Friends of the Children of Orissa
Friends of the Children of Orissa are a small charity which was set up in 1992 to assist Palli Unnayan Seva Samiti (PUSS) in Orissa, who are still our main partner. In July 2012 we started a new project, to rescue runaway children from the railways.
For twenty years we have been supporting the children at the PUSS residential school near Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa, India's poorest state.There are now some 400 girls at the school; they have come from a variety of disadvantaged backgrounds. Some are children of sex workers, or of beggars, some are from leprosy colonies, and some were abandoned as babies. They get a good education and loving care at the PUSS school, and when they leave school they go on to further education, to formal employment and to other worthwhile occupations. We raise the funds for this through this website, through 'word of mouth' publicity, through fund-raising events, an annual classical music recital, and a variety of other means.
Friends of Shivia USA
Shivia’s goal is to empower the poorest in India to create livelihoods, boost income and inspire permanent, positive change. We do this through our Livelihood Programme (livelihood development), which aims to give whole families, particularly women and children, the skills to enter new enterprises and radically improve their earning power. We have selected backyard farming enterprises that enable families to earn their own money to lift themselves out of poverty. We currently work in four distinct locations and cover 600 villages in rural West Bengal, India. We started with poultry rearing in 2011, a market-led enterprise which requires no land to develop. Our Poultry Development Service (PDS) is delivered through the Shivia Poultry Toolkit, which provides everything a family needs to start and sustain their new enterprise. The toolkit comprises 10 one day old chicks (or ducks); vaccinations and medication to prevent disease and mortality; initial feed for 2 weeks and, most importantly, expert education and training over 6 months in all aspects of poultry husbandry, financial management and how to market the produce. Since operations started in 2011, we have provided training and poultry toolkits to over 6,000 home-farmers in rural areas surrounding Kolkata, indirectly impacting the lives of over 35,000 people as each home farmer has, on average, 5 or 6 dependents. Shivia’s livelihood development model is based on enterprise and not just aid and our beneficiaries make a small financial contribution to the programme. This not only gives farmers the sense of ownership and responsibility but also contributes to the long-term sustainability of our projects. In the PDS, each toolkit costs Shivia approximately $22 USD and the farmers contribute, on average, $6 USD. In 2014, we started a new enterprise in agricultural development, Agri-management Services (AMS), in response to requests from our home farmers who have small but un-productive plots of land. AMS provides soil testing and training into how to develop these plots to produce high yield crops and a new source of income for the family.
Marin Media Institute/Point Reyes Light
The Point Reyes Light is a Pulitzer Prize-winning weekly newspaper published since 1948 in western Marin County, California. It is generally considered the newspaper of record for the region. The Light gained national attention in 1979 due to its reporting on a cult, Synanon, and the Pulitzer Prize awarded to the paper for this coverage. The paper has since been purchased by the locally owned Marin Media Institute. The Institute aims to promote excellent local journalism through a variety of media and educational programs in west Marin County. Governed by a board of journalists, writers and educators, the Institute fosters rigorous local news reporting and analysis that reflect the needs and values of the region and its connection between local, national and global issues. The Institute supports inclusive civil discourse; provides a voice for the region’s culturally diverse populations; and furthers the craft of village journalism through internships, fellowships, educational forums and public seminars.