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Welcome to Adivasi Development Inititiative
  • LETTER OF APPEAL

     

    An Appeal ADI – Adivasi Development Initiative Working for the Tribals of Central India “India will be a developed country by 2020” were the words of India’s past President and a visionary Hon. Dr. Abdul Kalam. To achieve this was going to be an uphill task, one which will need protracted efforts at all levels. One level at which this needs to be addressed is at the level of the common man. Majority of the people in India are living behind a veil of ignorance, ignorance of their strengths, capabilities and social responsibilities. Some of the top reasons for lack of development are: lack of education, poverty and ill-health. Our NGO has taken up work in these fields for the last fifteen years. We have broken the ice, so to say, in education and health. Our work has been appreciated and applauded in non-governmental and government circles, as well as the media. Now there is a need to move even further. We are a group of senior citizens, working as an NGO in the interior parts of Central India, among the tribals and backward classes. We are two organizations: BKNS (Bharatiya Kushtha Niwarak Sangh, Branch Halbaras) working in Chhattisgarh jungles; and ADI- (Adivasi Development Initiative), working in Maharashtra along with Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. In all these places, health programmes, malnutrition programmes, sickle cell detection and counseling and education programmes are being run by us. Our first project was malnutrition eradication among tribal children. We found almost 95% malnutrition among tribal children, and organized and executed a programme of nutritious diet, exercises and cultural education of these children. This was done along with educating the parents towards the nutrition needs of their children. We got good results all over, and the children started growing healthier, reducing health problems and they also could concentrate on good education. The results were sustained because we did not make the children dependant on the food that we gave them. Parents were made to look after their children and provide for balanced nutritious food from their own surroundings. This awareness among the tribals, to look after themselves using their own resources, has given us good long-term results. There has been a sea change in the youth among tribals since the last ten years. The children we looked after 12 years back, are growing into responsible, good citizens. They are taking up jobs like teaching, traders jobs, vehicle drivers, commandoes, computer operators, laboratory technicians and many other diverse jobs. We conduct educational tours for the tribal youth, exposing them to the modern world, its responsibilities and progress. They learn to be mature, responsible citizens. They learn about our rich heritage, our place in the global development scenario, advancements in science and technology, and India’s efforts towards becoming a global power. Sickle cell disease is an inborn disease among tribals of central India, which is debilitating and life threatening. We have set up laboratories in deep jungles, for testing, detection of sickle cell disease and traits. We counsel the tribals towards prevention of this disease, and taking measures towards treatment and healthy living. We help in making treatment available too. Another area of our work is environmental awareness and education among tribals. Tribals have the most to lose from destruction of their natural surroundings. They need to be educated about the relevance and importance of preserving their natural resources, and how they could utilize these without greedily overusing this golden goose and destroying it. “Bird Katta”, the environmental wing of ADI is working in this direction, educating tribals about environment, and empowering them with knowledge. ‘Bird Katta’ is also involved in scientific studies of birds, which are an integral part of our natural resources. Studying birds will enlighten us about how we could best use our resources, and work towards conservation. Recently vice president and founder of Bird Katta has given a talk on similar subject in an international forum. Water conservation, agricultural education, step dams, are some of the projects we are executing. We have tied up with Rotary International, Ramkrishna Mission, and some other social NGOs for these programmes. Support from urban educated people is also an integral part of such programmes, and we are involved in knowledge transfer from highly educated people, to the tribals, towards functional education. Programmes like “Bachpan Banao” are being run by young postgraduates in social sciences. ‘Manashakti’, an organization based in Pune, working for empowerment of children is involved with us in imparting knowledge to our Adivasi children. Some schools are planning summer camps for tribal children. All this has been possible because of unflinching support from many individuals and organizations. We are growing and so is our support, with need for much more. We need to expand towards the next level in each sector, and this will need logistic support. BKNS Br Halbaras is 14 years old while ADI is only five years old, with no infrastructure of its own. BKNS Br Halbaras has an Ashram in Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. ADI is coming up with an Ashram at village Paulzola, Gondia district of Maharashtra. ADI has been given a two acre piece of land to develop an Ashram. A tube well has been dug. Now it needs a structure to house residential quarters for the senior workers, and tribal youth working for ADI. There has to be accommodation for guests, four technicians and two vehicle drivers. ADI also needs to set up a Pathology laboratory, a Computer Room, a community center here. There is a plan for Surgery Rooms with four operating tables and a medical dispensary. All these will be built over and area of 6000 sq ft, taking the cost of construction to about Rs. 60,00,000/- (Rs. Sixty Lakhs). A master plan is under prepararion, and the project will be executed in parts. The distance from Nagpur Headquarters of ADI to Paulzola Ashram is 170km. Two trips per week by members from Nagpur will be necessary. A utility vehicle is needed for this purpose. This resource vehicle will also be used to transport provisions from Ashram to Ekal Vidyalayas for fulfillment of malnutrition programme. It will also be used for Medical Camps from time to time. A Doctor will be visiting villages and hamlets in the jungles in this vehicle. An Ambulance will be needed for this purpose. Two scooters are required for running the Sickle Cell testing programme on a daily basis. Rs. 15,00,000/- (Rs. Fifteen Lakhs) is estimated for these vehicles. In the first phase, the requirements will be: A Building, a vehicle (like a Tata Sumo), two scooters. There is no upper limit for our programmes on health and education, and the more we work, the more support we will need. We appeal to you to come forward and help. We appeal to you to help us help the needy. 12th March 2014. Nagpur, India.