RID POVERTY & HUNGER IN 50 INDIAN TRIBAL VILLAGES

by The Earth Trust
RID POVERTY & HUNGER IN 50 INDIAN TRIBAL VILLAGES
RID POVERTY & HUNGER IN 50 INDIAN TRIBAL VILLAGES
RID POVERTY & HUNGER IN 50 INDIAN TRIBAL VILLAGES
RID POVERTY & HUNGER IN 50 INDIAN TRIBAL VILLAGES
RID POVERTY & HUNGER IN 50 INDIAN TRIBAL VILLAGES
RID POVERTY & HUNGER IN 50 INDIAN TRIBAL VILLAGES
RID POVERTY & HUNGER IN 50 INDIAN TRIBAL VILLAGES
RID POVERTY & HUNGER IN 50 INDIAN TRIBAL VILLAGES
RID POVERTY & HUNGER IN 50 INDIAN TRIBAL VILLAGES
RID POVERTY & HUNGER IN 50 INDIAN TRIBAL VILLAGES
Oct 6, 2020

report and Thank you


Carrying on regardless

The time frame for a viable Covid  vaccine is nebulous. At Earth Trust the emphasis is on building up immunity levels. Our Health  team has been on the phone, talking to our village women trainees, encouraging them to stay active, stay at home and eat healthily. The village Panchayat itself has strict rules for village people returning from elsewhere. They are made to stay in the community centre, cook for themselves for a minimum of 10 days. We normally park our sewing machines in the community centre for nearly three months while our programme is being conducted. Courtesy the Corona virus, our machines are also in quarantine in Kothumudi- the last village where we held our Womens' Programme. The village head has not given us permission to retrieve them.

To encourage local leadership we have been  planning to identify and train a person who can then be a resource person covering 4 nearby villages ( within 10 kilometres)  including her own. This whole concept has taken on a sombre urgency due to a new phenomenon - the Covid widow. With deep sorrow we share the tragic news of two of our trainees, one from Kothumudi and one from Kadanadu. The Kadanadu casualty -40 years old was a bus conductor. His widow, all of 28, is one of our brightest sparks. From being a secondary financial family supporter, she has to transition to being the primary provider. We have featured her in an earlier report to GG. The  Kothumudi trainee who lost her husband is just in her early 20s. Her husband worked as a mechanic in a Government Transport Corporation. He was all of 28. They are all so heartbreakingly young. There are not very many opportunities available in the hills. This has triggered a whole lot of brainstorming-- how to equip women to be able to have multiple revenue avenues. The main issue is always funding.

The  restrictions on inter-district vehicular movement has been lifted. Livelihoods have marginally improved. The concomitant Covid-exposure brings with it the inevitable increase in Covid positive cases. We have shared with you the direct effect on two of our trainees. Ah well, it is not just us but the whole world that is going through this. More and more it makes sense to grow one's own small patch of vegetables. Why is it that we as a species wait till a " if you don't quit smoking you will die in 2 months" moment happen?

We in the Nilgiris are blessed, we are relatively safe. So we have the physical and mental space to celebrate the wasabi that  have sprouted in our Resource farms. We are collecting seeds to give our farmers to grow small patches of high value vegetables. We discovered  that they are horseradish, not the Wasabi Wasabi of Japan !!!. Potent nevertheless. On that note of celebration and hope--- Adieu.

Malathi Mittal, Managing Trustee
I am attaching the photographs
Captions for the photographs:
1. (Flags) Gifting seed carrying Flags on Independence day
2. (Youngster) Marathon runner/UG student harvesting rhubarb,earning.
3.Planting paddy-  traditional Adiken variety in Gudalur   



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Location: Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu - India
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