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  Extraordinary Work of 'Ordinary' People: Beyond Pandemics and Lockdowns  

SOPPECOM is one of the core group members of the Vikalp Sangam, a network of people and organisations on Alternatives. The Vikalp Sangam Core Group has recently published a document on resilient community responses to livelihood, food, and health crises, 'Extraordinary Work of 'Ordinary' People: Beyond Pandemics and Lockdowns'. This is the first in a series of documents on the theme, showcasing inspiring initiatives across India and is available in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Gujarati, Tamil and Spanish.

   Covid 19 Response Programme  

Phase One

The COVID 19 response programme is being implemented in Three Phases. We have completed Phase I. We were able to reach out to 3184 families and provide them with ration supplies. We are truly overwhelmed with your support and it means a lot to all the families that are in urgent need of food supplies. We thank you all and expect your continued support. Please see the link below for the Status report of Phase one and two

Status Report One.

Status Report Two.

   COVID 19 Response by SOPPECOM  

Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM), Pune has designed a COVID 19 response programme. The plan is to reach out to 2500 families from the most vulnerable communities from nine talukas (sub districts) of Pune, Sangli and Kolhapur districts of South Maharashtra. The families include: local and migrant labourers, construction workers, brick kiln labourers, rickshaw drivers (most of them are daily wage earners), single/widowed/deserted women, baluthedar (artisan) communities, nomadic tribes including Laman Tandas and so on. Your contributions would go a long way in helping these families to survive these difficult times, a situation they find themselves in for no fault of theirs. For more information on the appeal and the bank accounts details for sending in your contributions please

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   COVID-19 Relief Work by MAKAAM  

SOPPECOM works as the secretariat for Mahila Kisan Adhikar Manch (MAKAAM) Maharashtra - a national level network working on issues of women farmers - and is currently involved in organising relief work through MAKAAM network for single women farmers from Maharashtra affected by COVID-19 and subsequent lock-down.

In the initial period of lockdown, food security of these women was the most crucial issue, and therefore we focused on giving food supplies to these vulnerable women. Currently we are working on developing a strategy for the next phase. A detailed study of women farmers is underway and would help in planning for a post lockdown strategy for rural women.

A detailed report of the first phase of the relief work by MAKAAM Maharashtra can be found here

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Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation working in the area of Natural Resource Management (NRM) primarily in the rural areas. It is committed to the principles of sustainable and rational use of natural resources, equity and social justice in the distribution of benefits especially to the disadvantaged sections like dalits, landless, women, democratic and decentralised governance of these resources.

As an organisation committed to these principles, SOPPECOM extends its support to grassroots groups working on NRM issues through training, resource literacy, participatory planning, research and policy advocacy.

Within the broad spectrum of rural livelihood issues, water resource management, along with land, biomass and renewable energy, forms the core of SOPPECOM's concerns. Support for organising people into legal associations as user groups for participative management of eco-system resources, primarily water has been one of the key activities of SOPPECOM for more than a decade. In its initial phase it piloted various action research programmes around sustainable use of land and water, low external input cropping practices, alternative technology for buildings and water storage structures that have helped develop broad norms for equitable access to resources and their sustainable use. From defining equity within the command areas of irrigation system, SOPPECOM in its subsequent experiments progressed into extending the idea of equity beyond the command to include the landless and women. Through its various experiments, research and writings SOPPECOM has also shown that integration of different sources of water - ground and surface as well as local and exogenous - is critical from the point of view of sustainable prosperity and equity. SOPPECOM through its work has shown that it is possible to go beyond the polarised discourse, for example large vs, small, on water in India.

On the home front, i.e., within the organisation there is a strong commitment to social justice. It is committed to affirmative action that supports the cause of women, dalits and minorities.
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