Community Correspondents

Xavier Hamsay

Xavier Hamsay’s father was a local tribal leader who lost his life because of the central role he played in his tribal community’s struggle for rights and recognition. Xavier says that he inherited the torch of the struggle the day his father passed away. He remains an inspired independent champion of human rights, going from village to village, listening to the people’s issues, consoling them, helping them bring about change. He believes that one dedicated man can create social change. And having a camera helps.

Videos from Xavier

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How to Solve a Corruption Case with Filmmaking

/ March 31, 2020

Community Correspondent unearths a complex case of corruption, where the governments funds for a road construction were gulped by middle agents with officials and gets it solved.

Kisan Credit Card Scam unearthed in Jharkhand

/ January 13, 2017

The Kisan Credit Card (KCC) intends to help farmers who are economically weak to take credit at lesser rates to buy seeds, fertilizers and other important things needed for irrigation and farming. But what happens when a hopeful farmer is scammed by the very bank official who appeared as a...

A shocking proof of corrupt NREGA officials in Jharkhand

/ August 19, 2016

National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) has boosted about high women participation in the labour workforce. On the completion of a decade of NREGA, BJP national Secretary Siddharth Nath Singh had said revealed that 2014-15 saw the highest utilisation of funds under NREGA with Rs 48,000 crore utilised, the highest...

Lack of clean drinking water troubles this Jharkhand village

/ June 15, 2016

Juliani Purty has not had access to clean drinking water for more than what she can remember. She and 10 more families located in Longkata, Bandgaon, Jharkhand struggle for a sip of clean, hygienic water. During the summers’, the community well dries up, forcing the women to carry water from...

Lights Out! Jharkhand village has no electricity since past three years

/ May 3, 2016

As the sun sets on the horizon, darkness literally falls in the lives of families residing in a small hamlet of Dumburu of Bangaon block in Jharkhand. The village had a brief experience of electrified homes in early 2013. But it was pushed back into darkness again within six months...

Back to The Roots, Organic Farming Gets a Boost in Rural Jharkhand

/ June 9, 2015

Tilopada Village, West Singhbhum District, Jharkhand | Xavier Hamsay The farming community of Bandgaon block is in the midst of a small revolution. After years of using chemical fertilisers that have slowly leached their soil of any nutrients, they are revisiting organic methods like using vermicompost to nurture the earth....

A Boost for Lac Cultivation in Jharkhand

/ June 8, 2015

Kairodi Village, West Singhbhum District, Jharkhand | Xavier Hamsay A new scientific method of lac cultivation is picking up in Jharkhand, a state which contributed about 56% to India’s total lac produced in 2013-14. A local farmer, Gopi Chaki has been doing his bit to promote this method among tribal...

Success: Community Gets a Road Back on Track!

/ July 20, 2014

The Prime Minister’s Rural Road Scheme (PMRRS) aims to connect the remotest habitations across India to bigger towns and better facilities—healthcare, education, markets. In November 2013, the construction of a new road under the scheme caused panic for some 2,500 people from four villages of Bandagaon District, Jharkhand. Once again,...