Videos for Vikalp Sangam, by Video Volunteers

By Video Volunteers on Feb. 8, 2017

These videos were made specially for Vikalp Sangam

They are short videos by community members on alternative initiatives that attempt to integrate ecological sustainability, economic democracy, social justice, cultural diversity and democratic governance.

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Children of Mumbai Slums Gang Up for Urban Development

Self-motivated children from Mumbai Slums’ lead the path to bring urban development to their localities

“We played on an undeveloped piece of land earlier. We would get hurt because of the stray objects and also be embarrassed to call our friends to play in our ‘playground’ because they would call our playground dirty!”

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Seeds of Life: A Quiet Revolution is Underway at the Foothills of Niyamgiri

With help of local organisations, the Panga Kodhs have gone back to traditional, organic, mixed farming methods. Even the forests are benefitting.

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Yashodhara- trapping the solar energy

Yashodhara is a farmer solar cooperative in Gujarat’s Anand district. Six Farmers of Dhundi village have come together to trap the sun. They use solar powered pumps to irrigate their land and sell the surplus energy generated to Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Ltd. The cooperative is registered at the Registrar of Cooperative Society, Government of Gujarat.

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Babulal Dahiya- a farmer cum poet

Babulal Dahiya has a total of 8 acres of land out of which 2 acres have traditional rice varieties. He grows traditional crop varieties without any fertilizers or chemicals. Along with that, he is also growing rice and coarse grains like kodo, kutki and jowar with farmers from 30 villages of Uchehra block.A post-master by occupation, Babulal Dahiya is interested in literature along with farming and agriculture.

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Community run schools in Jammu & Kashmir

Since the Jammu & Kashmir state had been paralysed by protests as well as by strikes imposed, many schools were shut down. In the midst of the civil unrest, some concerned citizens of the state have initiated community run schools to ensure that the children are not deprived of education.

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Jharcraft - an ailing art that needs revival


Jharcraft was established with a mission to change lives through the creation of new opportunities that would effectively, efficiently, and positively affect the lives of a large number of people across the state.However of late Jharcraft’s support to craftspersons appears to have declined considerably.

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Art Room - a space for expression



Art Room utilizes the medium of art to empower children and women of marginalized communities. It believes that exploring, expressing and exchanging ideas through art creates confidence and stimulates personal growth.

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How Mahua seeds made rural women independent | Dashrathi Bahera reports for IndiaUnheard

“Now we step out of our homes confidently. This is our achievement”.
This statement sums up the spirit of euphoria of the members of “Bansidhara Producer Group Of Women”, a Self Help Group formed in Bijgori village of Odisha.

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Football as a tool to advance sexual and reproductive health of women

Work of Mahila Swarojgar Samiti in UP. Through learning to play football, the girls' bodies are energised and it also plays a crucial role in shaping their sexuality.

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Doctor on Call – Medical phone service in Chhattisgarh

Swathya Swara is non-profit, mobile based platform that aims at using voice portals to revive local medicinal knowledge. It aims to address rural community health issues and at the same time help in protection and distribution of ancient knowledge of local healers and other traditional practitioners.

Read a story on this initiative - Swasthya Swara : A Unique Community Health Solution

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Rooftop rainwater harvesting makes life easier

Badlao means Change. The Badlao Foundation is committed to bring about fundamental changes in the lives of the excluded people--- Dalits, OBC, Minorities, and Tribals --- and ensure economic freedom for a happier future. Through various initiatives like rooftop rainwater harvesting, installing rooftop solar panels, the foundation is trying to strengthen the capabilities of an individual and the community.

Read a story on this initiative - Roof Top Water Harvesting Structure : A Source of Income with Nutrition

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A care and rehabilitation center for people with Autism Spectrum.

ARUNIMA literally means "The Glow of Dawn". ARUNIMA is a project dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of the persons on the autism spectrum. The centre runs on a not for profit basis and is a much needed relief for families who struggle with the autistic children due to lack of information.

Read a story on this initiative - Arunima: Joy Possible / अरुणिमा : खुशियों की संभावनाएं (in Hindi)



Story Tags: CGNetSwara, Medical Systems, healing practices, Rain Water Harvesting, adivasi, women empowerment

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