1st phase (1982-1987)
SU started its journey with creating awareness among the people of their entitlements and rights. SU mobilized and organised them to register their demands and to raise their voices in protestation in different forms. When harassment and torture were leashed, legal aids and leadership were also provided to them.
2nd phase (1988-1991):
When the minimum level of awareness, confidence and urge for development were reached, further steps were taken leading to (i) women awareness, (ii) leadership development, (iii) exposure to different development efforts, (iv) environment protection and conservation.
3rd phase (1992-1995)
Once a strong foundation for the development process was laid, it was possible to begin the process of sustainable empowerment of people in general and women in particular. The following initiatives were taken up for this:
- (i) Strengthening of women organization
- (ii) Strengthening natural resource management through formation and mobilization of forest protection committee
- (iii) Liveskill development
- (iv) Demonstration of different technologies
- (v) Mobilizing and managing projects on Horticulture, Agro-forestry, Health, Women-education
- (vi) Organizing network of women groups and grass-root groups
4th Phase ((1996-2000)
At the end of the 3rd phase, it was seen that community started giving their views and opinions on their own development. The local police station started referring all cases on women-related issues to our women bodies. Girls started going to schools-colleges. Production of vegetables from this Patamda block could meet half of the demand of Jamshedpur vegetable market. Migration rate was reduced remarkably. People became more receptive to developmental activities and thus government and other NGOs started to come forward with more development initiatives in this block. Encouraged by this SU formed and strengthened its training centre and registered the women cell as independent organization. A network of small grass-root organizations was formed, called AGG (Association of Grass Root Groups). Under this initiative, training to 112 voluntary workers and other voluntary organizations (VOs) in the state was imparted. Some research project on Panchayti Raj and advocacy on different development issues were also taken up.
5th Phase (2001-2006)
After 4th phase, everybody recognized SU as a leading NGO in Jharkhand and several VOs in the state followed this model of development. As an outcome and as fall out of the strengthening of grass-root groups under AGG, some other 25 groups formed their own organizations in different districts and some of them are doing commendable work in their area. Many of our ex-staffs are in different organizations including funding agencies, some are working as consultants in other states and some have formed their own organizations. Our workers joined hands in relief and rehabilitation work after natural calamities like cyclone in Orissa and earthquake in Bhuj, Gujrat.
6th Phase (2007-2011)
SU took major initiatives for people with disabilities for their community-based rehabilitation, formed farmer groups and took up micro-finance program to enhance micro-entrepreneurship development among women SHGs. The main focus was to carry out various programs to give a thrust to the development of children and their families. This program encompassed health-nutrition-education-environment and other associated awareness activities. Again rural health, conservation of medicinal plants and forests, assisting farmers to get connected with respective professionals also remained major activity field for this time-period.
7th Phase (2012-Till Date)
This phase has been started with the successful completion of a 10-year long partnership program with CCF, India. Numerous children and their families get benefitted as an outcome of this massive program schedule. Other training programs and income-generation activities continue with a more improvised scientific approach. Observing several major changes in the voluntary, social and especially human resource sectors, SU is now improvising and sharpening its year-long strategies to address the present situation.
While doing all the development activities, we kept in focus our spirit of fighting against injustices, corruption, mal-governance, whimsical and illogical activities that skewed development process. During the period of pauses in our work, we tried to earn money through numerous income generation programs like food processing, vermi-composting, horticulture, nursery, mushroom cultivation and cultivation of medicinal plants. We have proved that we were not bad in earning money for development but its growth is limited within the existing form of non-profitable society. The major breakthrough was the partnership with CFI for 12 years on child development program.