We want to work with university students … to develop our staff capacity to promote sustainable development in rural areas of Balasore, and … to learn more about the dedication, commitment and helping attitude of the young students in USA.
– Rajendra Kumar Rana, Founder of ARM
GlobeMed at University of South Carolina is partnered with Alternative for Rural Movement.
In existence for more than 30 years, Alternative for Rural Movement (ARM) is a community-based organization in Orissa, India that employs a comprehensive approach to improving the lives of villagers in rural Orissa. While its work is far reaching, ARM’s major goals can be summarized into four main areas of impact: women, children, farmers, and the community.
ARM aims to empower women by developing reproductive and maternal health programs as well as providing legal aid and micro-entrepreneurship opportunities. Advocacy of education, health, and legal aid for children through primary school programs and workshops aims to build and further enhance future generations. Innovations in agricultural techniques along with training and support in business enable farmers to bring in increased income. ARM also supports the community at large by maintaining the Primary Health Center and providing basic sanitation. Overall, ARM works to solve problems ranging from chronic cholera and immunization to preventing the trafficking of young girls. It has received recognition and international support for its extensive and successful work within the community.