Written by Andrew Malcolm, Photography by Angela Connors
Anima Baa founded the South Vihar Welfare Society for Tribal (ASHRAY) in response to the exploitation and injustice she witnessed as a child in indigenous communities in India.
“In her anti-trafficking and poverty-alleviation efforts, Baa has maintained fundamental philosophies that join tribal and non-tribal peoples together.”
With the belief that even the most vulnerable communities can become sustainable with the right support, encouragement and education, ASHRAY is geared toward woman, children and those at risk. ASHRAY elevates the equality and stability of tribal communities by providing hands on skill-training, promoting community arts & crafts as well as establishing rainwater gathering systems that create the possibility and development of crop and livestock farming. In her anti-trafficking and poverty-alleviation efforts, Baa has maintained fundamental philosophies that join tribal and non-tribal peoples together.
About the Photographer
With Photographers Without Borders, Angela Conners documented the progress ASHRAY has made in rehabilitating communities in the Jharkhand region. Her hauntingly beautiful photographs document the inequality women experience as well as the progress ASHRAY has made in restoring their dignity and livelihood in tribal communities.
VISIT the ASHRAY website