This blog is dedicated to the People Led Development (PLD) approach in development sector. The blog reflects PLD stories and experiences from the fields of North East (NE) India, a repository of several ethnic groups with unique tradition and culture.
PLD is the integral component of a project titled Facilitating Agriculture Regeneration (FARM) in North East India. FARM is being implemented by partners in 7 states of NE India except Sikkim and supported by Caritas India.
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
COMMUNITY CONSTRUCTS DAMAGED DRAINAGE SYSTEM
& villagers of Boasimla-I in Upper Subansiri District of Arunachal Pradesh
would struggle hard to cope up with water from the over flowing dilapidated
drains. The overflowing water had all the ingredients fit for spreading water
borne diseases in that area. The location of this almost nonexistent drain was
in the middle of the village just by the main road. People of the village were
looking nothing less than being helpless to the situation. Our children are worst affected of this dirty water as they are prone
to catching different diseases and our hard earned money is gone in giving them
medical attention said; Mr. Tap Tapuk ZPM, Kamporijo Anchal Block - II. Several kinds of diseases like Tuberculosis,
Malaria, Typhoid and Jaundice etc were showing in among the people, especially
children. The 216 strong households of this village depend on wage labour and
on small pretty shops for their livelihood other than agricultural activities.
FARM North East
project has Boasimla-I as one of its project villages. Itanagar Diocesan
Empowerment Association (IDEA), the implementing partner is responsibly
carrying out the project activities in the area. While carrying out activities,
IDEA got to know about the issue of drains in Boasimla-I. We told our friends from IDEA how badly we are suffering because of the
drains and requested them if they could suggest us some solutions said: Tap
Taning. IDEA wasted no time thereafter in working towards mobilizing the
community on how best they can solve the issue they are faced with. IDEA
organized a community level orientation on the poor infrastructure and civic
amenities of the village during training session 2014/15. The project team went
around the village and brought the villagers together for community
reflections. The community was also informed about the successes of communities
when they had collectively launched development actions. We were highly motivated with the presentations made by them (IDEA) on
collective actions and it gave us the confidence that if others can achieve
success, so can we said Godak Mathew.
Here on the
community that once hesitated to take such moves started mobilizing themselves
now. The community convened a meeting on 17 December 2013 and discussed how
they could address the issue of poor state of the Drainage. It was resolved
that the community themselves would go for the construction of the drain of
their own. An appeal was made for donations required for the construction The
community responded immediately to the appeal by donating as per their individual
capabilities. A stunning Rs 65,00/- was collected as local contribution. Men & women
of Boasimla-I coming together to contribute labour in constructing the drain. All
of them put in hard labour for a month. Their hard work bore results when a 1
Km drain took shape during October 2014 thus giving a respite to the people. We would have may be never felt the beauty of
togetherness if we had not come out as a unit for this noble cause said; Mr.
Taw Sala adding further that they would keep alive the spirit of togetherness
Drain Constructed by the Community
The local administration in the area when
informed was taken for a big surprise. The administration couldn’t believe that
the drain was being built by the community without taking a penny from the
Government. The Government then immediately took due cognizance of the matter
while applauding the people for their generosity. We saw our hard work bearing sweet fruits
when the Government not only recognized us but also sanctioned an amount of Rs 2,50,000.00 for
further maintenance & cleanliness of the drain constructed by us said a
jubilantly smiling Ms. Guchi Attick.
that the story was carried over further. The news of this unique happening was
published on local dailies immediately.
It feels good
to see how partners of Caritas India are trying to involve community ownership
by motivating them in every possible way. Caritas India’s initiative on peoples’
empowerment bore yet another flower & the fragrance is spreading around.