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Brief Description

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT CENTRE is a voluntary social service organization for social action and economic development in an integrated way. HDC was established by a group of committed volunteers, for providing assistance and support towards betterment of the landless poor people, who are deprived, exploited and lead to their life in deplorable condition. The group initiated a Social Service Bureau to help the distressed to regain self-confidence and new strength and hence besides trying for govt. help. The method adopted was to listen to them, to give patient hearing to their suffering and to make them feel that there was somebody to listen to them. This was done through human relation, personal attention and counseling with the deserving people.

The society started its activities in 1986 and was registered in the same year under West Bengal Societies Registration Act., 1961 on the basis of their activities. The society was also with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Act, 1976 in Sept., 1989.

HDC works with the people being a co-partner of their community life and plays the following role as per their problems, needs and aspiration:

As a Communicator – helping people to articulate their aspirations, development of their ideas and translate them into language for easy/ready understanding and identification by the community.

As a Facilitator – giving suggestion and ideas about community development, facilitating in bringing a collective approach responsive to community problems and needs.

As a Change Agent – for people’s awareness generation on need-based socio-economic issues and relevant surrounding situations, creating their inner urge for united action towards the betters status through internal change of self and/or community enrichment and without outside influence/interference.

As a Community Organizer – helping community people to form self-help group creating in them values of self-respect, self-dignity, self-reliance and sense of social responsibility through need-based training and sharing.

As a Support Group – generating people’s feed-back, strengthening base-level receiving/utilizing mechanism, promoting effective bottom-up pressure group that may take the benefit of Govt. delivery mechanism.

As a Network Instrument – Promoting organizational management abilities among different grass-root level groups, village committees, mahila mandal, youth clubs etc., developing leadership quality of their core members, channeling group efforts to common issues they are most concerned about. Assisting the community based organizations to get their key personnel/social activists equipped with necessary skills, knowledge through training suitable to their works and working situations.