Detail Description About Activity
The Tribal Lively-hood is based upon three basic elements called LAND, FOREST and CULTURE. Land provides food for three to four months a year where as the Forest provides food for eight months. Culture is the life of the Tribal people which plays a vital role on the life situation of the Tribal people. But in present position they are staying far away from their ancient culture. Hence, the lives of the Tribal people are not in a stable position which invites their misery. In this juncture, we are initiating them to preserve and strengthen their ancient culture, be involved with different life-saving activities and be reconnected with spiritualism in order to empower them and save their community from the attack of other culture and Anti-social elements from the unprecedented situations.
In order to face the anti-social elements of the society we have organized 360 People’s Organizations like GRAM UNNAYAN SANGHAS and MAHILA SANGHAS and working in a NET-WORKING system so as to face the Anti-social elements of the Society and different type of hazardous situations.
ARASMIN is not in support of the linkage programme like linkage to Banks and Micro-Finance Institutes which spoils the lively-hood of the poor Tribal People as they do not know the proper utilization of money and finally they pay back the loans by selling their ornaments or utensils or animal resources or landed property which we have experienced practically in our hoary past engagement. Hence, we have taken another strategy by providing encouraging grants to the hilly-dwelling poor Tribal women through their Sanghs in order to make them habituated with saving activities and to go for different income generating programmes in order to strengthen their socio-economic condition which can be told as Economic Revolution.
We are also providing Leadership Trainings to the men and women and the youth mass of all villages so as to promote their Leadership quality in order to raise their voice against severe Exploitations and Social Injustice and to face the anti-social elements of the society. The people are also being educated on protection and preservation of their Common Property Resources and to have its proper utilization.
We have observed that lack of Lively-hood alternatives is another major reason of degradation of natural resources. Ecology works to promote sustainable agriculture, non-timber forest products and community enterprise. We are working to provide these alternative opportunities that improve the individuals and poor Community well-being. Hence, we are encouraging our Community members to have the subsistence Agricultural production that saves the lives of the Tribal people as well as keeps the Planet healthy.
All the poor Tribal people of this Tribal belt are the victims of severe exploitation. Though, they strive hard from morning to evening in the Forest for their daily bread, the entire benefits goes to the businessmen. They are also exploited in different sectors of life by the village Touts, Government Officers, Contractors, Financial Institutions, Non-Governmental Organizations and some exterminatory creatures as a result of which they do not get a peace meal per day. Hence, in order to provide FOOD SECURITY and HEALTH SECURITY we have taken the following strategies:
Establishment of KOTH FUNDS by the community members in order to make the People free from LOANS, free from INTEREST burden, free from WANTS and over all, availing the opportunity to meet their emergency needs.
ARASMIN is an active member of the “Wildlife Institute of India” and as such we are trying our level best to protect the Wild Animals and Wild Birds and migrated Birds so as to avoid different type of Natural Calamities, en-hazards and different diseases like Cancer, Asthma and Tuberculosis etc. in order to accelerate the human life-cycle. A regular awareness program is being conducted to stop Tiger poaching, Deer poaching and hunting of different Animals and Birds. We are also getting much more support from the Officers and Staff of the Forest Department of the Government of Orissa.
Trafficking of women in different manner and abuse to Girl children in this Tribal belt was a very common issue. The Socio-economic condition of the family is told to be the vital cause of the fact, but derivation of culture is another vital cause of the same. Hence, we are having regular Awareness programmes and interactions with the women mass for Women Empowerment, Gender equalization and Girl trafficking etc. so as to avoid such unpredictable situations. By means of our regular interactions, we have been able to sensitize the women and bring a significant change. Some of the villages adjacent to our area of operation being attracted with the activities of our people have followed them, but due to proper guidance though they have not developed as per their expectations, there are some changes in their life situation because of the establishment of Village Sangathans, Rice Banks, Cash Banks and Seed Banks.
Culture is the most important aspect of Human Life cycle. Especially in Tribal belt, all the ancient people were abided by the law of their Culture and Tradition which was very Economic, Scientific and based upon Spiritualism and were getting lots of benefits out of the same. But, in course of time they have lost their ancient culture and have accepted the Culture of outside for which they are facing different hazardous situations and inviting their misery. In view of this fact, we are having regular inter-actions with the people and inspiring them to preserve their ancient culture and be acquainted and re-connected to spiritualism so as to take the best advantages of the same. They are advised to preserve their traditional Songs, Dances, Arts, musical instruments, Agricultural appliances and their Ornaments, brought back from the MAFIAS and looters. They are also advised not to destroy their heritages and to worship their Gods and Goddess with heart and soul. This has become a habit of these poor people and every year they are celebrating the Mega Cultural Functions in rotation inviting all Officers and Political Leaders of the District.
We are in a regular process of taking care and developing the career of the children in our Area of operation. The following activities are in operation to assist the poor Tribal Children.