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        26-09-2017
        A wonderful dream of building a house…..
        when Amrutbhai Rawal from Radhanpur’s Devpura village was sharing his plight, 83 years old Lakhudada joined in to narrate his agony. “I am towards the end of my life and I am still waiting for a house…” and 35 years old Dhanji had a similar story to share !!
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        21-09-2017
        Lalabhai decides to give up his tobacco, glad he proved me wrong!!
        “Yes Ben. Thank god you told me to give up the addiction. I have saved daily expense of Rs. 40-50 and the damage it did to my health. How can I make a wrong promise to you, Ben? That day was the last time I took tobacco…. Now it is going to be never ever!!
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        05-09-2017
        Beautiful memories of challenging times…
        “Ben that house you see there, that is my house. Please come for tea.” He had met us just two minutes back, “How come you are here, you had send lot of aid to our village, am I correct, Ben??
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        Livelihood Generation Opportunities for India's Nomadic Tribes - VSSM Initiative
        11-09-2017
        Support to flood affected families re-establish their livelihoods
        VSSM had initiated efforts in the direction of helping the flood affected nomadic families revive their livelihoods. On 7th September 2017, we allotted cheques amounting to Rs. 40,25,000 to 116 families in a program organized at Deesa and Shihori.
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        23-08-2017
        VSSM’s small loans prove to be big help to nomadic communities…
        “Ben, now I am able to work at the store and simultaneously be of help to others. Infact, now that the earning is good I devote more time to service of others. I have arranged the logistics in such a way that the store continues to function in my absence as well.”
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        03-07-2017
        Laduben’s new found financial independence….
        “Sangita’s father is a mason but he has never been sincere towards his work, his willingness to work depends on his mood. I, however cannot afford to be negligent, I have three children to raise. I worked as a daily wage earner but finding work everyday was a challenge. I had to look for alternates to earn and support my family, my children. One day the thought of having a vegetable cart crossed my mind.
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        Right To Education For Nomadic Tribes and De-Notified Tribes
        11-09-2017
        Teachers' Day Celebration at Unnati Girls Hostel - Mittal Patel surrounded by the enthusiasm
        On this Teacher’s Day, 20 of our daughters became teachers for a day and all these memories came rushing back as I saw them blooming into such confident young ladies.
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        29-08-2017
        Winning the real games….
        “Didi, we never competed with anyone. There was no one against us. Hence, we were declared undisputed winners. You asked us many times but, none of us replied. We cannot lie! If we had not told you the truth we wouldn’t have liked our meals!! Hiding the truth would have pained us.”...
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        23-08-2017
        Innocence Vs. Marginalization - What is MOOORE important is LOVE & Concern for Children - NOMAD Children...
        Taking any stuff, they have liked without seeking permission is a natural behavior for these children. The children hail from extremely deprived families, all they have experienced is hunger, physical and verbal abuse which in fact is second nature to these families...
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        Housing for India's Nomads
        16-05-2017
        50 nomadic tribes will have shelter on their head before this monsoon at Deesa..
        Homes for nomadic families in Deesa…. Recently, the Municipal Corporation of Deesa town pledged to allot 300 square feet houses to 50 homeless families scattered around the town, living in shanties and hutments. The catch however, was each family needed to deposit Rs. 60,000. Now the issue here was that these families never have so much money and from where to get that kind of amount to pre-book the houses. The president of the municipal corporation is the very compassionate Shri Pravinbhai Mali, who tried to secure Rs. 45,000 from the Department of Social Welfare for each of these families. The families felt each of them would be able to mobilize Rs. 5,000 but requested VSSM for a loan of Rs. 10,000 each....
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        05-04-2017
        VSSM’s efforts result into allotment of plots to nomadic families in Tharad….
        We were completely heart broken when the officials decided against giving us land in Dantiya, we felt even in Tharad the officials will go against us. But our hard work paid and we finally have plots in Tharad.” The jubilant Ramabhai Gadaliya and Keshnath Nathwadi had called up to inform us about the government’s decision to allot plots to 149 nomadic families in Tharad.
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        25-03-2017
        VSSM helps Rameshbhai Nat attain health and happiness….
        “Ben, I am going to do all that you have asked me to, you mentioned of a fence, I have been saving money for that. You will be delighted to see the result!!”
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        VSSM at Vadiya
        05-02-2016
        VSSM Enables the Families from Vadia
        We are thankful to the Additional Collector Shri. Jagdishbhai Desai and Mamlatdar Shri. Geetaben Desai for their support, “it is because of your compassion towards these families that their names have been transferred to Palanpur voter list.”...
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        29-01-2016
        The construction of sanitation units at Vadia sends cheer amongst the students from this village…
        One of these days Chadra, a boy from Vadia and studying in Ahmedabad visited VSSM’s office in Ahmedabad. “The work VSSM does in Vadia is remarkable but this is the best thing to have happened!!! Every time we returned for our vacations it was a challenge to stay without toilets, many a times we did not like coming home because of absence of toilets. A big Thank you for thinking about us …” his words were music to our ears!!!
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        20-01-2016
        Work begins in Vadia for the construction of Sanitation Unit
        Vadia and its residents have always been an enigma for the society. For many decades the women of Vadia have practiced prostitution as a means to earn their living and fend their families. While the society held their prejudice and believed that it was a profession these women choose voluntarily, the fact was totally contradictory to it. As a result of such mindset across sections of society no government agencies, voluntary organisations or individuals succeeded with their efforts in Vadia.
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        VSSM in Media
        06-04-2017
        VSSM, recently concluded a study to understand the status of the extremely marginalized Dafer community...
        The objective of the study was to comprehend the access Dafer have, to the various welfare schemes launched by the government for the marginalized sections of the society...
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        02-03-2017
        VSSM receives ‘Dharti Ratna’ award through the hands the Chief Minister of Gujarat….
        The Chief Minister of Gujarat recently awarded VSSM with the ‘Dharti Ratna’ award for its work with the nomadic and de-notified communities of Gujarat.
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        01-03-2017
        The water management works initiated by VSSM
        We are grateful to our donors who have supported us in pursuing this initiative…
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        Relief Work For Nomads Of India By VSSM
        15-09-2015
        In reponse to the massive floods in July 2015, the nomadic families of Vadgamda receive relief kits from VSSM…
        VSSM’s relief kits containing food, grains and tarpaulins did reach them but the focus is now going to be on rehabilitating these flood ravaged families. VSSM intends to extend them interest free loans.
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        13-09-2015
        The nomadic families of Vadia receive VSSM’s relief kits
        The mud house Ramabhai Saraniyaa lived in perished during the recent floods. All his household belonging crashed underneath the rubble. Ramabhai, a daily wage earner, earns his living from shaping cattle horns but, finding work under such unnatural circumstances is also difficult. What to do and how to rebuild life was a big question Ramabhai faced!! Consequent to this natural catastrophe, his son fell very ill.
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        13-09-2015
        DidedaThe flood affected families of Dideda village receive relief kits from VSSM….
        The losses they have suffered are considerable and VSSM will stand by them as they rebuild their lives….
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