project_Peoples-Action-for-People-in-Need-(PAPN)

Location: 5 Panchayats in 2 blocks of Sangraha and Ponta of Sirmour districts, HP
Nature of Initiative: Implementing
Project holder: Mr. Kuldeep Verma
CRY support since: 2011 – 2012

WHAT CHANGED

People’s Action for People in Need, also known as PAPN, is a non-profit organisation registered under the Societies Registration Act in 1982 by a group of young professionals. PAPN is one of the oldest and experienced right based development organisations of HP, which is working in Trans-Giri area. The organization has been working on issues like community empowerment, right to food, livelihoods and displacement from a long time and has also developed recognition within Government, Political and Social Sectors. The organisation has a good understanding on rights based approach and advocacy for proper implementation of provisions for restoration and promotion of rights of children. System advocacy on child rights at various level resulted recruitment of teachers, up-gradation of schools, infrastructure development in the intervention areas. Based on learning, the organisation has taken up protection issues including identification of child labour, child marriage, raising issues and rescuing child labourers.

Community base organizations like mahila mandals have evolved and nurtured due to efforts of PAPN initiatives in the Sirmour district. The first intervention of PAPN- a Socio-Economic Study of Sangrah Development Block was conducted during 1985. This study was followed up by small field level interventions focused on educational awareness building activities in a few villages of Sangrah Development Block. The remote and inaccessible parts of Shillai Development Block were also included in the project area of PAPN during the year 1989 to reach out to non-school going children through introduction of Non-Formal Education Programme with support from the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The organization has also implemented programmes on girl child education, strengthening local self governance, women empowerment etc.