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Advocacy thru GEMS Enables Landless Musahars to Become Land Owners

Musahars are the most marginalized people in Bihar. 48 families of this community at Koath in the Rohtas district received lands to build houses through GEMS’ advocacy.
GEMS has been serving the Musahar people (who are traditionally ‘rat eaters’) and their children through the OUR (Operation Upliftment of Rural) People project at Koath in the Rohtas district of Bihar. The project was started in 2013 -

The children receive education, food, healthcare, etc. Through continuous advocacy they have received lands and are grateful to the Lord.
Seeing the poor living conditions of the people in mud houses without proper roofing and wall, GEMS planned for collective housing scheme. For that an application with proposal was submitted to the DM (Magistrate of Rohtas District) in November 2014.
An order also was passed by the government in February 2015. But there was much delay as negotiation and documentation of the lands identified near the project could not be completed by the concerned officials. Finally, after all this process was completed, the distribution program was scheduled for January 2017 but it had to be cancelled. After due patience, prayers and perseverance, on Sunday 27th August 2017, three decimals of land along with Patta(Ownership Document) were distributed to 48 Mushahar families in the presence of Government officials by the grace of God.
All glory be to Him only! The poor landless Musahars of Koath village have now become owners of land and have received permanent address too.
GEMS Social Development Officer Sis. Gracy Hendry put in much efforts in this process and was helped by Bro. Rakesh Kumar (Associate Director, CP) and project in charge Bro. Vimal.

As the land allotment is done now it is turn to build basic houses for this people. Pray that the Lord may enable the construction of the houses. Pray that these people of Koath who have received land may also receive the heavenly blessing of salvation and eternal life. 
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