Fellowship: Nandlal Master

Project Brief:
Project Type: Fellowships (description)
Primary Focus: creating resources (description)

Secondary Focus: children who are working

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Bangalore
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Padmanava Sen
Project Partner(s): Nandlal Master
Other Contacts: Gaurav Agarwal
Project Address: , Lok Samiti Office,,Nagipur, Post Behinipur,
Tel: 0542-2632433, 94153 00520
Stewarding Chapter: Bangalore
Sep 2015BangaloreINR 306000
Aug 2014BangaloreUSD 4116
Oct 2013BangaloreUSD 3293
Jul 2013BangaloreUSD 1419
Nov 2012BangaloreINR 66000
Aug 2012AustinUSD 1925
Jul 2011AustinUSD 1404
May 2011AustinUSD 551
Mar 2011AustinUSD 25
Nov 2010AustinUSD 2050
Apr 2010AustinUSD 2050
Sep 2009AustinUSD 1860
Jan 2009AustinUSD 1500
Jun 2008AustinUSD 1700
Apr 2008AustinUSD 2000
Dec 2007AustinUSD 1800
Aug 2007AustinUSD 1800
Nov 2006AustinUSD 1350
May 2006AustinUSD 1350

Total = $38302.6

Nandlal Master is a grassroots social activist who has been working with the communities near Rajatalab, Varanasi since 1994. Most people in Rajatalab engage in Banarasi saree weaving to earn their livelihoods. In 1994, Nandlal started evening schools for the children, most of whom work to make sarees. At present, there are 10 night schools and 2 day schools that reach out to around 500 children. The schools are run under the name of an organization called Navjyoti Swavlamban Seva Sansthan and more information about the schools can be found on the NJSS project page.

In 1999, Nandlal and his colleagues founded Lok Samiti in Rajatalab. Lok Samiti has spread to 25 villages today and the various Lok Samiti groups focus on educating the people about their rights, raising awareness about problems specific to each village. They believe that to bring about economic, social and political change, groups like Lok Samiti need to act as watchdogs, demanding that their elected officials truly represent them. Lok Samiti raises awareness of social issues through the street play team, Kala Manch. Lok Samiti has also played an important role in the creation of 35 self-help groups for women.

After a Coca Cola plant started its extensive bottling activities in Rajatalab, the communities in the neighboring areas have been suffering from water shortages and health problems due to the harmful waste from the plant. Since 2003, Lok Samiti has been actively campaigning for control over its water. More details about this struggle can be found at: www.mehdiganj.org

Nandlal is also actively involved in the National Alliance for People's Movements (NAPM).
Sep 2017 Site Visit 2017
Jul 2017 Annual Report
Jun 2016 Annual Report (2015-2016)
Jul 2015 New Initiative Details (2015-2016)
Jun 2015 Annual Report (2014-2015)
Jul 2014 Annual Report (2013-2014)
Oct 2013 Report (August 2012 - October 2013)
Jan 2013 Chance India half-yearly exam and results
Jan 2013 Public Information Center Launched
Dec 2012 6 monthly report of activities of NJSS/Lok Samiti in Nagepur
Oct 2012 Chance India students celebrate Durga Pooja
Oct 2012 3 Day RTI program in Varanasi
Oct 2012 Chance India students program
Jul 2012 Application form to renew fellowship
Jul 2012 Fellowship Nomination - Gaurav Agarwal
Jun 2012 Summer camp for adolescent girls
Jun 2012 RTE conference in Varanasi
May 2012 Dowry-free weddings organized by Lok Samati
Mar 2012 Fellowship approval - chapter minutes
Sep 2011 Q&A - Chapter Meeting - Sep18 2011
Sep 2011 Review of Fellowship Nandlal - 2011 - Part 1
Sep 2011 Review of Fellowship Nandlal - 2011 - Part 2
Aug 2011 NREGA Baseline Survey Report - Part 2
Jun 2011 Kishori Kendra Summer Camp - 2011
May 2011 Community Marriage Program - 2011
Apr 2011 Fellowship Update - Apr 2011
Oct 2010 Fellowship Update - Sep 2010 and Renewal
Oct 2010 Q&A - Chapter Meeting - Sep26 2010
Sep 2010 NREGA Baseline Survey Report - 1
Sep 2010 NREGA Survey - District-wise charts
Jan 2010 Half yearly update - Jan 2010
Jul 2009 Half yearly updates - July 2009
Jun 2009 Summer Camp - Kishori Kendras
May 2009 Community Marriage Program - 2009
Mar 2009 Water Awareness Program and World Water Day
Feb 2009 NREGA Progress Report
Feb 2009 Seminar: Water Scarcity and its Solutions
Jan 2009 Half yearly updates
Jan 2009 Bihar Flood Relief Work
Dec 2008 School Update: Balmela and Tour
Jun 2008 Fellowship Review for 2008
May 2008 Community Marriage Program - 2008
Apr 2008 Site Visit Report - Santhosh
Mar 2008 Water Rights Conference
Jun 2007 Teacher Training: Jeevan Vidya Workshop
Jun 2007 Update: ASV Sewing Center
May 2007 Review of Nandlal's work - 2006 - 07
May 2007 Report on the community marriage
Apr 2007 Proposal for marriage assistance for poor families
Jan 2007 Site Visit Report - Gaurav
Jan 2007 Pictures from site visit - Gaurav
Oct 2006 Report on Jal Adhikar Yatra
Sep 2006 Update on Jal Adhikaar Yatra
Jul 2006 Report on 100 day protest
Jun 2006 Question and Answers on fellowship
May 2006 Nandlal Fellowship Application
May 2006 Nomination of Fellowship
May 2006 Fellowship Proposal - Asha Austin