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Manuski Projectupdate

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      • Problems: caste, growing inequality and social tensions, implications, and social transformation
      • Manuski Project: Evolution, Goal and Purpose
      • Major areas of Manuski intervention
      • Significant developments
      • Strengths
      • Future trends
    • The problem of caste (1/2)
      • The situation of Dalits not changed very much
      • The social tension is on rise
      • Increasing cases of atrocities
      • Caste breeds economic inequalities
      • Caste inhibits full participation in the society
    • The problem of caste (2/2)
      • It is against development of human personality
      • The Governmental response is not up to the mark and most of the policies are not executed in their letters and spirits
      • Widespread illiteracy affects fundraising skills and advocacy of the issues
      • Widespread poverty leads to enslavement
      • Share in GDP is not significant
      • Level of inequality increased enormously—
        • Essentially all of benefits of growth have gone to the top
        • Some facts:
          • The people living below poverty line remains the same
          • The incidences of deaths due to mal-nutrition and proper health care are on rise
        • Levels of poverty also up
        • Trend that had begun in early 90s after globalisation did not benefit the Dalits
        • Increasing number of cases of atrocities all over India
        • Opposition to constitutional rights of Dalits by the high castes
      • Social (social tensions, hatred, social fabric torn and violence on rise)
      • Economic (poverty, low life expectancy, low literacy)
      • Political (absence of economic and social democracy)
    • Mere social work is not enough, what is needed is social transformation
      • The normal service delivery approach of social work does not work:
      • Many social and economic projects conceived by state and other agencies even so;
        • The Dalits remains the poor
        • Soaring health, sanitation, and education related problems of Dalits
        • Prejudices comes into play and hinders development
      • The Dalits are the most exploited people in India and caste operates subtly and psychologically
        • Children and women worst affected
    • Manuski Project: Evolution (1/2)
      • Lokamitra working in India since 1977 developing both Dhamma (TBMSG) and social work (BH) projects
      • But in 1998 decided to work differently to go beyond the confines of TBMSG and to share experience with others, evolving three areas of work:
      • >>> Establish NTI to train people from all over India in Buddhism and social work
      • >>> Communication with other Indian Buddhists and Buddhists abroad
      • >>> Working with & strengthening people/organisations focused on Dalits through Jambudvipa Trust
    • Manuski Project: Evolution (2/2)
      • And in subsequent years, Jambudvipa trust developed Manuski project
      • Manuski project begins in 2003
      • Unique approach for social transformation based on Buddhist vision
    • Manuski Project: Goal
      • To help Dalits become free of the material and psychological obstacles to their full participation in a caste free society as envisioned by Dr. Ambedkar.
    • Manuski Project: Purpose
      • Dalits participate in, initiate and lead dharma and constructive social work
    • Making Dalit focused organisations effective: capacity strengthening
      • Imparting fundraising skills
      • administrative and legal skills
      • social work and service training
    • Making Dalit focused organisations effective: Information and networking Resource
      • a resource and information bank to underpin capacity strengthening and training activities
      • establishing an infrastructure for effective training of social workers through workshops and seminars
      • maintenance and development of contacts in the social, political and administrative fields
      • activities to bring together Dalit-focused groups for mutual sharing of experience and to promote a much needed sense of solidarity
    • Making Dalit focused organisations effective: Training women social workers and leaders
    • Responding to natural and man-made disasters
      • Establishing a network of NGOs able to provide a special focus on under-served groups in response to catastrophes
      • Developing guidelines and agreed methods of working in response to emergencies
    • Creation for resource base for ongoing Dhamma and social work activities
      • Establishing a foundation to underpin the activities of Nagaloka, the Gujarat earthquake work, Bor Dharan and the Samata Mahila Trust
      • Developing financial reserves that are accessible as a fund for emergency relief work for Dalits at the time of natural calamities
    • Ongoing activities at Manuski (1/2)
      • Work with Dalit NGOs regularly to develop proposals
