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SEWAJYOTI'S SOCIAL COMMITMENTS: GLIMPSES OF OUR ACTIVITIES IN RAJASTHAN AND UTTAR PRADESH
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AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS

For any society, awareness on health, gender issues, women’s rights, child issues, protection of girl child, literacy, environment, nationalism, social reforms and other such issues of national importance is necessary. The issue of awareness often appears insignificant, small and quickly achievable but in practical terms it is an uphill task to achieve since it has a direct relation with the level of literacy and economic conditions prevailing in the area concerned. Sewajyoti extensively runs awareness programmes in and around Nawalgarh as we believe that only an informed and aware society can ensure successful implementation of programmes and schemes.

Sewajyoti’s awareness programmes cover various fields including social reforms, environment protection, mother and child, health, nutrition and other issues of national importance as and when the need arises. Our volunteers spread the message of rural development, communal harmony, land reforms, literacy and hygiene, and try to build opinion against child labour, corruption, violence against women and other social evils.

     

On International Womens Day (8 March) every year, Sewajyoti organizes a function to honour successful women who have set an example for others. Women making significant contribution in the fields of education, health, professional upliftment and social service are honored with felicitation letters and memorabilia. Women from rural areas come in large numbers to attend this programme. The event is extensively covered in the media and never pass without creating a positive impact. Cultural troops and folk artists are also involved during some of the awareness campaigns in order to make the entire experience interesting and appealing.

Sewajyoti had organized a campaign under its ‘Beti Bachao Andolan’ (Save the girl child movement). Hundreds of people marched to highlight the problem of female infanticide and express their solidarity with the cause. They resolved to treat their daughters in the same manner as their sons and to pay due attention to their education, health, nutrition and development.

Narbada Devi Morarka Charitable Trust, an associated organization of Sewajyoti, had also constituted women’s groups named Mahila Mandals in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh where regular meetings are conducted to educated women on issues such as health, education and nutrition.

WOMEN'' EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMMES

Anyone who rates women as weaker sex should read the statement of former British Prime Minister Mrs. Margaret Thatcher in which she said, “A lady who can successfully run a family and understands its problems can also understand the problems before a nation.” There can be no doubts over the role of women in development of a powerful, capable, educated and confident society. Need of the hour is to give them opportunity to polish and sharpen their skills, and let them utilize their capabilities by working in a competitive and challenging atmosphere. The society needs to encourage its ladies so that they can confidently use their talent and capabilities, and rise.

Women’s empowerment is one of Sewajyoti’s fundamental objectives. Strengthening the hands of  women in a family results in empowerment of the family itself as an educated and empowered women contributes in economic well-being of the family, encourages children into education, keeps the surroundings disease-free, and ensures a cordial, positive atmosphere inside boundaries of the house. Families where women are economically strong are generally more successful and vibrant the ones where they are oppressed or ignored.

    

Women’s empowerment programmes run by Sewajyoti can mainly be divided into three categories: 1) providing training and financial help to women for self-employment, 2) Helping them get jobs under various government schemes, and 3) Spreading awareness on important issues pertaining to women, and motivating them to acquire professional skills of different kind. Our volunteers also help them in routine tasks such as opening a bank account and getting a credit card. Women covered under our programmes learn to use and operate different kinds of things; from a sewing machine to a computer.

Some achievements:

Seventy four self-help groups have been established in different villages to motivate rural village to develop a habit of saving and then use saved amounts for self-employment. Such women also receive help such as opening of bank accounts and securing bank loans.

Professional upliftment programmes are being run in villages of Nawalgarh tehsil since September 2006. Under this project, sewing training centres have been opened in 10 villages. In every village, 40 women are getting benefited from the training programme each year.

With the help of NABARD, Sewajyoti provided training in readymade garments, soft toys and leather products in Badwasi village since September 2007.

    

Thirty two women of village Basava were trained in leather product making under a Home Industry Scheme supported by District Industry Centre, Jhunjhunu, in October 2008. Similarly, 25 women from economically poor families were trained under Swarna Jayanti Rural Employment Scheme.

