Community Service Recognition
Bhanwar Singh Rathore, a senior Samaj Shilpi received C. Subramaniam Fellowship for his contributions as a community leader in February 2007 by NFI (National Foundation for India). This award is given for supporting and encouraging community leaders, who create bonds of solidarity and values that empower communities in achieving democratic and egalitarian goals, cannot be ignored. The fellowship was awarded in a function held in New Delhi on 8th February 07. The chief guests invited for the award ceremony were Mr. Tarun Tejpal, Editor-tehelka.com, Ms. Imrana Qadir, Professor-JNU and distinguished board members of NFI.
The following is a summary of the achievements in last year:
Education :· Samaj Shilpis completed a survey in 22 primary schools and created a list of poor & needy children and sent it to Swami Vivekanand Seva Nyas, Udaipur. Based on this information the were able to acquire and distribute material to children such as uniforms and school supplies. Samaj Shilpis also followed up to relink dropouts to schools. Finally, they helped in conducting a sanitation campaigns in schools. Overall a total of 950 school children benefitted.
Health:·Samaj Shilpis took active participation in Pulse Polio Campaigns. Bhanwar Singh Rathore, a senior Samaj Shilpi along with the ANM initiated door to door Malaria check up visit. He also organized Animal Health Camp (vaccination and deworming) in Rampuriya, Jharna and Gadha ki Mangri villages (Palana Khurd) during July with the aid of SVSN. Health camps were organized by SVSN where free health check up services and medicines were provided to villagers. For the first time two cases of cleft lip were referred for surgery and the children got their smile back. Himmat Singh, another Samaj Shilpi along with the ANM initiated children health check up in Saradia, Dhana and Khedi schools (Nurda).· Samaj Shilpis activities also include organizing free cataract operations at Alakh Nayan Mandir, Udaipur benefitting around 100 families. Their activities also include providing training to local masons regarding construction of 36 smokeless chulhas in Jharna village.
Agriculture: · Samaj Shilpis assisted in distribution of fruit plants (Mango, Lemon, Goose Berry, Papaya) and hybrid seeds (Maize, Peanut, Til, Bazra etc. They organized a very successful implementation of Solid Waste Management activities under the National Environment Awareness Campaign 2005-06. Facilitated organizing ‘Kisan Mela’ in Jharna village with the kind assistance of SVSN and Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture, Science and Technology on 16th September.· The farmer''s group in Jharna received a CHARKHI for extracting sugarcane juice and preparing jaggery. The group was also provided chaffing machine on an experimental basis so that they could feed fodder to their cattles without leaveing behind much waste.
Government Schemes: Helped linking people at large with the state government initiated ‘Jal Chetna Rally’ and assisted in activities like seed distribution and water conservation etc.· They are also working on linking with ‘Kutir Jyoti Yojna’ for getting electricity connection at fields.·Samaj Shilpis have been very active in assisting government officials in surveying the damage caused due to heavy rainfall. Samaj Shilpis have been assisting illiterate poor laborers to get apt remuneration under the National Rural Employment Guarantee School.
Organized Animal Health Camp (vaccination and deworming) in 5 panchayats with the aid received from SVSN.