Sauramandala Foundation here, we are one of the grant recipients from RMF and we work with remote and vulnerable communities that live in difficult-to-access regions in India. Currently, most of our work is focused in Meghalaya with previous work in Assam, Kashmir, Manipur, and Nagaland. We aspire to set up a Centre for Accelerated Development across states with remote , vulnerable, and disconnected communities.
We use the Remoteness and Incapacity Index to identify focus districts in a state, then we set up a team at the community level to identify and gain insights on gaps across climate, health, education, livelihoods, entrepreneurship etc. Based on these insights we design programs/pilots, aggregate partners, demonstrate contextual solutions, and advocate for large-scale adoption and replication by the system.
Through the grant from RMF, we set up our first team to operate the CFAD model as a fellowship and are currently working across 8 districts in Meghalaya. Below is a snapshot of some of the projects we are involved with, and are always open to discussing potential collaboration opportunities with NGOs/enterprises/academia.
The Forgotten Folklore (Early Childhood Development, ECD)
The Forgotten Folklore project attempts to curate, digitise and document indigenous stories like folktales, stories of history and origin from these communities for it to act as localised AV content for the anganwadis and schools in the state of Meghalaya and/or well-illustrated books in print.
The Fellowship program is a joint initiative to empower and give opportunities to the local youth to learn and contribute to shaping the future of their communities and the state. In its first year, the fellowship is focussing on supporting rural entrepreneurs from 8 districts across Meghalaya.
Chief Minister’s Youth Centres (CMYC)
The CMYC project plans to set up 20 open learning spaces across rural Meghalaya to provide the youth with a platform to develop their innovation and design skills.
Health Energy Nexus
Our flagship program in Meghalaya in public health focuses on solar electrification and equipping 442 health centres across Meghalaya.
Climate-Resilient Healthcare Facilities
The project aims at village-level participation in developing designs and constructing energy-optimised and climate-resilient health facilities at the last mile. Over the next 3 years, 150 such centres will be built across the state ensuring the well-being of both patients - the community and the Auxiliary Nurses and Midwives who run and manage the centres
Apiculture Mission 2.0
The Apiculture Mission 2.0 is designed to build on the learnings and success of Apiculture Mission 1.0 to spur initiatives which are integrative with Meghalaya’s biophysical attributes to confer livelihood improvement through gainful employment of the local populace. Sauramandala is a knowledge partner of the mission.
Sloping Agriculture Land Technology is a sustainable method of cultivation for sloping lands in high rainfall areas. The goal is to introduce this technique with an aim to ensure sustainable Natural Resources Management and increase the income of these subsistence farmers.
Value Chain Development
A holistic ecosystem approach towards enabling socio-economic growth in rural livelihoods. Energy-efficient built-environment and decentralised renewable energy solutions in addition to enhanced financial linkages and access to Markets.
As part of bringing in localized and sustainable design solutions, the project aims to demonstrate the use of local construction materials, clean energy and eco-friendly building to make spaces for learning, play and nutrition accessible for children.
In upcoming posts, we would use this space to post more updates, progress and potential opportunities for collaboration.