Activities

1. Advocacy on Tribal Issues

  • Protection of Constitutional rights of the tribals as in the Fifth Schedule of the Indian Constitution
  • Support to tribal community struggles for protection of their rights against the proposed bauxite and other mining activities in tribal and forest lands
  • Facilitating assertion of forest rights of tribal people and resolution of conflicts vis-à-vis State forest policies
  • Campaign against largescale displacement of tribal people for proposed irrigation projects
  • Monitor public policies relating to tribal people and dialogue with government
  • Advocate for and support sustainable community managed alternative systems of development

2. Strengthening Tribal Self Rule and Decentralized Governance

  • Realization of the goal of Tribal Self Rule through promoting decentralized governance institutions like the Gram Sabhas (village councils)
  • Building capacities of communities to assert for constitutional and customary rights
  • Training tribal women to take leadership in governance institutions and in community struggles.
  • Strengthening collective actions and solidarity among Gram Sabhas to support local campaigns

3. Development Support
Education:

  • Support in setting up primary level community schools and dialogue with government to fulfill its mandate of universal primary education
  • Assist children in enrollment into government residential and primary schools
  • Mobilise community responses to ensure better school management
  • Develop tribal contextual curriculum and promote tribal culture through education
  • Explore resources to support higher education for meritorious tribal students

Health:

  • Training of Community Health Workers and promotion of traditional health knowledge systems
  • Referral Services to district and state public hospitals
  • Coordinate with local health departments and advocacy on tribal health policies
  • Social health counseling for tribal girls

Alternative Development:

  • Mobilise resources and technical expertise for providing potable drinking water
  • Mobilise resources for providing housing material
  • Explore alternatives to energy and irrigation needs like construction of micro-hydro electric projects and check-dams with community management
  • Lobby with government for implementation of development programs for infrastructure

4. Monitoring Mining and other Industries:

  • As National Secretariat, facilitate the work of a national alliance of mining struggle groups and communities in India called “mines, minerals & PEOPLE”
  • Campaign for protection of rights of communities and workers affected by mining from green-field areas to abandoned mine-sites
  • Monitor global mining industry and mineral policies
  • Coordinate support to the “International Women and Mining Network”
  • Network with mining struggles within the country and with international groups

5. Support to Community Based Organizations (CBO’s):

  • Support local campaigns of CBO’s in the region of north coastal Andhra Pradesh
  • Capacity building and training of CBO’s for organization management, linkage, resource mobilization, documentation and community mobilization skills
  • Mobilise financial and other resources for the grass-roots work of CBO’s
  • Facilitate linkages with government and other institutions for local issues
  • Facilitate legal aid, media advocacy, campaign, documentation, research and development support

6. Advocacy on Urban Environment Concerns:

  • Mobilise urban public opinion on public policies and state programmes
  • Participation and support to urban citizens forums like “Forum For a Better Hyderabad” and “Forum for a Better Visakha”
  • Support CBO’s represent the problems of urban poor and migrant communities

Tribal Summer Camp

Samata organized a two-week summer camp from 22 May to 28 May for orphans and single-parent children at Pratusha Girls Hostel, Araku. The aim was to provide skill training and personality development for these tribal children through extracurricular activities like traditional dance forms, music, drama, and yoga. We arranged resource persons from the related field, such as Rangacharyulu (Art teacher) from Rishi Valley School, Sahiti (Music teacher) from Kakinada, Kalidas, and Mahesh from Geetanjali University, West Bengal, and Krishna Sri (Yoga teacher) from Visakhapatnam. A total of 68 tribal children participated and took advantage of this camp. The program was educational, engaging, and entertaining as well. This program was a huge success. The final stage performance was on 29 May 2022.

Summer Camp Gallery

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