SEWA INTERNATIONAL UNDERTAKES BLOOD DONATION & UTTARAKHAND REHABILITATION
On World Blood Donation day, June 14, Sewa International Australia, organised a group blood donation of 22 volunteers in collaboration with Red Cross. This activity has promoted diversity and encouraged positivity within the community as volunteers from diverse age groups and gender came forward for saving 75 lives, as per Red Cross.
Sewa International Australia is a growing organization built on a team of passionate members who are responsible for management of this activity and other community based projects. Its aim is to represent Indians living in Melbourne in promoting and encouraging integration in order to become successful members of society. Sewa International Australia also organised another event to raise funds for relief and rehabilitation activities in Uttarakhand (India). This event was held at Clayton Hall annexe where International coordinator of Sewa Sh. Shyam Parande presented details of the relief activities and made a video presentation to the audience about the rehabilitation projects being run by Sewa in Uttarakhand and explained how they are changing the lives of many affected families. As a result of this presentation and an interactive Q&A session, many volunteered to support this project. Uttarakhand Society of Australia also collaborated with Sewa International in successfully raising funds. Apart from that, Shri Shyam Paranade also informed about many big and small projects running across 17 different countries, fully supported by Sewa. These projects pertain to natural disasters, child welfare, women empowerment and other socio economic development.
Sewa International Australia has decided to support the development of a computer centre in Chandrapuri in the Rudra Prayag district by offering full financial help. This centre will help local children who lost their homes, parents or families in Uttrakand flood, in acquiring essential computing skills which will enable them in rehabilitation by seeking employment.
60 VILLAGES LISTED WASTE MANAGEMANT PROJECT
Sixty villages from Gurgaon district have been short-listed for the implementation of Solid and Liquid Waste Management Project under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) for the current financial year. The project will help in segregation of solid waste and considerably enhance wastewater treatment capacity and help in generation of recycled water for agricultural and other purposes. Deputy Commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi said only those villages which have won or figured in the list of the Nirmal Gram Puraskar have been chosen for the project. The pilot project for waste management is already underway at Mubarakpur, Hasanpur and Kankrola villages in the district. In Hasanpur and Kankrola, the project is being run by the Institute of Global Development, a non-government organisation, with good results. Mr. Vidyarthi said encouraged by the response to the project in these villages, they have now decided to extend it to other villages.
In the first phase, the project will be implemented in 16 villages, including Barmoli, Badshahpur, Devlavas, Ransika, Heraheri, Bhakraka, Maujabad, Mahchana, Bapas and Uccha Majra. Under the project, pits will be dug up under sheds in each village to convert wet waste into manure. Tri-cycles will be hired to collect solid waste from around the village every morning and bring it to the pits for recycling. “The wet waste will then be separated from dry waste like polythene bags, glass, iron and cardboards and can be composted. The separated non-biodegradable waste will be sold to scrap dealers,” said Mr. Vidyarthi, adding that two safai karamcharis will be appointed in each village to collect waste. These karamcharis will be initially paid through the District Rural Development Agency, but later the village panchayat will bear their cost.
Similarly, a low-cost drainage system will be put in place in each village to carry water from kitchens and toilets to ponds outside the village. Three ponds will be dug up on the outskirts of the village to recycle the water and make it reusable. “The water will be filtered through the first and second ponds to reach the third. It will then be taken to fields for irrigation and also put to other use,” said Mr. Vidyarthi. Project Director Rajesh Gupta said concrete dustbins will be constructed in schools and Anganwadi centres to encourage women and children towards cleanliness. “The villages identified for waste management have been classified into four categories for allocation of funds. The villages with 150 households will be allocated Rs.7 lakh, while those with 300 households will be released Rs.12 lakh. Similarly, the villages with 300-500 households will get Rs.15 lakh and the bigger villages Rs.20 lakh,” said Mr. Gupta.
