We took our DFW (Dignity For Work) initiative to the Kadar tribal hamlet, nestled inside Nelliyampathy forest area in Palakkad district of Kerala. Just like any other tribal area, this one too has the problem of malnutrition, poverty, exploitation, lack of transportation facilities and a heightened drinking problem. When our team member went on a visit, the locals had told her they wanted to repair the road before the rainy season, so that travel to the nearest town during the monsoon was less risky. 21 families came forward for the repairing work and were given customized DFW Kits as a reward. Now, they have a proper road to the hamlet and they don’t have to walk 10-15 km to the nearest shop for the basic ration.
“We have a toddy shop, 100m from the hamlet, that is ruining everyone’s life here… most of the time, men are drunk and senseless… glad you are giving us material and not money, otherwise the men would have threatened us and taken the cash for liquor.”
– Nalini (a local & a DFW participant)
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