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  • THREAD has begun as a training institution way back in 1984 and now has established itself as a leading social and human development outfit in one of the poorest states of India. Since its very existence, it has been conducting self-exploratory experiential training programmes for all and sundry and has established its reputation within and outside the state of Orissa and India. It has developed many innovative training modules, both for government and NGOs. These have benefitted the state of Bihar (Mahila Samakhya), Bihar education Project (BEP), Tamil Nadu ICDS mobile training team of the state, ICDS AP, and so on. In 1986, it was registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860. Thereafter, it started to take up various programmes/projects for holistic development of indigenous people along with its training activities.

  • The organization is working with the poor and downtrodden people with the principle of “reaching the unreached”. It is putting consistent developmental effort for improving the living standard of the communities who are being adversely affected by systematic injustice for ages. Its geographical coverage area encompasses twelve tribal-dominated districts of Orissa. So far, THREAD has taken up a range of interventions pertaining to the life and livelihood of the poor Adivasi communities. The key thematic areas of its activities are socio-economic empowerment, livelihood and food security, political participation, holistic health and protection of human rights. It seeks to see a positive social transformation through value-based people’s movement. It is also engaged in policy and advocacy related works on various issues like campaign against the highly polluting sponge iron factories, opposing introduction of the harmful GM crops (like Bt. Brinjal) in Orissa as well as India.

  • THREAD has been working for institutional building of grass-root women’s organizations which ultimately take up leadership to decide for their destiny. Hence, all the developmental initiatives of the organization have taken place in tandem with the formation and growth of Orissa Nari Samaj (ONS), the indigenous women’s federation. ONS, being strengthened by THREAD from time to time, now works hand in hand with it. Along with ONS, THREAD has taken initiative to monitor and strengthen the implementation of NREGA by forming NREGA labour unions at village, panchayat, block and district level and state level. These unions have been attempting to bring transparency and accountability in NREGA by reducing corruption and red-tapism.