Who We Are
Centre for Alternative Dalit Media (CADAM) was set up in 1990 for social, educational and cultural empowerment of the socially and economically weaker sections. This was registered as a non-profit organisation under the Society Registration Act, 1860 in 1995.
Our approach is to educate, help, support and empower people to help themselves and their communities. Foundation of our belief lies in ancient Indian traditions that teach us helping people to help themselves. For us it is equally important that people have faith, belief and inculcate values of helping each towards a life of dignity. Our all programs are designed on these premises and hence are very effective and sustainable.
We work at grass root level with disadvantaged communities and people with passion, purpose and devotion. We build capacities and skills of the people, help them to develop constructive interventions and implement these with them successfully. Over last 25 years, we have implemented local, regional and national projects successfully. Currently we work at the grass-root in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal.
We primarily work with Youth, Women and Children; Aged, Physically Challenged and Destitute; and Socially and Economically Vulnerable People. We have implemented projects on Education and Empowerment; Health and Nutrition; Water and Sanitation; Skill Training and Capacity Building; Entrepreneurship; Livelihood and Income-generation; Art, Literature and Culture; and Relief and Rehabilitation.
Centre for Alternative Dalit Media (CADAM) works towards building an Enlightened India upholding and fostering Equality, Justice, Self-respect, Brotherhood, Inter-dependence and Sustainable future. CADAM believes in promoting peace, love and mutual admiration among the different religions, sects and communities. CADAM believes in access and extension of equal rights and services without any discrimination or favour and have faith in human rights of all and there is no place for exploitation or oppression.
The mission of Centre for Alternative Dalit Media is to develop, offer and promote constructive solutions to help, support and empower the socially and economically weaker sections in India. Constructive solutions not only help the victims of past-prejudices, but also allow others to engage with them in the most meaningful way to re-structure the existing social-economic-cultural process in line with the aspirations and dreams of the disadvantaged victims.
CADAM’s work and initiatives have been recognised by none other than the United Nations. In the International Year of Volunteer, UN Volunteers made a film on CADAM’s then President, Late Ms Rajni Tilak, a renowned Author and Women Leader in Contemporary India.
In 2008-09 the founding president of Centre for Alternative Dalit Media (CADAM) was invited by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to address the High-Level Event on MDGs in UN General Assembly. Care Deutschland and Luxemburg awarded him Care Millennium Awards in 2011 for his exemplary work on Millennium Development Goals in India.