About Us

Name of the Organization: Karra Society for Rural Action(KSRA)
Postal Address: Ahmad Complex (First Floor), NO.8, Dr. Fatehullah Road, Ranchi – 834001 Jharkhand, India
Contact No.: SM Shafin Ali, President (KSRA), Mobile No. +91-8292321267 / +91-9334703371
Sushmita Ghatuary, Member(KSRA), Mobile No. +91-7903707800
Md Sadique Jahan (Program Manager), Mobile No. +91-7488319001
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.karrasociety.org
Registration Details:Under the Societies Registration Act 1860, No: 284-85/86, October 11, 1985, PATNA (UNDIVIDED BIHAR)

NEWREG.NO: 378/2007-0818THJUNE2007,RANCHI(Jharkhand)
12A No: VIII-3/88-89/3631-33
TAN No: RCHK00070A
DARPAN UID: JH/2016/0114281
ISO Certificate No: GACB2573
Current Area of Operation:1. KhuntiDistrict

2. Ranchi District
Current Donor Current Project:UNICEF-Jharkhand
Samvaad Project (Community Mobilisation Intervention to reduce covid vaccine hesitancy, clarify doubts and improve Covid immunisation coverage along with promotion of Covid Appropriate Behaviours in Ranchi)

Organization Description

Karra Society for Rural Action (KSRA) was established in the year 1985 with a noble aim of uplifting socially downtrodden communities belonging to both rural and urban areas including the Tribal, particularly in Karra Block of Khunti District and generally, in whole of the Jharkhand State.

KSRA mission is to help building up self-sustaining and self-reliant communities belonging to both rural and urban areas with major thrust on the development of tribal in the region of Jharkhand through initiatives as an integral part of development spectrum with focus on empowerment of deprived and poor. KSRA objectives as envisaged are:

  • Economic enhancement of the most vulnerable and socially backward rural/urban poor communities and social self-reliance through various integrated development initiatives;
  • Providing opportunities to the communities to build up small groups and enhance their capacity in order to make them responsive to their problems and needs;
  • Providing opportunities to the migrant labors to linkage with various Govt schemes like MGNREGA and Agriculture;
  • Providing training on various issues to the rural as well as urban communities at various levels of understanding and education through Participative methods;
  • Participating in all government sponsored projects, which are addressed to the poorest in the rural as well as urban communities and thus seeking effective linkages with all agencies, financial institutions and training and development agencies within the country and abroad;
  • To identify poor rural women, adolescent girl and unemployed youth and motivate through different training for enterprise development, through self-help groups and other CBOs; and
  • To promote micro enterprises through vocational training on various viable businesses/trades among Poorwomen,Adolescent Girls and Unemployed Youth In rural areas through their skill development in productionand marketing.

KSRA works on the issues of Women Empowerment, Livelihood promotion, Natural Resource Mobilization, Social Mobilization, Watershed Management, Mother and Child Health, Skill Development among youths. Its major partners over past decade has been UNDP, UNICEF, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiative (APPI), World Bank, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India (GOI), Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society (JSLPS), Government of Jharkhand (GoJ),Jharkhand Tribal Development Society (JTDS) GoJ, IGSSS, Child In Need (CINI) and Mennonite Central Committee Kolkata. With the support of these agencies,KSRA has worked aggressively for several year on building capacity of tribal women through their SHGs, Cluster Associations on issues such as agriculture development through Varietal seed and SRI techniques, cooperative development on vegetable and paddy seed, Natural Resources Management such as building and owning check dams, wells, ponds, Plantation in the community land, Water shed programs, Mother and Child health, Basic health and hygiene behavior and forestation in almost 1000 acres of community land since the 1986 particularly in Khunti, WS and Ranchi district of Jharkhand state.


KSRA has over 35 years of experience in the field of rural development on various thematic areas such as Natural Resource Management, livelihoods, enterprise promotion, financial inclusion and health which have direct correlation with the issue of migration. Interventions like natural Resource management to combat the issue of climate change and unpredictable agriculture, promotion of climate smart agriculture technologies, orchard development through MGNREGA were designed and implemented by the consortium partners. These interventions contributed to reduction in migration level among the households as impact of these interventions.More ever, youth were trained and provided with the opportunity to support their own community through building a team of para-professionals as krishi sakhi, etc. KSRA has worked in development and livelihood promotion focusing on issue of migration ii) establishing linkages and implementation of MNREGA iii) awareness and access to Government schemes and programs iv) working with PRIs and frontline workers v) training and capacity building vi) provision of basic services vii) CBO promotion and viii) building awareness on COVID 19 covering the vulnerable groups such as tribal community, migrant workers and women.

