Friday, April 14, 2017

Sewa Sandesh March 2017


Sewa International celebrated “FyunliKauthig” on International Women’s Day

Sewa International had a grand combined celebration of spring fest “FyunliKauthig” and Women’s Day on 8 March 2017, among the gutsy women of Uttarakhand.

The theme of this year’s celebration was “Swawlambi Mahila, Sashakt Samaj”. Sewa International purposely chose this theme as it aims to gear up its Women Empowerment efforts in this region amongst the hard-working and skilful women of Uttarakhand. The Chief Guest of the program was Mrs. Bali Devi, a Chipko movement revolutionary and a prominent environmentalist.

The women of Uttarakhand gathered amidst the heavy rains, to celebrate thewomenhood. They presented Mahishasurmardini Dance, a representation of Nanda Devi RaajJaatYatra, and skits showing the glimpses of the Uttarakhand culture. Folk songs, Jhumelo and Yoga demo was given by Sewa Saahas team.

Sewa International every year felicitates women who do exemplary work insocial field. This year Sewa International felicitated 6 women, which included entrepreneurs, artists, educationists who worked for the upliftment of the Uttrakhand people.

The other dignitaries who attended the event were Mr.Shyam Parande, Secretary and Management Trustee and Sanjay Hegde, Treasurer, Sewa International. A noted social worker Mr. Aditya Kothari provided the vote of thanks to the guests and participants.

River Ganga cleanliness drive by Sewa International

Sewa International Varanasi chapter has carried out cleanliness drive at Ballua ghat in Ramnagar area of Varanasi in support of swachch bharat mission. A day long drive was carried out by Sewa International volunteers, to clean the ghat. During the drive they sweeped the ghat and cleared the water of the poly bags and other debris cleaned the premises around the old fort, it was strewn with garbage and waste. Sewa International has been working for the holistic development of Varanasi, under the project Swachch- Shikshit- Kushal Kashi. The cleanliness and health campaign was kicked off in 2016. Under the campaign we especially target the remote slum areas. It’s a coordinated effort by volunteers, health department and the Sewa workers. It includes sweeping of streets, cleaning of drains and cleaning of river Ganges. Raising awareness on public hygiene remains an integral part of our efforts. Sewa International carries out these cleanliness drive regularly and is committed for a clean and healthy Varanasi.

New Horizons: Reang Education Project

Sewa International has achieved the milestone of opening 14 new educational centres (both day classes and evening classes) in 2 refugee camps of Ashapara and Naisingpara. Due to very low availability of schools in the area and extreme poverty within the family, most of the children belonging to Reang tribe, were forced to remain illiterate as education was a “luxury” they couldn’t afford. Sewa International decided to intervene and provide these children good quality education, free of cost. Today more than 200 children are attending these schools and the number of enrollments is increasing day by day. A new hope for change that we strive for drives our action. Result - Reang Education Project .
Sewa International project under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana

With great pride and responsibility, we wish to share with our patrons that Sewa International has bagged UK 1 cluster under the Prime Minister Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).

UK 1 cluster comprises of 7 districts of Pauri Garhwal, Tehri Garhwal, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi, Dehradun, Haridwar. SI will be setting up a Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) in every district to impart skills to the youth and make them job ready. Each PMKK will be handling 5 verticals with 2 courses under each of them, total 10 courses to begin with. It will be scaled up in due course of time to cover the entire gamut of skills being provided by various sectors under the National Skill Development Council. This is a huge step towards making Uttarakhand a strong, self-reliant state with its youth employed gainfully.

Its a Century!!

This month Sewa International stands proud as we have touched the 100 mark. Sewa Uttarakhand under its flagship program Sewa Srujan has enabled the creation of 100 SHGs in the districts of Rudraprayag and Chamoli. Sewa International has touched thousand of lives, and helped them in their journey towards a secure and sustainable future. This has been an exhilarating experience. The resilient Uttarakhandi women, are a hero with thousand faces. Their spirit is our guiding light. Today, as we stand with these 100 SHGs, we look back with a deep sense of satisfaction and resolve to build a better future with greater vigor and conviction, as the journey has just begun!

