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Times

March 2015

Vol. 1 Issue 1 

Setting stage for


Corporates,
NGOs & Research
Community

Quarterly Magazine

Chief Editor
R K Anil
Editorial Team
Sarvanan D
Dhammapal Chawhan
Nandkumar Pudhari
Organizers
Seva Bharathi
Youth For Seva

Contents
Editorial
Why and How should we Work together
for a Developed India?

Cover Story
Setting a stage for corporates, NGOs &
Research community 3

For enquiries contact


following
Email:
sewabharathi@gmail.com
tfs2014@techforseva.org

Features
Integrated Approach to Improve the
Weavers Livelhood: Chitrika

Empowering Urban Slum Women through


Kishori Vikas : Seva Bharathi

Arogya Dhara A Comprehensive Health Project 10


ChiguruNurturing young India :
Youth for Seva

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Man making education through LLL method :


Vande Mataram Foundation

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Why and How should we Work together for a Developed India?




By Editor
Paropakaram Vahanti Nadya, Paropakaram Duhanti Gaaya
Paropakaram Phalanti Vriksha, Paropakaram Idam Shareeram
{Rivers flow for helping others, Cows give milk for helping others, Trees bear
fruits for helping others, similarly this body is also meant for helping others}

Since time
immemorial our
people in our
country have
been taking care
of their needs
through their
own systems
of governance
such as village
Panchayat,
temple committees, trade guilds, and
user associations. They were collectively
responsible for the maintenance of their
village, water bodies, adjoining forests,
temples etc. They had their own Revenue
Models and Standard Operating Procedures
to ensure their sustainability and viability.
The rich in the society also contributed
generously to develop and maintain collective
assets and Common Property Resources.
However, with the advent of the foreign
rule, the management of most of these was
transferred to a distant government and
impersonal bureaucracy. Gradually people
started expecting everything renovation
of their village tank, provision of latrines
etc to be done by the elected government
and outsourced all developmental activity to
the hired government servants.
Now we realize that there are limits to what
the government can and cannot do in the
realm of community development. We

understand that reforms in governance are a


continuous process and there is considerable
lag before their impact is felt on the ground.
Hence we need to take more responsibility
for developmental activities by tapping the
desire for improvement and the latent energy
in the people, by leveraging the resources and
expertise available in our corporate sector,
and using the technology developed by our
scientists.

Our strengths
We are an ancient civilization with
uninterrupted existence. The underlying rule
of Dharma enjoins us to live in harmony with
Nature and coexistence with all humanity.
We have glorious examples of altruism in
our mythology (Karna in Mahabharata and
Shibi Chakravarty in Jataka tales) and in
contemporary wealth creators (the Birlas,
Tatas, Azim Premji, Narayanamurthy) to
emulate in philanthropy. Our communities,
both individually and collectively, have been
contributing to help the needy directly or
through donations to the temples and other
charitable organisations. We are one of the
technological (software) superpowers and
among the fast growing economies in the
world. In spite of being home to the second
largest population in the world, we are self
sufficient in food due to our farmers and
technologists efforts. We have successful
Model villages in almost every state including

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Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Road Ahead

Present reality

After the successfully organizing the first


Tech for Seva (TFS) symposium, the TFS
team plan to work closely with all the
corporates and research institutions based
out of Hyderabad. It would be useful to
form a Secretariat to act as a clearing house
and a bridge between those working at the
cutting edge with the communities and
those who have resources (knowledge and
financial) so that the prevailing information
asymmetry is rectified. Possible roles of such
a Secretariat could include:

India is ranked a lowly 135 on the UNDP


Human Development Index (HDI) out
of 187 countries in 2014. This depicts
our combined national achievement in
health, education, and income. Only 30.7
% of our households in rural areas have
sanitary latrines at home and an estimated
49% indulge in open defecation nationally
(census 2011). The adverse impact due to
inadequate sanitation in India is about Rs
2.40 lakh crores i.e., about
6.4% of the GDP (2010). Literacy rate in
Andhra Pradesh is only about 67%. The
quality of education is low, with NASSCOM
stating that only a fraction of our Engineering
graduates are employable.
The productivity of land is low with nearly
58% of net area is dependent on the mercy
of monsoon rains for irrigation and a low
cropping intensity of just 1.26 in Andhra
Pradesh (2010). There is a looming drinking
water scarcity with declining water tables in
20% of the mandals in the state. There is
a rapidly declining trend in our traditional
crafts and intangible heritage, and degrading
values with India ranking 85 among 175
countries in the corruption perception index
of Transparency International (2014).
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The challenge is how to leverage our strengths


