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Activities of THREAD

EARTHDAY CELEBRATION- 22nd APRIL:

The day of celebration is just informing the global community about the seriousness of global warming. Numbers of ecovillages are modeled in different regions and it is encouraged to organize earth day celebration by inviting govt. officials to educate them on the global phenomena. Two earth day celebrations were held in different parts of Orissa and there was media coverage.

International Ecovillage Design Education course

Eco Village Design Education conducted at Siddharth Village, Odisha, India is a transforming experience. Students attend this course from different countries- Italy, Canada, Lebanon, Korea, Indonesia, Combodia, Germany, USA, Vietnam, srilanka, Africa
The course is designed with EDE mandala as base, integrating the ‘World view’, ‘Social’, ‘Economic’ and ‘Ecology’ dimensions.
‘World view’ and ‘Social’ dimensions are process oriented. They set a stage for questioning long held perspectives about life, oneself and the world around. This in turn may lead to experiencing changes ‘here and now’.
Relaxation and meditation techniques, exercises to manifest desires and so on, facilitate participants to experience the incredible connection between mind and matter/body, mind and energy systems.
All this happens in an appropriate and relaxed pace.
Conflict transformation in social dimension is learnt in experiential. Participants will have an opportunity to live in an ecovillage of indegenous people and imbibe their wisdom.
Permaculture in ecology dimension of the course integrated with above mentioned dimensions is highly practical, equipping one with the knowledge, skill and appropriate attitude.
Fun is a part of the course but learning takes place in depth.

Block brick making ( ecological) for indigenous youth for their livelihood

Thread has trained 25 youth especially girls school drop outs of indigenous people in masonry training and ecological brick making and engage them through indigenous women’s organisations to take up contract with Govt. to construct social welfare programme infrastructure with ecological ethics.

It has trained 25 youth mostly girls in masonry training which will be integrated with eco village design education for four weeks.  After the practical training, the students will form their own team under the tribal women’s organisations (registered) and take up all the contracts of construction of infrastructure for social welfare programmes of govt. of Odisha.

The training inculcated and strengthened the tribal values which are eroding at present due to different understanding of development paradigm.

The trained indigenous students, who have no other go in life, will have skill to make ecological bricks which does not require to be burnt and it is insulated by nature.  They will form the team to take up contracts from govt. to construct social welfare programme infrastructures which are normally taken up by middle men from cities. Besides, the project plans to empower women to become mason instead of only load bearer in any construction. Thus it serves the objectives of training people in practice of social and economic justice.

The construction of houses in the local villages will have with block bricks. As the block bricks require no burning, the trees are not cut and environment is maintained.

The students also will be equipped with other knowledge and practice of permaculture, and social dimension sothat they will support the tribal women’s organisations to become sustainable for tapping resources from govt. programmes.

A block making brick machine will be donated to the students to start their venture in the local areas after the training.

Combat climate change environmental impacts and reduce the vulnerability and risks through pro people friendly technologies which will help to reduce
volume of food security issues

42 community leaders, university students Ngo activists were selected and they took part in the EDE course in three phases and Transition Town workshop . The #EDE students also attended the Transition Town workshop. During the second phase for permaculture design, 77 villagers participated at Jinjira village where the third phase
permaculture course was conducted and the sessions were practical oriented and created impact in the village.
The course is now well known to three colleges and the participants have disseminated information to the college peer group. Four students took active role in visiting villages and carrying out some of the permaculture techniques educating the villagers of laxmipur block. However, many students due to examination and other preoccupation could not visit villages.

Two kitchen garden demonstration, and one terrace garden demonstration was carried out at siddharthvillage and many of the village target group visit siddharthvillage on market day and learn from the demo. Steps are being taken to spread in towns the terrace garden next year and popularize further the “Grow your Own Food” programme in towns also.

ECOVILLAGE

To combat climate change and natural disasters along with uphold the traditional wisdom, traditional knowledge, traditional culture and decision making process, THREAD is one of the vital organisations working in the state to promote and develop ECO VILLAGES in tribal areas of Odisha. To expedite the process of ECO VILLAGE development, youths belonging to Tribal and Dalit communities have been provided with one month duration training programme on ECOVILLAGE DESIGN EDUCATION. Ecovillage models have been created in many villages with certain indicators to recognize as ecovillages.Ecovillage is a new concept which covers four dimensions i.e. World view, social, ecology and economy.

