2016 Holiday Fundraising Campaign to Support Village Earth’s Global Affiliates

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 Global Affiliate NameGeographic FocusAbout 
Facebook-Vert-LogoVillage Earth Area of Most NeedGlobalLet Village Earth decide how best to allocate your donation.
AmahoroAmahoro ProjectBurundiAmahoro project is a collaboration betweeen Colorado State University and Ngozi University in Burundi (UNG) to establish UNG as a ongoing site and dissemination center for research in sustainable peace and development.
CRDTCambodia Rural Development Team Northeast CambodiaWorks to sustainably improve food security, incomes, and living standards of subsistence rural communities in support of environmental conservation throughout Cambodia.
Earth TipiEarth TipiPine Ridge Reservation, SDWorks to sustainably improve food security, incomes, and living standards of subsistence rural communities in support of environmental conservation throughout Cambodia.
Eco_VEco-Friendly VolunteersSri LankaECO-V is a voluntary organization engaged in environmental conservation in Sri Lanka. ECO-V has a network of 400 volunteers throughout Sri Lanka who contribute to research and community work to support conservation of the environment.
EYCEmpowering Youth CambodiaPnom Penh, CambodiaEYC is a organization working to improve the lives of young people and their families. Our vision is to see youth empowered with skills & confidence to be leaders who actively develop themselves, their families and community.
FOFCODForum for Community Change and DevelopmentSouth SudanFOFCOD envisions a new generation of productive and self-reliant south Sudanese who can ably participate in community development programs to meet their needs and those of other disadvantaged groups.
GOLDGrowing Liberia Democracy (GOLD)LiberiaGOLD promotes poverty reduction as well as democratic & high quality governance by empowering local communities to effectively engage their law makers as to make policy decisions favorable for Liberians and to be fully transparent.
ICA_NEPAlInstitute of Cultural Affairs (Nepal)NepalICA’s mission is to promote social innovation through participation and community building. We do this throughout the country through training, facilitation & development activities.  
Human-and-Hope-Association-500x500Human and Hope AssociationSiem Reap, CambodiaHuman and Hope Association works to empower Cambodians to create sustainable futures for themselves through projects focused on education, vocational training and community support.
JalambaJalamba Nursery School ProjectThe GambiaThe goal of the of the Association is to empower youths, children and vulnerable families through education. The project has government support as a new school  which will serve ages of one through six. 
JenzeraJenzeraColombiaSupports community processes so that people can freely decide on their social, political and economic lives by defending their territories, empowering their own governments and developing a self-managed economies.
KnifeChiefKnife Chief Buffalo NationPine Ridge Reservation, SDThe Knife Chief Buffalo Nation, a grassroots project on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, works to reclaim 1800 acres of ancestral lands for restoring buffalo, and Lakota culture and lifeways.
LBCCLakota Buffalo Caretakers CooperativePine Ridge Reservation, SDThe Lakota Buffalo Caretakers Cooperative (LBCC) is a 100% Native American owned and operated cooperative association on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Its membership is made up of small family buffalo caretakers who respect the buffalo and the land. Members of the LBCC are committed to the restoration of the northern plains ecology, self-sufficiency and strengthening the sovereignty and self-determination of the Oglala Lakota Nation and all indigenous peoples.
LLRPLakota Lands Recovery ProjectSouth Dakota ReservationsThe LLRP works to reclaim and consolidate tribal lands and access the resources needed for the Lakota people to live on, protect, and utilize it — promoting self-determination and sovereignty.
MalocaMalocaAmazon BasinWorks with Indigenous Peoples living in the Amazon Basin. It works directly with Indigenous leaders to raise awareness about the needs of their communities and find means to establish self-sustaining strategies to address their needs.
TasunkeWakanTasunke WakanPine Ridge Reservation, SDOur primary goal is to develop and implement Lakol Wicohan (Lakota life ways and laws, which includes language, values, beliefs, ceremonies and laws of the Lakota people) within the Oyate (Community).
TRCDATitukuke RCDAPetuake, ZambiaTRCDA is devoted to to uplifting livelihoods, reducing illiteracy, poverty and HIV/AIDS Health problems among the communities in Petauke, Zambia

New Photos from Village Earth Global Affiliate SGDI – West Bengal, India

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International Women’s Day Rally

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International Women’s Day Rally

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community well for drinking water



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International women day celebration

 

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Annual SHG conference and financial literacy awareness.

 

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Micro enterprise by tribal women -part of SHG economic activities in Purulia.

 

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Micro enterprise by tribal youth through livelihood initiative ( part of social protection of tribal ). Its an initiative to main stream tribal youths to engage in economic ventures.

 

Project Spotlight: Micro-finance and Water Projects in India

Village Earth-Purulia works with a population of more than 56,000 in the Arsha Development Block of Purulia in West Bengal, India. The 50 villages in the area are made up of predominantly indigenous and tribal members. Tribal populations tend to lag behind the general population in terms of access to resources, a situation that is particularly devastating to the people of Arsha, whose primary means of subsistence is traditional farming. Many do not own or have access to land and depend on seasonal migration for their livelihoods. Approximately 85 percent of the population lives in severe poverty, creating additional barriers to accessing the resources needed to improve the well-being of both the villagers and their environment.

The primary goal of the Village Earth-Purulia project is to empower tribal communities to gain greater control and management of their resources in order to achieve their vision for the future. To that end, Village Earth has worked closely with the Purulia villagers to develop a water project and a microfinance initiative, in order to address the most pressing needs of the communities.

The Water Project

Imagine having to walk four to five kilometers, two times per day, just to acquire drinking water. For villagers in remote Purulia, this is the reality of daily life during the dry season. For four to five months each year, these villages experience severe water shortages that limit water access to an average of just one liter per person per day. It is no wonder that strategic planning meetings conducted by Village Earth revealed water scarcity to be the number one concern of villagers.

Village Earth, Village Earth-Purulia, and the Colorado State University chapter of Engineers Without Borders have been collaborating with the villagers in Purulia to increase water security. Steps toward improvement include the establishment of water storage facilities and irrigation technologies appropriate to each village’s existing infrastructure. This project has resonated positively with the local government as well as local landowners.

Microfinance Initiative

The microfinance project was designed to empower tribal women to improve their economic conditions through micro-credit and entrepreneurship development.

The women use the small loans they receive to invest in income-generating activities such as tilapia farming, producing and marketing traditional crafts, and animal husbandry.

With the help of seed money provided by Village Earth, six groups—representing a total of sixty tribal women— have begun self-employment enterprises. Village Earth is working actively to raise additional funds needed to expand the project so more tribal women may participate.

Looking Ahead

Village Earth-Purulia continues its work as an organization grounded in the Village Earth approach to sustainable development. The founders of Village Earth Purulia, husband and wife team Dr. Milan Dinda and Dr. Mousumi Dinda, use the knowledge and skills they gained from Village Earth trainings to serve the people of Purulia. Focusing on participatory practices for sustainable development, these projects draw on the rich indigenous knowledge and cultural traditions that already exist in the communities.

Working side by side, Village Earth has helped the people of Purulia learn how to leverage their strengths to create a more positive vision for the future. But there is still much more work to be done. The expansion of current projects, along with the development of new initiatives, is crucial to achieving improved quality of life for the people of Purulia, and securing this life for future generations.