Sahayog Community Coordination Network (CCN) is a Not-for-Profit Society consisting of a group of experienced professionals and educated Tribal youths passionately working with the vulnerable indigenous groups in Paderu Agency area, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The Organisation was promoted by the eminent Civil Servant (Late Mr. S.R. Sankaran IAS) who had been the guide and support since its origin along with other likeminded Civil Servants passionate about Tribal empowerment.
The objective was to attract young professionals from reputed academic Institutes to engage themselves in tribal development activities and bridge the gap between Government policies and their execution in the community. The Young professionals thus recruited were given mentorship under Girijan Cooperative Cooperation and Integrated Tribal Development Authority (ITDA) to work with community at cluster level.
Sahayog CCN is currently working with tribal communities in Munchingput and Peddabayalu Mandals of Paderu Agency. The major livelihood issues in this region has been depletion of Natural Resources of Land, Water and Forests, poor health and Nutritional status of the tribals and lack of quality educational and infrastructure facilities.
"Self reliant tribal community who has full ownership and control over their resources and capable to take decisions on their lives."
"The Mission is to build self sustained Institutions of tribal communities to improve their standard of living through sustainable use of natural resources with their full ownership, participation and Trust."
Our Core Values
- Farmers Interest First
- Participation by All
Strategic Plan 2020
- Scale up Mathota Programme from 3,000 households to additional 5,000 households.
- Scale up Lac Enterprise Model programme from 3,000 households to additional 5,000 households.
- Expansion of our programme to another 2 Mandals in Paderu Agency.
- Establishment and commissioning of 3 Processing Unit at 3 strategic locations.
- Organise and operationalise 3 additional mutually Aided Cooperative Societies.
- Organise and register one Producer Company which will take up value addition and marketing.
The key achievements
- Trained and built a cadre of 700 educated tribal youth to work as local volunteers and involve in the development of their own community through promoting the Community Coordination teams in different clusters of villages. The community organisations include women groups, village level committees, cooperatives, and Village Tribal Development Associations. Through intensive community mobilization in 726 habitations, these groups have been trained to manage their own affaris with the support of the community coordination teams.
- Facilitated education of 6000 tribal children by establishing community managed schools and enhanced performance of 17 government schools, through community involvement and monitoring.
- Achieved 70% immunization in the project villages. Improved access to primary health care and coordinated referral services for 300 patients in the last 5 years through establishing local health teams.
- Promoted regeneration of forests in an area of 330 hectares of forestland in 80 villages, by involving the local communities through an initiative called DONGAR SONA BACHAU meaning save the hills that yield gold.
CCN as a development organization has always believed in involvement of professionals for development of community through organizing people. Building and strengthening people’s institutions is a powerful tool for achieving sustainable change. CCN believes that while empowering the tribal community towards self-reliance, a long-term presence of professionals for community organization, transfer of skills, technical competence and building linkages with various development partners is essential. CCN focuses on to building local community organizations through setting up teams of committed tribal youth called Community Coordination Teams (CCTs). It grooms these teams continuously to build them to become independent entities over a period of time to implement various programs. Only an integrated approach to development can bring a sustainable change in an area that is so interior and community that is so primitive, where the government delivery systems are not reaching effectively. Therefore the focus of CCN is on three major areas viz., education, health and livelihoods. Interventions in these arenas are carried out simultaneously for a given community.