Economic Support for Livelihood Development
GSVS (Grameen evam Samajik Vikas Sanstha) has been working since 2001 for the development and growth of Women empowerment, Youth skills, Child Rights and unorganized & migrant labourers betterment. GSVS is working for the silicosis-affected labourers by providing legal education to the labourers, creating awareness on safe environment at the workplace. The organization has been supporting these people by providing the safety equipments and helps them to link with the social security schemes since 2009. The organization also supports the dependants of the silicosis victim by availing government facilities connects them to rehabilitation centers and helps them get some compensation to sustain their lives.
Silicosis is an incurable lung disease, which may occur at the Silicosis prone workplace such as stone crushers & Mines. Despite all efforts being made to prevent & eradicate it, Silicosis still affects millions of workers in hazardous occupations and causes many deaths.
It is estimated that mining and mineral processing industry in Rajasthan provides direct and indirect employment to about 3 million persons.
Currently 2000 labourers have been affected from silicosis in Ajmer and Bhilwara districts of Rajasthan itself, of which 400 labourers have been died. Labourers start working in this disease prone areas at the very early age (15-16 years) and sadly, at the age of 35-40, they acquire silicosis disease. More shockingly, dependants of the silicosis victim have been forced to move to the same workplace to earn their livelihood after the demise of the head of the family. It is a vicious circle in itself.
The organization aims to break this vicious circle by imparting trainings to the dependants of the disease, in goat rearing and make them self sufficient. The organization wants to help the silicosis victim families through the Goat-based programme by providing four goats to each affected family. If a family keeps four goats, they can get Rs 4000/- as the monthly income, that is sufficient for their livelihood .This will help children and youth to change the livelihood trend where they get affected with Silicosis. This would improve the quality of life, fetches more income to the family and increase their efficiency to work.
This is a challenging issue and we need finances to support for goat-based livelihood programme to 500 Silicosis affected families in Ajmer and Bhilwara districts of Rajasthan.
Taking care of oneself prevents health problems and saves money by reducing the dangers of affecting the major sickness. It is said, “Prevention is better than cure” GSVS with the support of donors would like make a difference in the life of silicosis affected families in Rajastahn.