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Glorious 16  years Journey of APOWA:

 

1999

The seeds of our organization were sow in 20th April, 1999 in  a remote village of Odisha state, India. First, we have started working for protection of environment and animal welfare. We have started a rescue home for animals..  Since then we have running this service for all animals in distress.

 

Then in October, 1999, we face the shocking and unprecedented Super Cyclone that hit coastal Odisha and caused a massive loss of lives, livelihood and property. We shouldered the great task of rescue, rehabilitation process in the cyclone affected areas.

 

2000

Succession of rehabilitation programme in cyclone affected areas of Kendrapara district.

 

Started Olive Ridley Sea turtle protection programme and ensuring proper and consistently make great efforts to conserve and protect these endangered species along the Odisha coast.

 

2001

Started formation of Kindness Clubs in secondary schools, through it we are encouraging children towards kindness & compassion to all living beings.

 

2002

Alarmingly, natural disasters are on a rising trend as a result of rapid environmental degradation and stress in habitats in coastal Odisha, our focus expanded again in to the field of coastal natural resources conservation, and community based disaster risk reduction and sustainable livelihood promotion programmes in coastal villages.

 

2003

Involvement in National Environment Awareness Campaign sponsored by Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt of India on themes of various environmental issu

 

2004

Our approach is to focus on the reduction of mangrove threats and started mangrove conservation and small scale restoration projects in coastal villages.   

 

2005

Natural disasters like flood, cyclone, Tornado have become serious problems to coastal Odisha. As a result, the measure to tackle and reduce disaster risks has moved up to the top of the agenda of APOWA.   

 

2006

We are strengthening sustainable management of mangroves resources through community based conservation strategies. Our experience in facilitating the community involvement in conservation and restoration of mangroves and creating alternative sustainable livelihoods for reducing pressure on mangroves has brought reasonable level of success.

 

2007

Initiated, the Community Disaster Resilience Fund (CDRF) is a programme that has demonstrated the effectiveness of channelizing resources directly to communities to address their own resilience building priorities through community and primarily women-led initiatives. APOWA has been operating CDRF project in multi hazards prone villages of Kendrapara district along with other organizations.  

 

2008

It was a remarkable year for APOWA, as it has awarded with the prestigious ‘12th  Mahaveer Award’  from Bhagwan Mahaveer Foundation, Chennai for excellence in the sphere of Non Violence and Vegetarianism presented by the hon’ble President of India , Her Excellency Smt Pratibha Devisingh Patil at Rashtrapathi Bhavan, New Delhi on 19th  May 2008.

 

 

2009

Started promotion of Naturopathy promotion programme.

 

It has conferred the “Prakuti Mitra Award 2009” by Forest and Environment Department, Govt of Orissa for outstanding work for protection of environment & conservation of natural resources in the state of Odisha. The hon’ble Chief Minister of Orissa, Shree Naveen Patnaik presented this award on the occasion of World Environment day, 5th June 2009 at Bhubaneswar.

 

In the same year, it has awarded with “Niramaya Sannman” towards contribution for its noble services for the conservation of nature, development and propagation of Naturopathy in the state of Odisha by International Naturopathy Organization.

 

2010

In the effort to continue the expansion of meaningful animal rescue and rehabilitation works, APOWA has been started a comprehensive project on “Provision of Shelter Houses for looking after the animals” in distress” with the support of Animal Welfare Board of India, Chennai. Aimed at rescuing, caring and rehabilitating for the population of abandoned and mistreated animals. The above project is a long-term purpose of APOWA is to make animal welfare sustainable.

 

2011

We have made a great achievement this year, we succeed and our battle of 10 years came to end when hundred years old tradition of animal sacrifices in temple stop due to our sustain campaign and intervention in three places in Kendrapara district.  

 

The worst flood in 2011 anyone can remember, that devastated two-thirds of geography of Odisha state. Our disaster rescue team was constantly on the go for two months from the first day of the flood devastation in September, 2011. Our teams not only rescued and cared for thousands of animals, but played a crucial role in helped local communities recover from the devastation.


2012

Launching of “Kindness Kids” programme in Odisha, which is the brain child of Mr. Philip Wollen, the founder of ‘Winsome Constance Kindness Trust’, Australia. Kindness is the symbol of unity and humanity. Our mission is to foster kindness & respect for all living beings & protection of environment by involving children & teachers. This is an activity- oriented programme and it has proved successful in changing the attitude of the student community on positive lines.

 

Humane Society International (HSI), USA has selected APOWA as a local partner organisation on community based sea turtle conservation activities in Odisha.

 

2013

Agriculture is the back bone of rural community & substance of life of the common people. But, the use of chemical inputs on a large scale has a variety of negative effects. Chemical fertilizers are destroying the soil structure with evidence of declining productivity, increasing health risks, loss of biodiversity, reducing food security and overall environmental damage. Changing the practices of farmers to achieve organic and sustainable agricultural development is prime challenging initiatives that APOWA take up with the support of Centre for World Solidarity (CWS) and TRIPTI, Govt of Odisha.

 

2014

Launching of Kindness Kids vehicle with the support of Mr. Philip Wollen.

 

Cyclone Phailin, the strongest storm hit the state in 2013 . We were one of the fewer organizations on the ground in the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin. We have conducted relief and rescue work in affected villages of Ganjam and Kendrapara district of Odisha state. We helped animals in desperate need, and the poor families who rely on them.

 

APOWA joined with “Partners for Resilience”, a pioneer project aimed at reducing the impact of natural hazards on the lives and livelihoods of local communities through ecosystem restoration, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. In Odisha particularly in Mahanadi delta area, APOWA has been working in active guidance and closely with Wetlands International, South Asia and Net Coast, Odisha. This project has been implementing in a time when, Odisha has been reeling under contrasting extreme weather conditions. In the same time, PfR project is strengthening and helping vulnerable communities become more resilient to the impacts of natural disasters and a changing climate.

 

2015

Today, APOWA is not only the state’s pioneer organisation in the field of conservation, it has also grown into a network of community volunteers and community based organisations, it has taken on diverse activities in the field of nature protection – ranging from animal welfare, to field projects in biodiversity, community managed disaster risk reduction (CMDRR) and even areas such as promotion of organic and sustainable agriculture.

 

 

 

 

Our works & achievements

Awards & recognitions

Receiving 12th Bhagwan Mahaveer Award 2008 from Hon'ble President of India.

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Our Team

Our core team members and advisors .                    

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Our work

APOWA is continuosly works towards animal welfare, mangrove conservation etc..

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