SI REHABILITATION PROJECT INAUGURATED IN UTTARAKHAND
Development of a family, society or country starts with an empowered woman. Women are the engines for development,” said Shri Shyam Parande, International Coordinator of Sewa International while addressing a gathering of women farmers in Chandrapuri, Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand. This was the first gathering of women drawn from 10 villages along the river Mandakini in Kedarnath valley that experienced the worst kind of disaster less than a year earlier.
A brief on the agriculture in those particular villages was presented by Shri Kailash Goswami, a Best Farmer awardee, who narrated his efforts to be a successful farmer.
Shri Bhajjan Singh Khatri, a local social worker with rich experience in this region,narrated that it will be the initiative of the locals who would bring in development and people from outside can only guide or help. Bara Devi, President of the Federation of the Self Help Groups in that area with 191 SHGs under it helping more than 3500 women, that women in the state are in need of support and guidance in the field of agriculture and would surely benefit out of this program.
Quality Seeds were distributed to the villagers free of cost at the end of the program. Sewa International has also started three Computer training centres in Chandrapuri, Guptakashi and Ukhimath to train the youth and all the three centres is attracting good number of youths
EKAL SHOWS THE WAY FOR CHANGE IN VANVASI AREAS
The impact of Ekal Abhiyan in remote villages of Jharkhand was witnessed on March 14 when around 43,000 people associated with the Abhiyan assembled at Ranchi’s Birsa Munda Football stadium and displayed how a minor effort can turn into a big movement if taken forward with dedication. Addressing the gathering, RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat said the Vanvasis have perfectly preserved the Hinduness and without awakening them the protection of hindu culture is not possible. He expressed satisfaction over the progress of Ekal movement and said those who are deprived have to be brought into mainstream. He said the Panchmukhi programme of Ekal Abhiyan focusing on education, health, prosperity, samskar and swabhiman jagran has proved to be a mantra of change.
Highlighting 25 years journey of Ekal Abhiyan, Shri Shyam Gupt said the Abhiyan began from the soil of Jharkhand in 1989 and now around 30 lakh people all over the country are associated with it. He said the day one crore people join the movement India would become a super power. He said the panchmukhi education system of the Ekal has proved to be a milestone in transformation of Bharat.
Presiding over the function Shri Ashok Bhagat of Vikas Bharati applauded the concrete steps being taken by people associated with the Ekal Abhiyan for preservation and protection of water, forest and land in rural areas. He said all round development of the country is possible only through the concrete steps like the Ekal movement. Shri Vishnu Lohia, chairman of Reception Committee, welcomed the gathering. Ten workers of the Ekal Abhiyan were also felicitated on this occasion.
HONOUR FOR SEWA
Sri Prakash Kamath,65, Electrical Engineer from Karnataka was honoured for his Vanvasi sewa at Ranchi by Rashtra Samvardhan Samiti on 3rd May 2014. A Pracharak of RSS , B. Tech of 1971 Batch Sri Prakash Kamath belongs to a well to do family, started his social life from sea shore of Mangalore. He worked as Nagar Pracharak, Tehsil Pracharak,Zila Pracharak and Vibhag Pracharak in Karnataka. In the year 1990 he joined Vanvasi Sewa and worked as organiser in Karnataka up to 2000 then he became Zonal Organiser of Bihar, Jharkhand and Nepal. He became All India Gram Pramukh of Akhil Bhartiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in the national meeting held in Sikkim in the month of february 2014. All India Pracharak Pramukh of RSS Sri Vinod Kumar expressed his appreciation on this occasion. He narrated the attributes of Prachark as unmarried,100 percent dedicated to Bharatmata, ready to work any where in the country on the planning of organisation,ready to shift any where and always ready with his bag to move. Such types of RSS Pracharaks are 4500 in the country whereas it requires 10,000 Pracharaks in the country for the working in the remote areas of the country. Sri Vinod Kumar ji is a pracharak from Uttar Pradesh whereas Sri Prakash Kamath is a Pracharak from Karnataka and worked with Ma. Sheshadriji, Jagannath Rao Joshi and Ma. Suryanarayan Rao. Sri Vinodji also blessed Sri Kamath for his good sewa work for vanvasi brethren.
