"Success attends where Truth Reigns" - M. K. Gandhi
Here is a question to ponder upon?
Who is killing the forests? The tribal communities have been living for ten of thousands of years over there in the forests. We never heard that the forest areas were destroyed by the tribes for centuries. But in the last 60 years the forest areas have been getting shrunk in a rapid pace. Now we are blaming the tribal communities for the destruction of the forest areas. So we are not permitting them to stay over there in the forest areas, saying them that they are the cause for its destruction. Are they not more knowledgeable and better equipped to protect their own homes than we, who don´t know much about the forest regions? Did we ever think of the irony?
There is a greater need to offer these communities better livelihood options, better housing, better health care and better schooling facilities, for their base - the forest cover areas are shrinking very rapidly. At present they are all ill-equipped to leave their natural environment and to face the outer world.
Who are we?
<<Organisation Name>> was started in the year with the mission of helping the tribal people to overcome their oppression and help improve their life standards by providing them quality health care services, educational, employment opportunities and allied services for the younger generation people. The institution has become the life-line for these marginalised communities. All the activities of the institution are oriented towards the upliftment of the tribal community who are more vulnerable due to their disadvantageous position in the society.
Our vision is to help overcome the deprivation and vulnerability among the tribal people. Their quality of life and their average life span should be increased with par with the other citizens in the country. All the tribal people should lead a happy, peaceful and meaningful life which will positively influence both the tribal communities and the nation at large.
The Story of the <<Organisation Name>>
To effectively relocate the tribal communities in the mainland, they need to be provided with the vocational training like carpentry, masonry, black smithery, stone polishing etc. So the tribal people can be brought into the outer world from the forest areas without much difficulty. These vocational skills will help them earn their livelihood in decent manner. This is very essential to protect their physical, mental and the psychological well-being without being affected by the stress that may be induced due to the alien environment
- To provide the quality housing with all the necessary amenities to the tribal population in the allotted areas. So they can settle over there without much hassle
- To help set up the necessary infra structure like the schools, primary health centre, community wells, street lights, motorable roads etc. This will ensure the improvement of their life standard. To make them feel that they are part of the same society where they were born and brought up from
- To ensure the social security for the downtrodden community by supporting orphans, widows, mentally retarded peoples and the Senior citizens of the tribal population
- To work for the change of attitude of the government machinery, the general population and other stake holders towards the tribal population
"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
When the oppressed joined together and raise their voices in unison then there is no other way other than hear their voices patiently. As the saying goes, Small drops maketh the mighty ocean it is paramount to gather the people under one umbrella. This is what the <<Organisation Name>> does.
<<Organisation Name>> was the result of the dream of a dynamic group. The dynamic group was organized by the 6 army men, of the nearby villages. The army men are the men with commitment and of principles. They wanted to see the positive change in the lives of tribal communities. They had a dream to eradicate the poverty, illiteracy and the condition of depravation. So with the help of the tribal youth group, they set up the organisation.
The institution was started with the primary motive of helping the tribal people for their growth and development in the fields of health, education, economic development and social welfare. It was this vision which manifested into the various programmes. Whenever insurmountable problems seemed to have cropped up, then the innovative and the cost effective solutions which are more suitable to the local conditions are applied.
Now the institution is running the host of programmes like the micro credit bank, help support the government run school with additional teachers and the staff, provide vocational training to the tribal youth and the women folks. Besides it also runs the tailoring units, cottage industries like Jam & Jelly making, Herbal powder making, Pickles making, cooking and non-cooking oil extracting units etc.
The institution has won many prestigious awards including <xyz>, <yzx> and <zyx> awards.
We feel proud that the institution has been instrumental in bringing up the smile on the face of the worried tribal folks. Due to the advocacy campaigns, the government machinery is viewing the conditions of the tribal population with sympathy and kindness. This attitudinal change of the society towards the deprived lot is paramount in our achievements. We are happy that we are able to affect the lives of the downtrodden in a positive manner.
At the background of <<Organisation Name>> there are eminent personalities. Our organisation structure consists of Governing board, Trustees, Staff, Volunteers and well -wishers.
The chairperson <name> who is the head of the institution is a man of commitment. He is a retired Army major. As we mentioned in the ´About Us´ page the army major was the part of the group who was instrumental in bringing about the positive change by setting up the organisation. His vision is to see that all the downtrodden poor tribal people should have access to quality lifestyle, health care along with nutritious food and decent shelter.
- <Name>,, is a retired school teacher. He is a degree holder in commerce. He looks after our accounts. He is a man of wisdom. He deals with the government and the donor agencies.
