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New Delhi A July-September/ October-December 2015

In this issue
Sometimes a step taken as compulsion proves to be instrumental in a big change. This is what happened
with Smt Chandrika Chauhan of Solapur, Maharashtra. Seeing the family in financial crisis she started
stitching clothes of her neighbours in early 1990s. That step has now turned into a big movement for
women empowerment in the city. Named as Udyog Vardhini, the initiative has ensured work for all
types of womenliterate or illiterate, young or old, rural or urban, physically fit or challenged or from
any age group. Udyog Vardhini is now instrumental in making 400 women entrepreneurs in the city
and also making over 15,000 women truly self-reliant. These women are self-reliant and awakened to
the extent that they also now help other women of the city to become equally self-reliant. The products
made by them are now exported to the US and the UK. This issue of Sewa Sagar carries a detailed
report on the initiative of Smt Chauhan.
Another inspiring story is from Jammu & Kashmir, which normally remains in the news for wrong
reasons. Starting any sewa activity by a pure nationalist organisation like Sewa Bharati was a tough job
because of the social, political and demographic complexities prevailing there. But the Sewa Bharati
took up the challenge and proved to be instrumental in reshaping the mindset of the people even in the
areas where ordinary people from rest of the country normally avoid visiting. It is also a good example
of restoring social harmony. The barriers created in the mind of people there are now gradually reducing.
Three special children studying at Keshav Seva Sadhna at Bicholim in Goa have recently won gold,
sliver and bronze medals at the Special Olympics World Summer Games organised in Loss Angelis,
America. When it comes to promote sports talent the government or the other agencies normally turn to
ordinary children and nobody spends money and time on the special children. But Keshav Sewa Sadhna has
done a good job by discovering and promoting the sports talent of the students whom the society normally
thinks a burden. We have carried a report on it also.
The wounds of earthquake are still fresh in Nepal. Apart from the loss of human lives, over 10 lakh
students lost their school bags. In order to restore their studies it was direly needed to provide them school
kits containing all necessary accessories. The Sewa Bharati workers dispatched 31000 kits without loss of
time and distributed in the most hit areas on August 4. More than 33000 kits are to be dispatched shortly.
There is a brief report on it.
On the passing away of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the whole nation, rather the entire world, paid tribute
in thier own way. As tribute, we have carried one of his inspiring speeches delivered at Chitrakoot project
of Deendayal Research Institute (DRI) in the presence of Nanaji Deshmukh some years back. Apart
from it there are reports on the activities of Sarvangin Gram Vikas Sansthan and many other affiliated
organisations of the Rashtriya Sewa Bharati. Your valuable suggestions guide us to move forward. Kindly
dont hesitate to share your feelings.
Gurusharan Parsad, Editor

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Flying Wings Across the Globe


Three students of Keshav Seva Sadhana earn laurels for India by
wining three medals at Special Olympic World Summer Games
organised in Los-Angeles, America, from July 25 to August 3, 2015.

hree children of Keshav Seva Sadhana, a school


run for special children at Bicholim in Goa,
earned laurels by wining three medalsGold, Silver
and Bronzeat the Special Olympic World Summer
Games organised in Los Angeles, America, from
July 25 to August 3, 2015. These three champions
are Kushal Resham, Riya Gavde and Urmila Uday
Parab. Sportspersons from 175 other countries also
had attended the event in the US.
Kushal Resham among these is a very gentle
and friendly boy. He works and plays with full
concentration and determination. He started learning
skating at the age of nine. He is now 14 year old.
He is a fearless boy. He belongs to an economically
deprived family. He got this victory due to his hard
work and determination. He won gold medal in 1000
meters roller skating, other gold medal in 200 meters
Relay and Bronze medal in 300 metres. There were
18 children from Goa, but only Kushal won two
gold medals.
Riya Ravinder Gavde belongs to a very simple
family of Pali Vanvasi village of the region. She
joined Hyderabad coaching camp at the age of eight
and at 13 she won Bronze medal in 1000 meter
roller skating and silver medals in 300 meter rink
and relay also.
The third girl student is Urmila Uday Parab.
Very less talking Urmila won Bronze medal in
300 meter roller skating in little age reaching LosAngeles America.
Despite belonging to ordinary families these
students have done extraordinary work. In January
2015, they reserved their seats for Olympic by

Welcome on behalf of Keshav Seva Sadhana in Goa

winning gold, silver and bronze medals at National


Championship held in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. They
had also displayed their spirit in camps held in
Haryana, Hyderabad, Chennai and Delhi and with
restless hard work hoisted the tricolour in the US.
Their instructor Shri Premanad Naik has also
shown his ability by imparting them coaching for
half an hour daily. Because of being special children,
their parents feared they could get injury.
Initially, their parents were not ready to let
them join sports. But Shri Premanad convinced them
by generating trust in children. Away from their
parents, friends and teachers, in the other country
with different atmosphere, culture, people and
language where even a matured man gets nervous,
these children have shown limitless bravery and
courage. Entire Goa showered welcome to them on
this victory.
- Keshav Seva Sadhana, Om, Durganagar,
Bori, Ponda 403 401 (Goa)
Phone: 0832 2333150,
Email: info@kssgoa.org

Do we not realise that self-respect comes with self-reliance?

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

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Sewa Bharati Jammu & Kashmir

out Mental Barriers


Rooting our
The social, political and demographic complexities in Jammu & Kashmir make
the task of running any sewa activity very challenging. It is not as easy as in other
states. But the Sewa Bharati has set an example by taking all sections of the society
together which can be a model for other conflict zones also. Sewa Bharati has
effectively reached the areas or localities of Kashmir Valley, which the most people
normally avoid to visit, and provided basic amenities of health and education. The
impact of these activities being carried out with purely nationalist perspective is
visible everywhere. It is a wonderful experiment in the field of sewa, which has been
appreciated by all. The barriers that had been created in the mind of the local people
by some vested interests are now gradually vanishing.

ammu & Kashmir is a state full of geographical,


social and political complexities. Jammu is Hindu
majority region, while Kashmir is Muslim majority,
where this demography changed drastically after
the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990. The Sewa
Bharati work began in Jammu in 1988 in the form of
helping the poorest of the poor. But the expansion of
the work in Kashmir Valley was really a challenging
task. Therefore, the work was started in the form of
some Ekal Vidyalayas, which later proved to be an
encouraging experiment.
Sewa Bharti Jammu & Kashmir was registered as
a voluntary organisation in 1988. It was observed that a
large population of the society in the state was deprived
because of lack of proper education, inaccessibility to
proper health measures, living in remote areas or even
owing to poor financial conditions. The organisation
initially decided to focus on four areaseducation,
health, social and self-reliance. Once the goals were
set, the work started with clear and focused vision,
dedicated mission and commitment to undertake
various activities for betterment of the deprived strata
of the society. Since then it never looked back.

