Adarsh Shiksha Samiti is a non-profit organization formed by a group of volunteers in Salumber block of Udaipur District in the State of Rajasthan. It was formally registered as an organization in 1989, under the Rajasthan society’s registration act. 1958 and later on it was also registered under the Foreign Contribution regulation act.1976.
Over the years, Adarsh has been able to create a platform from where the various issues related to well-being of tribal population can be raised effectively and a solution be sought from the government as well as from the various development agencies working in the area. The broad vision of the organization is to create an equal and just society where the vulnerable and marginalized sections of the society can effectively participate in their own social development process finally leading to a control over their local resources.
Creating mass awareness on various social and economic issues was the first ever initiative of the organization, once the awareness programmes cleared the dust of lethargic attitude, ignorance and unwillingness to leave impractical traditions, the NGO started bringing in socio-economic development programmes with the support of various government as well as leading non-government organizations.
With the expansion of its programme area and strong laisoning with the local people, Adarsh Shiksha Samiti was confident to work further in the adjoining blocks of Salumber as well as in Pratapgadh and Banswara district.
Presently the geographic are covered by the Samiti is situated in the tough & uneven hilly terrain of Aravalis. The population is predominantly tribal (52.45%). The hilly terrain, lack of sufficient rainfall and uneven land in the area makes the live of rural people terrible and pathetic.
The average literacy level of the area is extremely poor and the female literacy rates are far below the national average.
The organization promises to fulfill the mandate of working towards the promotion of gender equity and social justice for the vulnerable and to enable them to effectively articulate their needs and gain access as well as control over their own resources.
BRIEF PROFILE OF THE AREA
Economic scenario of the area is also not bright due to the absence of industrial units, lack of water and less connectivity. Division of land among the family members makes the things further serious because the land available is not entirely cultivable land, only a very small part is cultivable and rest is uneven or wasteland. The tribals who ones upon a time used to depend on forest products as their livelihoods are facing a lot of difficulties as the forest area is shrinking and the natural resource depleting.
Health service units are beyond the approach of these people and they have strong faith in “quacks” rather than in qualified doctor. Except for a period of monsoon when the farmers are busy with the agriculture work or at the time of harvesting the majority of the people in rural belt sits idle with no work in hand, the male members attempt for the lookout of job in nearby district and earn some money but that too is not sufficient.
Thus the major challenges of the area are -
♦ Movement of youth away from their villages due to lack of sufficient sources of livelihood
♦ Poor health and education status
♦ Low status of women
One of the biggest challenges facing development practitioners and policy-makers today is how they can assist these people to have a meaningful livelihood which sustains them and ensures they can live with dignity and hope for the future.