Projects

Programs Organised and been organising by the trust since its establishment

‘Swachh Bharat Kosh’ programs

In the year 2014 the government launched the Swachh Bharat Kosh (SBK), in response to the call given by the Hon’ble Prime Minister to achieve the objective of Swachh Bharat (clean India) by the year 2019, on the 150th year of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi through Swachh Bharat Mission.

 

Objective of the Swachh Bharat Kosh

 

SWK is a fund that would be utilised to build toilets in schools, rural and urban areas in furtherance to achieve the objective of cleanliness across the country. It has been set up with the objective to attract Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds from Corporate Sector and to get contribution from individuals and philanthropists to achieve the objective of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Governing Council

  • The Swachh Bharat Kosh is to be administered by a Governing Council chaired by Secretary, Department of Expenditure.
  • It is required that the Governing Council shall meet at least once in every quarter, or sooner, if required, to assess the feasibility of funding the projects/activities proposed by the line Ministries.

Secretariat

The Governing Council is to be assisted by a division set up in the Department of Expenditure, which will serve as its secretariat, headed by an Administrator, at the Joint Secretary level.

Monitoring

  • It requires for the close monitoring of the utilization of the funds received from the Kosh and requires placing of a quarterly progress report to the Governing Council and the finance minister.
  • The progress of activities undertaken from the Kosh is to be reviewed by the finance minister on a quarterly basis and by the Prime Minister from time to time.

Admissible Activities

The 2014 guideline provides that the Kosh is to be used to achieve the objective of improving cleanliness levels in rural and urban areas, including in schools and might also extended to new innovative projects. The activities which are financed from the Kosh are as follows: –

 

  1. Construction of community/individual toilets in rural areas, urban areas, in elementary, secondary and senior secondary government schools, Anganwadi’s etc.,
  2. Renovation and repair of dysfunctional community/individual toilets in elementary, secondary and senior secondary government schools and Anganwadi’s;
  3. Construction activity for water supply to the constructed toilets;
  4. Training and skill development to facilitate maintenance of constructed toilets and to ensure its inter-linkages with education on hygiene;
  5. Other initiatives of improving sanitation and cleanliness in rural and urban areas including solid and liquid waste management;
  6. Any other activity to improve sanitation in the country as decided by the Governing Council.

Proposing of Projects

The line Ministries are given the responsibility of proposing projects to the Governing Council pertaining to the above-mentioned activities. The states can also apply for the funds of the Kosh through the respective line Ministries.

Implementation

  • The guideline provides that the implementation of the projects/activities will be carried out by the already existing institutions at State, District, and Sub District level.
  • The costing of projects will be guided by the prevalent cost norms of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) of similar nature and that is how it will be helpful in deciding the cost estimates of the projects to be financed from the Kosh.

Humanitarian Relief

Aid provided to the people who are deprived of the minimum basic needs such as food and water are provided, who are far away from the so-called developing society. The help and support are extended till they are recovered from the situation.

Poverty Alleviation

Poverty still exists in India and our trust strives to rise the standard of living of the people. Our trust provides the handy support to the poor families to make them competitive in this developing world.

Food and Nutrition

We encourage poor students of the rural society to join school by providing them all the necessary requirements like food, shelter, clothing and supply of books. Further they are also encouraged to take up higher tasks by providing financial assistance wherever required. We also plan to open up schools where there is no facility. Nutritious food is provided to the students who are studying under the surveillance of OSOC trust in developing their respective physical personality.

Livelihood Enhancement programmes

The Open Heart Social Organisation & Charitable Trust aim to create robust livelihood opportunities to enable households to earn more, and lead healthier lives. The Livelihoods portfolio covers a number of integrated community-based interventions across India that strive to improve rural incomes through modern farming practices, water management, soil conservation, livestock and animal husbandry, market linkages, crafts, etc.

The giant strides that India has made in economic growth has no doubt helped to reduce the percentage of people below the poverty line. However, over two-thirds of India’s population still lives in rural and semi-rural areas, where there is a daily struggle to earn enough from farm-related activities to feed the household. According to 2011 statistics from Asia Development Bank, 21.9% of India’s population (approximately 363 million) lived below the Poverty line of this, the rural poor account for nearly 260 million (C Rangarajan Committee Report, 2014).

Families in rural areas find it tough to break out of the cycle of poverty, primarily because a majority of Indian agriculture-based incomes continue to be dependent on the monsoons. Additionally, poor soil conditions, minimal use of modern farming methods, lack of systematic irrigation facilities, absence of post-harvest facilities and sustainable market linkages combine to put farm-based income generation capabilities in jeopardy.