Sri Ashok Sathe and Smt Padma Sathe, Industrialists of Bangalore along with Sri Deo Narayan Singh too were honoured on the occasion. Dr. H.P. Narayan[Neurologist] and former HOD of RMCH Ranchi and Sri Jetha Nag, a tribal leader and president of Vanvasi Kalyan Kendra, Jharkhand presented Sriphal, Shawl and a Prashasti Patra to Sri Ashok Sathe whereas Smt Padma Sathe was honoured by Mrs Kamlesh Mirdha, wife of Dr Satish Mirdha, a prominent surgion and NMO official.Sri Sathe is closely associated with vanvasi sewa and Prakash kamath. He donated 90 lacs to Vanvasi Kalyan Kendra Jharkhand and 60 lacs to Vanvasi Kalyan Kendra Karnataka for the development of Vanvasi brethren of Bharat. Ma Deo Narayanji and Sri Prakash Kamath were honoured by Sri Sidhinath Singh, a mechanical Engineer from BHU and kshetra Sanghachalak of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh. Sri Singh appreciated the simplicity, dedication and well planned working of Prakash Kamath. Persons who graced the occasion were Sri Kripa Prasad Singh, Vice President,ABVKA, Sri Shashi Kant Dviwedi, Rashtra Samvardhan Samiti, Sri Kripa Shankar Sharma Vidya Bharati,Sri Gurusharan Prasad, Sah Sewa Pramukh, RSS along with Prominent citizens of Ranchi .
COMTRUST EYE CAMP AT PULPALLY
Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission has been in the field of eye care for the last 10 years in collaboration with the Comtrust Eye care Society, Kozhikode. But it was stopped for a few months due to some difficulties.
On 2nd June 2013, the revived Eye Clinic was formally opened by the Hon. Minister for Tribal Development and Youth Affairs Kum.PK Jayalakshmi. Since then a refractionist’s service is available in the Muttil Hospital on all days except Sundays. Vision is tested here and spectacles prescribed and brought from Kozhikode Hospital. Cataract patients are referred to Kozhikolde Comtrust Hospital and operations done on free of cost.
The funding agency is the Sewa International, USA. A separate organization, named Sanjeevani Health Project has been constituted to implement this progamme here in the Mission Hospital.
On 1st May 2014, Comtrust Eye Care Hospital in cooperation with the Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission, Muttil and SNDP Youth Movement conducted an eye camp at Sree Narayana Balavihar , Pulpally.
Pulpally is a forest area but turned into semi urban by the hard work of the settlers of the sixties and seventies. It lies on the banks of the Kabani river where it shares its border with Karnataka state.
The area is known for its cash crops, where landed gentries are rich but people of tribal area and poor finds it difficult to get medical care. That is why we have chosen this area for our eye camp.
The Camp was inaugurated by SNDP Youth Movement President Shri Jaijulal Sthuthikkat after a welcome speech by Secretary Shri Saji Kodikkulath. 264 patients attended the camp in which 37 referred for cataract surgery. Spectacles prescribed for 128 persons and 10 were given other treatments.
SIAPPEAL FOR PAKISTAN FAMINE VICTIMS
A below average rainfall and a dry winter in Tharparakar District, Thar desert Sindh Pakistan has resulted in the starvation death of 140 children and left more than a million people suffering.
Sewa International’s partner organization Harey Rama Foundation of Pakistan is working to provide disaster relief to the affected residents with a long term plan to rehabilitate affected families. Your donations will provide immediate help to the victims and help reduce their suffering. For more info pl visit www.sewausa.org
AN AFFECTIONATE HOME FOR THE DESTITUTE CHILDREN- VIVEKANANDA AWASAM
Sri Vivekananda Awasam—a home for the orphaned children located at Bhainsa is providing much needed warmth and affection to them. These children, who lost their parents either in any accident, or in an unfortunate incident, longed for warmth, love and affection so that they could feel at home. And Seva Bharti is doing exactly that. By showering affection and love on them, Seva Bharti activists have made all the 18 kids staying her feel like home at the Awasam.
