Women Empowerment and Human Resource Development Center of India (WHI), is an NGO registered under the Travancore-Cochin Scientific Cultural and Charitable Societies Registration Act XII of 1955. The orgaisation has its head office at Trivandrum, and five community development centres spread across three districts.
Community Development Centers
The programmes of the WHI are implemented through the Community Development Centres (CDC) established in five different districts. Each Community Development Centre has 10- 15 villages as its operational area. There are 40-60 neighborhood groups, in each of the villages. The NHGs have an executive committee of seven members, in which, not less than fifty percent, are women. The President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer of the group, jointly operate their shared bank account and it is compulsory that one amongst the joint signatories, is a woman.
Interventions of CDCs
The Community Development Centers provide various routine services to the community like Counseling, Awareness classes, Skill Development Trainings, including Legal assistance, to women who are victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and other kinds of exploitation. Besides, the CDCs implement other special projects, funded by Governmental and Non-Governmental agencies.
In addition to all of the above, the CDCs also provide community linkage and assistance, to researchers and academicians, from Universities in India, and abroad.
List of the CDCs
A Community Development Centre (Trivandrum Rural), at Kulathur, Uchakkada, with a target area of 15 Villages on the Southern most tip of the Kerala State, at the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border.
A Community Development Centre (Trivandrum Urban) at Vanchiyoor, targeting the urban slums and costal belt, in the corporation area.
Community Development Centre Seethathodu: Delivering services to 11 villages in the hilly area that, is home to a tribal population
Community Development centre - Gramamkulam Pothukal Panchayat, functioning in four villages. A special team focusing on the development of tribal hamlets, is functioning in this CDC.
Community Development centre, Bus Stand Building, Nilambur, has 11 villages as its operational area.