VACHAN is a development organisation working for more than two decades, with the
tribal of Igatpuri and Triambakeshwar blocks of Nashik district in thestate of
Maharashtra. Nashik district primarily has farm based economy, half of its Blocks have are
predominantly tribal population. VACHAN has beeninvolved in various programmes with
an aim to make a dent on poverty with an integrated approach. The programmes have
been in the realm of Primary Education,Primary Health, Livelihood and Governance.
VACHAN started with working in 20 villages and has now reached up to 60 villages. There
are studies, which categorically show that now poverty in India is concentrated in specific
pockets with associated common parameters. One of the common parameter in most of
these pockets is observed to be the fact that these are the tribal living in remote areas.
And hence the determination to continue working in such areas with grassroots
development programmes gets an edge of urgency.
About the People:
The population is widely spread with most of the villages has less than 400 households.
The main village has hamlets and the entire village is spread across the main village and
hamlets. The area is hilly like Konkan region and experiences high rainfall. The tribals
inhabit the small hillocks. Mahadeo Koli and Thakar are the dominant tribes.The farmers
possess small patches of land on the hill slopes, and at the foot of the hills. The plot at
the foot of the hill is used to grow Paddy. The slightly higher patch of land is for hurasani
- an oil seed and the higher, very sloppy plots are used in rotation for Ragi - Finger millet.
Some of the villages are surrounded by Dam reservoirs of Vaitarna, Alwandi, Mukane
rivers. Inspite of this the agriculture is mainly rainfed. Average rainfall of the area is 3000
mm during June-September period.Recently we have worked with slum dwellers of
Malegaon mainly migrated population.