Community Development the corner stone of future
This is boundless
in form and content, the real health indicator of any community. We try
and integrate small initiatives with every village that is adopted. Youth
programmes as part of any structured approach to rural education just do
not exist in India. Primary school education is drudgery with bare
facilities and rudimentary content. Very
few schools have any benches or desks not to speak of sports.
With no power in most remote villages there is little scope for any
reading at home. The foundation of education in general seems scuttled
for want of facilities at all levels. The social fall out from this is
obvious. Even a drop could therefore make a sea change. This is a vast
human resource crying for attention. With attention it is the best
vehicle for national integration and fostering good society with civic
sense. And equally forbidding if neglected.
Our aim is to provide a small package with each scheme to attract youth by
filling visible gaps
learning center with a rural library and a computer kiosk
Interstate, inter regional exposure tours for children upto 16.
and volley ball courts at each village.
An air rifle
One gym at
the district level
cross country and bicycle event for the district.
hardy sports such as rugby, archery and martial arts.
As a trial model
we took up the above activity on a small scale at village Salaita, in
Yamuna ravines. The condition of the primary schools in the village as
shown in photograph below, typical of the environment in most remote
villages of the country. Despite this there is spontaneous eagerness to
strive for some achievement. example- Salaita
is proud to have produced our
Olympic hockey team goalkeeper in Devesh
Chauhan. Would we not achieve much more if we can provide some
basic grooming facilities for sports in our villages?
First batch of 13 children on their
first ever visit outside the
Yamuna Ravines, in Delhi
Sabha - AVM Sahni and
Maj Gen Chauhan giving
awareness on benifits
help and voluntary work in
Exposure tours have
an immense value in social integration and learning from experience.
Building skills and abilities in the community from young to old is an
essential part of self help culture without which the community
cannot stand on its won feet. This requires training. Knowing
what others have done from which the community could benefit
especially for schemes at hand requires exposures and visits.
The check dam project with a focus on rejuvenating environment and income
generating opportunities, brought the community in touch with distant
establishments hitherto unknown and from where much of the fruits of
research have yet to reach the grass root level. New varieties of
grazing grass, bamboo and other trees saplings have been brought as a
result of visits by teams to the Forest Research Institute and the
National Grassland and Fodder Research Institute. The villages have just no
idea that such backup for them exists anywhere, as extension services do
not exist. Another visit organized
to Jhansi exposed the community to various rural technologies being
promoted by Development Alternatives and their self help groups in
villages of Bundelkhand.
An all women’s team participated in the Jalsammelan organized by Tarun
Bharat Sangh in Alwar. The women of Salaita who had never been
permitted to venture out displayed a new confidence. A small change
but a significant one nonetheless.
We lay a big stress on women’s empowerment in communities we work with.
The foundation for this is through exposures and education the first model
having come up in Village Salaita. Our initiative was integrated with the
project for construction of the checkdam. This gave us an opportunity to
introduce self help culture by organising various committees (samities)
required to execute the scheme for ‘water’ where the womens committee
(mahila samiti) had to play a big role. This was followed by picking
up an apt theme early childhood grooming and management of a village
school which evoked a big response from girls. A one year
diploma course on this them was available with the National Open School
through distance education which would also equip the trainee with a
qualification for being absorbed in the community primary school. The
first set of trainees course will be appearing for their final examination
in Oct this year. The community has also been introduced to a health
workers course with the ultimate aim of equipping the community with
their voluntary health workers and providing an health center for the
complex. This exposure has further encouraged womens participation
in the affairs of the community. A breakthrough was achieved when SALAITA
fielded a womens team for the Jalsammelan organized by Tarun Bharat
Sangh in Alwar which brought together women water activists from all
corners of the country on a form supported by UNDP. This was the first
instance that such a team was organized by any village in the entire
region. Of the momentum can be maintained women of Salaita will become
trend setters for the state.