To develop an equal and empowered society, it is imperative that a country includes the poorest of the poor in its growth story, which is why our Trust has identified the development of rural livelihoods as a focus area for rural development.

Water & Sanitation Programs

We are encouraging the rural public for storage of Water and also to improve the ground water level by using the modern methods. Supply of drinking water is undertaken by us where there is acute shortage along with the balanced maintenance of cleanliness of water.

Gender equality & Empowering women

Women in India consistently lag behind men in terms of access to education, health care, jobs etc. Apart from the economic and social inequality, women are victims of heinous crimes such as dowry deaths, rape, molestation and immoral trafficking. The reasons could be varied for various women, some women could be deprived of these opportunities because their men don’t want them to work, the others may be restricted due to family pressures or peer pressures. Of the 1.3 billion people who live in absolute poverty around the globe, 70 percent are women. For these women, poverty doesn’t just mean scarcity and want. It means rights denied, opportunities curtailed and voices silenced. We believe that an empowered woman can change a lot in the society. We believe in practical steps to create income for women, who are capable, intelligent and willing to work. OSOCT is working at the grass root level to empower women to attain economic participation in order to overcome poverty and inequality. You can support this effort by contributing to this cause and thus help empowerment of marginalized women. We also support poor women to start business and make their livelihood. Let us also lend a helping hand to these oppressed section by joining with this cause.

Health/ Preventive health care camps

ONE among the numerous challenges in the healthcare sector in India has been the lack of access to quality services for the poor and marginalised communities. This has been largely due to dismal investment in public healthcare which is just at 1% of the GDP — among the lowest in the world.

The healthcare infrastructure came under considerable strain during the Covid-19 pandemic and exposed its shortcomings. But there are several NGOs which are identifying the root causes of healthcare challenges and are coming up with innovative solutions. They are working in various areas such as child and reproductive health, nutrition, early identification of diseases, and treatment of communicable diseases.

Education for all

Education is the basic need of the society. OSOCT extends its helping hand to those who are deprived of the basic education in whatever way it is possible. We also initiate students of college / universities to form five member teams under OSOCT banner, and take care of the poor students who need help on food, boarding, clothes, books, fees etc. Let us extend our helping hand for this deprived section of our society. We intend to ensure that every village is provided with a school with upper primary with all the facilities. We focus on children from low-income communities enabling them to maximize their potential and change their lives. By this mission, we are confident that thousands of underprivileged children will have a bright future. You can be a part of our educational journey. Last but not least, we try to place these educated people too. More than 550+ students are supported and being supported by our trust in pursuing their education. Talented students who excel in their education are always encouraged by OSOC Trust.

Vocational/ skill training Programmes

We plan to start a Rural Self-Employment Training promoted for the purpose of providing opportunities to the rural youth for their skill up gradation leading to self-employment. The training programmes are entirely free of cost. This scheme aims at providing basic technical and entrepreneurial skill to the rural poor in the age group of 18 – 35 yrs. and thus enables them to take up income generating activities. The training includes free computer coaching, free tailoring units, designing, art candle making, catering etc. Out of the total beneficiaries 50% are women. The training centres are well equipped with competent trainers. Be with us in supporting this youth folk.

Rural / Urban development programmes

All the volunteers of the trust are engaged in development activities such as modernizing infrastructure and providing the upgrading technology along with the Urban Zone, where as in cities, they involve in maintaining the development activities such as cleanliness, ecology maintenance within the areas where people reside, tries to submerge the people of slum by raising their standard of living.

Art and Culture Programs

What is Art and Culture? What is the difference between the two?

When we think of ‘Art and Culture’, what comes to mind is everything that the UPSC asks questions on – be it Persian literature, the Bhakti-Sufi tradition or Gandhara art, etc. You possibly have a vague idea about these two terms, so before we proceed to their definitions, what’s the difference between the two?

 

Bharatnatyam and Thang Ta are performing arts. They thus would be classified as an Art form. However, by being a part of these performances as performer or audience, having a feeling of “this is a part of me, my identity” would mean that this art form is intrinsic to one’s culture.

Similarly, while cooking the perfect idli/dosa/aloo paraatha may be an art in itself, the process of indulging in a plate of idli/dosa and/or aloo paraatha especially when abroad (you wouldn’t care less when you have it at home or at a hotel in India) would make the majority of you feel very much like you belong to what one would refer to as “Indian culture”.

