Background of the organization
Palli Unnayan Samiti (PUS) is the social service society of Baruipur Diocese operating since its inception in the year 1978 is working in the district of south 24 Parganas. In the initial stage relief and charity approach was adopted to rehabilitate the women and children in their accepted respectable social status. Later on the Philosophy and working approach has gradually shifted its stand from charity to sustainable development. The objective of the organization has been to bring about change in people’s attitude and enhance their capacity for meaningful participation in their development. PUS believes through empowerment of the people specially the women folk, it is possible to guide the communities to initiate their own development process, actualize democratic concepts viz human rights, dignity of person and social justice, especially among the poor and the marginalized. The main focus has been to expose the people to a process of changing attitude, acquiring knowledge through trainings and orientation so that they are made aware about their felt needs and their potentiality. The process of empowerment includes encouraging the people specially the women folk to form groups and interlinking them with various support agencies conducting capacity building exercises and guiding them to plunge into different developmental activities.