Raghurajpur (LocalWire) July 14: The Kalamitra Dolls project that was initiated in the Odisha’s heritage crafts village Raghurajpur in Puri district may be expanded to create livelihood opportunities for other Fani-affected neighbouring villages.
According to Rapid Response state head Maheekshita Mishra, the project that was launched on 17 June 2019 to generate alternate livelihood for traumatised villagers of Raghurajpur after the cyclone Fani, has managed to achieve its goal by far.
Apart from livelihood generation, the project also encourages skill development, women’s empowerment programmes, and post-Fani counseling.
“Right now, we are just stationed at Raghurajpur.
However, we are trying to expand our project in the neighbouring craft villages,” Mishra said.
“Kalamitra is a small doll that the Pattachitra artists of this village make. It can be used as a key-ring, doll or ear-ring,” she explained.
Talking about the project’s achievement, Mishra stated that it is helping the people to overcome their trauma post Fani.
“They spend their days making the dolls now and are looking forward to sell their artworks in the market for a good price,” she stated.
The Raghurajpur’s Kalamitra Dolls project is being run by Mishra and her colleagues and 40 volunteers from the village work under them to make the dolls.