Thursday, March 15, 2012

2012 : Kashele , Shabari Seva Kendra garden

On a visit to the Kashele area in the Karjat region (in the district adjoining the Mumbai district), here are some flowers from the garden, of an NGO called Shabari Seva Kendra.  We were on a visit to Kavthewadi and this NGO .

Many of these NGO's work with rural and tribal children and women. There are facilities, and people, who help in the education of the local youth , as well as conduct all kinds of useful training for girls, whereby, they learn a skill. I saw a big room, where students were busy with studies, and another where some girls were getting training on sewing machines. Did not want to disturb them, so did not take photographs there. 

But their garden was full of color....

Photographs clicked on my Canon EOS 1100D

2012: Kashele to Kavthewadi : The land and the trees

We walked a good 45 minutes between Kashele and Kavthewadi, to do some tests with a contraption designed by my friend, which would help with  the water carrying load of the adivasi and rural women of the region. More photos may be seen here

We normally do not have an autumn season, but one such, seems to be running late (into February)  here. Our walk between Kashele and Kavthewadi  was full of  so many leafless trees, standing tall.   So many bearing flowers, all in earth colors.

Clicked on my Canon EOS 1100D .

The approach road to Kashele 
Signs of development ?

On our walk from  Kashele to  Kavthewadi.  Notice the women carrying parts of the contraption (for carrying drinking water over distances) .  Women helping women....

                                  Commerce flourishes  on the roads of Kashele

                                       Signs of development , literacy , culture et al ?

                                                             An abused well

     After a harvest, the fields are subjected to a Raab process.  The adivasis, collect lots of organic biodiverse material from the jungles and surroundings,  and cover , say , a 30 ft X 30ft area with it.  The entire area is lit with fire, and in the process,  the original land, hard after a recent harvest, and possibly subject to pests , now gets dewormed as well as porous, after the fire has died down.  The adivasis have been doing this for ages, and now science says that this increases the potassium content of the soil, which is good for the next crop taken there.  (Much similar to we humans doing stuff to strengthen our bones)   A post Raab field looks like the above.

And now below,   the richness of trees that lined our path as we walked.

This one here almost resembles a  classical dance pose .  


2012: Kashele, Taluka Karjat, District Raigad. ....The people

I  visited a village called Kashele, near Karjat in the district adjoining Mumbai ,  accompanying  someone who was working on a project concerning carrying of drinking water by women in villages, and designing something to  make things a bit easier for them.   

These are photographs taken around 8 am. The children were up and about, and very curious as to what we were up to. 

This village ,  with a big adivasi population, has developed very fast. 

This area is usually very green, at the year end.  With the approaching spring and summer, it gets  a golden tinge, thanks to the harsh sun and depleting water.

Clicked on my Canon EOS 1100D

Approaching the Kashele Village

                                                    Her work begins


                                         Outside on a lovely morning, looking in

                                                  Hero at breakfast

                                                      A typical dwelling

                                       Tomorrows confident citizens

                                           Wondering about school ?

      Why is it always the woman who bears the brunt ?  Amazing Grace...

                                      Looks happy to try out something new ?

                             Beti Padhao, Khilao, aur strong banao ....

                             Trying out something different . Does it help ?