discrimination, Untouchability, Illiteracy, Poverty, Migration, natural calamities, drought etc are the major factors in the region. The organization works with poorest and most marginalized women, men, girls, boys and socially excluded people.
The organization is working in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Currently, the organization has direct reach in 267 villages of 12 blocks in 6 districts of Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh & Madhya Pradesh. The organization has been engaged with 264 CBOs consisting approximately 6310 community members. The PARMARTH’s ongoing projects are spread across 5 districts (Jalaun, Hamirpur, Lalitpur, & Jhansi) of Uttar Pradesh and 3 districts (Teekamgargh, Chattarpur and Seopur) of Madhya Pradesh.
Parmarth theory of change is to “Facilitate and Empower The Process” and community. Empowerment is a process that challenges our assumptions about the way things are and can be. It challenges our basic assumptions about power, helping, achieving, and succeeding. Empowerment is a construct shared by many disciplines and arenas e.g. community development, education, training and capacity building and research & studies of social issues, movements and organizations etc. Parmarth consistently adopt this in its action and social interventions through various programs and projects. Community-based change initiatives often have ambitious goals, and so planning specific on-the-ground strategies to those goals is difficult. Likewise, the task of planning and carrying out evaluation research that can inform practice and surface broader lessons for the field in general is a challenge. Parmarth facilitate the community to sustain, bring to scale and evaluate, since each step – from the ideas behind it, to the outcomes it hopes to provide, to the resources needed – are clearly defined within the objective. It assured that their programmes are delivering the right activities for the desired outcomes.