SKDRDP is a NGO promoted by Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Shri Manjunatha Swamy temple at Dharmasthala. SKDRDP is active in the state of Karnataka. It is providing financial inclusion, women and farmer empowerment services to five million families in the state. Having a large network among the sections of the people below poverty line SKDRDP has to face various emergency situations to help its stakeholders. Ranging from minor accidents to natural disasters which affects the stakeholders of SKDRDP, gets referred to the workers of SKDRDP. Karnataka state has been witnessing rainy season disasters since 2017. Unnatural floods, landslides, are becoming more and more common. Endowed with almost 250 kilometers of Western Ghats, the state is witnessing peculiar landslides in the adjoining areas of Western Ghats, which is badly affecting the vegetation and habitat in these areas. To provide emergency support to the affected areas and the population, SKDRDP decided to promote a volunteer team in each of the identified talukas in the state of Karnataka.
The Government of Karnataka has identified 55 sensitive talukas prone for natural disasters. SKDRDP is creating a team of 200 interested young adults called as “Shourya”, who will form the Shourya disaster relief team, in each taluka.
The ‘Shourya disaster relief team’ is a voluntary effort, inviting people belonging to mostly the Below Poverty Line category. Commitment and interest for doing voluntary service with special reference to disaster relief is considered as the basic qualification for selecting the volunteer. They must be able bodied, ready to do physical labour and interest in giving rapid response.
Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project, popularly known as SKDRDP, is a charitable trust promoted by Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade. SKDRDP concentrates on the empowerment of people by organizing Self-help Groups (SHGs) on the lines of Joint Liability Groups (JLGs) and provides infrastructure and finance through micro credit for the rural people.
The Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project encompasses all aspects of enriching the rural life. It is currently expanding its developmental activities to all the districts of Karnataka. SKDRDP is active with its Community Development Programs throughout the state. The core strengths of the organization are the blessings of its promoters, dedicated band of workers, good will of the stakeholders and above all a comprehensive program to better the living environment of the chosen areas.