  1. Experience on Creating Awareness on COVID-19.KSRA with its limited resources has responded immediately to combating the COVID-19 pandemic situation. KSRA has distributed more than 6000 Kit which comprises of dry ration and other essential items. KSRA had covered about 114700 community members of Ranchi urban & Kanke block and 45000 community members of Karra & Khunti blocks. Additionally, KSRA had engaged more than 1200 community leaders and influencers to mobilize communities and convince people to follow CAB. In addition to this, intensive-care intervention and other health, Nutrition and WASH behaviours behavioural assistance, along with RCCE had been provided and the same is still being continued. This intervention helped to in providing comprehensive information to targeted families. This resulted in 32000 people got vaccinated in KSRA’s intervention area in Ranchi and 4700 people got vaccinated in Karra block of Khunti District. Apart from this, 20000 sanitizers and 30000 masks for adult and 1500 masks for children, which we had distributed were provided to us thankfully from “Reliance Foundation” in collaboration with UNCIEF.
  2. With support of APPI, KSRA had initiated emergency relief work in the ten Gram Panchayats of Karra Block and reached out to 750 households in first wave of pandemic and 700 household in second wave by providing dry ration and Hygiene kit. Also, KSRA has supported the block administration by providing dry ration and other essential items for quarantine centersof Karra Block. KSRA has made more than 17000 people aware about COVID -19 preventive measures, proper hand washing practice, Human body distancing and its importance across the intervention in Karra Block.
  3. With support of UNICEF, KSRA volunteers have reached out to 114700 community members through house to house visit in of Ranchi urban slums. Contents are advice on Covid-19 symptoms, prevention measures, care, cooperation with health workers, to improve health and hygiene behaviour, to follow government orders and norms of lock down and other useful information including links to the Government helpline phone numbers and health services. The program of UNICEF/KSRA has helped in spreading awareness and Community mobilization and mostly people have become aware and following the instructions of preventive measures. Also, KSRA facilitated to linkage with Health and sanitization services to reach the community members resulting in improvement of facilities and awareness among the community Sanitization service has been improved.
  4. Linkages and Implementation of MNREGA:KSRA has intervened in a positive manner to ensure quality of schemes through its training programs, community mobilization and participation activity. Under the flagship program of CFT in MNREGA, KSRA could develop NRM based village development plan for 75 villages under YBA. Around 8,700 families were directly benefited. KSRA also supported 12,815 SC/ST families for getting job card and ensured at least 75 labor days per year per job holder.It also worked towards ensuring the quality implementation of schemes and proper utilization of assets created under MNREGA. 20,966 workers could open their personal Bank Accounts with the support of KSRA. Total93 families could successfully establish mango orchard in 79 acres of land with intercropping under the plantation area. Water harvesting structures were also developed to support the agriculture and plantation activities. It provided technical support to the community around agriculture and livestock. KSRA also provided training and exposure to PRI representative, SHG, GRS and women mate due to which their participation and ownership was enhanced to a great extent. Participation of women in Gramsabhas and planning meeting, NRM Based Labor Budget preparation, setting up Implementation priority, etc. was also increased.The idea of “Rojgardiwas” was conceived in every panchayat for the smooth implementation of MNREGA project during: Oct 2014 to May 2019 by KSRA.
  5. Since closer of CFT Project KSRA’s social mobilizers and volunteers are engaged voluntary with community members to orient them on various schemes under MGNREGA and providing handholding support to plantation beneficiaries of 9 selected panchayat of Karra block.
  6. Experience on Ensuring Basic Health Services: KSRA had implemented a health project with the support of UNICEF and District health department of Ranchi and Khunti district under NRHM in order to reduce the MMR and IMR with special emphasis on birth preparedness and complication readiness in the pre- natal, intra-natal and post-natal period. The prime objective was provision of effective referral services within the appropriate time frame. The project aimed to ensure active participation of each stakeholder viz. pregnant woman, family members, and community and health workers in birth preparedness and complication readiness leading towards a safe motherhood. With similar objectives seven call centres are operational in Ranchi and Khunti District which has been linked with Mamta Wahan Scheme of NRHM.
  7. KSRA had also taken Participatory Communication Initiative for Improving Access to Public Healthcare Services for Rural Communities in India under the National Rural Health Mission through CINI.This was a pilot project which was started in June 2010. The project activities extend to the entire Karra block covering all the 178 revenue villages. The primary objective of the project was to create a potential demand for the government health care services as laid by the National Rural Health Mission through participatory communication. Aligning with the objectives of the project various awareness generation programs and workshops were conducted with different stakeholders through participatory approaches. Stakeholders from all levels i.e.Village, Panchayat, Block and District was addressed through different forums.
  • Increased awareness of the community members on various government health schemes.
  • Advocacy by the PRI members with the block level health officials for effective health service delivery at community level.
  • Formation and maintenance of the emergency health fund by the CBO’s as a result of increased sensitivity to wards health issues.
  • Revival of many Village Health and Sanitation Committees which were non-functional earlier.
  • Advocacy by the community members for services at village level such as the effective utilization of untied fund, operations of the ICDS centers effective service delivery by the community health workers etc.
  • Increased sensitivity of the block level officials towards local health problems as a result of which participatory communication has been adopted by them in some community level programs.
  1. Experience on Right and Entitlements:KSRA for several years has been working on capacity building of the community on their rights to access available resources around them on livelihood. This includes their rights to access various government schemes such as SGSY, MNREGA, various Governments social welfare schemes (Antoyday, Annapurna, old Age pension, Indira Awas). Natural Resource Management Project supported by UNDP/GOI Ministry of Rural Development during 2005-08 among 300 women SHGs in Karra Block of Khunti District, Farmers Training and Development Project funded by MCC Kolkata, PACS project funded by DFID on Helping People Themselves on issues of Health education and PRI system and Advocacy for Elderly for their entitlement are some of the projects on supporting communities to access their rights and entitlements.
  2. Experience in Livelihood Promotion: KSRA got engaged in Livelihood Promotion through self-help group specially through 150 women Self Help Groups in 45 Villages (100 SHGs) in Namkum Block RanchiDistrict and 25 villages (50 SHGs) in Khutpani Block of West Singhbhum District with the Support of UNDP and IGSSS respectively.
  3. Working with Youth: A very concrete effort on the issue of addressing young school drop outs among poor male female youth was made in the year 2010 with the assistance from FVTRS Bangalore. Four vocational training courses on dress making, bag making, Electrical Appliances Repairing and Mobile Repairing were organized for as many 240 male and female youths school drop outs and poor women in Khunti District of Jharkhand, with 60 to 70% job and self-employment rate among the trainees.
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Program Implementation Strategies:

