SAVE THE DATE: Monday, August 17, 3:30pm

“Solidarity for Building a Life-Enhancing Society”

An international community organizing skill share and solidarity visit with William Stanley of WIDA in Koraput, India

At the Solidarity Center, 20 Ivers St., Brewer. Sponsored by ​Food AND Medicine, Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine and Power In Community Alliances (PICA)

Space is limited! RSVP to Shawn Yardley at or 989-5860 to reserve your spot.

On August 17 at 3:30, Food AND Medicine (FAM), in partnership with Power In Community Alliances (PICA) and the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, is pleased to welcome William Stanley, Director of IRDWSI Integrated Rural Development of Weaker Section in India(WIDA) for a workshop at the FAM office at 20 Ivers Street in Brewer.

Mr Stanley has been described by one international solidarity worker as “the best community organizer [she has] ever met.” You won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet in solidarity and learn from this fellow organizer who has done amazing work across the globe. Contact to reserve your spot now!

According to the WIDA website, Mr Stanley serves as the Director of The integrated Rural Development of Weaker section in India (IRDWSI) called WIDA or the Koraput Project started 20 years ago in Koraput District, the interiors of ORISSA state. Koraput District in ORISSA is the largest District with a population of 1Million, of which 80% belong to Tribals, Dalits and backward Communities. the area is spread over 26000 sq. Km. bordering Andhra Pradesh and the North Western Districts of Orissa. The area around Koraput was once covered with rich forests and water resources but today because of mal-development planning these life sustaining resources are fastly depleting, and the very existence of the people who live closest to nature are threatened.

The basic work of the organization is “to help people to help themselves”. However the work is based on people’s involvement in their own development through participation, decision making planning, Implementation, Monitoring, evaluating, Manage, and own the entire process of development WIDA has focuses on the enabling people to identify their own capacities, unfold their potentials for an appropriate intervention of action, based on local knowledge, wisdom and skills.

The aim of WIDA is to accompany the poor on a long term basis to facilitate the programme of capacity building, community organization, empowerment and sustainable development through a systematically designed process of human potential development, Community health, eco-development and non agricultural activities towards establishing leadership of the individuals and a community as a whole – empowerment of communities through people’s leadership.

Food AND Medicine and our co-sponsors PICA and the Peace & Justice Center encourage all our members to join us as we sit with Director Stanley to share our best practices, successes and challenges in building a life-enhancing society worldwide.


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