Prakash is a 27-year-old Irula youth from Sundapatti village. He joined Keystone in August 2016 and has been assigned work in 22 villages in the Konnavakkarai area. Mainly working with the Livelihoods and Environmental Governance team, Prakash has been part of Forest Rights Act trainings, gathering information from families regarding their participation in Tribal Development Fund initiatives, and monitoring Village Savings Groups. He is also assisting the Water Resources team in conducting surveys on water use in these villages and has been mapping water sources as well.
Chandran is 29 years old and hails from the village of Nellimarathur. He works in 17 villages in the Pillur area. He has been associated with Keystone Foundation since 2008 and is involved in assisting a number of programmes. He began his journey with Keystone as a Nilgiri Seemai Sudhi reporter and is still continuing in that role. He has moved on to assisting the Conservation team and NNHS, a sister organisation, with village elder and awareness generation programmes. An important part of the Livelihoods and Environmental Governance team, Chandran has been part of the team involving in mobilizing Village Savings Groups, conducting trainings on the Forest Rights Act and trainings on bio-inputs for organic agriculture. Chandran also assists the Health and Community Wellness and Water Resources teams in their surveys.
Shanmugham is a 54-year-old gentleman belonging to the Irula community. He is from the Nerammokkai village and has been associated with Keystone since 2006. He is working in 42 villages in the Aracode and sources news items for the Nilgiri Seemai Sudhi. He also assists the Health and Community Wellness team by keeping track of patients in his area. He ensures that they continue their medications and motivates them continue to interact with the visiting doctors and the Health team.
Vasantha is a 33 year old lady who has been working with Keystone since 2014. She is from Sigur and has been assigned work in 15 villages in that area. She collects news items for the Nilgiri Seemai Sudhi community newsletter. She is also very actively involved in assisting the Health and Community Wellness team in mobilizing villagers for the health camps. Vasantha also assists the Water Resources team in their surveys in the Sigur area.
Vijiya is 38 years old and has been associated with Keystone since 2013. She hails from Kunjappanai village and works in 19 villages in the Konavakkarai area collecting news items for the Nilgiri Seemai Sudhi.
Mahendran is 40 years old and has been working with Keystone since 2006. He hails from Mavanatham village in Hasanur. He is in charge of collecting news items for the Nilgiri Seemai Sudhi from 36 villages in the Hasanur area.
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The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India