SUPPORT SeSTA IN RESTORING LIVELIHOODS OF POOR FAMILIES AFFECTED DUE TO COVID-19
Join the fight against COVID-19. Contribute for emergency relief and aftermath response for rural North East India
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COVID-19 has thrown life out of gear in India. In rural India, the subsequent lockdown has hit communities economically. Apart from the implications on health, the poorest in remote villages of India, particularly in NE India, are fighting for survival as well as loss of livelihoods sources. These families depend on everyday wage labour, everyday petty trade and/or are small landholding. There is an urgent need to support these families to get back on their feet. Your contribution of Rs 5,000 will facilitate a poor marginalized family to restart their livelihoods and earn meaningful incomes in remote villages of Assam.
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COVID-19 will bring its own set of challenges in rural India. Apart from the implications of health, the poorest in remote villages of India, particularly in NE India, will be fighting for survival as well as loss of livelihoods sources. The Government of India has initiated a three week lockdown with the possibility of further extension to check the community spread of the virus. While this lockdown is critical to contain the pandemic, it has, unfortunately, increased the extreme vulnerability of the most marginalized in our societies who depend on wage labour, everyday petty trade and small landholding for their basic survival. Moreover, the lockdown has also brought to a halt most economic activities and the recovery would take months if not years.
There is an urgent need to support families who do not have many sources of livelihoods to help them get back on their feet. SeSTA has professional field teams in many remote areas of NE India. Through interventions on backyard poultry, raw material for weaving, and support for organic cash crop vegetable cultivation, we envisage to support these families in these critical times for sustainable livelihoods. We will innovatively reach out to these families through video technology, our village based Community Resources Person Cadre and on field support (after the lockdown is over).
We solicit support of Rs. 5,000 per family.
|Supporting vulnerable families to withstand the impact of COVID-19|
|No. of members in a group under this activity: 10|
|Sl. No.||Particulars||Coverage||Unit Cost per family||No. of family||Total Cost (Rupees)|
|1||On call and video based tutorial training||10 families||100||10||1000|
|2||Support for setting up of Backyard Poultry unit/ cash crop organic vegetable farm/weaving material support||10 families||3000||10||30000|
|3||Technical training and post installation/setting cost covering vet support/technical handholding etc||10 families||1500||10||15000|
|4||Professional support cost||10 families||400||10||4000|
|Total Costs for 10 poor vulnerable families||50000|
|Cost per family||5000|
1. What is SeSTA and what is the genesis?
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA) is a culmination of efforts to initiate development work to empower communities in remote rural areas of Northeast (NE) India. The NE of India, comprising of eight states, is an ethnically diverse and ecologically fragile area. More than 70% of the population lives in villages yet agriculture and other rural livelihoods are underdeveloped leading to endemic poverty. Development indicators are below the national averages. Given the terrain with accessibility issues, progress has been slow.
Registered in the year 2011 as a society, SeSTA was conceived to put systematic effort for socio-economic development of NE by building capabilities of poor communities, promoting and strengthening their institutions to facilitate them out of poverty and meaningfully participate in the global economy.
2. Where does SeSTA work?
SeSTA is one of the largest development agency working in NE India. We work with more than 30,000 rural poor families directly in the states of Assam and Tripura on improved livelihoods, nutrition, improved livestock breeding practices and Natural Resources Management. More than 60 young professionals are working in 457 remote villages of NE India, immersing themselves directly with target communities in 14 districts. They are recruited from universities and hold degrees in subjects like management, engineering, agriculture, and the social sciences. SeSTA works with the communities through 20 field based teams. SeSTA is also the capacity building partners of the State Rural Livelihoods Mission (SRLM) in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland apart from implementing SRLM projects in Assam and Tripura.
3. Why does SeSTA work with rural women?
SeSTA believes that economic progress and social justice can be achieved only by empowering the most vulnerable in the society. In rural societies, women are the most vulnerable in both economic and social context. SESTA works through women’s community institutions like SHGs and Village Organizations to empower them and they, in turn, become the change agent to drive their families and societies forward.
4. What is SeSTA’s mission and vision?
SeSTA’s mission is catalysing inclusive and sustainable development in North East India by enhancing capabilities of the rural communities.
SeSTA envisages a vibrant, democratic and developed society with peace and harmony where every citizen is empowered and lives a dignified life.
