Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK) was created by Avdhash Kaushal, who has made his mark as an institutional builder and a man of the masses, to achieve the Vision of creating a just and sustainable society and accomplishing a mission to empower indigenous groups, marginalized populations, women and children to claim their right and entitlements under the constitution of India.
RLEK works in the rural parts of India, the states where RLEK concentrates its activities are Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Odisha.
Though in Uttarakhand, RLEK works in all the thirteen districts of the state, however, the volunteer would be involved in two development blocks of Dehradun district namely Sahaspur Block and Chakrata block. Sahaspur block is semi-urban while Chakrata block is totally rural and the majority of the people in Chakrata being hill people and Schedule tribes, the culture, habitat, customs, practices, usage and cultural mores are markedly different from the rest of district, particularly the plains of Dehradun tehsil.
The villages in Chakrata and Jaunpur (Block of Tehri District) are small and generally contains population less than 1500. The area is under the influence of bonded labour culture.
RLEKâ€™s activities are funded by the funding partners in the project. Generally, the funding agencies are various Ministries in Government of India such as Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Department of Justice etc other funding agencies are United Nations and Development Programme (UNDP), Canadian Fund For Local Initiatives, Australian High Commission etc to name a few.
RLEK has Employees -17 and Volunteers â€“ 60. RLEK has more than 40 interns coming each month from various universities from India and abroad. These interns are working equivalent to 10 full time employees. There are 10 members on the Board of Trustees.
Since RLEKâ€™s creation in February 1989, the organization has successfully completed more than 100 big and small projects, likeâ€¦. trainings of trainers and develop need based training manuals and modules for various institutions, created and trained many Para-legal workers and lawyers; generated community awareness and village mobilization, formed Self Help Groups and women federations, gender capacity building of women and other marginalized groups including SC/ST for social, legal, economic and political empowerment, capacity building of NGOs/CBOs from India as well as other SAARC countries, need assessment, action research, preparation of training and IEC material, human rights, legal literacy, gender equity, advocacy & lobbying (for people centred policies & laws), sustainable livelihood, formal and non-formal children education, adult education, health awareness, holding workshops to bring about affirmative change and policy directions, legal literacy and empowerment, strengthening institutions of local-self governance, documentation, monitoring & evaluation, data collection & situation analysis, compilation and developing compendium etc.
RLEK is currently involved in legal empowerment of women and the community. It has also undertaken political empower of Elected Women Functionaries in Local Self Governance. RLEK is also running 15 Primary Schools for the children of marginalized and tribal communities. It is also empowering Muslim women with income generation activities in the state of Haryana.
RLEK support 12500 approx. people directly via their activities at a time. These people are the marginalized communities living below the poverty line, the SHG women, Elected Women Functionaries, nomadic tribe and the children coming to RLEK Primary school are run across Dehradun, Tehri and Uttar Kashi districts of Uttarakhand and Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.