Skip to main contentShow accessibility statement
Change the world with your donation

Kanthi Samstha

managed by M. Jones

About us

KANTHI means Light SAMSTHA means a Society was formed on 15th August 1991 and was registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, with Registration No.454 of 1991. The Samstha has also obtained Registration under section 12 A of the I.T. Act, 1961 (PAN No.AATK4191N), and also registered u/s 6(1) (a) of the FC(R) Act, 1976 with Registration No.010260229 for undertaking Economic, Educational & Social Nature of activities.

The logic behind the caption ‘KANTHI SAMSTHA’ is literally to fill light in the hearts of suppressed.

KANTHI SAMSTHA has been serving through contributions and donations mobilized locally from a sector of like-minded, yet branching out the activities in collaboration with governmental and sister NGO’s as well.

In January 2004 Kanthi Samstha launched relief and rehabilitation work for the 2003 year Cyclone victims with the support of Oxfam. Hyderabad. In the wake of Tsunami, Kanthi Samstha rescued the victims in the form of immediate Relief with the small support of Action Aid.

In May 2005 DKH-Diakonie Emergency Aid; Germany has approved a rehabilitation project for “ Yanadi Tribal and Dalith Communities” affected by the Tsunami and OGNI Cyclone/flood relief (Dec o6-Jan 07 and up to 2010 March) in Andhra Pradesh, which was indeed a major financial assistance to Kanthi Samstha.

However, on the strength of consistent growth in developmental activities, being carried out by Kanthi Samstha, WDP-Germany has assured its support from January, 2011 up to March, 2014 under the guidance of ATMA Consultancy Services, Vijayawada, for initiating awareness and advocacy measures for empowering Dalith and Tribal woman through the strengthening of community governance in six districts of Andhra Pradesh, which is a great support for strengthening of the ongoing efforts of Kanthi Samstha for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable sections.

Empowering the marginalized with special focus on Dalith, Tribal, women, children and other socially challenged communities.

Working towards a sustainable gender conscious society by enhancing the capacities of the marginalized through education, training, organization and mobilization.


To promote gender equality and work for the socio-economic and Livelihood advancement of women.
To strengthen the capacities of the poorest for improving their situations, through education, training, Organization and appropriate action programmes.
To promote development and welfare activities of " Children, Women, Youth, laborers and other vulnerable sections of the society for their overall development.
To provide relief and rehabilitation programmes to the victims of natural and human made calamities and tackle the causes wherever possible.
To promote holistic health of the individual, the family and the community aimed at the well being of the most marginalized sections of the Society.
To promote, protect and facilitate proper utilization of natural resources for ensuring sustainable development.


The registered office cum Coastal areas field office of KANTHI SAMSTHA is located in Machilipatnam (D.No.15/546/34/LIG-14, Housing Board Colony, Machilipatnam Town, Krishna Dist-521001, Andhra Pradesh, South India) and the administrative office is in Vijayawada.
All the administrative matters and correspondence are done from the administrative office.

Remittance in Local currency (INDIAN
RUPEES) for the Contributions/Donations from India to be in favor of:
Kanthi Samstha,
S.B.A/c No: 11520100109416.
The Federal Bank Ltd.,
Prakasam Road, Governor pet,
Vijayawada Town,
Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh-520002, India.
MICR CODE:520049002



The YANADI TRIBAL Children and Women 's life situation is so miserable and more pathetic due to the prevalence of illiteracy, ignorance, very low social awareness and poor quality of living standards.


The Presence of Marginalized communities are Yanadi Tribal, Dalith and other weaker sections. Their culture, attitudes, behaviors are different from others and their life styles are more pathetic and accustomed with minimum income and megre facilities.

They are the silent sufferers due to their ignorance and 90% illiteracy. The YANADI TRIBAL families depending on collection of waste materials, fishing and labor related activities etc., Majority of the tribals live in small thatched huts and the remaining in government constructed small houses.

The plight of the children here in the 02 identified habitations is very much underdeveloped and pitiable. There are no Yanadi children in the high schools and colleges.

