1. CROSS-CULTURAL DIALOGUE: (Cross-Cultural Dialogue is a joint programme of GCSD and VEDIKE) China-India Forum China-India-Japan Forum Japan-India Forum
2. HEALTH: GCSD conducts educational sessions for women and adolescent girls on preventive health care, reproductive & sexual health and awareness on HIV/AIDS with the help of special consultants mostly women who are doctors, counselors and women leaders working on gender and women rights. GCSD regularly holds a health camp and eye camp in collaboration with the Peace Committees in the slum or rural parts in and around Bangalore. There are many philanthropist, hospitals and doctors which cooperate for such health and eye camps. GCSD is networking with youth all over India to tackle issues such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, etc
3. CHILDREN: GCSD works with Living Hope Children’s Home (a sister concerned organization) in Bangalore. GCSD raises funds for children’s education, health care and basic needs. At the moment GCSD is sponsoring three children (two girls and one boy) at this Home for the academic year June 2008 – April 2009. GCSD organizes volunteers to help these children with teaching classes in the evening and by providing them basic life skills and health care lessons. We also organize summer camps and sports for the under privileged children GCSD is looking for more volunteers especially from Bangalore who could on weekend’s volunteer time to teach children extra-curricular activities such as pottery, painting, music, etc
4. WOMEN: GCSD organizes skill-trainings such as tailoring, candle-making, etc for women to help them as income generation tools. Trainings for women are organized on capacity building, leadership, and book keeping & social awareness. Training on Herbal Soap making, using extracts of herbal leaves like ’Tulasi’ and ‘Neem’ and training on Vermi-composting.
5. EDUCATION: India is one of the countries with the percentage of illiteracy being very high. Education has been able to break open barriers for the poor and has opened doors for them to be self-sufficient and attain a respectable status in the society. GCSD provides free tuition to the poor children. And find sponsors to provide scholarship for orphan and single parent children who cannot afford education. GCSD is actively participating in these two campaigns on Education: Education for Sustainable Development Education for All
6. TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS: GCSD conducts regular training in cooperation with many Social Activist and Professors on various Social and Sustainable Development issues. These training and workshop are organized for youth (students and young professionals) NGO professionals, social activist, and women leaders and members of Self-Help Groups. Trainings and workshop with themes like HIV/AIDS, Environment, Gender, Women Empowerment, Organic Farming, Education, etc are regularly conducted.
7. ENVIRONMENT: Children and women groups are trained by skilled consultants on vermi-composting. During this training they are also taught on waste-management and to be responsible citizens. At the moment there is not much amount of compost produced but quite sufficient for a small kitchen garden. The demand for food has brought the increase of fertilizers and pesticides and many farmers have stopped practicing Organic Farming. GCSD conducts training for children on organic farming and guides them to keep their garden kitchen organic. The community and the local government have been motivated to participate & contribute to the urgent need of harvesting rainwater, as every drop of water is precious. GCSD promotes Rainwater harvesting in the school buildings the students and the youth are involved in promoting this model approach. GCSD works with many experts for issues related to water.
World Youth Water Alliance (WYWA) is an initiative started in 2006 by young leaders who met at a conference in Malaysia, but since August 2007 it falls the under the umbrella of GCSD. WYWA is an international alliance on Water which promotes the importance of Water and how to conserve and value it. There are several campaigns and film festival organized by WYWA in schools and colleges both nationally and internationally. The film festival has traveled to countries such as Philippines, China, Japan, USA, etc. The “India - Water and Life” photo contest organized was very successful and many exhibitions brought awareness on the water issues in India. GCSD has launched the ‘Asian Citizens Alliance for Environment’ which will work towards an Intergenerational Partnership for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation and bring awareness on issues related to water. This Alliance will bring all stakeholders to debate on environmental concerns and act for a ‘green’ society. Inter-generational partnership for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. The International Conference on Environmental Education held at Ahemdabad, India in November 2007 brought together individuals and representatives from various youth and environment related networks, and has effectively demonstrated the efficacy of education as a tool. Youth participants have felt the need to sustain this effort to integrate education into sustainable development. Participants have acknowledged the need to create a convergence amongst networks especially youth network into an Asian Citizens Alliance through steadfast and resolute action, in order to fight against climate change and to propagate the values and principles of sustainable development. Taking inspiration from this common aspiration, both youth and adults from all over India gathered in Bangalore for a workshop on ’Intergenerational Partnerships for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation’ from 22nd to 25th April. The workshop was organized by China-India Forum and Global Citizens for Sustainable Development in partnership with several individuals and organizations. Anugraha John in his inaugural presentation spoke briefly on Intergenerational Responsibilities and Climate Change. This workshop was perhaps the first one to discuss on the focus on in-depth understanding of pro-poor Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects undertaken by grassroots organization in India. The workshop participants had a one day field trip hosted by ADATS, Bagepalli, where the participants interacted with the community and had a dialogue with the community as to what it means for them to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change.
The Objectives of the workshop were: 1. To create an Asia-Alliance for Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability sharing common interests, on ESD and climate change. 2. To define the vision, mission, goals and values of the network 3. To establish a mandate for the alliance for working towards SD through contributing to the fight against climate change 4. To create an educational guidebook on climate change, which incorporates the goals and fulfils the objectives of ESD 5. To consult various stakeholders, including civil society representatives, students and youth participants, on the content of the book 6. To solicit inputs for similar upcoming initiatives on ESD and climate change 7. To disseminate the content of the guidebook amongst stakeholders 8. To contribute to the efforts of an Asian Citizens Assembly in 2010 led by the China-India Forum through this Alliance.
Outcomes of the workshop: 1. Participants exchanged ideas on climate change, its impacts across India and the world and gained a good deal of knowledge, especially with the talks from specialists 2. Participants gained new ideas on possible mitigation options available across India and the world that could be replicated 3. Participants learnt about a new facet to the implementation of CDM projects and its impact on sustainable development and rural communities 4. Participants resolved to have a national level youth summit on climate change in Hyderabad, to take these discussions on climate change mitigation and youth role forward and to create opportunities for Indian youth to represent their voice at the International summit on Climate Change. 5. To publish the Climate Change guidebook and use that for training and bringing awareness on issues related to Climate Change in India and Asia. 6. To launch a Climate Change and Water Film Festival in India and Asia 7. To launch Asian Citizens Alliance in July 2008 at the China-India-Japan Forum to be held at Tokyo to address issues not just in India but all over Asia on Social and Sustainable Development with Climate Change Mitigation as one of the key issues of the Alliance. Indian Youth Summit on Climate Change – August 2008
8. PEACE/Inter-Religious dialogue for PEACE: In South Asia “communalism” is seen as existing primarily between Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians. In contemporary India, “communalism” designates not only the conflicts between extremist religious communities, but also those between people of the same religion but from different regions and states. Political parties are generally considered to play an important role in stimulating, supporting and/or suppressing communalism. Peace Committees in India started in 1991 after a major communal riot broke out in many parts in India. The Peace committees were formed to patrol and minimize the problems and to squash gossip or misunderstanding which ignite or fuel more communalism in sensitive communities. Although today there is no such communalism in Bangalore or many parts of India but GCSD is working with some active Peace Committees which are operative in the sensitive slum areas in Bangalore for inter-religious dialogue, Peace and harmonious society. GCSD is also creating a platform to engage youth to dialogue on these issues for PEACE. GCSD also networks with national and International partners working in these initiatives.