- <Name>,, is the General Medical Practitioner. He visits the tribal settlements once in a month and does the check-up of the children and the other sick tribal people. He is a specialist in the home remedies. He believes instead of advocating the English medicine which is more alien to them he recommends the practice of the home remedies which are more suitable for them.
- <Name>,, is one of the coordinators in the institution. She is one of the sincere and hard working staff. She helps the tribal children in all their activities. She is of a jovial nature and enthusiastic about her job. The interesting fact is that she was one of the tribal children studying in our school. After her schooling she joined the organisation as the school teacher.
- <Name>,, is our vocational training instructor. He is really a committed person. He has been very punctual in his duties. He never disgruntled about any thing. Sometimes during the emergency situations he used to help without thinking about his own welfare. He used to go previously into the forest for hunting. After the successful completion of his studies and the training, now he is one of the trainers in the youth vocational training programme
- <Name>, is an enthusiastic volunteer who helps the institution in more ways than one. He / She helps in our fund-rising initiatives. He / She regularly visits our operational area and help organise the weekly awareness meetings with the different segments like the, children, women, youth and the senior citizens.
- <Name>, is also one of our energetic volunteers. He / She handles the nutritional needs of the tribal communities. He / she is the degree holder in the nutrition science. They are busy learning from him / her about the nutrition facts and are really happy about his work.
We are proud to say that we are running various programmes to meet the various needs of the tribal communities. These programmes are as follows.
- Building the concrete houses to replace the thatched mud houses to help the tribal poor people to live in quality houses. In the built houses, all the necessary amenities like the attached bathroom and the toilets, running water and the energy efficient lightings are fitted in.
- The houses are built using the partnership formulae. 25% of the money is provided by the institution, 50% of the money is provided by the government and the remaining 25% is provided by the householders in the form of physical labour.
Basic infra structure like the roads, potable water, schools, primary health centers were lacking in the operational area where we work. Due to our consistent follow up work with the government and other private donor agencies, we are able to provide the following structures in the area where we work.
- Water Facilities: <xyz> (number) tube wells and <xyz> (number) open wells were dug for the drinking water and the irrigation facility. <xyz> (number) over head tanks were also constructed to provide the running drinking water through taps to all the households in our operation area
- Road Facility: <xyz> (number) kms length of the inner village roads were laid with the help of the government agency.
- Common Toilet facilities for women and children: The institution has been instrumental in constructing <xyz> (number) common toilets for women and children. Now the women folks are using the toilets. Before they were facing a lot of difficulty due the absence of toilets in their homes.
- Street Lamps: Energy efficient CFL lamps are used in the street lights. Some of the street lamps are powered by the solar panels. These initiative was made possible with the help of our donor agency
- Sanitation Education: Sanitation education is provided with the practical approach to the women, children and the youth of the communities. This knowledge allowed them to think and act in the right manner which would keep in good physical and mental health
- Legal rights´ education: Legal rights´ education is imparted to the youth, women and men tribal folks. This skill will help them to be aware of their rights and the duties towards their nation. Now the cases of harassment from the forest officials have drastically come down.
- Health and nutrition awareness: Health and nutrition awareness programmes are conducted in periodical manner for the women, children and youth of the tribal communities. These awareness programmes are imparting the knowledge about the good health and dietary practices.
- Adult science programme: The adult science programmes too are conducted in periodical manner for the women, children youth and men folks of the tribal communities. For centuries after centuries they continue to have so many meaningless superstitious beliefs. To wean them away from these meaningless and sometimes harmful beliefs they are imparted with the scientific knowledge about various things that they come across in their day to day lives.
- Construction of class rooms: xyz> (number) school buildings for the tribal children were built with our intervention. Earlier the children used to go the schools which were 10 kms away. So the problem of drop-outs from the schools especially for the girl children was an enormous problem. With our initiative, we have built school buildings in the vicinity. Now the children are completing their high school level education without much difficulty. Mostly the play way methods are used in imparting the educational skills to the children. This motivates them to attend the classes regularly.
- Provision of Mid day meals: Mid day meals to the school children are jointly managed by the Parents and the teachers of the schools. So the food provided for the children are highly nutritious and beneficial for their physical and the mental development.
- Teachers Support: In the tribal community settlements´ schools, the chronic problem is the lack of teachers to handle the multiple classes. So the general practice is to have combined classes. The quality of the school children was poor. Even the 5th grade student does not understand the basic mathematical calculations and the alphabets in a language. Now the institution with the help of generous donors has employed (number) teachers. Now the teachers handle the classes separately.