It is because the mind of a child is easily impregnable.


Keeping it in view the Sewa Bharati started Bal Sanskar
Kendras where the children are acquainted with the
time tested and trusted sanskars (moral education) in
addition to attending to their academic needs. These
Kendras are run in identified Sewa Bastis and other
localities in and around Jammu. Annually, Bal Shivirs
are also held of all these Kendras in which various
competitions are held to discover the hidden talent of
the children. The winners are suitably rewarded.
Initially, in view of the socio-political situation
prevailing in the Valley after 1990, the start of any

Education
A psychologist has said give me first five years of
a child, and I will make him what you want him to be.

Bal Shivir

If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.

Dalai Lama

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Students at Disha Boys Hostel

Slum Basti Kendra

Ekal Vidyalaya was looked with suspicion. But


once these were started in some areas of Kashmir,
people understood their value and as a result 270
such Vidyalayas have been established so far with a
standing demand for more.

students who passed out of these centres are placed


in private organisations. Regular counselling classes
are also held on every Saturday for the children
pursuing the courses to awaken the dormant leadership
qualities in them and to keep them fully abreast with
the latest developments across the globe. The children
are also taken for excursions, on know thy country
tours and thus exposed to the life prevalent outside
the State. They are also encouraged to participate in
social activities like plantation drives, blood donation
camps, celebration of national and social festivals, etc.

Hostels
Education has always been inaccessible for
children living in remote areas and having poor
financial backgrounds. Recognising this problem and
with the generous help from valued donors hostels
were startedVelji Vishram Popat Disha Hostel for
boys at Kadmal Katra, Shri Janak Madan Girls Hostel
at Pouni Chak in Jammu and another hostel at Leh,
which caters to the needs of children coming from far
flung areas of Ladakh and studying in the said school.
Presently, 42 boys study in different classes and
come from various remote areas like Leh (Ladakh),
Poonch, Doda, Kashmir. They are from economically
deprived backgrounds or from the families who faced
the brunt of earthquake, floods or terrorism. Likewise,
24 inmate girls studying in classes up to 10th standard
are from Jammu, Kashmir, Leh, Kargil, etc.

Health
It was observed that availing satisfactory
medical facilities were beyond the reach of the people
living in remote areas and coming from economically
or socially backward pockets. Accordingly, the Sewa
Bharati started holding health camps, where doctors

Computer Training
The present age is the age of computer. But
acquiring computer knowledge is beyond the reach of
the children from economically deprived background.
To mitigate their problem the Sewa Bharati runs
five computer training centres (one each at Jammu,
Srinagar, Katra, Ramban and Leh) where training in
basics of computers is imparted. The training courses
are equivalent in contents, shape and design to the
courses taught in Government Polytechnics. The

Ekal Vidyalaya

Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

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Health services through Mobile Medical Van

check patients and give them prescribed medicines


free. Ambulance services are available for ferrying
patients, their attendants from their destinations to
hospitals in and around Jammu and even outside the
State. These ambulances have been placed at Jammu,
Srinagar, Katra and Rajouri.

special exhibitions held in Delhi, Hyderabad, etc. like


the one held in Hyderabad, Delhi and other places.
Training in stitching and cutting is also imparted to
women at RS Pura centre.
In the social sector, Sewa Bharati endevours
to awaken the society towards its responsibility to
eradicate social evils like dowry demands, drug
addiction and caste related problems and also about
the issues like global warming. Lately, the programmes
like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, PM Jan Dhan Yojna,
Insurance plans, etc have also been included. To
acquaint the farmers with the latest developments in
agriculture Sewa Bharati has established demonstration
plots on its land at Sirla Bhaga and educates farmers
about the utility of organic manure, certified seeds and
proper irrigation.

Blood donation camps are held regularly twice a


year and youth are encouraged to donate blood. They
are made to understand how blood donation is harmless
for them and useful for the society. Sewa Bharati
Jammu has the distinction of being No 2 after Red Cross
in organising blood donation camps and donating blood.
Volunteers from Sewa Bharati help patients, referred
to Medical College Hospital by district hospitals, or
coming from villages, in consulting the concerned
doctors and other connected activities.

Self-Reliance
In the field of self-reliance, efforts are afoot
to encourage women empowerment by imparting
vocational training to women and to enable them to
be self-dependent economically and thereby also add
to the income of the family. Under this programme,
called 'Athroot', women are trained in various skills
like masala grinding and packing, Kashmiri embroidery
like Aari embroidery, Silken embroidery, boutique,
soft toy making, painting on glass, etc in addition to
normal stitching and cutting. The skilled women are
encouraged to form self-help groups and work for
themselves. At present such training centres are run at
Jagati, the biggest township in Asia where Kashmiri
migrants live and at Purkhoo and Muthi migrant camps.
The produces from these SHGs are sold at various

If you do good for people, you are doing it out of your nature.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Natural Calamities
Sewa Bharati has always been in the forefront
during the testing times of unfortunate natural disasters.
In 2005 earthquake, when Poonch and surrounding
areas were badly rattled and devastated the Sewa
Bharati workers were first to reach the affected areas
and start rescue and relief operations followed by
rehabilitation programme. Likewise, in 2010 when Leh
and many areas in the region faced huge devastation
due to cloudburst and floods, Sewa Bharati volunteers
rose to the occasion and started rescue operations and
distributed relief material to the affected brethren. It
was followed by rehabilitation programmes, for the
petty shopkeepers who had lost their sources of earnings
due to floods, by providing them with monetary help

A medical camp during the floods

Counselling to prisoners in Jail

to restart their livelihood.


