5. Tribal Care
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Nestled in the most 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.
Development of these tribal areas is seen as a key priority for the overall betterment - spiritual and material - of our nation. The blessed land of Dharampur falls in the tribal belt of South Gujarat. The hilly regions of Dharampur and other surrounding areas are home to many marginalised, indigenous tribal communities.
‘Tribal Care’ aims to strengthen tribal communities by supporting social and economic development.
Shrimad Rajchandra Mobile Medical Care is a dispensary at the doorstep of the underprivileged, which extends medical and dental assistance to tribal people living in rural interiors who cannot reach hospitals or medical camps.
Thousands of people living in tribal communities cannot make it to hospitals or medical camps because they cannot leave work, or do not have the financial means to reach there, or are too old to travel. To improve the basic medical care standards and to provide relief every day, Shrimad Rajchandra Mobile Medical Care Programme sends two teams, each comprising a doctor, a paramedic and trained staff, to visit remote areas of Dharampur, Valsad, Vansda, Chikhli and Kaprada. These teams visit tribal people in their homes and provide free medical assistance. We currently oversee 75 centres every week - each scheduled for a specific day. More than 75,000 tribal people benefit from this programme every year.
In addition, Shrimad Rajchandra Mobile Dental Clinic was launched to address dental issues in the tribal population. Through this initiative, regular visits are undertaken by a mobile dental van to remote tribal areas and schools to carry out dental checks at by a qualified dentist. The van is fully furnished with a state-of-the art dental chair, portable x-ray machine, ultrasonic scaler, intra-oral camera and all essential accessories for carrying out dental procedures. Through this programme, on-the-spot treatment is provided for common dental problems such as tooth decay, cavities, swollen/painful gums, bleeding/infected gums and ulcers.
All services provided under this programme are completely free.
2Shrimad Rajchandra Skill Development Centre (SDC)
Supporting the ‘Skill India Mission’ of the Government of India, SRLC set up the Shrimad Rajchandra Skill Development Centre, 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. Spread over an area of 5000 square feet, our centre has four classrooms, domain labs and open collaborative working spaces. SDC conducts employment courses for the tribal youth, such as Bedside Patient Assistant, Electrician, Mobile Phone Repairing, Retail Sales and Office Assistant. They receive a National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) endorsed certificate upon completion of the courses. The National Skill Development Corporation is one of a kind, public-private partnership in India overseen by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. It aims to promote skill development by catalysing the creation of large, quality and for-profit vocational institutions. This initiative is carried out in partnership with Jobs Academy, a certified NSDC skill provider.
The centre also provides entrepreneurial training and creates a unique space to make skill development aspirational for rural youth. The centre fosters a culture of innovation, exploration and learning for tribal youth and improves the skilling 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 financial aid for those pursuing vocational training at other institutes and to the ones planning to setup their own businesses. 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.
Shrimad Rajchandra Cattle Wealth for Farmers provides cattle to poor farmers for their livelihood - which is dependent on an agricultural activity. This is a novel initiative where cattle rescued from slaughterhouses are rehabilitated to needy farmers. These cattle assist in tasks such as ploughing fields, etc. so that the farmers can increase the crop yields and thereby raise their standard of living.
Cattle from Shrimad Rajchandra Jivamaitridham and those that have been rescued from slaughterhouses are rehabilitated to farmers to aid them in their farming activities. The cattle get a new lease of life while the farmer gets an opportunity to sustain his family through income generation. This initiative also helps the animal shelters to get space to rescue and house more animals. Adequate steps are taken to ensure the well-being of the rehabilitated animals and monitor them on a regular basis.
5Shrimad Rajchandra Indigenous Skill Programme
Shrimad Rajchandra Indigenous Skill Programme provides avenues for promotion of local skills and to provide economic support. This initiative encourages tribals to handcraft a range of products, thereby preserving their crafts and cultural heritage. Through this initiative, opportunities are provided to rural craftsmen and artisans and play a pivotal role in ensuring their financial freedom.Contribute
6Shrimad Rajchandra Learning & Inculcating Value Education (LIVE)
Addiction to liquor, tobacco and other vices is widespread in rural India. When people succumb to addictions, it not only destroys their quality of life, but also weakens the communities in which they reside. Deteriorating physical health, neglected domestic lives, broken families, financial ruin, unemployment and even death are all linked to substance abuse.
Shrimad Rajchandra Learning and Inculcating Value Education (LIVE) is an initiative to eradicate vices and inculcate moral and social values. This initiative spreads awareness about the ill effects of liquor and tobacco which are prevalent in many tribal communities. Workshops and seminars are organised to build a core of moral and social values.