Sunday, March 20, 2011

The list of Role Models of SEVANKUR

We are fortunate to get the blessings of Baba & Sadhanatai Amte during our first annual meet at Anandwan in 2007. Other Amte’s like Dr. Bharatitai, Kaustubh, Pallavi, and Sheetal had also interacted with the participants.
The resource persons who shared & interacted on SEVANKUR platform & also are closely associated with are -----
1. Dr. Abhay Bang, SEARCH, Gadchiroli
2. Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, Pune
3. Venkat krsihnan (GiveIndia) Mumbai
4. Anshu Gupta (GOONJ) Delhi
5. Ramesh Kacholia, Nimesh Shah, Caring Friends, Mumbai
6. Dr. Girish Kulkarni (Snehalaya) Ahmadnagar
7. Aravind Chittewale, Madhu Chougaonkar, Nasik
8. Dr. Avinash Pol, Satara
9. Dr. Ashok Belkhode, Kinwat, Nanded
10. Dr. Ashish, Dr. Kavita Satav, MAHAN, Melghat, Amravati
11. Dr. Ashwinikumar Tupakari, Aurangabad
12. Nilima Mishra, BNVGN, Jalgaon
13. Yeshavant Limaye, Jnyan Prabodhini, Nigdi, Pune
14. Rambhau Ingole, VIMALASHRAM, Nagpur
15. Dr. Ulhas Jajoo, MGIMS, Sevagram, Wardha
16. Dr. Satish Gogulawar, Amhi Amchya Arogyasathi, Kurkheda, Gadchiroli
17. Dr. Premchand Pandit, Eye Surgeon, Shegaon, Buldana
18. Prabhakar Pusadkar, Wardha
19. Prasad Chikse, Jnyan Prabodhini,Ambajogai
20. Shashi Chaudhari, IT Entrepreneur, Nagpur
21. Suresh Khopade, Joint Police Commissioner, Mumbai
22. Sanjay Salunke, Pune
23. Bhupendra Mujumdar, Pune
24. Chhotu Varangaonkar, Amravati
25. Atul/ Sushama Sharma, Wardha
26. Indrajit Deshmukh, Pune
27. Dr. Dilip Peshve, VNIT, Nagpur
28. Karuna/Vasant Futane, SAMVAD, Rawala, Amravati
29. Subodh Kulkarni, Gadchiroli
30. Prof. Adv. Dr. Kishor Mahabal, Nagpur
31. Dr. Anil Patel, ENT Surgeon, Yavatmal
32. Subhash Tagare, Aurangabad
33. Prakash Dhobale, Nagpur
34. Dr. Avinash Saoji, PRAYAS, Amravati
35. Adv. Uday Warunjekar, High Court Pleader, Mumbai
36. Shri. Dinkar Gangal, GRANTHALI & Think Maharashtra.com, Mumbai
37. Dr. Vivek Kulkarni, Jnyan Prabodhini,Pune
38. Shri. Kaka Shitole, Amhi Sare Bapunche, Hadapsar, Pune
39. Shri. Bapu Potdar, Pune
40. Smt. Sudhatai Kothari, CHAITANYA, Rajgurunagar, Pune
41. Smt. Ulkatai Mahajan, Raigadh
42. Shri. Aadesh Bandekar, Mumbai
43. Dr. Ashvin Jojra, Jammu
44. Dr. Bhausaheb Ubale, Pune/Canada
45. Dhananjay Vaidya, Kolhapur
46. Smt. Rekhatai Chondhekar, Dep. Com. Sales Tax, Nagpur
47. Shri. Dadarao Khobragade, Nagbhid
48. Adv. Aparnatai Tamtirthkar, Solapur
49. Smt. Mayatai Sorate, Latur
50. Shri. Raju Shetti, Farmer’s Leader & Member of Parliament, Kolhapur
51. Dr. Dwarakaprasad Lohiya, Ambejogai
52. Dr. Shailatai Lohiya, Ambejogai
53. Shri. Radhesham Chandak, Founder Chairman, Buldana Urban Credit co.op. soc.
54. Shri. Satyapal Maharaj, Akola
55. Shri. Shankarrao Papalkar , Wazzar, Amravati
56. Shri. Ravi Bapatale, Founder, SEVALAYA, Latur
57. Dr. Gajanan Nare, Director, Prabhat Kids, Akola
58. Shri. Gajanan Janbhor, Akola – Chief Editor, Lokmat- Akola edition
59. Shri. Maheshwar Abhyankar, Akola
60. Smt. Manjushri Kulkarni, Akola
61. Shri. Sanjay Kamal Ashok, Swamini Vidhava Foundation, Akola
62. Shri. Rajesh Khawale, Res. District Collector, Wardha
63. Shri. Santosh Garaje, Sahara Parivar, Gevrai, Dist. Beed
64. Shri. Vivek Sawant, MD, Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd., Pune
65. Paromita Goswami, Activist & Founder of “Shramik Elgar”, Chandrapur
66. Shri. Ashok Chiwate, Progressive farmer, Satara
67. Dr. Sanjeev Saoji, Aurangabad
68. Shri. Ram Bhogale, NIRLEPgroup, Aurangabad
69. Shri. Rajesh Thombare, Chalisgaon, Dist. Jalgaon
70. Shri. Abhijeet Dharmadhikari, Aurangabad
71. Dr. K. B. Patil, Vice Chanceller, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon
72. Dr. Milind Bhoi, Pune
73. Shri. Dhanajay Shedbale, Pune
74. Shri. Yajurvendra Mahajan, Deepstambh Pratishthan, Jalgaon
75. Shri. Venkat Iyer, Mumbai/Dahanu
76. Shri. Laxman Gole, Pune
77. Padmashri. Bhavarlalji Jain, Jalgaon
78.  

