Introduction / History
The Bavcha community is a small people group living and struggling for status and identity in a world that is quickly developing and advancing.
They are mostly found in Gujarat and in Maharastra.
They are a very brave and bold people who arrived with Peshwa, the de facto leader of the Maratha empire, in 1757 from Poona.
Where Are they Located?
They are mostly found in Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Amareli, Hapa, Jamnagar, Patan(Guj) mostly in what was the Baroda State from 1757 in a security service status.
What Are Their Lives Like?
With the end of Gayakwad State life became a struggle for their families and their identity. They have their own unique tribal culture and beliefs. They have nothing for themselves in regard to land and property which they can claim for themselves.
What Are Their Beliefs?
They follow ancient beliefs about a goddess. They see deity in nature and in the culture found in each creature by birth.
What Are Their Needs?
There is a constant struggle to keep their identity. There is a real lack of shelter from the elements as well as from outside interference with their way of life. They lack land and property to call their own.
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