Each CFCA sponsored friend and family has a story to tell.
For the families of the Santal tribes living in remote areas of India between Nepal and Bangladesh, the story is especially compelling.
As CFCA’s communications liaison in India, I have the honor to tell their story.
The Santals depend on nature for their survival. Agriculture is their way of life.
As their villages are spread across four Indian states and are miles away from towns, they create their own communities with whatever resources are available. They build houses with mud and clay supported by bamboo sticks and cover the roof with grass, straw and tiles made of mud.
The Santals are wrongly considered “behind the times” by many in India, and their way of life may seem rugged to you and me.
But the Santal people can teach all of us important lessons. They take nothing for granted, and they have a lot to share about using scarce resources in the most sustainable ways.
Their culture and religious observances are colorful, dynamic and unique. To the Santals, dancing is essential to life. Read more