“A world, in which peace, justice and equality prevails, individuals and communities live in dignity and harmony respecting cultural and natural diversity. A world in which, people participate in their social, cultural, political affairs/life and economic well-being, and to the rights to a life of dignity.”
“Our mission is to empower and enable people especially children, women, the aged and other disadvantaged in society, to participate powerfully in their overall development. Our mission is to create and strengthen peoples’ institutions that sustain, promote and fulfill their development needs and rights to a life of dignity’’
PECUC is committed to abide with the values in fulfillment of our mission - in all our programmes and in the organization. The values that inspire us and guide our actions are:
Peace, Equity, Equality &Justice
Respect and protection of our natural environment.
Participation - the right of people to be consulted with regard to the development of their communities, environment and anything that concerns them.
Unity and integrity
Responsibility & Trust
Rights to a life of dignity
Inclusiveness - Respect for all regardless of caste, creed, social & economic status & age.
Transparency and Accountability
Participation, gender equity, child protection, environmental sustainability, human rights and dignity of all will form the keystones of PECUC’s context in development and will specifically incorporated in all our programmes and interventions.
Background & History
Peoples’ Cultural Centre (PECUC) is a non-government development organization formally registered in 1990, with the purpose to empower the weaker sections of the society, promotion and protection of human rights. Our focus is to work with children, women, the aged, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other socio-economically backward and marginalized communities in the state of Odisha.
PECUC was initiated in late 1980s by a group of social activists, professionals, artists and National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers to help the children of different slums and outlying villages of Bhubaneswar to provide a platform for the children to explore their potential.
Over the last two decades PECUC has diversified its programmes and operations to cover the state of Odisha and India and has made significant contribution to the protection and promotion of human rights and dignity at the state and national level.
PECUC VISION 2020is our strategic plan for the period 2010 to 2019 and has been drawn based on the past experiences, lessons learnt, organizational visions, mission, values, strength, weakness, challenges and opportunities. The plan emphasizes right based sustainable development, a concept that visualizes greater capacities of social systems, structures, institutions and policies to utilize resources for achieving favorable levels of living standards with desirable value systems, better distribution of income, wealth and opportunities and above all ecological balance.
PECUC would continue to focus primarily on child rights and develop a human rights culture where each and every individual can enjoy their right to a life of dignity. Hence PECUC has prioritized to focus on the issues relating to democracy and human rights, women empowerment, health, environment, livelihood, governance, gender justice, active ageing, emergency management and disaster mitigation too during these years.
PECUC is registered under the rules and provisions of the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 ,Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act of 1976 by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi and under Section 12 AA & 80 G (5) (vi) of Income Tax Act 1961.
PECUC is being formed, managed, administered, governed & functioning by its own written constitution approved by its General Body & registered with Registrar of the Societies. General Body is the highest policymaking Body which meets annually to frame the overall policies. General Body has 11 members Board of Management which has been authorized by the general body to aid and advise the workforce functioning under the leadership of Secretary. Board of Management meets on quarterly basis to review the over all functioning of the organization while rendering service to the society at large. Board of Management is the final authority for approval of annual budget and passing of the statutory audit report of the organization. Chairman is the head of the Board& Secretary, the chief functionary acts as executive head responsible for all day to day affairs on behalf of Board of Management.
Networks & Alliances
CAMPAIGN AGAINST CHILDLABOUR [CACL]-: NATIONAL SECRETARIAT AND COORDINATING THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FROM 2003 -2007. Presently National Executive Member and Member of Odisha state Executive Committee
ODISHA ALLIANCE ON CONVENTION ON RIGHTS OF THE CHILD [OACRC]– STATE COORDINATING AGENCY
JANA ADHIKAR ABHIJAN– ODISHA ELECTION WATCH -State Coordinating Agency
ORISSA VOLUNTARY HEALTH ASSOCIATION– Life member and Governing body member
NAWO (National Alliance For Women Organisations) - Life Member
WECAN [Campaign to End Violence Against Women] - State core team member
PECUC to implement its programmes and activities has developed a team of dedicated professionals who have taken the responsibilities of implementing the projects and programmes effectively. The staff and volunteers from diverse academic background and related development experience in areas of child rights, sustainable agriculture and alternative livelihoods, women empowerment ,emergency management ,age care , human rights education, policy advocacy, research and publication.
Awards and Honors
STATE YOUTH AWARD 1994-95, by State Youth Welfare Board Odisha, Dept. of Sports and Youth Services, Govt. of Odisha for outstanding contribution in the field of youth development & involving youths in promoting literacy, plantation and social development activities
PRAKRUTI MITRA AWARD 1993-94, by the Dept. of Forest & Environment, Govt. of Odisha for Environmental protection
Special Memento 1991-92 by India Adult Education Association, New Delhi for outstanding performance of street theatre for promotion of Literacy
NATIONAL YOUTH Festival1995, by the Dept. of Sports & Youth Services, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India for 2nd Best performance Award for presenting a Hindi one Act play on Drug Abuse prevention in the NATIONAL YOUTH FESTIVAL at BHOPAL
Best Community contingency Plan for Disaster Preparedness – 2001
PECUC is working with different Individuals ,Agencies of local ,National and Internal level including Government of India & Government of Odisha ,UN agencies, INGOS, Networks and alliances ,corporate and commercial establishment ,Banks and NBFCs etc.
Board of Management