Dharmesh ji from Shivpuri district, Madhya Pradesh is one of our Chalo supervisors who works with migrant households in Shivpuri and Tikamgarh districts. Having done his bachelors in social work, he worked extensively with different NGOs in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh before joining the Chalo Network. He is a father to two daughters and aspires to educate them and give them a secure future.
He first started working with Chalo during the pandemic. He was part of a survey team who helped identify migrant households across 20-30 villages, with the aim of understanding their financial inclusion status. He looks back at the experience as an enriching one. He says, “I learnt how to make a project from scratch, understanding the different steps that are involved in getting a document done. The training sessions also helped me in connecting with the communities better.”
A major hurdle he faced during his initial days was a lack of trust among migrant communities. They asked, “What is the benefit of getting it (documentation) done from you?” He strategized with the team and started mobilising migrants to explain the process in detail to them. He was methodical in his approach and guaranteed that they would receive their updated documents within 10-15 days of their application. In this manner, Dharmesh ji built a transparent relationship with the community. Now, whenever he visits these villages, the communities are aware that he has come to explain a new welfare scheme.