NGO: Shyamprasad Institute for Social Service (SISS)


SISS is a volunteer social service and research institute founded in 1999. The organization is committed to the holistic development of tribal and rural villages, with a specific focus on ecofriendly development and healthcare.

IDRF Partner Since: 2013

Focus Area: Health

Location: Adilabad District, Andhra Pradesh

Project Title:Arogya Dhara


Shyamprasad Institute for Social Services has been hard at work with their Arogya Dhara project since inception. Their work targets total village improvements in health and environmental areas. IDRF has been partnering with SISS in the provision of homeopathic medicines, construction of sanitation units, distribution of fruit saplings and vegetable seeds, provision of free health camps, and establishment of community trainings on nutrition and health.

Over the three-year period from 2013 to 2016, SISS will construct nearly 5,000 latrines and soak pits across over 200 tribal villages. SISS will distribute seeds and seedlings to over 3,400 households, and provide medicine, health camps, and counseling for all supported villages. In addition to the physical construction and resources provided, IDRF sponsorship ensures that SISS can train community members on sustainable use of these resources and facilities, to maintain the initial investments. Trainings include orientation on government funding schemes, awareness workshops of sanitation, veterinary practice, cooking, and healthcare.

SISS also works closely with local government bodies through co-financing and capacity building, to ensure that governments will continue this work long after SISS has left. In fact, over 90% of the Arogya Dhara project is funded through government schemes, with the remaining cost is borne by IDRF and other partners. This ensures a major multiplier effect, and sustainability of this project into the long-term. $2,000 provides for the full development of 5 villages, thus serving as a catalyst for further community change.