• Vicharata Samuday Samarthan Manch (VSSM)VichartaSamudaaySamarthanManch –VSSM, is a collective platform of members from Nomadic (Vicharata) and De-Notified (Vimukht) Tribes (Samudaay), individuals and organizations' empathizing with these communities. VSSM as a collective was initiated in the year 2006 and was formally registered as an organization in the year 2010, with the mission to give social identity, citizen’s rights, education, health facilities, housing and livelihood options to the various communities of Nomadic and De-Notified Tribes (NT-DNTs). read more

  • VSSM Endeavors to ….. • Ensure all the children from Nomadic and De-Notified Tribes enjoy their fundamental Right to Education.
    • Enable the communities of Nomadic and De-Notified Tribes avail their fundamental rights and entitlements.
    • Facilitate creation of alternate employment opportunities in lieu of the traditional occupations that have been rendered obsolete with time.
    • Ensure that the Nomadic and De-Notified Tribes acquire a roof, a place to settle and get an address of their own.
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  • The Lost World The Nomads have been an intrinsic part of our social, cultural and economic canvas. They featured in the stories told by our grandma, in our fables and folk tales and in our literature. During the bygone days of thriving rural economies, these communities had a significant role to play in the society. Each of the nomadic community had a reason to exist in our lives. They were our entertainers, traders, goods and service providers and much more. The lives of the settled rural communities and these ever-traveling nomadic communities were so intertwined that it was hard to imagine otherwise. read more

  • Re-learning the traditional art and crafts The emergence of a modern and industrialized society has rendered the traditional occupations of the NT-DNTs either reeling under tremendous threat for survival or almost obsolete. Under such circumstances earning decent income for these communities has become a major challenge. There is an immense need to create alternate prospects of employment or to enhance the existing skills the communities possess so as to make them more contemporary in nature. read more

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        • "VSSM’s efforts result into allotment of plots to nomadic families in Tharad..."

        • "This is the moment we have been waiting for, a dream awaiting its turn to be a reality …we finally have plots to build our own house. How hard we have worked to make this happen, right ben??..."
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        • "VSSM helps Rameshbhai Nat attain health and happiness..."

        • " “Ben, I am going to do all that you have asked me to, you mentioned of a fence, I have been saving money for that. You will be delighted to see the result!!”..."
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        • "VSSM, recently concluded a study to understand the status of the extremely marginalized Dafer community..."

        • "The objective of the study was to comprehend the access Dafer have, to the various welfare schemes launched by the government for the marginalized sections of the society..."
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        • "Bhikhabhai Vansvadi chooses to dream big..."

        • "“You are right, Ben!! But you have taught us to dream, so let me dream… trust me I will not fail!!”..."
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        • "I want to educate my children and live my life with dignity..."

        • "Ben, please take my Meera along with you, if she continues to stay here her life will be ruined!!” appealed Madhuben Marwadi Devipujak..."
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        • "VSSM receives ‘Dharti Ratna’ award through the hands the Chief Minister of Gujarat..."

        • "The Chief Minister of Gujarat recently awarded VSSM with the ‘Dharti Ratna’ award for its work with the nomadic and de-notified communities of Gujarat...."
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        • "Vishnu Raval from one of the VSSM operated hostels stands second in an essay competition...."

        • "‘India of my dreams’ was the topic for an essay competition for which Vishnu Raval, a 11th grade student staying at one of the hostels operated by VSSM bagged second price..."
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        • "The water management works initiated by VSSM..."

        • "We began with one village but, as time progressed and more communities got to understand about the benefits of recharging the ground water VSSM started receiving requests for lake revival from Nanol, Paradar, Karnasar etc...
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        • "Children of VSSM’s Vatsalya hostel participate in a fun-fair...."

        • "We were delighted with the fact that the youth of today cared and took such initiative to invite these children. We are thankful to the organizers and the students of the funfair for inviting us...
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        • "VSSM helped release the three boys who were kept in the jail in Amreli...."

        • "“The police have filed such wrong accusations on our children, just because we are Dafer we have to endure all such police atrocities….” This is what the Dafer keep talking all the while.....
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        • "Mittal Patel shares her life experiences with VSSM & Nomads at Amita Memorial Trust-Mumbai..."

        • "The event was in memory of dear Amitaben and I am grateful to respected Pradipbhai and Nanditaben for giving me this opportunity to speak about VSSM’s journey and the daily struggles of working with some of....
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        • "At a Dafer wedding someone uttered the word Police and there was chaos all around..."

        • "Ben, we have a Dafer wedding in Dholka, can you please request the police not to harass us during the occasion. Nobody will turn up for the wedding if they fear police bustle at the ceremony,” pleaded Hamirbha from Nagra, over the phone....
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        • "One more incidence of police harassment of Dafer families..."

        • " The men were brought to the court, “We have been captured without any warrant and were tortured and beaten without any remand!!” said the captive in the court...
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        • "VSSM is trying to make co-operative society of broom-makers vadi..."

        • " The meeting was to understand their issues, how can they come together as a cooperative to improve their bargaining capacity!! They aren’t convinced of forming a cooperative but we are hopeful...
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        • "The nomads reach Gandhinagar, make presentations of their long pending issues along with an appeal to amend the list of nomadic and de-notified communities.."