      • Training workshops and seminars
      • Maintenance and development of contacts in the political and social fields
      • Collection and cataloguing of information resources
      • Production of documentation to support fundraising
      • Fundraising trips to Taiwan, and elsewhere
    • Ongoing activities at Manuski (2/2)
      • Dhamma classes and retreats in both Marathi and English language
      • Lectures on Buddhism in different parts conducted by Manuski team members
      • Hosting people from all over the world and from different Buddhist traditions
    • Significant developments (1/6)
      • Creation of Manuski network that comprises over 100 NGOs in Pune and Marathwada region
      • Emerging network of women activists in Mumbai and Pune region
      • Beginning of Manuski work in Mumbai aftermath Mumbai flood, 17 Community Based Organisations networked
      • Activists from different states are getting involved and also trained (Bihar, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh)
    • Significant developments (2/6)
      • Reputed institutes like Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) seeking cooperation
      • Nodal state government agency, YASHADA, involved in consultations at various levels
      • Working with students from Social Work colleges sensitising them about caste and human right issues
      • Three trainees from two states, Kerala and Gujarat, are being trained in Buddhism and Social work
      • Since the beginning of Manuski project, more than 100 workshops/seminars on different issues were organised
    • Significant developments (3/6)
      • Gujarat Earthquake Rehabilitation 2002
      • Rehabilitation work after Tsunami 2004
      • Mumbai Flood Relief in 2005
      • Informal disaster network in AP and Orissa
      • Advocating for justice after Khairlanji massacre, response from wide ranging communities
      • Launching www.stopatrocity.com website as a helpline and resource to respond to caste based atrocities
    • Significant developments (4/6)
      • Training organisations run by and for people living with HIV and AIDS
      • Proposals were submitted to Global Human Rights (US) and Secours Populaire Francais (France), France and state government agencies like YASHADA
      • Helping organisations to get access to funds (2 organisations got funding from Karuna and others were brought in contact)
    • Significant developments (5/6)
      • Social Development Program initiated in 2006 to work with select NGOs
      • Creation of significant faith among the Buddhist and Dalit officials in the state of Maharastra
      • Increase in visibility due media coverage in leading National dailies, The Times of India and The Hindu
    • Significant developments (6/6)
      • Partner organisation like SMS and Nagaloka trained in using various tools, notably Logframe approach
      • Arranging international conferences (INEB 2005 and International conference on Dr. Ambedkar 2006)
    • Recent development: Khairlanji (1/2)
      • Khairlanji Massacre on 29.09.2006
      • Manuski comes out with fact finding report 10.10.2006
      • The report sent to thousands of individuals and organisation both at national and international level
      • Manuski team member creates a weblog to break the silence and keep people informed 11.10.2006
      • Information circulated through pamphleteering
    • Recent development: Khairlanji (2/2)
      • Modes of peaceful protests suggested
      • Community meetings conducted in Major cities
      • Media sensitised through emails and phones
      • Local, national and International media was assisted with information (BBC team briefed on 14.10.2006)
      • Mass protest begins 29.10.2006
      • Manuski collected major documents and even evidences
    • Strengths
      • Young, professional and dynamic team guided by experienced people
      • Capacity to reach out to people without barriers that affected communication in the past
      • Networking and good will amongst the professional social workers, students and Community based organisations
      • Technology savvy team
      • The team members come from the same background taking the responsibility and becoming independent
      • Availability of much needed infrastructure
      • However, many areas to respond, but less manpower
    • Future directions
      • Learning from and consolidating work done in the past
      • Stress on Human Rights Advocacy and building solidarity
      • Consensus building against caste through media coverage and sensitisation
      • Advocacy for “mainstreaming caste” in the development agenda of various agencies
      • Consultancy for international organisations on issues related to Dalits and development
      • Training local NGOs by charging reasonable fees
      • Training women social workers in gender analysis
      • Using new technology and new media to keep people informed and act efficiently
      • THANK YOU!!