Once again in September 2014, when entire
Jammu & Kashmir was ravaged by floods the
volunteers of Sewa Bharati rose to the occasion and
worked tirelessly in rescuing the marooned people in
Kashmir and areas of Jammu. Relief material in the
shape of blankets, Phirans, Kangris, school bags, solar
lights, etc. was distributed to the affected people and
families. Doctors and workers from outside the State
responded to the call and together with local workers
camped for more than one month in Kashmir, held
camps at various places and distributed free medicines
to the patients. Even the National Disaster Management
team sent its members for on the spot training. The
work done by the karyakartas was appreciated so
much that announcements regarding medical camps
were made in Mosques. As a measure of rehabilitation
mobile shops (Reharis) along with merchandise were
distributed to the affected people to enable them to earn
their livelihood again.
The working of an organisation depends upon
its resources, both human and financial. If the cadre
is dedicated, committed, has vision and foresight
and above all the desire to serve the suffering people
the organisation is sure to achieve all its targets and
surmount all difficulties that come in its way. Regarding
financial resources many philanthropists, both within
and outside the country, appreciate our way of working
and associate themselves with human causes we pursue.
- Sewa Bharati Jammu & Kashmir
Vishnu Sewa Kunj,, Ved Mandir Complex,
Amphalla, Jammu-180 001, Ph: 09419112841,
Email: sewabhartijammu@gmail.com

Reading a book gives us the habit of solitary reflection and true enjoyment.

Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

July - Decetember 2015

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Integrated Develoment of Villages is the


Key to India's Development: Dr Kalam
Excerpts from the speech delivered by former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam at
Udyamita Vidyapeeth of Deendayal Research Institute in Chitrakoot on October 6, 2005.

am delighted to be here in Deendayal research


Institute (DRI) located in the beautiful surroundings
of Chitrakoot. DRI is a unique institution developing
a village development model which is most suited for
India and is also implementing. Your vast experience
is very important for the nation.
DRI understands that peoples power is more
potent, stable and enduring than political power. By
becoming one with the oppressed and depressed, one
gains the acumen of administration and governance.
Social advancement and prosperity are possible only
by injecting the sprit of self-reliance and excellence
in the younger generation. Using this principle DRI
has plans to develop one hundred clusters of villages
having approximately five villages each around
Chitrakoot, based on the experience of 80 villages
in 16 clusters.

Our National Mission? Challenges


Our nation is going through a major challenge
of uplifting of 260 million people who are below
the poverty line. They need habitat, they need food,
they need health care and they need education and
employment finally resulting in a good life. Our GDP
is growing at more than 7% per annum. Whereas, the
economists suggest that to uplift the people below
poverty line, our economy has to grow at the rate of
10% per annum consistently, for over a decade.

Integrated Action for Development


To meet the needs of one billion people whose
number will further increase, we have a mission of
transforming India into a developed nation. We have
identified five areas where India has core competencies
for integrated action:

1.

Agriculture and food processing.

2. Reliable and quality Electric power, surface


transport and Infrastructure for all parts of the
country.
3.

Education and Healthcare.

4.

Information and Communication Technology

5.

Strategic sectors.
These five areas are closely inter-related and
when effectively addressed, would lead to food,
economic, energy and national security. Engines for
Growth Emphasis should be on full utilisation of
natural and human resources of the region to meet
the demands of the modern society. We should also
remember that about 50% of our population is of young
people, with aspirations for a better life. Value addition
to agriculture, manufacturing and service sectors of the
economy, building on the regions core competencies
and technologies, will lead to high income growth rate
and employment potential. The engines for growth
will be launching of the five national missions viz.
water, energy, education and skills, infrastructure and
employment generation, which will enable achievement
of 10% GDP growth rate per annum, sustainable for a
minimum period of ten years.

Participation of Educational Institutions


in Rural Development
For India to be a developed nation, it is essential
that there is a massive scheme for development of
the rural areas, as 70% of our population lives in
villages. Hence, the Government has announced the
introduction of a scheme called PURA i.e. Providing
Urban Amenities in Rural Areas. PURA model
envisages habitat design to improve the quality of life

You have to dream before your dreams can come true.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

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Nanaji Deshmukh and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in Chitrakoot

I see Chitrakoot project is an


integrated model for the development
of rural India. It aims at creating a
society based on family bonding,
pride in India culture, modern
education wedded to Indian wisdom,
easing of social tensions, economic
empowerment of all especially the
women folk, health for all, cleanliness,
concern for environment, equitable
distribution of wealth among all
the constituents of the society. This
concept fully tallies with my view
that developed India means not
only economic development but
also integrated development in art,
literature, humanism, nobility in
thinking and above all preservation
of over 5000 years of our rich cultural
heritage.
in rural areas and also removes urban congestion. It
is essentially total rural prosperity.
Physical connectivity enables high mobility to
villagers so that they can interact and use common
infrastructure such as school, health centres and

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markets. The electronic connectivity with telephones


and internet facilities bring them together and interact
with anyone anywhere in the world knowledge
connectivity will transform the rural area in education,
healthcare, application of science for crop, water and
forest and management, environment protection and
cooperative product marketing. The combination of
all these three connectivity provides the economic
connectivity with small-scale industries, agro and
food processing, warehouses, micro power plants,
renewable energy farms and banks. The four
connectivities will bring prosperity to the villagers
and improve quality of life. For our country, around
7000 PURA have been planned and Madhya Pradesh
alone will have around 400 PURAs. I would like to
talk to you on the two PURAs, apart from Chitrakoot
experience.

Periyar PURA
Last year I had visited Periyar Maniammai
Collage of Technology for Women and inaugurated
a PURA complex. I thought of sharing with you the
developmental concept of a cluster of over 65 villages
near Vallam, Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu which
involves a population of 3 lakh.
This PURA complex has all the three
connectivities-physical, electronic and knowledgeleading to economic connectivity. The centre of
activity emanates from the women engineering
collage that provides the electronic and knowledge
connectivity. I understand that now five of the
Periyar PURA has health care centres, primary to
post graduate level education and vocational training
centres. This has resulted in large-scale employment
generation and creation of a number of entrepreneurs
with the active support of 850 self-help groups. Two
hundred acres of waste land has been developed into
cultivable land with innovative water management
schemes such as contour ponds and watersheds for
storing and irrigating the fields. All the villagers
are busy in cultivation planting Jatropha, herbal and
medicinal plants, power generation using biomass,
food processing and above all running market
centres. This model has emanated independent of

Dont limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.

Rabindranath Tagore

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various actions to be initiated under this programme.
Watershed development programme was introduced
to harvest the rainwater near the fruit gardens (known
as 'Wadi' in Gujarat) for providing support irrigation.
As sophisticated drip irrigation system was not
manageable due to lack of electricity and high cost,
pitcher irrigation was promoted.

