ERADA (Education Research & Development Association) was established in 2008 Under Societies Act XXI of 1860, as a non-sectarian, non-political, not-for-profit humanitarian organization. Since its establishment ERADA has been actively involved in the welfare of urban and rural population with primary focus on women folks and minorities to empower them for their basic rights, social justice, and poverty alleviation as well as promoting and supporting local and existing community organizations / beneficiaries groups to manage development projects. ERADA strives to eradicate poverty and uplift the quality of life of the rural population. ERADA as a local organization aims to create awareness among the local masses for their basic rights through social mobilization and community organization to enhance their capacities and address vulnerabilities of resources. The recent natural/manmade disasters led ERADA to not only focus on long terms development initiatives but also to cover need of people in distress during emergencies by providing them support.
“To develop a prosperous, peaceful and harmonious society by serving the communities”
“To facilitate and empower the communities to achieve their developmental goals, specially marginalized and neglected population of the society”
ERADA is registered under Societies Registration Act with Registration No: 607 on date 10th February 2012.
ERADA Believes In
“Development for the community by the community” through an inclusive approach. The core philosophies run across its program and allied projects, are based on the following principles:
Benefiting socially excluded: women, disabled, minority, and vulnerable
Participatory project conceptualizing
Participatory need assessment
The fundamental premise of ERADA is that women and men who are conventionally termed as poor have the economic and human capacity as well as the moral right to actively participate in the development process that affects them and to identify their own development priorities. Aims and goal of ERADA are:
- To serve as a flexible catalyst, to assist in the identification of opportunities, to promote equitable and sustainable development patterns among men and women both in the rural as well as in urban areas and in drawing the resources (technical assistance, financial support, training, infrastructural development etc.), to enable them to make full use of these opportunities.
- To act as training organization to provide a wide range of local skills to include women folk and minorities in the main stream of development process in the managerial and practical subjects. The purpose of this training is to increase the capacity of women to manage more effectively their resources of sustainable and productive development.
- To link local grass root organizations with government agencies, NGOs, Donors, and private businesses that can provide services (extension, training, marketing, finance, etc.) to support rural women & men in development activities.
- To give special emphasis to the evolution of responsible credit behaviour through the encouragement of regular savings, group management and repayment of loans.
- To serve as a catalyst to the Women Organizations in their efforts, to empower the marginalized women folk.
- To respond to emergencies, early recovery and continuous support to communities in bringing life back to normal after emergency.
- To undertake technical and socio-economic research to support and assess the programs of ERADA.
- To pay particular attention in consistence with prevailing cultural and socio-economic factors, to the opportunities and needs of men and women in the development process.
- To create, promote and support effective and disciplined community women and men organizations to manage rural development.
- To work with community organizations/beneficiaries’ groups/village and local support organizations and relevant government agencies to create plans and programs for the sustainable management of natural resources in the area in which it operates.