FST commenced its work as an independent organisation in early 2008 with a series of consultative meetings and visits across all the seven states in the north east India to identify common issues of concern and assess needs of various civil society groups and individuals. Exhaustive reports documenting these discussions have helped to shape FST’s strategies further.
Set up as a regional philanthropic organisation, FST has adopted a twin track of grant making and capacity building to address the needs of the region. FST’s focus is to support action oriented community based programmes within the seven states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Tripura. Between the year 2008 and 2010, FST supported 19 organizational partners and 32 individual fellows.
FST supports projects that:
- focus on flexible and decentralized ways of working
- directly impact on the well being of stakeholders and bring about positive change and rights based attitudes
- build local capacity and ownership for sustainable development
- develop new and innovative approaches
- foster learning for better understanding of regional issues
- advocate for and influence public policies at all levels
- address gender concerns and promote leadership of women and youth
- utilize local art forms and cultural expressions as tools for social transformation;
Look at our pages on organizational grant making, individual fellowship and capacity building to know more.
At present, FST is not giving grants but rather developing our own capacity to establish ourselves as an indigenious philanthropic organisation. We are focussing on mobilizing local resources to restart our grant making from the next year. In the meanwhile, we are also implementing 2 projects directly.
At FST we believe that active involvement of people of the region is important for the development of north east India. The challenges faced by people of this region can be solved only when the people themselve step forward to take collective action for social change. Hence FST has initiated our volunteering and ambassador programs that would give this opportunity to people from the region, living in the region and outside, to constructively contribute towards development of the region through volunteering to mobilize resources for grant making within the region.