The History of Darabar Sahitya Sansad(DSS) dates back to early nineties. A group of adolescent boys used to flock around a rural library in village Nischintapur, reading books and magazines and discussing on literary development. To consecutive severe floods devastated the area during the year 1980 and 1982. The boys could not keep quite. They joined the Government relief and rescue team in evacuating the affected communities and providing them food shelter and medical care. This small taste of social work prompted them to come to a common platform, a society, which could provide them the space and opportunity for broadening the scope of literary development and social work. Finally a society was formed during year 1982 with the name” Darabar Sahitya Sansad”-a people’s court for social justice on a platform of young odia literature lovers.
Area of Operation:
At present DSS operates in 146 villages in 3 coastal districts viz Khordha, Puri and Balasore. This year ( 2014-15) it plans to intervene in Kandhamal district which is a tribal dominated district.
Head office and Field Offices:
DSS is having it’s head office at Sodhua in Khordha district and 3 brach offices at
1. Balipatana, dist- Khordha
2. Nimapada, dist- Puri
3. Jaleswar, dist- Balasore
Darabar Sahitya Sansad( DSS) is registered under
♦ Societies Registration Act of 1860, bearing No- 719/279 of 1984-85 at Bhubaneswar, Dt 1st February- 1985.
♦ Foreign Contribution Regulation Act(FCRA) bearing No- 105020062, Dt- 23 March 1988.
♦ Section 12A and 80G of Income tax Act of 1961.
Themes of Intervention:
DSS promotes Gender, Economic and Environmental Equity through
♦ Women Empowerment through solidarity groups, awareness building, education, leadership development and social animation among women.
♦ Rural livelihood strengthening especially for poor women enterpreneurs, women farmers, women artisans, vegetable growers etc through enterprise promotion, training, market linkage, credit and financial literacy.
♦ Climate change adaptation and Disaster Management through community based disaster preparedness(CBDP), disaster risk reduction(DRR), Climate change education in schools, Relief & Rehabilitation measures, Renewable energy promotion etc.
♦ Migrant Labour services at source and destination.
♦ Vocational Skill & Employment promotion for poor youth and life skill for adolescent girls.
♦ Promoting child and women health.
♦ Promoting Art , craft, culture and Literature.