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PGSS was awarded with Certificate of Appreciation for "Innovation in Programming" by IGSSS during the partners meeting held at Guwahati in 2016 Read More
PGSS won First Prize at National Level competition for the best Annual Report, organized by Caritas India in Bangalore Read More
District level WASH Forum Meeting in Kushinagar was held on 21 August 2016. Read More
Visit of Manos Unidas delegates from Spain scheduled from 03/10/2016 to PGSS Read More
Training on Result Based Management (RBM) was held at PGSS with the support of ASK New Delhi for all the Project Staff Read More
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) was celebrated on 3rd December 2015 in Gorakhpur. 1755 Children with Disabilities and Persons with Disabilities joined for the celebration. Read More
International Women's Day- 2016 was celebration in all the Community Centres of PGSS in all Seven Districts of Gorakhpur- Basti Divisions Read More
Visit of CBM Delgates from New Zealand from 03-08th October, 2016 on Disability Inclusive Organic Farming Activities Read More
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Vision:

We visualize a society based on justice, gender equity and fullness of life for all.

Mission:

Empowerment of the Marginalized People of the society, especially the Dalits, Women and Children through a process of awareness, organization and collective actions for raising their socio-political, educational, economic, health status and promotion of safe environment

Strategy:

A process of animation among women and men to become aware, form and organize into groups and federations and to take actions for integrated, participatory and sustainable development

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History of PGSS


PGSS had its origin after long birth pangs due to charity and welfare approaches of development. Down through the years, our area in and around Gorakhpur witnessed this 'band-aid' development which could not heal the wounds of exploitation, lopsided development and various discriminations. As a panacea to this age old problems faced by the poorest people, our pioneers developed a vision for a new Society based on justice, equality and fullness of life for all. Thus the Purvanchal Gramin Seva Samiti (PGSS) came into existence and got registered as a Social Service Society on 8th August 1986.

Under the able leadership of Most Rev. Bp. Dominic Kokkat CST and Rev. Fr. Joseph Melettukochiyil CST - the then President and Secretary of the organization respectively, the Society initiated Adult Education on the lines of Paulo Friere and community health education in selected 20 villages of Desai Deoria Block in Deoria District. Soon a band of SRA Sisters (Sisters of the Queen of the Apostles) of Varanasi Province joined the Organization. Based in Deoria, the Society made inroads into the lives of broken people who have experienced the bitterness of exploitation and discrimination at various levels. The dalits and women got attracted to the vision and mission of PGSS and in course of time the seeds of social transformation began to yield results of 30 fold and 60 fold.

Slowly the organization took roots in the rich soil of Purvanchal (Eastern Uttar Pradesh). "Harvest is plenty, but labourers are few" (Mt. 9:37) was our experience. Attached to the community centers, we adopted villages for integrated development. Since 1995, people's organization began to be the major thrust of the organization where we focused on building 'social capital' and thereby the participation of people in development actions. All the principles of animation were followed in the formation of groups. With the help of many capacity building exercises, we could elicit the collaboration of many more in the activities. Federation of groups became another thrust of the Organization whereby the village level organizations got linked up with block level federation and then with the divisional level federation at the centre.

The role of PGSS now is that of a co-worker and companion - a "Sahchar". In all the development actions, right from planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, the policy of 'people first' has been followed. Now we participate in their programmes whereby we make ourselves available according to the convenience of the people - day or night, winter or summer, rain or drought.

It is in mutual collaboration and true partnership that we grow and flourish. We have proved it - Empowerment is possible: it is not a dream.

The year 2011-12 marks the 'Silver Jubilee Year' of the establishment of PGSS and during these past years, we have developed a strong resource base for capacity building of various stakeholders across the seven districts of Gorakhpur and Basti Division.

 

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