Samarth Bharat Sammelan in Pune

Samartha Bharat Swayamsevak Sammelan was organised by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, in Pune. It was attended by about 1500 select executives from Pune. Representatives of over 80 social institutes actively involved in Sewa and Social work in Pune region interacted with the participants during the day long structured sessions. These executives had given their consent and commitment to get involved in the social work for the needy sections of the society in various form.
The Sammelan was inaugurated by Swami Govind Prabhu, President of ISKCON International, Mumbai. Swamiji praised the self-less service orientation of the Sangh and the swayamsevaks alike. The organising secretary of Vijnan Bharati Shri Jayantrao Sahastrabuddhe stressed upon the various aspects related to social service consistently being undertaken by the RSS and empahasised on the need to spread the Sewa karya to the needy people of our society.
Over 40 prominent social organisations from Pune had put up their stalls to display their contribution towards society, which was appreciated by all.  The Sammelan concluded with a committed resolution of the participating swayamsevaks to spread the Sewa work through Sewa Wardhini, an extended arm of Samartha Bharat.
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Sewa Sandesh
February 2017
On February 11 and 12 the entire SewaFamily from all over India came together in Varanasi to attend the Workshop that was conducted by Shri Arun Kankani Ji who flew in from USA to fuel team Sewa with energy and focus to carry out all the works that we do. All the people who work under the umbrella of Sewa from Tripura in East to Kutch in West and from Banglore in South to Uttarakhand in North and from Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Varanasi in Central India came to Banaras Hindu University. We attended the MBTI training, in which every individual’s personality and psychological traits were discussed and Project Management workshop in which the importance of goal oriented activities and how to achieve it, was discussed. The workshop was also attended by all the Trustees of Sewa International Bharat.
Traditional wrap around called Rnai is the essential piece of Bru culture and is the most loved clothing by their women. It is made painstakingly using handlooms with specialized skills. But, due to rapid influx of cheap western clothing and high cost of hand-woven Rnai, this important part of culture is under threat. Sensing this grave issue, SewaInternational decided to organize its first training in Handloom Weaving for producing hand-woven traditional women clothing. The training would provide employable skills to around 30-35 women who would now be able not only produce clothing for their family but also sell at a profit.
At a small event organized at Naisinghpara Refugee Camp, Tripura, on 19th Jan 2017, training was launched in the esteemed presence of Shri Animesh Dev Varma (DC, Kanchanpur) and Shri Nishant Aggarwal (CEO, Sewa International). We were highly motivated by the kind words of Animeshji who had all praise for the relevant intervention and encouraged the Bru community women to take full adavantage of the opportunity. Loom threads were also distributed to the trainees. It was very pleasing to see women coming in large numbers to register though we had to decline a few but we promised them a place in future training session.