to positively change the present reality. The
elected governments and bureaucracy cannot
be solely entrusted with the responsibility of
bringing about the desired socio-economic
change. Based on our experience in Tech for
Seva symposium, we believe that it is essential
for the three main drivers of economy and
community development - the NGOs, the
Corporate sector and the Scientific research
organizations to cooperate and leverage
each others strengths in ushering in the
desired change in peoples lives.

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Maintaining and updating databases of


all the stakeholders
Matchmaking between/among partners
Due diligence for authenticity
Helping NGOs in compliance of quality
and delivery
Bringing out a newsletter
Organising events such as TFS
conferences.
For a larger good, will it be useful to conduct
the future TFS conferences on fixed dates in
Hyderabad every year, such as being done
for the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhi
Nagar or IITF in Pragati Maidan, Delhi, so
that all the three pillars (Corporates, NGOs,
and Research Institutes) of community
development look forward to this and be
prepared to showcase what they have done
and what they have to offer?
Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is
reached Swami Vivekananda

Setting Stage for NGOs, Corporate, and Research Scholars


Tech For Seva Conference
Objective
Seva Bharathi and Youth For Seva organized the
Tech For Seva conference on December 12 and
13, 2014 at YSR National Institute of Tourism
and Hospitality Management, Gachibowli,
Hyderbad. Over 300 NGOs, 90 corporates, 20
researchers, and 1000 delegates participated
on various presentations. The conference was
conducted to foster collaboration between
scientists, innovators, academic and corporate
institutions, and NGOs to provide sustainable
solutions for inclusive growth and improved
quality of life for the poor.

Background
India has taken a giant leap in economic
development over the last two decades and has
made significant progress in every sphere. Today,
India is a recognized economic power and its
voice is heard by the world powers. At the same
time, development gap is clearly visible and the
people in the bottom of the social pyramid
must not be neglected. United Nations Human
Development Index (HDI), which provides a
composite statistic of life expectancy, education

invent innovative approaches for joint actions


from different stakeholders that include not just
government agencies but also NGOs, Corporate

Organizers
Seva Bharathi, Telangana,
Youth for Seva, Hyderabad
and scientists. Clearly science and technology
can play a crucial catalytic role. Over 300,000
NGOs and many corporate through their
CSR activities are working with all earnestness
as change agents. Many organizations have
developed new technologies in the field of
Medicine, Energy, Agriculture, Environment,
Information Technology etc. and leading
research institutions like ISRO, BARC/DAC,
DRDO, CSIR Laboratories and many more have
been developing them with social relevance.
However all the stakeholders i.e. Corporate,
Research agencies, NGOs and socially cognizant
citizens look for a common platform to address
various problems affecting the lives of millions.
This conference provided a networking platform
for all NGOs to share and work together to
deliver the benefits of development to the needy.

Event Statistics
No. of days of the Event :

Dates of the Event: December 12th & 13th, 2014


No. of NGOs Participated:

and income indices ranks India at 134th position


globally. The rank indicates that the large amount
of work that needs to be done to emancipate the
poor and needy of the country.
The challenges that we face can be easily resolved
by joint actions. Time has come to explore and

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No. of Scientists Participated:

50

No. of Corporates Participated:

92

Delegates Participation at the Inauguration: 750


Total Delegates Participation on Day One:

920

Delegates Participation at the Key Note Event: 880


Total Delegates Participation on Day Two:

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800

Inauguration Day
Shri. Etela Rajender, Finance Minister, Telangana
State; Swamy Bodhamayananda, Director,
Center for Human Excellence, Ramakrishna
Math, Hyderabad; Dr. G Satish Reddy, Director,
RCI; Dr. Ganesh Natrajan, CEO, Zensar
Technologies; and Shri. Nrupender Rao,
Chairman, Pennar Group were the dignitaries
who attended the inauguration day of the event.

