Forest based communities:
Supporting and promoting community-based institutions to manage their forests and other natural resources has been a prime area of attention for CPF from its inception. Besides federating VSSs as Vanasamakhyas at the state level, various other community based organisations were formed for various project interventions – farmer groups, watershed user groups, NTFP collectors groups, and their networks have been receiving handholding support from CPF on several key aspects. CPF also enabled the forest based communities to access government schemes and services. Village Coordination Groups is the recent initiative where, representatives from various existing groups and people’s representatives at Panchayat and mandal levels are brought together and capacitated on various aspects of engagement with the concerned line departments, keeping the holistic development of the village in mind. This initiative is successful as each village now has a handful of key and responsible members with understanding about the overall village situation and ways and means of addressing the issues concerning the village.
Initiation of interventions with Rural Communities in collaboration with Tata Trusts, since 2014:
Over the past three years, CPF has been implementing several initiatives in Vijayawada Parliamentary Constituency, Krishna district as well as in the entire State of Andhra Pradesh in project mode with rural communities with the support of Tata Trusts.
The major projects being implemented are: facilitation of community mobilization and micro planning in 265 Grampanchayats falling under Vijayawada parliamentary constituency. The micro planning lead to the preparation of Village development plans (VDP) and implementation of the same at Grampanchayat level. Following the micro-planning exercise in 265 Grampanchayats in Vijayawada parliamentary constituency, Krishna district, the project Internet Saathi was initiated to provide access to internet to the communities concerned. The project enabled access to the internet, in partnership with various organizations, such as Google India and Intel. The project focuses on training communities to go online through the trained saathis, by providing them internet powered devices to access important information on various aspects of interest / need to them. The project is now spreading all over in entire Andhra Pradesh. CPF has also been implementing the health insurance project in collaboration with Star Health Insurance and construction of toilets under sanitation project (Swachh Vijayawada Mission) in convergence with department of rural development, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh.