Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA)
CASA is the humanitarian and development arm of 24 Protestant and Orthodox Churches in India and is also a related agency of the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI).
It has its headquarters at New Delhi with zonal offices at Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. Its primary objective is to alleviate poverty and promote the efforts of marginalised groups of Indian society lives of social justice and self-sufficiency.
The main programmes of CASA fall into three categories: direct programmatic work, partnership programmes with related organisations and emergency and humanitarian assistance. The role of CASA has more recently shifted to that of facilitator of networking, lobbying, advocacy and collective action activities. Social mobilisation are the crux of its developmental action. The present approach is people centered, process oriented and rights based.
Development is not economic growth but equitable distribution, enhancing people's capabilities and widening their choices; it gives top priority to the elimination of poverty, integration of women into the development process, self-reliance and self-determination of people, and protection of the rights of disadvantaged communities, including the dalits.
Latest from Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA)
Oct 29, 2013
A million people have been made homeless by cyclone Phailin.
Oct 14, 2013
14 October 2013 - ACT organisations say that millions of people need humanitarian assistance for basic foodstuffs and rebuilding after cyclone Phailin destroyed homes and livelihoods in eastern India.
Oct 13, 2013
13 October 2012 - Loss of life was minimised by good disaster preparedness but extremely poor communities have lost their homes and livelihoods.
Oct 12, 2013
12 October 2012 - ACT member CASA has trained 2,000 young people in disaster response. Cyclone Phailin makes landfall in east India today.
Jun 21, 2013
Rescuers in India's flooded northern regions are struggling to reach thousands of religious visitors and local communities alike