Mann Deshi Foundation

The organization seeks to improve the quality of life of women and their families living in the rural areas of Maharashtra & Karnataka. Our primary objective is to empower rural women and fight injustices based on gender, caste and class. Our programs are designed to improve our clients' quality of life by promoting education, health, property rights, leadership and technology.
Sep 3, 2013

A Hope in Drought : Mann Deshi Cattle Camp

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters !

Thanks for having made the Cattle Camp possible !!

On behalf of Mann Deshi Foundation, Mhaswad (Taluka Mann,), I would be grateful you for your drought relief support to the cattle camp program.

Mann Deshi started cattle camp on 21st April, 2012.  Farmers had no option but to sell off their valuable assets animal because lack of fodder and water.  Mann taluka have not received rainfall from last 36 months.  At its highest level, in September-October 2012, there were up to 15,000 animals in the Camp. 6,000 families from more than 50 villages from the drought-prone area of Mann Taluka have benefited from the Camp. There, Mann Deshi provides fodder, cattle feed and water.  The state finances the fodder, but not the water which is the most expensive.  The cattle camp hosted the celebrations for several festivals: Bendur, Nag Panchi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, and Independence Day.

Because of Your Support -

  • 15,000 animals were saved from slaughterhouse.
  • Mann Deshi started the construction of Nala Bandharas as a long term solution to conserve rain water. 
  • The Bandhara is constructed on the site where farmers from these villages will get benefit.  The Catchment area of each Bandhara is around 5 Sq. Mile & Mann Deshi is constructing 3 Bandaharas.

Indeed, the drought is since 2011, Mann Deshi wants to provide solution not just relief.  And Cattle Camp is a relief and not a solution. The solution is to conserve the rain water.  Mann Deshi has started the conservation of rain water through the rejuvenation and construction of new Nala Bandharas. We have already rejuvenated 12 existing Percolation tank.  This will recharge the water level in the area and will also help to solve the drinking water problem.   And recharging of water level can also use for farming.

Currently, Cattle Camp has 5000 animals.  This year, though it is September 2013, still no rain and it seems that this year will also go without rain.  Once again, we would like to thank you for your financial support in this program and for making all this possible, 

Yours sincerely,

Sep 3, 2013

Give a girl a bike : help her go to school

Rupali with her bike
Rupali with her bike

Dear Mann Deshi Supporters,

Rupali lives in Awarvadi village which is a drought prone area and since last three years there is no drop of water.  Her father is a goat and sheep rearer.   Her village was hurt by drought so her parents have to move to another village for 7 to 8 months. Rupali has two brothers and she stays at her home with her brothers.  Her big brother is in 10th and younger one is in 5th std.  As both mother and father are migrated full responsibility fall on Rupali.  She cooks for her brothers & then goes to the school.  Because of scarcity of money, her brother also goes to cut the wood.  After finishing this work they go to the school.  School is 4m away from home; it takes more than one hour to walk.  Though this is the age of playing-jumping this children’s are working so hard to help their family.

Rupali has to walk 4 kms to her school. She is currently in 6th standard. Mann Deshi has donated bicycle to Rupali and now she can continue her studies.  She owns a Mann Deshi bicycle, and now saves hours every school day in travel time; time which she spends focusing on her studies.

The bighearted donation by Mann Deshi partners enables young girls like Rupali to overcome the challenges & fulfill their dreams. 

Jun 5, 2013

A Hope in Drought : Mann Deshi Cattle Camp

construction of Nala Bandhara : Longterm solution
construction of Nala Bandhara : Longterm solution

Dear Mann Deshi Foundation Supporters,

One year is over around 1300 families have been residing at cattle camp, Mhaswad.  Mann Taluka is witnessing unprecedented drought.  Due to the non-availability of fodder and water, the number of animals dead is unprecedented and has to be sold cheaply to butchers. Now its 3rd year, there has been no rain in Mann Taluka.   Today, people are migrating from Mann Taluka, not in search of employment but in search of drinking water.

In order to help, Mann Deshi also felt the responsibility to serve the local community and started a Cattle camp - providing water and fodder to animals - in the Mhaswad village on 21st April, 2012.  The Mann Deshi Foundation cattle camp has supported +14,000 animals from 52 villages till October, 2012.   Mann Deshi has provided 400,000 liter water per day and paid around 900,000RS daily for fodder, cattle feed and water etc.  Currently, Mann Deshi cattle camp has 5000 animals with 1300 families and providing water & fodder to animals.   Government pays Rs.60 per animal for fodder but water cost is not covered by Government.

Nearly, one year is over around 1300 families have been residing at cattle camp, Mhaswad.  Farmers in Mann Taluka do not have any work for last one year no agriculture, no wages.  NREGA work has scattered which is started by government.  Payment of NREGA is not done for months so farmers do not want to go and work with NREGA.  Some of farmers have been able to get the job at Mann Deshi Nala Bandhara but most of them are jobless.   Also most of the farmers have migrated, only the families whose child goes to school are not migrated.    In such a worse condition it has been impossible to survive.  Mann Deshi has decided to provide food grains to farmers so that they can survive. 

Below is the minimal budget for foodgrains: 

 

Monthly Requirement of Foodgrains

No. of Families

Requirement of Rice (in Kg)

Rice per kg (Rs)

Requirement of Dal (in Kg)

Dal per kg (Rs)

Total Amt for Rice

Total Amt for Dal

Total Amount

1300

15

25

6

76

487500

592800

1080300

The Mann Deshi Foundation asks you sincerely to support generously and help community in this severe situation.  Your support will give relief to drought affected people in Mann taluka.

construction of Nala Bandhara : Longterm solution
construction of Nala Bandhara : Longterm solution
Mann Deshi Cattle Camp
Mann Deshi Cattle Camp
Mann Deshi Cattle Camp
Mann Deshi Cattle Camp
Mann Deshi Farmer on cattle camp
Mann Deshi Farmer on cattle camp
 
   

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