In September 2007, 25 women of village Birol were provided computer training. Similar training programmes were conducted for 25 women and 29 girls of village Badwasi.

Sewajyoti is running Asha Sahyogini training camps with the help of District Health And Medicine Department since 2006. Hundreds of women have been trained under this programme.

In 2005, Sewajyoti had conducted midwife training programmes in villages Barva, Khojas, Kairu and Devgaon (Nuan). During this, three women of each village were trained in safe deliveries.

150 women have been helped in getting artisan credit cards from district industries department.

Sewajyoti has trained 23 women of Udaipurwati area in show-making under Swarna Jayanti Employment Scheme. We also created five self-help groups and provided training to make Rakhis and Buntis. Dozens of such programmes are carried out by the organisation in the village of Jhunjhunu district throughout the year.

SELF-EMPLOYMENT TRAINING

Rajasthan has for long been seen as one of the BIMARU states, a term associated with backwardness and poverty. Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are the other states covered under this term. Shekhawati region, due to its geographical location and difficult climatic conditions is also seen as an area lacking in development and employment opportunities. It is no wonder that lots of young people from Shekhawati move out of the region in search of jobs. They could be found in faraway places such as  Nagaland, Meghalaya, West Bengal, Kerala and even in the gulf countries.

The problem of unemployment is affecting economic health of the region and slows down the process of growth. Employment ensures financial security and empowers people in different ways resulting reduction of poverty, diseases and illiteracy. This is why various education, training and awareness programmes are an integral part of Sewajyoti’s vision for the region. The organization runs training programmes to encourage youth into self-employment. It also helps them financially whenever needed and provides necessary guidance for setting up business, sourcing of material and selling the products.

    

Many such training programmes organized by Sewajyoti continue all year round covering unemployed youth and women. Dozens of such trained youth and women have become self employed and self-reliant after attending these training programmes during which they also receive necessary equipment and practical know-how to use them. As former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam puts it, “Rather than struggling to find jobs, youths of this country should concentrate on creating jobs.” What he means by this is very clear: we should develop entrepreneurial skills and come forward to be self-employed. Such youth could play a vital role in the economy, especially the local economy.

Sewajyoti’s employment-oriented programmes lay special emphasis on women since educated and self-reliant women can support their families and children better. The organization has clubbed its women’s empowerment programmes with self-employment programmes which have brought in impressive results in the villages they are run.

Some Examples

For example, Sewajyoti had organized pre-selection camp under Prime Minister Employment Scheme in 2008. This resulted in selection of 20 candidates.

The organization conducted electronic equipment repairing training programme for unemployed youth of village Badwasi in 2009. This was attended by 30 youths. Another training programme on training of mobile phone repairing was attended by 30 other youths.

Sewajyoti, in 2006, distributed sewing machines among handicapped persons desiring to start tailoring work. Next year, another 30 handicapped persons received such machines.

Under a scheme approved by the labour department, government of India, Sewajyoti was handed over the responsibility to manage two child labour schools in Nawalgarh tehsil. Vocational training was also provided to child laborers to help them stand on their own.

Many training programmes were specially conducted for women. More information regarding these can be found on the page relating to women’s empowerment.

SEWAJYOTI FACTFILE
  • Shri Radheshyam R Morarka Govt. Post Graduate College building was constructed in Jhunjhunu in a record time. It was dedicated to the people in 2006.

  • The college building was constructed by Sewajyoti at a cost of Rs. 2.45 crore.

  • Expansion of the college building took place in 2010 at a cost of Rs. 53 lacs.

  • Sh. Radheshyam Morarka Memorial Government Bus Terminal, Jhunjhunu was developed at a total cost of Rs. 1.05 crores.

  • The Bus terminal was inaugurated on April 21, 2011.

  •  Radheshyam Morarka Medical Institute (RMMI) was inaugurated in 2006. It is a modern 32 bed hospital equipped with state of the art technology.

  • As demand rose, capacity of RMMI had to be expanded, and four new cottage wards were added.

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