Languages, religions, filial piety and singing hymns are all part of culture, not art.

Culture is a way of life. Art is a manifestation of culture, of creative urges of people belonging to a certain culture. Customs and traditions too are nothing but a manifestation of culture.

The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘Culture’ as “the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively”, and as “the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society.”

The same dictionary defines ‘Art’ as “the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power”, and as “the various branches of creative activity, such as painting, music, literature, and dance.

Disaster relief / Emergency activities

Natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods can often come at the least expected time. Others, such as hurricanes and cyclones are increasing in severity and destruction. Typically, the poor are the worst hit for they have the least resources to cope and rebuild. When a natural disaster strikes, the OSOCT Volunteers play a role in responding. Resources and employee support are mobilized to assist the affected communities. In many cases, OSOCT is in a unique position to address the particular needs caused due to natural disasters, as our capabilities include technology, expertise and products in areas such as water, food and health care. When natural disasters and humanitarian crises strike, communities are often devastated and left vulnerable, having little access to some of life essentials, such as food, clean water, shelter, and basic services. While they must deal with the tragic loss of human life and property, they also have to face the uncertainty of seeing their livelihoods destroyed or severely affected. We provide compassionate care to those in need. OSOCT responds to disaster victims, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes, earthquakes and flood that impacts thousands. We help them get back on their feet. OSOCT works in partnership with other agencies that provide services to disaster victims. Let us join together. Each and every disaster which may be natural / man-made affects many of the people living here. OSOC Trust conducts disaster relief camps whenever such situation arises and backs the people in the affected area by providing all the amenities required by them. Cyclones like Hud-Hud are successfully supported by OSOC Trust by providing all necessities to the people in the critical time.

Old-Age care

People above 60 years of age are considered as ‘old’ and as constituting the ‘elderly’ segment of the population. The Indian aged population is currently the second largest in the world. The absolute number of the over 60 population in India will increase from 76 million in 2001 to 137 million by 2021. The shift in age structure makes issues of social security and economic support for elderly people very crucial. India, with its predominantly agrarian based economy, has inadequate social security provisions for its older people. Living arrangements of older people are influenced by several factors such as gender, health status, presence of disability, socio-economic status and societal traditions. Generations of older Indians have found shelter in the extended family system during crises, be these social, economic or psychological. However, the traditional family is fast disappearing, even in rural areas. With urbanization, families are becoming nuclear, smaller and are not always capable of caring for older relatives. Yet, in India, older people are still cared for by their families. Living in old age homes is neither popular nor feasible. Allowing parents to live in old age homes draws criticism from the family network and society at large. Living alone is usually due to widowhood, childlessness or migration of children. Women in Indian society are vulnerable throughout their lifetime and that increases into their old age. Like any other crisis ageing is a challenge and a problem. OSOCT have been raising resources to protect the rights of India’s elderly and provide relief to them through various interventions. We wish to voice the needs of India’s 100 million “grey” population, and directly impact the lives the of elders through our services. OSOC Trust has ran an old age home containing more than 30 people. Trust has engaged some volunteers to take care of those needy old people. But due to the road widening, our old age home has undergone demolition and the trust seeks help to rebuild that old age home and help the weak old-aged people deprived of love and care.

Environment Protection

We have taken up the task of protecting environment by planting as many plants as possible, Educating Public about environmental changes taking place. Conducting seminars on the ways in which the environment can be protected at urban level like usage of cars and water etc. Similarly for the rural public the usage of pesticides in farms and the utilization of the natural resources to the minimum level so that the environment is not disturbed. For every quarter of the year, trust is conducting and conducts environment program through meetings and rallies last 7 years from its establishment.

Global Warming

Since the inception, OSOCT has been helping communities around the world planting trees. We encourage planting trees that protects the environment and helps to preserve traditional livelihoods and cultures for generations. We conduct seminars and campaigns on environmental protection, educating students and communities about global issues.

