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.
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 -Field Officer and his son Ayush.
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.
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 ”.
Director , Centre for Dalit Studies and Action
CDSA is a movement for education, empowerment and emancipation…