Restoring livelihood

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Restoring livelihood for internally displaced in Kokrajhar, Assam

Jhawarbil is a remote village, in the district of Kokrajhar, situated in the foothills of Bhutan Himalayas. The village is connected with a narrow kachha road stretched thorough 8km from main road. River Samkosh which surrounds the village, cuts off the patch of land from mainland during rainy season, making the lives of habitants more difficult for accessing school, health services and market. All kinds of basic amenities are nonexistent in the village. From 2010 – 2012 approximately 350 Santhal families have shifted to Jhawarbil village from the rehabilitation camp based at Sapkata. All these families are the victims of 1996 and 1998 riots, displaced by the ethnic clash between Bodos and Adivasis in Kokrajhar and Bongaigaon. In 2012, the area was again hit by another riot among Bodos and Muslim. Living under constant insecurity of eviction and life threat, they are left with no protection and social security from Government. This is the lives of people whose rights as citizen are denied but they have to struggle for their living.

To main peace in the area, National Foundation for India supported NERSWN to set up a school as the future of young children residing in Jhawarbil seems bleak with no access to education. But soon realized that, to support education and maintain their lives, they need a sustainable source of income. So in 2012, NFI extended support under Livelihood security for enhancing livelihoods of all the 400 households residing in Jhawarbil.

The 8 hamlets of Jhawarbil that wore a dry, barren and depressive look with inhabitants completely loosing motivation and agricultural skills due to 15 long years of living in the relief camp today has got re-energised. The intensive community mobilization has resulted in motivating 400 producers to take up paddy, vegetables, pulses and pig-rearing not only for own consumption but for selling the surplus for cash income. The livelihood portfolios of households which used to be primarily wage labour has shifted to agriculture and allied activities. More than 100 of them grow crops at commercial scale earning at least 18,000 per annum as net income. At present they directly market their produces in near-by 2 -3 local haats during Khariff and Rabi season. In three years, the area is transformed with all kind of vegetations with cereals, vegetables and wild plants.

Together the villagers contributed to construct school building for their children. Household assets like bi-cycle, radio, solar lamps, shallow well etc are slowly got introduced to support the daily chore. Now, in 2015 the keenness with which the community is learning new skills to manage community organisation, technique of crop management, exploring market and managing the school, gives us hope that, the tranquilly will prevail. This year the initiative continues involving 1000 households, spreading to other locations such as Kachugaon and Hatidura block of Kokrajhar district.

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