Co Hosts

Vandemataram Foundation

Ekalavya Foundation

Seva Sahayog

Saksham

Grama Bharathi

Vignan Bharathi

YSR NITHM, Gachibowli

problems of a common man fully, hence NGOs,


Social workers and Private sectors has to take
part in this process as their social responsibility.
He said a lot of money is being spent in service
activities, but there is a need to ensure money
is spent on useful initiatives. He suggested all
the stakeholders (NGOs, Corporate and social
cognizant citizens) to concentrate on education,
health, livelihood and rural empowerment as
these are the basic areas where betterment is
needed. Once we stand up to the standards
in the above areas then automatically all the
problem of common man will be solved.

Keynote Session

Inaugural speech:

Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for


Communication and Information Technology,
Govt. of India; Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Former
DRDO Chief; and Shri P. Venugopal Reddy,
Ekalavya Foundation were the dignitaries for the
second day keynote session event.

Keynote Speech:

Shri Etela Rajender and Swamy Bodhamayananda


inaugurated the event by lighting the lamp.
In the inaugural speech Shri Etela Rajender
said Governments are not able to solve the

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Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Honorable Union


cabinet Minister asked the NGOs to take forward
their goals by optimum use of technology. He
also said that Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna
and Swacch Bharat Mission initiatives were
taken to the people with the help of technology.
Minister further said technology can improve
the quality of life. The world is looking at India
and Indias talent. Information Technology

Sponsors

WELLS FARGO

Capegemini-We Kare

Value Labs

Anath Technologies

GGK Tech

Cigniti Technologies

AIA Engineering

+ Indian Talent = Indias Tomorrow and the


government will make the governance better
by utilizing technology. He added people are
ready to change and change is possible through
the use of technology.
The conference will be doing the most important
thing that is lacking today is to connect ground
level innovators to Corporate and NGOs to help
them take their innovations to next level (go to
market). TFS will be the enabling medium for
taking these innovators to the market.

Valedictory Ceremony
Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Ministry of Labour
and Employment, Govt. of India provided the
valedictory speech.

Valedictory speech:
Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Honorable Union
Minister in his valedictory speech shared his
experiences in services activities with Seva
Bharathi, what is the meaning of service, how
a social worker should think and so on. He
also stressed the quote Biggest benefit of
Technology is that we can use it to link the
people of India, link to energize the people of
India and link to inspire the people of India.

Many NGOs congratulated the organizers and


expressed their willingness to work with the
organizers in all future events. Few NGOs had
requested for training sessions that will help
in using technology effectively, maintaining
accounts, and leveraging the CSR.
Ramakrishna, who works for an IT firm
coordinated one of the sessions in the
conference says, TFS conference was not just
that an event to witness. It was an awesome
feel to associate with. The concept was very
refreshing and novel. I was thrilled seeing
NGOs, Corporates, and research scholars with
infectious zeal to work for the country. I felt
satisfied and thoroughly refreshed being a part
of the conference. Looking forward to work
more.

Next Steps:
Connecting with all the NGOs.
Top 10 initiatives being run by the NGOs
which will have the maximum positive impact
have been identified and TFS will work with
corporate to execute the projects
Two training sessions for all the NGOs are
being planned to educate them on Project
management, proposal making and Financial
management.

Knowledge Partners

FAPCCI

HYSEA

Shri Bandaru Dattatreya honored eminent &


senior social workers.

NASSCOM Foundation

TIE, Hyderabad

NGO Felicitation:

TECCI

Nearly 250 NGOs are felicitated by the Tech for


Seva team for their great partnership in service
to the Society.

