Indira Social Welfare Organisation

What We Do???

Key themes of our action:

Gender Justice:

“Eradication of gender discrimination and to create an environment that supports violence free life for Women” is the motto of ISWO. We have been Dealing  the cases of women atrocity and on VAW issues for more than  35  years with continues effort through our  Human Rights activities. During these years ISWO has strengthen its network within law enforcement system and district administrative of Dhenkanal through several workshops, training awareness programme and rallies etc. In an organised office premise We are  able to create a space in District police Office of Dhenkanal as Surakhya Mahila Prakostha(Women Support Center) since  August 2007. Till date more than 3000 cases have been registered and intervened in cell concerning domestic violence, deprivation, dowry torture, rape, harassment at workplace, atrocity cases etc

Working With Laws:

As far Law concerned since inception ISWO has been closely associates Laws, Legal awareness, and legal action etc. And also it has been made pressure on district judiciary and administrative for implementation of laws whether it may regards to violation of women and child rights, cases of atrocity, harassment and of course human rights.Awareness and sensitization campaign/Programs on anti-liquor,Female Foeticide,witch craft,Violence against women,POCSO,Dowry eradication etc.

Human Rights

Our aim is Promotion & protection of human rights in general & women rights & child rights in particular.We work to reduce violence against women& to promote social,political & economical entailments of women for a gender just society.


Child Welfare

Supporting Children’s cause has always remained an integral part of our organization since children are honorable by nature and by civilizations and societies. With our limited resources we have been running a child care institution (CCI) called Biswakuntal Children’s Home at Mahulpada of Dhenkanal. It is registered under J.J. Act by district administration and monitored regularly by CWC and DCPU of Dhenkanal district. Recently it is a home to 50 children(both boys & girls) who are orphan, destitute, children of prisoners, Neglected children,child of incapacitated family or child labour and Beggar. Apart from free lodging and boarding the children are extended total health and recreational care along with school and home teaching. Vocational training is given to them to empower them for their future livelihood. Now 15 dedicated staffs are engaged for the construction of these children’s future.


Education is a process of character building, strengthening mind and expansion of intellect. The organization have taken several steps to meet the educational needs of children mostly dropouts, laborers ,deprived children & for  the CNCP child. The objective of the programmes is to make school going of under privileged children of most backward and tribal


ISWO has started promotion of SRI (System of rice intensification) & BGREI(Bringing Green Revolution in Eastern India)in 2006 without any external funding support for demonstrating the practice. However, with the support from SDTT, the organisation has worked in various  villages to reach to more no of small and marginal farmers for ensuring their food security. The project has been successful as the farmers are innovative and receptive to SRI and organic farming. Along with it we have been also giving training programs  to the farmers and women about different types of farming i.e Raagi & Millet Farming,Mushroom Cultivation,Kitchen Garden,Haldi Processing,Fishery,Ground Nut Cultivation,Goat Farming etc

Empowerment through Income generative activities:

We have been promoting various women SHGs as well as individuals by giving training and mainstreaming them in the field of tailoring,Agarbatti making ,Dokra Crft,Candle making,Puffed rice making,Bamboo craft,leaf cup plate making,vermi compost making,hand wash & detergent making,phenyl making,cotton doll making,

Health & Sanitation:-

We’ve been organizing Sensitization programs on health and sanitation to the community groups through training, meeting and providing health kits, special health camp on mother & child health, Immediate health related support for survivors of VAW & DVAW.

ISWO has been also organizing Health camps in different panchayats in targeted area. The organisation found  female life expectancy is low due to ignorance of diseases, malnutrition and negligence. Hence every year we organize panchayat level to block level  health camp to avail health and disease related information like safe delivery, reproductive health, some chronic and hazardous diseases in the door steps. ISWO is also organizing Panchayat and block level HIV & AIDS awareness and blood testing camps.

Cultural programme for awareness Generation:

ISWO believes in cultural programme as one or the powerful weapon to feed inputs in the minds of the people especially in making people aware about their own  situation created by social norms and values and take proper decision. ISWO has cultural team named “Ekata Vahini” .Through performances it provides platforms of dissemination of solution against social prejudice especially against women. The performances of the troupe of various themes has been acclaimed at Nation and International level. It performs plays on different sensitive issues like domestic violence, dowry torture, HIV & AIDS , T.B, sexual harassment at work place, Environmental exploitation, anti-liquor, Female Foeticide, witch craft, Violence against women, POCSO, Dowry eradication, child labour, child marriage, malaria eradication & various health and sanitation related awareness programs.

Some Awards & Citation received by ISWO

  1. Best Volunteer Award – Total Literacy Campaign (TLC) in 1995
  2. Best Entrepreneur for Handicraft – OASME Award in 1997
  3. Best Volunteer Work- Outstanding Youth Club Award-Neheru Yuva Kendra, Dhenkanal in 1998
  4. Brave Women Award- NAWO , Bhubaneswar in 2000(Anti liquor movement)
  5. National Youth Award- Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, New Delhi in 2001
  6. National Development & Social Service Award- District Collector, Dhenkanl2001
  7. Jay Prakash Narayan Summon Award- Jayaprakas narayan , Cuttack in 2001
  8. Best Social Worker Award -Sawat Sasan Divas, Dhenkanal Municipality in 2004
  9. Best Performance Award- Neheru Yuva Kendra, Gwailor in 2004
  10. Best Performance Award – District Collector, Dhenkanal Mahasatvao in2005
  11. Jury Award to Global Theater Award International Culture Centre Research, Bombay 2006.
  12. Best Discipline Award- District Collector, Dhenkanal Mahastavao in 2007
  13. Mission Shakti Award- Women & Child department in 2008
  14. Best Social Worker Award- Mannasumi , Jagatsinghpur in 2008
  15. Best management Award -District Collector, Dhenkanal in 2008
  16. Award for Defenders of Child Dignity- Clap, Cuttack

     17.Best Production Award 2009,District Collector, Dhenkanal

     18.Best Discipline Award2010, District Collector, Dhenkanal

     19.Best Community Leader Award-2012,NFI,Delhi

     20.Best Management Award-2014, District Collector, Dhenkanal

     21.Best Women entrepreneur Award-2015,Dhenkanal

    22.Certificates of appreciation  for best performance(Women Support Center) by District Police                 2008-2021

    23.Best Volunteer Organization Award-2016-17,Dhenkanal

    24.Certification of appreciation  for Covid Warriors 2020-21

    25.Award for Outstanding Contribution & service to women & Children 2022,Rotary Club.