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Lok Awaas Yatra Central Region

by amar posted on 2010-04-28 12:37 last modified 2010-04-28 12:45
The first Yatra covered the Central Region from 8th-12th September 2009. The yatra comprised of three trails each anchored by a locally active NGO - the Marathwada trail- anchored by Sahyog Nirmithee based in Latur - and reaching districts of Latur, Osmanabad, Ahmednagar and Aurangabad. The Vidarbha trail- anchored by Centre of Science for Villages, in Wardha covered districts of Wardha and Nagpur and highlighted ‘alternate’ and energy efficient habitat technologies and their application.The Bundelkhand trail- anchored by Development Alternatives in Jhansi - covered districts of Jhansi, Datia and Tikamgarh. This trail demonstrated learning on alternate technologies and their application with different stakeholders in a catalytic role.

Bhopal Regional Seminar - Launchpad

Posted by amar at 2010-04-28 10:29
Admist the planning and preperation for the Bhopal Regional Seminar one thing was so clearly obvious that the participants who came in from their respective trail of Bundelkhand Marathwada and Vidharbha were enthusiastic and eager to share their learnings and experiences from their Yatra.The Seminar addressed the challenge to make the villages self sufficient by using new and environment friendly technologies and catalyse a reverse migration as a counter movement of Aa Aab Laut Chalein - Gaon Pukare.The seminar was a motivating and enlightening event for all the participants present and a milestone in the yatra for the central region.


Ist day at CSV campus

Posted by amar at 2010-04-28 10:28
We were discussing the CSV approach which is commendable for the range of technologies and also its strength in demonstration. but a habitat-linked livelihoods approach is not really in their agenda which also limits their outreach.

One clear connection is the livelihood of potters which is strengthened by the tile requirement in their vault roof. In other cases, such as cookstoves, water filters, it is directly supplied by csv. In case of toilets constructed in ODF villages, CSV directly implements the construction through a team of masons which they have originally trained.

we had a good cultural evening as well, full of songs by each team (accompanied by resident synth and dholak players!). To our surprise, CSV had arranged for a team of performers who were on stage with a set of dance performances and even messages of clean water, toilets and healthy environment!..vijay mason from the bundelkhand team belted some traditional bundeli songs accompanied by others...geetika also took the mike and so did both prashant and later samir kurve who sang a mukesh song each! fun evening with reasonable bonding..

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