FWB

COWE

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Integrated Approach to Improve the Weavers Livelhood: Chitrika


Chitrika is an artisan development foundation
that promotes self-managed, self-reliant, and
self-sustaining institutions of weavers. Chitrika
works with weavers in Srikakulam and East
Godavari districts in Andhra Pradesh. The
organization supports artisans in improving
their realization, reducing drudgery, increasing
productivity, reducing risks by improving
social security measures and developing self-
sustaining artisan business institutions.
The inefficiencies in weaving sector range
from incorrect identification of beneficiaries
to corruption. In the entire weaving valuechain, there is a need for tight integration and
centralization of certain activities. The key issues
in value-chain are:

Weavers do the pre-loom activities


individually and manually
No value additions in terms of printing,
garmenting, and embroidering

In the long run, there is a need to rectify the


channels through which the benefits flow to the
artisans.
Chitrika envisages in promoting an integrated,

transparent and technologically advanced model,


developed after in depth study of the value chain
of handlooms. Some of the solutions tried by
Chitrika are-

Creating local economic clusters of


weavers
Single window integrated services that
contains bouquet of services related to
inputs and outputs management
Improved technological solutions to
preproduction activities
Centralized value addition units

Chitrika also experiments with different


institutional forms, strengthens the producer
business institutions, and helps them to have
better access to finances. Building a marketing
channel that is owned by the artisans is one
of the crucial interventions to create space for
producers in the market. Technology focus will
be built into the intervention from management
of institutions, tools of the artisans, market
intelligence and connecting with various players.
However, Chitrika also looks for

Capital investment support for any of


their proposed technologies
Developing software for inventory
management system/design/
production planning systems
Contribution for working capital of the
producer company

There are few more options, where you can


decide to invest in.

Provide Loans
At times even when we have manpower, skill
and technology financial crunch may stop or
hinder the growth process in an enterprise. You
can provide loans and invest directly in producer
enterprises.

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Investing In Infrastructure

Sponsor A Campaign

With internal financial systems in place, Chitrika


is now looking at computerizing all the systems
to decrease workload and at the same time train
the employees of the artisan collectives to grow
to the next level. You can contribute a computer
directly to the producer enterprises.

There are many people who are unaware about


the livelihoods of artisans and the value attached
to the products made by them. Campaigns
help to showcase the true picture of the entire
value chain and the key actors involved in
the market. Campaigns in Chitrika will target
schools, colleges, corporate and institutions to
represent the cause behind and also to educate
the consumer on how they can contribute
meaningfully.

Sponsor A Training Programme


Chitrika is planning for every month learning
activity and annual training for the members
of the producer enterprises. These training
programmes will enhance the skills of artisansbe it in production, technology or marketing.
Contribute to annual learning retreat of
producer enterprises

Ms Vijaya Switha Grandhi, CEO of Chitrika


encourages people from different spheres to
connect and support their initiatives. The NGO
is located at Plot No.26, 4-3-92/3/A, Tejaswini
Colony, Attapur, Hyderabad-500048, Telangana
(Phone: +91-9440901146, Email: switha@
chitrika.org , www.chitrika.org).

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Empowering Urban Slum Women through Kishori Vikas : Seva


Bharthi
Today more than 1/3rd of Hyderabad
population are living in slums. According to
Census 2011, the slums continue to grow at
a higher rate of 6.06%. There are 1179 slums
notified by GHMC officially but it may be
around 1500. Approximately, there are 30 Lakhs
of slum dwellers.
The majority of the slum dwellers are below
poverty line. The people in slum work as
construction workers, do housekeeping jobs,
drive auto or tempo, or work as a watchman,
peon, or daily wages worker to earn an average
monthly income of around Rs.4-5 thousand.
Huts or a make-shift room is the residing place
for these people. In such a small congested
space all the family members performs their
respective activities. The general atmosphere and
environment in slums, particularly in the evening
and night is noisy and not conducive for the
students to study peacefully.
Basic literacy is not the core problem in these
slums. But the deprivation of the calm and
healthy atmosphere that fosters healthy behavior
is the main problem. Also parental care or a
mentor is absent in slums. The lack of these
adequate facilities leads to higher dropouts from
the school and also leads to unemployment,
which in turn causes frustration, addictions, spat,
verbal and physical abuse.
Lack of education and unemployment often
forces people to illegal means of livelihood.
Domestic violence and alcohol addiction
becomes an output of frustration and unhealthy
social environment breeds negative characters.
Ignorance and submission to suppression
completes this vicious circle.
Cases of gender bias and discrimination against
women are seen in significant percentages of
urban slums and rural India. These make women
more vulnerable to all sorts of abuse. The
girls face numerous problems such as lack of
proper education, unfair wages in employment,
choosing the wrong path due to lack of proper
guidance or circumstances, and so on.
There are lot of unanswered questions regarding
their physical as well as emotional wellbeing.
They also suffer from depression due to lack

