Yearly feast for friends (Annual 2018)

This 11th year of Vayam movement was as rewarding as previous with the maturity of a ripe mango. Here we share the delights of this year with our friends, well-wishers, donors: 1. Rozgar Guarantee – 104 villages, 7095 people MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) promises 100 days wage employment to all unskilled […]

Bank of Jawhar, a bank by children

Tribal citizens are often cheated in banking and monetary transactions. Earlier it used to be money-lenders, now it has grown to other spaces. There are some people standing outside banks in tribal towns, who offer to write the withdrawal slips. They charge a flat rate of Rs. 20. The person buying this service often withdraws […]

Better nutrition despite drought

The rainfall is low this year. The impending drought is bringing up many challenges. Vayam’s tribal villages face the possibility of rise in malnutrition. Vegetables crop is down and the market prices are shooting up. Many tribal families with meagre resources will not be able to buy vegetables and will simply give up eating vegetables.  […]

1500 tribal citizens celebrating Democracy

October 1: Jawhar (Dist. Thane) About 1,500 tribal citizens gathered in the tribal town of Jawhar to celebrate Lokshahi Vijay Yatra (Democracy victory) and danced through the streets of the town to the tunes of traditional tribal instruments like Tarpa, Dhol, and Toor. This event was organized by Vayam movement to celebrate the victory in […]

RTI Satyagraha ends victorious!

Vayam’s village volunteers have scored a massive victory in making our democracy work. The RTI Satyagraha that was launched in April by 700 tribal citizens has finally succeeded. These citizens were seeking a vital piece of information that the government was expected to give proactively. The government (i.e. Committee headed by District collector) defied the […]

Volunteers invited to work/play with children

Vayam is beginning a children’s activity at a tribal village Kogda-Patilpada (10 km north of Jawhar, 145 km from Mumbai, 90 km from Nashik). This activity is nicknamed as “Bin Booka Ya  Shika” (come, let’s learn without books). We are inviting young volunteers to participate and conduct activities with children. Volunteers between 17 to 25 […]

This year at Vayam (2012 annual brief)

Dear friends of Vayam, Ram-ram!2012 has been a great year for us and we wish to share the joy with you. Here are some highlights: This year at Vayam:+ Vayam believes in free sharing of knowledge. The ideas and methodologies of empowering youth in tribal villages developed by Vayam are shared freely with other organisations, individuals, […]

Youth leaders march further

Our third Netrutva Shibir (leadership camp) in Jawhar concluded last week. The 3-day residential shibir was hosted by the Vayam’s Mandal in Kokanpada village. Two new villages – Hateri-gaothan and Ayre joined this shibir. The shibir focussed on learning the relevant laws (NREGA and FRA) and on learning community mobilisation skills. Resource persons from Pragati […]

Why we want people in forest management

I am doing some reading on the history of Forestry / Forest management in India. I have found some really enlightening quotes. I am quoting one here. This was published by a group of activists (CSE) in 1994. This is a must-read for all of us: Genesis of the problem: “Nature can never be managed […]