(League for Integrated Growth of Hill Tribes)
1. Organizational Profile
• Name of the Organization : League For Integrated Growth of Hill
Tribes Trust (LIGHT – TRUST)
• Registered No. : 181/1995 Feb 27
• Project Address : Adhivasi Empowerment Centre
Tamil Nadu (State),
South India – 636 121.
• Administration Office : Light Trust.
1/ 4, David Colony, Simco Road,
K.K. Nagar post, Tiruchi- 620 021,
Phone/ Fax : 0091-431-2906363
• Name & Designation of
Chief Functionary : Mr. K. GOVINDAN, M.A. (Sociology),
M.A. (Human Rights)
Managing Director, LIGHT Trust.
• Project Director : Mrs. A. MALLIGA, M.S.W. (Community
• Place of Registration Act under
which registered Date of registration : TRICHY, Indian Trust of 1882, Registered
on 27th February 1995
• FCRA No. (if available) : 0 7 6 0 4 0 2 2 6 – permanent registration.
• Banking details (Account no., : S/B A/C No. 1285101029646
Name & CANARA BANK,
Address of bank) Trichy Railway Junction Branch,
1st Floor, City Towers,
No.1, Royal Road,
Tiruchirapalli – 620 001,
• IFSC Code : CNRB0001285
• Fixed assets (land & building) as per
Audited Balance Sheet : 2025 sq.ft. land 989 Square feet built area
• Number of full & part time staff : 10 staff (Full time 15 part time)
• Details of NGOs presence & networking in the district for which grant is sought
League For Integrated Growth of Hill Tribes Trust (LIGHT – TRUST) is a Registered Trust (Non-profit) Social Action oriental one, under the Indian Trust Act II 1882. Its Field unit office is situated in Muyal Karadu. Kattukkottai Post, Athur Taluk, Salem District, Tamil Nadu. Our organization is closely involved with the Indigenous people in 54 Forest settlement area of Kalrayan Hills (Eastern Ghats) for their Socio, Economic, Empowerment to achieve a sustainable LFE style we are having more than 6 full time staff and 12 volunteers (women) to provide the services. Ever since the inception in the 195, we are actively involved in the services of the tribal people in our area of operation.
We have involved in the following activities and have successfully implemented them in the area of operation :-
Sustainable Agricultural Management Programme
Fare Trade Justice Campaign – State Committee Convener ( OXFAM )
(Last 5 years)
Natural Management Programme
Watershed Management Programme
Medical camps in 50 villages was covered
Human rights awareness
Yatra based on the 5th schedule in the constitution for the tribal.
Campaign against infanticide and feticides
Campaign against the atrocities caused against women.
Land ownership Established through our efforts.
LINK ROAD Facilities were provided with the peoples participation
Electricity units planned of caution and Exertion
TAP programme shaped and in on-going grates
Employment opportunities were enhanced.
Employment opportunities were enhanced.
RCH program in the tribal villages through LACIM Grant
Micro-credit groups formed and are active as many as 84 groups
We have been evaluated by the following organization:
LACIM – France. Evaluation conducted by Mr.J.P.Martin, India incharge
ICCO - Dr.Jayshree Mukerjee, Bangalore
Women Development corporation – Mr. Idi Mannan, Project Officer, Salem.
NABARD – Mr.Raghunathan, AGM, Salem.,
OXFAM- Fare Trade Justice
VGIF – USA – Reproductive Child Health on Tribal Girls & Women.
FM Global USA – Fire Safety Programme for Kalrayan Hills.
Japan Water Forum – Drinking water support.
YSA America – Youth Service Programme for Tribal Youth.
• Gender and socio-economic condition.
The backbone of India is agriculture, with this aim, all work were carried out in Light Trust.
Kalvarayan Hills are situated in between the Salem and Villupuram districts, which is a part of the Western ghost
It is situated at about 800 mts Height Msl.