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of freedom at home. Early marriage makes the


problem even worse.
The Kishori Vikas program of Seva Bharathi
tries to address these problems by empowering
the women in the slum. As a part of the
program, a college going girl student, trainer,
is trained in various activities who in-turn will
train other school and college going students in
education, health, culture, behaviors and also
help in identifying women who will be made
self-reliant through vocational trainings. The
trainers are incentivized by free education and
related support.

Activities in Kishori Vikas


Free tuitions for school or college going girls


and increasing their confidence by preparing
them for competitive exams, essay writing
and elocution competitions etc.
Conducting yoga and medi tation classes
Conducting health awareness campaigns
to make them aware about their role
in prevention of several diseases and
maintaining a healthy lifestyle
Sanitation campaigns to improve the health
status amongst the girls and the women.
Cultural development through moral stories
and bhajans
Self-reliance through vocational trainings
like tailoring, hand embroidery, fabric
and screen-printing, candle, chocolate
preparation etc.
Martial art training for self-defence..
Regular group meetings provide a platform
for social support and individual leadership
development, enabling women to become
powerful agents of economic and societal
transformation within their communities.
Seva Bharathi has specialized in the field of
education, health, hygiene, and improving
physical and emotional development of slum
girls. Many of Seva Bharti initiatives are being
supported under Corporate Social Responsibility.
Seva Bharti office bearers can be contacted at
House No: 3-2-106, Nimboliadda, Kachiguda,
Hydereabad - 500 027 (Ph: 040-24610056).

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Arogya Dhara A Comprehensive Health Project:


Ekalavya Foundation
Public health in rural India is in shambles for
a variety of reasons. Lack of public health
infrastructure, lack of skilled personal who are
willing to work in rural areas, inadequate supply
of medicines are among the many reasons for
this sorry state of affairs.
The health situation in tribal and adjacent areas
is much worse than the plains. Inaccessible
road network and poor communication network
coupled with all the above mentioned reasons
pose unique health challenges.

Modernization has brought in new food


habits (like rice consumption) as against
their staple food like jowar.
Loss of traditional wisdom in treating
diseases with locally available herbs,
plants etc.
Many tribal people were found to be
suffering from various diseases caused
by nutritional deficiency.
These agency areas suffer from
various communicable diseases like
malaria,dengue, pneumonia, diarrhoea
during rainy seasons.
Open defecation is another reason for
spread of waterborn diseases.
Lack of basic awareness about
preventive health and general health.
Consumption of Gutka, Paan parag and
other tobacco products, cheap liquor.

Our solution:
The solution proposed and being implemented
is comprehensive, holistic, people centric and
all-inclusive.It not only aims at prevention, but
also supplements with knowledge, training and
empowerment of communities for a healthy and
disease free lifestyle.
On the eve of Swami Vivekanandas 150th Birth
anniversary, Ekalavya Foundation has initiated a
comprehensive health program named Arogya
Dhara in 2013 to cover all people living in 162

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villages of Indervelly Mandal of Adilabad Dist.


First year it was proposed to cover 42 villages in
6 Gram Panchayats and from 2nd year onwards,
all 162 villages would be covered under this
program. The total number of beneficiaries
will be 47433 individuals from 9650 families. To
solve the problem of open defecation, Ekalavya
Foundation had taken several drives such as
Swachch Bharath.

Program objectives:

Every household should have a toilet


and a soak pit
Adequate potable water to every person
Every person should have knowledge
and access to healthy and nutritional
food
People participation in all developmental
activities through village development
committees.

