South Orissa Voluntary Action (SOVA)
South Orissa Voluntary Action (SOVA) is a non-profit, secular organization working for the past two decades in undivided Koraput Districts,one of the poorest districts in Odisha, India. They empower the most disadvantaged members of society, especially women and children,to improve their own lives through healthcare, education, governance, livelihood,disaster relief and child rights. Their participatory process motivates tribal and other marginalised people to work together to fight poverty, exploitation and discrimination so they can become free and equal members of society.
Their journey began in 1993, when the tribal and other marginalized people of Koraput were displaced by the construction of the Upper Kolab Hydroelectric Dam. People who had been living for centuries along the reservoirs were forced to move much further uphill,where the land was not as suitable for agriculture and lacked other natural resources -like forests. As a result,the many essential infrastructure and key institutions of the tribals fell apart.The displaced people were grappling with the difficulties of starting over again when they stepped in. They motivated them to form groups to discuss issues, fight for their rights, plan for their future and regain their sense of community.
Over the years South Orissa Voluntary Action (SOVA) realised that more strategic interventions were necessary to achieve a healthy and sustainable society. They carried out thorough needs assessments and introduced an innovative and responsible program approach in the areas of education, health, governance,livelihoods and child rights. The organisation’s capacity for disaster relief was strengthened in light of a changing climate and indiscriminate industrialization. The operational area slowly increased from only 13 villages in 1993 to 3500 villages in undivided Koraput Districts. Having built strong and trusting relationships with the communities they serve they observed a particular vulnerability among the tribal women and children and put them at the heart of their vision and mission
South Orissa Voluntary Action (SOVA) is a non-profit, secular organization working for the past two decades in undivided Koraput District, one of the poorest tribal districts in Odisha, India. They empower the most disadvantaged members of society, especially women and children, to better their own lives through Healthcare, Education, Governance,Livelihood and Child rights. Their participatory process motivates tribes to work together to fight poverty, exploitation and discrimination so they can one day become free and equal members of society.
By partnering with local and national NGOs as well as government agencies, their combined efforts form a much bigger picture for eliminating poverty in India. As a lead NGO in South Odisha, they build the capacity of local NGOs and community-based organizations so they can work to their full potential.
The grassroots community organizations and programs they develop and support provide tribals a platform to make informed decisions, stand up for their rights and help each other thrive. They measure success not by their own actions, but by those adopted and carried forward by the tribals themselves.
SOVA Visualises a healthy and self-reliant society, where excluded communities especially tribal women and children enjoy equal opportunities and rights with dignity and without any discrimination and exploitation.
To ensure that its primary stakeholders, excluded communities especially tribal women and children have equal and gender balanced access to their rights and enjoy equal opportunities in the spectrum of health, education, livelihood, governance and child rights.See more