- Library Facility: Initially there were no libraries in the tribal settlements. The organisation has helped in bringing in the new library building in our operational area. Now we have <xyz> (number) books and the magazines in the library. The tribal people are using the library with enthusiasm. They are newly literate people. In the library there are so many books that cover the topics which may be of interest to the adolescent and the adult population
Earlier in the operational area where we work had no medical facilities like the Primary health centre or the hospitals. After our intervention the government has built the primary health centre. Now the doctor comes once in a week.
The Nurses come and visit the houses that have the pregnant women and the old aged people. They are provided with the necessary medical care. The doctors and the nurses are given the additional training in the home based remedies. Since they are working among the tribal communities, this skill has been helpful in treating the patients. The patients are more willing in coming for the treatment.
Every 6 months we are conducting the medical camps which deals with primarily the home based remedies in association with the private donor agencies and the hospitals which deal in alternative medical practices.
The most notable thing about our organisation is that the whole philosophy of the development revolves around the women´s emancipation. From cradle to graveyard, the problems of the women are addressed in an effective manner. Our activities towards the empowerment of the women folks are as follows.
The chief providers of nourishment to the entire family, i.e., the women folks´ needs are effectively catered to.
- Forming of the women´s self help groups,
- Providing basic education to make them literate
- Training them on entrepreneurship,
- Inducting women folk in all the cottage industries in a major way are some of the activities that the institution has been involved in.
The founders´ wishes about the organisation have been reflecting in the way of its functioning evidently. Now the organisation has helped to form and train <xyz> (number) Women Self Help Groups (SHGs). Each SHG has some worthwhile income generation activity to do. Help is being provided to market their wares too. So purchasing power of the families to which the women belong has been increasing steadily.
Encouraging the cottage industries is an effort to make the tribal communities, self-sufficient. These industries would provide them with the wherewithal to make their own basic needs for a comfortable life. The units manufacture variety of products which may be easily marketable in the local markets. Today, our cottage industries´ products are the household name in the nearby towns and the cities.
Our institution is one of the pioneers in developing cottage industrial units oriented towards the tribal skills. It has over the years helped in setting-up of <xyz> (number) cottage industries.
Under the Village Industries initiative we have set up the following industries.
Advocacy: - The institution is one of the leading advocacy groups fighting for the rights of tribal people in the country. It has consistently lobbied with the government for more resources for education and health for the children of the tribal folks and stronger legislation for providing social security to the tribal population. It has carried out major studies on issues including farmers´ suicide, the debt trap and deprivation.
- Siddha and Ayurveda Medicine Manufacturing Unit (Herbal based medicines)
- Disposable plates manufacturing units (from the barks of the arcanut trees)
- Honey Processing Unit
- Processed Food Manufacturing Unit
- Nature Dye Manufacturing Unit
Educating the general public: - To educate the general public about the tribal people´s rights and the issues involved, the institution regularly conducts programmes like the road shows, media campaign, exhibitions on the themes of the tribal people´s rights at the busy railway stations and the bus stops
1. <Name> was made an orphan at the young age of 6 for both her parents became victims to malaria fever. They were not provided with the proper treatment. Both her parents were died after severely afflicted with the fever. There was no one to take care of her. She was inconsolably crying for days.
We found her out and offered our help. Her life has been changed for better hence. We helped her to join in one of our partner organisation as a resident student. The years she spent in the boarding school became the fruitful years for her. She completed the schooling. She successfully completed her graduation too. Now she is undergoing training course for her ´Government Administrative Service´ exams. We hope that she would be successful in her exams and become the district administrator.
She very well could have been a destitute and vagabond. But due to our intervention her life changed for better. Now she is always cheerful and has positive outlook. She has been helping in organise things in our organisation.
2. Alcoholism had been a dangerous habit among the men and the women folks of the tribal communities. They were not aware of the dangers involved in the continuous practice of this dreadful habit. We found out that they were involved in brewing the illicit liquor by adding various concoctions of poisonous chemicals. So many a times the consumption of the liquor has become a cause for their loss of limbs and the lives. So many people have lost their eye sight. So the institution wanted to wean these innocent but brilliant people from the brewing and the consumption of illicit liquor.
We slowly work for the eradication of this awful habit by providing with the awareness about the ill effects of the brewing and the consumption of illicit liquor. Now after the slow and long-drawn battle, the organisation has been successful in weaning the tribal communities from the dangerous habit of brewing and the consumption of illicit liquor.