A visit to Center for Development / Kadam Education Initiative projects
Umang Kumar, an AID volunteer in Boston, writes about his visit to the Kadam Educational Initiative projects in Ahmedabad.
In a city like Ahmedabad, a longtime commercial hub of India and currently the focus of a lot of “development” work, one might miss those areas like Citizen Nagar, Ganeshnagar-Piplaj and Khodiyanagar tucked away from our eyes. Yet, Jyoti, Jagruti and Sonal live there and dream big; Sajedaben, Savitaben and Rajni struggle for the resident's rights and Ashiyana, Rehnuma and Muskan explore the world of computers and dream of becoming doctors and engineers some day...
For generations, the Agariya's have been making salt in the extreme desert conditions of the Rann during the dry season (8 months per year) when the water drains away and the salt marsh turns in to a desert.
Utthan envisions a society that imbibes and ensures the values of gender justice, equality, peace and happiness in practice. Utthan’s mission is to initiate gender sensitive processes of empowerment amongst the most vulnerable communities, through a process of building conscientiousness and organizing around their major issues.
Agariyas are the traditional salt-making community in Little Rann of Kutch (LRK) who toil hard in extreme desert conditions for 10 months/year to make organic salt. Due to non-recognition by the government as traditional saltmakers, provision of basic amenities like water, electricity, medicals services and sanitation is very poor. Lack of schools makes education a distant dream. This project currently supported by AID-Buffalo (Rs 2 lakhs), spearheaded by the NGO Janpath supports two grassroot field level workers who work with the Agariya community to ensure they get necessary recognition and access to basic amenities. Very few groups are working in this area to provide support and facilitate the empowerment of Agariyas.
Flood relief work in an estimated 150 households in Nindhwada village affected of flooding by providing short term relief to flood affected villagers by providing a food packet to each family in the village.
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