Vanavasi Kalyan


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Vanavasi Kalyan

  1. 1. Vanavasi Kalyan Remembering Our Forgotten Brethren
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Who are Vanavasis? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the problem with current state of affairs? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the solutions? </li></ul><ul><li>Role of Vanavasi Kalyan </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies </li></ul>
  3. 3. Vanavasis <ul><li>Vanavasis = Forest Tribals, Janajatis </li></ul><ul><li>8% of Indian population, spread across India. </li></ul><ul><li>Wide spectrum of Hindu forms of worship (Sun, trees, forests, idols, stones, various gods and goddesses, and even the formless God) </li></ul><ul><li>Livelihood </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forest products, small scale cultivation, daily wagers in farming, hunting, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Glimpses of Vanavasis in Our Epics <ul><li>Aditi </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mother of All Gods, Worshipped by Vanavasis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Believed to be a form of Durga </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Shabari </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Belonged to Shabara forest tribe, was a disciple of Rishi Matanga </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offered tasted fruits to Lord Rama with love, hailed as a great example of Bhakti </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Guha </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chieftain of Shringaberapura, a forest dwelling on the banks of Ganga as per Ramayana </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Guha helps Rama to cross the river in his boat, Rama embraces him and declares Guha to be his brother-like </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ekalavya </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A prince of Nishada (hunter) tribe in the Mahabharata </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An expert archer and a valiant fighter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cut his thumb as an offering, as demanded by his master, hailed as an example of devotion to Guru </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Glimpses of Vanavasis in our History
  6. 6. Glimpses of Vanavasis in our History <ul><li>Rani Durgavati </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fought against Mughals alongside with her young son </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preferred kill herself (24 th June 1542) than being captured by enemy, when an arrow pierced her ear and another arrow passed through her neck. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Govt, of India released a stamp in her name on 24 th June, 1988. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rani Gaidinliu </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Born in Manipur, joined freedom struggle at the age of 13. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Was awarded life imprisonment for raging war against British rule. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Was released when India became free. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Current State of Affairs with Vanavasis <ul><li>Lack of Education and Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of awareness about “true” History of Bharat </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vanavasis are termed ‘Adivasis’ by Colonial rules. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modified history of Bharat is presented. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Side-lined by our own intellectuals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeping ourselves distinct from the Vanavasis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of brethren treatment towards Vanavasis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unemployed Youth </li></ul>
  8. 8. What Needs to be Done? <ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide leak-proof houses, clothes and other basic facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Health Support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At least one doctor per tribal area </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At least one school per tribal area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring awareness amongst Vanavasis to get educated </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Employment Generation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide vocational training to meet industry requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The list only grows endless… </li></ul>
  9. 9. Vanavasi Kalyan <ul><li>A non-profit voluntary organization </li></ul><ul><li>striving for </li></ul><ul><li>the comprehensive development of Vanavasis. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Objectives of Vanavasi Kalyan <ul><li>To be one with the Vanavasi brethren and make them feel that they are an inseparable part of our society. </li></ul><ul><li>Instill pride in their glorious past, their art, customs and social values. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide the basic education to vanavasi children. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide basic health care. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide platform for the development of potential power in sports among Vanavasis. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify, Plan, execute and facilitate sustainable economic development projects in the Tribal Areas. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Objectives of Vanavasi Kalyan <ul><li>To develop community leadership among their society. </li></ul><ul><li>Create social awareness among the citizens on the needs of  Vanavasis. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring about overall improvement in the lives of Vanavasis while retaining their cultural identity and their social value systems. </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, enable the Vanavasis to play major role in Environment protection, National Integration and Nation Building. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Snaps from Vanavasi Kalyan Activities
  13. 13. Statistics on Vanavasi projects (Bharat)
  14. 14. Statistics on Vanavasi projects (Bharat)
  15. 15. Statistics on Vanavasi projects (Bharat)
  16. 16. Statistics on Vanavasi projects (Karnataka)
  17. 17. Statistics on Vanavasi projects (Karnataka) <ul><li>Activity Centers </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Belgaum, Dharwad, Karwar, Chamarajnagar, Kodagu, Mysore </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Tribes that Vanavasi Kalyan is working with </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Suliga, Jenu Kuruba, Yurav, Valmiki, Siddi, Danagar, Gauli, Kumbri marathi, Halakki, Gond </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Total number Full Timers : 31 </li></ul><ul><li>Total number of Par Timers : 7 </li></ul>
