|Project:||People’s Action for Rural Awakening (PARA)|
|Date of foundation:||1986, (Registered in 1988)|
|Place:||Ravulapalem, Andhra Pradesh, India|
History: It is twenty years since People's Action for Rural Awakening (PARA) was born. It came into existence as a response of the Social Action Initiative of Don Bosco, Ravulapalem to the devastation caused by the 1986 floods of the Godavari river.
Since its inception, the project has gone through various phases of growth:
The aim of PARA today is to network with other NGOs in awakening and facilitating the capacity of the community of dalits of Andhra Pradesh for leadership - in securing their own political rights and entitlement to livelihood. The aim is elaborated in eight precise objectives, some of which are defending human rights, setting up credit cooperatives, promoting primary level education, etc.
Empowerment through folk media is one of the many objectives of PARA. The marginalized especially the dalits, adivasis (aboriginal peoples) and tribal communities have a rich cultural heritage which is embodied in folk media such as theatre, dance, music and songs. These forms are related to the many myths in which the glorious past of these subjugated peoples are retold.
PARA considers the use of folk media a very important instrument in the empowerment of these deprived communities so that they become agents of their own liberation. The folk media are used for conscientization, social mobilization, campaigning for various issues and cultural rejuvenation. The repertoire of theatre includes street theatre, victims theatre and play back theatre. The later has a therapeutic effect on suppressed communities, since it acts as a process of healing which is necessary for them to journey forward towards empowerment.
The folk media used have mobilized the marginalized and civil society on a variety of issues such as: Minimum wages, Land and Livelihood Rights, Protection and Promotion of Human Rights, Dalit, Women and Child Rights, Universal Primary Education, Right to Work etc.
The children‘s troupe has given more than a hundred performance over the last three years reaching out to around 20,000 people covering 150 hamlets spread over the district of East Godavari. Their aim was to spread the message of universal primary education, eradication of Child Labour and ‘Back to School’ Programme.
The street theater troupe of PARA has the honour of being selected as the official cultural troupe of the Governments Literacy programme of the district. Its ‘Ekalavya Training Centre’ has conducted 40 training programmes in the variety of folk forms, especially for dalit youth but also for young seminarians and youth activists who wish to be involved in the empowerment process.
Don Bosco Mission
Ravulapalem - 533 238
Godavari Dt est.
|Tel:||+91 8855 255488|
|Fax:||+91 8855 255010|