Truly People's President: Dr APJ Abdul Kalam having


lunch sitting on the floor with the local people during the
Chitrakoot visit

any government initiative. The committed leadership


has been provided by the Engineering College. This
gives me the confidence that PURA is a realizable
proposition and this movement can be multiplied by
thousands of entrepreneurs, educational administrators
and philanthropic institutions with the support of the
government agencies.

BAIF Model
BAIF (Bharat Agro Industries foundation, Pune)
has organised a tribal rehabilitation programme for
sustainable livelihood. The tribal population in Vansda
(Navsari district) and Dharampur (Valsad district)
blocks of Gujarat were migrating to nearby cities with
their families in search of wages as their land holdings
were very small and the crop productivity was low.
Migration deprived the children of educational and
health facilities, while both men and women took to
drinking alcohol. These families were motivated to
stay back on their own lands and take up cultivation of
fruits bearing trees as a measure of generating gainful
employment. BAIF provided wages to the families
in the formative stages for working on their own
lands, as they had no other source of income. They
were enabled to grow good quality grafted plants of
mango and cashew and also provided with manure and
fertilizers. In return, BAIF took a commitment from
the families that they would work hard and abstain
from alcohol and other addictions. Simultaneously,
the men and women were organised into small
Self-Help Groups to meet every week and discuss

As long as I live, so long do I learn.

As the fruit trees start yielding after 3-4


years, other income generation activities such
as establishment of fruit nursery, cultivation of
vegetables and herbal medicines, sericulture,
mushroom production, masonry and carpentry were
promoted to generate additional income. Thus, they
attained food security right from the first year while
the trees started growing and bearing fruits from the
third or fourth year, generating a surplus of Rs. 20,00025,000 per family.
It is the tribal women who were more interested
in attending to the field activities and nurturing the
orchards. Drudgery reduction and health care were
also promoted and the women were able to utilise
the time saved for productive work. Today, they have
formulated their own cooperatives for processing and
marketing of their cashew and mango products and
for this advance facility centers have been established
for each zone.
This programme has benefited over 50,000
tribal families in Gujarat, Maharastra, Karnataka
and Rajasthan. As the orchard is able to give them
substantial income, they have stopped migrating to
the cities. These tribals who have established fruit
orchards on their degraded lands have not only come
out of poverty, but also protected the neighbouring
forest area and demonstrated how poverty eradication
can be linked with eco-system improvement. Today,
this programme has emerged as a unique tribal
development model in the country. BAIF is also
engaged in livestock development for promoting
animal husbandry on a massive scale covering over
20,000 villages in nine states.
Over the last 3-5 years, they have helped over
7-8 lakh families to come out of poverty. Under this
programme, BAIF provides breeding and advisory
services to produce superior quality cattle. A family

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

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maintaining 2-3 crossbred cows, earns Rs. 18,00020,000 per year. This is the result of use of appropriate
technologies and ambient management methods.

DRI Model
When I look at the activities of DRI, I find that
this institute is aiming at a unique economic and social
empowerment model for the development of rural
areas. The institute is working towards the evolution
of sustainable development based on indigenous and
traditional technology, knowledge systems and local
talents. The research work by the institute through field
studies facilitates the development of replicable and
tangible model for achieving self-reliance in villages.
The programme aims at income generation through
value addition, innovative agriculture practices,
inculcating scientific temper among the villagers,
improvement of health and hygiene, striving towards
100% literacy. Apart from all these development
activities the institute is facilitating a cohesive conflict
free society. As a result of this, I understand that the
80 villages around Chitrakoot are almost litigation
free. The villagers have unanimously decided that
no dispute will find its way to court. The differences
will be sorted out amicably in the village itself. All
these have been accomplished through DRIs Samaj
Shilpi Dampati, a new concept of counselling and
intervention promoted by DRI. I Congratulate DRI and
people of 80 villages. When I hear this, I am reminded
of my childhood experience in Rameshwaram which
I would like to share with you.

Dispute resolution through Human Touch


During 1940s, every day after the evening
namaz, my father used to come back and sit outside
(thinnai) our home at Rameshwaram. Each day about
10to 20 families or at times individuals would come
to my father and tell their problems on land and house
disputes, marriage conflicts and issues involving
forsaking of elderly parents. They will get a solution
from my father within two or three days. In a similar
way, my mother used to meet may womenfolk on
Fridays. They seek here advice. My elder brother
himself was Panchayat Court President. The court
had five good human beings from various walks of

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life and with one State Government representative. In


those days, caste system was not visible at all. I used
to see may disputes of human life being settled in our
own rural environment. Only if the disputes are not
settled at these two levels they used to resort to higher
courts. After 1970s, all these systems with human
touch vanished and most of these disputes are going
to courts. I feel, since the Panchayat environment is
emerging in rural areas, the judicial system at the
Panchayat level also can take shape with the same
type of human touch. Litigation free 80 villages in
Chitrakoot is a good example to be followed by many
districts. This will substantially reduce the load in
our courts.
I see Chitrakoot project is an integrated model
for the development of rural India. It aims at creating a
society based on family bonding, pride in India culture,
modern education wedded to Indian wisdom, easing
of social tensions, economic empowerment of all
especially the women folk, health for all, cleanliness,
concern for environment, equitable distribution of
wealth among all the constituents of the society. This
concept fully tallies with my view that developed
India means not only economic development but also
integrated development in art, literature, humanism,
nobility in thinking and above all preservation of over
five thousand years of our rich cultural heritage.
The per capita income of Chitrakoot village has
to further increase. This is possible only through the
three connectivities which I have discussed earlier
and the provision of large employment potential
with good markets. Rashtrapati Bhavan will be in
a position to help DRI in development of Herbal
Gardens, Spiritual Gardens, Jatropha Plantation
and conversion of products and also electronic and
knowledge connectivity. I congratulate Shri. Nana
Deshmukhji, founder of DRI, and the Deendayal
Research Institute for achieving self-reliant sustained
development of eighty village and my best wishes for
your next target of realizing the development of total
five hundred villages much before 2009.
May god bless you.

