We collaborate with experienced individuals, NGOs, government
departments and businesses to focus on conservation and development issues.
By initiating the process of transforming the lives of communities, we aim to bring all-round
progress which is local in context and sustainable in the long run.
Improving the quality of education, livelihood enhancement, and addressing man-animal
conflicts are the key areas of focus for the Earth Focus Foundation.
Quality education, which focuses on generating employment in local ecosystems is a significant need. It has been reported that only about 10% of the Baiga children finish schooling. Without the right opportunities, most of them work as daily wage labourers. While governments have provided the necessary infrastructure for schools, there is tremendous scope to improve the quality of education imparted through intervention and external support.
Based on detailed and exhaustive baseline surveys, we help children overcome various hurdles that prevent them from accessing local schools. By involving the community members, teachers and the children, we aim to instill a desire to learn, enhance learning capabilities and improve outcomes. Partnering with experts and NGOs, we aid the community members and their children to navigate some of their current challenges. By teaching, training and skilling them, we enable them to lead better lives in harmony with their natural surroundings.
Having lived close to forest areas for generations, these communities have formed a harmonic relationship with nature. The shifting cultivation that the Baigas practice, which is also known as bewar, helps to enrich the soil and protect it. These communities grow a variety of different grains and vegetables, as well as mushrooms. The Gonds are known for their artwork.
We aid these communities in improving their livelihoods by providing them with the relevant tools and knowledge to enhance their agricultural output. We also help them to utilize local resources to their benefit, thereby reducing migration and contributing to the local economy. We are in the process of identifying the skills and vocational training needs to generate employment opportunities within the region.
While living in close quarters with animals is a part of their daily lives, the residents of these communities suffer economic losses due to livestock and cropland damage. Incidents that have resulted in the loss of human life have also been reported. While compensatory mechanisms are in place, the need of the hour is to develop robust solutions which don’t view man-animal conflict as a battle in which both sides emerge as losers.
We interact with communities to understand their issues, consult with the forest department for remedial measures, and then encourage and assist them in finding long-term solutions for peaceful co-existence.