The Social life situation of the poor Tribal people of this Tribal belt is very precarious that they entirely depend upon the Forest produces and stay alive with subsistence agriculture, Mangoes, Jackfruits, Tamarind, Mohua flowers, Sal-seeds and other Forest produces throughout the year. Hence the standard of living and means of existence of these people compels them to survive with brutal problems as if they have born with problems and will take their last breath with problems. Poverty, Hunger and Starvations invite their misery and misfortune. A number of people foot out for Migration and Displacement and some of them are engaged as Bonded Labour. Though the women mass strive hard from morning to evening in the Forest for their daily bread, the entire benefits go to the businessmen. So, it is not out of place to mention that the basic amenities for their common livelihood are absolutely nil . They are also exploited in different sectors of life by the village Touts, Businessmen, Money-lenders, local Contractors, Financial Institutions, Non-Governmental Organizations and some exterminatory creatures of the society resulting them to be deprived of a peace meal.
But, the peculiarity in their life situation is worth-observing that though their economical scenario is very unstable, though they are the victims of severe exploitations and looted to an extreme extent, the male members are in a hobby to enjoy the blossom of life being addicted to country liquor about 12 to 16 hours a day.
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 save the lives of the poor Tribal people and to bring them out from the terrible dungeon of the unjustifiable exploitive society, we have taken the following strategies:
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 empower and sensitize the women mass in our area of operation and have brought 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.
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.
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.
The Education as a whole has not put its foot print in this area. All the children of the poor Tribal community staying in the dense Forests are deprived of their Educational Rights and the basic amenities and privileges of education is absolutely “Nil”. Hence, it is not exaggerated to mention that they are staying far away from the mainstream of life due to lack of education. The Educational drawbacks and the real scenario are mentioned here under:-
Hence, observing the social scenario and the above circumstances the following activities are being undertaken in our area of operation to assist the poor vulnerable and marginalized Tribal Children and we are in a regular process of taking care and developing the career of the poor Tribal children and the youth in the following manner:
The Regional Networks are formed since the commencement of our programme and functioning smoothly. All the Office bearers and village activists of all concerned V.D.S. and M.S. are attending the meetings regularly and sharing the problems and situations of their own villages and having meticulous discussion. In case of any injustice or exploitation in the area, it is the appropriate platform they think and take the decision for prophylactic measures.
Within the 20 years of our involvement in the field service we have experienced a great change in the social state of affairs of the people as mentioned below:
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