Devising a path to food security for the urban poor in Shillong this World Food Day

NEN understands that the urban poor is especially susceptible to growing food insecurity due to their overwhelming dependence on the market and their own purchasing power. In an attempt to lower this dependence in Shillong, we took the occasion of World Food Day to begin a movement that will equip our youth grow their own…

Strengthening Community Institutions to Advocate for Women’s Rights

As part of building community response for survivors of domestic violence and strengthening women’s groups, North East Network has been conducting community meetings with local stakeholders and outreach programmes in the West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. These programmes have encouraged Seng Kynthei (Community Women’s Group) from a number of villages to further strengthen their…

Strengthening the Resolve to end Domestic Violence through Stakeholder Engagement

While all forms of Violence Against Women’s Groups are a matter of grave concern, domestic violence is far worse as it is perpetrated within the safety of homes by people who are related to women (intimate partners and/or relatives), who in turn are socialized to endure it in silence. In Meghalaya, available statistics such as…

NEN Farmers’ Market #2- Nature Fresh Vegetables, nuts, and grains

The second edition of our popular Farmer’s Markets was at Pfutsero in Nagaland. This was another fun-filled day of fresh food for your kitchen and family and livelihood for our incredible farmers that practice traditional farming systems. Over the years, through its engagement with indigenous farmers, NEN has advocated constantly for the importance of food…

Rebuilding lives: NEN initiates engagement with Artisans in Shillong’s Jhalupara locality

Since 2016, NEN Meghalaya has been working in strengthening women’s groups in addressing gender-based violence in the state. Under the thematic area of GBDVAW, NEN Meghalaya has been collaborating with the Akhil Nepali Mahila Samhiti in addressing and redressing gender-based discrimination faced by the marginalised urban poor women in the Cantonment Area. Over the years,…

Beginning of the End: Combating Drug Abuse in Meghalaya

A study titled ‘Assessment Of Pattern, Profile And Correlate Of Substance Use Among Children In India’, commissioned by the National Commission For Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and conducted in 27 states by the National Drugs Dependent Treatment Center of All Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) found that Meghalaya has the highest substance abuse (tobacco…

Traditional Sustainable Technology- Towards efficient and thoughtful resource consumption

Chizami, Nagaland Can technology be sustainable? Turns out it can! Sustainable technology relies on resources that are either renewable or so abundant that we can treat them as such. For technology to be sustainable also means that using it does not have any long-term adverse impact on the environment (populationmatters.org). What is surprising to most of the world’s urban-dwelling population…

Speak up and Act on Sexual Violence and Impunity

Young Artists render the pain of suffering abuse through Theatre “The transition from a victim of sexual violence to a survivor is a journey and the feeling never truly goes away” –Mary Therese Kurkalang, Artist North East Network Shillong, had the pleasure of hosting a powerful performance on the harrowing experience that victims of sexual…

Transforming Education and Relearning Human Values

International Youth Day 2019 at Chizami The youth have always been an integral part of NEN’s changemaking process as the future drivers of change. This year itself we have had major engagements with them through our gender sensitization programmes, the farm school that enabled urban youth to work towards sustainable agriculture and a puppeteering workshop…