We stand proud as we have touched 1000 lives, and helped them in their journey toward a secure and sustainable future. Sewa Uttarakhand under its programme Sewa Srujan, has helped in creation of 89 SHGs in the districts of Rudraprayag and Chamoli. When we started our journey the path was very ambiguous and our team worked selflessly in the difficult terrain of Uttarakhand and today we have achieved a major milestone because of the efforts and undying spirit of the entire team.
SI inaugurated its 10th Computer Centre in Dewal on  Feb 5, 2017. The Center has 6 Computers and a Akshar Bharati Vachnalaya. The center was inaugurated by Shri G.K. Soni, Forest Ranger; N.K. Mishra, Retired Principal and Ganesh Mishra Ji. All the guests displayed their enthusiasm regarding the center and how much the expansion was needed because possessing the knowledge of using a computer and its language is no longer a luxury but a necessity given the times we live in. The local students of Deval who were earlier unable to take admissions in Computer coaching centers because of high fees charged in such institutes, were also very happy and excited and so far 15 of them have already registered themselves for the course and the number is increasing day by day.
Laxmi Ben, a 55 years old lady, received the award for her skills in embroidery from Governor of Gujarat in the year 1989. Her family comprises of her 5 daughters and husband. She resides in Dhaneti village of Bhuj block of Kutch district. She does Ahir Embroidery, she makes various handi craft products and sells it to individual buyers. Despite being a prestigious award winner, she had to struggle to earn the livelihood. Embroidery work was the only means of bread & butter for Lakshmi Ben’s family and her monthly income was around 5000 rupees per month, for the family of seven people. After few years, Laxmi got an opportunity to be associated with Sewa International, she received training in Entrepreneurship Development Program, stitching, tailoring and design and development. These trainings proved to be a catalyst to enhance her skills and techniques. Her willingness and eagerness to learn more helped her to become a master trainer & resource person for other women artisans. She proudly mentions that she provides training to women of her own and other community. She also manages a women Self Help Group, and now she doesn’t have to go outside looking for work. Many organizations request her to provide her technical expertise to support other women as well. She gets a lot of independent embroidery work for her, and the group.At present, Laxmi ben leads a team of 100 women who are engaged in doing Ahir embroidery. She provides guidance and technical support to these women artisans.                                                                                                              

