Socio Economic Development Trust, known as SEDT established on 10th May, 1980 with the dream of providing a home to destitute children called “Dreamland” at Kerwadi. Since then, the organization has had an interesting path. The attempt here is to present the profile of the current work status of the organization in terms of on-ongoing projects, activities and specific programs undertaken. A leading NGO devoted to promotion of voluntary action, advocacy, research and documentation on child labor, child education, women empowerment, natural resources management, and Entrepreneurship development in villages.
SEDT is working in one of the most under-developed regions in India. The region called Marathwada to which Parbhani district belongs, is mainly characterized by low agricultural productivity, population dependent on agriculture and agricultural labor, high level of caste stratifications, feudal social norms and recurrent drought like situation. Women are the most vulnerable of all who suffer high level of inequalities, domestic violence and marginalized social status. With increasing unemployment and constantly prevailing situation of scarcity, there is pressure even on the children, with most having to abandon their education and lend a helping hand to their parents.
The Palam and Gangakhed blocks of Parbhani district, which are SEDT’s primary areas of focus, the situation is slightly better because of the Block’s being in the valley of river Godavari – the Ganga of the East. The main crop pattern consists of, cash crops like Cotton, Banana, Groundnut and food grains such as Jowar and Bajra along with cereals and pulses are prominently grown in the rich & fertile black cotton soil. In spite of these, the small and marginalized farmer continues to struggle the livelihood, and the situation of the landless laborer is still worse.