Community Participation

People’s participation is a prerequisite for any developmental activity. AERDS does not undertake any activity unless the villagers agree to contribute maximum resources in term of voluntary labor

Grass Root Level Activities

Beginning from the organization’s origination AERDS believe that for unvanquishable development process, it needs to develop an excellent cell of human resource for grassroots

Health

AERDS has also been serving in the field of people’s health since its inception. AERDS have helped in the revival of traditional system of medicine and the promotion of the Ayurvedic system of medicine.

Our Human Strength

From a small nucleus of professionals, the grew into a band of workers dedicated to rural development, under a faith known as ARNOLD bond.AERDShas a twenty-one member General Body of people of social standing. The general body sets the policies for the organization on broad spectrum.

NATURE RESOURCE CONSERVATION

As ARNOLD EDUCATIONAL AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY situated in the semi-arid region of Rajasthan, the water and forest conservation becomes the first step of development. From this activity all other progressive activities flow. It is a cyclic and mutually reinforcing chain. These activities also highlight that water-protecting support systems, like afforestation and hill slope protection, are interlinked. All these efforts are motivated by the desire to maintain an ecological balance between nature and man. AERDS starts its work with mobilizing communities around the issue of water and supporting them in reviving and revitalizing the traditional systems of water management through the construction of ‘Johads’ for rainwater harvesting. The community contributes their labor; AERDS arrange some funding and provide support to the villagers in studying the topography and soil type, assessing the water needs of the village, preparing a labor-sharing plan based on the benefits accruing to individual households and, finally, construction and management of the johads. In the period of 28 years, over 10,000 Rain-Water Harvesting (RWH) structures have been restored in this way. The effects are visible in terms of recharging of wells and aquifers, a renewed flow of rivulets which had been dry for many years, increased bio-mass productivity, and the significant increase in agriculture production, reversal of out-migration and reduction in women’s drudgery. Due to high fodder availability, villagers have also benefited from selling milk products through an informal cooperative arrangement. AERDS has built on existing cultural traditions of the area to revive the feeling of one-nest with nature which existed in village communities and to create an understanding and ethos of integrated ecosystem development. The organization plays a facilitating role in helping communities to articulate their priorities for natural resource development, and to find solutions. The decision-making process is decentralized. The work on water harvesting led, in an organic manner, to communities looking for ways to revive the forests and evolve systems of meeting their fuel and fodder needs through natural resource conservation and management. Discussions leading to community actions like regulating the use of pasture land for fuel and grazing, reserving land for grazing, for protecting certain forests, for building check-dams across forest streams and protecting wildlife. In spite of caste and gender hierarchies, AERDS has been able to inculcate a common commitment to the community ecology and economy.

Promoting and Nurturing Gram Sabhas

AERDS begins its engagement in most new villages by promoting Gram- Sabha (village council). The Gram-Sabha is an informal body comprised of representatives from each household in the village. It is obligatory for all households to attend the Gram Sabha meeting held usually twice a month except during the harvesting season.

WOMEN

The issue of gender equality is critical to the vision of equitable and self-reliant communities living in harmony with nature. The experience of AERDS has demonstrated that sustainable resource management demands equity in access and control, with all sections of the community taking informed and responsible decisions. In the course of evolution, it has emerged that women have been the primary beneficiaries of the regeneration of water sources and forests, and there have been improvements in the conditions of their lives. It is well established that women in this region have suffered a lot on account of fetching water for the family. They, who are responsible for procuring fodder, fuelwood and fetching water, were most affected by these scarcities. All these activities are referred to as women chores, and the average time spent on them was 18 hours a day. Therefore, the creation of RWH structures has benefited women immensely. Liberated from backbreaking work of fetching water they now find time for themselves. The increased availability of water for cooking, washing, and bathing has definitely improved the quality of their life. Increasing numbers of girl are now studying in schools who devote their big spell in fetching water for the family, before the existence of Johads. In order to create an enabling environment for women’s empowerment, women’s groups have been set up who have taken on the responsibility of maintaining the water harvesting structures. Women’s groups are supported to participate in the entire planning and resource management process in the Gram Sabha. AERDSorganise women groups around the issue of biodiversity conservation and health. Women of the region have been supported in building and enhancing their traditional knowledge of herbs and to become health providers for the community. As far as possible, members of women’s groups are trained to be teachers at the learning centers. Since the area has poor school facilities, with practically no women who are even functionally literate, the presence of women as teachers is a powerful tool for changing traditional perceptions of women as ‘ignorant’ and ‘incapable’. Women’s

Promoting Community based Organisations

Establishing, fostering, and fortifying community-based organizations is an important component of AERDS’S strategy for making a system for sustainability in the developmental processes being undertaken in the area.

EDUCATION

In the field of education, AERDS has struggled for years to assist in opening up government primary schools in remote villages. The communities actively participate in the supervision of the community schools and in motivating parents to send their children to schools. AERDS encourages literate youths of villages to teach children in other villages lacking formal education infrastructure. AERDS provide extensive training to the community teachers. AERDS also helps Communities in the erection of educational-infrastructure like School Building, Furniture etc. Since the area lacks facilities for education, and since girl’s involvement in household work and exclusion from education are major reasons for their continued disempowerment as adults, AERDS ran alternative learning centers “ARNOLDSHALAS”. These centers functioned simultaneously as alternative schools for children, as well as learning centers for adult women. These learning centers provide a platform for women to discuss issues of rights and responsibilities, workload, girl child education, child marriages, etc. Setting up education centers also had the advantage of reducing the incidence of child labor and create a demand for education. The content and process of education at these centers reflected the values of gender equality and sustainable development. AERDS is intensively working with adolescents on ENVIRONMENT EDUCATION for the awareness on issues like climate-change, ecology, and natural resource management.

Hope a peaceful world

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They started with a mission to move the people out of their feeling of helplessness in the face of the ravages of nature and an indifferent administration.
Four youths including GIRISH KUMAR SHARMA (present SECRETARY) inspired by Gandhian model of rural-development went to live in a village of Alwar district of Rajasthan for rural uplift. They started a school for children but soon got very depressed seeing no response from villagers. Three of them left thinking nothing can be done.
However, even though Girish kumar Sharma was depressed, but he was not willing to give up. In this mood of desperation, a wise old man of the village consoled him by saying “…you have not understood what is needed here. we want WATER first. you need to build Johad so that the water does not run away but is held back to percolate in to the ground…” Rest is history now…
For AERDS it became an approach of rural-development through restoring the ecology for better agriculture production, bio-diversity rejuvenation and river restoration

Amazing volunteer

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Volunteers are idealistically motivated persons who want to devote some portion of their lives to serving others. It is personal wish/desire of the individual to do volunteer services to organization. Individual are coming for voluntary services to get self-satisfaction for them.
ARNOLD FOUNDATION giving opportunities for volunteers like elderly, Ex- Service man, Retired officers and even currently working young people who would like to serve their free time as a part of volunteering. It is purely an unpaid service from the volunteers. The volunteers can spend their time with ARNOLD FOUNDATION in giving trainings, sessions to children, SHGs in different project areas; fundraising opportunities & can participate in community work etc ARNOLD FOUNDATION will not provide any stipend/salary to volunteers. We expect volunteers behave in a professional and responsible manner during their time of their work with us in which they would be given a specific task of their interest which they can perform.

Hari Prasad Jangid

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Beena Rani Sharma

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Brij Bhushan Vaishnav

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Yogesh Vaishnav

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