Community Correspondents

Sanjay Kumar

Sanjay Kumar- village Nawthnava, Maharajgunj, UP Sanjay Kumar primarily reports on issues related to caste and education. Sanjay Kumar has been a committed social activist since he was a child. When he was young, he excelled in school and resisted the discrimination that he faced as a lower caste schoolboy. Unfortunately, caste issues affected him beyond the educational system when the village’s dominant caste grabbed his family’s land. His family was forced to migrate, and Sanjay could not continue his education. Today, Sanjay wants to ensure that no student is denied the right to education. He incorporates video reporting into his social justice work; he filmed his experience leading a local campaign for a school to admit orphaned girls who were denied access. Sanjay understands the importance of government support to guarantee certain services. He has used reporting to pressure local political figures to implement needed development programs. 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 Sanjay

Wait For the House to Fall to Claim Compensation, Revenue Officer Tells Flood Survivor

/ November 3, 2021

People of Maharajganj, Uttar Pradesh are suffering due to natural calamities and government apathy.

Meet Rita Maurya, A Woman E- Rickshaw Driver Breaking the Shackles of Patriarchy

/ March 22, 2021

Rita helps her husband Rajesh in running the household by earning extra for the family.

Women in Rural India Go Back to Smokey Wood Stove As Gas Prices Rise |...

/ March 10, 2021

Long term health effects of using wood as a fuel for home-based cooking could lead to respiratory issues.

Impact: 132 Students Receive Scholarships

/ July 9, 2015

9th July 2015 | Bhatwa, Maharajganj District, Uttar Pradesh | Sanjay Kumar Jaiswal Students at the Bhatwa Primary school were being cheated out of a government scholarship, which despite being paltry, was useful to buy uniforms, books and stationery. Community Correspondent Sanjay Kumar intervened with his camera and ensured that...

No water in school since 2008

/ November 28, 2014

Our Community Correspondent, Sanjay Kumar, reports from the pre-middle school of Hardi Dali Village in Mahrajganj district of Uttar Pradesh, which has 213 students but no hand-pump to supply water to students and staff. CALL TO ACTION: You can call the District Collector of Maharajganj district, on 05522222206, and demand...

4 Teachers for 1500 Students in Uttar Pradesh Government School

/ May 13, 2014

VV-PACS Correspondent Sanjay Kumar reports from Maharaj Ganj, Uttar Pradesh regarding the lack of adequate education for girls in the Government Inter-College Nautanawa. He says that the government is not doing its job to provide enough trained teachers to teach the students. Currently only four teachers teach 1500 girls who...

Sanitation Crisis: Education Going Down The Toilet

/ January 22, 2014

Toilets play a crucial role in the proper functioning of the school. VV-PACS Community Correspondent Sanjay Kumar Jaiswal from Maharajganj district of Uttar Pradesh reports on the impact of missing toilet infrastructure in a government primary school in Argampur village. The toilet in the school exists but is in an...