Samagra Sikchhan Evam Vikas Sansthan (SSEVS) has its roots in the movement led by socialist leader Jayaprakash (JP) Narayan. SSEVS has been working for the land entitlements, safeguarding children’s rights & promoting education, sustainable livelihoods of marginal farmers with market linkage, disaster risk reduction (DRR) & climate change & adaptation, digital literacy, youth girls leadership development & empowerment for Dalits, minority caste, women, persons with disability in North Bihar Region – West Champaran, East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Saran, Nalanda, Gaya & Arwal districts.
The area has a rich history of struggle – this was where Gandhiji led the movement against Indigo farming, and the region also witnessed the Bhoodan movement of the 1950s. However, land alienation & its attendant poverty remain its significant problems. The organization’s focus is mobilization and capacity-building of landless farmers to enable them to demand & practice their right to dignified & sustainable livelihood. SSEVS also builds the capacity of the people affected by the flood, drought & other disasters to mitigate the risks and losses. SSEVS also enables the people to access their entitlements in a transparent and just manner. The organization works in 216 villages covering 32 blocks of West Champaran, East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Vaishali and Madhubani districts of Bihar.
Inspired by the Struggle for Land Entitlements
After the culmination of the JP movement in 1977, some students who had participated in the movement decided to apply their experience to development issues under a new name, the Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Vahini (CYSV). This new movement famously fought to free 14,000 acres of land from the Bodh Gaya Mahant. The land was eventually distributed among the most deprived Bhuiyan people. Inspired by this successful land struggle, a group of enthusiastic youth came together to form SSEVS in Bettiah, West Champaran district of Bihar while the SSEVS core group coalesced in 1988, the organization was registered in 1990.
SSEVS now operates under a 9-member executive board, which includes 2 Muslims, 1 tribal and 1 dalit who are committed & dedicated to the cause of the development & have belief in non-violence values and principles. SSEVS is working with the total strength of 24 staffs in which 05 are females 19 male.