Preserving the traditional handicraft treasure of Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh, the heart of India, is a state with rich diversity in Handicrafts. Pottery/Terracotta, Bell-metal, Bamboo-Cane, Bagh, are some of the well known handicrafts of this State. But due to growing globalisation, increased rate of migration from rural areas, low income of handicrafts work, poor conditions of people to afford the price of raw materials and other reasons the youth are not taking interest in their traditional crafts. Instead they prefer to migrate from their lands and villages to cities in search of better opportunities and employment. Here they further get trapped in the vicious cycle of hunger, poverty and debt.
There is a huge need of support to increase the awareness among youth to take their traditional crafts as source of their livelihood which could be made sustainable by awaring, educating and promoting the youth on the importance of and need of traditional handicrafts in national and international markets. SWS is working to promote the livelihood of artisans by preserving and promoting the traditional handicrafts of Madhya Pradesh; for this we are educating the family of artisans and establishing backward and forward linkages for market and raw materials. SWS conduct skill building programs, entrepreneur development programs to encourage artisans and help them to live a self-sustained life with dignity. For this we need support to educate more and more artisan community on the integrity and importance of handicrafts.
Educating on social health determinants to support the livelihood
Health is one of the most important aspects that determine the social status as well as the economic status of any person and when we talk about the rural communities, then health becomes a major component that decides the economic status of any family. A major part of the earnings is being spent in health care in India and if we talk about the rural areas here out of pocket expenses in health is very high and most of these expenses are going to local quacks or Bengali doctors (untrained uneducated persons providing health care facilities in rural or slum areas, also called Jhola jhap doctors).
There is a great need of educating the spreading awareness on preventive aspects of health care especially the social determinants of health like drinking water, sanitation, living environment, food availability, economic status, culture and other related issues.
We need support to educate the community especially the adolescent youths on health and hygiene, sanitation and reproductive health components so that a healthy and educated society could be established