Children want to go to school but could not, due to their families’ poor economical conditions and social backwardness. These children are longing for love and affection, education, food, health care, cloth and recreation. Majority of them have lost their childhood.

The Yanadi Tribals are struggling for their survival and existence every day. The children of yanadis are losing their childhood day by day without proper literacy education and nutritious food security due to the very poor economic conditions, social backwardness, illiteracy and ignorance of their parents.

This pathetic plight of the tribal women and their children made to think seriously and plan a small development project for the welfare and upliftment of these marginalized children and woman to initiate measures for restoring their lives. They are most poor and deserving population to help and continue our efforts for their betterment.

Hence, there is a greater need for upholding the dignity of the vulnerable children and their mothers through literacy/social education promotion, health care, nutritious food availability, conducive sanitation and also extending livelihood/income generation promotion among the family members of the children of marginalized YANADI TRIBALS.

In order to bring attitudinal changes among these tribal children, we have to extend long term solidarity services for organizing Yanadi Tribals and to initiate children education development activities at their door step for mainstreaming them instead of simply leaving them as street children.

To achieve this task, Kanthi Samstha is looking for solidarity, cooperation, partnership with financial support through your esteemed organization.

Our Focus of Intervention:
Primary Focus is on Yanadi Tribal Children Education with special attention on Girl Child, Promote an Organized Self Help Groups / SHGs Women Leadership and Empowerment. Locally opportunities are created for Livelihood supports to enhance earnings for Women and those earnings are self-managed, self-controlled and for asset creation. Mainstreaming of Children after primary education into Residential Schools, Tribal Hostels and other skill development centers.

Area Coverage:
The Project shall be executed in Yanadi Tribal Habitations of Mangalagiri in Guntur District and Vijayawada in Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh with primary stake holder’s participation at every stage of project execution.

Target Area/Habitations/Families
1.Gandalaiahpeta Yanadula Colony in Mangalagiri Mandal, Guntur District.-
150 Families
2.Bheemannavarikonda Yanadula Colony in Vijayawada, Krishna District.
50 Families

Project Objectives
To promote education among 60 Tribal Children with special attention on Girl Child.
To Organize Women into SHGs and creating opportunities to advancing their livelihoods.

Proposed Interventions/Activities:
Finalization of Habitation Level Datas
Review and planning.
Information collection and sharing.
Awareness Generation.
Children Education Promotion
Formation and strengthening of SHG’s.
Inculcation of Savings Habbit.
Capacity building on Nutrition, Health and Sanitation improvement.
Kitchen gardening and IGP initiatives.

Schedule of our major activities and events.

Project Time Line 2014-2015

June, 2014 Awareness meeting about the project concepts and the interventions to be carried out. Finalization of Habitation Level Data’s. 01 Coordinator, 02 Facilitators, 01 Part time Accountant shall be involved in the process. Awareness generation on Child Rights and education promotion.

July Consolidation of data’s and sharing with communities. Awareness on Nutrition importance and the advantages Kitchen Gardening. Initiation of monthly Review meetings.

August Awareness on SHG concept and formation of SHG groups. Information collection and sharing. Review and planning. Awareness Campaign on RTE.
Reports preparation and Accounts Finalization

September Follow up Meetings. Review and planning

October: Awareness on Income generation activities-Follow up Meetings. Information collection and sharing. Review and planning

November; Exploring possibilities of admission of Girl children into mainstream schools Initiation of IGP activities. Review and planning. Supply of seeds for kitchen garden. Networking and Advocacy measures.

December Review and planning. Follow up of above activities. Orientation on Book keeping. Supply of seeds for kitchen garden. Information collection and sharing. Internal evaluation Impact Study and Documentation

January, 2015 Review and planning .Children education promotion. Strengthening of SHGs and linking with Village Organizations. Habitation level Meetings.

