MANNAN TRIBAL VILLAGE
Kozhimala - Western Ghat
Kerala, South India
NEEDED FOR VARIOUS PROJECTS - 2013
House Building, Medical & Sanitation
More details below...
The inhabitants of the Mannan tribe are indigenous
to the area which is now the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
When the reserve was established in the 1960s, the tribe
asked to leave the forest and were relocated to the
reserve’s outskirts. About 85 families of the tribe
along with the Mannan Tribe King now live in an area
called Kozhimala in the Idduki District. Kozhimala is
a little village settlement in the Western Ghat mountain
ranges around two hours drive from the towns of Kumily
& Thekkady town. This project site is about 6 hours
drive from Kochi.
About the Project
This project was brought to the attention of Yearoutindia
through volunteers working at the nearby Tiger Reserve.
Sasi, a mannan tribal and forest guard who works with
the tribal heritage eco-development committee at the
reserve took one of our volunteers to see his house
and village. The tribal settlement was 2 hours drive
from the reserve and situated on the edge of the reserve
forest amongst the mountains. The general living conditions
were very basic. Sasi's family were in desperate need
of a house. Shocked by the living conditions of the
families in the settlement, our volunteers (Gill - London,
Matt - Sheffield, Lauren - Boston, Malin - Sweden and
Kevin - Wisconsin) helped create a community development
program for the Mannan tribe. After discussions with
the Mannan king and elders, Yearoutindia volunteers
were able to create a detailed long-term sustainable
development program for the settlement. This included
plans to build new houses, sanitation facilities, drinking
water wells and medical help with the help of volunteer
two dedicated volunteers (Thomas - Germany and Devin
- New York) took part in the first house building project
for 8-12 weeks till completion. Along with Yearoutindia
funds, their fees, donation and fundraising, the house
building project was started. The village settlement
and almost all tribals were very enthusiastic and many
joined hands with the volunteers in completing the house.
The Mannan tribe King also visited the house building
site at various stages and was very supportive of the
project making sure our volunteers were comfortable
and had every assistance they needed. The house was
completed successfully and is by far the best house
in the whole of the settlement.
While the first house was being built, volunteers and
Yearoutindia staff noticed that the settlement lacked
basic sanitation facilities in general and that the
only water pumping system was abandoned due to lack
of funds for repairs and maintenance. Yearoutindia was
able to contribute towards repairing the water pump
and some of the broken water pipelines. Seeing the lack
of sanitation facilities Yearoutindia and onsite volunteers
compiled a priority list of families within the Mannan
settlement for whom to build for. The original list
comprised of many families who desperately needed houses,
72 families who had none or inadequate sanitation facilities;
in most cases used outdoor temporary shacks and open
from all over the world have been working very hard
on this project since 2006 and within the last two years,
60 homes now have clean and well structured toilets
with washing areas.Our previous volunteers (Harriet
& Max from London) completely renovated the Tribal
Nursery in the settlement and also build a new toilet
block for the 34 nursery children. This along with the
teaching aids they provided has completely transformed
this dilapidated little building into a bright, clean
and safe place for the children who come to this nursery.
The nursery also provides free mid day meals every day
for which YOI provided kitchen utensils and cookers.
More tribal children are now attending this nursery.
lake at Kozhimala village
with tribal chilren
The village local govt officers and elders are very enthusiastic
towards this initiative and many work whenever they can to
support the efforts of volunteers and labourers on site. Yearoutindia
and its volunteers have built up strong relationships with
the tribal communities and volunteers share Sasi's/ Manoj
& Anil completed house with his family during their placement
and also can now stay in the completed Eco House. This also
provides a source of much needed additional income to many
tribal women. There are at least 4-6 ongoing house building
projects and our recent volunteers Alice & Alastair from
UK just completed another sanitation project. Stephanie from
US helped with the Eco house and Shyam from London is currently
working on house builds, renovations, sanitation projects,
water and solar light projects.
Credit & Youth employment initiatives:
Yearoutindia volunteers have also helped develop and implement
various small micro credit / loan project to enable the tribal
youth to take on group community farming, water pumping and
distribution, communal goat farming and implement a new brick
making units. Thanks to Michelle - our intern from Canada,
we have been able to successfully implement and manage these
projects. Various new project including Solar lights, bore
wells and health awareness are planned for the coming months.
Following the success
of this sanitation project, locals from the nearby mannan
village settlement of "Murikattukudi" approached
Yearoutindia to extend the program to their settlement. Following
a series of successful meetings between Yearoutindia staff,
volunteers, local community leaders, Mannan Tribal King, Kozhimala
labourers and local villagers this was agreed. As a result
the priority list of families in desperate need of adequate
sanitation facilities has more than doubled.
Yearoutindia now also work alongside local healthcare officials
through volunteers with medical backgrounds and provide medical
care to the mannan tribals. Yearoutindia also plans to build
a small clinic for the inhabitants of Kozhimala vilage. This
project was designed in conjunction wih the villagers following
a research conducted by Bryan Shaw - a Yearoutindia volunteer
from the US. The medical volunteers will provide much needed
diagnosis and preventative treatment to meet the health needs
of the village. It will also promote awareness of health issues
amongst the locals and their children. This project is now
helped by regular contributions by ex-volunteers like Penny
Rigby from UK.
on the links below to find out about the various volunteer
projects at the Mannan Tribal Village
is a challenging project site which require volunteers to
be resourceful, committed, self motivated and will definitely
involve long hours of work with plenty of excitement and fun.
Please note that the project area is remote and basic facilities
will be provided by Yearoutindia. Amenities like Internet,
ATM's, Fax etc are only available at the nearest town which
is 30 minutes drive away.
Prices for individual programs vary. Please click on the links
above for a full description or contact a volunteer coordinator.
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