Under the Garima Abhiyan, YVM is working to annihilate the caste-based occupation like manual scavenger’s women who are engaged in removing human excreta from dry latrines. These women are living in acute poverty and facing burnt of untouchability and discrimination. We encourage these women to abandon this inhuman practice and end their slavery through community meetings, PRI meetings, and rallies. We have liberated around 700 women from manual scavenging practice and organized them in women’s collectives. Women collectives are strengthened and further provided information on legal entitlements and rehabilitation schemes. For rehabilitation of these liberated women, we have applied two-fold approach (a) access of government welfare schemes, legal entitlements and rehabilitation provision and (b) promoting skill training and alternative livelihoods. The Same kind of the intervention has been taking place with another caste-based prostitution community woman and their children namely 'Bedia' community in Sagar district.
Youth Leadership development Program
Youth Development Program is one of the crucial programs of YVM collaborated with Nehru Yuva Kendra. It helps youth to enhance their leadership skills and sensitivity about their civic rights and legal provisions. At the district level, many workshops are organized by the YVM. In the workshops, youths take participate in games, competitive exams, and career guidance. Moreover, various trainings are also conducted on RTI, RTE, RTF, and MNREGA for youths to make them understand their roles in the effective implementation of these policies and to plan under the 'Svashasan Abhiyan' and 'Fundamental Right & Duty Abhiyan'. For making youths a Social advocate, awareness campaigns are conducted for the dissemination of information on legal entitlements and government provisions and strengthening their participation in local governance. So they can assist and counsel to the deprived and affected family to ensure their rights for social justice by providing them with legal, social and emotional support.
Under the Garima Kendra, YVM is working with children of manual scavenger community, bounded labor as well as marginalized farmers. Through this program education-related support is being provided to them to reduce and eradicate the high level of dropout rate and free them from in engaging inhuman practice. Hence, the program's activities like Bal-Panchayat, games, exposure, and workshops are being organized to make them more confident and sensitize about the importance of education. Besides, the Scholarship programs are being effectively implemented by YVM in all schools. This program has been developed and designed by a collective of 12 organizations called Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan which exclusively works for total eradication of caste-based occupation like manual scavenging practice in Indian Society.
Land Right & Development
The Organization initiated the land right and development program in 2009 in Sehore and Vidisha districts. In 2001-02, the documents of the land have been allocated to landless family by the Government of MP, but all families did not get any piece of the land. The YVM has assisted them to acquire possession on the entitled land under the 21 point Bhopal Declaration on 13th January 2002. We surveyed 2181 families across Vidisha and Sehore districts. A total of 347 families have assisted in acquiring possession by filing applications, RTI, the digital update of land lease documents across 158 villages in these two districts. A total of not more than 1100 acres have distributed to the deserving beneficiaries. In addition to, the Organization has been working for the economic empowerment of these vulnerable families to ensure their land and economic right. Subsequently, the family which has been accused by dominant caste groups has been given the counseling and registered them various government schemes
Social Justice and Equality Center
To prevent the violence on the children and women, to protect and rehab them, YVM has been conducting some activities through its program social justice and equality center. From age 0 to 18 years old children who are affected and victimized by the violence has been given legal aid and counseling in Sehore, Vidisha as well as Sagar district by the YVM. In the Sehore district, the organization is also working with the most disadvantaged group in the society namely SCs and STs by providing them free medication, Ration, Education as well as financial support in the basis of need.
YVM has initiated this program to protect and empower the girl child. Through this program, awareness is provided to the girl child, from 9 years to 18 years old girls, about their legal rights, sexual harassment, counseling as well as recognition of the good and bad touch to prevent any violence on the girl child. In the 25 villages, under this program, Balika Panchayat has been established in Sehore district. Besides, the victim girl child is provided free education through Karyashalas to build their capacity to develop the quality of a leader.
Bundelkhand Safe Migration
There are studies which state that from Bundelkhand region, vast numbers of families from lower socio-economic backgrounds have been out-migrating to the big cities in search of work which often leads to them getting exploited at the hands of contractors/employers. This project has been initiated to ensure safe migration of laborers engaged in the construction sector and to reduce the modern form of slavery, keeping in mind their safety, security, and rights. The objective of the India LMT Project is to reduce the exploitation of workers, ensure their wages, reduce their vulnerability and avail them from various schemes of the government like BOCW, Ayushman Bharat etc. The YVM will have a right based approach and ensure that every worker receives their due entitlements, not only from contractors/employers but government as well. The work on this project is to be based in Sagar district.