SEVANKUR - Plan for year 2011

To have Sevankur camps at four different regions of the state, 200 participants each, in addition to one annual meet (500 participants). (Khandesh, Marathwada, Western Maharashtra & Vidarbha)

  1. To have 10 non residential one day camps at different places for 500 youths each.
  2. To start the volunteer/ internship program for 100 Sevankur members, for minimum 7-10 days duration, so as to give them hands on experience & exposure to various social issues & organizations. We are making a list of the organizations & the individuals, where they can get this opportunity. Sevankur members will go to different NGOs of their interest. They will stay there for minimum 7-10 days, contribute their skills to the organization, learn about the activities, and prepare a document about the experience. From this summer vacation the program will actually start. This will give the Sevankur members the first hand experience of the work, will boost up their motivation & some may develop a long term association with the organization or the issue involved.
  3. We are expanding the database of interested youths with a target of about 10000 during this year & keep it alive by using all the communication channels like sums, emails, social networking sites, visits etc. We will also co ordinate & collaborate with various youth camp organizers & other youth related opportunity givers. We will make aware this network of youths of all these opportunities & refer them for experiencing as per their interests & likings. We have prepared a calendar of various youth camps at different places in Maharashtra.
  4. We also started building up a database of mentors & other socially active senior friends, experts in various fields & make it available to all. We now already have about 500 such individuals in our network.
  5. We will act as the placement agency for selected NGOs & help them in recruiting the right kind of trained human resource from our pull of youth database.
  6. We will continue giving support for the startups already in contact, like Santosh & Manjusritai. Similarly we will go on identifying other such social startups & connect them to larger network, so as to get them social, financial & other kind of support.
  7. We are in a process of structuring of Sevankur to some extent as an organization. The details are to be worked out. It is becoming necessary with the growth of Sevankur.
  8. The documentation of the life journey of the role models is started. Now we are having the videos of nearly 50 role models (mainly of the interview sessions during the Sevankur camps) regarding their life journey & experiences. We are going to start disseminating those widely, so as to reach their work to more no. of people. We have also started transcription of those & hopefully make it available in print form later in this year.

10. We will be exploring the possibilities of networking with large Govt. promoted youth networks like National Service Scheme working in all the universities of India, Nehru Yuva Kendra for rural youths & some others. It will help in widening the reach of Sevankur.

