Community Correspondents


Ghanshyam- Village Turoli, Block Farkarpur, District Vaharahaj, Uttar Pradesh Ghanshyam primarily reports on issues related to caste and livelihood security. Ghanshyam shed his surname to shed himself of caste affiliation. Growing up, his family was unable to access government services because of their caste. When an upper caste landlord grabbed his family’s land, his family was denied government assistance to regain their land. Consequently, his family was forced to migrate to Delhi where they struggled to work and often went days without food. Eventually Ghanshyam joined the Panchshell Development Trust, which works to assist victims of natural disasters in strengthening their capacity to rebuild their homes and their lives. He wanted to create opportunities for individuals who have also faced major challenges in establishing livelihood security. He joined VV with the aim to improve systems that could support marginalized individuals. In July 2013, his first video led to the creation of scholarships for children who otherwise could not afford to attend school. About the Partnership: The Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme and Video Volunteers have come together to create the Community Correspondents Network. The videos generated by the network will be able to highlight voices from the margins, providing skills to social communicators to provide advocacy tools to community based organizations.

Videos from Ghanshyam

School Shut for a Year; Parents Struggle to Pay Tutor

/ July 9, 2015

9th July 2015 | Atodar Village, Bahraich District, Uttar Pradesh | Ghanshyam For the past one year the Junior High School in Atodar village has remained shut after its only teacher was transferred to another school. The children of the village depend on a tutor who comes from a neighbouring...

Why do these 500 students have just 2 teachers?

/ May 13, 2015

Kodahi village, Bahraich district, Uttar Pradesh | Ghanshyam “I want more teachers to be appointed in this school so that we can all study,” says Gaurav, a student in the 5th grade of this primary school. In the absence of the required number of teachers, there is complete chaos here....