The JJSS has been talking about the need to politicise its members, to talk about issues other than NREGA and other survival issues which would help us understand and form a common articulation on the issues of caste, class, gender and religion. Each such effort has been in the form of meetings, held in rented spaces, sometimes with the rent reduced or written off. The plan to have a space of our own finally has taken some shape with our centre, in Araria. Built on 5 katthas (abt 4000 sq feet of land) the centre has three hutments, one being a kaccha hall that can accommodate about 200 people.
It all started with Madhulika and Ashutosh Swami giving us the right to use 50% of their land to build a centre, till we find better options, without having to pay rent. Ashish, a key supporter and volunteer of the JJSS put in another 3 lakh 15 thousand rupees for the construction and Vibhore pitched in with 30000 rupees, and we now have a physical space to further strengthen our nirmaan and sangharsh work.
Details of construction expenditure:
|Rasoi and Room
|miscellaneoous use of bricks
|500 bricks lying on campus