  18. 18. Case Study 1 – Education <ul><li>Sunita Bichluke finds a home in one of Vanavasi Kalyan volunteers’ houses to stay and get educated. </li></ul><ul><li>Moves to Girls’ Hostel (Dandeli) along with few other girls. </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural values learnt in the hostel spread from Sunita Bichluke to other girls and families in their tribe. Another such name is Seeta. </li></ul><ul><li>From this one success story, today we have four girls studying in college. From zero literacy some years back to the current four girls studying in college in just few years. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Case Study 2 – Economic Empowerment <ul><li>Self Help Group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aim: Women Empowerment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How it works? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A group of around 25 women save on monthly basis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>These women borrow from this corpus fund on need basis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advantage: Protection from money lender’s monopoly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other advantages: Leadership and administrative qualities are built amongst women </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This also brings unity in community to address other social problems. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ex: liquor shop in one of the tribal areas was kicked out! </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Case Study 3 – Employment Preparation <ul><li>Beeru and his reluctant friends and family had observed illiteracy for many decades. </li></ul><ul><li>Beeru stayed in Boys’ Hostel in Dandeli to complete his education. </li></ul><ul><li>Today Beeru holds Diploma (Automobiles) and has a job to support his family! Other such names are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bagu (B. Com, working in Goa) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kondu (Diploma in Dairy) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vittu (B. Com, working in bank) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vocational training like tailoring for tribal women are also undertaken. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Case Study 4 – Hita Raksha <ul><li>Vittu Shalke was saddened when his wife died in an accident caused by a bus. </li></ul><ul><li>The transport organization denied to pay compensation. </li></ul><ul><li>Vanavasi Kalyan fought for Vittu Shalke’s rights and ensured that Vittu Shalke received his part of compensation. </li></ul><ul><li>There are many such instances. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Case Study 5 – Sports Activities <ul><li>Mangala Siddhi stayed in Vanavasi Hostel while studying. </li></ul><ul><li>Received medals in All India Vanavasi Sports Meet in Shot Put and Running. </li></ul><ul><li>Mangala Siddhi is now a full-time volunteer. </li></ul><ul><li>Limba Ram (the Olympian archer) is a product of Vanavasi Hostel at Rajasthan. </li></ul><ul><li>Vanavasi Kalyan is the sole organizing agency for Central Govt. sponsored “Vanavasi Olympics” held once in four years. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Birds Eye View of Achievements <ul><li>Instrumental in building small bridges in vanavasi hamlets with the help of government bodies and local vanavasi women. </li></ul><ul><li>Starting schools in un-reached areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinated with Govt. organizations in providing electricity and drinking water to vanavasi areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Provided medical help to critically ill Vanavasis by admitting them in specialty hospitals. </li></ul><ul><li>Persuaded Vanavasis to keep themselves away from alcoholism. </li></ul><ul><li>Community leadership and many more … </li></ul>
  24. 24. Demography of Vanavasi Areas – No. of districts (Karnataka)
  25. 25. You are right……. Seeing is believing !! Vanayatra a unique way to experience our projects and vanavasi life !!!
  26. 26. Vanayatra 1 - Chamarajnagar, Bandipur, Gundlupet  <ul><li>This place is near Mysore. the hilltop is around 30 kms from Chamarajnagar town. </li></ul><ul><li>The area is a reserved forest and the Soliga community is living there for ages, surrounded by thick rain forest and wild animals. </li></ul><ul><li>Bandipur is a famous wild life sanctuary in Karnataka. This can be a hectic trip of one day from Mysore. </li></ul><ul><li>Start before 8 am from Mysore and start the return journey from forest before 4.30pm. There is no public transport to the hills. VKK arranges for the Vehicle. </li></ul><ul><li>Ideal group :5 to 15 members. </li></ul><ul><li>Ideal time  :Through out the year </li></ul><ul><li>Expense     :Rs. 500/- per head   </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation and Food :Provided by Vanavasi Kalyan </li></ul>
  27. 27. Vanayatra 2 - Dandeli, Ambikanagar <ul><li>The place is around 400Kms. from Bangalore. It is a overnight journey by train or by bus to Hubli on Friday night visit the places, night stay at Ambikanagar. </li></ul><ul><li>Here is the famous Kali River Hydal power project which generates around 40% of Karnataka’s power requirement. </li></ul><ul><li>This is a reserved forest area and a trekking place. Sunday morning again visit the Vanavasi villages in the remote forest areas and return back to Bangalore by night train from Hubli. </li></ul><ul><li>Ideal group :5 to 15 members. </li></ul><ul><li>Ideal time  :October to March (June to September  if you want to experience the heavy rains through out the day and the  tribal life during rainy season make up your mind with rain coat, warm cloths and gum boots) </li></ul><ul><li>Expense     :Rs. 1000/- per head   </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation and Food :Provided by Vanavasi Kalyan </li></ul>
  28. 28. Possible Areas to Extend Help Elders Youth Children Women
  29. 29. Hope lies on you … <ul><li>Sponsor Education of a Child </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Degree Courses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Monthly Expenses of a Full-Time Worker </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Hostel Expense of a Student </li></ul><ul><li>Sewing Machine for Women </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Expenses of Library </li></ul><ul><li>Donating Clothes to Vanavasi Family </li></ul><ul><li>Get associated with Vanavasi projects </li></ul><ul><li>Please refer Vanavasi Kalyan brochure for details. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Money matters .…
  31. 31. Thanks for your time… <ul><li>Contact for Vanayatra and other details </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Venkatesh Nayak 94800 75149 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dr. Suresh Babu 98445 74436 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Balasubrahmanya 98445 94422 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vanavasi Kalyan </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Vanasri’, 1435/36, 2 nd Cross, 5 th A Main, ‘D’ Block, Rajajinagar 2 nd Stage, Bangalore – 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Phone : 080 – 23420844, 9449776782 </li></ul><ul><li>Email : </li></ul>Please visit us at