Adopt a Village
Tribal Villages in Jawhar, Mokhada are beset with intrinsically linked social problems each of which cannot be looked at in isolation. For example weak and anaemic women give birth to low birth weight children who grow up to be malnourished kids due to poverty, hunger and illiteracy as also due to lack of access to proper health facilities. Similarly lack of clean drinking water and sanitation facilities leads to several health issues that makes the women and men alike vulnerable while lack of access to regular employment and livelihood opportunities keeps them vulnerable. It is hence important that all social problems are looked at holistically instead of treating them in isolation of each of other. This is the inspiration behind our "Adopt a Village"Â Program.
We have devised and adopted a "Petal Model of development" TM
Livelihoods is at the core of any program conducted by Raah Foundation. Unless the stomachs are full and they have productive things to do during the day and a great satisfied sleep at night - discussing social issues is really a waste of time. Our experience says that Livelihood projects also brings in Trust and it then becomes easier to work positively on other social issues. Water comes next, Education, Sanitation, Health, Community Bonding which is very essential to address some of the beliefs and practices which definitely need to be addressed (without destroying or changing their culture) and last but not the least Afforestation is critical as Tribal Lives depend upon Forests, they worship forests, trees and animals and forest is their life.
Our current intervention - Village Kalamvihira.
Kalamvihira is a tiny hamlet located on top of a hillock where around 80 families (500 people) reside. Every single male in the village works as a daily wage labourer from September to May. Most of them have a tiny piece of land which they till during monsoon to sow paddy. The produce is enough to last each family for about 6 - 7 months. But it is only rice and they still need to either depend on Government to get subsidised food. Needless to say most of them are stunted, malnourished and vulnerable,
Last year we stated livelihood facilitation program with about 40 women, whom we taught patchwork skills. Now they are ready to begin their business ventures making and selling patch work products.
Next on our list is addressing the water situation. Women walk around 2 kms each way before the summer sets in to fetch water and around 3kms each way during peak summer as the water body below their hillock completely dries down. This is a huge challenge for the women as they end up spending almost entire day just fetching water.
Working on sustainable agricultural practices is next.
We need a lot of your support in this arduous journey which would eventually change the destiny of all the people in the hamlet.
Do write to us for details and to help us and support us in this mission.