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Bhatke Vimukta Vikas Pratishthan

Registration No. Maharashtra 3457/92 Solapur ( Maharashtra State)

Imagine setting up a small shop with your life’s savings and being suddenly
thrown into a police lock up on mere suspicion by civil society. The only option
you would probably think of would be to vanish from the scene and lose
everything. This is what happens routinely to our lesser fortunate brethren like
Paradhis and other nomadic tribes who have been branded for life as thieves
and dacoits, in spite of their sterling contribution to our society, through out
history, with their artisan and fighting skills. These are the most backward of
the backward people, living a life of penury and fear that we members of ‘free’
society cannot even imagine.
With their regular source of earning from forest produce becoming harder by
the day and talents like singing, street plays, acrobatics etc. also dying a slow
death; the only option is to educate them, imbibe their children with good
values or ‘samskaras’ and train them for the new world with an ambition to
come out of this life of depravity.

Bhatke Vimukta Vikas Pratishthan (BVVP) has plunged in this uphill task
since last 14 years. It has been a very tough journey due to deeply ingrained
prejudice in the society and the whole government system that is arraigned
against them. With system out to haunt them rather than help them, they are
perpetually forced to lead a life of begging and crime. It is difficult for the
children to educate themselves, as they have no home or land to call their own
and their parents or family may be in a lock up.
In spite of all these problems, BVVP has been able to make a positive mark in
their lives. Today nearly 600 students are studying in our schools and staying in
hostels at four centers in Maharashtra. Two years back the first ever batch of
successful SSC students from the community came out with flying colours,
with some of them opting to join as volunteers within the organization to help
their brothers and sisters see light at the end of the tunnel. Prisoners of Tradition –Neglected by a Free Society
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Yamgarwadi Project (Keshavnagar Vidya Sankul)

Yamgarwadi is a small village located in post Nanduri, Tahasil Tuljapur,


district Osmanabad in Maharashtra state ( India).
Yamgarwadi Project was started in 1993 on an 18 acre land donated by an ex-
service man, Shri Ramesh Chatufale. Initially there were 25 boys in three
huts. This has grown into a multifaceted project now with the following
activities –

Ekalavya Primary Residential School – This school was granted State


recognition in 1996 for classes up to seventh standard with nearly 300 students.
The sad truth is that this number keeps fluctuating as sometimes, the parents
pull their wards out to move away to another place or to utlilize them to raise
family income. We have been able to stabilize these numbers slowly through
persuasion and personal attention. Focus is on nurturing their inherent skills
like knowledge about nature, sports and arts. Management policy of the school
is an intelligent mix of flexibility and discipline.

Secondary School – This school goes up to State level board examinations.


The first batch of 7 nomadic students passed out securing 63 – 83 % marks in
2005-06. In 2007-08, 12 students passed out with 100% results. This was a
landmark for the community and the school as well. Volunteers from Pune have
taken up the responsibility of higher education of these students. Efforts are
being made to get State recognition for this school too.

BVVP has purchased 20 acres of land a few years back where we plan to
set up a school up to SSC level offering job-oriented courses. The school
will have a hostel, playground, full-fledged kitchen, residential
accommodation for teaching as well as non-teaching staff and house green
projects like water harvesting, etc.
Shabarimata Girls’ Hostel – Educating girls in the nomad tribes is
considered a taboo. The arrival of a seven year old girl at our door step,
abandoned at a bus stop, marked the beginning of this project a few years back.
This little girl was witness to her mother’s murder at the hands of her father.
We started to give her the much needed parental care and education. Today the
centre has over 100 girls. After basic schooling many girls from this centre
have gone out for higher education or vocational training with the help of other
social organizations. It is a matter of pride for BVVP volunteers that one of the
girls has become a school teacher and another has joined the police force while
some girls are working as volunteers in this project.

Health Centre – Nomadic gypsy communities are always on the move. As a


rule their kids are not inoculated, resulting in high incidence of minor or even
crippling diseases. Some socially committed paediatricians, gynaecologists &
pathalogists visit Yamgarwadi project regularly to do health check up of the
students. They also provide medicines and related services. A lot more is
possible in this area if we are able to raise more resources.

Anasarwada Project
This project was initiated in 1995 in Anasarwada village by ‘Gopal Samaj
Vikas Parishad’ for a community known for its skills in cattle rearing, (hence
the name Gopal), gymnastics, games and wrestling. Due to lack of social
support, they have ended up begging for survival. GSVP started with an
objective to rehabilitate this tribe. Now the project has flowered into a
‘Balwadi’, an ‘open school’ with flexi timings to help roaming boys study and
diversified into self help micro finance groups, handicraft manufacturing skill
development, honing of their traditional gymnastic skills through professional
training and training music band groups.
Nerale Project

Bhatu Kolhati community is another large group within these gypsy


communities known for its skills in circus that you see on the roadside with
women playing a major part in these games. The condition of women in this
community has deteriorated due to lack of state support and the hapless women
being trapped in degrading circumstances, being exploited physically and
mentally; and ending up with dreaded diseases like Aids etc. ‘Bhatu Kolhati
Vikas Parishad’ was formed in Nerale located near Tahasil Karmala, distrct
Solapur of Maharashtra state. Residential hostel was started in year 2000 on a 5
acre land. This hostel has around 50 students. The project has started micro
financing self-help groups for women to help them & lead an honourable life.
This group has plans to start a full-fledged education centre, vocational
guidance centre and a centre to provide shelter to abandoned women.

Palavarchi Anubhav Shala

Experience of over 12 years in managing resident hostel schools has helped


BVVP understand that many boys and girls cannot study in regular schools as
they are always roaming. “If they cannot go to school let us take school to
them” – with this thought a highly flexible schooling system has been devised
by BVVP. There are seven such schools under the scheme at Magar Sangvi,
Anasarwada, Ambarnath, Hingoli, Tuljapur, Kolegaon and Umarga with nearly
200 students in all.
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What can you do?
Your smallest contribution to this unique sewa project can make a difference to
the wretched existence of our unfortunate brethren who are virtually held
hostage by circumstances not of their making.

You can –
1. Sponsor a child for one year @6000/- per annum
2. Sponsor one food for one day @5000/- per day
3. Sponsor construction of one class room @1,00,000/-
4. Sponsor or part support school literature @2,00,000/- per annum
5. Sponsor Bio-gas plant project
6. Sponsor Water Harvesting project
7. Sponsor Steam Cooking System
8. Sponsor Computer Lab
9. Sponsor Science lab
10. Sponsor Tree plantation
Please contact -
1. Shri Vaijnath Nagappa Lature
Phone: 02382-240559(R), 245559 (O)
2. Shri Gajanan Dharane, Solapur
Cell: 09422069389
3. Dr. Bipin Shah, Mumbai
Phone: 022-23542082
4. V.B.Pendharkar, Mumbai
Cell: 09869257474

Email: bhatke@gmail.com

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