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  • 1. Campaign to Educate Girl Child
  • 2. Women’s Forum
  • 3. Emergency Assistance
  • 4. Self-help Groups
  • 5. Child Panchayats
  • 6. Integrated Vegetable Production
  • 7. Adolescent Emancipation Project
  • 8. Establishing the ARC Centre
  • 9. Bee Keeping
  • 10. Pragmatic & Basic Education Centres
  • 11. Environmental Education Programme
  • 12. Natural Resource Management (NRM)
  • 13. Nature Tourism Development Programme
  • 14. Himalayan Cultural Heritage Conservation Development Programme
  • (Culture Conservation)
  • 15. Library Information Centre
  • 16. Himalaya Maiti Group (Himvan)
  • 17. Kalp Kshetra Vikas Andolan: Key Activities& Successes (Year 2005)
  • 18. Forest Right Based Programme
  • 19. Nijmula Education Development Committee- Fighting For Better
  • Education Facilities in the Valley Campaign to Educate Girl Child
  • 20. Bee Keeping
  • 21. Ensuring livelihood through Eco Tourism
  • 22. Reserve Fund of Jandesh

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1. Campaign to Educate Girl Child

Programme’s Background: Man and woman are the two sides of a coin and the development of the society is not possible without both of them. However, the economical, social, political and educational conditions of women are pathetic even today. The condition of the girl child is even worse. The adolescent girls suffer with a lack of knowledge about changes taking place in this age, health and education and they are discriminated as far as their education is concerned. At the same time, boys get opportunity for good education and learn many skills, but girls are not even send to schools and are kept bereft of education. Jandesh has launched widespread campaign in its working area—in dozens of villages in Joshimath and Dasholi blocks—to spread awareness about girls’ education through awareness rallies, conferences, meetings and essay competitions.

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2. Women’s Forum

Jandesh has established women’s forum in Dasholi and Joshimath blocks to achieve women’s economical and political objectives. Even after ensuring women’s participation in panchayats and elsewhere by the government, men continued their exploitation, thanks to lack of awareness, education and information prevailing among them. Jandesh has established a women’s forum keeping these perspective in view. The aim is to make them aware about various issues concerning them and sensitise them about their rights.

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3. Emergency Assistance

Jandesh has extended emergency economic assistance to widows, physically challenged, helpless & deprived and socially backward people for their education, health and restore their rights in the every year. The organisation has extended such assistance to 44 widows, disables and deprived women, men and children this year.

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4. Self-help Groups

Background

Since 2002-03, Jandesh has been continuously holding training programmes for self-help groups for their capacity enhancement, leadership development and income generation & bringing professionalism in them. Jandesh has attached them with banks in these years, in which banks have been providing loans to groups & Rs. 10,000 per member as a cyclical fund. Women use it to meet their domestic expenses, health, education and food. Groups charge 1 to 2 percent interest for this that is deposited in women’s funds, thus enhancing them.

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5. Child Panchayats

Jandesh has been working for the last 7-8 years with 3 to 14 years old children through panchayats in Joshimath block. The organisation has extended such work in Dasholi block too since 2004 through child panchayats. They are making children aware about various issues like health, cleanliness, education, especially girl’s education along with activities such as organisational building, child’s rights and child panchayats.

For skill development, children are being rewarded through many competitive programmes like painting, general knowledge and local knowledge. Besides, little kids are being taught basic numbers and letters writing skill with tools like paintings, sketches and earthen toys are used to evoke interest for it among them.

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6. Integrated Vegetable Production

Background

In hill regions, whereas traditional agriculture remains the norm since generations, vegetables are also being produced, but despite of its great possibilities, vegetables are produced largely only for self-consumption. Its key reason are: scattered fields and absence of any transport facility and transportation cost turns out to be much more than the production cost and farmers had to cough up money from their pockets. Therefore, no attention is paid to vegetables production in rural areas.

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7. Adolescent Emancipation Project

Background

Jai Nandadevi Svarozagar Shikshan Sansthan has been working for a complete development of adolescents by forming 100 adolescent groups in 96 anganwadi centres in Joshimath and 46 groups in 46 centres of Dasholi blocks. It is preparing them for the future by developing them for adolescent age, health, education, nutrition, venereal- diseases, skills for personality development, economic development, making them aware for their legal and fundamental rights for the development of family& society, so that they could lead to their bright future.

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8. Establishing the ARC Centre

Under the adolescent emancipation project, 3 ARC centres have been established in which one is the child development centre in Dasholi block at Gopeshwar where a library exists for adolescents’ educational development, promoting professional & creative activities and information dissemination through reading newspapers & magazines.

