SYNOPSIS OF OJU WELFARE ASSOCIATION
Oju Welfare Association (OWA), Naharlagun, started its work in 1979 with a small educational institution for the non-literate adult people of the area. It was a humble beginning of a noble endeavor, which sowed the seeds for the growth of an Organization for integrated and comprehensive social development for the deprived people of Arunachal Pradesh. Gradually, to meet the demand of the area, it started to extend its activities from education to welfare and social development of the people. Since its inception, the Organization however, emphasized more on education and the development of Women and Children of the State.
With time, the large demand of necessities for the development and advancement of the socio-economic and upkeeping of the cultural heritage amidst geographical diversities has led to the emergence of a Voluntary Organization with noble endeavors to consolidate the efforts for social development and consequently the Organization was registered on 30th May 1988, under Section 3 of the Societies Registration Act, 1860.
OWA has been following its mission objectives and the ongoing activities of the Organization reflect its dedication for upliftment of the society on the whole. To attain its objectives, OWA has been imparting and extending various welfare activities for orphans, needy and destitute women and children, to serve the oppressed humanity, irrespective of caste, creed and community. The Organization is actively involved in activities like campaigning community awareness; need based vocational training, rehabilitation services for orphans and destitute women. The Organization is now an institute of repute with its activities spread over 5 Districts. The Organization has completed more than three decades of services as on 31.03.2014.
I was educated in Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan. After my education, I founded the "All Subansiri District Girls' Welfare Association", where I served as President for seven years and raised my voice against evil practices such as child marriage, forced marriage, bride prices, etc.
Thereafter, I joined as Assistant Teacher and served under Education Department, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. I was also among the first ladies to join the 1st batch of lady police under Arunachal Pradesh Police in 1978. I had witnessed the pitiable conditions of the girls and women in the State and I felt the need of a shelter home and rehabilitation centre for such women & girls.
In 1979, I initiated a small Adult Education and Nursery Center in Naharlagun and a small Shelter Home for girls, victims of child/ forced marriage and destitute women. Meanwhile, I resigned from the Police Department and registered the small Centre to an NGO, namely Oju Welfare Association (OWA), in 1988. This was my first milestone and presently various activities for destitute women and orphan children are being taken up by the Oju Welfare Association.
The mission of OWA aims at the excellence at all aspects of human development – physical, mental and moral, through development in social, educational, economic, environmental, cultural and other spheres of life and living. The emergence of the Organization was with a vision and mission of development & empowerment of the poor & needy, women & children, and the ones, lagging behind the mainstream of the Society.
Based upon its mission OWA is working broadly towards the following objectives:
1. To extend social and welfare activities amongst the people of area in general, women and children in particular.
2. To extend socio-economic activities in the area for the betterment of the community as a whole.
3. To undertake activities in the field of education, health and hygiene, to spread awareness of appropriate sanitation and diffusion of useful knowledge.
4. To undertake activities in the field of horticulture, agriculture, environment etc.
5. To campaign for awareness in environment and educate them about the effect of the environment.
6. To provide facilities of Health, Hygiene and Homes to the poor.
7. To provide operational efficiency and in depth focus to its work, OWA is working with the sub groups based upon the three thematic areas that are of crucial concern to the sector.
OPERATIONAL STRATEGIES1. Campaigning and Advocacy support on development related issues.
2. Institutionalized social welfare and support activities.
3. Awareness generation on various themes, based on the need of the area.
4. Vocational training and production support.
5. Rehabilitation services to orphans and destitute women, irrespective of cast, creed and community stands.
6. Host proactive innovative ideas for socio-economic and environmental development.
7. Institutional support for educational development.