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Community leaders acting on common issues

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Community leaders acting on common issues

Thummalabailu Chenchu gudem is 25 kilometers away from Dornala. It is in Prakasam district. Village population is 415. RDT conducted Large Scale Interaction Program (LSIP) for community leaders from all villages of Dornala area, to provide awareness on various government programs for the Chenchus. This program also provided interaction with the government officers of all departments relevant to the Chenchu people. Inspired by this program, Thummalabailu Chenchu leaders submitted a memorandum on all their needs to the government officers. The first one was about drinking water as the available cistern does not store sufficient water required for all the families. RDT supplied drinking water with 125 tankers for 45 days. But that was only for summer. The government responded and drilled 6 bore-wells of which 3 were successful. The government fixed 3 submersible motors with 3 hand pumps. With this, their drinking water problem was solved. Then the community leaders also succeeded in getting 98 bathrooms cum toilets sanctioned to their village. A teacher was appointed in the tribal residential school in their village. 10 families received 10 pairs of bullocks for cultivation. The community leaders are continuing their interaction with various government officers to get more resources mobilized to their Chenchu gudem.