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  Project Name


Samaj Shilpi 2009



SMU (Seva Mandir Udaipur)



Community Empowerment







  Budget Approved


Rs 165000


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators



College Park





Villagers taaking the goats for common grazing area





RiM is a movement to channelize volunteerism in India to eradicate poverty.Volunteering efforts have taken momentum in the recent years, but a lot still needs to be achieved. The Indians residing all over the world have been largely responsible for initiating interest in
helping the fellow Indians in every area of their life. The idea of this initiative is from Dr. Parmeshwar Rao and Dr. H. Sudarshan. Both of them have achieved success in establishing RIM.

The program Stimulated Volunteerism focuses on motivating the youth to go and work in the villages as catalyst for change. Having its presence in 5 states, about 70 volunteers, (referred to as Samaj Shilpis) are recruited all over India. A total of 6 Samaj Shilpis (SS)
are placed in Rajasthan. Seva Mandir acts as the Nodal Agency for this state. Each Samaj Shilpi is paid an honorarium of Rs.2,250\- per month..Samaj Shilpis work full-time in village clusters by guiding villagers to solve their issues themselves. They act as catalysts for building and strengthening peoples participation in their own development. RIM does not fund capital intensive projects.

The program, Stimulated Volunteerism is basically focused upon channelising creative energy of volunteers by making them interact one on one with the villagers and getting a first hand experience of the issues at the grassroot level.This in turn results in making a
conscious commitment to the rural and urban poor. RIM-Rajasthans concentration area is the betterment of rural poor. At present Seva Mandir hosts 5 Samaj Shilpis but we wish to scale up the program by adding up 1 or 2 new Samaj Shilpis by the end of 2009. In the present financial year we propose to include a lady Samaj Shilpi on pilot basis, who would render services in her own village by organizing female groups and making them proactive towards increasing their awareness and participation in the Panchayati Raj activities.

Samaj Shilpis work full-time in village clusters by guiding villagers to solve their issues themselves. They act as catalysts for building and strengthening peoples participation in their own development .RIM does not fund capital intensive projects.





The following is a summary of the achievements in last year: * Education: Some of the major achievements in the area of education were relinking dropouts to schools, thereby giving them another opportunity to educate themselves and build a future. The Samaj Shilpis also carried out Material Distribution to children on the basis of survey done by them and list of poor and needy children provided to Swami Vivekanand Seva Nyas. These materials include uniforms, stationeries, play goods, benches and sitting mattresses. * Health: The following were the essential success areas by the Samaj Shilpis; Took active participation in Pulse Polio Campaigns; Bhanwar Singh Rathore along with the ANM and the government doctor initiated a health check up camp at the Anganwari centre where little children and their mother were provided Vitamin A supplement along with weight measurement and general check up activities.; Nathu Singh along with fellow villagers during the panchayat meeting mooted out a proposal of construction of drains in the village so as to get rid of the mosquito problem, bad odor and unpleasant sight. He also monitored the construction activities; Training of local masons and construction of Smokeless Chulhas with guidance and resource received from SVSN, Udaipur. * Agriculture: All Samaj Shilpis prepared lists of farmers selected under the National Agriculture Innovation Project run by Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology and SVSN. Improved quality of various seeds, vegetable seeds/sapplings, fertilizers and farm implements are distributed to the farmers. The criterion of selection is, each farmer has to prepare compost pits and send their children to the school. The farmers have been specially instructed to take care of timely irrigation, using fertilizers and weeding hoeing activities.;Undertaking Solid Waste Management activities and encouraging villagers to construct compost pits. * Government Social Benefit Schemes: Assisted illiterate poor laborers to get apt remuneration and other benefits under the following schemes: Indira Awas Yojna; Janani Suraksha Yojna; Nathu Singh disseminated information upon how to apply for water channels and itís construction under NREGA and also assisted poor farmers to get their forms sanctioned from Panchayat and beginning of construction work at 3 villages.





Goals: To initiate self reliance and self dependence among the villagers in the following areas of: 1. Provide them with education and relink the dropouts. 2. Coordinate the workings between the Samaj Shilpis and villagers,,so that their needs are understood and catered to,.in a better way. 3. Ensure that the funding received for the projects are spent in the right way and toward the proper channels. 4. Educate the Samaj Shilpis in terms of fighting land and property cases and being impartial judges in the handling these cases.



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