Vatsalya Model Village: An interactive neighborhood village and a development model of operations research
While continuing to reform its approach, Vatsalya has now made a paradigm shift in its strategy to utilize its full potential and resources for the neighborhood community in the village and also in its premises. We have selected a village, based on certain baseline information, where Vatsalya will act as facilitator and catalyst for its further development. It means that the capacity and means of the villagers and of their informal and formal leaders will be enhanced for bringing about change and progress in the village, leading to better lives for its residents. Vatsalya has the knowledge and means of influencing the development of the village and, using its resourcefulness, our team will work to bring about a positive development in the village we „adopt‟. The major areas chosen by us to work on in collaboration with the village community are children’s education; the economic empowerment of women; skill-building of its youth; health and medical service accessibility; the promotion of renewable energy for protecting the environment; the prevention of deforestation; preschool education; enhancing sports and physical activities among the youth, especially girls; increasing awareness and access to government welfare schemes; the promotion of indigenous economic activities; the rehabilitation of defunct amenities, etc.
We have shortlisted two villages and soon, on the basis of the willingness on the part of its residents to participate in this developmental program, we will select one and begin our work.