About – IRCDS

IRCDS is working with all the marginalised groups of Tiruvallur district in the aim of helping them to escape from poverty. To achieve this goal, the organisation creates awareness, mobilises communities and links target groups with government institutions. The idea is that marginalised groups should acquire the knowledge and skills to be able to advocate their own cause and sustain their own livelihood.

Mission

Our mission is to build the capacity of the people so that they have the means to understand and change their socio-economic situation.

Vision

To uphold love, peace, justice and equality in society

Approach

Creating awareness on rightful entitlements, facilitating the formation of people’s organisations, linking target groups with government institutions and promoting self-advocacy. We call the combination of these processes the 4 pillar strategy.

 

What we do and how we do it can easily be explained by breaking down the name of our organisation:

INTEGRATED

Our role is to fill the gap between the supply and demand of governmental support for the rural population in six blocks in Tiruvallur District of Tamil Nadu, India. The government offers many rightful entitlements and welfare-schemes that could change people’s lives, but most of the rural population is not aware of their existence. We act as the connection between the needs of the rural population and the government programmes. Through our interventions, the people get a voice that the government is able to hear and the government gets direct insights to the challenges the rural population meets. This process of exchange makes it possible for marginalised groups to take action and be part of the mainstream society. Accordingly we understand integrated as ‘part of the mainstream society’.

RURAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

We aim to achieve empowerment through community organising. People (rights holders) have more power and influence on systems when organised in groups. They also gain confidence to present their challenges in their families, in their communities and in front of authorities (duty bearers). Through the support of the group, members are socially more integrated and feel less alone when facing their challenges. Strengthened communities are able to take actions for their own development.

Legal Status

  • Registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1975 (Registration date: 20.10.1986).
  • Registered under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) in 1990. Our FCRA details 2014-15 can be downloaded here (PDF 4.27 MB).
  • Registered under section 2(A) and 80G of Income Tax Act, 1961.
  • Registered under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.
  • Registered under Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995.