About 20,000 people are living in and around 50 villages.
They have no basic facilities for the past hundreds years.
About 18,000 people are living in and around 33 villages, are oppressed by the society.
All of them are scheduled Tribes.
These villages have no roads for have no roads for transport,
There is no electricity
No medical facilities.
Less educational opportunities.
A centre place for these 33 villages is Muttal.
They have to reach Thalaivasal or Eluthur for urgent work.
The nearest bus station is about 12 kms from Muttal.
Out of this 12 Kms they have to pass through the deep reserve forests for 6 Kms.
These people have a different own culture.
They eat the natural foods like millets (Ragi, Varagu, kambu, solam).
Their main occupation is woodcutting.
No development programs have been implemented for these people so far. It seems to be an entirely different world.
They even undertake the smuggling of sandalwood for a small sum for others and sometimes get punished. The smuggling is done under a very precarious conditions by crossing from one hill to another under thick woods were venomous creatures live. The benefits go to only rich people and big politicians. But the punishments are awarded to only these poor people.
They undertake this job due to poverty and there is no other alternative for their lively hood. More than 1800 people have been charge sheeted by the forest department officials so far. There are only 2 primary schools for the entire 33 villages. Teachers do not attend these schools. For any social contacts they have to cross 22 kms. For this reason nobody is willing to come forward to help them. It is painful to note that these people live without the basic amenities in this computer age. Increase in population, poverty and the old cultivation methods are seen together. To improve and develop these villages a comprehensive, planned economic project has to be implemented.
The civilization of people, in the olden days started from the riverbeds, plains and mountains. These Tribal people are known to be Malayalees (Hill + Man). But they talk Tamil for their communications as the mother tongue. They suffer a lot for want of basic needs like food, Clothing and Shelter. These villages are not provided with roads, Medical facilities and electricity. Hence they suffer from poverty & sickness and necessarily have to work from their childhood-onwards.
Women used to die by taking poisonous leaves even for simple stomachache. For taking Medical treatment they have to cross 22 kilometers through odd pathways. In spite of this hard living of the tribal, the water resources and fertile soil are available. But they lack in the Utilization of these resources due to odd reasons.
If the manpower and the technical knowledge of these people are tapped properly, the poverty can be eradicated by raising the standard of living and income. Health care of these people has to be attended.
A comprehensive scheme has to be implemented to eradicate the contagious diseases by preventive inoculations against malaria, brain fever, diarrhea, pox etc., STD diseases are Commonly seen among these people since they don’t follow the marital discipline strictly. Awareness in this aspect has to be created among the people who are most important and urgent.
Our institution is trying to create and awareness and good will to a portion of the people. But the people are not willing accept the charges due to their poverty and ignorance. We can’t achieve the goal of national integrity and democracy without economic growth.
Who we work with:
Our primary focus is targeted on small and marginal tribal people. We emphasize the inclusion of women who have not been given due recognition by the communities as farmers, although they undertake much of farm work decisions. However, the key decisions on pricing and input purchase rest with male households. We work with men and women to educate them about current sustainable practices and an environmental ethic.
• Develop sustainable rural development agricultural systems on the lands available in cooperation with small and marginal tribal farmers, such that they may gain employment and economic benefits, while both increasing the soil fertility and improving the long term ecology.
• Social changes with respect of Fare Trade Agriculture activities.
Our Strategy in Development Intervention:
We encourage local villagers to identify major problems and issues; especially through the participatory rural appraisals and participatory planning matrix, we then work with them to develop possible solutions or programs.
Finally we try to translate these aspirations into a structure or a formal blue print.
We believe this participatory approach is important to build trust, and to empower traditionally weak members of society.
We request you that please consider us. You may be the dawn of our poor tribal people.
(K.GOVINDAN)(RIGHT FOR OUR FOOD IN TRIBAL PEOPLE)
Managing Director, LIGHT Trust.
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