Janarth Adivasi Vikas Sanstha

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Much earlier to Janarth Adivasi Vikas Sanstha (JAVS), we (Vikram Kanhere and Ranjana Kanhere) were actively involved in an Adivasi Labourers' Organization (Shramik Sanghatana) working in this area. (This was during 70's and 80's). It was one of the most important movements in the state involving the rights and identity of the Adivasis. It was working for the rights and dignity of the Adivasi landless labourers and marginal farmers in then Dhule district. From 1986 to 1992, we worked in a remote village called Dahel in Akkalkuva Taluka, for education of tribal children.
From 1996 onwards, we started working in this organization, i.e. JAVS. In October 1996 JAVS came into existence as an initiative of Janarth, Aurangabad in the Adivasi area of Nandurbar District (Dhule District at that time). It started working as an independent organization from 2003.
JAVS is working primarily with the Bhil and Pawara communities. Initially JAVS started work in Shahada taluka which further expanded to Dhadgaon, Nandurbar, Akkalkuva and Navapur talukas of Nandurbar District. JAVS has worked on different projects in the fields of - Health (Community based monitoring), Maternal health, Mental health, Nutrition, Education, Environment and Biodiversity, and Migration.