HVCF is a development non-governmental organization using several different approaches that arise out of our values and ethical principles and are integrated in practice. The first approach is that of the development of the person. Promoting good health or quality education are essential, but equally essential is the conviction that persons and communities can be the subjects of their own development. Through community meetings, discussions, visits, trainings, mentoring, etc., this attitude is given strength as individuals and communities grow in realization of their own strength, potentials, self-awareness and dignity.
A second approach is that of infrastructural development, both material and social. A school classroom with furniture and learning materials, a well with a working handpump, a community health post with necessary medicine and equipment, farm inputs, etc. – all aid development and are given focus where funds are available. However, other social infrastructure is as, or even more important that these for sustainability, and such social infrastructure is the development of communal organisations, cooperatives, groups, committees, etc., that enable development in the community. HVCF works to assist the communities with both types of infrastructure.
The third approach involves the relationship with government and other bodies. Government has the primary responsibility for the development of its citizens. Corporations have social responsibility within the society. Other associations have access to material, social and developmental assets. HVCF assists communities with networking and advocacy skills, enabling them to advocate for their rights.
Good health is one of the most essential values of life. In rural communities, access to quality health care is often lacking. HVCF makes efforts to address health issues facing such communities. We carry out the following:
While health is an essential value, that health is nurtured and promoted by many other activities in communities. The sustainable livelihood section of HVCF makes efforts to address issues that can enhance community resources to enable communities to grow and become more self-sustaining while promoting the values of interdependence within the society.