I am Daitari Naik. I belong to a highly vulnerable community in Kendujhar district of state Odisha, India. As we live in hilly forest area, we were facing difficulty in access of fresh water for drinking, cooking & irrigation. To facilitate the access of water at my village Tala Baitarini. I was determined to dig a canal and I started digging in 1996, I faced many acid tests in my path, many criticisms, many admiration, but I took no rest. I dug and dug and finally in the year 2000 (after digging for 4 years). I was able to dig over 3 Kms with my own hand with very limited resources and was able to connect with the all-day water source of the holy ‘Baitarini’ river. Now thousand acres of land is cultivated and the canal is lifeline of the whole community where I live.
My effort was publicly appreciated by Govt. of India. In 2019 republic day Govt. of India felicitated me with Padma shri award by Honorable president of India.
Yes, I believe humanity everywhere is beautiful & being helpful is corner stone of being a human. It doesn’t matter how big or small. I need your help and contribution to makes the difference;
- Purpose of the funds is to planting 1 lakh trees & to provide Employment through Plantation as poor Tribals lost their livelihood due to pandemic COVID-19.
- Access of better education for the children belongs to unprivileged & Indigenous tribal community
- With this funds we have been able to bring solutions to the climate crisis and to also reduce on the greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere.