Dhamaura village, year 2 of Village Alive Programme

Dhamaura village is finishing its second year of the Village Alive Programme.
Dhamaura Village meeting, September 2019
The government has agreed to build 53 ‘pukka’ (good quality cement and brick) houses with stoves fitted with pipes to remove damaging fumes. This is the result of the villagers’ growing confidence; empowered by the Village Alive Programme, they have lobbied government to improve their living conditions.
Mhendra, Dhamaura Village
One such villager is Mhendra Majhi. Two years ago Mhendra lacked the confidence even to speak in front of people because of the stigma surrounding his leprosy. Now, with the encouragement of the Village Alive project workers, he acts as the leader of a self-help group in the village and runs a thriving business rearing goats and selling their milk!
Mhendra, leader of the Self Help Group in Dhamaura,

Photos: R. Thomas