Community Correspondents

Shanti Baraik

Shanti Baraik

Shanti Baraik is a CC from Gumla region. Shanti emphatically says that being a community correspondent has carved an identity in the region. Earlier, she was shy and hesitated to talk to government officials. ‘Before joining VV, I thought of these issues as unsolvable and never paid any heed. Even I was of the view that these woes are just a headache for the village head. But working with VV, my understanding has changed. I now realize how all these things affect our community and why they need to be resolved as soon as possible. My empowerment came through the camera’. In early 2014, she rescued 12 migrant laborers from bonded labor in distant Goa. It was one of her exemplary works with VV.

Videos from Shanti

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Illegal Stone Mining Takes a Toll on People’s Lives and Livelihoods

 
/ June 30, 2017

Construction company Shivalaya illegally acquired 50 acres of land and is engaging in illegal stone mining in Gumla, Jharkhand.

IMPACT | Handpump repaired in Tati village, Jharkhand

 
/ January 7, 2016

In April 2015, I made a video on the issue of access to water in Kamdara block’s Tati village which comes under Rampur panchayat. The hand pump had been broken for 6 months. All the sources of water accessible to the community were dirty or not working at all. I...

When your Gender Determines Your Pay

 
/ March 29, 2017

In rural Jharkhand, women are earning 40% less than men. But gender pay gap is a global issue - according to the Work

IMPACT: A health center reopens for villagers in Jamdih, Jharkhand

 
/ October 15, 2015

Under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), each Sub-Centre is required to be manned by at least one Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) / Female Health Worker and one Male Health Worker. In the village of Jamdih in Jharkhand, there was no ANM that would come regularly. In this video you see...

Impact: Combatting Corruption

 
/ May 6, 2015

In 2005 the government of India set up ambitious plans to bring electricity to about 1,25,000 villages through the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme. In the ten years since, the crores of rupees spent to bring basic infrastructure to rural areas has had an impact. However 44.7% rural household in...

Anganwadi without basic amenities and Water

 
/ March 2, 2017

“There is a toilet within the Anganwadi, but it is not fit for use.” The neglect faced by Moreng Uraav Ttoli Anganwadi Centre, which is considered as a model Anganwadi (courtyard shelter) centre in Gumli district of Jharkhand doesn’t just end at dysfunctional toilets. This model Anganwadi, which has 35...

12 Rescued from Bonded Labour

 
/ February 28, 2014

On a July afternoon in VV’s Goa office, a phone call rudely interrupted the rain soaked stupor of the office. IU Community Correspondent Shanti Baraik was in town and needed help rescuing twelve people working as bonded labourers in Margao, in South Goa. Bonded labour, if you believe the Government...

Tribal children of Jharkhand denied Vaccinations since Three years

 
/ November 7, 2016

Children of Jharkhand are being denied necessary vaccinations because of the neglect of the authorities in the area. Deep in Jharkhand’s Gumla district, children have not received the vaccination in their village since three years. The new and expectant mothers of the Kurdega village have requested for a mini-anganwadi (...