DBSS – Kolhapur

The social wing of the Kolhapur Diocesan Council is the Diocesan Board of Social Services which was formally founded on 1st July 1993.  With a view to grant dignified life in the society for exploited dalit women and children, the DBSS has empowered people irrespective of caste, creed or religion. In an effort to ensure access of people to natural resources & livelihood, to stop atrocities against women, for improving education and health standards and to ensure safe drinking water to all, people of the area formed Dalit Samaj Vikas Parishad, Maharashtra (DSVP). DSVP works to ensure social, economic, cultural and political right of dalits, as enshrined in the Indian constitution. In an effort to improve governance system, information was also provided by DBSS to people about Panchyati Raj System and 3 Backward Class industrial houses were established to create alternative livelihood options. Training was also given on garment making, mushroom cultivation, making incense sticks and making paper plates etc. 10 women were also given self help training and they have started making paper plates at Shiroli village.

The DBSS Kolhapur helped people to access different security schemes like Gharkul Yojana, Widow pension Yojana Bal Sangopan Yojana, Sewing Machine Yojana. Suvarn Yojana, Gramin Swayam Rojgar Yojana,  Vayam Shala, Vishesh Gatak Yojana and public distribution scheme. DSVP also worked with gairan holder families to gain 7|12 abstract for their land as per the government policies. Out of the proposals so submitted to government, proposals at Vijaynagar and Nandre are at final stage. 1150 families were given ownership of the land by government under Gavthan Vistar Yogna.

The DBSS Kolhapur ran 10 community study centers for holistic Children  development  in Sangli and Kolhapur area. Out of which, nine had to be closed because of lack of financial support, but one such center is still running. As part of it’s effort for improving sanitation situation, the DBSS Kolhapur facilitated construction of 80 toilets for 80 families through government resources. In Kolhapur and Sangli areas nearly  176 borewell were dug  through CBN Hydrabad and water scarcity problem was addressed to a great extent. Information was provided to the victims of dalit and women atrocities. Being informed, those victims followed up on these cases through legal system and legal remedy was provided by the honorable court in many of the cases. Community leaders as well as Church leaders were given training on the issue of leadership and peace building.

Contact Details:

Coordinator: Mr. Joseph V Awale (9421222008) (kolhapur.dbss@cnisbss.org)