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approaches to help tribal and poor communities mobilize for self-sustainable
development in remote pockets of Orissa
Jamnalal Bajaj Awards-2013
For Outstanding Contribution in The Field Of
Developement And Welfare Of Women And Children
a voluntary organisation,it is always the people who matter.
For the powers that be, of course, that may not necessarily be the case.
India does have a constitution, which has chosen democracy as its model.
The impediments have to be overcome as peacefully as possible. Over
the years, we have helped tribal communities address several critical
issues of rights and controls which has helped develop a positive self-image
within the community and encouraged them to take charge of their lives
with confidence, challenging corruption, and ensuring proper delivery
rapport with the underprivileged over the years has helped us initiate
a process of empowerment amongst them.
Already their voice, with its plea for justice is heard across the country
and across the nations. The issues that Agragamee deals with ranges from
food security to advocacy, women's empowerment to natural resource management,
education to entrepreneurship. We aim to provide food and voice to all.
Agragamee's help, tribal women like Sumoni Jhodia of Siriguda village
and Jatani Kanhara of Lathikumpa village and tribal men like Ghasi Majhi
of Haliasahi and Domburru Jhodia of Padepadar have emerged as role models
of an organic grass-roots leadership,competent to represent their communities
on issues of survival and rights.
The traditional skills and knowledge of the people needs to be improved
to cope with the changing socio-economic condition and environment for
sustainable development. moreu
Children have taken up the several
challenges with much spirit and the time spent in the schools has given
them much confidence. This, more than anything else, has assured us we
are on the right path. Agragamee's model of primary education is now being
replicated by different organisations. moreu
Agragamee has been
featured in the UN Millennium Project's report called 'Halving
Hunger- it can be done.' The report features one of Agragamee's
best practices in watershed development. The report examines current
world progress towards eliminating hunger, and calls for the implementation
of seven recommendations in the areas of: political action, national
policy reforms, increased agricultural productivity for food insecure
farmers, and conservation of natural resources essential for food security.
In many of the tribal
pockets in several panchayats where Agragamee is working, women's groups
were beginning to take a hard look at their own situation, and analyse