‘ORGANIZATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF PEOPLE (ODP), is the Diocesan Social Service Society (DSSS) of Mysore intended for integrated human development of the socially and economically disadvantaged, the underprivileged and the marginalized sections of society, without any discrimination of caste, language and creed. Diocese of Mysore established and registered the Organization (ODP) in the year 1984 with a vision of “A society of Love, Peace and Justice”. ODP is working in the 4 districts – Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajanagar and Kodagu covering 20 Taluks, 214 Grama Panchayath and more than 500 villages.
Since its inception ODP’s has rendered its service for the Empowerment of Women & Farmers, Natural Resource Management, Capacity Building, Livelihood Enhancement, Education, Health & Sanitation etc.
From its inception, ODP has been concerned about environment & ecology and has been contributing its mite to protect, enhance and manage natural resources. Program to conserve natural resource was taken up by ODP as early as 1985 -86 the initial approach was a piece-meat manner with no long term impact and minimal involvement of farming families.
ODP approach towards environment protection program became more integrated in 1989 with increased involvement of people in conservation programs. Integrated Watershed Management Program came into begin where the entire gamut of resource in a watershed were considered for sustainable development and self-sufficiency i.e. land, water, soil, trees farming system and man. 1995 Water cell was initiated, 1999 the cell was renamed as Natural Resource Management Cell and in 2005 It was ones again renamed as Rural Livelihood Resource Cell to give broader development perspective.
ODP has taken up Natural Resource Management programs in 27 areas till now covering 190 villages through which we have made more than 20,000 families of small and marginalized farmers aware of environment issues, conservation aspects, and means of better productivity / Income, linkages development and strength in unity through implementing below mentioned Projects and Program.
- 10 area project of Chamrajanagar and Kollegal,
- Watershed Project at 5 areas of Somwarpete supported by NABARD,
- Sustainable Agriculture Project ,
- Water and Sanitation Project ,
- Alternative Renewable Energy and
- Formation of Grama Vikasa Swa-sahaya Sanghagala Maha Okkuta – Farmers federation.
Every Year ODP celebrates World Environment Day in the month of June in an innovative way, to promote awareness on Environment and Ecology in the society. Each program nearly 500 to 2000 women and Men SHG members participate in the program , during the program awareness were promoted on maintenance of clean and hygiene environment, adverse effect destruction of tress and forests, carbon emission, our contribution to conserve environment for future generation etc. Men women Children youths joined the Rally. Eminent people such as Prof. R. Vasudev, Ms. Shaswathi Mishra, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Most Rev. Thomas Anthony Vazapilly, Bishop of Mysuru, Dr. Karikalan, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Mr. Basavaraju, Assistant Forest Officer etc has participated in the program. During the year 2014, more than 10,000 children took part in awareness program in 17 taluks of 4 districts of Mysuru, Mandya, Kodagu and Chamarajanagar. 2,50,000 plants were plants were planted in the year 2010. Awareness are promoted through awareness speech by resource persons, different kind of Jathas – Rally, cycle jatha, Street plays, skits, plantations, Shramadahana, singing awareness songs etc.
This Year ODP does not want to stop with a day program but likes to make a sustainable program called “PLANTREE”. Looking at the below mentioned details one can understand the importance of planting a Tree. So far plantation are made through ODP are 11,38,050 numbers of Forestry Plants and 3,67,041 Numbers horticulture Plants
According to the Arbor Day Foundation, “a mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year.”
Acc to McAliney, Mike, A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs./year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 2 human beings.”
Acc to New York Times, “One acre of trees annually consumes the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent to that produced by driving an average car for 26,000 miles.
That same acre of trees also produces enough oxygen for 18 people to breathe for a year.”
Acc to Northwest Territories Forest Management, “A 100-ft tree, 18″ diameter at its base produces 6,000 pounds of oxygen.”
Acc to Canada’s national environmental agency, “On average, one tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year. Two mature pounds of oxygen each year. Two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four.”
There are more than 4,95,000 vehicles are registered in Mysore which release carbon.
ODP feels that the earth and its resources do not belong to those presently alive rather it was received from earlier generations and is to be passed on to future generations hence ODP has taken initiative in planting avenue flowering plants in the Mysore city in a sustainable manner and to scale up to the entire city with the support of governemtn departments, like minded NGO’s NGO’s etc…. through a Movement called “PlanTree” with support of Forest Department and Companies, corporate, Small and Medium Enterprises, general public. Rane (Madras) Ltd have come forward to support this movement. It has been planned who would like to do return good the Mother of Nature can sponsor a plant which will taken care by ODP for upcoming years, ODP will ensure services through an Interactive Web portal”, through the technical support of “SIPSS Global India Pvt Limited ”, where the sponsors can interact and understand the progress of this movement participate and create awareness and importance about it.
Through this portal one can register to sponsor a plant, witness the progress, open platform to share the ideas, place articles in the blog regarding Natural Resource Management. The plantation will be made in different cycle as per the registration made. To ensure the authenticity of this program of Sustainable avenue plantation we will be sharing the GPS coordinates of the plant, the name of the sponsors will be imprinted on the fencing of that particular tree planted. As well, over the website and an electronic certificate will be provided to acknowledge their good efforts and contribution for encouraging this noble cause to mitigate the climate change and build a clean, green space and best place to live in for us and for future generation .