(Brief History of ORBIT )
Organization of Bidar Integral Transformation (ORBIT)
“Including the Excluded”
- In the year 1982, the Catholic Diocese of Mangalore, launched its mission in the district of Bidar with a view to work for its integral development. The then Bishop of Mangalore, late Rt. Rev. Dr Basil D’Souza and the present Bishop of Gulbarga Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Miranda were the pioneers. Though various development works were done for the welfare of the people, a systematic approach was adopted since the year 1993, with the foundation of ORBIT (Organization of Bidar Integral Transformation) and Human Resource Centre registered under Indian Trust Act. Rev. Aloysius Paul D’ Souza, Bishop of Mangalore as its Founder President.
It did not take long time to realize that the women were doubly exploited persons in the society. They were oppressed because of their gender and also due to poverty. Therefore, the first attempts were made towards the empowerment of women thorough formation of self-help groups. A group of women of 10-15 members met in the evenings once in a week and discussed the problems concerning them and those pertaining to society. This enhanced their dignity as women and also they began to get involved in solving the problems of the village through the co-operation of the government. The savings helped them to get engaged in various self-employment projects and obtain large amounts of money from the banks. Today, the number of self-help groups is 600 savings are over Rs 2,00,00,000 with 44 Grass Root Federations, 5 Taluq (Block) Federation and 1 District Federation.
Soon it was realized that the educational system in the district was very poor, especially in the government schools. The Vidhya Vikas Programme was launched to bring about a change among the children, teachers, parents and government officials. A teacher was appointed in the school who acted also as an animator to bring about change in the educational system. Various meetings were conducted between the parents, village leaders, government officials and teachers. This was a model program which really brought about change in the educational system. 40 villages were taken under this program giving rise to 40 and more volunteers for spreading basic education, information and awareness on child rights, nutrition, sanitation etc.
Bidar is a drought prone area. Having learnt from the successful experiences of people elsewhere, we launched the watershed program in three villages. Farmers groups were formed who were trained to conserve rain water through various techniques. They were given knowledge about modern agricultural techniques which improved their income. As a result the villages soon became green while the standard of living also increased.
Realizing the struggles and sufferings of persons with disability, especially of persons affected with leprosy ORBIT initiated Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) with the support of AIFO India. The program aims at Mainstreaming the Persons with disability through awareness programs, Screening camps, distribution of aids and appliances, IGP support, inclusive education and livelihood support. The 70 Disabled Persons Organization (DPO), 5 Taluq (Block) federations having over 3000 members have benefitted from the program. The program has lifted the spirits of persons with disability and has been instrumental in restoring their dignity.
The wrath of HIV AIDs which was unheard and unseen had made a silent entry into Bidar District. By the time people realized the gravity of the sickness, HIV had devastated hundreds of families in Bidar district especially in Basavakalyan and Humnabad taluks. ORBIT realizing huge health and family crisis, resolved to help the people of Bidar affected with the deadly disease. ORBIT started its services through SNEHA program in 2006, then with Ashadeepa Care Home for HIV affected people for care, medical support, ART, livelihood, IGP, counselling and clinical support along with awareness. Over 3000 HIV affected persons along with children have been supported through this program till date. Presently Sparsha Care Home is catering to 40 Children Living with HIV (CLHIV) in Basavakalyan Taluq.
Panchayat Raj Program initiated in Bidar District helped in training over 350 PRI members in Bidar District. This brought substantial difference in functioning of Pachyath Raj system in many places.
ORBIT presently serves District of Bidar by collaborating with District Administration and other networking groups for the development of one of the District in Hyderabad Karnataka Region. ORBIT is a compliant organization, with Trust Registration, FCRI, 80G, 12AA, Darpan.
ORBIT vows to serve Bidar and its people, to bring a change in the lives of people, upholding their dignity and nurturing mother Earth. Your support to ORBIT will enhance our services to the last, least and the lost.
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