5. Tribal Care
At a Glance>>
Nestled in the most backward, disconnected and primitive parts of the country are the tribal people or adivasis of India. These tribals live in completely impoverished conditions, far removed from the general population and the benefits of the modern world. A majority of them live on less than Rs. 50 a day, and depend on traditional and simple sources of income, as their communities are also located in relatively isolated forest areas. Poverty leads to large scale migration to cities.
Launched under the Shrimad Rajchandra Love & Care Programme, 'Tribal Care' seeks to sensitively address the needs of the tribal population and relentlessly works towards their overall upliftment. Development of these tribal areas is seen as a key priority for the overall betterment, spiritual and material, of our society and eventually, our nation. The blessed land of Dharampur too falls in a tribal belt, that of South Gujarat. The hilly regions of Dharampur and other surrounding areas are home to many marginalised, indigenous tribal communities.
Accessible health care – A dispensary at the doorsteps of the underprivileged!
Whilst the patient turn-out at the medical camps organised by SRH is good, there are still thousands who cannot make it to a camp because:
- they cannot leave work for even a single day
- they are too old or infirm to travel to the camp
- they do not have the money to travel to the camp
To reach out to these underprivileged and needy people, to take care of their basic health needs and to improve their health conditions was launched the Shrimad Rajchandra Mobile Medical Care.
Three teams, each consisting of a doctor, a paramedic (for dispensing medicines) and supporting staff, make daily visits to the remote areas of Dharampur, Valsad, Vansda, Chikhli and Kaprada to provide basic health care to the poor, at their doorsteps. Currently, 90 outreach centres are each visited once a week, on a fixed day, from Monday to Saturday. In essence, these villages, which have no medical facilities, have been "adopted" by the Shrimad Rajchandra Hospital. Patients are given quality treatment and the required medicines, free of charge.
Shrimad Rajchandra Mobile Dental Clinic - This initiative involves regular visits by a mobile dental van to remote tribal areas to carry out dental checks by a qualified dentist. The van is fully furnished with a state-of-the art dental chair, a portable x-ray machine, an ultrasonic scaler, an intra-oral camera and all essential accessories for carrying out dental procedures. On-the-spot treatment for common dental problems such as tooth decay, cavities, swollen/painful gums, bleeding/infected gums, or ulcerations, will be provided to the patients. All dental services provided under this programme are completely free of cost.
2Shrimad Rajchandra Skill Development Centre
The Shrimad Rajchandra Skill Development Centre is a dedicated centre in Dharampur to improve the employability of the tribal youth by offering them short-term market linked vocational training and soft skills training at no cost. The centre has classrooms, domain labs and open collaborative working spaces. It provides courses such as Retail Sales Associate, Domestic Electrician, Mobile Handset Repairing, Bedside Patient Assistant, Office Assistant and Data Entry Operator to the tribal youth. This initiative is carried out in affiliation with Jobs Academy, a National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) approved skill provider. The centre’s other objective is to provide entrepreneurial training and to create a unique space to make skill development accessible for rural youth.
The creation of Shrimad Rajchandra Skill Development Centre will foster a culture of innovation, exploration and learning for tribal youth and improve the ecosystem, eventually linking them to employment or entrepreneurial careers.
Lack of education and skills – both vocational and technical, have left the tribals either unemployed, or working with meager wages, making it difficult to make both ends meet. This results in many, particularly the youth, falling prey to antisocial elements. Vocational training is vitally important for these tribals to increase their work efficiency and sharpen their ability to adapt to social, economic and technological changes, thereby making them self-sufficient.
The project involves providing training at Sanand to tribals in 22 diverse skills such as automobile technical training, industrial tailoring, electrical training, mobile phone repairs, video and photography, furniture making and metal fabrication, to name a few. Hundreds of students have been trained so far. This training is conducted by Dalit Shakti Kendra, Sanand. Essential aids like sewing machines, video and photography equipment are provided to them to enable them to pursue their chosen professions and earn a livelihood for themselves and their families.Contribute
Cattle from the Shrimad Rajchandra Gaushala (cowshed) and other rescued cattle are rehabilitated to the farmers and villagers of Dharampur taluka. The cattle thus provided for farming greatly help to raise their level of prosperity as they would otherwise be unable to afford cattle on account of the high costs. Apart from farming, the cow dung (gobar) is useful for cooking, as a covering for their houses etc. Thus the cattle help to increase the standard of living and their income also increases.Contribute
5Shrimad Rajchandra Indigenous Skill Programme
This initiative aims to promote creativity amongst tribals and preserve their traditional handicraft skills. These traditional handicraft skills which have been carefully honed and passed down over to generations are beginning to recede at an alarming pace in this age of automation. Traders exploit the poor, uneducated but very talented rural populace only to usurp their actual remuneration in return of a pittance. The 'Tribal Care' programme realises that an entire culture is slipping away from our fingers and thus aims to provide new opportunities to the affected rural artisans and craftsmen, thereby ensuring their financial freedom.
Greeting cards are made under "Cards for a Cause" initiative of this project. Over 5 lakh cards have been sold to retailers and corporates like HDFC, Standard Life Insurance, Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund, JP Morgan Mutual Fund etc. Another project has also been launched with the divine name of `Raj Kruti’, under the Tribal Care initiative. Beautiful products such as pen stands, tissue box cases, visiting card holders etc. are hand painted by them in their traditional Warli art. Several tribals have gained considerably by putting their gifted skills to meaningful activities through these projects.
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6Shrimad Rajchandra Learning & Inculcating Value Education (LIVE)
Addiction to liquor, tobacco and other such vices are major and unfortunately, rampant problems in rural India. These in turn open the door to many other problems, such as ill health, neglected domestic lives, broken families, financial ruin, unemployment and even death. Moreover, age-old traditions and dogmatic habits, superstitions, lack of civic sense etc. have deteriorated society to a large extent. To halt this, 'Sanskar Sinchan' or 'Inculcation of Values' has been launched. Moral, value-based teaching and spiritual guidance has had significant effects on improving people's psychology and mindset. It helps them escape the clutches of their vices and prejudices. Workshops & seminars are organized to share this deep learning and to build a core of strong moral and social values so as to pave the way for an enriched and beautiful society.Contribute