Nature of Initiative: Implementing
Location: 80 villages of Thambalapalli and Madnapalli mandal, Chittoor district; RIPE- 30 villages of Kadapa and Gopavaram mandals of Kadapa district and VRDS- 25 villages of Rudravaram, of Kurnool district, AP
Project Holder: Ms. J. Lalithamma
Objectives: # To ensure enforcement of right to survival, protection, development and participation of children through child collectives in the operational villages/ Mandal. # To sensitize and build the capacities of all the stake holders to protect the rights of the children, especially right to education and dignity. # Promote strong cadre leaders in the communities to fight against all forms of exploitation of marginalized people # To strengthen and promote voluntary effort in rural development through building up of local leadership, local institutions and to train workers particularly amongst the weaker sections # Initiate and strengthen CBOs of various interest groups among the target communities. # To ensure social justice for the target groups influence the policy.
Reference Group: Dalits (Mala and Madiga communities) and Tribals (mainly Yerukulas, Yanadis and Sugalis)
Situation: Chittoor is the border district between the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Lack of steady employment and access to PDS result in malnourishment of most of the dalit and tribal families. Poor govt health infrastructure makes it difficult for women to get proper health care for themselves and their children. Malnutrition and unhygienic living conditions cause diseases like pneumonia, malaria, filaria and brain fever. Poor infrastructure at schools, non-availability of teachers and extreme poverty force children to drop out of schools and enter the labor force. Status of women and girl children is worse. Child marriages, especially of girl children are rampant. Apart from economic exploitation, the marginalized communities face social discrimination, including untouchability. Child labor is high in mandals where cotton growing is high. Majority of the child laborers are from tribal families who live in separate colonies called thandas. Starvation and hunger deaths have occurred in some of the mandals where agriculture is mostly rain fed.
Project brief: In 1992 Mrs. J. Lalithamma established People's Organization for Rural Development (PORD). PORD started its activities in Thamballapalle mandal which is underdeveloped and where the situation of dalit and tribals (especially of women and children) is poor. The dalits are illiterate and unaware of their rights. CRY's partnership has been important in terms of community mobilization and CBO formation at the village and mandal level. The strength of the organization lies in the Project Holder's vast experience in community mobilization, good rapport with the community; clear strategy for working with dalit rights issues, experienced accountant and other staff, women led Board and good working relations with government and linkages with other organizations and the media. Awareness has been created among various stakeholders about the ill-effects and legalities of the child marriage issues. A campaign was initiated against child labour.
CRY support since: 2007