11. Trainings: We will be organizing different kind of training programs, so as to sharpen the personal & professional efficiency of Sevankur members & other youths & also to make them aware of various social issues. These were in fields of vision building, capacity building, skill Trainings like writing & speaking skill workshop & other need based trainings. These will help in grooming of the Sevankur leaders & promoting the activities & also strengthening of the network.

Writing skills Photography & Videos

7 Habits Communication Skills

Goal setting & Time management Vision – 2030

Use of Social networking media for change NGO management,

Healthy Life style Physical & mental fitness

Effective parenting Leadership

Public speaking Spoken English

Basic Computer

12. Sevankur Home (Youth Resource Center) at Amravati – At present we are operating from a rented place. Considering the increasing size of Sevankur family, we are in need of our own home at Amravati. It will be the home for all Sevankur members to come together for different reasons & occasions. We also develop a resource center for youths in general with all the facilities of communication to keep the network of 10000 youths alive. There will be a space for meetings & trainings. It will act as a coordinating office for Sevankur activities. Sevankur members can come & stay there. We have already purchased a plot of 7800 sq. feet in the middle of Amravati city for this, with the donations from many of our well wishers & sympathizers. Now we will need around 90 Lacs Rs. For construction of Sevankur Home.

(Total 9000 sq. feet construction) We need your financial contribution for making it happen within a span of one year. (We kept target of completing it by March 2012)

At Sevankur, we are proposing to give 1 to 10 % of yearly earnings every year, for social cause as our duty. (Even the students, who are not earning anything now, should give 1-10 % of their expenses every year, by saving at some or the other point) Accepting this kind of responsibility of “giving back” in “present” only is the real spirit of Sevankur.

Some major Developments

Now a core team of around 150 youths evolved over the period & facilitates the process all round the year by reaching to more no of new youths, leading the small initiatives at their places, connecting with other networks.

