The Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM)
SVYM, a volunteer organization led by Dr. R. Balasubramaniam, was started in 1984 by a group of medical students in Kamataka to assist communities that were displaced twice due to ‘development’ projects in H.D. Kote. Though SVYM began its work with the health issue, it now has developed integrated approach combining education, vocational training, social and economic development. Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) is a development organization, engaged in building a new civil society in India through its grassroots to policy-level action in Health, Education and Community Development sectors. Acting as a key promoter-facilitator in the community’s efforts towards self-reliance and empowerment, SVYM is developing local, innovative and cost-effective solutions to sustain community-driven progress. SVYM is also rooted to its values of Satya, Ahimsa, Seva and Tyaga, which is reflected in its program design and delivery, transactions with its stakeholders, resource utilization, disclosures and openness to public scrutiny. Buying in support from the community, working in healthy partnership with the Government and corporate sectors and sharing its experiences with like-minded organizations have been the hallmark of SVYM’s evolution over the past 27 years.
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Areas of focus
The primary goal of the education initiative is to provide for the “all-round development” of the child. SVYM’s school offers free education, uniforms, text books and mid-day meals for nearly 300 students, as well as free facilities for 140 children. Vocational training is provided in horticulture, agriculture, sericulture, dairy farming, tailoring, typing and computer skills. After school hours, the school campus is being used as a resource center for the community members.
These services focus on providing basic amenities such as housing, drinking water and sanitation to tribal communities.
Tribal Women’s “Self-Help Group” operates a Resource Center that provides training to the members for improving their incomes. This is done by implementing savings and loan schemes; purchasing and renting agricultural equipment etc,.
The Youth Organization supports youth with education loans, vocational training, support to initiate small trades and guides the youth for community participation and leadership.
A community farming co-operative of 250 families on 600 acres has helped to share, to better manage water and other natural resources.
In 1990, SVYM established the Shankara Community Health Center serving about 30,000 in Kenchanahalli. The hospital facilities include a 24-hour emergency room, an outpatient clinic, ten beds for inpatient care, an operation theatre, a laboratory X-ray and scanning facilities. The Hosahalli sub-center provides outpatient services for 2,000 tribals. A mobile clinic provides out reach services.
SVYM also addresses public health, reproductive health and child health issues. It implements programs for tuberculosis control, the survey and treatment of Sickle Cell anemia, health education, and screening for STDs and AIDS.