Narrating Impact

  • Narrating Impact

SURE begins in 1990 as a voluntary initiative by a small team striving for meaningful change in a remote and backward region. Today it is an organization with more than hundred staff and many community volunteers and works in two largest districts of the country. More than two decades of striving for improvement in quality of life of vulnerable and marginal communities, in a harsh and difficult terrain, surely speaks of a tenacity and commitment to positive and meaningful social change. It is the journey of motivated people from Barmer city and villages, men and women, who are working together as well as with like - minded civil society and professionals to facilitate rural communities towards meaningful social change.

SURE recognizes that its main strength lies in relationship with communities with whom it has been working. Increased levels of confidence and motivation of vulnerable and marginal communities speak of the positive impact SURE has made in their lives. The last two decades of work with different programmes of SURE has contributed to changes in the attitudes of these communities about themselves and others. No longer are they prepared to languish away their lives in subjugation and humiliation. These communities recognize SURE as their partner for representing their voices in an unjust world. It would not be inappropriate to say that SURE has contributed to this positive change for imparting dignity and democratic processes of governance among communities.

Programmes of SURE have been harbingers of hope for marginal communities surviving in a context of insular life with restricted opportunities, discriminatory and exploitative existence. Successful interventions in service delivery of basic services like health, education, drinking water, in these interior regions has contributed to shaping attitudes of govt. service providers for cost effective and pro poor development. In a context of recurrent droughts, SURE’s contribution in fostering a people centric drought relief and preparedness measures is well recognized.
The experience of SURE bears ample testimony to the fact that advocacy for access to timely and quality services in a harsh terrain with a scattered population does require participating in service delivery processes at village and household level. Effective and lasting interventions by SURE has demonstrated that a balance of these two programme approaches -service delivery and advocacy- works well in a context of fragile ecology, entrenched destitution and fast growing interests of the emerging market economy.