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Community Engagement

Community Development

Community Engagement

Mission Statement : Creating responsible communities

Sensitize, train and empower the community to lead the change.

Community programs promote community ownership by passing on the enabler’s role and ensure their meaningful participation.

The active participation of the community in certain areas was initiated in 1987, even before the formal registration of the organization, in the following areas:
1. Navjyoti Sabhas – to aware community members about legal rights and responsibilities to enable solution of their local problems
2. Pani Panchayat – involving all stakeholders to sensitize them on value for water, its usage and its conservation
3. Gram Niketan – to create rural leadership
4. Community outreach and strengthening programs on various social issues and occasions


Genesis of the Program

It was a conscious decision of the organization to move from ‘help for the helpless’ to ‘help for self-help’ towards ‘self-reliance’. Hence, the organization continued (and continues) to inspire the community to identify and raise its own resources by offering our own expertise to meet their growing needs.

Operational Area

The project operates out of Bawana resettlement colony located in North-west part of Delhi, 20 villages and 31 colonies located in and around Karala, in North-west part of Delhi and 32 villages of Sohna block, Haryana.


In 2013-14, over 167000 families have been benefitted through 1421 community trainings and other outreach activities.

Related News

Engineers without Borders: The International delegates from Hartford University under the initiative ‘Engineers without Borders’ visited nine villages and conducted a need based assessment in three government schools. They provided technical inputs and assessed the feasibility of future projects.

Kavach – Self Dependence, True Independence: A 40-day self defense workshop for girls, women and boys was launched on June 23, 2014 at Karala, an initiative which aims to provide freedom to women from the feeling of insecurity and unsafe environment. Nukkad Natak team sensitized the communities on ‘Right to Education, Right to Information and Domestic Violence’.

Voices of Change

From a distressed self to an empowered being, it’s a rebirth for Kiran at Navjyoti, when she regained her ability to eat and speak.

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