Often times tribal people are wrongly associated with the reason for deforestation in India. So here is a project which is restoring the forest via tribal initiatives in remote Melghat region.
Melghat is one of the home to the last remaining Tigers in India and known for it's malnutrition related deaths over years.
Nearly 190 hectares of forest land now is maintained by village Panchayat of Paivihir according to the Forest Rights Act of India.
After two years of efforts the villagers of Paivihir will be planting and sustaining 50,000 trees in the Paivihir Eco Village.
Thanks to the initial success, government of India has awarded AID partner KHOJ $1,25,000 for biogas connectivity to two villages in the area. This will help the village to become energy self sufficient. We have also provided a projector to spread the message about this project in the surrounding region.
This is an immediate donation request for Cyclone Phailin that hit India's east coast on Oct 12 2013. The states to be most affected are Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal.
Experience from previous disasters like Uttarakhand floods of 2013 and Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2005, we have learned that a very long term rehabilitation is needed for people affected by the flood whose lives and living has been devastated by the floods.
AID would like to thank Director Sunanda Bhat for giving us copyright permission for this documentary. Please generously support her work for more future documentaries from a very talented artist on the following link.
"Have you seen the arana?" explores the effects of a rapidly changing landscape on lives and livelihoods. The film is set in Wayanad, part of the fragile ecosystem of the western mountain range in Kerala, that is witnessing drastic transformation in the name of 'development'. A woman's concern over the disappearance of medicinal plants from the forest, a farmer's commitment to growing traditional varieties of rice organically and a cash crop cultivator's struggle to survive amidst farmers' suicides, offer fresh insights into shifting relations between people, knowledge systems and environment. Interwoven into contemporary narratives is an ancient tribal creation myth that traces the passage of their ancestors across this land, recalling past ways of reading and mapping the terrain. As hills flatten, forests disappear and traditional knowledge systems are forgotten, the film reminds us that this diversity could disappear forever, to be replaced by monotonous and unsustainable alternatives.
73 minutes. Malayalam with English subtitles
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR Sunanda's interest in documentaries is to represent people living on the margins of a fascinatingly intricate and stratified Indian society. Unraveling these layers reveals glimpses of lives that are often far more interesting than fiction. "Have you seen the arana?" is her first feature length documentary. She has spent 6 years in Wayanad, looking for ways to capture and represent the complexity of the people and place.
Other films -
Ini oru Vidhi Syvoam (Let's make it right) on rural sanitation, winner of the 'Gold Drop' award, International Water and Film Events 2012, Marseilles, France. Bol Ayesha Bol (Speak Ayesha Speak) premiered at International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, 1998. Athani to Dusseldorf on the transformation of leather craftspeople from artisans to entrepreneurs. Nalai Nammadai (Tomorrow is ours) on micro enterprise. Yoga as therapy a series of 14 films on Yoga for stress related illnesses.
Presented by Association for India's Development at Johns Hopkins University and Co-organized by Sama-Resource group for Women and Health
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