Community Correspondents

Arti Bai Valmiki

Arti Bai Valmiki

Arti is our CC from Damoh in Madhya Pradesh. Poor socio-economic conditions forced her to work as a manual scavenger at a very young age. Her years of experience have given her a strong understanding of social exclusion issues. She feels strongly about discrimination faced by women in her community and wants to start her journey as a video campaigner with this particular issue. She is a part of the VV-PACS Community Correspondent Network

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Child Care Centre Runs for 20 Years Without a Building

/ February 26, 2018

Running in a makeshift community hall, an anganwadi leaves women and children without essential services.

IMPACT | Mid-day meals started in school

/ October 20, 2015

Batiyagarh, Damoh, Madhya Pradesh | Arti Bai Valmik 201 kids starved every day in this school because no mid-day meals were being distributed. Correspondent Arti Bai took immediate action to ensure the meals were resumed for the children in Bakayan. The children and their parents are happy now. This is their...

Impact: Power to the people

/ April 27, 2015

Power to the People In 2005 the Government of India launched a nation-wide scheme to ensure rural electricity infrastructure and electrification of all households with special provisions and  subsidies for underprivileged households. In this interview, Arti Bai details how a little camera coupled with a lot of determination has successfully...


Toilets after an year in Sahjadpur

/ February 10, 2017

In the year 2014 in Sahjadpur village, Madhya Pradesh there were nearly more than 300 (110 BPL & 197 job card) people living without toilet facility. There was not a single public or private toilet in an entire village. Under the Maryada Abhiyan campaign in Madhya Pradesh 100 toilets supposed...

Impact: Procuring the Right to Food

/ November 14, 2014

Community Correspondent Arti Bai Valmiki’s report got the administration to improve the quality of Midday Meals for 237 students in the primary school of Batiagarh District of Madhya Pradesh. “We don’t get rotis to eat at home, so we come to school in hope of food,” a student of the...

Waste-collectors of Madhya Pradesh demand a hike

/ October 13, 2016

Safai Karmacharis, the waste collectors of Tikamgarh, Madhya Pradesh went on a strike in front of Collectorate office for promotion and pay hike. The Safaikarmacharis of the district have been working for the municipality since more than 15 years but have received only a nominal salary of Rs. 3000-3,500 throughout...

Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan – Half constructed toilets since 2015

/ August 4, 2016

Laxmibai explains the appalling work done by government-approved contractors in of Batiyagarh Ward 19, Madhya Pradesh. “The toilets are incomplete since 2015. One pit is made while the other yet remains incomplete,” tells an angry Laxmibai. Due to the incomplete work, Laxmibai has to dispose of the waste of her...

The House Breaking Cement from Madhya Pradesh

/ December 3, 2015

” When the factory carries out explosions, our ancestral houses get damaged.”” The explosions are so intense that it develops cracks even in new buildings, let alone our old foundations.” Arti reports from Chainpura village where a cement factory’s neverending mining operations are putting lives of villagers in danger and...