In partnership with CBM, Soura Baptist Christian Mandalli Sammiloni (SBCMS) is raising awareness about the value of education and to empower individuals to be agents of change in their communities. This initiative begins with teaching children, many of whom are from impoverished families, how to read and write.
CBM began to share the gospel with the Soura Tribal community in 1902. considered among the lowest, untouchables in the Indian caste system. Ninety-five percent of the Souras, one of the oldest indigenous groups in India, live in the hills and mountains of Odisha state in North East India. The Soura people depend mainly on agriculture and labour for income. Unfortunately, the climate and hilly terrain make farming difficult for most of the year and produce a limited supply of crops. In the villages SBCMS serves in, many people are illiterate due to no access to schools or low standards of education. To address the poverty villages struggle with, the Literacy Program empowers individuals with quality education. The ability to read and write will provide the Soura community with better education and job opportunities, knowledge of their rights, and greater confidence for students to take part in village activities and be agents of change.