Areas of Operation - Women Empowerment


Assam Center for Rural Development (ACRD) operates in the tribal dominated and backward areas of Assam.  ACRD has been working  in over five  hundred villages of Kamrup, Baksa, Udalguri, Morigaon districts of Assam  covering the tribal communities of Bodo, Rabha, Garo, Tiwa, Karbi etc and other communities like Adivasi, Scheduled castes and other backward classes. In addition to the above, ACRD is in contemplation to expand its activities in the near future to Dhemaji and Tinsukia districts in upper Assam

ACRD has branch offices at Amgaon, Chandrapur Block, Barihat in Chayani Borduar Block of Kamrup district and Suklai in Baksa district of Assam. It has set up a Vocational Training Centre at a village in Barihat, Rani Block of Kamrup District, Assam

ACRD’s Mission Statement – To catalyze socio-economic change in rural Assam through Women's Empowerment.

Vision of ACRD - ACRD will facilitate, strengthen the rural and disadvantaged people to be empowered by developing their confidence, building their capacity, develop their skills in respect of alternative livelihood opportunities, health support services and educational support services.

ACRD rendered services to the victims of ethnic violence that occurred in Karbi Anglong district during 2005, by distributing relief materials like baby food, lantern, kerosene, mosquito nets, food stuff, blankets etc among the inmates of relief camps.

ACRD helps the flood affected people every year by serving with free medical treatment and distributing medicines to them, providing food, blankets, candles, mosquito nets, clothes, baby food etc. Some rehabilitation programmes are also taken to help the flood affected victims.

International Women's Day is observed every  year  at Naokata/Suklai, Goreswar Block of Baska District on the 8th of  March. More than five thousand women participate in games and sports, cultural programs etc organized on the occasion of International Women’s Day. A General meeting is held in the afternoon where issues of women empowerment, development of the area, peace etc are discussed.  

Program on Sustainable Livelihood for the Tribals through Bamboo Plantation was implemented by ACRD with the financial support of CAPART ( North East Zone). The aim of the project was to motivate the villagers to form Self Help Groups (SHG) and plant easily grown varieties of bamboo in a systematic and scientific way for more production and train the farmers to produce varieties of diversified bamboo products . Ten Self Help Groups were formed who were imparted training on plantation of turmeric, pine apple, banana, betel nut, coconut etc. along with the bamboo plants as multi cropping. Some SHGs started earning income from banana and pine apple and some SHG members started earning income from bamboo. The farmers were imparted training on how to make varieties of quality products from bamboo and sell them in the market. Ten farmers were imparted training on computer operation so that they can use computer and get information on present trend of market of bamboo products.

With the initiative of ACRD, about five hundred Self Help Groups were formed in  various Blocks of Kamrup, Baksa, Udalguri Districts which have been taking up activities like, hand loom and handicraft, fishery, livestock rearing, paddy cultivation, vegetable cultivation etc. and through these activities they have become self sufficient by earning money. Training on livestock rearing is imparted to the SHG members every year. Orientation program and awareness generation programs for the SHGs are also organized every year

A study on ‘Effectiveness of Education Guarantee Scheme In Minority Concentrated Districts of Assam’ implemented by Sarba Siksha Abhijan Mission, Assam was carried out by ACRD. The report has been submitted to the Mission Director, Sarba Siksha Abhijan Mission, Assam.

ACRD organized Gram Shree Mela for two consecutive years at Guwahati and Tinsukia respectively during the years of 2006-07 and 2007-08. The Gram Shree Mela 2007-08 was financially sponsored by Council for People’s Action And Rural Technology Promotion of Rural Entrepreneurs Development, Govt of India. NGOs/SHGs from all over the country participated in the melas for displaying and selling varieties under the Ministry of Rural items which included cane and bamboo products, hand loom and handicraft products, jute products, wood craft, food items, herbal medicines etc. Workshops on problems of marketing, marketability of products, women empowerment, tapping the local resources etc were organized during the melas.  Cultural programs were performed by the participants, local artists and the students of some dance academies in the evenings.


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