Improving living conditions for the Birhor tribe, India
Requested bySocial Awareness for Democratic Art and Research (SAFDAR)
Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?
The Birhors are primitive tribal people, their land, forests, mountains and rivers make their history. Their struggle for survival is as high as the mountains and as long as the rivers, and their culture is interwoven with the earth.
The Birhor people numbers about 1400. They are faced with not only their economic, social, political problems but also with identity, lack of educational & health facilities, hunger, unemployment both before and after independence. At present, their very existence is coming into question. There is, therefore, a great need for an involvement at their level.
What is your project and how will it help?
Our effort is to awaken the primitive Birhor people, improving their economic, social and political situation using art forms. These people do have their own traditions and culture but these have not been valued by the rest of society. They have been kept on the margins of society and whether they lived well or ill have not been a matter of concern to the ruling class.
As these primitive Birhors have been living in the forests they have been deprived of scientific knowledge and therefore this gap needs to be filled in. This can be done more effectively by using their own art-forms. So this has been a search process on our part as we tried to discover their art-forms and using them we hope to build up their knowledge
How can other people partner with you on your project?
By donations or gifts in-kind.
Please detail the resources that you need.
Agricultural Special Education, Art and Cultural Centers, 3 Units:
Grand Total INR 17,280,000 (USD 320,000)
Please contact us for a detailed budget.