February Review and planning Exploring possibilities of admission of Girl children into mainstream schools. Habitation level Meetings. Information collection and sharing.
Review and planning .Awareness on Health, Nutrition and Sanitation- Habitation level Meetings. Impact Study and Documentation

March: Review and planning .Awareness on Health, Nutrition and Sanitation- Habitation level Meetings, Information collection and sharing. IGP Initiatives.
Habitation level Meetings. Reports preparation and Accounts Finalization. Follow up Meetings. Local Resource Mobilization. Impact Study and Documentation

April Review and planning. Accounts Auditing and Submission of Reports- Follow up Meetings.

Criteria for the success of the project:

The criteria for the success of the project is the output of the project activities measured by specific indicators
Children enrollment in schools and ICDS/Anganwadi centers for girls/Children in all the habitations.
Existence of SHG s and savings
Improved nutrition among women and children, Better health and hygiene care practices.

Person responsible for monitoring and evaluation of the project:

Chief Functionary is responsible for day to monitoring of the project implementation with the support of the Project coordinator through periodical reviews and corrective measures. Consultants of NGO development activities / Experienced NGOs will evaluate the project.

Auditing, Reporting and Documentation:

The completion Reports and Audited Statements of account / Report shall be prepared and finalized by the Coordinating Team of Kanthi Samstha, and submitted to the Donor Agency 30 days after the completion of the Project..
Necessary Photo Documentation and means of verification of the events shall be recorded and documented.

Budget Details: 2014 June-March-2015

Item Description / Breakdown Amount in INR Amount
Coordination & Administration Remuneration, Travel, food, Phone, office maintenance, Printing & Stationery 10 Months @ USD 100 pm 60,000 USD $ 1000
Livelihood Support Kitchen gardening Promotion 02 @ 100 USD 12,000 USD $ 200
“ Income Generation Initiatives 02@ 500 USD 60,000 USD $1000
Women SHG Promotion
Inculcation of Savings Motivation Camp 02@ USD 250 30,000 USD $ 500
Health & Nutrition Awareness Camps for 02 @ 500 USD 60,000 USD $ 1000
Awareness Education Allowance to Community Facilitators 2 @ 50 USD pm for 10 M 60,000 USD $ 1000
Children Education Slates, Books, Teach & Learning Materials 10@100
60,000 USD $ 1000
Information Collection, Impact Study and Documentation Resource materials, Review -evaluation, case study preparations, photographs etc 10M@ 20 USD per month. 12,000 USD $ 200
Audit Fee Audit Reports preparation and certification 4,800 USD $ 80
Miscellaneous/Unforeseen 6,000 USD$100
INR 3,64,800 =TOTAL in USD $ 6080
( Budget for one year)

Expected Impact/Results:
Literacy rate among girl children is improved from the existing 10% to 60% during the implementation of the project.
Two Women SHGs are emerged in each Tribal Community/habitation towards inculcating habit of savings.
Women Leadership developed and their capacities are enhanced. Created Livelihood opportunities locally. The SHGs are linked to Women Federations at Mandal/Area Level promoted by Govt. and for Financial Supports from Banks, and Govt. Poverty Reduction Project. Girl Children shall be linked to Regular School Education System with Hostel Facilities.

Projects/Programmes undertaken:

Social Education, Community Organization.
Awareness generation,
Cyclone relief programme.
Housing programme for 447 families of Nomadic Yanadi tribal and Dalith communities affected by Tsunami, Ogni cyclone/flood relief in AP.,
Child Care and education,
Women & Youth empowerment through Vocational Skill Development Programmes. Water, Sanitation and Environmental awareness programmes & Tree Plantation.
Health Education/Preventive measures on HIV- AIDS.
Community based disaster preparedness Programmes.
Human Rights Education Promotion for Dalith and Tribal Empowerment,
Strengthening of Community Governance through awareness generation, leadership development & advocacy measures.

Contact Details:
Mrs.M.Mary Jones,
Chief Functionary/Secretary,
Kanthi Samstha,
Admn Office:
HIG.299, Housing Board Colony,
VIJAYAWADA-520012, Krishna District.
Andhra Pradesh, India.
Mobile:919440136570 & 919949838482


Bhavanipuram, Housing Board Colony

M. Jones

New message
Visit our website