Bhainsa is a small but important business hub for cotton trade located in the tribal belt of Adilabad district on the Maharashtra-Andhra Pradesh border. The children are wonderful and working hard to be toppers in their respective classes. Seva Bharti has deputed a dedicated couple, whom the kids fondly call “Mataji” and “Acharya”, to look after them and manage the daily chores of the hostel.
Apart from an urge to learn vocational skills, these children have a natural flair for drawing and painting. Their collection ranges from a panoramic scene of a beautiful house amidst woods to the sketches of national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj etc.
This Awasam for these little heroes has been in their service since September 28, 1996. Till now, five children sponsored by the local business community are studying in intermediate college at Warangal, Bodhan and Nizamabad.
Two children of this Awasam secured highest score of 491 marks in 2004 Board Examinations. That was so far the highest score in the town and surrounding area. Contact: Sri Vivekananda Awasam, Bhainsa, Adilabad Dist (Andhra Pradesh, Bharat) PIN 504103 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SEWA & VYASA LAUNCHES FIGHT AGAINST MENACE OF DIABETES
Sewa International USA has partnered with VYASA (Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhan Samstha) to fight against the Diabetes by offering 20 hour yoga therapy sessions to pre-diabetic and Diabetic patients in Houston Area. This program is offered completely free as a service to community. The first of series of 6 camps started on 23rd March in Katy, a western suburb of Houston, where 11 participants took yoga therapy sessions by trained yoga therapist in guidance of Dr. Sudha Rajan, President of VYASA.
Dr. Sudha Rajan lighted the lamp and inaugurated the camp in the presence of Shri Arvind Thekdi of Sewa and Shri Vishwaroopa of VYASA. Dr. Bala Prabhakar, a medical doctor from Katy area also graced the occasion. For more information visitwww.sewahouston.org
HSS SRILANKA RELIEF TO FIRE VICTIMS
In the last week of February, a fire accident took place in Poonduloya in Nuwaraelia district of Central Province of SriLanka. 127 members of 32 families were affected in this incident. Their houses, business and belongings were turned in to ashes within few hours.Volunteers of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh SriLanka Hatton shakha planned immediate relief work. They collected essential household materials from well wishers, sorted them and prepared packets for distribution. The local temple committee organized the relief material distribution program on March 3rd. Study material was also provided to all the students from affected families.
Bhoomi Pujan for Vivekananda Health Mission project in Uttarakhand
EVERY MEDICO SHOULD SPARE AT LEAST 10 DAYS FOR VANVASIS – DR. KRISHNA GOPAL
Bhoomi Pujan ceremony for a project of Vivekananda Health Mission was held at Jubli Village of Dehradun recently in the presence of Swami Padmanabhananda of Shivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, RSS Sahsarkaryavah Dr Krishna Gopal and vice president of Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram Shri Kripa Prasad Singh. The programme was organised by Dr Anuj Singhal, Dr Pankaj Bhatia, national health incharge of Kalyan Ashram, Dr Manish Pandey, cancer expert from Delhi, Dr Rakesh Tyagi from Agra. Dr Anuj Singhal and his wife Dr Tara have worked for 10 years in Waynad district of Kerala with the Vivekananda Medical Mission. Dr Singhal is a product of Agra Medical College, whereas Dr Tara did her MBBS from Mysore Medical College.
Swami Padmanabhananda blessed the team of medicos for their proposed services to the Vanvasis of Uttarakhand. He appreciated the medical services being rendered by the Vivekananda Medical Mission and the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in remote areas of the country. He said Narayan (God) lives in huts of Vanvasis. Samanwaya Ashram was established by Swamiji for the same cause, he said.
RSS Sahsarkaryavah Dr Krishna Gopal appreciated the initiative of doctors and said the project was a dire need for the area. He also appreciated the contribution of Shri Manoj Agarwal, who gave the land for the project. He is a swayamsevak and a builder in Delhi. His brother Dr Anil Jain worked for few years at the Vanvasi Kalyan Kendra Lohardaga Hospital. Dr Krishna Gopal appealed to all the doctors of the country to spare at least 10 days in a year for the Vanvasis, as it would support the dreams of Dr Hedgewar—service to needy is service to God.
