"We are not fixated about any particular issue, maybe it is a bad thing, but we do what we can and what we must, and we are not afraid of trying out new things (and failing as well) as long as it helps the people." - Arti and Uday
Current, Ongoing Projects
Aastha - Home for the Needy
We have started a residential project for the destitute, needy (Aastha - Home for the Needy) in Amravati since last year (FY 2019-20) and we aim to provide shelter, food and opportunities to the residents of this project. But we have not explicitly defined the word Needy or the selection criteria for this project, instead we have decided whom we cannot support under this project considering our limited resources (for example we cannot take care of bed-ridden patients). However, apart from this the project is open for all who need our support i.e. the residents of this project could be old people, or they could be orphans (who are above 18 years), or they could be women who are in need of support. And we have also started a commercial mess (canteen), as a part of the project, for meeting some of the recurring expenses of the project.
Reach - 6 needy people (as on 26/03/2021)
Nursing Care Camps
Initially, we were not sure if these free nursing and health care camps were needed anymore... But a chance discussion with Dr. Prakash and Dr. Manda Amte (parents of Arti) and our Chotu Kaka (Mr. Laxmikant Varangaonkar) led us to a place called Gulgavhan (a habitat of Pardhi community, near Amravati).
And there we realized that though Health Care Services have reached in almost every villages, there are still people who can benefit from free basic nursing care. And so we started these weekly free basic health and nursing care camps in Bahillolpur - Gulgavhan.
However, at present we have paused these camps because of Covid-19 pandemic and hope to resume them soon.
Reach - 1 village, around 50 households / week
Toy Library, Children Libraries
Perhaps some parents think that toys are not important... But we think otherwise, we believe that good toys play an important role in the development of children. But there is a problem - children get bored with a toy, quickly.
So we started a library of toys - our first Toy Library in Amravati. Commercial Toy Libraries do exist, but we don't want to make profit, instead we want to make good quality toys available to a large number of children at no cost. In addition to this, we also started a center of Nachiket Children's Libraries, but have closed it after a year or so. However the Toy Library continues to serve children and make them happy.
Reach - 20 children
This project is supported by Apeksha Homoeo Society and Bombay Community Public Trust. And this project gives us the opportunity to work with a large number of children (from class 1 to 4) from Government (ZP) primary schools in Bhandara and Gondia districts and help them master English, get quality education and improve learning outcomes.
In addition to this, we have also provided a few Pratham STEM Kits in some of these schools on rotation basis and wish to start more Children Libraries in these schools.
Reach - 2500+ children from 60 ZP schools
Locations of the schools can be seen by clicking on map symbol
SHG, Training, and Other Programs
In the previous year (FY 2019-20), we conducted digital literacy workshops for women with the help from Maharashtra Rajya Mahila Aayog. And recently we helped a SHG (Saheli Mahila Bachat Gat from Akola) in setting up Rural Mart, with the help of NABARD, for marketing of various products of SHGs and members of SHGs. Apart from this, we also conduct various need-based and demand driven trainings and awareness programs. And we are also trying to facilitate formation of a Farmer Producer Company which will help the member farmers in increasing their income and overcome common challenges.
Reach - around 50 SHGs