Bundelkhand area of Uttar Pradesh comprising of seven districts is a very backward region of the State. It is characterised by rampant poverty. Recurring drought, subsistence agriculture, industrial backwardness, languishing traditional household/cottage industries and inadequate infrastructure have kept the region as one of the most poverty stricken area. Employment and income generation programs run by government, hardly reach to the poor. The feudal mind set of the society has further complicated the situation. Migration is a common feature. But migration to other states doesn’t solve the problems when the population living below poverty line is very large. Bundelkhand has become a synonym with drought, poverty, unemployment and perennial water stress. Lalitpur, Jhansi, Jalaun, Mahoba, Hamirpur, Banda and Chitrakoot Districts receive scanty rainfall and consecutive years of drought have resulted in repeated crop failures, thus complicating the whole situation.
Keeping in view the above facts in mind, the Bundelkhand Lok Manch Trust was created and has started functioning in Orai from 3rd February, 2017 on a rented property. The Trust has opened:-
1. Silai Kendra for imparting training to women of economically weaker section of the society.
2. Computer Training Centre for children of deprived section of the society in the region.
Bundelkhand Lok Manch intends to take the following steps in the coming days to:-
No doubt, Noida Lok Manch Trust has a team of volunteers residing in Noida and Bundelkhand regions and drawn from different walks of like administrators, educationists, armed forces, naval forces, air forces, judiciary, sport & cultural fields as well as the corporate world. They are experts in different fields and they have the deep desire to serve the society with their dedicated and committed efforts. With the support of public at large, we have been and will be able to serve the society in a meaningful way.
To start with, the main focus of the Bundelkhand Lok Manch Trust is on:-
The above two training Centres are in full swing and some of the trainee women are now earning between Rs. 1000 – 1500/- pm - thus making them self-reliant.
Under the medium term planning, a land for the school will be acquired in the area where there is no school. Initially, the school will be opened for upto 8th standard which in long term will be upgraded upto High school and intermediate. It will be a role model public school which will have morning and afternoon shifts. The morning shift will be for the privileged group with fee etc. and the evening shift for under-privileged group without any fee. Thus, enabling the school financially sustainable in a period of 3-5 years.
Under the long term planning, Bundelkhand Lok Manch intends to establish :
After visiting the Region, we have seen that children ages from 3 to 15 do not have a parent or guardian in sight. They are completely left to themselves. These children have no family, no proper clothing and no sense of stability whatsoever. They need a place like home and we are determined to make that happen so that children can grow up in a secured family environment.
Senior Citizen/Old age Home
The nuclear family system has merely replaced the age old joint family system which used to take care of children and old members of the family. We are in a period of transition. The old system has nearly vanished but the institution of old Age Homes has not taken deep root in our country.
Keeping in view the above, Bundelkhand Lok Manch Trust have decided to have a Senior Citizen/Old age home in Orai, Distt. Jaulon (Bundelkhand) where the senior citizens can live in a dignified way.