Mr. Arjun Munda witnessed the miseries of deprivation, destitution, and discrimination faced by the impoverished people including the indigenous tribal communities from the closest possible quarters during his growing up years. The dark and diseased face of the Indian society and its ugly realities covered by the cosmetic social niceties was an affront that his young mind found offensively insulting, disparagingly humiliating, repulsively immoral, and obscenely outrageous. To him the social order was repugnant and atrocious. The hurt and pain that he felt and kept bottled up inside for years later found constructive outlet in his many altruistic and philanthropic initiatives.
He is actively associated with two prominent NGOs in Jamshedpur area namely Adivasi Welfare Society and Adivasi Welfare Trust – their credo – twin pillars of Empowerment and Eradication
Empowerment – socio-economic empowerment – through education and literacy, healthcare and wellness, skill-development, job training, and personality development
Eradication of social inequality, social and economic discrimination, diseases afflicting the poor and the downtrodden, particularly the indigenous tribal communities
His NGOs have also tied-up with AISEC, the global youth network for leadership development and international exchange. AISEC works through universities and places member students in various countries in partnership with civil society, NGOs, and other social organization where they get opportunities to work at the grassroots, learn about life and culture in a foreign country. AISEC fellowships and cultural exchange programs have brought students from many countries to ASW and AWT including China, UK, Morocco, Lebanon, Egypt and others. ASW and AWT officials take care of their meals, boarding, and transportation and chaperone them on field visits for various scheduled programs and workshops. Mr. Munda spends a great deal of time with them, keeps in constant touch during their stay, and invite them to his home and to the family and social functions so that they feel comfortable and also get a chance to experience Indian culture and customs firsthand. In a lighter vein Mr. Munda would say that he has children living in many countries across the world and the number is going up and up.
Mr. Munda is very fond of archery and takes keen interest in its promotion and advancement. He finds sports very liberating and also a great asset for empowerment and personality development. A sport is a great leveler and has the magical power to transform lives. Sportspersons are admired, adored, and adulated as heroes and role models irrespective of their race, religion, caste, or creed. Mr. Munda is aware of that power and has been actively associating with archery as patron and mentor to many budding talents.
Mr. Arjun Munda is lucky to have found an active supporter of archery in his wife, Mrs. Meera Munda, who is also passionately devoted to archery, which is inalienably identified with the life and people of Jharkhand at the grassroots.
A proud winner of “Assocham Ladies League Grassroots Women of the Decade Achievers Award conferred on her by Hon’ble Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation in a glittering ceremony in New Delhi in September, 2014, Mrs. Meera Munda is the President of Saraikela-Kharsawan Zila Tirandaji Sangh, an NGO that has produced some of the biggest names in the field including the international star athlete, the Golden Girl of Indian Archery, Ms. Deepika Kumari. Mrs. Munda’s exemplary work in the field of Kuchai Silk (Tassar Silk) is folklore in the Saraikela region. She has mentored and helped over six thousand women in getting fully or partially employed in the field of organic silk production and processing. She is loved and adored as the godmother who transformed and brought meaning to their lives.
Mr. Arjun Munda has also started working on an ambitious plan for eradication of Sickle Cell Anaemia (SCA)*, a genetic blood disorder widely prevalent amongst the indigenous tribal communities, from India altogether starting with Jharkhand.
All documentation work has been completed. Research and data collection from field studies and workshops is underway through the efforts of subject matter specialists and a team of dedicated staff. A formal announcement and launch of a dedicated NGO to undertake the onerous task is likely to take place in early 2015.
*Sickle cell anemia is the most common form of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). SCD is a serious disorder in which the body makes sickle-shaped red blood cells. “Sickle-shaped” means that the red blood cells are shaped like a crescent. Normal red blood cells are disc-shaped and look like doughnuts without holes in the center. They move easily through your blood vessels. Red blood cells contain an iron-rich protein called hemoglobin. This protein carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Sickle cells contain abnormal hemoglobin called sickle hemoglobin or hemoglobin S. Sickle hemoglobin causes the cells to develop a sickle, or crescent, shape. Sickle cells are stiff and sticky. They tend to block blood flow in the blood vessels of the limbs and organs. Blocked blood flow can cause pain and organ damage. It can also raise the risk for infection.