Community Correspondents

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

Videos from Arti

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...

We want water! Arti Bai reports for IndiaUnheard

/ November 20, 2015

Arti bai reports from Indra colony in Madhya Pradesh, on problems faced by the people for getting drinking water. The pipelines don’t work, handpump is broken and people have to walk 1-2 KM to get drinking water.  

Studying in Fear

/ May 15, 2015

Agara Village, Bhatiagarh, Madhya Pradesh | Aartibai Valmiki The gaping cracks in this school building have filled the hearts of teachers, students and their parents. But in the absence of any other school in the vicinity, children continue coming here, putting their lives at risk to get an education. It...

One Billion Rising: A woman’s fight for morals

/ February 12, 2015

February 12; Damoh, Madhya Pradesh Rekha Rana looks after her two children by earning money from stitching. Her husband, like many others from the village, is a taxi driver in New Delhi. On March 30 of last year, Rekha received an envelope containing a picture — a woman standing with...

The Right to Land

/ May 30, 2014

Millions of people live in India’s forestlands, but have no legal right to their homes, lands or livelihoods. “We have 5 acres of land but we don’t have any land entitlement records.  We were unable to reap the crop this year.  It all got decayed.  We sowed one quintal of...

Ration Rationed

/ May 26, 2014

 “I’m very worried. I have two grandchildren. We are not getting up to 16-17 kilos of our entitled ration.” This is the situation for people like this grandmother from Basia Village, Madhya Pradesh where the salesman in charge of distributing rations has been absent for six months now.  The salesman,...

Would you eat food with worms?

/ April 5, 2014

Would you eat food with worms in it? What about uncooked rice? Or raw flatbread? I’m guessing your answer is no. Children studying at the government primary school in Batiyagarh, Damoh, Madhya Pradesh, are forced daily to consume such sub-standard food. Not only do they have to eat half-cooked meals,...