SHISHU MANDIR LAID THE FOUNDATION OF MY SUCCESS
It is not physical strength bu the hard work, self-determination and focused approach with absolute concentration on goal are behind my success. Sarika Jain, 29, was ranked 527 among the 1,122 candidates who cleared the civil services examinations (2013) conducted by Union Public Service Commission. It becomes pride and glory when one gets into coveted civil service that attracts huge respect and appreciation. As matter of routine Odisha’s remote Kantabanji’s Sarika Jain naturally deserves all those pats. However Sarika’s case is bit different. She unlike other successful counter parts in civil service examination has something more special to be appreciated with. Not letting her disability come in the way of reaching her goals has become Sarika Jain's second nature. The polio
stricken Odisha woman has cleared the civil service examination in her first attempt.
“I am extremely happy about the result, though I expected a better rank”, was her first reaction as the result reached her.
As Organiser reached the unique achievement holder and wanted to know the secret behind her marvelous achievement, Jain said her foundation of success in life was laid down while as a student from pre-school to end of HSC in Sarawati Shishu Mandir in Odisha’s rural backyard Kantanabji in Bolangir district. Jain recounts as she was physically challenged due to polio in her early years, no school was willing to admit her in the institution. It was Saraswati Shishu Mandir authorities who gracefully accepted her and enrolled her in the pre school. Jain recounting her memory said she got right kind of teaching motivation and determination to take challenge of life.
Elaborating her early life experience while as a student in Saraswati Shishu Mandir she said the affection and encouragement of teachers set her ground for her future struggle ahead in pursuit knowledge. She learned discipline and sanskar (self cleansing) in her school and that worked till date. She also gave due share to her school and teachers for her success she has been boasted with. She interacted with Organiser on her physical disability front with 50 percent disability in leg. Recounting her early days when she started her preparation for civil service, she was discouraged as the preparation involves lot of hard work and pressure. Sarika says withstanding pressure she decided to give it a try with dedication and determination. She proved the old saying when there is a will there is a way. Her physical challenge was turned into advantage and her mental and moral power came in her rescue. It is not physical strength hard work, self-determination and focused approach and with absolute concentration on goal is secret behind her success. Her father, 58-year-old Sadhuram Jain, is an undergraduate and a small-time businessman who runs a grocery shop in the town. Her mother Santosh Devi is a school dropout and a homemaker.
“From the beginning my aim was not to be an IAS officer because the infrastructure (to prepare for the exam) was not available here. I wanted to become a doctor, but the science stream was not available in the local college,” she said adding that she studied commerce and obtained a bachelors degree from the local women's college. Later she pursued chartered accountancy, studying at home, and got qualified. That was when she decided she wanted to do something and chose to appear in the civil services examination. She went to Delhi in 2012 and received coaching at a private institute for six months. “My aim was to learn new things. For me, study means to learn from others and their experiences which helped a lot,” she said.
DATTOPANT THENGADI SCHEME FOR HANDLOOM AND HANDICRAFT ARTISANS BY GUJARAT GOVT.
Gujarat government has launched a new scheme “Dattopant Thengadi Karigar Vyaj Sahay Yojana” to help the handloom and handicraft artisans. The scheme has been named after veteran RSS Pracharak and founder of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and Swadeshi Jagran Manch the late Dattopant Thengadi. Finance Minister Saurabh Patel announced the scheme that would help artisans and craftsmen, especially from Kutch to get loans up to Rs 1 lakh from banks. The Government would be guarantor for those loans. The scheme would benefit about 50,000 artisans in the State.
DHANWANTARI YATRA IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Dhanvantari Sewa Yatra, a service oriented programme comprising teams of doctors from all over India, visited Arunachal Pradesh onJune 30 to provide free allopathic treatment to the needy people. The week long Yatra starting from June 23 to 29 June, 2014 sponsored by National Medicos Organisation (NMO), a non-governmental social organisation comprising of thousands of service-oriented doctors, facilitated by Sewa Bharati Purbanchal was organised in Arunachal Pradesh by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Named after Rishi Dhanwantari, the father of Indian medical science, the Yatra is organised every year in the seven Northeastern states since 2002 without any break. In the current year 2014, after the completion of twelve long years, a special emphasis was attached to Arunachal with the Medical Tour comprising of four different teams of expert doctors and specialists covering Kurung Kume, West Kameng, Papum Pare and West Siang districts.
