Friday, 8 April 2011

Working with marginalized communities

Very basic living within marginalized communities
We have been visiting two migrant camps in Adampur for a few months now. The migrants here face a range of complex social, economic, health and discrimination issues. We have been using our visits to get to know the community and their needs using applied research principles. It has been a wonderful experience to spend most days eating, playing and dancing with the migrant community, getting to know them and building mutual trust. 

From this interaction we have come up with a few ideas and plans to improve their social and economic wellbeing. We are using a holistic approach that addresses their issues in an integrated way. We envisage that these approaches will include microfinance, health assessments, sanitation, swash and organic farming.

Rachael and Isis with the migrant children
It is exciting to be establishing and creating this project from scratch in such a broad way. We look forward to letting things naturally evolve and develop as we get to know the communities deeper and working with them to help improve their living conditions.

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