Jandesh has established ARC centres at Jandesh office at Salana (Urgam) and in Joshimath Pokhariyal Bhawan in Joshimath block. Here, 5000 books are available in Joshimath’s library and 1000 books, journals and magazines in Joshimath office.

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9. Bee Keeping

Background

Under the World Food Programme, Jandesh is forming groups to practice bee keeping in 11 remote villages in Joshimath block. These villages are located 7 to 25 kms from the motor able road. Agriculture is the only source of livelihood for the people here and their entire life depends on this. Keeping this in view, Jandesh is working in these villages by considering bee keeping as another source of livelihood. People have been following traditional methods of bee keeping hitherto in the region, so they get no extra incomes. Keeping this situation in mind, bee keeping is promoted through technical know-how, so that economic condition of beekeepers may be improved and their income be augmented.

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10. Pragmatic & Basic Education Centres

Background

Keeping the status of education in distant villages of Uttarakhand, Jandesh is running 10 practical & basic education centres in Joshimath block to promote education & provide quality education. These centres are conducted for 4-14 years old children in gram panchayats where as per their needs, they are taught local knowledge, stories, language, theatre and songs etc. This programme is conducted with the help of New Education Centre, New Delhi.

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11. Environmental Education Programme

Background

Jandesh has been promoting environmental education by a programme sponsored by Uttarakhand Seva Nidhi, Almora, under which balwadi programme is going on in 10 villages and in 35 others women’s groups awareness, toilet construction and environmental enrichment programmes are taking place. Under this, environmental education is being imparted through environment based stories, theme songs, & slogans to 0-5 year’s old kids for their comprehensive development. Environmental Education Centres run by Jandesh

S.N Name of the centre Teacher No of students
1 Palla Deepa Arya 20
2 Chanchadi (Sumbhai) Maheshwari 12
3 Jyotinagar (Joshimath) Kamala 11
4 Kimana Vimala Bhandari 18
5 Talla Barginda (Urgam) Lalita 27
6 Kamd (Joshimath) Anita 20
7 Danidhar (Thaing) Manorama 12
8 Kanakot (Thaing) Jayashree 20
9 Chain Tulasi Devi 15

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12. Natural Resource Management (NRM)

Background

The main source of livelihood for ordinary folk of Uttarakhand is natural resource management (NRM) only. Without excellent enrichment and conservation of these resources, life is just not possible here. Jandesh has mentioned this fact in its vision and mission that the organisation will work relentlessly for their sustainable development so that making employment based on natural resources to the people here may be possible. Making opportunities of employment based on natural resources and to achieve a goof economic standards or strengthening will be possible only when natural resources are sustainably utilised and several kinds of self-employments are aligned with traditional knowledge and scientific techniques.

Jandesh is carrying out following livelihood activities based on the sustainable management of natural resources in 5 villages:

  • Dairy industry development services.
  • Beekeeping.
  • Plantations.
  • Small savings and loans.
  • Eco-tourism/bio-tourism.
  • Ringal.
  • Resource management initiative.

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13. Nature Tourism Development Programme

Jandesh has always worked to promote adventure tourism. Keeping the enormous possibilities of natural tourism in the region in vies, a trekking team based on natural tourism has been formed in the Urgam Valley. Narendra Singh Negi of Devgram village functions as its leader. Other 10-15 local youths are involved with the team. They are informed about various schemes of tourism development time to time.

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14. Himalayan Cultural Heritage Conservation Development Programme (Culture Conservation)

Background

For the study& development of any civilisation, it is necessary to conserve its culture as history teaches us about the past& guides the future. Jandesh has just tried to conserve the folk culture of Uttarakhand for the last decade so that the cultural heritage may remain alive.

Aims& Objectives
  • Understanding traditional knowledge.
  • Collecting folk- heritage& understanding it.
  • Collecting folksongs& popularising them.
  • Documentation.
Activities

Jandesh has been trying from its early days to conserve extinguished cultural heritage—whether it may be the collection of jagar or that of folk-culture. The organisation has collected Sidua-Vidhva, a folk-story this year. Alongside, mask making& making ringal stuffs have also been done time-to-time. The workers have also collected slides, photos; especially that of tribal culture& kholi and have studied folk-fairs. Besides, the organisation has published 500 copies of ek-qadam, a folk-culture based book.

1. Museum Construction:

Jandesh has started the construction of a small museum for the conservation of the folk-culture. Photos of local art& culture and rare articles are being collected in this museum. This collection is continuously going on in the organisation’s office at Salana.

