Tata Capital Limited has recently launched an initiative that connects with individuals and communities living in some of the remotest parts of the country and brings to light their unique stories, dreams and challenges. Called ‘Half Stories – The Journey of Doing Right’ because the other half of the story is going to be scripted by ordinary people like you and me, who can come forward to help the people in need realise their dreams and improve their lives. This is part of their ‘Do Right’ initiative which aims to both inspire people to ‘do right’ as well as encourages them to participate in the problems of the society at large, and make a difference
The Half Stories journey of 2000kms has commenced from Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh, and is going to end at Guwahati in Assam. In the first of these half stories, we meet Atmaram, a shepherd belonging to a fast-shrinking community of the Gaddi tribe of nomads in Himachal Pradesh. During summers, as the land dries up, these shepherds have to hike up 15,000 feet in search of greener pastures for their sheep. Says Atmaram
“I was 13 years old when I started tending to these sheep with my father. Earlier there were many of us who used to do this work, but we are soon becoming extinct. The conditions are tough. It sometimes snows for 2-3 days continuously and then we don’t even get tea along the way. We just have to survive on goat’s milk.”
Atmaram faces a constant threat of his sheep being stolen or eaten by wild animals. His dream is to own a tent and a few lights which can help him and his flock survive the harsh weather conditions, be safe from wild animals and allow him to cook food along the way. With paltry earnings of Rs.80 per day, it is difficult for him to fulfil his basic needs. We can help provide him with a survival kit of tent, 2 solar lights and 2 sleeping bags, which will together cost Rs.11,500.
If you’d like to complete Atmaram’s half story, feel free to contribute an amount or share this initiative. For more details, log on to their website: www.doright.in or follow them on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/doright.in) or twitter (https://twitter.com/WeDoRight).