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Absence Of Clean Water And Lack Of Toilets (Leading To Open Defecation) Are Two Of The Most Important Problems Affecting The Extremely Poor Segments Of The Rural Population. ERDS Has Constructed 33,500 Toilets And Five Tube-Wells Till  Date In West Bengal, India.


Economic Rural

Development Socity


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The Economic Rural Development Society (ERDS) owes its existence to the unwavering effort and dedication of Sri Madhu Basu. Founded in 1982, ERDS emerged in response to the escalating poverty in both rural and urban areas. Witnessing the growing levels of poverty, Mr. Basu felt a profound need to establish an organization dedicated to alleviating the misery and deprivation of the downtrodden.

ERDS is a non-profit, secular, and non-political organization committed to improving the lives of the impoverished. Its journey began humbly in several locations: Boral (South 24 Parganas), Vikahar and Khanjapur (Dakshin Dinajpur), and Thinagar, Gajole, and Habibpur (Malda).

In its initial years, ERDS concentrated on non-formal and adult education. Over time, the organization expanded its activities to encompass a broad spectrum of initiatives, including:

  • Women and Child Development

  • Protection of Children's Rights to Education

  • Holistic Support to Vulnerable Children

  • Human Rights of Indigenous and Minority Youth with a Focus on Women

  • Protection of Indigenous People's Rights

  • Anti-Trafficking Programs

  • Right to Work and Livelihood Security Programs

  • Women's Rights and Gender Justice

  • Women's Reproductive Rights

  • Rights for Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation

  • Rights of Indigenous People for Holistic Health

  • Livelihood through SHG Promotional Council

  • Skill Development Training

ERDS now reaches nearly 250,000 beneficiaries, reflecting the significant progress made since its inception. The organization remains dedicated to serving the poor and needy, aiming to lead them towards dignified lifestyles. Despite the substantial progress, ERDS acknowledges that there is still much work to be done in its mission to combat poverty and empower the vulnerable.

Our Mission

The mission is to protect human rights, promote democracy, and support human efforts that advance the cause of an egalitarian society.


Our Vision

A society that fosters democracy, safeguards human rights, and empowers every individual, regardless of caste, creed, religion, or gender, ensuring a promising future while being nurtured in the stability and security of the present.

Our Values

1. Democracy and Participation: We believe in the power of democracy and the importance of every individual's voice in shaping a just and equitable society. We encourage active participation and inclusivity in all our initiatives.

2. Human Rights: We are committed to the protection and promotion of human rights for all individuals, ensuring dignity, equality, and justice are upheld in every aspect of our work.

3. Poverty Alleviation: We strive to break the cycle of poverty through sustainable development, providing opportunities for education, employment, and health care to marginalized and vulnerable communities.

4. Education and Empowerment: We value education as a fundamental right and a powerful tool for empowerment. We focus on providing educational opportunities that foster personal and community growth.

5. Gender Justice and Equality: We are dedicated to promoting gender justice and equality, empowering women, particularly those from indigenous and minority communities, to achieve their full potential and participate equally in society.

6. Health and Hygiene: We prioritize health and hygiene initiatives to ensure that every individual has access to basic health services and lives in a clean and healthy environment.

7. Integrity and Accountability: We operate with the highest standards of integrity and accountability, maintaining zero tolerance for corruption and ensuring transparency in all our operations.

8. Inclusivity and Non-Discrimination: We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment where everyone is treated with respect and without discrimination based on caste, creed, religion, or gender.

9. Sustainable Development: We are dedicated to promoting sustainable development practices that balance economic growth, social well-being, and environmental protection for the benefit of current and future generations.


10. Community Engagement: We value the power of community and believe in working collaboratively with local communities to identify needs, develop solutions, and achieve common goals.


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