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sewa Sandesh

January 2017
Sewa International Bay Area, presented Sewa’s “Namami Gange” initiative in the annual Republic Day function, arranged by the Consulate General of India, San Francisco. Shri. Sandeep Khadkekar VP, Organization, talked about Sewa’s mission, and gave a brief overview of its projects. Bay Area Chapter joint-coordinator Shri. Guru Prasad talked about the National Mission for Clean Ganga, and Sewa’s role in creating awareness to prevent pollution of the sacred river Ganga and support to this mission through projects such as building toilets in riverfront communities and some other initiatives. He made an emotional appeal and requested all to do their part in giving back to the community.
We were pleasantly surprised to see Smt. Jaya Jaitley, Founder of Dastakari Haat Samiti visit Sewa International stall, as part of the 32nd Annual Dastkari Haat Bazaar at Dilli Haat. Our products made under our “Kashi to Kutch” program included Dupattas, Stoles made of Handmade Banarasi Silk with subtle Ahir Embroidery work, as well as laptop bags, sling bags, totes by our women artisans from Kutch specializing in embroidery work.
Smt. Jaitley marvelled at the novel concept of the program and appreciated the efforts made by Sewa International through our Project Coordinator, Dr. Govind Singh, for the support and promotion of the artisans/weavers in Kutch and Benaras.
The demonetization woes are still affecting the sales, but with the support of our donors and customers, we are sure to tide over these testing times and help conserve our cultural heritage.
Temporary girls' hostel at Bharatpur, Chitwan in Nepal, providing shelter and quality education to orphaned/displaced girls after #NepalQuake in 2015.
Sewa International is committed to building a Girl's Hostel with capacity to house 100 needy girls in Bharatpur area. The land has been acquired and construction is about to begin. Till the new hostel is ready, we are providing support to 16 such girls in the said hostel.
Thanks a lot to our generous donors for their contribution, and volunteers on ground who are working hard on this project.
Sewa International started 10 months Handloom training program. This program was organized at the local office of Sewa International Bharat Ramnagar, Varanasi. In This training program there were 20 weavers who are presently working with Sewa International Bharat. These weavers had quit their weaving  15 yrs back and those who are still engaged in the profession are having the important fact that their work is not quality based.
Through this training program our motive was to make weavers independent and in this program 15 weavers are benefitted.
This program was organized under 5 stages:-
  1. To provide better information about weaving from Master Weavers,
  2. To provide better information about designs from well known designers,
  3. To provide better information about dying and coloring with the help of Master Dyer,
  4. To provide better information about Market and to associate them with market,
  5. To make them aware about the recent programs started by government:
  • Handloom Mark
  • Silk Mark
  • E-marketing
My name is Radhe Yadav, 68years old occupant of Jalahiya tolla. I have been associated with Sewa international for one year.
I was involved in weaving at the age of 13 now it’s been 55years  I am doing this work. Weaving was my family's traditional work, due to financial crises my father involved me into weaving. That time this business was very much needed demand and supply of product were also very high. At the age of 22, I started my own weaving business I was getting good income. My family condition was good. But After few years government stopped all weaving business, due to which demand and supply became less and gradually   there was no work for us. Conditions was becoming from bad to worst. We started searching for other job for our basic necessities of life such as labor, construction worker, carpenter etc. That period lingers on until we met Sewa international.
A year ago we met with the team of Sewa International and they told us about their project of “Kashi to Kutch” and they want to restart the concept of weaving with some modern techniques with the weavers of Varanasi.
Sewa international also provides training programs for our skill development and to make us more efficient. Now we don’t have to go anywhere else for work. We timely get payment of our work. We are very satisfied with this project and our income, They came in our life as a saving hand to provide us employment attributable to which our family condition is also getting on improved.
On 20th Jan, 2017 20 weavers who are associated with sewa international now were provided training about E-marketing. Santosh and Ahmed (Quality Executive) from Weavers mart online service and Association of Corporation Apex Societies of Handloom (ACASH) supported by Office of the Development Commissioner Handloom, Ministry of Textiles, guided the weavers of Ramnagar about E-marketing.
What is e-marketing ,its benefits, how to create an account in it, how to upload photos and how can it be more beneficial to them. They provided the detailed information about e-marketing and its scope ,merits and demerits.
3rd bamboo Handicrafts training organised for Bru Refugess at Naisinghpara camp on 20th Jan 2017. Training for 20 trainess for 3 weeks. Focussed specially on bamboo ornaments, purses, wall-hangings and other small utility items. Chief Guest was Shri KCP Santosh, SDM, Kanchanpur, Tripura.
Sewa International inauguration of Handloom weaving training at Naisighpara Refugee camp on 18th Jan 2017 with  Nishant Aggarwal of Sewa Bharat and DC of Kanchanpur, Tripura Shri Animesh Dev Varma. Training for 30-40 women for a month.
