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Toilet Humour – Innovative School Assembly Program

It is an oft repeated observation that kids will be brutally honest about their beliefs. I recently got to enjoy the fruition of nearly a years’ worth of planning when we launched our schools assembly programme. I had the pleasure of broadening some of Hampton Wick’s finest young minds at Hampton Wick Infants School towards their peers in India. I did so by dressing in silken Salwar Kameez and sequined slippers and ranting about the joys of curry, amongst other things.

There’s nothing like a hall of post-sunny lunchtime faces gazing at you to make you realise the challenge behind covering water scarcity and poverty in an entertaining and educational manner – especially with a malfunctioning computer of photos. Yet roof top rainwater harvesting comes alive when the children are invited to try carrying a bucket of water and imagine flushing a toilet with one. There is a genuine curiosity and enthusiasm unmarred by news fatigue and confusion over the ‘India the Superpower’ economic myth.

Our innovative programme is spreading our name as Hampton Wick’s very own International Charity whilst backing the next generation’s awareness of themselves as global citizens with the power to change the world. Through learning about eco-school clubs planting trees in distant Orissa the kids are connected. We collaborate on a fundraising activity such as a cake sale or no uniform day that pays for our work. The schools can elaborate on the knowledge learnt with activity resources we provide including word searches, and it contributes towards Eco-School accreditation.

Whilst it is true that 1 in every 3 children in the world that are malnourished are in India it doesn’t help anybody to see this as a given. We are looking forward to continuing our schools programme with other establishments locally.


Wishing our bees in Orissa a happy 1st birthday!

Jeevika’s Madhu Honey Network project celebrated its first birthday with a Honey Fair on 24th March this year in Bhubaneswar, Orissa. For the first time ever, 30 Tribal women beekeepers left their villages to travel to Bhubaneswar to represent their Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and to sell the honey their bees have produced over the last year. Traditionally, these women collected wild honey from the forest and sold it however they could in whatever bottles they could gather for minimal profit. As members of the Madhu Honey Network – Madhu meaning honey in the Oriya language – they now produce honey in hives, then filter, pool, bottle, and label it. This has enabled them to sell their honey for competitive prices to their neighbours as well as in the local marketplace.

Indeed, at their first Honey Fair stall, they sold not only honey but other produce such as mustard and sunflower seeds, lentils and incense sticks and, through the process of fertilisation, their bees helped them.

One excellent outcome of the Honey Fair was that Jeevika’s partner organisation,Jeevan Rekha Parishad (JRP) – which is responsible for the beekeeping project and organisation of the Honey Fair – was that the State Ministers for Horticulture and Tribal People, and the Directors of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development and of the Khadi Village Investment Board, all agreed that they are keen to work collaboratively with JRP to expand the Madhu Honey Network into a viable beekeeping/honey production industry within Orissa.

When funding from the British Department for International Development (DfID) for the project ends in November 2013, JRP is ready to become a lead NGO for beekeeping in Orissa: it trains villagers to become beekeepers; it trains youths to make bee hives for the project as well as to sell to other beekeepers; it has published a Trainer’s Manual in the Oriya language; and in the coming months, it will form some beekeepers into a separate SHG to make protective clothing for beekeepers.

The honey that the Tribal women produce – like all honey – is highly valued for being nutritious as well as having medicinal properties; and by the time of its second birthday, the project will be providing a sustainable income for some 300 beekeepers while the bees will also help their farmer husbands by fertilising village crops.

Bees are to be celebrated as, indeed, are the Tribal women beekeepers of Orissa!

If you would like to help continue Jeevika’s work with the women beekeepers of Orissa, please consider making a secure donation through our JustGiving page. Thank you!


Cyclone Phailin EMERGENCY RELIEF Appeal

Jeevika Trust is issuing an urgent appeal for donations after Cyclone Phailin struck the coast of eastern India on Saturday 12 October causing large-scale devastation within island communities that Jeevika supports there.

The cyclone has disrupted the lives of thousands of Indian villagers living around the Chilika Lake sea lagoon on the coast of Odisha state – an area where Jeevika has over the past 3 years established a valued presence supporting village livelihoods on the two islands of Mahinsa and Berhampur. With 15 foot waves and 250 kmph winds the ‘shelter-belts’ of coconut and banana trees which have protected the villages have been largely uprooted, thatched houses flattened, boats smashed, fishing nets lost, goats and cows killed and kitchen gardens destroyed.

Our local partner organisation, Jeevan Rekha Parishad (JRP) has been working in the Chilika Lake area for many years. Traditional fishing livelihoods had been decimated by pollution flowing into the lake and this had already caused widespread unemployment. But JRP has managed to save many island families in the area from poverty by building the capacity of women to cultivate crabs, prawns and fish in island ponds which catch the monsoon water.

In a country which was recently ranked among the five worst in the world in which to be female,this project has enabled women islanders to achieve a degree of independence, helping them to contribute to household income. In the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin, this exciting progress in the Chilika Lake community is now severely threatened.

Many ponds are now seriously damaged and the crabs, prawns and fish swept back into the sea and homes destroyed have left villagers living with neighbours or squatting in cyclone shelters.


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Prof(Ms) Bedabati Mohanty
Ms. Kalpana pattnaik
Ms. Archana Khandayat roy
Ms. P.Das Mohapatra
Ms. Mohapatra Minati Bhanja
Ms. Indra Pattnaik
Ms. Madhusmita Mishra
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Dr. Atasi Mohanty
Ms. Manasi Pattnaik
Ms. Sabita Behera

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Dr. Bimalendu Mohanty
(Former Vice chancellor Utkal University of Culture Bhubaneswar)
Mr. Perry Gottesfeld
(Executive Director Occupational Knowledge International ,USA)
Ms. Anima Basak
(Vienna India Women's Assn.Austria)
Ms. Jyosna Chattarjee
(Joint Women's programme New Delhi)

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