Highlights Spring 2011
CLIC spent more than 10 days in Bansingh in the spring of 2011. When we were there we had the chance to see and experience:
- Celebrating the HOLI festival
- Lunch at a local villagers home
- A local parade and dancing in the streets
- Presenting certificates
- Dressing in sari’s and dhoti’s
- Dancers on the stage
The CLIC Abroad workshop in Odisha was in Bansingh village. Children were drawn from a cluster of 9 villages located about 35 kms from the nearest town, Denkenal. Comprising mostly of farmers, their sustainability depends on growing rice and seasonal vegetables. The climate of this district is generally hot with high humidity during April and May and cold during December and January. Most of the inhabitants gain from the surrounding forests which adds to the economy and sustainability of the region. People from this region are primarily Hindus and have a strong cultural history prevailing for several centuries. Surrounding regions also have important temples which are historic and culturally significant for the local people. One of the important observations of the region was how they paint their front walls of the house when a wedding happens in the family. The paintings and art indicating the wedding with their names remain for several years. Most women in the region work both in the field and at home, while most men spend their afternoons in the village centers playing cards or discussing local politics. The principal forest products are timber, bamboo, firewood and the Kendu leaf. The minor forest products are lac, honey, kenduli gum, wax, and other raw materials used for local medicine. All schools in the region are government schools and students have to travel to Denkenal, the district headquarters, for higher education after +10.
Working in the districts of Angul, Dhenkanal, Gajapati, ACORD is engaged on the issues of Children, Education & Literacy, Tribal Affairs, Vocational Training, Women’s Development & Empowerment, and Youth Affairs.