- We will fight premature marriage
- provide suitable skill for self-employment early in their adulthood
- conduct citizen education for them
- Help the deserted women a means to earn and stand up
DETAILS OF MY IDEA
◆ LEARNING CIRCLE
◆ We will develop LEARNING KITS and gender sensitive modules
◆ Outreach programme: (Mobile SAMBIDHAN PATHASHALA for school students, Citizen/voter awareness camps)
LOCATION AND PEOPLE
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.
The estimate has been made with a perspective plan for two years during which I can have a solid base, and a team formed to continue the project.
Human Resource costs: INR 4,00,000/,
~ Skill Training : INR 2,00,000
~ Resource Development:INR 1,50,000/
– Contingency : 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 am still with the same spirit and passion as before to do something that would further the democratic goals of our country. But I don't have a stable source of income, let alone any financial support from any quarters to carry out my social mission.
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.
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