When words are both true and kind. They can change the world.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Gautam Buddha

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Initiative, which turns into a Precedent


 Usha Saini

Story of Solapur based Udyogvardhinis founder Smt Chandrika


Chauhan who groomed over 400 women entrepreneurs and made
more than 15,000 women self-reliant in and around the city.
She has ensured work for every type of woman whether literate,
illiterate, handicap, rural, urban or from any age group.
An example worth emulating.

he circumstances are not always the same for a


family. Happiness turns into troubles in seconds.
But how one faces those challenges sometimes
becomes an example for others to emulate. Some
families collapse in such situations, while some
sets example for others. Smt Chandrika Chauhan of
Solapur in Maharashtra, had almost decided to migrate
from Solapur with her family in 1993, as she did not
have even meals to feed her family because all their
resources of the family income had dried. Her husband

was bedridden and there was none in the family to earn


bread and butter. But suddenly she decided to face the
challenge with bravery and determination.
The only work she knew at that time was
stitching. Next morning she oiled her old sewing
machine and took up stitching work from neighbours.
That activity has now turned into a big movement
joined by thousands of women in Solapur city. Not
only saving around 1,000 families from breakage

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think.

Swami Vivekananda

Sewa Sagar

The women who can work


independently are allowed to
work with Udyogvardhini only
for two years and then they
are motivated to start their
own work thus turning them
into owner from worker.
They are fully trained in all
the activities like taking raw
material, preparing items,
marketing, billing, receiving
orders, supplying material and
even filing tax returns.
through counselling and also rehabilitating even the
unwed mothers, Smt Chauhan has also made many
visually challenged girls self-reliant. The motivation
by Chitrakoot Shilpi Nanaji Deshmukh helped her
move forward. Nanaji in 1997 turned down her request
to join the Samaj Shilpi Yojna of DRI and directed
her to take up the women empowerment work in
Solapur only. The name Udyogvardhini was also
suggested by Nanaji. Since then she did not look back
and moved forward setting new milestones in women
empowerment.
Smt and Shri Chauhan originally belong
to Ahmedabad. Though the family income was
sufficient, with the increase in family size they
thought of increasing their income. Since the day of
their wedding they had decided come what may they
will always and always follow good ways of earning
money. At this juncture, they settled in Solapur and
both tried their level best to get a decent job and enjoy
the life, but as days passed it became difficult to get
a job. Even time came when the family did not have
meals to feed. But her determination helped the family
overcome all challenges and also extend helping to
other needy women.

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Affectionately called Bhabhi among the


women of her group, she always avoided acting as a
leader, rather joins all the activities whether kitchen,
counselling, tailoring or other activities as a ground
worker. During the Second Rashtriya Sewa Sangam
held in Delhi this year I got the opportunity to meet
and have detailed discussion on her activities. When
asked how she started the work she said: Though
I had started the work in 1996, I started expanding
the work in different localities in 1997. Since, I
have also worked as a Corporator in the Solapur
Municipal Corporation for some time, I was aware
of the problems of women. Later, I dedicated myself
to the Udyogvardhini connecting women in distress

Udyogvardhini has emerged as


a hope for the women in distress.
Its team is efficient enough to
extend all possible help required
by an individual. It boosted the
confidence level of the average
women to the extent that they
now export their products to
developed countries like the
USA and UK.

Our prime purpose is to help others. And, if you cant help them, at least dont hurt them.

Dalai Lama

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A Stall by Udyogvardhini during the Second Rashtriya


Sewa Sangam in Delhi

with any of the activity of Udyogvardhini.


Today, Udyogvardhini mainly runs three kinds
of activitiescatering, counselling and old age home.
Smt Chauhan is firm not to start any industry on
large-scale, rather develops individual entrepreneurs.
Undoubtedly, women, both in rural and urban areas, do
not get sufficient money for investment, because even
the family members do not trust them for investment.
That is why Smt Chauhan suggests minimum Rs 500
and maximum Rs 10,000 investment by women for
starting any activity. Majority of the women who are
now doing good business had started their activities
with that meager investment only.
The activities started for self-reliance include
Beauty Parlour, Bhaakri Making, Book Binding,
Catering Service, Fire Wood Seller, House Maid
Placement, Small Grocery Shop, Tailoring Shop,
Vegetable Seller, Groundnut Chatni Making,
Manufacturing Units, FMCG Products, Gift Items,
Handicrafts, etc. Apart from it, the training is imparted
for chalk making, cookery class, incense sticks
making, hand paper making, hand work on dress
materials, rangoli workshop, adult literacy programme,
self-help group orientation,
two-wheeler driving, etc.
Majority of the
women visiting us come
with some or the other
trouble. In that condition
telling them to first get
training and arrange
money for investment is
impractical. The hunger

cannot be satisfied with speeches. First we discuss


with them their real family condition. I personally
talk to each and every individual at least for an hour
to understand their conditionwhat she knows and
what she can do. If she can contribute in catering, she
is connected to that work at any of the three places.
We everyday prepare meals for at least 2,000 people.
Those who know tailoring work are told to prepare
any such item. They are paid even for this evaluation
work also, Smt Chauhan points out.
The old age home has proved to be a boon for the
destitute women in Solapur. The interesting experiment
done by Udyogvardhini is for empowerment of
visually challenged girls. The government provides
them some help till the age of 18. But the girls, who do
not have families, face more hardships at that age only.
Such girls are accommodated in the old age home. This
has been named as Mangal Drishti BhavanMangal
is for old age people and Drishti for blind girls. All
girls are first taught to carry out the house hold work
including preparing meals, cleaning floors, cleaning
utensils, etc. Their lodging and boarding is free and
they normally earn about Rs 3,000 per month. Eight
of such girls have now been married off. Even now
they come from their houses for work.
The women who can work independently are
allowed to work with Udyogvardhini only for two
years and then they are motivated to start their own
work thus making them owner and not the worker.
They are fully trained in all activities like taking raw
material, preparing items, marketing, billing, taking
orders, supplying material and even filing tax returns.

Udyogvardhini enjoys taking up new challenges.


Lok Mangal Group, which owns a chain of retail outlets
and Malls in Solapur,
Udyogvardhini never advertises organises mass weddings
the city every year. We
its products. Its activities, in
provide them at least one
devotion, sincerity and quality of lakh chapattis every day.
vegetables, chapattis
products fetchs more publicity Like
cannot be prepared in
than any advertisement. Their advance. But we have the
to provide the
customers are their advertisers. manpower
chapattis in the shortest

Life should be great rather than long.

