AVAS Since 1980 - Building Communities And Not Just Houses

AVAS

Association for Voluntary Action and Services

"AVAS means a HOME. It also means a VOICE"


When Association for Voluntary Action and Services (AVAS) was formed  with the intent of working in urban poor communities we knew that the homeless would determine their destinies and have a voice to ascertain their future. Thus AVAS was born in 1980. It facilitated participatory, people centric, insitu development of thousands of homes impacting a significant population directly, and influencing macro policy that changed the very essence of addressing the poor's issues of evictions, demolitions and homelessness.

GOING BEYOND JUST BRICK AND MORTAR, AVAS IS BUILDING COMMUNITIES, NOT JUST HOUSES.

 

Dotted across the skyline of Bangalore city in India, behind a façade of skyscrapers and majestic glass windows on new high rises, live thousands of vulnerable families in highly congested and subjugating environments. While many of them migrated over a generation before in search of sustainable livelihoods to the city of Benagaluru, India, others have known no home other than their tiny dilapidated hutments. Despite the insecurities faced by them as victims of innumerable man made and natural disaster’s such as fires and floods, bulldozers and  land mafia,  they survived in the city for economic compulsions.

AVAS took on the challenge of the crisis’ by organizing these indigent communities for collective action and integrating them into their elite neighborhoods. Going beyond just ‘brick and mortar, AVAS built ‘ humane’ settlements on foundations of tolerance, trust, mutual respect and shared values of close community bonds. In the forefront of making this transformation a reality were the women who are our changemakers, and youth, both girls and boys, who are our community ambassadors of today.

AVAS ACHIEVEMENTS IN TRANSFORMING SLUM COMMUNITIES

  • Mobilizing communities and motivating people towards self governance

  • Solving community issues on site with the policy makers and implementors

  • Promoting inclusive and holistic participatory planning and action towards resolving land, shelter and infrastructure issues

  • Enabling families to get their social entitlements

  • Capacitating and training women to become decision makers in communities

  • Empowering youth to become responsible and work for their communities

Creating culturally strong networks of children, adolescents and youth embedding their holistic development in their roots, rights and peer responsibilities.

Support skills development and  livelihoods generating opportunities for women. 

When women and youth join hands to change their communities  the results are always more sustainable than when they are not involved. Capacitating them to take on responsibilities has  made a mark on AVAS’ programs and projects. Success has rested on their action. The Youth Ambassadors (both boys and girls) form the pivot around the fulcrum of our development activities which are integrated with the Circle Of Womanhood – COW- Program.

"A GOOD NEWSPAPER, I SUPPOSE, IS A NATION TALKING TO ITSELF" Arthur Miller

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AVAS in partnership with DRRT and its intiatives DRIK and DWARAKA Foundations has impacted scores of urban poor and rural communities in India towards their holistic and integrated development.

ABOUT US

AVAS (Association for Voluntary Action and Service) a service organization, registered as a Trust in Bangalore, came into existence in 1980, 

ADDRESS

+91-9845081466

 

Bangalore

 

avasrehousing@gmail.com

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