Because Only Together We Can
Build a World Where All Youth, Farmer Are Safe, Strong & Valued
Who We Are
VIEWS (Voluntary Integration for Education and Welfare of Society) is a growing grass-roots organization working towards Quality Education, Sustainable Livelihoods, Health and Hygiene among marginal tribal, Dalits and socially excluded communities in Odisha. VIEWS received Special Consultative Status with UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2019 and also a member of the Masterpeace Global Peace Movement.
Our Theory of Change believes, if poor, marginalized and vulnerable communities are provided customized livelihood services, then their household income significantly increases in production and quality of product services. The increase in economic status enables communities especially women to participate in the decision-making process, and access mainstream development.
VIEWS has been working with different national, international agencies and the Government on various high impact projects for the last 12 years enhancing the wellbeing of communities. Our future initiatives will continue to create an enabling environment of well-being for the poor with a focus on self -sustaining community-led initiatives through knowledge, innovation and transformative action.
What We Do
Promoting Sustainable Livelihoods
Promoting Organic farming, revival of millets, sustainable agricultural practices and other agriculture allied sectors among marginal tribal communities through women collectives
Enhancing Inclusive Education
Providing quality education to the poor slum children & adolescent girls and imparting inclusive education to visually impaired students by using digital technology
Youth And Social Entrepreneurship
With 365 million young people (10-24 years), India has the world’s largest young population and has a huge demographic advantage in harnessing their energy and creative potentials. VIEWS empowering youth through active citizenship and volunteerism
Improving Health And Hygiene
Improving Sexual Reproductive Health and promoting menstrual hygiene among the poor adolescent girls and young women in urban slums
Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction
Working towards climate change adaptation, engaging in humanitarian relief and restoration in disaster-affected areas
Research & Consultancy Services
Conducting Research, Training, Institutional Capacity Building, Developing Policies and Project Management Services to CSOs
VIEWS COVID-19 response
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the Indian as well global community at large. The poor in the state of Odisha (India) have weak access to the right information, healthcare and are mainly engaged in the labour and unorganized sector, are expected to bear a disproportionate brunt of the economic fallout of this unprecedented health emergency.
Over those last two weeks and lockdown time, the people in Urban Slums of Bhubaneswar and Rural areas of Odisha who don’t have access to basic services including food, safe water and the inability to take the most basic of precautions against COVID-19.
I know a family in Jali Munda Slum of Bhubaneswar, India who has been working as a daily wage labourer and feed their Four kids and now they are not allowing outside to work and struggling to feed their children’s. The reason VIEWS India exists, and we are dedicating our life to Social work, our thoughts also turned to support hundreds of poor people who now have access to food, safe water and sanitation because of your support.
We want to do our best to make sure that communities with the greatest needs are not hit the hardest. VIEWS India COVID 19.
Stories of change
An overview of Nourish International’s involvement with VIEWS during its Summer 2014 service project in the villages of Markandi and Gopalpur-On-Sea in Odisha, India.
Lakshmi In The Family: The Women of Markandi
Markandi is one of many fishing villages located along the coast of Odisha, India. While men catch fish and lead the community, it is the village women who are instrumental in each household’s stability and well-being.
This project was recorded during the implementation of Project LIFE, a collaboration between VIEWS, an Indian nonprofit organization, and the University of Texas at Austin’s chapter of volunteer group Nourish International.
What They say
Our team had a great experience working with VIEWS during our summer internship. We worked in the coastal fishing villages of Ganjam district, which included teaching spoken English and computer classes to young students besides training the youth on different teaching-learning methods. Our team also conducted career counselling and personality development sessions.
Lauren MatrangaUniversity of Texas, Austin, USA
We began with English classes and computer literacy classes and gradually shifted into micro-projects. We began with typing skills and progressed through Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and excel. Once the micro-project planning became more concrete, the students used Microsoft applications to further develop their ideas. It was a great exercise for both project development and computer.
Elizabeth BahretVirginia Tech University
The Resource Centre for adolescent girls established at Shikharchandi Nagar of Bhubaneswar is a space for the girls to interact and learn. At Cheysta Resource Centre, I learned to share my opinions. Our schools may not be perfect but we still have the responsibility to show up every day and learn as much as we can.
Mohini Adolescent Girl
Under the Project Chesta, both high schoolers and dropouts in the age group of 13 to 21 were helped to complete their education. We were provided support in terms of remedial classes, coaching, exposure visits, life skill lessons, career counselling and more.
The visually impaired students have been facing multiple challenges time and again due to unavailability of textbooks. I am happy to learn about the use of technology to make their learning more convenient. However, the students should be equipped with other supporting devices too if we want them to really make use of the audiobooks
Mrs. Minati SingaSenior Journalist, Times of India
Technology has helped us crossed many obstacles and it is wonderful to see how this has helped us overcome the barriers between education and visual impairments. I would want all the students to make use of the VIEWS audiobooks to achieve their goals in life.
Mr. Kumar ManishState Project Officer, UNFPA, Bhubaneswar
Every visually impaired student has the right to access education. We thank the team and all those who have contributed to making this project a successful one. The audiobooks will certainly help bridge the gap between visually impaired students and education. We request VIEWS to create more audiobooks for higher education and establish an Odia blind student-friendly website and android app to reach all the students at any time.
Prasant BhuyanPresident of Odisha Association for the Blind, Bhubaneswar
When we make one adolescent girl digitally literate, we make one household digitally empowered. AI is committed to collaboration with VIEWS to use digital literacy to empower marginalized communities.