- SHIDU SHEZWAL -
Village Dongargaw, Taluka Mawal
I joined V.C.D.M in 1993. Since I was little, I observed that my life is dependent on the will of others, the administration, the village leaders. The people of my village thought they could not act without the help of the others. I considered that to be true. Thanks to V.C.D.M, I was opened up to many topics, I became aware of my rights, and the sense of justice sprouted in me. At V.C.D.M meetings, we approached problems objectively, we observed, we asked questions, and then we analysed together democratically. I understood then that until now we had been slaves of our beliefs and our ignorance.
The employees of the administration do not give us favors by working for us, it is their responsibility. I decided to take things into my own hands and to ensure that farmers in my village and the surrounding area could benefit from certain government programs. Using the democratic process, I gathered people together, discussed village issues, tried to create enthusiasm and hope within people.
Thanks to our efforts, many changes have emerged: road construction, access to drinking water, construction of small bridges to walk freely from one place to another, construction of wells … Is it not the tangible proof of the effectiveness of collective power ? We did not only succeed together in material development, our personality changed. We became psychologically more confident, stronger, more free to think and act by ourselves.
Today, we are focusing our energies on creating macroeconomic groups, as well as farmer groups. A group of conscious people is much more powerful than one conscious person. I want to share these experiences, this understanding with others, because we have a common destiny, or at least a shared destiny.