Champi is an interior village in our project area. I had previously mentioned about the community in one of my old posts. The community has a brilliant indigenous expertise on making baskets and other local bamboo products but they earn very little money from this. We have been working with this community for two year under the Community Based Adaptation project. We had been wondering how we could help this community in taking their indigenous skill to a greater height, which would give them and their children a better future and help build an empowered community.
In the process of searching for an opportunity we have been able to network with an organisation called Evangelical Social Action Forum (ESAF). This organisation implements a government programme where they train rural poor in making craft items out of bamboo and also in marketing the products. Now, they have agreed to train 30 villagers (both men and women) from the village. We had a couple of meetings with villagers regarding this and some villagers seem to be very excited about the programme. 30 persons have given their name so far for the training but some are not very sure whether they will be able to give full 30 days for the training. We are trying our best to mobilize and motivate them to make use of this opportunity and are optimistic that the community may take the appropriate decision at this juncture. We are hopeful that the training would start soon after few necessary procedures.
This appears to be an amazing opportunity for villagers as they can earn income in their own village. This will definitely improve their socio-economic condition but most importantly would stop the unskilled migration which has been a bigger problem in this region. God willing, if this succeeds it can also be a model for many other neighboring villages.
Some of the photographs of the event: