Life is not about what we achieve; it's more of what we have been able to share. ASSRA NGO has managed to liberate itself from the mere shackles of its field of interest. We have developed umbrella features over the years to assist those in need of shelter. Being reminded of the time when we started, it was from a village in Orissa; the place was nearly inaccessible through normal human ways. Comprehending the difference between liberty and orthodoxy is better once we understand what it's like to live the life anyway and to live it for a purpose. The Kandlei village in Odisha now smiles; it once failed to distinguish the independent India's flag. Without even a tint of access to primary needs, the effect of education appeared far-fetched. Initially we took up a hall to facilitate the process of education in the village. In addition the value of maintaining health and hygiene was inculcated through tireless efforts. The case has been similar in most of the villages and areas we chose to work on. Reviving the self esteem of 70 children living in Madhurmayee Ashram in Orissa has left an indelible impression even on our minds. The children lived in inhumane conditions in just three rooms, devoid of any parental affection; both the parents being in jail. It was almost a herculean operation to rejuvenate them and make them socialize. Competitions with cash prizes and scholarship opportunities for education ultimately helped them open up. The lives in that area today is no less than transformed!
It's difficult to delineate the specific functional areas of ASSRA. All the core areas of necessities of human life remain connected as ever. Setting aside the initiatives taken in the field of education, health and sanitation by ASSRA, we have also tried to bring gender based equinamity in these villages by promoting self dependency in women. Women especially have been encouraged to involve in mushroom cultivation, handicrafts, jute crafts and other economic activities. The old age pension is also provided to aid and assist the elderly people. People have been inspired to form Self Help Groups to cultivate cooperation and self dependency. Turning the pages of the records of ASSRA, our members are now diligently involved in bringing changes in several areas of Odisha, Delhi, UP and Assam.The vocational training and loan facilities have proved to be a helping hand to those village men and women who try to establish small businesses. The areas which once remained disconnected from the primary needs, now have proper road connectivity along with schools for education, electricity and employment opportunities. The young hands carrying books in school uniforms reflect the difference ASSRA brought to their lives. The conclusion of all our endeavours lies in making stronger bonds among people, empowering our women and paving way for worthy future citizens.