2. Publicity camp based on folk-culture:

Two workers of Jandesh went on a cultural-tour of Niti Valley of Joshimath in 2005, in which they worked on essays& photo collection of the folk-arts of the Valley etc. Video& photo collection of the 40-years old Nandadevi Mano Fair was also done in2005 at Urgam Valley. On this occasion, A.P. Maikhuri, the MLA, Badrinath, instated the book, Nanda ke Jagar, Ek Qadam, published by Jandesh.

Jandesh carried shot the video& carried out the photo study of the 70-years old Jakh Devata Fair, Chain and prepared a detailed document of it.

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15. Library Information Centre

More than 5000 books, magazines, newspapers & newsletters of Garhwali, Hindi& English are available at Jandesh Information Centre for the dissemination of information& making it reaches to the villagers. Daily& weekly magazines, newspapers & newsletters constantly come to organisation’s office.

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16. Himalaya Maiti Group (Himvan)

Background

At girls’ weddings days, brides& grooms plant trees with full rituals—the Brahmin reciting mantras—through the Himalaya Maiti Group. This ensures a sentimental attachment to the environmental conservation that evokes the inner sentiments of people to conserve nature. The organisation has formed the following Maiti Group:

S.N Name of the group No of members Saving amount No of trees planted
1 Maiti Group, Geera 15 625 14
2 Maiti Group, Talla Bardinda 25 705 2
3 Maiti Group, Kanakot 8 200 4
4 Maiti Group, Dumak 10 215 5
5 Maiti Group, Devgram 10 300 7
6 Maiti Group, Arosi 8 280 6

The basic sentiment behind the programme is to organise women in such a way that they may gift something valuable at the weddings of their poor& deprived friends and plant a tree. Thus, the programme has begun in distant regions like Urgam valley, Joshimath, Palla & Dumak.

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17. Kalp Kshetra Vikas Andolan: Key Activities& Successes (Year 2005)

Background

Kalp Kshetra Vikas Andolan (KKVA) is the introduction of the resentment of Urgam/Bharki region. Even 59 years after the Independence, people of this region are deprived of their basic rights, health& education. The Helang- Urgam motorway that was approved 39 years ago, is ready just for 2 kms. Because of this resentment, youths such as Laxman Singh Negi, Chandra Prakash Panwar, Rajendra Singh Rana etc. held a mutual discussion& decided to launch a movement to resolve region’s problems. Saraswati Devi, the es-pradhan & Shankar Singh Chauhan, wrote letters to people to inform them about the programme. As a result, 150 people attended open village meeting on 10th May 2002 at the primary school, Urgam& the KKVA was formally launched& a people organised 32-day long dharana (sit-in) at the panchayat bhawan, Barginda for the construction of the Helang- Urgam motorway.

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18. Forest Right Based Programme

Background

Unique system of van panchayats exists in Uttarakhand since the colonial days. People here have been conserving, enriching, using & utilising them under this system. People had amenity with forests. Slowly as forest laws became stronger, peoples’ rights were terminated because of severe restrictions. Because of this, peoples’ livelihoods were threatened too. Overlooking all these problems, the government is hading over all natural resources like water, land & forests to private hands in this age of privatisation. A question mark stands in front of peoples’ existence here. Uttarakhand’s peoples’ livelihoods are now gravely endangered, thank to the incessant construction of dams, wildlife sanctuaries& national parks and all lands except the measured ones coming under the ownership of the FD. Therefore, in this situation, struggle has become necessary to preserve peoples’ forest rights. Main aim is to accelerate the struggle through the Association by establishing such an association of the sarpanches of van panchayats, as they remain the symbols of water, land & forests, so that rights of the communities may be re-established on natural resources& communities may exercise their conservation, enrichment, & utilisation. To save the existence of water, land& forests, Jandesh’s friends & network alliances organised awareness meetings& workshops in different districts& blocks of Uttarakhand in 005 through the Jan Caravan Forum.

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19. Nijmula Education Development Committee- Fighting For Better Education Facilities in the Valley

Shilpkar community of Nijmula valley were deprived of their basic rights- health and education. This Valley is 35 kilometres far from the District headquarter of Chamoli. There are 138 Shilpkar families in this valley. The female literacy is only 5 % - that is only one woman for 100 women are educated. Due to illiteracy, women lack awareness of education, health and their basic rights. They have no school after 5th standard. All over valley there is just one government school, which is till 10th standard. Some people send their children 7 to 10 km from on foot to the nearest school. To make them aware of their right, and involve them in the community decision making process, Jandesh formed an education development committee in Nijmula valley, to work on different problems faced by the community in the valley.

 

 

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