| Development as Unleashing Potential Efforts : the Bhagavatula Charitable Trust (BCT) of Yellamanchili in Andhra Pradesh (1995) |
|Section 2 BCT - its organisation and functioning|
In 1977, the relief and rehabilitation work was done with the help of CARE and OXFAM. Irrigation, cattle breeding, salt manufacture and toy making projects were supported by EZE while afforestation, plant bank, community health, and technical consultation projects were supported by OXFAM. LIC of India gave special community award of "Hospital On Wheels" to BCT.
Initial support for Grama Arogyalaya Trust came from Health Clinic International. Its literacy activities are supported by India Literacy Project of USA. Non formal education project is supported by the Govt. of India and child labour rehabilitation programme is supported by ILO. Its research activities are funded by IDRC of Canada.
At present about 60 % - 70 % of expenditure on its core structure is generated from within and the support services are assisted by the government and voluntary organisations from within and abroad.
BCT also realised that the problem of development is not so much of "scarcity of resources" but frittering away the available limited resources. The Trust earns from its commercial activities, taken up as demonstration using hitherto unused or under used resources, like salt-fish farm production, cashew orchards and raises loans from banks for these activities.
"Becoming financially self-sufficient is vital because there is no point in doing all this unless what we do here can be repeated," says Dr Rao.
In some ways BCT’s methods of financing its core structure through generation of income from demonstration of activities that it wants its beneficiaries to undertake and benefit from are unique to itself. Also rare are the systematic efforts it makes to attract and use persons, who are at the other end of their work life, with high qualifications and rich experience in its work by providing them suitable opportunities.
BCT seems to have achieved that difficult balance between a grassroots base and the grafting of modern technology and skilled professionalism. It seems to marshal the expertise of science and technology and also obtain people’s participation.