Category Archives: Organizations

Call Shakti Vahini or the national helpline Childline to report human trafficking of tribal girls and women:
Shakti Vahini on +91-11-42244224, +91-9582909025 or the national helpline Childline on 1098.
Learn more: https://indiantribalheritage.org/?page_id=21889

“Our aim is for all the adivasi institutions to be owned, governed and managed by the adivasis through their own representatives. The day-to-day administration of these institutions is already in the hands of trained adivasis. The leadership governing these institutions are adivasi village leaders and youth.” – Action for Community Organisation, Rehabilitation and Development (ACCORD)
https://www.accordweb.in
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=1992

“Rural communities certainly need education, but their life is interwoven with many social and cultural issues that must all be taken into account. UNESCO is right to argue that an integrated approach with a holistic view is appropriate.” – Santal educationist Boro Baski in “India’s rural primary schools still have room for improvement” (Development + Cooperation, 22 May 2016)
https://www.dandc.eu/en/article/indias-rural-primary-schools-still-have-room-improvement
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=20429

“In every country around the world, people are working for little or no pay, controlled by threats, debt, and violence. We call it by many names, but it amounts to the same thing: modern slavery. Slavery is illegal everywhere, but it continues to thrive because so many of us. […] By joining Freedom United, you become part of the solution.” – Freedom United
https://www.freedomunited.org/
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?page_id=21951

“PARI [People’s Archive of Rural India] is not only archiving invaluable materials about rural India, but also developing a cadre of knowledgeable reporters who can report from rural India about its realities. This digital archive has already received some significant awards for its work, including the Praful Bidwai Memorial Award (June, 2016). PARI seeks to “continue its efforts to push the borders of digital multimedia and take journalism, arts, crafts, and literature out of the hands of corporations and hand it back to people.” It will strengthen its efforts to have subalterns speak for themselves; for instance, adivasi women shoot their own videos that are posted on the site. […] It has just launched “Cover Your Country”, and is determined to report stories from all of India’s 95 regions; the mainstream media today covers just seven or eight of these regions.” – Jael Silliman in “Voices from the countryside” (The Telegraph, 12 November 2016)
https://www.telegraphindia.com/1161112/jsp/opinion/story_118705.jsp#.WEK2-JIkLUN
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=21398

“[P]eople, particularly indigenous or tribal groups that number in millions live inside or at the periphery of protected areas, and rely on biodiversity for sustaining their livelihoods [while] centralised management of biodiversity has created conflicts between people and managers of protected areas. These conflicts have endangered rather than enhanced conservation. […] Overall, India is blessed with unique and an enormous amount of biodiversity that sustains many of our economic endeavours, and provides aesthetic, cultural and spiritual values. This biodiversity is declining, and this decline is threatening our survival. […] Meeting this responsibility will entail a fundamental shift in the ways we describe, assess changes, and conserve biodiversity.” – Kamaljit S. Bawa (President of the Bangalore-based Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment) in “Survey of the Environment (2010 published by The Hindu”)
https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/article547960.ece
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=5026

“Visva Bharati was established […] as part of a unique experiment to have classes not indoors but outside in nature. […] About religion, [Tagore] wrote, ‘Those who in the name of faith embrace illusion, kill and are killed.’” – Atanu Mitra in “Why the decision to cancel historic fairs at Tagore’s university sparked violence and vandalism” (Scroll.in 17 August 2020)
https://scroll.in/article/970959/why-the-decision-to-cancel-historic-fairs-at-tagores-university-sparked-violence-and-vandalism
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=35639

“Tribal and indigenous peoples’ education must be under their control; it must be rooted in the people’s own land, language and culture; and instil pride in themselves and their people. Help us put indigenous education back under indigenous control.” – Video post by Survival International on Factory Schools where being indigenous is seen as “wrong”
https://www.survivalinternational.org/factoryschools
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=34514

“Video Volunteers (VV) is working to create an alternative media landscape in which thousands of people around the world, living in slums and villages, are producing high quality video content that brings awareness to communities and empowers them to take action.
We create models of sustainable, locally owned media, and devise training programs that give communities the journalism, critical thinking and creative skills to run them.” – About VideoVolunteers
https://www.youtube.com/c/videovolunteers/about
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=6129

“The General Assembly […] Recognizing the value and diversity of the cultures and the forms of social organization of the world’s indigenous people […] Mindful of the relevant recommendations of the World Conference on Human Rights, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development and the International Conference on Population and Development, in particular chapter 26 of Agenda 21 2/ on recognizing and strengthening the role of indigenous people and their communities […] Determined to promote the enjoyment of the rights of indigenous people and the full development of their distinct cultures and communities […] Decides that the Decade will have an operational focus to implement its goals and that its theme will be “Indigenous people: partnership in action” –Resolution adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations during its 94th plenary meeting on 23 December 1994
https://www.un.org/en/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/49/214
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?page_id=20487

Teaching Santal children by Boro Baski

Though India is hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, our small cluster of two Adivasi villages in West Bengal has not suffered infections yet. We do feel the economic impacts of course. […] Farm work has continued quietly. To many … Continue reading

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Community development involving Bhil women: A synthesis of traditional small community cooperation with the systems of a democratic state – Madhya Pradesh

Adivasi Millennium The Dhas Gramin Vikas Kendra is engaged in mobilisation for rights and community development among the Bhil Adivasis or indigenous people since 1982 in Alirajpur district in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. […] All this has been achieved … Continue reading

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“Gardening their way to Good Health”: Reversing tribal communities’ dependence on exploiters sustenance needs – Tamil Nadu

Adivasi communities traditionally depended on the forest for all their nutritional needs. They subsisted mainly on fruits, vegetables, tubers, fish, small game as well as the occasional crop they grew, predominantly coarse grains. However, as time passed and the nature … Continue reading

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Solidarity with the COVID-19 affected: Tribal Foundation (Nagercoil) – Tamil Nadu

Nagercoil, 7 November 2020 With the total lockdown with zero transportation in Kanyakumari, at the southern tip of India, all sectors of people had to face the new challenges in life as securing food , medicines and other essentials. There … Continue reading

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“Tribal communities are a standing example” – National workshop highlights the role of tribal women in the preservation of eco historic cultural heritage in India

A. Shrikumar, The Hindu, Madurai, January 27, 2017 | To read the full article, click here >>Mari Marcel Thekaekara, writer and Co-founder of ACCORD-Nilgiris says the tribal communities are a standing example of how women play a major role in preservation of eco … Continue reading

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