Community Led Action

CfD takes a community based approach to bring change in the life of the displaced communities by enabling them to demand their citizenship rights. Advocacy efforts are steered by two CBOs supported by CfD viz. the Ahmedabad Shaheri Yuva Manch (ASYUM – platform of urban youth) and Ekta Nari Sangathan (ENS – Women’s Unity Organization). ASYUM engages in inter-community dialogue and in collective action on issues pertaining to rights and entitlements while ENS has developed as a strong women’s organization that takes leadership on demands like basic amenities, dignified rehabilitation and violence against women.

Community efforts to highlight the abysmal conditions of the colonies have received significant media attention. The municipal authorities have taken note and have taken steps such as establishing a fair price shop for food grains, more water taps in the colony and a mobile health services van which comes periodically to these colonies.

The lasting impact of CfD’s effort has been in terms of building of local capacities and strong people’s institutions. The priority issue taken up for empowernment of community by both these CBOs is the establishment of ICDS Aanganwadis and schools in the vicinity of these colonies, and also in the rehabilitation sites that the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) are building for these displaced families.