The CHETANA is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization located in Dhenkanal district of Odisha, India. The organisation strives to address the key problems, priority needs of poor and weaker sections being more concerned about senior citizens, women, youths, children, wage labourers, small and marginal farmers, schedule castes, schedule tribes and other disadvantaged groups. Since its inception The CHETANA has been committed to the implementation of social justice and the development of marginalized sections of society. It operates in the most remote and inaccessible areas of Central Odisha, where the land is tribally dominated and more than 80% of the population reside below the poverty line. Its development initiatives cover more than 5.2 million underprivileged persons, including women, children, small farmers, rural artisans, the elderly, the disabled, and the destitute.
The CHETANA’s development initiatives are based on community participation. With a goal to enhance public participation in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of our programs, the strategic approach of the organisation consists of the following : 1. Public Education & Awareness
The CHETANA is running “Senior Citizens' Homes for Elderly Women” at Chudakhiakateni in Dhenkanal district where 50 (Fifty) elderly women from different part of the district are provided free accommodation, food, clothing, shelter, vocational training, health services, counseling, recreational support etc. The programme is supported by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India since 2010. For rendering effective services to the inmate beneficiaries, counselor, part time doctor and centre superintendent etc. have been appointed. The officials from the local line department and also representatives from Govt. of India are monitoring the progress of the activities and the program is running smoothly.
The Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for Addicts (IRCA) located at Kolhua, PO. Bainsia of Dhenkanal is supported from Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India since 2014. This intervention is considered as a stepping stone in the social reform activities of the organization. The centre has 15 bedded facility equipped with necessary infrastructure and logistics providing multifaceted activities for prevention of alcoholism & substance abuse. During the reporting period both indoor and outdoor services were provided. In 2022-23 total 171 persons were provided indoor services while 552 persons provided outdoor services. To its credit 48 patients are now free from addiction and declared as whole person recovery (WPR). Necessary steps being taken for the rehabilitation of relapsed cases in family/communities.
Keeping in focus the health needs of senior citizens and older persons living in remote inaccessible areas, The Chetana is running one mobile health unit called “ Mobile Medicare Unit for Older Person” from the year 2015-16 in Gondia & Bhuban block of Dhenkanal district. The project has been sanctioned by the Social Security & Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department, Govt. of Odisha since the year 2020-21. Under the project, the medicare unit visited to some remote areas, screened health status of older persons, sensitized family members to care the elder persons at family level. Looking at the sickness and health complications medicines to the ill older persons were provided free of cost. The organization has made arrangement for hiring annually one well equipped Medical Van with one part-time doctor and a staff nurse that visited different locations on weekly basis to provide health check up and instant care services to the needy older persons. The year 2022-23, total 38 locations and 3722 older persons from General, SC, ST and OBC were covered.