Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sewa Sandesh
September 2012
Chinzigoma Library, a unit of AWIC Youth Network affiliated to RIWATCH (Research Institute of World’s Ancient Traditions, Cultures and Heritage) was opened at Abali village on the occasion of Teachers’ Day on September 5 with Shri Shyam Parande, Secretary Sewa International Bharat formally declaring it open in presence of a large gathering of students, teachers and public leaders.The library which was started as a part of RIWATCH’s community initiative programme had a wonderful experience. As many as 861 readers visited the library within 48 days. The library remained opened for three hours on all the days. The readers included the school going children, school dropouts and at times village women too.To encourage the readers, the prizes for highest attendance were given to Mousami Talukdar, class-V, Shanti Miuli, class-VII and Madan Miuli, class-VI.  The prize for youngest regular reader went to Amili Linggi, class-KG.Apart from hailing the students and teachers of the area for their efforts, the chief guest donated a series of 50 books of great personalities to the Library.The pioneer of library movement in Arunachal Pradesh, Satyanarayanan Mundayoor, in his brief speech, expressed hope that a small library initially started fromDibangValleyitself would become a massive movement covering the entire state. 
Bhatke Vimukta Vikas Parishad, an organisation devoted to development of nomadic tribes, organised first ever workshop for the Panchayat chiefs of Wadar community at Sholapur’s Shiv Smarak recently. Wadar is one of the major nomadic tribes in Maharashtra. The objective of the workshop was to acquaint the Panchayat chiefs with their traditional peculiarities and inspire them to do introspection for developing their community. Various historical and developmental issues of the community were discussed during the workshop. Dr Suvarna Rawal of Bhatke Vimukta Vikas Parishad said it was the nomadic tribes who protected and preserved the Bharatiya culture and society for thousands of years. Dr Mahadev Deshmukh discussed the history of Wadar community in his speech and provided information on various castes, clans and traditions in vogue in the community. Prof Gajanan Dharne provided information related to various government welfare schemes for nomadic tribes. Shri Narsingh Zare discussed the decisions of caste Panchayat with the Panchayat chiefs. The workshop was attended by 121 clan Panchayat chiefs and activists of Bhatke Vimukta Vikas Parishad and Pratishthan.
The awareness generated through Vishwa Mangal Gou Gram Yatra all over the country for protection of the cow has now started producing impressive results. After the Yatra, about 6,000 new goushalas have been started in different parts of the country and work on many cow-based industries and projects, both in rural and urban areas, has begun.According to Shri Shankarlal, Akhil Bharatiya Gou Sewa Pramukh of the RSS, many senior saints of the country and dedicated people have started devoting more time to these activities. He said the work on setting up Swavalambi Kamdhenu Nagar is going to begin in many cities of the country. In such Nagars, he said, some multi-story buildings will be built where the supply of maximum cow-based things including milk, curd, ghee, organic foodgrains, fruits, vegetables, etc will be ensured. There will also be plants for energy generation from waste and Gochikitsa Kendras in such localities.Shri Shankarlal also pointed out that the work on creating Gou Abhayaranya (cow sanctuaries) in different parts of the country has started and one such sanctuary has already been created in Shajapur district of Madhya Pradesh. He said some Gosewa Kendras have been started in prisons of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Since these projects have produced good results, the talks with different jail authorities are going on for starting similar projects. He said cow research centres are being set-up in all the states and efforts are being made to liberate the gochar land in different villages, which has been encroached by some people.

            Ashadeep Charitable Sewa Samiti Muzaffarnagar        
Ashadeep Charitable Sewa Samiti was founded in Muzaffarnagar in 1993 for helping the mentally retarded, deaf and dumb, physically challenged and also the old and widows. The main inspiration behind the establishment of the Samiti was senior psychiatrist of Ram Manohor Lohia Hopital, New Delhi, Dr Arun Kumar Gupta.
The Samiti runs a training centre for mentally retarded and deaf and dumb at Vishnu Vihar since August 15, 1994. A total of 75 children are being imparted useful training like personal-cleanliness, bath, identity of colours, etc. They are also taught to make rakhis, greeting cards, candles etc. The parents of mentally retarded children below the age of five are imparted special training to look after such children at home.
Apart from it the Samiti also runs a charitable homeopathic dispensary since January 2000. A trained doctor provides medicines here only charging rupee one. Through the Viklang Kendra, the physically challenged people are provided artificial limbs. Since the beginning in 2006, a total of 80 tricycles, 38 wheel chairs, 39 calipers, 20 Jaipur foots, 64 hearing aids etc. have been provided.
The parents are also extended help in getting certificate for drawing benefit of different government schemes like rebate in income tax, concessions in rail and buses etc. Pediatricians and Occupational Theropists provide free consultancy to such people. There is a separate van to take such children from their homes and also to drop back at home. The Samiti believes that handicap is not a curse and such people need help and not the mercy.                                                                                                                   
Let us help those who can not help themselves - John Bird
Anyone who has seen the power of volunterism must welcome the advent of SEWA DAY. A day when you are asked to volunteer for the betterment of others, without reward, anonymously and without praise.
I have over many years seen the profound affects that being a volunteer can bring in the lives of people. It reminds you of our humanity, and how only by banding together into joint actions can we bring goodness and justice into the world.
Doug, a homeless man lost in defeat and self pity, in drunk and personality problems was lifted high when we got him to volunteer. But once he saw the magic of the ability to help others on his own life he was transformed. We did not have to cajole him into helping ever again; he was ahead of us. 
