Background

BACKGROUND & HISTORY

About

The district of Sundargarh with an area of 9712 km2 is the second most expansive district in the state of Orissa. Its Schedule Caste population accounts for 50.69% of the total. The cultural profile is prominently rural and tribal.Over 66% of the population permanently settles in 1744 colorful villages dotted across its territory. The district is exceptionally rich in natural forest (43% of the land is under forest cover), mineral, land and water resources, but this profusion hardly ever reveals itself in the lives of it’s illiterate and unskilled rural folk who merely survive as poor and vulnerable communities.

A group of youth from different parts of Sundargarh district, inspired by the then Youth Coordinator of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sundargarh Mr. Gopal Chandra Ojha started working collectively in 1995.With the support of the DRDA through the NYK Sundargarh few skill training programmes for the rural youth, plantation and nursery rising, formation and promotion of SHG groups were the initial activities by this group. A campus of around two acres at Rangiamunda in Tangarpali block of Sundargarh was developed as the centre for all these activities. On 15thMay1995, SEWAK was registered under the Registration of Societies Act, XXI of 1860 at Sundargarh .Gradually by 1998 SEWAK Complex became the centre of excellence for youth services in Sundargarh. SEWAK was the destination for more than 300 youth organisations.

Up to 1998 NYK Sundargarh was the resource mobilizer for SEWAK. With the transfer of Mr. Ojha to other district as the Youth Coordinator this chapter closed. The SEWAK management then struggled for resources. But the coordination with the district administration and the linkage with the Youth organisations of different parts of the district helped them to survive. During 2005 SEWAK came in contact with the Concern Worldwide India, Bhubaneswar, a Dublin based INGO which was a turning point for the organisation. The handholding support provided by this organisation really given a professional touch to SEWAK.