These were the initial years of the Organization’s establishment. Thus the same can be treated as the phase of infancy that was however marked by the fury of youth who had come together with huge motivation and commitment to work towards an equitable society with space for the vulnerable communities. Some of the important initiatives that marked the phase included Organisation’s involvement in movements and campaigns like “Amaku banchibaku dia (a fight against the displacement of lepers’ colony in Bhubaneswar and Khurda)”, “Hataku Kama Andoloan” in Bolgarh block of Nayagada district. Besides this the Organisation also fought for the rights of SC/ STs in tribal districts of the State.
This phase of the Organisation was dominated by charity based vision, wherein the focus of the organization was basically channelizing government and donor agencies aids and grants to the door steps of most marginalized families and support them in every possible way to help them live with dignity.
This phase is critical in the history of the State as it witnessed one of the worst natural disasters. The Organization took on to its moral responsibility to support the people of the State in a situation of crises. Programmes like Adopt-A-Granny, Sanchaya Shakti, livestock management, health promotion etc were promoted. Besides this various rehabilitation programmes were also initiated within the period. The focus was the areas that were highly affected by super cyclone.
Over the years it was realized that supporting only a part of the population makes our intervention limited to a particular section of the society. In order to reach out to the larger society in order to fulfill the organisation’s mandate it was essential to broaden its reach and accordingly modify the intervention strategy. It started direct intervention in difficult areas and it was during this phase that the organization initiated activities like livelihood restoration, irrigation, nursery development, drought mitigation, cluster development etc.
The organization completed 25 years of its existence in the year 2015. As an organization with around two decades of developmental experience standing besides it, People’s Forum was now a steady and growing organization. This phase marked the Organisation’s initiative to promote different institutions and trying to attain self sufficiency. The Organisation declared itself a micro finance institution during this period. Development programmes, rural marketing, agriculture and pisciculture farms, training institution, business development support services, etc though initiated earlier, strengthened during this phase of the Organisation.
Though the focus and strategy of intervention has varied with passing years, yet the fact remained that the Organisation never left its core values, mission and vision. It even to date is striving to work for the betterment of the downtrodden and marginalized individuals and communities. Its initiatives have never been dependent on projects, rather the Organization has tried to sustain its various initiatives by getting funds for feasible sources.