Self Employed Workers’ Association Kendra (SEWAK), the word in itself exemplifies the hard slog duties of the organisation. We lay in the heart of Sundargarh district of Odisha as a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) registered in 1995 under Societies Registration Act XXI, 1860. It’s been 27 years now, providing services and working with the rural and urban poor, unemployed, backward and tribal communities, and vulnerable segments of Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Sonepur, Boudh, Angul, Dhenkanal, Deogarh and Keonjhar district of Odisha to transfigure into a luminous dimension.
We endeavour to educate the rural and tribal communities on their rights, generate awareness on their health and environment, train them with entrepreneurial skill and encourage them to find and keep a sustainable livelihood and to diverge our organisation to a business platform through innovative concepts and directions from our intelligent, committed and passionate employees.
We visualise a self- sustaining society where there is equity, leadership and influence of opportunities and liability for their actions in the fullness of time.
Sundargarh is recognized as an industrial district in Odisha. The district was formed by unifying the two princely states Gangpur and Bonai in the year 1948. It is spread over in an area of 9712 sq kms. It is the second most expansive district in the state of Odisha. The district has about 43% of the entire landmass under forest. As more than 66% of the total population resides within 1779 villages, the dominant cultural profile is rural and tribal in this region.
A campus of around two acres at Rangiamunda in Tangarpali block of Sundargarh was developed as the centre for activities like, skill training programmes for the rural youth, plantation and nursery rising, formation and promotion of SHG groups with the support of the DRDA. The then Youth Coordinator of Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK), Sundargarh, Mr. Gopal Chandra Ojha started working collectively in 1995. Till 1998, NYK, Sundargarh was the resource mobilizer for SEWAK. With the transfer of Mr. Ojha to other district as the Youth Coordinator this chapter closed. The SEWAK management then struggled for resources. But the coordination with the district administration and the linkage with the Youth organisations of different parts of the district helped them to survive.
The period 2005 proved to be a turning point for SEWAK when it came in contact with the Concern Worldwide India, a Dublin based International NGO. The handholding support provided by this organisation turned to be a professional renovation of SEWAK. Gradually the organisation strengthened it’s position on Livelihood and Health.