Thursday, January 8, 2009

Sewa Sandesh 115: January 8, 2009

From Editor’s Desk
Rashtriya Sewa Bharati, the apex body for many voluntary service organizations in Bharat, is organizing “Sewa Sangam”- a 3day gathering of officials of more than 500 organizations affiliated to it, from 3- 5th April 2009 in Bangalore. Presidents and Secretaries of all these organizations are expected to participate in gathering- the first of its kind being organized. The conference will have various sessions like effective implementation of programs, standard official practices, educational projects, health projects, women’s programs, children activity, etc apart from an elaborate exhibition on Sewa activities across the country. The display will be on panels as well as audio video presentations from all the states.
This conference is an endeavour towards bringing various Sewa organizations together for exchange and understanding in serving the society.
Local NGOs from Bangalore and Karnataka state are also being invited to spend an evening in the “Sewa Sangam” and interact with activist from various parts of the country.
People who are interested in Sewa or involved in Sewa are invited to Bangalore on those dates for participation and will have to contact this office as the participation in the conference is by invitation.

National Convention of Saksham
Declare eyes national property
National convention of Saksham, formerly known as Akhil Bharatiya Drishtihin Kalyan Sangh, was held in Lucknow recently. More than 600 delegates from different parts of the country participated in the three-day convention. RSS Sahsarkaryavahs Shri Bhaiyaji Johsi and Shri Madan Das guided the workers at the convention. Addressing the convention Swami Harshanand said physically-challenged persons should not be treated as a burden but efforts should be made to integrate them into mainstream. Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi said Saksham now

Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi, Dr. Dinesh Sharma and Shri Madan Das

would work for all physically-challenged persons instead of working only for the visually challenged. He said the physically-challenged people would be made self-reliant through various projects. National organising secretary of the Saksham Shri Avinash Sagwai and Mayor of Lucknow Shri Dinesh Sharma were also present at the convention. Shri Madan Das said that the physically-challenged persons should get equal rights and respect in the society. Shri KC Pandey, one of the trustees of Shirdi Sai Sewa Trust (Nasik), said the society would be strengthened through the activities of Saksham. The convention demanded the government to declare eyes national property.

Seva Bharati Kamakhya Nagar Charitable and Dharmik Trust, Assam
Seva Bharati Kamakhya Nagar Charitable and Dharmik trust is a service trust affiliated to Rashtriya Seva Bharati and has been working relentlessly among the poor and downtrodden sections of our society for their socio-economic, cultural and educational upliftment.
Seva Bharati Kamakhya Nagar Charitable and Dharmik Trust wasfounded in the year 1990, with the aim of providing guidance and assistance to the poor people of the North-Eastern region of Bharat. The Trust is regularly organizing Helath Care Camps, running hostels for tribal students and imparting professional training to the youths thereby facilitating their exposure with the rest of Bharat. Further in the backdrop of present scenario of social unrest and uncertainty in the North-East, the Trust, has a definite role to play in imbibing a spirit of nationalism among the people through various service activities.

As a part of the socio-cultural activities, the Trust is initiating the establishment of 'SEVA SANKALP' at Adingiri. Situated atop a hillock overlooking the famous Kamakhya temple, Adingiri Pahar where the 'Seva Sankalp' will be constructed in hardly 10 kms away from the city of Guwahati, will have (1) Vocational Training Centre, (2) School, (3) Health Care Centre, (4) Devalaya, (5) Gau -Vigyan Kendra and(6) Boys Hostel.
Vocational Training Centre: Provision will be made for 100 students for training in vocations like Sewing, Garment making, Computer, Masonry, Carpentry and driving etc. etc. enabling them to earn their livelihood.

Vidyalaya: Learning is the medium through which a boy/girl not only can further his/her own intellect for self development but also can utilize it for the development of the society thereby contributing to the process of man-making and nation building. The Shankardeva Vidya Niketan at Seva Sankalp will impart such type of learning so- as to generate the feeling of oneness with our rich cultural heritage.

Gau-Vigyan Kendra: With an aim to protect and improve the quality of cow resource, the trust has proposed the establishment of cow based-agriculture and Panchgavya medicine centre.
In this centre training will be imparted to prepare medicines, fertilizers, pesticides etc. from Panchgavya which will help the agricultural activities of the local villagers.

