Even among the poorly developed villages in the Bodoland areas, villages in the Bhutan border areas are more vulnerable.
With poor roads, dependence on forests, active militant groups etc. most of these villages along the India- Bhutan border have not seen much of government input for years. Households subsist on poor agriculture yield from land which belong to the forest and whenever there is a crisis – largely for medical treatment or other household emergencies – they go into the forest and cut trees to sell as firewood. This has led to huge depletion of rich forest resources. Hence, we have been working to help families in these vulnerable areas improve their food security. A supplementary income will reduce their need to sell firewood for cash and also improve their health and nutritional status.
Recently with the support from ‘Caring Friends’ and Mastek Software Foundation, the ant started setting up kitchen gardens and horticultural plots in the Kuklung village. The initiative’s main focus was to improve nutritional status and also provide supplementary income to 170 households.