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

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