Prepare & promote socially united, culturally integrated, politically enlightened & Just tribal & other under-privileged communities through Animation, Organization, Mobilization, Capacity building, Networking & Advocacy, Assistance & Support for Sustainable Income Generation.


AROUSE started as an extension for the outreach programs of St. Ignatius High School Gumla in 1978, functioning through 30 centers under the adult alphabetization program covering 52 villages in Gumla, Jharkhand. Gradually with increased focus on tribal development in Gumla and Simdega districts of Jharkhand, the need was felt to link up various aspects programmatically in the context of Socio- economic empowerment, health, Education and tribal cultural identity etc. The organization clearly emphasizes on preservation of human dignity and recognition of the lost, least and last sections of the society. In essence catering to the interests of the downtrodden marginalized communities and reducing their vulnerabilities has been the core focus of all endeavors and initiatives of AROUSE. Following Registration under the Societies Registration Act in 1993 and has obtained its own FCRA Registration Number in June 1997, there was greater focus on outreach approach for comprehensive development. AROUSE began its outreach programmers it took on a National Adult Education Prog (NAEP) of 30 centres in Gumla Block in 1979. Since then, it has been actually involved in the educational, socio-economic and cultural development of the people at the grass-roots by running a number of projects. The program level interventions in phases have been designed strategically to address the backbone issues of education, tribal identity, health, legal aid and economic independence. At present different programs being operated are, livelihood projects (mulberry Seri-culture, Poultry, Value chain development, goatery rearing, SRI, Vermin compost, kitchen garden, etc.), SHG’s formation and linkages for IGA, women’s’ empowerment and right, People action for liberalization and self – help, Entitlement of peoples’ right,  Sanitation, CHILDLINE, Empowerment of Gram Sabha, Youth Empowerment, Children Education,

At present AROUSE is operating in 4 Districts, namely, Gumla, Simdega, Lohardaga and Ranchi. All the selected Districts are tribal populated who are the most backward in every aspects. AROUSE organized the tribal community by conducting various economic activities which strengthen them to enhance their economic status and build their self-esteem and self-confidence.

The focus is for comprehensive development of community by assuring their basic needs and gives a privilege to their value system. The outcome of this curriculum is to see the villages as a model micro project village, which will play a vital role in this domain. As being only a stakeholder, the organization is only providing a helping hand and facilitates the programme with the community for sustainable development. The success and its credit of the programme is mainly depends in the hands of community.


Fr. Peter Paul Van Nuffel S.J. (1929-2013)

Early Life

Fr. Peter Paul Van Nuffle, S.J. was popularly known as ‘BANFAL’ born on February 11, 1929, in Aalst, a small town in east Flanders, Belgium. He completed his primary and High school education form Aalst, Belgium during the years 1942-1947.

Religious studies

Fr. Van Nuffel became a Jesuits and applied to be sent as a missionary to the far off India. He did his Novitiate from Drongen, Belgium and pronounced his first Vows on 08-09-1949. He completed his juniorate studies from Louvain, Belgium in the year 1949-1950.

AROUSE (Animation Rural Outreach Service) Society,
Sisai Road, Post & Dist- Gumla, Pin Code-835207
Jharkhand, India.
E-mail: arousegumla@gmail.com