November 19, 2019

The Missing Identities

Uprooting a girl from her familiar surroundings when she gets married, separating her from her family and friends, assuming she will merge seamlessly with her new family is a traditional, social expectation; carrying the ‘amputation’ even further is the custom in Belliguda of renaming a new bride with the name of her parental village; this completes the obliterating of her identity
June 8, 2018

My Journey with PRADAN Continues!

Once a PRADAN-ite always a PRADAN-ite…seemingly, one can take a PRADAN-ite out of PRADAN but not PRADAN out of a PRADAN-ite…the ethos, philosophy, mission and values remain forever embedded in the psyche
June 6, 2018

Life and times after PRADAN

Reminiscences of a former PRADAN-ite bring back, the varied experiences, training opportunities, and personal growth that being an agent of change heralded….today someone who began his journey in PRADAN stands shoulder to shoulder with the best in the field
June 3, 2018

Remembering Bygone Days

Looking back, memories bring alive the passion, drive, excitement, joy, total involvement and conviction about development work that each member of PRADAN shared… “We did it anyway!”
April 3, 2018

THE STORY RETOLD: Singleness and the Sanghathan

Stories of how single women of Rayagada work to transform the future- a journey of gendered relationships, collective action and co-learning
April 2, 2018

The Night of The Skirmish: A Fight for Mother Nature

Having realized the vital importance of preserving the forest in which they live, the women of Hakimsinan become fiercely protective of the trees and will go to any lengths to stop indiscriminate felling. This is their commitment to, what they consider, their ‘mother’—the jungle that has nourished them for centuries
January 3, 2018

Becoming a ‘Ho’: Remembering and Working Through

A researcher's own dilemmas and journey documented through immersion with the Ho tribe.
November 4, 2017

From the Field Diary of a Development-wallah: Arriving at a Cacophonic Harmony

Struggling to make inroads into a new community, the development practitioner swings between despair and hope, optimism and pessimism, enthusiasm and self-doubts, till perseverance pays off. Three years on, as many as 2000 women have been impacted by these efforts
October 5, 2017

When the Ravaging Flood Waters Recede

Hearing about floods and actually experiencing the death and destruction it wreaks are totally different; the PRADAN team realizes this as it struggles to find solutions to counter the devastating effects that the receding waters leave behind for the villagers
September 9, 2017

The Best Two Years of My Life !

Cherishing memories of initiating the Tasar Project and remembering the people instrumental in the promotion of tasar as a livelihood among the poor tribals and other villagers of Godda takes us back almost three decades