Shri Kripa Prasad Singh appealed to the young workers of the area to take the project as a challenge. Providing services to the rural people is the basic duty of all the swayamsevaks living in any part of India. He said a team of 200 doctors under the banner of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram held 2,525 medical camps and treated 20,96,761 patients in Vanvasi areas during Swami Vivekananda birth centenary year from January 12, 2013 to January 12, 2014.
EMINENT PERSONALITIES EXPRESS SOLIDARITY WITH SEWA BHARATI
Dy Mayor D Raja, former Vice Chancellor Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai, Justice (Retd) AK Rajan, former Secretary of State Law Ministry, Dr IV Manivannan, former Chairman of Madras Port Trust, Mayilvahanan, Principal of UCCK School, Chennai expressed solidarity with the Sewa Bharati Tamil Nadu on April 10. The event was organised at Chennai Sangh Karyalaya ‘Sakthi’ to release Panbin Thiravukol (Key to Virtues), a handbook in Tamil to be used by Sewa Bharati activists. Shri Durai Shankar, Chennai Vibhag Sanghachalak, Shri Stanumaa-layan, Dakshin Kshetra Pracharak, Shri M Veerabahu, editor of Vijayabharatham and Shri N Sadagopan Uttar Tamil Nadu Prant Prachar Pramukh were also present on the occasion.
Fourth Nanaji Memorial Lecture in Delhi
DISPUTE –FREE VILLAGES ARE MUST FOR GROWTH
– JUSTICE DHARMADHIKARI
Stirring the nation to the dangers developed due to the borrowed judicial system, noted Gandhian thinker and jurist Justice Shri Chandrasekhar Shankar Dharmadhikari said a borrowed judicial system cannot be called even a judicial system in true sense. “Along with the flag and nation’s head, we should have changed the judicial system at the time of Independence itself. The new generation will not excuse us for this fault,” he said, while delivering the fourth Nanaji Deshmukh Memorial Lecture in New Delhi on April 13.
The topic of the lecture was ‘Conflict-free village-Engines of Growth’. He said even the winner is a loser in the present judicial system, because the growth in disputes itself symbolises division, separation and degradation in the society. He raised the question whether delivery of verdict in favour of one party can truly be called justice. He said Bharat is a country of villages and the country can be called a developed nation only when its 6.5 lakh villages are dispute free. The concept of self-reliant and prosper Bharat that Nanaji had visualised has dispute-free villages as the major dimension, he emphasised.
Pointing out towards the degradations in the society he said today muscle, money and media power is worshipped in Bharat and those who break the law unfortunately get popularity. He said in spite of coining a new definition of the dispute, we should work for making the society where there is no dispute. Underlying the role of Nanaji in materialising the concept of dispute-free villages, the leading jurist said both Gandhiji and Nanaji used the term swaraj instead of swatantrata and both proved it correct at the actual ground through their experiments. He exphasised that after Swami Vivekananda, Deendayal Upadhyaya and Nanaji focused on the service of mankind, which is basically the only way to save the society from division and dispute.
There are two ways to eradicate a dispute—resolve the dispute or create the situation where no dispute takes place, he said. “Nanaji followed the second path and made around 500 villages dispute-free. We can learn much from the life of Nanaji who taught us as to how there can be perfect coordination between the struggle and construction. He created a new picture of self-reliant villages even without holding any government post or enjoying political power,” said ustice Dharmadhikari.
Presiding over the function, Dr Mahesh Sharma, former Chairman of Khadi and Village Industries Board, held the politicisation of villages as the real cause of deteriorating condition of villages. He said the politicians have even divided two real brothers and led to litigations between them. Praising the Samaj Shilpi Dampati Yojna of Nanaji, he emphasised that the people with constructive mindset must be in every village. He stressed the need that the village development model of Nanaji should be emulated all over the country.