5. Are SeSTA’s accounts audited?
SeSTA accounts are audited half yearly by independent statutory auditors. Annual audited reports are published on the website.
6. Why this initiative of crowdsourcing?
Through this initiative, SeSTA will open up the scope of collaborating with individuals across the globe who want to contribute in grassroots development of economically and socially disempowered communities in remote villages of NE India where SESTA works. Under this initiative, individuals can engage in sustainable change in communities by supporting any of our grassroots transformational work with poor families.
7. How can I make a contribution under this initiative?
You can be a part of this journey by supporting anyone of the initiatives either through fixed amount a year for one family or monthly mode or through a lump sum pay for a year. You can also choose to support one family or more than one.
8. Where does my money go?
Your money would go to support the family or woman you want to empower and will be used to build capabilities, training and/or invest in new livelihoods assets. . A part of the money is used to support our professionals.
9. Is my contribution tax deductible?
Yes. If you are an Indian national, you are eligible for 50% tax exemption U/S 80G. E.g, If you donate Rs.12000, you will get tax exemption on Rs. 6000.
10. I am a foreign national? Can I make a contribution?
Yes. You have to choose the name of the country in the payment gateway and fill up the necessary details to make the contribution.
11. I have an NRI with Indian Passport and do not have a PAN card? Can I make a contribution?
Yes. You can make the contribution through the donor gateway or if you want to transfer the amount, you can use the following account:
Account Name: Seven Sisters Development Assistance SeSTA
IFSC Code: IBKL0001501
Account No. 1501104000019585
Bank Name: IDBI
Branch: Bongaigaon, Assam
12. Does SeSTA provide a receipt for the contribution?
Yes. You will have to e-mail SeSTA one identification document (PAN card, Aadhaar Card, DL etc.) if you are an Indian National. If you are an NRI or a foreign national, you will have to e-mail your passport details.
13. Can I visit SeSTA’s fields?
Yes. However, we would request you to bear the cost of the visit. SeSTA would facilitate your interaction in the villages and communities that you are visiting and with the families that you support.
14. Will I get reports about the progress?
You will get quarterly update of the family/woman that you support including photographs and videos of progress.
15. Does SeSTA store bank details of the donor?
No. Neither SeSTA nor payment gateway merchant store bank details of the donor while paying online mode.
SeSTA takes your privacy seriously and treats all financial information about any transaction you have with the Organization as highly confidential. In addition, SeSTA does not share e-mail addresses or phone numbers of any of our donors or constituents
The Organization deeply values all contributions to sustain our mission. To protect the privacy of our donors and their special relationship with SeSTA, we maintain the following policies:
- We may request personal information online, such as name, address, phone number, email address, and credit card number ONLY for the purposes of accepting donations to SeSTA.
- We will not release or use this information for any other purpose unless we have your consent.
- We do not trade or sell your personal information with other organisations.
- We offer donors the option to be recognised anonymously.
- Donors may request, at any time, to not receive our solicitations.
- Donors may request to not receive certain mailings, such as our newsletter.
- We do not track, collect or distribute personal information entered by those who visit our website.
- Personal data collected through our website is encrypted using 256-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) technology.
- Personal information stored in the SeSTA database is protected with a secured login with authentication, assignment of a unique ID to each person with computer access, regular pass code changes, and user IDs are deactivated or terminated as needed.
- Our hosting data server provides data protection meeting PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), encrypted communication via SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) technology, intrusion detection for all devices and network nodes, state-of-the-art firewall infrastructure that detects malicious application attacks, virus protection, network load balancing devices via Citrix, and patch management, security and vulnerability monitoring and tracking, and SQL server attack protection via applications to detect SQL Injection and Cross Site Scripting Attacks.
To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organisations and causes they are asked to support, we assure the following:
- To be informed of the Organization’s mission, of the way the Organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes
- To be informed of the identity of those serving on the Organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its responsibilities
- To have access to the Organization’s most recent financial statements
- To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition
- To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law
- To expect that all relationships with individuals representing the Organization to the donor will be professional
- To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors
- To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that the Organization may intend to share
- To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers
Donation refund policy
SeSTA follows a reliable refund policy to let our donors feel privileged about their association with us. We take utmost care about processing donations as per the mandates signed by our donors in the donor forms, both offline and online. But in case of an unlikely event of an erroneous deduction or If the Donor wants to cancel/deduct the donation, SeSTA will respond within 7 working days from the date of receiving the complaint from donor. The timely refund of the wrongly deduced amount will depend on type of card used during transaction. We would require a proof of deduction of the donation amount and a written communication for refund from the donor within two days after donation.