Promotion and development of organic KITCHEN GARDEN

In the sphere of enhancing production and productivity of soil with special thrust on organic cultivation which are the key areas to combat the climate change impacts. under this purview, THREAD promoted Kitchen garden at SAMAJ level in different Blocks of Mayurbhanj & Koraput districts.

Emergence of Model Eco villages and Peoples Institutions for Implementation sustainable communities

Women in Orissa are deprived socially, economically, politically as well as culturally. To protect the rights of women in the community/ intervention area, attempt will be taken to ensure their participation and representation in the community level organizations and community life and access to community resources, and at the same time to take steps to make them economically independent while taking up political leadership in their hand at the village and panchayat level.
This will be done through various orientation and discussions on gender and human rights and development initiatives.

In GENDER EMPOWERMENT AND WOMEN’S COLLECTIVISATION:

  • Providing training to rural indigenous women to become powerful change agents for tribal communities.
  • Encouraging collectivisation of rural indigenous women

In LOCAL GOVERNANCE AND WOMEN’S POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT:

  • Providing training to rural indigenous women in principles of local self-governance and skills for participating in local government
  • Supporting rural indigenous women to contest local government elections and improve local governance.

In FOOD SECURITY, ORGANIC FARMING, LIVELIHOOD PROMOTION AND WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

  • Providing training in organic farming techniques
  • Conducting collective farming experiments for optimisation of land use, sharing of scarce resources and renewal of tribal traditions in community living 
  • Establishing a collective of organic farmers
  • Assisting with marketing of organic products and promoting women’s economic empowerment
  • Promoting food security through grain storage

In PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND BIODIVERSITY

  • Establishing Community Schools of Ecology
  • Protecting indigenous varieties of grains and vegetable
  • Establishing Seed Banks and Demonstration Farms

In PREVENTIVE HEALTH AND PROTECTION OF LOCAL HEALTH TRADITIONS

  • Providing training in preventive health practices to rural indigenous women
  • Protection of local health traditions and training in medicinal uses of local herbs and plants
  • Creation of gardens of medicinal plants

In CONFLICT RESOLUTION, RENEWAL OF CORE TRIBAL VALUES and LOBBYING AND ADVOCACY

  • Providing training in resolution of inter-tribal conflic
  • Renewal of core tribal values
  • Lobbying and advocacy
 
OTHER TRAININGS OFFERED AT THREAD:

Staff Capacity-Building Courses:

  • Team Work in Organisations – Extending Oneself to Others (for the social, government and corporate sectors)
  • Conflict Transformation and Development Work (for the social sector)
  • Conflict Transformation and Mediation Processes (for people working with conflict and counsellors)
  • Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation – Tools for People’s Organisations
  • Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning
  • Self-Growth for Development Workers
  • Responding to Problems in the Villages – A Skill Development Course
  • Yoga Therapy for Self-Growth and for Effective Karma Yogic Activities

Therapeutic Management Courses:

  • Leadership, Authority and Organisations – Lab Sessions for Managers (for groups from the social, government and corporate sectors)
  • Conflict Transformation, Self and Organisational Growth
  • Extension of Self in Management
  • Empowering Self and Collectives (for the social and government sectors)
  • Initiating Transformation in Organisation (for groups from the social, government and corporate sectors)
  • Team Work in Organisations  (for groups from the social, government and corporate sectors)
  •  Involvement by Detachment for Management – A Therapeutic Experiential Course for Managers

Empowerment and Enlightenment Courses:

  • Healing Mission for Conflict Transformation (for religious and social groups)
  • Empowering the Self and Communities (for social workers and members of religious communities)
  • Spiritual Orientation Human Alignment Methods – SOHAM (for religious)

Exposure Programme:

  • Understanding the Laws of Nature and Empowering Collectives (exposure to state-level tribal women’s movement for empowerment)

Training of Trainers:

  • TOT in Lived Experience and Techniques for Experiential Learning
  • TOT in Self-Evolution and the Growth Process – An Experience with Therapeutic Courses
  • Experiential Training Technology – Simulation Games, Exercises and Case Experiences
  • Understanding Group Formation Processes for Effective Training
  • Creating an Ambience for Learning – Internal and External Interventions