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Tribal

CHENCHUS

Work with PWDs takes on many forms like rehabilitative efforts, enabling access to governmental and institutional help, counselling, special schools, overcoming societal prejudices, fostering understanding and creating a peer-network of support and friendships. RDT today works actively in all these areas.

The Chenchus are a designated Scheduled Tribe in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka ed as oneand Odisha. They are classi of the Primitive Tribal Groups that are still dependent on forests and do not cultivate land but hunt for a living. Many live in the dense Nallamala forest region in Srisailam district of Andhra Pradesh.

OBJECTIVES

RDT has made inroads into the community since 2010 through family visits and the formation of Community based Organisations (CBOs). Owing to their dire poverty and backwardness in all social indicators of progress, RDT has initiated the following programmes in all these areas with the community.

Government Resource Mobilization

RDT workers help villagers gain awareness about various government programmes, schemes and acts such as Recognition of Forest Rights Act (RoFR Act), housing schemes and I.D. documents. Delivery is carried out through workshops to ensure they access their rights and are equal recipients of developmental schemes.

 Health Programme

RDT has facilitated CBOs to run 155 Nutrition Centres, train Chenchu women to serve at the grassroots level as CHWs. 2 Mobile Clinics are also stationed in the district. Any ailments beyond the purview of these facilities are escalated via RDT’s referral service network.

Ecology Programme

RDT has been educating tribals about their and rights and training them about agriculture. This includes mobilising arable land and demonstrating the means for optimal cropping and irrigation.

 Housing Programme

With the mobilisation of land, RDT helps villagers with sanitary permanent homes enabling them to move out of their hutments.

Livelihood Programme for Women

Leadership workshops, a Women’s Development Fund and vocational skills trainings help Chenchu women become active stakeholders in the development of their families and communities.

Education Programme

As with the rest of the Education sector, RDT has established enrolment drives, coaching camps, CDCs, savings grants and scholarships. Quizzes, art classes and Special Education initiatives are also being held for Chenchu children.

Cultural Programme

Over 400 children receive arts and cultural trainings, and 100 young Chenchus are co-creators of cultural content with RDT. The Ram Lakhan Drums program has been especially successful in polishing their innate talent at percussion and opening a viable income avenue to over 120 youth.

CASE STUDY

Ours is a tribal settlement where 18 Chenchu families owned uncultivable wet land and wanted to take up vegetable cultivation. In 2000, with help, few irrigation bores were drilled, but they remained unused for the absence of electricity supply and regular funds. RDT facilitated a grant of `5,000 per family to take up cultivation of leafy greens and vegetables. Each family now having a regular income is paying back their loan. “We are eating well, clothed well and dent of improving our economic conditions and leading a quality life” educating our children. We are now con – Nagamani and Ankanna, Pedda Nagalavaram Village

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