Santal community-based organisations – West Bengal

Self-determined village development by Boro Baski

Our fate in our hands

India’s indigenous Adivasi tribes are among the most disadvantaged people south of the Himalayan mountains. To improve their lot, some have begun to set up community-based organisations. […]

We have experienced that the shift from tradition to modernity is loaded with difficulties. It can easily take several generations. We do not want to be overwhelmed. Santal life is moulded by various socio-cultural and religious intricacies. Addressing any single aspect of peoples’ lives is unlikely to improve their living standard as a whole. We therefore have taken a holistic approach, trying to address all relevant aspects of village life. […]

All our initiatives reflect the rhythm and the abilities of the villagers. Read more >>

Boro Baski is a teacher and social worker with the community-based organisation Ghosaldanga Adibasi Seva Sangha in West Bengal. He was the first person from his village to finish college and to earn a PhD (in social work). The Adibasi Seva Sangha is supported by two voluntary organizations in Germany: Freundeskreis Ghoshaldanga und Bishnubati and Shining Eyes.


Source: Baski: Achievements of an Adivasi self-help organisation in India – Development and Cooperation – International Journal.
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