Action plan:

5-6 persons from every village should


be given training on participatory
democracy (adequate representation to
women)
Special training to all adolescent girls
and women on issues personal hygiene,

nutrition etc.
Information campaign on cleanliness,
personal hygiene through videos, Kala
Jaata programs, pamphlets.
Backyard plantation in every household
consisting of fruit and vegetable plants
to inculcate the habit of consuming the
seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Homeo medicine distribution to every
household.
Frequent eye testing in schools and
village Panchayat centres.
Special training to women from every
village on how to use locally available
vegetables to prepare healthy and tasty
dishes.
Study of Health and dietary habits
of tribal people: We have requested
National Institute of Nutrition (NIN),
Hyderabad to undertake a study of health
and nutrition of tribals in Utnoor area.

Sakira (B) became the first village in


entire Adilabad district (Probably in
Entire Telangana and AP) to construct
toilets in all 49 households.

About Ekalavya Foundation


The Ekalavya Foundation was established on
April 27, 2006 under the Trusts Act with an aim
to empower the tribes and other marginalized
groups of society and help them to effectively
participate in nation building. Senior personnels
are employed as full time workers along with
volunteers to formulate and pursue strategies
and implement them to achieve the goals of the
foundation. To support and know more about
Ekalavya Foundation, corporates and NGOs can
connect with V. Mallikarjuna Reddy, Secretary,
Ekalavya Foundation, 1-8-522/7, Chikkadpally,
Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh, INDIA 500020
(mobile:+91 94406 80032, 040 - 2761 0388,
2767 4649 , e-mail:- mallikarjuna@ekalavya.net).

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ChiguruNurturing young India : Youth for Seva


Over the past three years, Youth For Seva (YFS)
has been organizing an inter-school sporting,
cultural and literary fest titled Chiguru. The
participants are children studying in government
and non-formal schools, where our volunteers
are involved in various activities. Chiguru
which means bud is a volunteer-organized
event aimed at providing a platform for these
budding, future citizens to showcase their
talents. Apart from enhancing their talents,
cultural activities help build self-esteem, focus
and commitment in children.
The Third Edition of Chiguru was conducted
on March 1, 2015 where 4000 children from
150 projects across the city participated in 13
competitions with electrifying enthusiasm.
About 1000 volunteers from 40 companies and
colleges volunteered in organizing the event.
From the Chiguru launch in November 2014,
about 300 volunteers got involved in training
the kids at their respective locations. Needless to
say, volunteers were extremely proud seeing their
children perform to the best of their abilities at
the big stage. The judges felt overwhelmed seeing
bundles of talent all around and they admitted
that they had difficult time to pick winners.
YFS plans to nurture the talents shown by the

kids so that the chiguru blossoms into poovu


(flower) and later pandu (fruit).

About Youth For Seva


Youth for Seva, Hyderabad started in 2010 as
a platform to provide opportunities for youth
who wanted to take active part in community
development despite time constraints. Through
this platform, YFS aims to empower youth to
become positive change makers who will enable
organizations and institutions to work without
a vested interest. The goal of YFS is to support
schools, NGOs, government hospitals and
other organizations in the social sector through
volunteers who can help them mitigate some of
their shortcomings and challenges. Volunteering
is made easy and customized to the individuals
interests and time constraints.
There are several YFS chapters around the
country and we look forward to making
volunteering a movement. YFS encourages
pro brono activist from corporate sector and
colleges to participate in their initiatives. To be
part of YFS activities contact their office bearers
at plot no 18, 8-2-248/B/13, Journalist colony,
Rd No 3, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500034
(Ph 9885198292).

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Man making education through LLL method : Vande Mataram


Foundation
The academic performance of the students
studying in under-resourced schools cannot be
commensurate only with the faculty and physical
infrastructure available in these schools. Some
of it has to do with lack of support at home
as most of the students hail from impoverished
families and being first generation learners.
However, most of the problem lies in the
teaching methodology adopted in these schools,
which instills a fear for mathematics and doesnt
promote any affinity towards reading. The
larger purpose of schooling is not only to teach
academics but also to build their character and
impart life skills to transform them in to good
citizens. Unfortunately the curriculum is not
designed to support this either.
Language, Logic & Life Skills (LLL) program
launched by Vandemataram Foundation (VMF)
focuses on man-making education by improving
the reading habit, honing logic skills, and
enhancing life skills.

