We’re poisoned by locals as they protect their stock and livelihood after a kill.
We’re killed by hunters for our precious skins and valuable body parts.
We are amongst the poorest in India. We rely heavily on our cattle, crops and the sale of dung from our cattle to live.
Recent years of drought have made our fives even harder.
When the tigers, leopards and other wildlife kill our livestock and damage our crops they destroy our livelihood.
A swift, generous and transparent compensation payment is made to the livestock owners when wildlife kill cattle, goats or sheep. This discourages subsequent retaliation killings by poisoning carcuses.
A birth control programme for dogs and a vaccination programme, in collaboration with the WWF, to prevent the spread of canine distemper and rabies. The canine distemper virus can kill tigers.
A free medical clinic, a daily nurse and a monthly volunteer doctor to help improve health and physical well-being.
A significant new project to build and equip an education and training centre where local women will be trained to use hand looms and produce items that they can sell.
Sunita Dhairyam, founder and leader of the Mariamma Charitable Trust is an inspiration.
Her compassion and empathy of people, wildlife and their co-existence drives us to do better and do more.
But without funding, these projects and the communities they support will die.