Health awareness

Basic sanitation and good hygiene are fundamental for a healthy, productive and dignified life. Yet, many of the world’s poor rural people lack access to improved sanitation facilities. Poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene results in tremendous problems mostly for women and girls. Health is very essential for a self-reliant and progressive community. OSOCT believes in preventive care. In addition, to creating awareness on vital health issues, we also provide curative services through various clinics. In a developing country like India where health infrastructure needs reforms, the government is unable to reach the underprivileged of community. OSOCT steps in to deliver health at their doors through its Health Units. Issues like reproductive health, immunization, AIDS awareness, related to preventive care are focus areas of our health interventions. We need your help to ensure health of underprivileged. We need your valuable support to continue ensuring the health of the underprivileged. OSOCT along with likeminded organizations (both public & private) makes innovative approaches to the provision of clean drinking water, sanitation thereby promote health. Openheart Social Organisation volunteers to conduct health detection program camps, eye camps, general checkup, blood donation, etc in various parts from village to state capitals at regular intervals. It requires lot of help and support. Further our free ambulance services also need assistance for our self-efficiency. We solicit you to join in this venture and support the cause. Each and every Medical Camps for deadly diseases like Cancer, Tuberculosis was held in each and every village around the accessible area of OSOC Trust, Vijayawada.

Road Safety, Accident & Traffic

Road Accidents are very often in India and even it is considered as an unfortunate and unstoppable disaster to the country. Due to the lack of awareness, many people drive their vehicle either in a drunken state or on a speed more than the limit described are becoming responsibility of the deaths of many. On an average, India loses people in tens due to these accidents. OSOC Trust runs campaigns educating the people about the road safety and the precautions to be taken by everyone while using roads. More than 10 camps are conducted regarding this issue.

Sports & Recreation

OSOC Trust always support the youth both in Rural and Urban areas in aspect of Sports & Recreation. Our trust Support Us the talented young men and women in their respective representation in sports financially fulfilling their dreams. In fact, volunteers from our trust are raised from this section. More than 70 people are been placed after their completion of vocational training and OSOC Trust feels proud in directing those youth to a bright life.

Disability/ Handicapped

Rehabilitation of people with disabilities is a process aimed at enabling them to reach and maintain their optimal physical, sensory, intellectual, psychological and social functional levels. Rehabilitation provides disabled people with the tools they need to attain independence and self-reliance. To reduce the incidence of disability and facilitate medical care for abandoned and lesser privileged with the intent and hope that such children may have an opportunity to lead normal and near normal life and sustain themselves in the future. We aim at minimizing the suffering of disabled by providing them quality services, integrating them to the mainstream by providing a common platform to bring out their hidden talents. With modest efforts together we can add hope, happiness, to the lives of these special children. OSOCT ensures that every person with special needs, irrespective of kind, category and disability is provided treatment and education in an appropriate environment. To work for persons with disabilities and other needy persons towards their welfare, rehabilitation, development, integration and to sensitize common people about condition of deprived children, to provide timely therapy, expert guidance which would help minimize physical disabilities and maximize the functional output of these challenged people, come join us. Vocational training for them is provided to place them and pave them a new future.

Energy

India being one of the developing nations around the world is facing energy crisis. Due to the extensive usage of the coal deposits in generating electricity, environment is completely polluted by the carbon emissions produced by the extraction of carbon from the earth’s crust. OSOC Trust educates the people to save the power and encourages the rural people in usage of eco-friendly solar electricity for their energy requirements.

Peace & Conflict Resolution

Global peace is one of the main objectives of our trust and the trust strives to provide the support in the issues relating peace. Global peace is one of the main objectives of our trust and the trust strives to provide the support in the issues relating peace.

HIV/ AIDS Awareness

The Openheart Social Organisation Charitable Trust (OSOCT) Trust is to minimize human suffering among vulnerable groups having HIV / AIDS. AIDS gradually destroys the body’s immune defence system and makes the body vulnerable to opportunistic diseases. As of today, millions have been diagnosed with AIDS, and millions have died. Through awareness programs, treatments, referrals and counselling, OSOCT has effectively reduced individuals suffering from sexually transmitted infections (STI) & HIV / AIDS. OSOCT plans to provide sensitization training, advocacy, awareness, support and free legal aid to HIV / AIDS patients. Help us raise awareness to HIV prejudice and help stop the spread of HIV. We need your help to moderate the devastating effects of HIV / AIDS.

Volunteerism

More than 400 people volunteer our trust in conductance of the trust in grass-root levels of the society. These volunteers are picked based upon their interest in serving the poor and needy. Technical Knowledge and Field Knowledge are embedded in the Volunteer Training, making them aware of the tasks that they do. Ethical behaviour is their chief motive and service to the people irrespective of the caste, creed and religion is taught to them, on which our trust relies on.

Blood Donation

Welcome to OSOCT Blood Donors Guild as a member. Kindly fill up the following format to become a member. You can donate blood to the needy in your respective area. Blood donation camps are done annually on the formation day and many youths were actively takes part in it.