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. In 1986 we had started a school in a remote village called Dahel in Akkalkuva Taluka. With the help of the village people we were successful in getting the ZP teacher run the village primary school. From 1987 to 1992 we started there a small hostel for Adivasi school-going children with support from our friends.
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. The area, in which JAVS works, falls under Shahada and Dhadgaon Talukas of Nandurbar district (a new district carved out of earlier Dhule district), which is in northern part of Maharashtra. JAVS is working primarily with the Bhil and Pawara communities in 40 villages of Shahada taluka and 25 villages of Dhadgaon Taluka of Nandurbar District.From 2013-14 JAVS is working in 15 villages from Nandurbar Taluka as well.