State Bank of India
A/c No: 0000123456789
IFSC Code: SB0001234
Gaia Education and THREAD have been working in collaboration for five years. THREAD leaders completed Gaia Education Ecovillage Design programme (EDE) in Sieben Linden Ecovillage in Germany in 2008, where they acquired practical ecovillage skills to promote viable economies, equity and justice, and ecological integrity in their tribal villages. In early 2011, THREAD Executive Director, Mr. George John, joined a Transition Town Training conducted by Gaia Education staff in Thailand. On this occasion initial conversations took place about how to strengthen efforts between the two organisations in building capacity of vulnerable social groups in Orissa towards enhanced socio-economic resilience. Ecovillage Design programmes and Transition Town trainings have now been conducted in communities in Orissa for three consecutive years both in English and Oryia, awakening, particularly in women, the idea of building a more sustainable and empowered future.
Under the guidance of the EDE and Transition programmes tribal villages have started to adopt relevant ecovillage practices towards progressive food and livelihood security. In addition women’s cooperatives have been strengthened and empowered through participatory decision making and mediation techniques. In 2012 THREAD joined Gaia Education week long programme of activities during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20, including the life radio programmes, where THREAD presented on how the on-going knowledge exchange between ecovillages and tribal villages has been impacting positively in the lives of indigenous people in Orissa.
This project works with communities on the four Gram Panchayats of Laxmipur Block of
Koraput District, one of the most vulnerable in the Orissa state.
Food and livelihood scarcity are two pressing issues for these communities. The tribal
communities do not own the land they live on. Deforestation for the growing of crops has forced the tribal communities into small plots of land that have become exhausted from over farming and poor land management practices. Within the communities women have a very low status, they are often expected to carry out agricultural labour as well has carrying out household duties. Women also have little or no say in community matters or organisation. Therefore this project intends to work with vulnerable indigenous communities and increase the status of women within the communities of Laxmipur.
Government services and programmes fail to reach these communities. The communities are
often in very isolated locations where the government find it difficult to access geographically and culturally. In addition the indigenous tribes have little or no education and they find it very difficult to engage with local government and government programmes. THREAD works with the tribal communities to help link them with the government programmes and increase their understanding of how the government can help their communities.
This project also target dalit communities living in the Laxmipur Block of Koraput District. The tribal communities of Bhuyan, Kandha, Paraja, and Harijans are dalit communities and they have the lowest status of all the communities in the Laxmipur Block. Dalits are directly involved in the project activities and engaged with members of other communities in order to break down social and cultural barriers. Widows and disabled persons will also be involved in the project activities.
The overall aim of this project is- Integrated Ecovillage Design Education and Transition Towns training to build the capacity of indigenous people, especially women, in four Gram Panchayats of Laxmipur Block of Koraput District to increase food security, build social cohesion, and address climate change