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People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI)

This is a chance for us as volunteers to work with our partners in ways that reach beyond the measure of projects and targets but to recognize the value of people’s voices, ideas and practices at the everyday level.
Photojournalist P Sainath, whom volunteers have met at his public lectures, organized by AID and many other organizations, universities and institutes has launched a website called the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI).  It is a fascinating project and I think that there is much that we can contribute from our village visits and our collaborations with partners in rural areas.
As you may recall, our 2003 calendar featured photographs from Sainath’s  exhibition on Women and Work.  And AID first hosted a talk by Sainath when he visited the US in 1997 after publishing his collection of articles Everybody Loves a Good Drought. 

He explains the significance of PARI in this introduction:

This is a chance for us as volunteers to work with our partners in ways that reach beyond the measure of projects and targets but to recognize the value of people’s voices, ideas and practices at the everyday level.

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