Suicide-prone Vidharbha farmers turn to Art Of Living

The distressed Vidarbha cotton farmers are now getting help. No, it is neither the state government nor the Centre with yet another relief package, but the Art of Living volunteers. Over 1,086 trained young men and women are taking charge of several villages in the drought-prone district to encourage the farmers to roll back their lives.

Though started eight months ago, the ‘Project Vidarbha — Swavalamban programme’ has shown significant results. Under this programme youngsters in the village are identified and trained as youth leaders, who then take charge of the entire village. So far, the young leaders have reached out to 151 villages in Amravati, in which 55 leaders are reaching out to 90,000 lives.

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