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Asha Gramya Project – Report of Dec’01 Village Visit
(from Asha Gramya Project)

Gramya sansthan has been active in UP’s most back taluka, Naughad (district Chandholi) since 1996. The Mooltaya adivasi tribe resides in this place, which is surrounded by mountains. So far the UP government has not declared the Mooltaya tribe as adivasis, but they call themselves adivasis. In this economically, socially and politically backward taluka the literacy of this tribe is 22%. Female literacy is only 8%. This is the data provided by the government, but the reality is even worse. Their survival is dependent on the forest area around. Due to lack of irrigation facilities and unfertile land, there is hardly any agriculture in this area. Because of this reason, this taluka is known for poverty and hunger. Like adivasis in other parts of the country, the Mooltaya tribe is being left landless by the forest department’s section 20 law. Like this their situation is worsening day by day.
Gramya, in consolation, actively participates in helping the 10 villages of Naughad taluka. Here Gramya has undertaken activities such as: Bal Kendra for children who do not go to school, self independence of women, and group activities involving both men and women of the tribe.

Activities:

  1. Children activities:

    1. Education (non-traditional and pre-primary)

    2. Health protection / Examination / Health education

    3. Leadership and cultural activities

  1. Awareness activities:

    1. Awareness programs for health, unity, panchayat, independence of women, non-traditional education centers etc.

    2. Education campaign

  1. Livelihood related programs

    1. Problem of section 20 law

    2. Onwership of forest and land goods

    3. Self-help activities

Non-traditional and pre primary education:

In the 10 villages of Naughad, with the co-operation of local villagers, non-traditional education centers and pre-primary schools are active. In one of these villages a junior level education center has also been set up where the attendance is low.

No

Name of center

No. boys

No. girls

Total

1.

Amdaha

45

25

70

2.

Saharsatad

16

24

40

3.

Bakhatad

24

10

34

4.

Narkati

34

20

54

5.

Jumaria

68

29

97

6.

Laltapur

28

22

50

7.

Basoli

25

11

36

8.

Karavniya

27

27

54

9.

Bhagelpur

18

22

40

Total

278

170

448

Dec 20th, 2001 From: Vallabh
7 SJS Sansalwal Marg
SPASS
Varnasi, UP
To: Shiva Athreya
Indian Statistical Institute
New Delhi
(translated by Aashish & Nrupa)

This year 8 children have taken 8th grade exams with whom Gramya started working with in 1996. This includes 6 boys and 2 girls.

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