Improving the Reading Habit


VMF encourages the children to read books
of their own choice at their own pace without
correcting their mistakes and without asking
them to reproduce or remember what they have
learnt. The volunteers involve the students in
various activities in which they are interested and
which will entice them to books and read them
by themselves. The children shall be facilitated
to read story books of their choice in the first
phase for at least 45 minutes a day in the preschooling session and as a continuation to it

they shall be asked to share with their friends


for 15 minutes the interesting things they have
read in the books. This they shall do sitting in
groups which will familiarise the group with the
contents in other books and motivates them
to read other books the next day. This whole
exercise shall be monitored and coordinated by
a Vidya Volunteer.
Apart from focusing on academics and reading
books, school has to identify and hone the
creative skills present in a student. If this is not
done a child who has a potential for creative
expression get demotivated to attend school.
Mere writing or copying from the books is a dull
and dreary exercise. All day academics kills the
enthusiasm and many children lose interest in
going to school.
Every day, make the children to draw what they
like and exhibit their works in the school. If the
fellow students and eminent persons visiting the
school admires and appreciates the student, it
will be a tremendous boost to the children and
will increase their interest in going to school and
also in sharpening their skills.

Honing Logic Skills


A child without basic competencies in arithmetic
cannot participate in teaching and learning
process of their standard academic mathematics.
Efforts are to be made in the direction of helping
them to acquire the basic competencies that will
facilitate learning mathematics with ease. Else,
there will be no value addition to their presence
in the class room. As they do not understand

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child. It helps the child to interact with others


in the school and the society, share the thoughts
and understand others ideas thus helps the child
to grow as a healthy social individual.

what/why they are learning, they gradually lose


interest in attending the classes and in course
of time turn their attention towards other
things and thus end up as drop-outs even after
attending the school for some time.
As a remedy, the child shall be facilitated to aquire
basic competencies in arithmetic by allowing to
do and practice and learn in groups in the post
schooling session for one hour a day monitored
and coordinated by a Vidya Volunteer.

Enhancing Life Skills

Our schools generally create an impression that


schools is not a place for fun and all the learning
that takes place there is an inescapably terrible
ordeal which the child has to endure to get
ready for another harrowing experience called
exams. This naturally kills the joy in learning and
dissuades the children from going to school.
Singing and dancing come naturally to children
and can go a long way in making schools lively
and inviting places for children. Having fun and
laughter makes the day delightful and keeps the
mind active and enthusiastic..
The ability to communicate properly is an
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Story telling is an educational merit and a very


efficient communication technique. It develops
the creative, critical and social skills of children.
Story telling sessions if planned and executed
properly can make the children take part in it
with enthusiasm and cultivate the interest in
them to come to school regularly as they begin
to find learning at school an interesting and
exciting activity.

About Vande Matram Foundation


(VMF)
VMF was founded by Shri.Ravinder Rao with an
objective to build character, inculcate right values
in the formative stage of a child in the under
resourced schools in the rural and backward
regions. The foundation works based on the
principles of extending academic and emotional
support to the government school children,
strengthening the infrastructural facilities in the
school and village and involvement of villagers
in the development activities.
Today, VMF works in more than 320 schools
in Warangal, Mahaboobnagar, Nalgonda,
Karimnagar and Ranga Reddy Districts of
Telangana. Making village a nodal point, Sri
Ravinder Rao attained success in building a
strong committed team of village elders, parents,
youth associations, teachers, school staff, alumni
group, education and other governmental
departments. VMF office is located at 1-8522/7, Chikkadpally, Hyderabad Andhra
Pradesh, INDIA 500020 (Ph. 9440788282,
madhavyadma@gmail.com)

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For Corporates
Few participants of the TFS conference had expressed interest in supporting the NGOs participated in the conference. If you are also looking for an NGO that works for a cause, please contact us.

For NGOs
Many NGOs had requested for a training program on book keeping, volunteer engagement, technology in volunteering, and so on. TFS is planning to conduct a training program for the NGOs, in the next quarter. If you are
interested, please contact us.

Contact Us:
Seva Bharathi,
3-2-106, Nimboli Adda,
Kachiguda, Hyderabad
Telangana - 500 027, India.

Tel: +91 9949566499, +91 9963077600.


Email: sewabharathi@gmail.com
Website : www.sevabharathi.org