Apart from that it will help the villagers to get rid of the adverse effects of the chemical fertilizers in agricultural products.
Arogya Kendra: It is a Health Care Centre for the inmates of the Hostel and for the fringe villages.

The inmates will also be provided training to handle the primary health care problems so that their knowledge could be utilized for rendering Medical Care to the people in and around the area and also help their kinsmen at the time of distress while being back home.
Devalaya: Devalayas have been the centers for continuing the rich culture and traditions of Bharat. It is a place where one not only can get mental peace but also a centre for invigorating one's sense of Dharma. That is why the provision of a Devalaya at Seva Sankalp has been made.

Boys’ Hostel: The NE Region consist of a big chunk of the total tribal population of the country. Of them, 75% are educationally underprivileged and cannot even have their both ends meet.

Taking advantage of their ignorance, the Christian missionaries have set up educational institutes in various tribal localities and indulge in large scale proslytisation of innocent people and thereby alienating them from the national mainstream besides destroying their ethnic traditions and culture. The proposed hostel will accommodate 50 poor students, initially.

Dr. Lajpatrai Mehra’s Neurotherapy (LMNT)

Dr. Lajpatrai Mehra's Neurotherapy Academy Providing Health-care at negligible cost for the masses.
Established in 1999, it is a social organisation run and managed by a team of professionals and non-professionals dedicated to the welfare of people, to further the lofty aims and ideals of Dr. Lajpatrai Mehra, for popularizing the spread and research of LMNT in rural and urban areas, both in India & Abroad.
Dr. Lajpatrai Mehra, (the pioneer of LMNT)
Mrs. Brij Mehra
Shri B.L. Gangwani
Prof. Nirmala Bathija
Dr. (Smt.) Kamlesh Chavan
Smt. Surjeet Kaur
Sri. Ratanji Jain
Dr. Nilesh Singhania
(All the above doctors are practicing Neurotherapists, in addition to holding a degree in Naturopahty.)
- To spread LMNT to rural areas, irrespective of caste, creed, color and religion.
- To help villagers get rid of their ailments at low, affordable cost without side-effects.
- To train/ motivate interested people, in India and abroad, to become practitioners of Dr. Lajpatrai Mehra's Neurotheraphy.
- To participate in free health camps at needy villages/ towns.
- Establish a centre for research in the cures obtained with LMNT using modern scientific research methods.
- To make self-employed Neurotherapist for themselves and their family by giving LMNT treatment and can also do for the welfare of the human being.

- Four-month residential course conducted throughout the year for males.
- Training centre for suitable male candidates, complete with residential hostel.
- Basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology given in addition to theory and practicals of Dr. Lajpatrai Mehra's Neurotherapy.
- Running a free clinic on Sundays.
- Help trained personnel to establish clinics / training centres elsewhere.
The trust does not get any grant-in-aid from the Centre or State Government. Its social activities are run from public donations and donations from its trained therapists / Training centres. Shortfalls are met from personal funds of Dr. Mehra.
Academic Centre:
Location: Dr. Lajpatrai Mehra's Neurotherapy Ashram, 130km, from Mumbai, 30 km from Wada and 40 km. from Kasara.
Situated on a 12-acre table land on the top of a hill, near Suryamal village, having a population mainly of tribals.
The land has been bought and built up into an ashram with the help of Late Sri. B.M. Tikka, former chairman export promotion council.

Free Clinic (On Sundays):
A large treatment hall (30' X 25') for males; 2 smaller rooms (20' X 10') for females, and a separate doctor's room with attached bathroom.
Between 150-200 people from nearby villages, sometimes more than 300km. away, come every Sunday to receive free Neurotherapy treatment at the clinic. Needy patients are also given free lunch at the ashram on that day.
Future Plans:
- Building of a separate hostel and associated facilities at the Ashram for ladies.
- Setting up of a large clinic-cum-research centre (1000-1200) sq. ft.) at Mumbai, along with office staff, with a computer, printer and communication facilities, with a modern pathology lab to assist research activities.
- Additions to the existing store of library books at the Ashram.
- On-going education program to raise the level of former neurotherapists to keep pace with the latest techniques of the therapy.
- Guruji's cherished vision
was to set up a large hospital at Suryamal, where patients, especially mentally challenged children, could stay and receive NT treatment free of charge.