While the whole country proudly celebrated the 68th #RepublicDay, the spirit was dampened by the sad news about the death of our soldiers protecting our snow-capped borders. So far, 24 bravehearts have  martyred and many still missing; as a result of the #avalanches triggered by fresh snowfall in #Kashmir since 25th Jan.
Sewa International expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the martyred soldiers. We plan to provide succor to their distressed families and help them in these testing times.
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Sewa Sandesh
December 2016
One more project successfully got installed under the Clean Tech Initiative of Sewa International. This time, a 5KW solar power plant with 5 hours battery back up got installed at Jaleshpata Kanya Ashram, situated in Kandhamaal district of Odisha. Most inhabitants in the district belong to the Kandha (Khonds) tribes. Keeping the overall situation in mind Late Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati started ashram for girl students near the bank of Rahul Nadi Shiva Pith. It is the place of Jaleswar Mahadev. Swamiji established Jaleshpata Shankaracharya Kanyashrama in 1988. Currently, 240 students are residing and studying there.
The current project aims at providing uninterrupted power to the girl students during night time and also lighting the campus during the night for the safety of the students. This system will produce around 20KW of power every day. The school was facing erratic power supply with a poor voltage level. The problem is resolved now with the installation of the 5KW solar power plant.
Sewa International donated the mobile medical van to Sri Vivekananda Medical Mission, Muttil, Kerala, on 15 Dec 2016. The inauguration is done by the Shri P N Harikrishnan, Pranth Pracharak Kerala. The keys of the vehicle were handed over to Dr. P Narayanan Nair, President of the Mission. The mobile medical van is equipped with basic equipment. The van would serve in the area surrounding the Wayanad district, especially the tribal colonies. It would also be used to conduct medical camps in the region. The health facilities available in the tribal colonies are negligible and there is a lot of scope for development of the health services in the region. The mission along with the help of Sewa International, plans to create awareness about the health issues faced by the region like malnutrition in the tribal children. In the last 3 years around 350 children died due to malnutrition in the tribal colonies, which also created a huge uproar. The region is facing several issues like this, and Sewa International along with SVMM is working towards a healthier tomorrow, one day at a time.
Sewa Uttarakhand participated in 3-day exhibition “Mahakauthig” in Indirapuram Ghaziabad, Delhi NCR region. The exhibition was organised in Ramleela Ground from 16-18 Dec 2016. The exhibition was organised to showcase and honour the Uttarakhand arts and culture. This year the theme was “Industrial development, Tourism, and Culture of the state of Uttarakhand”. Sewa International put up a stall in the exhibition and showcased the products made by the women under the Sewa Srujan program. The products showcased were organic produce and woollen wear made by the various SHGs under the program. The organic products exhibited includes pulses and beans like kidney beans, toor daal, lobia and gehat etc. The hand knitted woollens were popular among the customers, and they appreciated the project as well. The response generated among the visitors is a source of encouragement and we would like to scale the production in the coming time.
Sanju Devi Goswami, 41, is the village Pradhan. A mother of two, unassuming and ever smiling, Sanju devi is popular among the village folks. She enjoys taking visitors around her home and land holding. After all, it is a perfectly run mixed farm – conventional grains are harvested seasonally along with a variety of vegetables, and flowers. She observes, “I remember when I had come to this village after marriage, farming was the mainstay of most families. Unfortunately, the changing environment and weather have become a threat to our way of life. On my part, I am determined to overcome this challenge.” She is also part of the Haat village’s Self Help Group named Shivshankar swayam sahayata samooh. From dawn to dusk Sanju Goswami is a busy woman. Says she, “The life of hill women is extremely difficult and in families where the men don’t have permanent jobs they shoulder all burden as wives, mothers, and even farmers. A farmer’s life is intrinsically connected to nature – too little or too much sun, rain or snowfall is always bad for the land. Sewa International has helped us many ways, my yield is better and through the SHG, I am saving money every month now.” She has successfully demonstrated how, given the right support, people can effectively adapt to changing conditions and transform their lives. According to her, the time has come for farmers to take all the help they can get and adapt to newer, better ways of making farming feasible. Sewa International is committed to the cause of, not only the farmers but also empowering the fabulous and hardworking women of Uttarakhand.           
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sewa Sandesh
November 2016
Sewa International celebrated “Dev Diwali”, on 14 Nov 2016, at Balua ghat in Ramnagar, Varanasi. It was celebrated as a part of larger “Ramnagar Dev Dipawali Mahotsav”. Sewa International expressing the solidarity with beleaguered weaver community, conducted this cultural event. Dev Diwali is observed after fourteen days of Diwali, it marks a tribute to river Ganga. In the honour of goddess Ganga, locals paint their homes in vivid paintings and light earthen lamps. The cultural event supported underlying themes of Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, Skill India, Namami Gange and Education for all.
