Community Correspondents

Bharti Kumari

21-year-old Bharti is from Dhanbad, the coal capital of India. Before joining Video Volunteers, she was working as a teacher at a sewing centre run by an NGO. Her inclination towards social work and fighting for community rights came early. At a young age, she joined protests against Koleri mines that came up near her village. Having seen the areas in and around Dhanbad up close, Bharti wants to expose the underbelly of India's development story, and especially the story of her community. She also feels that government employment schemes have not delivered all that they have promised and wants to tackle the issue through her videos. 

Videos from Bharti

Poor Implementation of Handicap Pension Scheme

/ July 21, 2015

Padugara Village, Dhanbad District, Jharkhand | Bharti Kumari Five years ago Rita, travelled to the Block Office, closest to her village in the hope of getting the paperwork ready for her disability pension. At the end of that visit, she was promised that the required documents would be couriered to...

You can’t Deliver Your Baby Here, The Roof May Collapse Any Moment

/ June 15, 2015

Crumbling infrastructure at a state-run health facility keeps pregnant women from availing healthcare services here. With a roof that leaks during the monsoon and no functional toilets, both frontline health workers and patients find it difficult to use. Bharti Kumari Reports from Telmocho village, Dhanbad district, Jharkhand This series on...

Community Learns Filmmaking to demand essential healthcare for children

/ June 1, 2015

Targa Panchayat, Ranidih Village, Dhanbad District, Jharkhand | Bharti Kumari Despite having 62 children between the ages of 3-5 there is not a single anganwadi centre in this village. The residents of the community can feel the affect of this on their children who do not get access to services...

Living Near Hell; How Coking Coal is Choking Jharia

/ March 26, 2015

26th March | Madra Panchayat, Jharia Block, Dhanbad District, Jharkhand | Bharti Kumari The operations of Bharat Coking Coal Limited, in Jharia Block, have destroyed most signs of a once normal life. Everything is now shrouded under a sick smoke emitting from the coal fires burning in mines underground and...

420 students 2 teachers

/ July 1, 2014

420 students 2 teachers.  Only Maths and English taught 2 hours a day.  Students do the jobs of teachers and have to teach themselves at home.  This is the reality for Kanku Bai National High School students.   Call to Action:  You can help change this.  Call the number below...

A whole family may die if the roof collapses

/ June 25, 2014

“Because if kids sleep inside, they may get crushed and die if the roof collapses.  Last time when it rained, a roof collapsed injuring a person on the head.”  This is the current situation in Chatrutand village where 250 residents are living in dilapidated housing.  The Indira Awaas Scheme is...