Empowering the tribal about land rights
VACHAN had addressed the issue about tenancy rights of tribal farmers who were unable to devlop their land at the threat of ousted by land owners. They were empowered by intensive training in about their rights and legal remedies. They have achieved their goals. This benefited about 100 families.
Local youth who were trained to address these issues are now politically mainstreamed. One of the activist was elected as a Panchayat Samiti Chairman. One a woman activist has been elected as Zilla Parishad member. All the local men and women who were associated with VACHAN in any of these programmes have been elected at Gram panchayat members, Sarpanch, Committee members and/or vastishala teachers, anganwadi worker, arogyasakhi, pada swayamsevak (tribal community health worker), political leader etc. during the past 10 years. Empowering and mainstreaming the empowered individuals has been the main thrust area.
Empowering women against violence:
In 1995-2002, about 60 women’s SHG were set up and functioning. This included about 600 families. They used it for family needs. There were 10 thrifting groups of boys and men. They used the loans for livelihood systems. The women SHGs also were empowered as members of a family, society and political system. They participated and led movements against alcohol, for land rights for tribal and for women, employment generation, domestic violence, as members of education committees etc.
Domestic violence has been a bane amongst rural and urban communities. The recent law has provided an important tool to fight it out. However, the women suffer from health problems as a direct or indirect outcome of domestic violence. A set of intervention starting from making them aware about negligence both the family and health care provider to health care, about identifying survivors of violence based on the behaviour and symptoms etc. A community based cadre has been developed with the objective to identify and councel the survivors. A block has been covered in this activity in 2007.
Training Panchayati Raj Representatives
VACHAN has trained gram panchayat members of 4 blocks about the legal provisions for decentralization of their power and responsibilities.
Awareness campaign about Family Courts
NALSA has been active in provide legal awareness about remedies of prolonged legal battles at courts. VACHAN has been facilitating these efforts in 4 blocks. During 2002-2007, a total of 100 such camps were organized.