The strategy of the organization as practiced during the last 35 years of operation is evolving around the empowerment of women both in rural and urban areas through forming local self-help groups and building their capacities through intensive training and sensitization activities. Livelihood promotion and linkage with govt schemes for community members. This is evident, as for KSRA has been implementing major women development projects like Integrated Women development and HIV/AIDS, Family Welfare and women and Child health Project, Women empowerment through micro-enterprise, Women SHG formation and Swa-Shakti women empowerment projects, Slum Development project with emphasis on making women self-depended through micro enterprises. This adds importance to its objective for promoting Gender sensitization and providing women  centered development.

Project Monitoring System (Monitoring Design):

KSRA has established monitoring system that applies to all the program and projects. The methods that are followed are as follows:

Organizational Level

  • Monthly Plan/ Strategy Plan
  • Planning Meeting to implementation of program activities
  • Daily field/Project visits by Field workers
  • Weekly field/Project visit by technical assistant and INRM expert in all villages/cluster of villages
  • Weekly meetings of CEO and Team leader/Coordinator with Supervisors and Community Mobilisers
  • Weekly Field visit by Project Coordinators
  • Monthly Field Staff Meeting/Progress assessment & Inter Project Linkage Meeting
  • Annual Assessment and feed back
  • Annual General Meeting

Account Book Keeping:

KSRA has its Account Department with a full time Accountant and Accounts Officer to oversee day to dayaccounting of the programs/project expenses. All the accounting Procedure is well defined and fully computerized.

Documentation System:

Reports of the various project activities, data collection and narrative reporting is collected every month during the monthly meeting project/program wise at KSRA HQ. All the information is then compiled and put into computer. Documents of each program are either made Weekly, Monthly, quarterly, six monthly or yearly depending upon the need of the sponsor agencies. KSRA then prepare the final document and send the same to the agency concerned.


  1. Head office

Ranchi own Premises 1600 sq. ft. 4 rooms, 1 conference Hall, 4 computers,3 Laptop, 1 generator, 3 Photocopier & printer, overhead projector, motorcycles, furniture and other equipments. (b) Regional Centre

Karra Block, a building in 1200 sq. ft. three rooms, 1 computer, 1 laptop, 1 printer, public address system, slide projector, motorcycles etc.