IMPACT

impactImpact videos are inspirational stories of bottom-up change that document how community media has led to concrete change. VV teaches Correspondents not just to report, but also to initiate local campaigns, and approximately 1 in 5 videos manages to solve the underlying issue. How? By providing information, rallying people to believe collective action works, networking with other activists, fostering community-level discussion through screenings and discussion clubs, and acting as a bridge to the local administration, which is often unaware of people’s problems. When necessary, Video Volunteers will start petitions, lobby the state or national administration, or engage the media in order to bring about the change.

Fighting Forced Evictions: 75 Families achieve victory in Maharashtra

 
/ August 14, 2014

Over 15 million people are displaced annually across the world due to development projects. In this interview Community Correspondent Anand Pagare speaks of how he inspired his community to challenge the development projects undertaken by the Maharashtra Housing And Development Authority (MHADA), thus sparing more than 75 Dalit & Tribal...

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...

Medical Negligence in Madhupur Claims Life of 12 Year Old

 
/ January 6, 2014

After Community Correspondent Mukesh Rajak exposed the medical negligence Aamna Bibi faced at the Sub Divisional Hospital in November 2013, more people living in and around Madhupur have come forward with their own similar experiences. The following is 12 year old Kundan Das’ story who passed away on 5th January 2014. Kundan Das...

Free From Fluorosis

 
/ January 29, 2013

In July 2012 IndiaUnheard published a video from rural Gujarat which documented how people in Kasipara village were suffering from Fluorosis an ailment that could easily be avoided. Says Impact Manager Tania Devaiah "This was one of those videos which moved people to take action." Over 2300 people signed an...

IU Impact: Teachers in Jharkhand Govt. School Get Paid After Four Years

 
/ December 11, 2012

On 31st May 2012 IndiaUnheard published a story about two teachers in rural Jharkhand who had not received their wages for over four years. The video was picked up by change.org, a campaigning website. A wildly successful petition followed—in 3 days over 4000 people had signed in support of the...