The Kurung Kume district was visited by a team of doctors that had Dr Biren Naik, MD, from Gujarat, and Dr Rishav Jaiswal and Dr Mrityunjay Sharma from Banaras. They covered Sarli including Siya Basti, Koloriang and Palin. The West Kameng was visited by Dr Satish Midhi, Dr Kamlesh Midhi and Dr Anurag Kashyap. The team visited five villages namely, Dahung, Singchung, Jamarai, Pedung and Wango, and attended more than 550 patients. Dr Prateek Aggarawal and Dr Deepak Chaurasia from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) visited Toru Hills, Kheel, Tigdo, Holongi and Balijan of Papum Pare district, while Dr Usha Rani, Dr Swati Lal and Dr Lalit Singh, doctors from Jharkhand visited Bogne and Kato villages of West Siang district and attended long queues of patients. The team of doctors from different states who had attended the week long camps urged the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to come forward with an open mind and encourage such kind of service-oriented voluntary organizations to come up with a better solution to meet the medical needs of the state.
CHENNAI SWAYAMSEVAKS IN BUILDING COLLAPSE RESCUE OPERATION
An under construction twin tower building ‘Trust Heights’ in Chennai’s Mugalivakkam area collapsed due to heavy rains on June 28 killing about two dozen people. The Sangh swayamsevaks reached the spot within an hour. Understanding seriousness of the situation, swayamsevaks from different areas were called for the rescue operation. Soon after, CMRL- L&T, AFCONS workers and engineers arrived at the spot with rescue equipments, the swayamsevaks started the rescue work at 8:00 pm. However, the NDRF reached the spot at 9:30 pm.
The workers, in various groups, were led by Zilla Sampark Pramukh Shri Sudharshan and Porur Nagar Karyavah Shri Vishnu Shankar. The first group cleared the path for rescue vehicles like crane, etc, the second group concentrated on immediate rescue of live victims who were trapped under the collapsed building. The third group provided hospitality for the rescuers and prevented public from the reaching the accident site. The fourth group coordinated the entire work and recorded the happenings of the rescue operation. A group of swayamsevaks from Kottivakkam supplied food and snacks to the rescuers. Women supplied water to them.
Rescuers, CMRL engineers, fire and rescue forces and the swayamsevaks worked together. About 50 swayamsevaks were involved in the rescue operations in which ten persons were rescued alive and 14 dead bodies were recovered immediately. Due to complications in reaching the shattered bodies, few dead bodies were not recovered immediately. Later, they were recovered using concrete drillers and cutters. Three victims were identified by the swayamsevaks by their vocal echoes. While rescuing them around 10 dead bodies were found at unreachable places. Three live victims were rescued with the help of CMRL engineers, fire and rescue officers.
KALYAN ASHRAM KARYAKARI MANDAL MEETING
Karyakari Mandal meeting of the Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram was held from June 25 to 26 at the ISCKON campus in Vishakhapatanam. The meeting was inaugurated by Kalyan Ashram president Shri Jagdeoram Oraon, vice presidents Shri Jaleshwar Brahma and Shri Kripa Prasad Singh. Organising secretary Shri Somaiyajulu and general secretary Shri Chandrakant Deo presented the financial report. Shri Atul Jog presented a brief report of programmes held within three months. It was decided to organise national conference of the workers in Hyderabad from September 17 to 22. A ‘Chintan Baithak’ will also be organised at Trambakeshwar in the third week of November 2014. The closing functions of Balasaheb Janma Shati Abhiyan will be organised on December 26, 2014 at different places in Vanvasi areas. Health camps will be organised in all the remote blocks like the previous year.