Unique features:
The uniqueness of Dr. Lajpatrai Mehra's Neurotherapy lies in the following:
- It sets right the root-cause i.e., the body's tendency to become diseased, by correcting the internal organs, so that they start functioning normally.
- It has its own methods of diagnosis, but also integrates the knowledge obtained from modern investigations, such as Blood tests, X-Ray reports etc.
- It uses the findings of Medical Physiology, but views them from a uniquely different and refreshing approach, one that negates the use of medicines or drugs.
- Being a medicine-less therapy, it obviously has absolutely no side-effects and is inexpensive.
-The therapy is simple to learn and can be practiced by all.
- It can be tought 'en-masse' to people of all ages.
- The Therapy is scientific because its methods can be repeated over and over again, with identical results.
- The same results can be duplicated - irrespective of the therapist's age, sex, height, body-weight etc.

Sewa International Deploys Medical Van In Bihar
On December 16, Sewa International inaugurated a mobile medical van in Saharasa to serve the flood victims of Bihar. The mobile medical unit has been sponsored by Sewa USA. A team of local doctors turned up for the inaugural ceremony and showed their willingness to volunteer in serving the flood victims. Due to the standing flood waters, many waterborne diseases are being reported. Therefore, the van will visit daily to different affected areas of Saharsa, Madhepura, Araria, Supaul and Purnea. Sewa International has also plans to give a family kit comprising of utensils, clothes and day to day utility goods along with foodgrains in Madhepura district. Sewa Internatonal has identified about 200 families from Chhoti Phatoria under Alam Nagar Block of Madhepura for rehabilitation. It also identified the artisan groups of the village like carpenter, tailor, potter, fishermen, barber, etc, to give them desired tools. The Sewa International has also decided to build a boys’ hostel at Bihariganj under Madhepura district.

Weaving A Success Story
HYDERABAD: It was a skill that literally ran in their blood. But it was an opportunity that was missing for a good 20 years. For these eight rural youth from Kolluru village in Adilabad District, weaving might not have been a natural livelihood choice, but it surely paved a way out of their poverty.
For D. Bhaskar, A. Suresh, D. Damodar, D. Mahesh, D. Chandrashekar, D. Sampath. V. Nagesh and R. Srinivas, the wheel of fortune turned in their favour when they were identified by Dastkar Andhra (DA), a city-based NGO. Aged between 20 and 24, the eight hailing from the weaver community were living in abject poverty. Many had dropped out of school and had been employed in odd jobs.
Their condition was brought to the notice of DA in 2006 when an older group of weavers in nearby Chennur informed them. A year's training in weaving and dyeing, and the youth were all set to weave their own fortunes. "They were quick in grasping what was taught," says V. Dharmender, in-charge, DA Production & Design, DA. Apart from appointing a master weaver to train them, DA also paid them a monthly stipend of Rs.1,000. "What motivated us to take up weaving was the fact that we didn't have to work under anybody," says D. Chandrasekhar.
Even after graduation, D. Sampath, a former teacher at a government school, finds weaving a sustainable livelihood optionHere to participate in a DA design workshop, they swear by their new found profession. Now named 'Individual Weavers Co-operative Society' as a group, they now earn anything between Rs.. 6,000 to Rs. 9,000 individually per month.
"They are very confident now and have even paid back their bank loans," says Ravinder of DA. He said they were identifying similar youngsters from backward regions of Andhra Pradesh. "As long as they are interested in learning weaving, DA is ready to assist them," he says. — D.V.L. Padma Priya, From THE HINDU, 12, January 2009
Mobile Medical Van Inauguration Ceremony on 16th December 2008, Saharsa, Bihar - Donated by Sewa International

We should shoulder our responsibility by ourselves and understand the people to takeover these responsibilities. We should not depend upon the Government by understanding the real situation. — Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Sewa International Delhi Publication.

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