Registered Charity 1113533

Linking communities in the UK and India

Our aim is to improve and sustain the quality of life and environment of tribal people in the Nilgiris Hills of South India.


Our Partner The Island Trust

Our partner organisation The Island Trust works closely with communities in a group of villages on a Tamwed-funded project to improve the health of tribal families; help them to tackle the effects of climate change; and promote their rights and their unique culture. We hope that we can prevent migration from their traditional homelands with the resources they and their children need for sustainable, productive lives.


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Covid-19 Appeal

The ISLAND Trust was given special permission to travel to remote tribal villages during the lock down period and subsequently…


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Sivagami (left) with her group members collect herbs and medicinal plants from the forest for their village plots. Her nursery garden has 80 varieties of medicinal plants. The need for self-sufficiency and the use of traditional methods of healing and food production has never been more important.
Our friends in the Nilgiris have been busy providing food and other much needed goods to 170 tribal families in the most isolated villages. This is all thanks to our supporters who have provided funds that are allocated at £10 per family. The news from India in respect of Covid-19 is not good with an alarming increase in infection and deaths although both are under-reported. Lock-down has been extended in the district we cover, meaning that travel to markets or work is impossible for most people. Our colleague Alphonse Raj reports that the situation is increasingly desperate so we have decided to extend our Just Giving appeal at: www.justgiving.com/campaign/Covid-19TribalsIndia
Photos of food and supplies being delivered to members of the Irula, Kurumba and Kota tribes over the weekend. Thanks very much to those who have made donations to make this emergency relief possible. Alphonse Raj from the ISLAND Trust tells us that there are two more remote villages to reach.
We don't often do appeals but this is urgent. Our colleagues in the Nilgiris have been providing emergency food and other items to remote tribal villages during the extended Covid-19 lock down. They are in danger of running out of supplies. We have set up a donations page at Just Giving and would be very, very grateful if you could donate, even a small amount. https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/Covid-19TribalsIndia
Alphonse Raj with staff and volunteers distributing life-saving food at a central point between remote tribal villages yesterday. Some of the cost of this emergency aid is being met from our project budget but we urgently need more funds. The woman in the video is saying a heartfelt thank you.
Alphonse Raj, our project staff and volunteers distributing food yesterday at a central point in the hills. The woman is saying a heartfelt thank you. Some of our project funds are paying for this life-saving help but we need further offers of financial support. Remote tribal communities are missing out on the aid available to those living closer to towns.

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