B.R. Ambedkar

Sewa Sagar

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Rashtriya Sewa Bharati stutus


in Social Media

duration. We have the record of preparing one lakh


chapattis in 22 hours. We are doing it since 2009,
Smt Chauhan says.
Udyogvardhini has never advertised its products.
Its activities, devotion, sincerity and quality of products
has given it more publicity than any advertisement.
Their customers are their advertisers. I have tried to
learn this method publicity which is very interesting.
The charming personality of Chandrikaji really
inspires those come into her contact. Udyogvardhini
has emerged as a hope for the women in distress. Its
team is efficient enough to extend all possible help
required by an individual. It boosted the confidence
level of the average women to the extent that they now
export their products to developed countries like the
USA and UK.
- Smt Chandrika Chauhan
Udyogwardhini, 157, Dakshin Kasba,
Sri Shubhray Maharaj Math, Dutt Chowk,
Solapur 413 007 (Maharashtra)
Ph. 9422069455, Email:udyogvardhini@gmail.com,

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Affiliation Status with


Rashtriya Sewa Bharati
Prant

No of Prant
Organi
sations

Andhra
Telangana
Assam South
Arunachal
Assam North

19
10
11
1
3

Manipur
Awadh
Bengal North
Bengal South
Uttar Bihar
Dakshin Bihar
Brij
Chhattisgarh
Chittod
Delhi
Devgiri

2
19
1
27
7
14
31
26
7
13
6

Goraksh
Gujarat
Himachal
Haryana

35
85
2
12

Jammu & Kashmir


Jaipur

3
19

No of
Organi
sations

Jharkhand
Jodhpur
Kanpur
Uttar Karnataka

13
17
11
15

Dakshin Karnataka

93

Kashi
Kerala
Konkan
Madhya Bharat
Mahakoshal
Malawa
Meerut
P. Maharashtra
Punjab
Uttar Tamil Nadu

28
115
19
15
9
6
39
17
11
15

Dakshin Tamil Nadu

19

Utkal Poorv
Utkal Paschim
Uttarakhand
Vidarbha
Total

18
7
49
18
887

Learn from the mistakes of others. You cant live long enough to make them all yourselves!
Chanakya

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Sarvangin Gram Vikas Sansthan, Jharkhand

Changing the Mindset

any voluntary orgnisations are working for all


round uplift of the people in Jharkhand, but their
activities are mostly confined to urban areas. Therefore,
needy people in rural areas continue to suffer for basic
needs. One major hindrance blocking the way of the
urban organisations reaching the rural areas is naxal
menace. In such a situation the Sarvangin Gram Vikas
Sansthan started work in three districts of the state
including Khunti, Gumla and Simdega. Khunti is
the centre of its activities. The major activities being
conducted by it are as follows:
Swami Dayanand Netralaya: Today the facilities are
available for 65 beds, but work is on to expand it to
145 beds. The beneficiaries are economically deprived
people in naxal affected areas. During the year 2014-15,
a total of 14,938 out patients were treated and 2,460 eye
operations were conducted. Eye check-up camps are
conducted regularly at various places. Needy patients
are brought to Netralaya from camps for operation.
Schools: A total of 2340 students from 56 villages study
here. Most of the students belong to poor families of
remote Vanvasi areas.
Keshav Madhav Bal Ashram: Destitute children from
35 villages stay here. Nineteen of them were adopted
by issueless couples last year. At present there are 133
children in the Ashram.
Distribution of warm clothes and sarees: During
2014-15 the organisation distributed warm clothes and
sarees to the needy families. 1500 warm clothes and

2300 sarees were distributed in 45 villages of 3 districts.


Gaushala: Milk provided by 14 cows is used in
upbringing of children.
Ambulance Service: Ambulance service is also
provided. As per the requirements, the patients are
ferried to Netralaya and sent back home after the
operation. Ambulance services are also provided for
last rites of the unclaimed dead bodies.
Marriage of economically deprived girls: This year
the organisation arranged marriage of 17 such girls
from 17 villages.
Mahila Jagriti Kendra: For self-reliance of women,
plans are made for training and awareness, so that
they become self-reliant. In the current year, under
the scheme, women from 38 villages were trained and
encouraged to run self-help groups. At present with
the support of 285 SHGs, 3450 families have been
benefitted.
Free Meals: In current year, Netralaya served food
to 99,600 persons under patient, orphanage and
community programme.
- Sarvangin Gram Vikash Sanstha
SGVS Hospital & Research Centre Campus,
Vill. Anigara, NH 76E] Khunti Chaibasa Road,
Khunti 835210 (Jharkhand)
Ph. 09431195784, Email: sgvsmmu@gmail.com

As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it.

Chanakya

Sewa Sagar

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Rashtriya Sewa Bharati president Shri Surya Prakash Tonk, general secretary Shri Rishipal Dadval, Sewa
International and Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh workers at the School Kit distribution function in Nepal

School kits to quake hit


students in Nepal

ewa International and Rashtriya Sewa Bharati in


association with the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh
Nepal distributed school kits to earthquake-affected
students in Nepal on August 4. In the initial phase,
which ran for two weeks, a total of 31,000 school
kits were distributed in the worst affected districts.
The first school chosen for the school kits was Shree
Chandrodaya Higher Secondary School, Primary
Wing at Vishaltaar, Dhading District. A total of 140
students, belonging to 1st to 6th standards, received
the kits. President of Sewa International, USA, Shri
N Sreenath and Rashtriya Sewa Bharati president
Shri Surya Prakash Tonk distributed the kits. The
school kits include a spacious bag, notebooks,
pencil box/geometry box with accessories, registers,
drawing book, graph book and crayon box.
It is to be noted that about 7000 schools were
adversely hit in the earthquake and about 10 lakh
students lost their study/school materials. Therefore,
the need of school kits was much more than
anticipated so that education process could begin
in the quake hit areas. It was thus decided to almost
double the existing lot to a total of 65,000 school
kits, of which 31,000 kits were sent on urgent basis.
Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh volunteers worked

in close contact with the Nepal Governments LDO/


CDOs in order to select schools in the remote and
least accessible areas which were the most affected
and need most assistance. They received hundreds
of applications from affected schools requesting
School Kits drive to be conducted. Its Nepal team
worked overtime to painstakingly ensure that school
kits reach to most needy kids in affected areas only.
School kits assembling process at Bhairwah received
unprecedented support from the local community,
where students from nearby schools, including Sai
Global School, came in the evening everyday to
finish the mammoth task of assembling 31,000 kits.
Kudos to their sewa spirit!