- In such cases if the receipt already has been issued, then the Donor need to return the original receipt at our official address.
- In the case of tax exemption certificate already issued, refund will not be possible.
We can be contacted for refund request through the following:
*International donations will require more working days for refund
What information we collect
We use personal information collected from donors for the purposes of processing payments and communicating with donors about SeSTA as well as conducting the fundraising and other operations of SeSTA. This information may include name, amount donated, address, telephone number, donor comments, e-mail address, and any other personal information provided to us (“Donor Data”). For donations by check, Donor Data also includes the data visible on the check.
Information from Payment Processors and Other Service Providers: Payment processors allow donors to give electronically using a payment services account, a credit card, or other payment method. These processors collect certain information from donors, and you should consult their privacy policies to determine their practices.
To provide donors the best possible experience, we work with service providers and may share Donor Data and other information with, or have it transmitted through, them. Such service providers include, for example, collocation facilities and bandwidth providers as well as organisations that help non-profit organizations with fundraising.
How we use that information
Donor Data may be used for these kinds of purposes:
- Distributing receipts and thanking donors for donations
- Informing donors about upcoming fundraising and other activities of SeSTA
- Internal analysis, such as research and analytics
- Record keeping
- Reporting to applicable government agencies as required by law
- Surveys, metrics, and other analytical purposes
- Other purposes related to the fundraising operations
Anonymous donor information may be used for promotional and fundraising activities. Comments that are provided by donors may be publicly published and may be used in promotional materials. We may use available information to supplement the Donor Data to improve the information we use to drive our fundraising efforts. We may allow donors the option to have their name publicly associated with their donation unless otherwise requested as part of the online donation process.
We use data gathered for payment processors and other service providers only for the purposes described in this policy.
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We are committed to protecting donor personal information from unauthorised access, alteration, disclosure, or destruction. Among other things, we undertake a range of security practices, including measures to help secure web access to sensitive data and undertake efforts to address security vulnerabilities for various tools and databases.
We may disclose information when required by law; when needed to protect our rights, privacy, safety, property, donors, or users; and when necessary to enforce our terms of service.
We seek to retain donor-related information only as needed to fulfil the purposes described in this policy unless a longer retention period is required by law or regulations. For example, tax laws in the India may require the Organization to keep contact information and contribution level of donors on file.
You have certain rights with respect to the information we collect about you. Upon request, we will tell you what information we hold about you and correct any incorrect information. We will also make reasonable efforts to delete your information if you ask us to do so, unless we are otherwise required to keep it.
Collaterals provided for support:
- Immediate receipt of the payment made
- Tax rebate certificate Section 80G of the Indian Income Tax Act ( or other countries)
- Quarterly report on the progress made by the woman supported, including photos and videos
Dear Donors, you made us winners and helped us achieve our target of 5 lakh INR for COVID-19 response and relief efforts.
A big thank you to our offline and online donors!!!
SeSTA is immensely grateful to its collaborators being Indian Red Cross Society, Rangjuli Police Out Post, Assam State Rural Livelihoods Mission, BMMU, Kuchduwa and Ex-students Association of Nirmala English High School. Dudhnoi. SeSTA appreciates efforts of its block team members to have been instrumental in helping communities during such trying times.
A BIG THANK YOU to all who have contributed till this moment. Defeating COVID-19 is a very ambitious goal. We need a lot more funds to sustain this initiative. Let’s reach one milestone at a time. Can you help us collect 2 lac INR by 15th April 2020? Share our donation link with your near and dear ones via facebook, whatsapp and sms to seek their support.
Meanwhile, our relief and ration distribution efforts are ongoing. We have reached out to 744 families in villages of Baska, Barkhetri and Paschim Mangaldai Blocks of Baksa, Nalbari and Darrang Districts of Assam respectively.
SeSTA appreciates its ground team members, independent volunteers and Indian Red Cross Society. These are the brave ones risking their lives to help humanity wade through this survival crisis.
Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA) is determined to do its best in lifting up the affected, who are the most vulnerable and depend on daily wage labour, petty trades and small landholding in the remotest villages of North East India. This much, to help them sail through the lockdown and its aftermath. With this objective, we have launched our fundraising campaign on 7th April, 2020.