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  Project Name


Samaj Shilpi 2010



SMU (Seva Mandir Udaipur)



Community Empowerment



Udaipur and Rajsamand




  Budget Approved


Rs 150000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Gopa Biswas


College Park









Rejuvenate India Movement (RIM) is a movement to channelize volunteerism in India to encourage mass movement towards effective development by eradicating ignorance and poverty especially among villagers. The idea was initiated by Dr. Parmeshwar Rao and Dr. H. Sudarshan. Both of them have achieved commendable success in establishing RIM. The concept has encouraged the youths in the local areas throughout the country to volunteer for the project and has met with significant success yet a large number of goals remain to be achieved. This movement has attracted attention from non resident Indians living in various parts of the world, who have found common grounds with the movement. They have enthusiastically supported the cause financially as well as by getting involved personally in the movement.

The program Stimulated Volunteerism exists in 5 states and at least 70 volunteers or “Samaj Shilpis” recruited all over India have dedicate themselves in motivating the youth to work as catalysts in the villages to bring about constructive changes. A total of 6 Samaj Shilpis (SS) were placed in Rajasthan. Seva Mandir acts as the Nodal Agency for this state. This year the program will be refreshed in a new area with 20 Samaj Shilpis and each of them will be paid a fellowship of Rs.12, 500\- per year. Samaj Shilpis take a leadership role and work with people of their community to guide them to solve their day to day problems. RIM does not fund capital intensive projects.

The program, Stimulated Volunteerism is basically focused upon channelizing 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-Rajasthan focuses on betterment of rural poor. Previous year Seva Mandir hosted 6 Samaj Shilpis whereas in the current fiscal year they plan to scale up and start fresh with a new set of 20 Samaj Shilpis.





This is a fresh proposal for a fellowship program being initiated in a new place with a new set of volunteers or "Samaj Shilpis". The achievements and focus continue to be in the line of those of the last fiscal year. as follows: 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 it’s construction under NREGA and also assisted poor farmers to get their forms sanctioned from Panchayat and beginning of construction work at 3 villages.





To encourage local leadership in taking responsibility for community development by providing fellowship for: 1. volunteers who dedicate themselves to the integrated development of their villages and nearby areas. 2. volunteers taking leadership roles in motivating and mobilizing their communities to be able to solve own problems. 3. coordinating the activities between the Samaj Shilpis and villagers to instill the idea of equality and willingness to work on different issues concerning their community. 4. Ensure that the funding received for the projects are spent in the right way and toward the proper channels.



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