Rashtriya Sewa Bharati president Shri Surya Prakash


Tonk distributing School Kit to children in Nepal

Bondage and Liberation are of the mind alone.

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

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Sewa Bharati doctors team serve


700 quack victims in Nepal

Mobile Science Lab by Sewa


Bharati Secunderabad

The doctors team of Sewa Bharati Karnataka


served over 700 patients in earthquake affected
areas of Nepal. The team also performed surgeries
of 60 patients. The services by Sewa Bharati doctors
touched the Nepal Government so much that despite
national mourning declared in the country, its Cabinet
Minister Shri Tek Bahadur Gurung felicitated the
doctors as token of appreciation.

In order to develop scientific temperament


among school students, Sewa Bharati Secunderabad
launched a mobile Science Lab under the banner of
Jignasa. Prant Pracharak RSS Sri Shyam Kumar
inaugurated the lab and addressed the students of Sri
Saraswati Shisu Mandir at Kushaiguda. He called upon
the students to take benefit of the project on large scale
as it will help them looking at the things scientifically.

Cleaning drive by
Sewa Bharati Hyderabad

Yoga Day celebration


by Sewa Bharathi Telangana

Sewa Bharati Hyderabad conducted Swachcha


Hyderabad programme at Gandhi Hospital on May
20, 2015. Hospital Superintendent Dr Diryavan, all the
staff along with Sewa Bharati volunteers, participated
in the campaign. A total of 105 volunteers participated
in the drive.

Sewa Bharathi Telangana celebrated the first


International Day of Yoga on June 21 in its 12
affection homes, 5 schools, Abhyasika and Kishori
Vikas centres in all the districts of Telangana. In
total, 1970 children and elders participated in these
celebrations.

In a day, when you dont come across any problem, you can be sure that you are travelling
Swami Vivekananda
in a wrong path.

Sewa Sagar

Digitalisation of Sewa
Bharathi Secunderabad record

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Sewa Bharati Uttar Tamil Nadu organised


annual 10-day training camp in Chennai on May 9.
DAV School Principal Smt Geeta inaugurated the
camp. Vargadhikari Smt Kalpana and president of
Sewa Bharati Uttar Tamil Nadu Shri Duraishankar
guided the trainees during the camp. A total of 94
trainees attended the camp.

Kishori Vikas project by Sewa


Bharati Hyderabad

A programme was organised at Gandhi Hospital


in Secunderabad to degitalise the Sewa Bharati
activities. The programme was inaugurated by Dr
Venkateshwar Rao, Superindent of the Hospital. He
appreciated the Sewa Bharati activities and stressed
on the importance of new media and information
technology

Sanghamithra Sewa Samithi


distributes clothes
Sanghamithra Sewa Samiti distributed clothes
to Chenchu PTG Vanvasis under Kurnool district on
June 25, 2015. The initiative by the Samiti was largely
appreciated by the local people who are forced to
languish even after 68 years of Independence. Many
governments came and went but they are still deprived
of even the basic amenities.

Kishori Vikas Yojana is an effort to bring selfreliance, health, education and awareness among the
young girls living in Sewa Bastis. Young volunteers
between the age group of 12-18 years are selected
and trained under this project to equip them with
information as well as motivation to be a catalyst
for change. As part of the project, Kishori Vikas
activist Aswin visited LB Nagar slums of Hyderabad.
They created a platform by working in open ground.
The objective of the programme is to train the girls
in vocational skills, informal schooling, literacy
campaigns, health and hygiene, good food habits and
diet, simple physical work including yoga, simple
educative and moral stories, songs, folk arts, etc.

Free meals to hospital patients


by Sewa Bharati Ernakulam

Training camp by Sewa Bharati


Uttar Tamil Nadu
Ernakulam unit of Sewa Bharati has started
serving mid-day meal to the needy patients at
Government General Hospital, Kochi. Noted
Physician Dr Sacchidananda Kammath inaugurated
the initiative. Such free mid-day meal camps by Sewa
Bharati units have been run since years at several
places in Kerala. In Kasaragod, the Sewa Bharati is
very actively involved in such a project for years.

True knowledge is not attained by thinking. It is what you are; it is what you become.

Sri Aurobindo

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along with Dr AW Date and Dr AM Paranjape. Apart
from 42 participants, about 35 Ph.D students also took
part in the inaugural session. Dr Avinash Paranjape,
Dr AW Date and Dr JB Joshiguided the participants
during the workshop. The participants also visited
rain water harvesting resource centre at Wangani and
also took part in the construction of cement tanks. The
initiative by Jalvardhini was appreciated by all and it
was an enlightening experience for the participants.

Sadhna Sangamam in Dakshin


Tamil Nadu

Sadanai Sangamam, a conclave of Sevavratis,


was organised by Sewa Bharati Dakshin Tamil Nadu
at Padmanabhapuram in Kanyakumari district on
April 17. A total of 5,150 sewa workers, including
4,850 women and 300 men involved in various sewa
activities, attended the Sangamam. Addressing the
gathering, RSS Akhil Bharatiya Sewa Pramukh Shri
Suhasrao Hiremath said, Through sewa we could
see a rise in education, culture, economy, self-esteem
and morality of socially backward people. Swami
Vivekanandas thought of Nar Sewa, Narayana
Sewa is practically visible in the country today.
Kanyakumari district has 1,940 villages and a total of
6,597 sewa projects are run in 1,550 villages of the
district. Applauding the sewa activities, he appealed
to the workers to reach every nook and corners of
the district in coming days. Shri Vellimalai Swami
Pujya Saidanyananda, Shri Balachandran from
Moogambigai Medical College, Dakshin Kshetra
Sewa Pramukh Shri Padmakumar, Rashtriya Sewa
Bharati organising secretary Shri Sundar Lakshman
and Sewa Bharati state president Shri Ramanathan
were also present on the occasion.

Awareness campaign by
Maxvision Society in Gurgaon
Maxvision Social Welfare Society organised
an environment awareness campaign at Basai Chock
Jhuggi Basti of Gurgaon. The campaign was attended
by hundreds of local residents and was guided by Sri
Ashok Yadav, project Director, ADC, Dr Brijesh,
and others.

Eye check up camp by Sewa


Bharati Delhi

Workshop by Jalvardhini
in rural area
Workshops on rain water harvesting were
organised in rural areas jointly by Rutag-IITB,
CTARA and Jalvardhini Pratishthan Mumbai from
June 4 to 5, 2015. Dr JB Joshi was the Chief Guest

Be as simple as you can; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your
Paramahansa Yogananda
life has become.

