MY IDEA AND PLAN
AREA AND TARGET GROUPS
Location: District of Mayurbhanj in Odisha, where different tribes constitute 60% of the population. People generally earn their livelihoods from farming, forest produce gathering, wage labour, traditional crafts, animal rearing etc. I propose to work in two Blocks: Gopabandhu Nagar and Shamakhunta near Baripada town. Target group will comprise poor families belonging to Santals, Munda, Bhumij, Lodha and other communities such as weavers, bamboo craftsmen and dalits. Priority will be on helping the minor girls under some or other self-employment skill training programme to become self-reliant, and to stop child marriage which is rampant in the area and puts the young girls into unforeseen domestic troubles. The current pandemic, accompanied by closure of schools and shrunken sources of family earnings, has compounded the problems of adolescent girls, who either slip into child labour or are disposed off in ill-planned early marriage.
[A combination of action, reflection and leadership development]
◆ Helping the people to gain financial strength that would empower them socially and politically as well.
◆ Imparting education and awareness on rights and duties as citizens through Sambidhan Pathashala (Learning on Constitution)
◆ Creating a team of Barefoot Educators to sustain the process in future.
1. Skill training for girls and women (tailoring/Computer/ goatery)
2. Learning Circle (To conduct classes on basics of Indian Constitution – to the same beneficiaries who participate in skill training)
3. Resource Development: (Development of learning kits, training of the barefoot educators)
4. Outreach programme: ( Mobile Sambidhan Pathashala for school students, Citizen/voter awareness camps)
I will be playing the key role in a team of volunteers in executing the proposed activities. The estimated total budget is:
The break-up of the estimates is as follows:
Human Resource costs: INR 4,00,000/,
~ Skill Training (With machinery, equipment, salary for Skill trainers: INR. 2,00,000/
~ Learning circle: INR 2,00,000/
~ Resource Development:INR 1,50,000/
Contingency (Travel, Communication, stationeries: INR 50,000/
EXPECTED OUTPUT/ SOCIAL BENEFITS
~ No. Of families (women self employed)- 50
~ No. Of participants in awareness programme- 2000 (villagers & students)
~ No. of Barefoot Educators (trained)- 20
~ A team of change makers built, an asset for future endeavors
~ A Base set up for a Learning Center with minimum equipment, on which a long-term project could be building
~ Possibly, a cooperative body of women organized for continuing income generating activities
I am Satyabrata Barik from Odisha, India. As a full-time social worker, I have served the poor people in Odisha, for 25 years; worked in the field of alternative education for tribal kids, to empower the poor and oppressed. Now at 60, I have become poor, just as I was, when I left home as a fresh graduate in early 1980s to join an organisation, as an ordinary volunteer. As a testimony to my commitment and perseverance in the sector I have led organisations, both in Govt and NGO, visited Netherlands in connection with a literacy conference, and qualified to work temporarily with Teach for India.
As a full-time and dedicated social worker I always cherished a vision of a just and equal society. I still retain that vision and sense of social responsibility till date. The zeal to do something in response to certain irksome developments in the country is often irresistible.
My Past Work
I worked with tribal children and their communities in Odisha, to develop a responsive strategy in education, to organise villages for collective/co-operative action, to fight violence against women, alcoholism and superstitions and, to influence the opinion makers in favour of pro-people policies through various media of communication. Being an open-minded creative thinker and writer myself, my experiences have given me deeper insights into local as well as national issues, and sharpened my ability to ideate on long term solutions.
◆ My appeal to friends, well-wishers and even strangers with kind heart and compassion to help me stand up on my own feet while supporting the families improve their standard of living and live with dignity as citizens. More about my profile on Instagram: