Question Everything

“Are women and men treated equally where you come from?”

“How far do women have to travel to get drinking water?”

“Do they have camels there?”

When we (by that i mean the Rang De team/ volunteers) go out on field visits, more often than not, all of us are running against a clock. The schedule is packed, we have people to meet, questions to ask and observations to record. And despite our best intentions most of the times our interactions with the community end up being one sided. We go there to understand the latent and expressed needs of the community members so we ask probing questions and we listen as they speak, sometimes haltingly but mostly candidly, about their lives, their hopes and dreams.… Read further

A river runs through it

This is a post by Tanvi, a member of Rang De’s Impact team, on her recent visit to Bihar

Bihar, home to nearly 104 million Indians, is one of the poorest states in India. 36 out of the 37 districts in the state rank amongst the 250 most backward districts in the country. North Bihar is particularly vulnerable to floods and in the year 2008 Kosi river flood displaced over 3 million individuals. Regions of North Bihar also fall within the “Red Corridor“, regions which have been affected adversely by Naxal violence over the past few decades.

IMG_20150627_135550

The women of Muskaan SHG were fasting for Ramazan but treated us to delicious rasgollas after the meeting

Two weeks ago I undertook my maiden trip to Patna and north Bihar.… Read further

Back to the Field

By Shital Pawar, Impact Team - Rang De

Bahadarpur is a small village in Parola Block of Jalgaon District, Maharashtra. After a night long journey from Pune, I and my colleague Hitesh reached the place to spend two days with the community. Like many other villages in the region, Bahadarpur also suffers issues of frequent drought, lack of irrigation and load shedding for almost 12 hours every day but in spite of all the difficulties, Bahadarpur is on a dedicated journey towards reaching complete self-reliance. This has definitely not happened overnight! The efforts of Ms. Nilima Mishra – the Ramon Magsaysay award winner – and her team of Bhagini Nivedita Gramin Vigyan Niketan (BNGVN) has been facilitating this.… Read further

A “Sandesh” from the field

Debanjana and Parikshit, Rang De chapter members in Kolkata, recently completed a field trip to Sandeshkali (near Kolkata). Here they write about their experience and share some important observations.

With the "Rani " SHG in Sandeshkali

The evolution of Rang De over the past 5 years in particular has ben staggering but its presence in Kolkata was absent. When we first decided on initiating a Kolkata chapter, it felt like a good idea to understand the model right down to the grass root level. And thus the idea of visiting one of the fields with one of Rang De’s Kolkata based field partners was born.

We met Chinmoy Naik, who, along with Antony Mondal, took us to the village of Sandeshkhali, a fair bit outside the realms of Kolkata and the urban living ways.… Read further

A Field Trip: an experience that moved me in more ways than one

Shaily Gupta is a Rang De social investor based in US. On a recent trip to Calcutta, she teamed up with the Rang De team for a field visit. Here’s what Shaily has to say about her experience.

IMG_2414

Selfie Time ! At the Thakurpukur unit, with the women and the KSDF team

The sun was about to set on a typical humid day over the bustling suburbs of Calcutta and traffic on the side streets seems to be moving at its usual pace; but this was not a usual day for me – there are few days in our lives which enrich life with real community experiences as today did.… Read further