A small effort to bring curative health to the Soligas has over the years has led to a large range of activities in health, education, livelihood and biodiversity conservation on a national scale. VGKK, founded in 1981, has been a response to the needs of the people and today proudly reflects the might of a dexterous team and endearing volunteers.
Tribal people constitute 8.2% of the population of India. Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra (VGKK) is committed to the holistic, sustainable development of tribal people, keeping in mind their socio-cultural background and their rights.
VGKK now has nearly three decades of developmental experiences with the soligas and other tribes in Chamarajanagar and Mysore districts of Karnataka and subsequent experiences with tribals in Tamil Nadu , Arunachal Pradesh and Andaman & Nicobar islands under the able and inspiring leadership of Dr. H. Sudarshan. This experience has resulted in an integrated approach to tribal development with Health, Education, Livelihoods and Biodiversity Conservation as the means to sustainable development and empowerment.
VGKK believes in empowering tribal societies and achieving sustainable development keeping their core culture intact. The association of the Soliga tribe with the Doddasampige tree (Michelia champaka) is eternalized in their myth and they continue to revere it till date.
The Doddasampige Tree, the cultural identity of the Soligas