An insight to Dhenkanal, Odisha
Odisha state in India had been declared as backward state having more than 33% of its population consisting of tribal and scheduled caste/ Dalit’s living in Jungal and mountain areas and not having sufficient infrastructural developments. For more than 2 decades, communal rivalry and riots were taken place between tribal as well between the upper and lower caste people. Religious animosity caused loss of many lives and many have flooded away from their villages, leaving behind their belongings, hoses and lands. They tried to find shelter in urban areas and in other neighbouring states.
A short Introduction about Dhenkanal
Dhenkanal District is an administrative division of Odisha, India. It is bordered by Kendhujhar to north, Jaipur to the east, Cuttack to the south and Anugul to the west. Dhenkanal town, the district headquarters has a cluster of temples, archaeologically remains with a medieval fort. A former princely state, Dhenkanal has a long history. In 1947, after the independence of India, the princely state of Dhenkanal merged into the Indian Union and subsequently with Odisha in 1948. The majority of this district is covered with dense forest and a long range of hills, which are home to elephants and tigers.Primarilyagricultural, the principal forest products of the district are timber, bamboo, firewood, kenduleaf, medicinal herbs and plants.
The district is the centre of a religious movement called “Mahima Dharma” that has spread throughout India and far eastern countries since the nineteenth century. The JagarJatra(MahaShivaratri) is a famous festival celebrated here in the winter season.
Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness; Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so.
In Dhenkanal city there are many slums, but we have chosen one of them which is called as ColoneySahi ,SurgenSahikutuniyasahi. Basically the inhabitants of this slums are sweepers, daily workers, municipality drain cleaners, Rickshaw pullers and all belongs to S.T., S.C. as well as socially deprived people. These people live as refugees having no proper work and income. Their children deserted to mix with anti-social elements and of course they tend to run towards drugs.And their conditions are worse than before. The children are the one who are neglected and used as child labourers. Which is really pitiful and need developmental project and people to support them.
This pitiful situation moved our hearts to undertake the risk to do of some developmental work and be a tiny help for them. That’s the way the Day Care Centre has sprouted in our minds to cultivate a tiny help among these socially deprived community.
We hope and trust that with this Day Care Centre we may get an opportunity to reach their parents through their children. We can start an awareness programme among the parents about untouchability between upper class and the lower class, bring awareness about the social evil exist in our society, all kinds of blind beliefs, and about drugs addiction, and sensitization activities taken on HIV/AIDS, sanitation and health etc., in the days to come.
We are sharing with you our dream &vision and hopping that God may help us to make this dream come true. May the Lord’s name alone be glorified!