  1. The contribution for participating in Sevankur camp which was Rs. 50 in first camp, is gradually increased to Rs. 100, 150, 200 & then to 300 for the students & 500 for others. We also see that, no one should miss the opportunity only because he can’t contribute. We offer complete or partial discount to nearly 20 % participants, who really can’t afford the travel cost plus the contribution. Gradually we are moving towards the self sustained system for the logistic expenses of the camp, so that we should be able to continue it without any external support.
  2. Now the no. of senior non student youths is also increased to nearly 15-20 %. Many of them are engaged in some or the other kind of social activities. They also act as the mentors for the youngsters. So overall the maturity level of Sevankur is increased a lot.
  3. We started with participants from 7-8 districts of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. Now the participants of Feb 2011 Sevankur were from 32 districts of Maharashtra. (So have reached to almost entire state) We began with mainly medicine, engineering students, but now they are from all kinds of academic background.
  4. “Sevankur” evolved as a brand over the period at the state level. There is wide spread mouth to mouth publicity amongst the youths, various youth networks, NGOs, etc. We are known for commitment, down to earth approach, strong voluntarism & internal bonding, working very informally & with minimum external financial inputs.
  5. Sevankur members get priority at many places due to their strengths. 5-6 Sevankur members have been selected for each of the three batches (out of total of 70 selected participants from Maharashtra State) of “NIRMAN’ course, run by famous social activist Dr. Abhay Bang. NIRMAN is graded exposure & training & fellowship program for youth volunteers, for social action. We encouraged Sevankur members to participate in NIRMAN. We are also having a very close association with the participants of the NIRMAN.
  6. Eight Sevankur members (out of total of 400 selected participants from all India) have been selected for Tata Jagriti Rail Yatra this year. This is also another youth forum promoting social enterpruneership by way of exposure through all India train journey.
  7. Few Sevankur members started opting for career in social sector, out of the exposure & the motivation they received. Krishna has joined the “GOONJ”, Mukesh joined the “Vidnyan Ashram”. In coming days more Sevankur members will come forward for this. In fact many NGOs started looking towards Sevankur, as the storehouse of committed youths. So hence forth the Sevankur members will have more job opportunities in social sector & NGOs will get quality human resource.
  8. Networking of various youth activities & organizations taken place by the initiative of Sevankur. NIRMAN, TJY, SHIVAM, Snehalaya, Anandwan, GOONJ, Netaji Competitive exam academy Sangli, Matrubhumi Foundation, Buldana, Rashtra Seva Dal are some of the youth networks working for youths. Now we have been able to connect all these informally. Some of them have adopted few Sevankur concepts in their youth activities.SHIVAM is one of such big network in South-western Maharashtra. They used to organize youth camps at many places with huge no. of participants. Their annual camp used to be in Satara district in Jan. which is three days residential camp, with no. of participants around 4000-5000. Now we get associated with them since last three years. Many of the Sevankur approaches have been welcomed & get incorporated in their camps.
  9. We have evolved a one day non-residential module of Sevankur & tried it at three different places this year with success. It is low input screening activity, which we are planning to expand extensively.
  10. We have developed a database of about 2000 youth & senior friend with their contact details, area of interests/expertise etc. We are in regular touch with them by using different communication channels like sms & email, social networking sites, phone calls & actual face to face interaction.
  11. Sevankur is now emerging as the supporting platform for new upcoming social initiatives. Two classical examples are a) Santosh Garaje, 26 years, from Gevrai of Beed district of Maharashtra, is running hostel for orphan & destitute children, since last seven years. He is from a migrant labor family. His sister died 7 years ago, when he was 19 years old. She had a small kid of 1 year age. The agony of the kid who lost his mother, touched his heart & he get moved & decided to dedicate his life for such children. He was not having any social background, nor any knowledge of running NGO. But sheer out of that incidence his empathy converted in action & he started looking for such destitute children. He started with six children 7 years ago & now he is the guardian of such 35 children. He lives with them for 24*365 days, taking care of all their development needs of education, food, lodging with full of love & affection. Though he had registered an NGO for this, he was struggling hard for getting support. Many times he used to get fade up with his limited resources. He participated in Sevankur camps last year & the scene has changed totally. Now Sevankur members came forward & had taken responsibility of giving all kind of support in terms of time, skills, finance etc. Some of them go to his place & help him in accounting, documentation & other things. Some started contributing & collecting donations for him. Now there is a tremendous boost in the morale of Santosh & he started planning of scaling of his activity. B) Another example of Smt Manjushri Kulkarni of Akola, who started “day care center” for the blind children, with some of her friends. This year Sevankur members had joined in her venture & now it is expanding in many directions.
  12. Because of the exposure to various role models & the nurturing atmosphere in Sevankur, the motivation level of Sevankur members is increased. Many of them developed a penetrating vision of looking for needy individuals/organizations, around them. They also started giving helping hand & offering every possible support in terms of time, skills, finances. It helped in relieving sufferings of many of such individuals like the blind, or physically challenged, senior citizen, poor children etc.
  13. We have prepared a calendar of the youth camps organized by various NGOs, organizations at different places & started widely publisizing it.

15. Scrap Bank : Now this became a regular activity at many places. The used but usable things which are otherwise waste at homes, are to be converted into the useful things to the needy one. The scrap bank evolved as a system of collecting, sorting, if required repairing, packing, storing on one side & dispatching & distributing to the needy one on other side. Amravati, Wardha, Washim, Akola, Nagpur, Satara, Sangali are some of the districts where it had started. We got bicycles, sewing machine, beds, furniture etc. apart from the clothes this year. Now we stared helping to new social initiatives by providing these resources in kind.

16. Yavatmal group helped in the “Helping Farmers project”. Our area is suffering from an agrarian crisis & many farmers are committing suicides during last 3-4 years. Many organisations are working towards this problem. Sevankur members have participated in some of the awareness campaigns held for farmers. During summer vacations training camps were held in many villages in watershed management, organic composting etc. Sevankur members took active part in these summer camps. They got the rural exposure & have an opportunity to study the problems of the farmers.

