Ulgulan Foundation (Aadiwasi Janjagruti)
Dhadgaon, Nandurbar (Maharashtra
Every year crores of rupees are being spent on different development projects in Dhadgaon but it is not showing the intended results. Although there are many reasons behind it lack of awareness and low level of people’s participation is a major reason behind it. Many people don’t even know how to take benefits of different government schemes or whom to approach. This also causes corruption. Due to lack of proper communication channel between people and government, many relevant issues get unnoticed by the government.
We are working on creating a channel between people and the government by using locally available resources. Aadiwasi Janjagruti makes short films, videos, news in the local language (tribal) on local issues. Our volunteers produce videos on the identified issues of their village. Once produced we raise the issue and try to resolve it through a proper channel. The local youth, who is trained in producing news and video films are makes videos on their issues. They record and edit videos on their mobile phones using free editing apps. Once produced, these videos are screened in different village meetings using mobile projectors or are shared on different social media platforms.
Scalability and Impact:
We have a team of 3 full-time members and more than 50 volunteers who cover more than 150 villages. Currently, we are fully operational in Dhadgaon Block and expanding in nearby blocks. Before the Corona crisis, we screened our awareness videos in more than 100 village meetings and have reached more than 1 million people through different mediums. We have covered issues like child labor, corruption, water issues, road and network issues, agriculture.
Awards and Recognition:
Young Achievers Award from Quality Council of India. 1st prize in Nandurbar District for Swacch Sankalp se Swacch Siddhi short film competition Our team from Harankhuri village won 2nd Prize in Sant Tukaram Van Gram yojna in Maharashtra. Selected for “Young Social Entrepreneurship” Workshop from Singapor International Foundation.