A Glimpse into various Programmes undertaken by Shivganga
VANANCHAL SASHAKTIKARAN VARGS (वनांचल सशक्तिकरण वर्ग)
The training camps are organized for developing volunteers. These camps are named as Vananchal Sashaktikaran Varga. The training camps are for 3 and 8 days duration.
Three Day Camps
The three day camps are organised at development centre (a consortium of 80 villages). Youth are trained for the following activities:-
1. How to organise village (drawing the map of village by their own perception and assessing the possibilities)?
2. Sports activities.
3. How to identity village problems?
4. To find out causes of problems.
5. To solve the problems.
6. To start cultural activities.
Till now more than 7000 youth have been trained from 700 villages.
Advanced Training 8 Days Camp
Eight days training is given to those volunteers who want to work not only in their own villages but also in the nearby villages. Such camps are organized in cities like Indore and Bhopal. The main activities of these camps are a trip to places like Court, Police Station, Hospital, Agriculture College, Main Market and Museum to give them maximum information, knowledge and exposure about the relevant aspects of our social, economical and administrative systems. More than 1800 youth have been trained who come from 300 villages.
GRAM ENGINEER VARG
It was realised that the main hurdle in development of Jhabua is scarcity of water, a movement of rain water harvesting should be taken as first step. This required making water bodies which needed technical training. Two volunteers from each of the villages are selected as “Gram Engineers” and given technical training in Shri G.S. Institute of Technology and Science, Indore which is the premier technological institute of the state.
Till now the faculty of SGSITS and other experts have imparted the knowledge and information to more than 1300 Gram Engineers.
ORGANISING VOLUNTARY CONSTRUCTIVE DEVELOPMENT WORK
Gram engineers in consultation with villagers, make a plan of rainwater conservation and harvesting of their village. Villagers take oath to work voluntary for water conservation in their villages. During the months of April & May, thousands of villagers joins hands, work together for over two months continuously and make water bodies.
Various programmes are organized for increasing awareness in local public.
A programme on ‘Development of India through developing villages (Samagra Gram Vikas Se Bharat Ka Vikas)’ was organized in presence of Prof. J. K .Bajaj, former Professor IIT Kanpur and Director, Centre for Policy Studies, NewDelhi and Chennai and Mr. Sompal Shastry, Vice President, Planning Commission, M.P.
A programme with Prof. J K Bajaj was organized on ‘Food security and farmers of India’ which depicted the alarming situation of production and availability of food grains in our country and the difficulties face by the farmer community.
A programme, Jhabua Vikas Manthan, for discussion with local resident of Jhabua in search of their expectations and views on development for Jhabua was organized in presence of Prof Rajendra Prasad, Former Head, Deptt.of Rural Technology, IIT Delhi and Program co-ordinator, Rural Technology Action Group, Govt. of India for central India.
Jalyatra (Foot March for Water) is organized every year in Jhabua to increase awareness for water conservation and harvesting. Thousands of tribals march on foot around the city with geti (pickaxe) and favda (shovel) to motivate other people to work for water conservation.
Padyatra (Foot March) was organized in December 2009-January 2010 to make tribals aware of water conservation and harvesting with organic farming. This was a 40 days march of 500Km, across Jhabua between the two holy rivers Mahi and Narmada. The march passed through 250 villages. In that march, more than 2.5 lakh tribal from 1000 villages participated.
EDUCATION (VILLAGE LIBRARY)
A villager in Jhabua, who has passed 10th standard, has not yet read any thing other than the text books, thus having very limited exposure of technology and contemporary information. For making them aware, 900 village libraries in 700 villages have been established.
A yearly event of coming together and working together for rain water harvesting called Halma is being organized since 2010 at Hatipawa hills Jhabua.In 2010 more than 1500 volunteers in 2011 more than 8000 village volunteers and in 2012 more than 12000 volunteers worked together with the inspiration of “Parmarth Bhav”. Recently Halma was organized in March 14-15, 2016 in which more than 8000 people participated voluntarily for building water conservation structures in Jhabua.
The revival of the great traditions and customs such as ‘Halma’ and ‘Mata-Van’ of tribal society has played a vital role in these success stories. There has been a country wide tradition of preservation and conservation of forest in every village with devotion and religious faith and is also geogophicaly demarked area in every village. It is known as Oran in Rajashaan, Devrai in Maharashtra and Mata- Van In Jhabua. This tradition existed till last few years. How ever, intense deforestation and industrial cutting of trees, has also taken the toll of Mata-Van. To revive this great tradition,villagers of 110 villages have planted 20000 trees and have committed to take care of them for next 12 years . They have also developed the required nurseries for the purpose.
GRAM SAMRADDHI MELA
Shivganga organized a “Gram Samruddhi Mela” [Village Prosperity Fair] at Jhabua 05 to 09 March 2014. This Mela was dedicated to explore the methods and means of bringing prosperity of the villages through enrichment and conservation of natural resources like water-Jal, Forest- Jangle, Soil-Jameen, Cattle-Janwar and People-Jan. New Science - Nav-Vigyan and Technology (Recent Technological development for Rural benefit) was also had its place in the Mela to make the villagers familiar with new technology. It was an important Event for Tribal-Villagers to identify the resource and avail training to be conducted later on. Thousands of triable villagers from 700 villages attended the Mela. Many renowned experts of respective field presented and shared their research work and success stories with them. The chief of Gayatri Pariwar Shri Paranav Pandyaji was there for two days as guest of owner.
SKILL DEVELOPMENT – Bamboo Cottage Industry
It has been observed that Bamboo could be a very good alternative for other raw materials for construction purpose and making articles. The studies have also suggested that a large scale cultivation is feasible in Jhabua area. Also there is ample spare man power available in Jhabua. Therefore if the local youths are provided with opportunity of skill development in this field, it can prove to be boon for self reliance. Shivganga has a small training centre for Bamboo Training and conducted two training programs of 7 days each in which 300 trainees have been trained, right from Bamboo cultivation to making articles out of it.
SKILL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING
Shivganga initiated skill development training camps for Animal Husbandry, Dairy, Food Processing, Solar Energy and Organic Farming.