Adivasi Development Initiative

Bastar-a way forward

mother child adi-ngo

  • The GoI and The State GoC give priority to the development of the tribal community and have identified several priority areas in the development plans.
  • The identified priority areas include formal education, primary health care, access to safe drinking water and sanitation and provision of livelihood opportunities under NREGS.
  • The government is doing itís best by allocating funds and creating infrastructure.
  • Government efforts alone are not enough as the back log is huge and wide spread.
  • BKNS established an independent service centre at Halbaras in district Dantewada in 1999.
  • The aim of the BKNS is to reach the un-reached tribal villages with basic services and to contribute to the government efforts.
  • Bastar-reaching the un-reached

  • BKNS identified priority interventions based on the field visits, nutrition surveys and consultations with the community leaders.
  • Awareness creation is core of the BKNS programme. The priority interventions and on going activities of the BKNS include the following:
  • Supplementary nutrition for school children
  • Primary health care for women and children
  • Sickle cell testing and counseling for all
  • Gurukul facilities for deserving and needy students
  • Cultural centre for physical and informal education

  • Mandali-community-hall sickle-cell-testing

    malnourised-child aanganwadi-at-Halbaras

    (photos of mandali, sickle cell testing, malnourished children, anganwadi)

  • As of now, the centre provides supplementary nutrition to about 1000 children through 31 Ekalvidyalas
  • About 15 students are provided Gurukul facilities at Halbaras Asharam
  • The centre established Sickle cell testing facilities in 2003. Since then 12000 samples have been examined and results shared with state health authority.
  • Excursion tours to cities are organized for children
  • Exhibition of the Baster artifacts and saris is organized in major cities, to promote Bastar art and to raise funds.
  • Training of community health guides for better out reach
  • Support for external technical and vocational training for developing local skills, expertise and employment opportunities for local youth
  • BKNS centre at Halbaras is located in a rejuvenated old building situated on a 3 acre land donated by the State government.

  • ashram photo
    (Ashram photo)

  • The other facilities at the centre include a laboratory for sickle cell testing cum dispensary and a community cum training hall.
  • The centre has a captive water supply source and it is adequate to provide the present infrastructure.
  • The centre has no source of income and the activities as stated above are supported with financial assistance from corporate groups & donors, contributions by individuals and sale of artifacts.
  • The BKNS Halbaras centre is managed by dedicated professionals who offer their services free of cost.
  • The centre employs a doctor, a driver, two lab assistants and about 30 village health guides.
  • The centre observes complete transparency in all spheres and keeps record of financial transactions including receipts and expenditure. The accounts of the centre are audited annually by a CA.
  • During the last three years the average annual expenditure of the centre was Rs 10,00,000.
  • The interventions planned and implemented by the BKNS centre Halbaras has shown success and positive results.
  • The supplementary nutrition has restored normal growth of more than 1000 children.