        • " The waited for the entire day to be heard by the Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment. At 6.30 in the evening, they had this opportunity to speak to the Minister,who has committed to find resolution to the complaints...
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        • "The mixed bag of experiences the nomads had at Sachivalay….!..."

        • "“Sir (addressing one of the team members of VSSM), can’t we build our shades here?? Life would be such a bliss if we could get to stay here, we would have the Government right before our eyes, any issues and we could...
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        • "150 members of the nomadic communities reach Gandhinagar to seek redressal to their long pending issues!!..."

        • "“It sure will pinch the hearts of those sitting in the offices in Gandhinagar when they will get to know about the hardships we face on daily basis, there is so much we endure every day,” expressed many of those present...
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        • "VSSM helps file applications on long pending issues of nomadic communities through the ‘Seva Setu’ program..."

        • "473 applications were filed during this special program. Shri Joshi appreciated the efforts of VSSM, his positive approach has rekindled hope and boosted the morale of the team especially that of Kanubhai and Chayaben...
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        • "The water management works initiated by VSSM...."

        • "We began with one village but, as time progressed and more communities got to understand about the benefits of recharging the ground water VSSM started receiving requests for lake revival from Nanol, Paradar, Karnasar etc...
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        • "LIC of India gifts VSSM a bus to ferry hostel children to and from the schools...."

        • "We recently had a Bus dedication ceremony. It was specially attended by Shri. Venugopalji, Zonal Manager, LIC of India. The officials from LIC were highly appreciative of the work VSSM does and has committed further assistance if required.....
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        • "Will this be the final round to a government office, before families from 15 nomad settlements obtain their caste certificates !!..."

        • "The Additional Secretary is a very positive individual, he said “I would issue such an instruction but only when I scrutinize the applicants and feel that they truly deserve the caste certificate!! I know VSSM is doing a wonderful job....
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        • "VSSM organsies cheque distribution for its interest free loan program..."

        • "On February 5th 2017, we had organized a program at Diyodar to give away cheques amounting to Rs.11,48,000 to 47 individuals willing to begin their own business venture. The program was first of its kind as until now VSSM....
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        • "VSSM helps Geetaben Bajaniyaa start her independent venture..."

        • "The team of VSSM shares a very special connect with the nomadic families and that is the reason they can convince them to make choices that are otherwise unthought-of in these communities....
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        • "The police officials frequenting the Dafer settlements..."

        • "It has been an uphill task to improve our image before the society, we have begun securing some work in Vijapur but of course the villagers aren’t yet prepared to allow us residency in their village nonetheless things were looking brighter....
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        • "Manisha Devipujak shared her feelings after video call to Pakistan on Republic Day - VSSM..."

        • "“Didi you know, that Nilofur aspires to be a doctor and I also want to be one, it is raining there right now while its cold here, they like to watch and sing Salman Khan songs and movies, when they are so much like us why does everyone call them different??”...
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        • "VSSM celebrates Republic Day in a unique way…..."

        • "The children on both the sides felt why can’t they be friends when there was so much of similarity...
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        • "Will to succeed… VSSM helps Ramilaben begin her own venture..."

        • "Ramilaben Bajaniya had requested for a interest free loan from VSSM and our team-member Madhuben had made a strong recommendation for extending Rs. 30,000 loan to her. With the loan Ramilaben could set up the tea-stall...
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        • "This is how elderly view VSSM’s contribution...."

        • "In this time and age, we need to prove on paper who we are!! In the bygone days, no one asked for such proofs. Humans weren’t required to prove who they are!! Now, we need documents and cards with our picture on it!!.....
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        • "And the police continue their unwarranted behavior towards the Dafer…..."

        • "“Ben, the Nadiad police has arrested my brother. It has been days and we haven’t heard anything from them!! We live in the dangaa at Pisavada. Since last one week the S. O. G. Sarkhej and L. C. B. A. Nadiad have been frequenting our dangaa daily...
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        • "VSSM helps ease the processes Dafer families to obtain Voter ID cards…...."

        • "As Tohid mentions, “Obtaining a voter ID card is not much of an issue for these families now but, unless they do not receive the cards one always left wondering if the official really understood the clarifications provided.”....
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        • "VSSM’s efforts towards water conservation in Banaskantha..."

        • "VSSM works with the nomadic and de-notified communities and these extremely marginalized communities are feeling the burn of mistakes made in the past. Hence we decided to initiate our efforts towards water harvesting...
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        • "Presenting the long pending issues of nomadic communities to Rajkot District Collector..."

        • "The nomadic families have become edgy on the pending matters and it is time the authorities resolve their applications before they lose faith in the system!!....
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        • "VSSM helps Vadi-snake charmer families obtain their Vatsalya cards....."

        • "”The number of Vadi families staying here for now is enough, we don’t want Vadi strength to grow in this village, what if a Vadi decides to contest an election, Saarsana is our village how can it have a Vadi sarpanch……!!!...."
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        • "Interest free loans of VSSM helps karashanbhai Saranaiya to get more profit in Broom selling business..."

        • "“Ben, the business of main and selling brooms is doing well, the problem however our inability to reach out to the market elsewhere. You gave us loan for the business and the business has flourished but give us loan for purchasing a vehicle ..."
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