The core concept that has driven us since our inception has been community self-reliance.We believe in promoting self-reliance and thereby the self-esteem of individuals and communities towards a developed nation. Various support programmes are being implemented by our member units to promote self-reliance, as identified and prioritised locally. This helps the effectiveness of programmes as well, since a statewide strategy is not possible to meet the varying needs of individuals and communities. Hundreds of micro-level programmes ranging from training up to support services are currently on. The major ones are listed as follows. Apart from these, various programmes commence every day at the grassroots level, as planned and conducted by our units.
Following the 2018 floods, we began drinking water purification and supply in Alappuzha district as a community partnership to benefit families from the district's three most affected panchayats. We also started drinking water supply schemes in the districts of Palakkad and Malappuram later in the same year to address drought. These projects gained widespread community acceptance and partnership, taking it to a sustainable level to face the coming phases of similar difficulties.
The housing schemes find it difficult to operate with families having no land of their own. We provide land for the selected landless as initiated by our district and village units to support the landless. The land scheme as such, or land and house scheme as found necessary, is available to the prioritised needy families without delay. The dream of having their own house is quickly becoming a reality for the deserving needy segments of society, whether they opt for only land to go for house construction under other schemes or opt for both land and house.We have provided land to a number of landless families up to this point.
Sevabharathi recognises the critical nature of a homeless shelter and works diligently to provide one for the needy. Our various units have taken this a step further by locating resources on a local level and serving beneficiaries on a grassroots level. Additionally, both the district and state offices support deserving housing projects. With the assistance of Seva International USA, Deseeya Sevabharathi implemented a house-building programme. By building houses on their land, the housing project aimed to provide safe shelter for flood victims and the homeless. Twenty four families benefited from the project in Kuttanad taluk, Kerala's most affected taluk. Sevabharathi chose six contractors to ensure the project's timely completion. Within seven months, all 19 houses were completed, and a key handover ceremony was held in Alappuzha in the presence of dignitaries from various sectors of society. The house-building programme is a life changer for homeless people and disaster victims.