MANAVLOK believes that collective local leadership plays an essential role in mobilizing the local resources and making the best use of them. The utilization of local human resources must take priority over the hiring of outside assistance. MANAVLOK does not entertain the welfare approach of giving aid. It believes in providing the means for development rather than dolling out money to the poor. Funds are thus directed at start- up projects, with the expectation that beneficiaries contribute an equal investment in the form of time and energy. MANAVLOK acknowledges that the health of the people is ultimately dependent on the health of their environment. As such the land must be protected from modern petrochemicals and devastation. Since ignorance and poverty are enemies of the environment, awareness programs and development schemes are seriously promoted.