Who We Are

Who We Are 2017-07-24T14:44:47+00:00

Chethana, a network of grass root organizations in South India working against hunger and poverty, is a Joining Hands global solidarity partner of the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP-USA) with the Solidarity Campaign group (JHAH) in Sacramento Presbytery as its counter part network in the US that strives to address the inequities and sufferings resulting from the spread of globalization around the world, through community education, advocacy, alternative economic activities, lifestyle changes and spiritual grounding. While the world is organized around a global hegemonic neo-liberal economic order of market determinism, Chethana strives to resist it by being part of a global solidarity that strives to organize the world around Life.

Chethana is engaged with the most of vulnerable sections of Indian society (Dalits, Tribal, Women, Small and marginal farmers). In the past Chethana worked with Bamboo Workers/Rural Artisans, Tsunami Victims etc. Chethana has always been committed to the creation of a just, participatory and sustainable world order. We understand life as sustained in a delicate web of inter-relationships and fullness of life as experienced only in community with the rest of creation. In such a community, equity, participation, sharing, preferential concern for the poorest and the weakest of the earth and protection for all life forms in it are central values.

Evolution
Evolution
Chethana began as a fellowship of social action groups and community- based people’s Organizations Supported by Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP)- USA. These partner groups and community who had met every year from since 1996 and evolved themselves in to a Network in 1999 to address the common issues by developing its own Strategic program along with Core Programs.
Vision
Vision
Celebrating Life With Dignity in A Network of Relationship
Mission
Mission
Enabling & Enhancing the potential of the Marginalized (Dalits, Women, Artisans, Adivasis, Small and Marginal Farmers, and minorities) to Challenge & resist homogenization of cultures &systems, to reclaim their rights- political, social economic and cultural, to take control of their lives as individuals & communities, and to evolve an alternative paradigm of life and Governance in society.

CHETHANA is an autonomous entity and has a General Body constituted of representatives from the member organizations (NGOs) and other civil society institutions such as the church, academic institutions, social movements etc. It has a full time General Secretary. General Body elects the National Core Team, which is responsible for making administrative decisions, monitoring and reviewing the functioning of the network programs.

CHETHANA seeks to address the issues of hunger and poverty through political empowerment and alternative economic survival strategies. The focus issues are addressed through Core Programs and Strategic program Initiatives. The groups involve in Strategic programs by addressing the focus issues through collective efforts, micro and macro analysis, building community, advocacy and lobbying, non-violent and democratic forms of resistance and action, co-operative and alternative economic initiatives and by developing local, national, and international solidarity. Secondly, core programs are developed to equip the groups with knowledge, skill and perspective to carry forward the strategic program initiatives. The Core program of Chethana involves the following components:

  • To prepare groups through a collective learning process for ‘campaign mode’ of addressing issues and to help them understand it’s various meanings and dimensions.
  • To enable the groups to define their identity with ideological clarity and in relation to their specific area of intervention in society.
  • To provide them with skills for appropriate social intervention, campaign, advocacy, political action, and behavioral change.
  • To engage in socio-political analysis, study, research and documentation.
  • To expose the groups to contemporary social realities and trends and to help them develop appropriate responses and collective action.
  • To network and mobilize the groups for collective action based on the campaign agenda of Chethana.

The Liaison Office of CHETHANA is located in Hyderabad, state of Telangana. The Programme Coordinator & Member Secretary of Chethana coordinates programs and administers the organization with business support / finance personnel at the Central Office, Nandyal, state of Andhra Pradesh. The Hyderabad office has basic infrastructure and facilitates speedy communication and documentation. The Coordinator organizes the Strategic and Core programs, undertakes administrative activities and visitations to field locations with the help of the National Core Group and the Executive Board.

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