A hundred and fifty families from a village in Madhya Pradesh need to walk 2 kilometres everyday to fetch water each day. The women and children walk through a hilly terrain daily. The government needs to #ACTNOW and help them get the basic necessity of water.
Born on 5 October 1988, He comes from a tribal region called patalkot which is shielded from all sides by hills and is mainly populated with the Gond tribe. He strives to spread awareness among the locals about and eliminate the issues surrounding his community.
There are many issues in his community. Government schemes are never operational in his area. There is scarcity of drinking water. In summers there is no water at all, and specifically harmful for the farmers as there is no water to irrigate and cultivate their crops. His village does not have proper sanitization or any toilets. The sewage also is responsible for various health hazards that the community has to suffer. The funds from the government and from the various development societies follow the trickle-down theory and never reach the people.
Raju earns a mere 1000Rs doing a handful of jobs. His family occupation is farming which due to water issues is highly unstable. He has 4 family members to sustain within his personal and farming income. While doing this he also works with the PARARTH Samiti to reduce malnutrition, infant mortality and maternal mortality in his community.
Raju tells us that most the issues in his community and region are because of deep rooted corruption. He wishes to isolate each issue and target it one by one slowly removing all the corruption in his region. With his camera he intends to achieve his goals a lot sooner bringing change in his community.