Sponsor: Mitsui Chemicals, CHEMI (Korean company)
Duration: November 10th - 17th, 2017 (1st time)
June 27th - 29th, 2018 (2nd time)
Scheduled Tribes (STs) are officially designated groups of historically disadvantaged people in India. Jhabua district has the second largest population of scheduled tribes (87% of its population; 1.02 million). It is one of the poorest district in Madhya Pradesh with a literacy rate of 44%, and 46% of its population living below the poverty line (less than 1.90 USD/person/day). Recently, drought has become a frequent problem in the area and the agriculture productivity has declined, which has resulted in excessive migration movement towards cities to find works. With only 15,000 INR (27,000 JPY) as their annual income, the villagers cannot afford medical eye care. As a result, thousands of people have lost their eyesight; mainly breadwinners. Therefore, ICA Japan is working on providing medical eye care to fight poverty.
1. Eye Checkup (1st time)
2. Glasses Distribution (2nd time)
Posted September 6, 2018
Sponsor: TOTO Water Environment Fund
Duration: April 2018 - March 2019
Location: 3 villages in Jhabua district, Madhya Pradesh
Recently, the region ICA Japan has been working on got affected by climate change. The extremely decreased amount of rainfall in the area resulted in the reduction of underground water, and many well cannot longer be used. Women and children are forced to travel long distances to get to faraway water sources, as most of the well in the villages have dried up. The Indian government does not take any measures to solve this water issue, due to the majority of the population in the area are from the scheduled tribes, which are often the subjects of discrimination. If the water supply inside the villages becomes stable, we can expect a decrease of travel and work for the women and children, as well as improvement in hygiene. Water supply is one of the essential lifelines. Therefore, the need to improve the situation is urgent.
1. Recovery of 6 old wells
2. Maintenance training (after recovery)