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  project name ~ Mehdiganj-Kala Manch

category ~ Community Empowerment




  Project Name


Mehdiganj-Kala Manch



Asha Ashram



Community Empowerment






Uttar Pradesh

  Budget Approved


$ 2245


  Year Approved







1   2   3   4   5  

  Chapter Coordinators


Kavita Karandikar







-Nandlal, a resident of mehdiganj and key organiser of the movement, speaking to the villagers gathered to launch the Dharna.





This project is to support of efforts by Lok Samiti in Mehdiganj, UP, for social awareness programs . This project is also to provide salaries to the members of their street play group (animators) who raise awareness on water issues, local governance, right to information, right to food and right to work programmes.
More information on the project can be found at :





Kalamanch is a ongoing activity since the inception of Lok Samiti as a people''''''''s organisation. Lok Samiti as an organisation has been successful in : - establishing evening schools for kids who work in saree weaving - reducing corruption and getting efficient leaders elected at village panchayats. - passing a resolution from panchayat recommending cancellation of cokes licencse - bringing gobal attention to the communitys water problems.





The goals of kalamanch group is to constantly make the community aware of the issues impacting their lives and their rights. Right now the immediate goals of the campaign against coke plant are to : 1. make coke pay compensation for farmers. 2. force the govt to setup inquiry into coke''''''''s waste disposal practices and revoke coke plants license.



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