Story of Hope 1 : The husband of Sunanda was a painting contractor. She came to know that her husband was infected only in his terminal stage of TB. To add to this misery she was also declared as positive. She with her meager income as a daily labour in a mill is supporting her family of a son and daughter. She fell ill due to a tumor developed in her back. She needed a surgical operation but nobody supported her. She was admitted in the government hospital with our support. As she is the only earning member of the family we supported the family of this widowed woman by supporting for food and medical expenses.
Sunanda is now back to her regular work as a labourer in the mill and supports her family. She recouped her health and sends her children to school regularly. Sunanda has also been referred to regular ART with our linkages with the government hospital.
Story of Hope 2 : Srirangan who lives in Gopanari village decided to sell his land for a meager price of Rs 1 lakh per acre in 2010 when our field co-ordinator Sumathi saw him. Ms Sumathi convinced him about the benefit of not selling the land and guided him to develop the land by planting fruit tree saplings. Srirangan and family decided to take part in our program.
Motivated by the field co-ordinator of NMCT, the tribal farmer developed an orchard with the intention to get benefit from the fruit trees he planted and he retained the land holding in his village. Mr Srirangan received constant trainings, all necessary monetary inputs and assurance of stable income once the trees start to yield. He is taken on exposure visits to other tribal areas were this project has been successfully implemented. Today he is motivating his neighbors in his village and relatives in adjacent village to develop orchards in their available land. Many tribal farmers have joined this scheme and started cultivation. They have decided not to sell the land. Srirangan did not sell his land and the land is retained for his successors.