The significance of PARA exists in the very name itself, PARA in
colloquial term for a spade (or shovel) which is most commonly used by the rural
peasants depending on Agriculture. Our work is mainly aimed for the
causes of Dalits, Coolies (Agricultural Labourers) and the marginalised poor,
who constitute a major chunk of the population of the area since 1986.
Our Objectives :
To engage in the education of the rural poor and to inculcate
social and moral values.
To initiate and encourage the education of women and promotion
of women’s welfare activities.
To facilitate the involvement of youth and youth groups in
activities related to youth and human resources development.
To organise community action in the fields of social, economic
and cultural development.
To set up centres for identifying and developing cultural media
as a tool for awakening the people and to train the people in the use of this
To undertake relief activities among people in times of floods,
famine, droughts and other natural calamities and emergencies.
To assemble adequate resources, manpower, institutions,
technology and finance in order to achieve the above mentioned objectives.
To do or cause to be done any or all such acts or things as
deemed to be conducive for the social, economic, cultural, educational,
civil, patriotic or physical welfare of the people provided it is not contrary
to the objectives mentioned herein
The vision of
PARA, as enunciated in the project proposal, is to work for the unification of
all the unorganized, marginalized and powerless communities under the banner of
‘dalit power’. PARA also works to instill a ‘dalit consciousness’ among these
people and to revive and develop a dalit culture to give a separate identity and
dignity to these people.
The thrust of PARA is to work in a geopolitical area and issue
based approach emphasizing on social, cultural, educational, economical and
political aspects. Its role is more of facilitating the target people to become
masters of their own development.
From the Director's Desk :
It is a privilege for me to present to you the new website of People’s Action
For Rural Awakening. It is a privilege because it is the result of the trust we
have placed in our students who said that they would take on the task of
developing this website as a tribute to the inspiration they have derived
from this organisation. Everyone in the organisation believed that
Chandu and Arun would live up the trust we placed in them. And they have not
We will keep you informed of the activities that keep us busy in our effort to
work for a more just, equitable, non-discriminative and forward looking society.
Our work will focus on making development inclusive, development that places the
marginalised at the centre of its efforts.
We invite your suggestions, support and encouragement.
Together we can live the Hope “Another World Is Possible”
Fr.Thomas Pallithanam, SDB