A GLANCE AFTER 45 YEARS OF DEDICATED EFFORTS FOR THE ALL AROUND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ADIVASI COMMUNITY.Read More
The late four founders of Sarvodaya Parivar, Dr.Navneetbhai, Kantaben, Harivilasben and Kantibhai, were all originally from Mumbai. During the Bhoodan movement, Kantaben and Harivilasben responded to Vinobaji’s appeal and subsequently gave up their job, homes and towns in 1957. Kantibhai joined Vinoba’s movement in 1960 and took on the responsibility of the publication of Bhoomiputra. In 1966 and 1967, Sarvodaya workers travelled from village to village in Gujarat spreading Vinobaji’s message of Bhoodan and Gramdan. During this movement a group led by Kantaben reached Pindval and the surrounding villages. Untouched by the mark of urban civilization they came across scattered huts, dusty unpaved roads and an undulating hilly terrain. Dr.Navnit Fozdar, a young MBBS doctor from Mumbai, was a member of Kantaben’s group. Fully soaked in Gandhiji’s ideas, he had resolved that medical knowledge should not be for sale. He later joined the Sarvodaya movement.
Any comprehensive programme for uplift of Adivasi ‘s would necessarily have to encompass food, clothing, housing, health and education. The aim was, each person should at least be able to get the basic necessities of two meals a day, clothing to cover himself and a shelter to live.
Besides this, people should have access to basic medical care, an education, employment at their doorstep, and finally an overall evolution in quality of their life. Keeping these objectives in mind, the following activities were initiated.
Nestled on the south eastern edge of Gujarat, right on the Maharashtra border, Dharampur -kaparada taluka are spread over an expanse of 1650 square kilometers. It consists of 239 villages with a population of@ 300,000. The topography of the region is comprised of hills as well as plains.
We have been working extensively in the villages of the hilly area of Dharampur Taluka, an area populated solely by Adivasis. The main Adivasi tribes are Kukna, Varli and Kolcha. They speak a dialect which is a mix of Gujarati and Marathi with their own flavor.