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Sharon Jacob, (Center) Program Officer along with partner staff from Kiran, interacting with children's club members. Photo: IM

IM welcomes new partners in India

Published 3 November 2017

IM in India is geographically consolidating its program to North India through new partnerships. Consolidating the programs in North India will increase efficiency, increase IM’s presence in the region and be resource effective. All three partners are established NGOs working with marginalized communities in diverse thematic areas such as children’s rights, gender issues, economic empowerment, and environmental conservation and climate change. Expertise in these areas will add value to IM’s partners’ portfolio.

After a rigorous assessment of like-minded NGOs from the region, the Country Office has selected three new partners. They are The Himalaya Trust (THT), Mountain Children's Foundation (MCF) and Mount Valley Development Association (MVDA). IM will be partnering with all three to work in the state of Uttarakhand. As of the beginning of 2018, IM will focus on supporting projects in northern India. This was a necessary decision as the India program had been widely scattered geographically. Consolidating the programs in North India will increase efficiency, increase IM’s presence in the region and be resource effective.

All three partners are established NGOs working with marginalized communities in diverse thematic areas such as children’s rights, gender issues, economic empowerment, and environmental conservation and climate change. Expertise in these areas will add value to IM’s partners’ portfolio. The organizations also share IM’s values of empowering communities through Rights Based Approach and are present development agents in the communities where they work. Here is a short introduction of the new partners:

THT is a civil society actor founded in 1993 with a focus on strengthening grassroots institutions to promote conservation of natural resources in the mountain areas. With IM, THT will work towards empowerment of marginalized communities, especially women so that they can enjoy their economic, social and cultural rights. THT will organize women into groups, raise their awareness on various government schemes and develop networks to ensure effective implementation of community schemes.

MCF was formed in 2002 to work with mountain communities, where many villages remain poorly resourced and are marred by socio-economic problems such as migration, poverty, and lack of education. With IM, MCF will work towards ensuring children’s right to quality education and warranting quality learning environment by improving teaching and learning processes. MCF will work towards raising awareness of community members on the importance of education and ensuring children’s Right to Education.

MVDA is a civil society actor that works toward improving the quality of life of rural people by promoting livelihood initiatives along with early child care and girl child education. With IM, MVDA will work towards strengthening women farmers by organizing them into groups, initiating business development models and increasing their access towards value chain based on spices. By doing so MVDA will help the farmers tackle low yield in the project area and ensure that farmers get a fair share for their products.