Sewa Sandesh March 2017
Sewa International celebrated “FyunliKauthig” on International Women’s Day
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 the womenhood. 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 in social 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.
It’s 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.