Centre for World Solidarity (CWS) was registered as a Public Trust on 24 July 1992 and became fully operational in 1994 with the following objectives:
- Working for the uplift of people living below the poverty line.
- Working with the deprived and marginalised sections of the society especially women, dalits, adivasis and minorities to enable them to live with dignity.
- Working towards the creation of a just and equitable society.
- Working towards promoting a clean and healthy environment.
Starting from providing crucial support to victims of flood and children in hostels, CWS has grown to operating in six states through its Resource Centres (RC) in a dcentralized approach. There are five RCs at present namely, Bihar Resource Centre (BRC), Jharkhand Resource Centre (JRC), Odisha Resource Centre (ORC), Tamil Nadu Resource Centre (TNRC) and Telangana Resource Centre (TRC). The CWS Central Office (CO) is the main administrative and guidance centre. We will soon have a separate Andhra Pradesh Resource Centre (APRC). The RCs implement programmes in close coordination and accompaniment with our partners and community.
Furthermore, CWS today is proud to see the emergence and flourishing of its siblings, the solidarity institutes, namely Watershed Support Services and Activities Network (WASSAN), Centre for People’s Forestry (CPF), Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA), National Dalit Forum (NDF), Centre for Adivasi Dalit Bahujan Initiatives (Bodhi) and the latest being Knowledge in Civil Society (KICS).
“Centre for World Solidarity (CWS) has its beginnings from Gandhigram in Tamil Nadu since 1957 with philanthropic support from German based United Action Service for World Solidarity (ASW). The envision and sustained efforts by Shri M.V.Sastri, unflinching support from the late Shri V.Krishnamoorthy and the honourable team from ASW along with active involvement of partners and civil society members fashion the beginning of CWS (shifted to Secunderabad from Gandhgram in 1982).
_ M.V.Sastri, Founder of CWS
CWS continued its interventions on the three themes- human dignity, sustainable livelihood and people centred governance, focusing on the marginalised groups-women, dalits, adivasis and minorities. CWS partnered with 94 small grassroots organisations in the operational States of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Telangana and implemented 109 projects.
At the national level, CWS is part of the National Forum for the Rights of Single Women, which is an advocacy forum that campaigns for the rights of single. While being part of the Forum, CWS has further strengthened the Single Women Networks both in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. In addition, CWS has facilitated the Single Women Network in Tamil Nadu to become part of the National Forum for the Rights of Single Women. These three Networks are engaged in campaigning and advocating the rights of single women in their respective States. In Telangana, the Chief Minister has made a policy statement to provide pension to single women in the State. CWS is also part of Mahila Kisan Adhikaar Manch (MAKAAM) and has extended support and solidarity to MAKAAM and has joined the national campaign for the rights of women farmers. In our operational states, women are encouraged and supported to take up farming, kitchen garden, income generation activities, etc. to enhance their household food security and sustain their livelihood.
We aspire to strengthen our initiatives and interventions in future and look forward to your support and solidarity to promote sustainable development.
_ Dr. Gnana Prakasam, Executive Director, CWS.