Tribal Empowerment Program

It is a fact that, all affected people & their family members have confronted terrific shock of stigma associated discrimination for an elongated duration. Such shock creates inaccessibility to dignified economic activities. In such circumstances, very few affected people manages to get proper income but majority are forced eventually to begging which later on becomes an easy channel to make money. Since a dignified monthly or daily income becomes primary challenge, which dynamically leads to adopt begging and make people more vulnerable for total social exclusion.

In early 2012, SILF visited some of the areas in northern Jharkhand such as Bokara, Jamtara, Devghar, Dhanbad including Jamshedpur from south Jaharkhand, in order to have a quick situation analysis of the tribal people affected by leprosy residing in northern Jharkhand. The objective of the visit was to initiate an assessment on initiating socio-economic rehabilitation program for the people living in Jharkhand. SILF visited more than eight self-settled colonies and few groups residing with their families. After analysing the situations in the colonies based on observation, SILF confined to initiate a pilot socio-economic program, based on comprehensive research in two clusters; Bokaro and Jamtara. The comprehensive research will suggest activities based on needs and available resources of the people affected by leprosy in the cluster. In Jul 2012, SILF again visited some of the colonies and groups (residing with their families) along with NLR India to collect some basic data for the formative assessment. During these visits, SILF had three set of meetings and discussions with the people living in self settled colonies among the target population using PRA tools.

Poor economic conditions, have been a crucial factor in determining other detrimental problems such as poor income, poor capacity for providing good education to the children, rejection from good schools, drop outs from the school due to lack of support. Eventually these problems have resulted in lack of job oriented & civic education hence isolation from local governance and negligence from the larger community and local government.

The project has witnessed meetings with Local NGOs, ASHA workers, RMPs, beneficiaries at local and block level.