SEWA DAY, which, acts internationally, needs to be supported for its devotion to delivering to those who volunteer and those whom are helped. This is “a hand up and not a handout”, the mantra that is behind The Big Issue. It is a way of helping us all engage at many levels in what needs to be done in society.
I started The Big Issue in order to bring people in need in contact with people who have the means to help. Every person who buys the Big Issue is in some ways a volunteer to the cause of social justice and social opportunity. I started The Big Issue to bring people together who seldom met, and out of this our great international project grew.
Ours is a partnership between the homeless, the public, the voluntary section, business and government. We unify and we make things happen. That is why when we were offered the chance of working with SEWA DAY we jumped at the chance to make some contribution.
Thousands of people will be rallying to SEWA DAY and I recommend that we all join in. Let us make the care and help and encouragement and support of others, our big and mighty call. Especially, at a time, when people are looking for guidance and leadership. Let us help those who cannot help themselves so that one-day they can not only help themselves, but can also grow to help others.
Let the poorest and the most comfortable among us make the big difference that only the care of others make sense of our lives. Let us be bullish in this market place of purpose.
I salute and warmly welcome the efforts of SEWA DAY to get us all off of our collective butts and into action on 7th October.(THE WRITER IS CO-FOUNDER OF THE' BIG ISSUE' MAGAZINE). 
BHARAT Vikas Parishad’s Madhav Eye Bank observed 27th national eye donation fortnight in Chandigarh on September 2. The organisation felicitated family members of donors and introduced a mobile eye care van.
The event was attended by over 200 people and 18 members whose wards have pledged to donate their eyes after their death were felicitated. These families hail from Chandigarh, Mohali, Dera Bassi, Mandi Gobindgarh, Amloh, Sirhind and other parts of Punjab. The objective of organising this event was to create awareness about corneal blindness and to motivate people regarding eye donation. In another initiative, Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Medical Centre introduced mobile eye services with the inauguration of a mobile van which will have all basic facilities for the eye care. The van was inaugurated by Dr Manisha in the presence of Dr KL Passi, President of Bharat Vikas Parishad Charitable Trust.
The mobile van will cater to Ram Darbar, Dadu Majra, Mauli Jagran and other deprived areas of the region. The van will facilitate eye check-ups at subsidised costs. According to Dr Sujata Dwivedi, director of BVP’s Madhav Eye Bank, “One out of every five blind persons in the world is an Indian.”
RASHTROTTHANA Anoupacharik Shikshana Yojana, a sewa project of the Rashtrotthana Parishat on education in slum areas, organised essay  competition on Swami Vivekananda’s life and message. The competition was specifically held for the teachers. The prize distribution ceremony was held on September 9. RSS Sah Prant Karyavah Shri Kajampady Subrahmanya Bhat distributed prizes to the winners. Swadeshi Varg,a seminar to discuss the need and use of Swadeshi products in daily life was also organised on the occasion.
  • Sri M. Thimmarayappa (45) of S. Thimmachandara village near Hosur (Krishnagiri District, Tamilnadu, Bharat) is now the most popular man in the area for his carpentry skills. He was born with a deformity – he has no hands.  But due to his carpentry skills, he helps villagers in making agricultural instruments. He also does normal agricultural activities on his farm land like planting trees, digging pits for plants and climbing coconut trees like a normal man by using his legs as support. He is married to Dhimmakka who was attracted by Thimmarayappa's self-confidence. During the marriage ceremony, the priest told Thimmarayappa to hold one end of the "mangal sutra" in his mouth so that the priest could tie the knot but he refused and tied the nuptial knot with his legs.
  • Shri. Kumaraswamy, a resident of United Kingdom, visited Chennai (Chennai, Tamilnadu, Bharat) along with his friends; the group hired an autorickshaw and went to a commercial complex.  While alighting, one among the group, Mr. Colin, a White, inadvertently left his handbag in the auto itself. Shri. T Narasimhan, 52, the auto-driver, spotted the handbag.  He found a considerable amount in cash, a credit card, car key, house key, a camera, several documents, etc. He also found a shop bill. With the help of that shopkeeper, he located the owner of the bag. After handing over the bag intact to its owner, Narasimhan walked away.  Now, the Britisher went looking for Narasimhan via the auto stand and offered him a honorarium which Narasimhan refused to accept. That elicited the encomium "Good Indian" from Colin.
  • Narayan Konwar, presently under training at IAS Academy, Mussoorie has a very pathetic story to tell about his past. His family meals depended on the fishing. He sold fried papad and pakora at the markets and tilled other people's fields. His school attendance suffered, and he had to drop out of class 9. His father died when he was eight. The gratuity kept the family afloat for some time. But the pension dried up. The Konwars could not fall back on agriculture, for floods regularly destroyed crops at Chamkota village – some 70km east of Guwahati. Many a time, he and his mother and three siblings slept on an empty stomach. Narayan would perhaps have ended up as a daily-wager, had his headmaster at Batabari High School not tried to find out why he stopped coming to school. Narayan passed his class 10 boards, but failed in class 12, because he couldn't attend classes. The higher secondary school in Morigaon was 15 km away and there was simply no money for the bus fare. He secured a second class in his next attempt. He topped in political science from Gauhati University in 2003. He taught at a college to fund his coaching in New Delhi to crack the civil services exam, and in 2010 secured the 119th position. Narayan feels poverty or a remote area cannot come in the way of success if one is determined. And having proved a point, he has set his priorities.
(Source: Panchaamritam & Others)

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