1984 – 1986 : The Beginning

1984 – 1986 : The Beginning

Stan & Mari come to Gudalur
Stan & Mari arrived at Gudalur in 1984 to work on the Paniya farm at Kayunni and were exposed to the various ways in which the tribals of Gudalur were cheated of their rights

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1986 – Hope in a medicine chest

1986 – Hope in a medicine chest

1986 also saw the beginning of our health care programme, spurred by three maternal mortalities that could have been prevented with simple interventions. As luck would have it, we were blessed with 3 professionals from the medical field, Drs. Roopa

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1986 – 1998: Phase I

1986 – 1998: Phase I

The Season of Tea
In 1986, ACCORD supported in the planting the first adivasi tea in Thirkapetta, Ayankolly with volunteer French students on land that had been partly repossessed by the tribals. Not a single local person thought Paniyas were

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1988 – Cheenum, Thudi & other manifestations of Adivasi Culture

1988 – Cheenum, Thudi & other manifestations of  Adivasi Culture

The first Adivasi festival was held on January 1988, a heady success which gave the team a huge lift.  We produced a film called ‘Today, we dance for ourselves.’
This was followed by an intensive drive for awareness about the

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1988- Land to the First People & the Birth of AMS

1988- Land to the First People & the Birth of AMS

Once we began our work mobilising the community, the animators took to it like ducks to water and soon, “sangams “ started coming up in tribal villages all across Gudalur, often without any  intervention
from us.
It was decided that

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1989 – Right to justice

1989 – Right to justice

Our attempts to take back lost land continued in full swing.  Bettakurumbas and Kattunaickens reclaimed land their ancestors had been cheated of in Chembakolly. They parked there in the cold wet monsoon, braving elephant, boar, leopard and bear attacks in

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1989 – Housing & More

1989 – Housing & More

ACCORD has, in many ways, been blessed with the service of visionary people in every field. Housing was no different.   While we have always known the need for better housing in the villages, especially with access and availability of bamboo

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1990 – 94 A hospital for us, for our livestock too

1990 – 94  A hospital for us, for our livestock too

The need for a hospital had slowly started manifesting among the community. Slowly but surely, patients were beginning to land up in our office. As has always been the case, some benevolent entity high above heard our call and gifted

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1995 –1998: Mahasabha, Self Reliance & ATP

1995 –1998:  Mahasabha, Self Reliance & ATP

The plan for ACCORD had always been to pull out in 10 years and try and ensure that within that time, the community be enabled and empowered to ensure their needs and access their rights. Accordingly in 1995, more than

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1999 – 2005: ATLM and More

1999 – 2005: ATLM and More

More than a 1000 Adivasi families had become tea growers through the dedicated efforts of AMS & ACCORD. However, we came to understand that they were being systematically cheated in the sale of their produce and thus was formed the

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2006 – 2010: Our Forest, Our Right

2006 – 2010: Our Forest, Our Right

In the end of 2006, the landmark Forest Rights Act was passed by the Indian Parliament which finally recognised the right of Adivasis to live in and conserve the forests they have called home for Millennia. Since then one of

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2011 – 2016: New Ventures, New Challenges & The Way Ahead

2011 – 2016: New Ventures, New Challenges & The Way Ahead

The year 2013 saw the revival of Ecoscape, a responsible tourism venture located in Madhuvana Estate and supported by the Adivasi community of Gudalur. All proceeds from the enterprise are fed back into the community. This is meant to act

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