Ugursandi is a nine year old girl from
India. She was born in 1991, and she is one of a family of 2 children.
She attends school where she is learning to read and write. Her
family has a small plot of land and some livestock. Sema's house
is made of mud with a thatched roof and there is a protected water
source less than half a kilometre away. The family is Sarna and
they speak Ho. If anyone in Sema's family is ill, they can visit
a health centre which is less than 5kms away.
Sema Ugursandi is one the several children who benefits from the
work carried out by Singbhum Legal Aid Development Society (SLADS)
which is a non governmental organisation working in Musaboni block
of East Singhbhum district in Bihar, considered to be one of the
poorest in the country. Since its inception, SLADS has been engaged
in mobilising the oppressed Tribal groups and initiating poverty
alleviation programmes in the rural areas of East Singhghum. SLADS
has also managed to establish a working relationship with Government
resources for community development.
To combat property, SLADS has developed the following strategy:
organising, mobilising and strengthening the existing village
groups, building self confidence, leadership and strength among
the tribal men and women. SLADS disseminates information about
the rights of the people and the Government Programmes that are
available. Leadership training and exposure visits for the village
group leaders are arranged and the people are taking advantage
of the resources available from the Government.
SLADS will involve the people in every stage. Programmes will
address the problems, and devise methods for solving them using
local knowledge and appropriate technology. The area of work will
be diverse including the fields of health, education, economic
programmes and community organisation and development.
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