17. We have been invited as resource for NSS camps by many colleges at different places.

18. We have organized Rural Sevankur at GSMT Jalka, DILASA Ghatanji, Wadgaon in Yavatmal district, Kinwat in Nanded district.

19. We also started the Junior Sevankur wing for younger children. We organized Residential/ Non residential camps at Amravati & other few places.

20.One inspiring example of Sevankur volunteering is of Shri. Dhavale from Amravati. He is youth of just 72 years age & associated with Sevankur since Oct. 2009. He is a retired office superintendent from Govt. department. He was so excited about Sevankur, in the first meeting only, that he offered to give a monthly donation of Rs. 1000 for Prayas-Sevankur. He is continuing it since last 18 months. Another amazing offer he kept, that he will be devoting three hours daily for Prayas-Sevankur. Since then he is working on that line & became a self designated PRO of Sevankur, propagating the activities by going house to house. He participated in all the Sevankur camps with full enthusiasm with the youths. He became the loving grand-father & the Idol for all the Sevankur members.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Sevankur Report 2007-11


SEVANKUR
(Motivating Youths for Service)
A Journey Ahead (Progress Report) 2007-2011
SEVANKUR is an open platform for the youths, who want to live differently & also wants to bring difference in others’ lives. It is facilitated by PRAYAS, Amravati & many like minded friends with social commitment, from different sectors. Mainly professional college students of medicine, engineering, management, social work background are involved in it. Majority of them are from middle India-the middle class families of rural or semi-urban background, with desire to do something for the society. SEVANKUR provides a nurturing platform & tries to intensify this desire & also helps in transforming it in action.
SEVANKUR started with an objective of creating a nurturing ecosystem for promoting voluntarism. It is the entry level activity just like the preschool & it prepares the youths for the journey towards voluntarism & social change. For this we also try to link up with various youth networks like NIRMAN, SHIVAM PRATISHTHAN, TATA JAGRITI YATRA & many others.
Initially we organized annual camps of SEVANKUR, with objective of sensitising & motivating youths, through exposure to various Role Models of different background. First camp was held at Baba Amte’s Anandwan in 2007, in his presence, with his blessings. From 2009 the frequency & the geographical spread has expanded many folds as evident from below.
Sr. No.
When
Where
No. of Participants
1
Feb. 2007
Anandwan
225
2
Feb. 2008
Anandwan
275
3
Feb. 2009
Anandwan
450
4
July 2009
Sevagram
150
5
Feb. 2010
Sevagram
300
6
July 2010
Ahemdnagar
150
7
Aug. 2010
Anandwan
275
8
Sept. 2010
Ambajogai
150
9
Dec. 2010
Akola
150
10
Feb. 2011
Anandwan
300
The spread of Sevankur activity occurred by mouth publicity & referral only. We don’t advertise much regarding the program, nor do we ask any college authorities for sending participants. Most of the participants came through referral by ex participants. Usually two third of them are new & one third are the repeaters. They come voluntarily, pay for their travel & the token registration fees towards logistic costs (We subsidies it to some extent by way of support from outside)
All the resource persons we invite to interact with the participants, are Role Models in some or the other ways, who themselves have lived differently & brought significant changes in other’s lives. They also came with their own expenses & without any expectation of remuneration. Even most of them stay back with the participants beyond their sessions, many of them for the complete duration of the camp. The informal interaction goes on till late night hours, sometimes up to 3-4 am.
The overall three day’s residential program of SEVANKUR, consist of total ten sessions of one & half to two hour’s duration. Usually six Role Models share their life journey with the participants in the form of interview, followed by Q & A. Two sessions are for the participants to interact amongst themselves in small groups & two sessions are meant for their common sharing. All the senior friends also participate in these sessions. One session is devoted to see & learn from the host organization. The complete event is organised in a very informal, friendly & familiar atmosphere.
The participants develop a strong bondage amongst themselves & also with the resource persons. Their batteries get fully charged. The follow up is done through sms, phone calls, emails & actual visits & small meetings at their places. The participants have taken many small initiatives of “Making a Difference” at their places afterwards.