Community Initiative for Self Development Action at Jhanjhimukh, Assam
FST is an indigenous philanthropic organization that transforms lives by creating cadres of change agents in marginalised rural and urban communities, establishing a culture of community giving for social justice and building a strong network of grass-root groups in NE India.
FST’s mandate is to work in eight states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura in the North East. The region is marked by specific geographical, social, political, economic, cultural and historical context that is different from other parts of India as well as from each other. Its location on international borders, mountainous areas and riverine plains, large number of indigenous peoples, history of conflict, presence of armed rebellion, rich bio-diversity and natural resources make it an area of extreme complexities and interest within India’s geo-politics and agenda for economic growth.
To realise the development vision, FST identified the followings as
key strategic target groups.
- Marginalized Groups
FST has decided to work on the following strategic themes. While the broad thematic areas were identified during the environment scan, the group made an attempt to sketch the organisation's core thematic area in details through presentation/ group discussion and short listing of issues that FST should work on.
- Rural and Informal Economy
- Gender and Patriarchy
- Protection of Environment and Natural Resources
- Marginalized Groups
About the project :
Jorhat is a district in the east part located on the southern bank of river Brahmaputra. The population of Jorhat District is primarily dependent on agriculture which is same as the livelihood profile of the community of Brahmaputra Valley as a whole. Like any other district of Brahmaputra Valley Jorhat is also heavily affected by flood and soil erosion.
Jhanjimukh being situated right in the bank of river Brahmaputra and its adjacent tributaries is heavily affected by flood & soil erosion where the population struggle for coping up to sustain their livelihood. The lack of mechanism in the rehabilitation process of the flood affected people, poor connectivity are few things which make the community in the area more vulnerable.
The project on community philanthropy is designed to enable the community of Jhanjimukh area of Jorhat to solve their own issues by channelizing own ideas. The entire concept is about harnessing the potential and resources of community to ensure sustainability. The process was stressed upon:
- Community identifying the development issues
- Enabling the community to prioritise their issues and prepare plan
- Building the capacity of their institutions
- Assisting them in mobilising local resources to implement the plan
The population of Jhanjhimukh is dependent on livestock rearing and agriculture for their livelihood. As the local economy of Jhanjimukh is dependent on livestock rearing, it is important to look at the issues attached to it for further intervention. The initial community meetings suggested that during and after flood, animals get affected with unrecognized diseases. Affected animals died within one day and the villagers do not have an access to veterinary hospital for their treatment. This project aims to fulfill the need of intervention in livestock management; as the identified problem stated that during and after flood animals get affected by undiagnosed diseases. It aims at skill development on livestock management of selected livestock rearers, so that the community can deal with the issues related to livestock management on their own.
With better support the community will be able to work on more livelihood opportunities for sustainable progress in the long run aiming for a better way of living.