We continue our support for Citta. By combining other projects in India we are able to work with organizations like Citta. Photographers James Cole and William Vazquez
Juanga school and hospital
We will be visiting the school and hospital creating still and video stories of the people who work at both locations as well as beneficiaries. Also visit local villages to document the daily life of the people in Juanga to create a better story of what people in Juanga experience in their daily lives and how important the hospital and school are to their local community.
In 1999, the largest cyclone to hit India in over 100 years ripped through the coastal region of Odisha for three days. This cyclone was in the same region where CITTA had been running the hospital since 1996, and it destroyed the few small government schools that existed. Odisha, one of the poorest states in India where only 10% of the local population has received any formal education, is already at a disadvantage.
In 2001, CITTA responded to the lack of educational resources in the community by constructing The Vivekananda Primary School. This public school opened with 140 students in KG-1, 2 and 1st and 2nd grades. Now, after 10 years, the school has grown to include all classes from KG-1 to 10th.
Odisha, is one of the poorest states of India. It is not well visited by foreign travelers and is home to most of India’s tribal Adavasi people. The state lacks adequate infrastructure outside of its few cities. The harsh monsoons and cyclone seasons make life in remote villages challenging.
When CITTA registered The Michael A. Daube Charitable Trust in Odisha, India in 1997, there were no roads or electricity in the villages. The first order of business was to build a much-needed hospital in Juanga village, and this was completed on April 2, 1997.