The Dungarpur community is located in northwest India, and is named after the many mountains in the area. The terrain here is interspersed with stony hills covered with a jungle of cactus, jojoba, salar, and with other trees and shrubs. While some sections of land allow for normal agriculture, many crops have to be grown on hilly slopes, resulting in low crop yields. Wheat, maize, and legumes are major crops.
The lack of jobs, access to health care, and educational facilities are some of the community’s biggest challenges. Many farmers require improved training and tools to diversify their crops and increase their income. Alternate income-generating activities are needed to prevent the migration of parents and families in search of work.
The malnutrition rate for children under the age of five is high, and mothers lack access to maternal health care. Few children are fully immunized, which is key in preventing the spread of illnesses. Many children are dropping out of school because they have to travel so far to attend, which puts them at risk of child labour.
“I live with my parents. I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters. I am in Grade 2. I am currently enrolled in primary school and my favourite subject is my national language. I like to play with toys. I am in good health.”