Among the dignitaries present were, Shri Mukesh Aggarwal (Trustee, Sewa International); Shri Deoroop Teemal (Senior Executive, Vishva Vibhag), who came all the way from Trinidad & Tobago; Smt Jaye Ramanan (Project Director,Sewa Kirana). All of them praised the holistic development initiative, "Swacch, Kushal, Shikshit Kashi", of Sewa International in Varanasi led by Dr. Govind Singh, and urged for the more support from the community. The local artists performed at the event and enthralled the audience. More than 5000 earthen lamps were lit on the ghat, at the end of the event. The lamps were lit in the honor and memory of martyred soldiers.
The auspicious occasion of Diwali also marks the fruition of our women empowerment initiatives. Sewa International participated in the Augustyamuni mela (A GoI platform for the marketing of rural products), at Augustyamuni grounds in Rudraprayag district, from 6-10 Nov 2016. Some of the salient features of the stall were as follows:
  • We exhibited organic agri-products including cereals, spices, pulses, knitted goods.
  • Everything was produced locally, by our SHGs at our SKVK centers.
  • 100% of the sale proceeds would go for expanding the women empowerment program.
  • Most popular selling products were toor dal and gahat.
 It was very satisfying to see the response of the visitors, which was the result of efforts of our Sewa Uttarakhand team. Demonetization affected the sell at the stalls, but we are keeping our spirits high, in order to achieve our goals. We promise to better the benchmarks each time.
During the festival season, GoI organises various festivals and melas, supporting and creating the marketplace for the rural products, arts, and crafts. Sewa International participates in these exhibitions, one such occasion was Sri Madmaheshwar Mela, Ukhimath, Karnaprayag, from 24-26 Nov 2016.  Sewa International put up a stall at the exhibition for selling agri- based products mainly. These products were prepared and packaged by the women working in our agriculture and SHGs initiatives in Uttarakhand viz. Sewa Krishi and Sewa Shrujan respectively. The Chief Minister of the state Mr Harish Rawat visited our stall and perused through the stall. He appreciated the Sewa International's efforts towards women empowerment through skill- based training and market linkages. He encouraged the workers of Sewa International to continue the good work.
Sewa international has been working for the upliftment of Reang (Bru) tribals, living in the refugee camps of Tripura. This month as part of our skill development initiative, we have opened 5 tailoring centers in Tripura. These centers are opened up in the following places:
  • Kaskaupara, Damcherra
  • Khakchang, Damcherra
  • Hamsapara, Khedacherra
  • Ashapara, Dasda
  • Naisaupara, Anandbazar
In these centers women will be provided training in sewing apparels, cloth cutting, garment drafting and basic hand stitches. It’s a 3-month training program. At all the 5 centers, 10 women each have enrolled in the training program. In the future we are looking forward to scaling our efforts in the area.
You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills. The Reang tribals have been living in refugee camps for 20 years in deplorable conditions. Hence Sewa International has provided two skill development training in Oct-Nov 2016. One is “3 month Ladies Tailoring Training Program” and other is “Bamboo Handicraft Development Program”. The bamboo training was organised from 1-20 Nov 2016, in Naisinghpara. During the training, men were taught how to make furniture and artifacts. A total of 10 men had enrolled and completed the 20 day training program. The tailoring training is specially designed for women, and is currently going on at 5 centers viz. Kaskaupara, Khakchang- Damcherra, Hamsapara center- Khedacherra, Ashapara center- Dasda, Naisaupara center. A total of 50 women are undergoing this training in the mentioned centers. Although their sufferings are immeasurable, these people have taken a step towards future. Their actions would inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, paving a way for a better tomorrow.
This month, under the health initiative of Sewa Uttarakhand, Sewa Swasthya, we have distributed first aid kits to the Sewa Sakhis, on 18 and 22 Nov 2016. The kits were distributed in Nagli, Dhamkar, Badgaon, Bhalsoan, Devar, Pokhri villages in Chamoli district. These Sewa Sakhis received training in first aid, last month from health professionals in Chandrapuri, organized by Sewa International. The first aid kits would help in providing better healthcare in the remotest areas of the state. Sewa International is committed to bringing the basic healthcare to the doorstep of the people of the state. This is first of many steps in this journey towards a healthy Uttarakhand.
Musical Instruments were distributed among the women SHGs in Pokhari and Devar villages of Chamoli district, on 22 Nov 2016. The contribution was made by Mr Ashok Goyal. Apart from their assigned activities, these women SHGs work as the frontline in many of our initiatives in the state. They have monthly meetings and usual routine of the meeting involves the start and closing with the singing of bhajans and folk songs. One of the songs ‘’Myar Pahad” explains the hopes and aspirations of the people living in mountains, one of the line translates in to ”our mountains have clean air, flora, and fauna, so why can’t our mountains have the amenities of big cities?”.   This small ritual carries with it a deeper message of solidarity and brotherhood, one of the objectives of SHGs in a nutshell.