Building and legal aid activities have facilitated in promotion of CBOs (women, youth & farmers) and emergence of local leadership and they were able to find solution to their various problems to improve their quality of life.
Gram Sabha has been strengthened in all the target villages and there is an increased participation of all sections of the community, especially women. in Panchayat meetings and taking appropriate decisions to improve their condition, availing various Govt. schemes, increased access and control over their natural resources and protecting forest and land.
Dissemination of information for Gram Sabha members and their capacity building on Panchayat Raj Institution (PRI) , Panchayat Extension to Scheduled Areas (PESA) and various government schemes like NREGS have facilitated in improved living conditions of the community.
EXCEED or Expanding Community Enterprise and Economic Development is the training and advisory program of the Non-Timber Forest Produce- Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP). An EXCEED training is scheduled to take place in Kotagiri from August 1-6, 2016. EXCEED targeted to support the work of NGOs, government agencies and community- based enterprises.
Five cultural teams, consist of local folk artist, were developed for mass awareness creation il all the 46 villages. The team moved from village to village educating the community on different aspects of the MGNREG act. The community met the food and lodging expenses of the cultural teams.
By the efforts of MSS thousands of trees were protected from illegally cutting by the Forest department and other mafias. Various awareness generation programs have created awareness for the need for protecting and safeguarding the forest from destruction and there by ensured protection, conservation and management of forest involving the community.
People started to oppose establishment of big industries, mining that causes deforestation, air and water pollution, destruction of the environment and peopleâ€™s livelihood.