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Delhi unit of Sewa Bharati organised a free eye


check-up camp for students in north Krishna Murari
district. Eye check of more than 250 students was done
at the camp. During the camp problems in the eyes
of many students were detected. Those needed were
provided with medicines while some were suggested
to use spectacles. Many of the students were not aware
of the problem in their eye sight.

Ambulance service by
UBSS in Puri

2005, 8 doctors from Banaras Hindu University (BHU)


started this initiative as a week long programme of
medical camps in these hilly terrains. Since then every
year consistently this programme is carried out with
lot of enthusiasm by the doctors belonging to National
Medicos Organisation (NMO) and arranged by Sewa
Bharati, Purbanchal.

Ambulance service in Puri was inaugurated by


Dr Prasanna Kumar Mohanti, director operations,
Sam Hospital in the presence of Utkal Bipanna
Sahayata Samiti president Shri Prakash Betala,
secretary Shri Mansukhlal Sethia and coordinator of
the Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra Dr Vijay Swai. On the
occasion of the Rath Yatra, to cater to the medical
needs of the devotees, 4 ambulances, 4 clinics, first
aid centres, drinking water facilities at 16 centres,
security in addition to police force, cleaning the
entire surroundings of the temple for all the 5 days
of the Yatra was arranged. More than 2000 workers
including doctors, paramedicals from Odisha and
neighbouring states like Bengal, Chhattisgarh,
Jharkhand participated in these service activities.

Dhanvantari Sewa Yatra by


Sewa Bharati Purbanchal
Dhanvantari Sewa Yatra is a unique annual
programme of doctors from other parts of the country
voluntarily visiting north-eastern states and offering
their services by conducting free medical camps where
the medical facilities are lacking in these hilly areas. In

This year 38 doctors from NMO along with 55


medical students and 29 local doctors and medical
students conducted free medical camps at 21 places
in Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal,
Meghalaya, Assam where total beneficiaries were
23986 including 10850 women 5399 children.

Inspiring Selfless Sewa by


Kanthimathi
Smt Kanthimathi serves food to destitute
battling hunger, poverty and diseases. She serves
veg biryani and butter milk on the dusty pavement
opposite an oil store on East Masi Street Madurai
(Tamil Nadu). Kanthimathi, the 64-year-old wife
of an ailing tailor, who ran out of business a few
years ago, goes on giving. It has become a daily
routine for her for the last 12 years. She does not
have the means to feed the poor. It was 12 winters
ago when she spotted social worker Siva Anbanandan
serving food to beggars, street urchins, mentally
and physically challenged individuals, the poor and
the abandoned. Siva Anbanandan was looking for
a cook. Kanthimathi volunteered instantly. Since
then, she hasnt taken a days break. Even during

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and
Rabindranath Tagore
behold, service was joy.

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illness she prepares the meal and ensures that it


reaches the people on time. She recalls with sadness
how on the day Siva Anbanandan died a year ago
in 2013, she arranged for rice, Sambar and curd. I
served the meal here before going to the cremation
ground, she says. Among the nearby shopkeepers,
somebody buys the vegetables, somebody donates
rice and oil. And it keeps flowing to meet each days
requirement. Kanthimathi believes there is Gods
hand in arranging the items uninterrupted for so many
years. Says Kanthimathi, even passers-by stop to see
what is happening and spontaneously donate sweets
and fruits; even plates, tumblers and sitting mats.

The Cleanest
Village of Asia
You cannot find a single cigarette butt,
plastic bag lying around in Mawlynnong village of
Meghalaya. Mawlynnong is a small village 90 kms
from Shillong. It was awarded the tag of Cleanest
Village in Asia in 2003 by Discover India
Magazine. Pallavi Pasricha, a journalist, describes
the village thus: I reach here and I am stumped. Not
only is this village spotless clean but its one of the
prettiest ones I have seen in the country. I am greeted
warmly and taken to the guest house, my home for
the night. I walk on cobbled streets bordered with
thatched Khasi huts and go past gardens that are
full of colourful flowers. To keep the village clean
there is a bamboo basket outside every house. After
a 15-minute walk Im face-to-face with one of the
most spectacular natural bridges thats made by
twisting the roots of the gigantic trees. The roots
make a pathway across a stream, making it easy for
villagers to commute. Another interesting thing the
villagers have constructed here is the Sky View, an
85 feet high viewing tower thats made of bamboo.
When I reach on top I get stunning views of not just
the village but Bangladesh on the other side. Its
simply gorgeous. I realise that its the simplicity
and warmth of the people that makes Mawlynnong
so special getting there.

Workshop for NGOs by Sewa


Bharati Telangana and Youth
for Seva in Hyderabad
Sewa Bharati Telangana and Youth for Seva
organised a workshop for voluntary organizations at
ECE Auditorium, opposite College of Engineering,
Osmania University in Hyderabad on September 20.
The representatives of the voluntary organizations were
guided by senior professionalsincluding Prof. K.V.
Raju, Director, Development Management Institute
(DMI), Patna, SriGV Krishna Gopal, CEO, Access
Livelihoods Consultants India Ltd., SriMadhava Reddy
Yadma, Secretary, Vandemataram Foundation,Swamy
Kounteya Dasa, Hare Rama Hare Krishna (Akshaya
Patra Foundation - Iskon), SriPrasad, Director, NTT
Data, SriRammurthy Prabhala, Vice President,
Capgemini, SriP Venugopal Reddy, Chairman,
Ekalavya Foundation, SriNarasimha Rao, Senior Vice
President of Infosys and SriAekka Chandra Shekar,
Senior Social Worker.A total of 120 representatives
from 100 voluntary organizations from various districts
of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh participated in the
workshop.

Health camp by Utkal


Bipanna Sahayata Samiti
Utkal Bipanna Sahayata Samiti in association
with Baburao Paladhikar Prakratik Chikischa
Kendra organised a three-day free health camp in
Bhubeneswar from September 6 to 8. The camp was
inaugurated by Rashtriya Sewa Bharati joint secretary
Shri Gurusaran Prasad. Puri Arogya Bharati chief
Shri Subhashree Das joined the event as chief guest.
Patients of various diseases were treated at the camp.

Dont take rest after your first victory, because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting
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