Tribal people in the jungle region of Tamil Nadu have been displaced over many years and have lost many of their traditional rights and entitlements because of legislation changes implemented by the Indian Forest Department.
While the changes in law are necessary and look after the rights of animals, the authorities in the past made no contingency for displaced people and tribal people left the jungle with nowhere to go.
The SAFE Foundation have been working with out partner organisation MYWA for almost six years to improve the quality of life for tribal people who are suffering the effects of rights abuses and displacement issues.
MYWA have been working to secure tribal rights since 1975 and have concentrated their efforts on access to safe drinking water, settlement and rights to practice traditional livelihoods like honey-gathering.
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