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Centre for Dalit Studies and Action

 

In 2012 HHI assumed full monitoring and UK administration for the work of Tom and Philip and The Banyan Tree. The Trustees of HHI agreed that The Friends of The Banyan Tree, as a subcommittee, should retain and continue their sole responsibility for funding, UK administration and monitoring of the CDSA project.

 

Makeshift classroom prior to new building

Makeshift classroom prior to new building


CDSA

CDSA is registered with the Keralan State (T1126). It was born out of the deep desire of its founder, Chandra Babu, to develop a social work project to benefit a community of disadvantaged, low status people. The project was established in 2006 at Idinjar, a mainly Dalit and tribal village over two hours by car to the north of Nedumangad in the forested foothills of the Western Ghats. A beautiful, but isolated tribal area, where some families live in a reservation.

“This is a place of great need. It is a marginalised area in every way. Government services are lacking and most workers are forestry or agricultural coolies (day labourers). The area lacks quality education and health care facilities.”

Chandra Babu

Director , Centre for Dalit Studies and Action

 

Chandra Babu

Chandra Babu

Chandra Babu, Director

Chandra Babu MA, B Ed, the founder, has been Director of this project since its inception in 2006. He has 20 years experience in social work including training social workers, students and women teachers. He also has experience on research studies and attends state, national and international level courses and seminars conducted in India.

Chandra is himself Dalit, a Hindu convert to Christianity. A family man, his wife Lilly and his two boys support him in the project.

Ajayan and Aayush

Ajayan and Aayush

Ajayan, Field Officer

Ajayan -Field Officer and his son Ayush.

Kaliyani, pupil at Idinjar

Kaliyani, pupil at Idinjar

Discrimination and Inequality

Although the Indian constitution confers absolute equal rights on women, discrimination and inequality of opportunity are a daily fact of life for many females.

Only one third of women of working age have paid employment, of them the vast majority work in agriculture and are paid less than men; 45% of girls are married before the age of 18; 82% of men are literate, 60% of women.

Pupil at Idinjar

Pupil at Idinjar

Women and Girls

One of the principal aims and continuing objectives of the CDSA Community Project is the education and empowerment of girls; CDSA is proactive in the safety and rights of girls and women.

The more important aspect of the project is orienting the students, especially girls, that there is a world at the opposite side of the hills, a world of knowledge, skills, information and opportunities. The project is really intended to strengthen their wings further to cross the hills ”.

Chandra Babu

Director , Centre for Dalit Studies and Action

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CDSA is a movement for education, empowerment and emancipation…