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  project name ~ Aranyika Core Support 2006 - Part 1

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  Project Name


Aranyika Core Support 2006 - Part 1






Community Empowerment






Andhra Pradesh

  Budget Approved


$ 1500


  Year Approved







1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10  

  Chapter Coordinators


Srinivas Krovvidy


College Park





Mr. Bonji Babu translating in Telugu from Oriya





After 4 years of leadership role in an NGO in the tribal area of Chintapalli (AP), Mrs. Malini and some colleagues have moved to an even more remote Madugula block to start Aranyika. Several AID volunteers visited the area where Aranyika is working. In fact AID has become the first group to support them financially.

Right from the beginning Aranyika always believed in involving villagers in solving their problems. AID volunteers were very impressed when they found out that Aranyika started working with villagers in organizing Shramdhan to repair Tabelugummi check dam. As a result several villages are now getting water for their second crop and that has resulted in increasing their income levels. This project was initiated by Aranyika at villagers’ request and implemented by involving several volunteers from villages. Another project (JEEVAM) that was conceived and implemented by Aranyika involved encouraging young tribal high school drop outs to become health volunteers for six months to an year and during that time they were provided lodging and boarding facilities to complete their high school. It became clear to AID volunteers that by providing core support to Aranyika’s volunteers they would work with villagers and involve them in solving their problems. That’s why volunteers at AID College Park want to continue their collaboration with Aranyika. Impressed by Aranyika’s work, PRIA (Participatory Research Institute in Asia) provided support to Aranyika’s volunteers to attend a one week training on local governance and participatory democracy principles. Aranyika is able to use this training in helping local panchayat members.





Here are some sample comments from villagers on how Aranyika helped them: “I participated in the Tabelugummi camps held by Aranyika that helped our villages,” said Julapalayya (45 years) from Janneru village whose wife was a panchayat member. He added that many panchayat members were illiterate and taken advantage by other influential members. He wanted Aranyika’s help in improving panchayat functioning. Pongi Rajamma (46 years) of Ganneruputta village thanked Aranyika for providing adda leaf training and starting a night school for dropout children which in turn helped to enroll her son into a regular school. She asked Aranyika’s help in improving sanitation facilities and developing some common grazing ground for their cattle. Pongi Apparao (45 yrs) from Sangham thanked Aranyika for the Tabelugummi dam and also for organizing Kalajathas on health and education issues. He wanted Aranyika to provide formal training to water user association and panchayat members. He also wanted Aranyika to help in getting better yielding seeds.





Aranyika strongly believes in strengthening community involvement in solving their problems. They have been very instrumental in mobilizing community support for sevral of their activities. They helped creation of Water User Associations after they successfully mobilized villagers in repairing Tabelugummi check dam. They have also been helping civic bodies such as youth and women''''''''s associations. Their goals for 2006 include developiing a Watershed area around Tabelugummi aea. Specifically, 1] A Technical survey for Watershed 2] Water User''''''''s Association [WUA]/exposure /Agriculture development 3] Women/Children/Youth specific programmes for development 4] Convergence between WUA, citizen leaders and panchayath presidents that is nothing but Manavatha Kendra- our concept.



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