• Drishtee - Sustainable Communities

Gram Sahayogi for Indian villages

Organization Name: Drishtee.

Organization Description
Drishtee is a social organization working for rural communities of over 6000 villages in various states in India, with a strong presence in Assam, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar. We also have our presence in parts of Rajasthan, West Bengal, Orissa, M.P., Maharashtra, Haryana, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and some other North Eastern states. Drishtee aims to develop and nurture more than 500,000 sustainable rural livelihoods in next 5 years, in partnership with local communities and external stakeholders. This entails the role of a catalyst for community building and an in depth understanding of rural life and businesses for forging partnerships.
Progress and development of villages is possible only when families realize and accept the need for coming together as a community for fulfilling their basic common needs. It is important that they realize that their economic unsustainability may have external influence but the core of the solution lies in their aggregation. Drishtee is betting on the willingness of rural families to invest, sacrifice and contribute towards this common cause. Once the village embarks on the path of organizing themselves, the focus is on identifying their skill and resource gaps which needs outside support. There are capacity building needs, capital needs and above all requirement of channel support for accessing markets. Drishtee takes these needs to stakeholders such as local government, civil society organizations and CSR of large corporations seeking partnerships on behalf of these community organizations.
Vision: Drishtee envisions a world where all communities are empowered to achieve shared prosperity.
Mission:  To collaborate with marginalized communities to develop and nurture rural enterprises and support the community eco system.
Sectors Addressed
Agriculture and allied services
Apparel, Construction
Beauty and Wellness
Banking and Finance
Tourism and Hospitality
Plumbing, Handicrafts and IT.
Organization Website: www. drishtee.org
City: Head Office at NOIDA. (Area of operations all over India).
State/Province: Uttar Pradesh. (Area of operations all over India).
Country: India 
Position Details
Position Title :  Drishtee Gram Sahayogi.
Function: Live in the village to support communities understand and organize themselves around their needs and resources.
Reporting Manager : Ashoka fellow & MD (Mr Satyan Mishra)
Language Requirements
English, Hindi and preferably local language of the region in which the sahayogi will work.
Description of the Opportunity.
You will be expected to stay with a rural family in a remote village of India. The host family would take care of the boarding and lodging and the village elders would be your mentors. You would be expected to learn and understand the village in detail, prepare a profile of the village, it’s resources and weaknesses. The information would be hosted on the website of Drishtee for partners to offer their support. The Sahayogi would be expected to be a change agent for the village for rebuilding hope and self belief. By developing small groups and jointly identifying micro projects, you would be able to reignite the spirit of enterprise and cooperation which has been their hallmark of sustainability in the past.
Desired Skills and Expertise.
Graduate with a basic inclination to study human nature and a passion to undertake research in rural life and  contribute to development of marginalized communities of remote villages of India.
Positive attitude and empathy for achieving the mission.
Maturity and immense self awareness
sensitivity towards the culture
willingness to learn and contribute to the welfare of the margalized
Open minded and flexible
resilient and confident
Has an interest in people and proactive
sicial media skills and photography
Good communication skills
Time Commitment :  Full  time. Stay and operate from the village.
Estimated duration of project. 6 months to 1 year with a possibility of a long term engagement with Drishtee
Location. On site. In villages across  India
Stipend. Rs 15000 per month
Boarding, lodging and travel expenses: Drishtee will provide for as per actuals
Placement at Drishtee a possibility depending on performance and mutual interest .

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