To create awareness, promote acceptance and integration and instill self confidence for benefit of school children and peoples in rural area of Uttaranchal about health, education, career, protection of environment, their rights and safeguards along with a view to addressing their grievances.
Project Completed : One day Awareness Camp held at Puryadaang Inter College, Puryadaang, Patty – Maniyarsyun, Block – Kaljikhal, Pauri Garhwal (Uttaranchal) on 29th July 2006.
Pauri Garhwal Group (Regd.) has kicked off a series of programmes in the State of Uttaranchal, with the objective of creating awareness among school children & villagers about health, education, career, protection of environment, their rights and safeguards along with a view to addressing their grievances. AWARENESS CAMPS ARE TO BE ORGANIZED IN THE LOCALITIES / VILLAGES, WHICH COULD BE VERY EFFECTIVE CONSIDERATION THAT THE TARGET COMMUNITY NORMALLY LIVES IN A COMPACT AREA.
The first such awareness programme was held on 29th July 2006 at Puryadaang Inter College, Patty – Maniyarsyun, Block – Kaljikhal, Pauri Garhwal. The following members of PG Group had participated in the awareness camp & imparted their knowledge/experienc e with the School Children/Teachers & Villagers:
Name of the Participant
Information/ Experience imparted on
Shri Anoop Chauhan
Education/ Careers/Health/ Information & Communication/ Social evils / Self-employment/ Environmental Awareness/ Natural Calamities, Government Schemes & RTI
Shri Atul Nauriyal
Shri Deepak Dhyani,
Shri Deepak Kala
deepak_kala123@ yahoo.co. in
Shri Deepak Chaudhary
kotdwara137@ yahoo.co. in
Shri K.S. Rawat
Shri R.P. Chamoli
Shri Rajiv Naithani
Shri Subhash Pokhriyal
pokhriyal_subhash@ yahoo.co. in
Shri Suman Sardwal
PLANNED VISIT FROM “”NEW DELHI TO PURYADANG SCHOOL, PAURI GARHWAL””
The visit was planned in advance and pick up points were informed to the each member of the PG Group Team, who were part of this unique awareness programme. We had booked one Traveler Bus & it started from Garhwal Bhawan at about 10:30 PM to our Puryadaang Journey. After picking each member of the Team from different locations, the bus crossed Delhi Border at 11:45 PM. The bus reached at the Kotdwara Main Station at 4:30 AM.
In Kotdwara, Group members have interacted with the local people and have also distributed/ circulated printed pamphlets written about PG Group’s aims & objectives, enable them to know the main aims and objectives of the group & about its activities.
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT IN KOTDWARA
We are really thankful to Mr RP Chamoli, who just forgot to carry the group’s official banners from his New Delhi residence. It was very difficult to print a banner at Kotdwar itself as market opens only after 8:30 AM.
We were discussing this issue with each other and suddenly we all requested Mr. Subhash Pokhriyal to arrange / bring one peace of white cloth and after that one chupa rustam appeared from our team have asked for a marker pen. We all were wondering what he is going to do. You want to know his name…..he is Anoop Chauhan…a new designer/artist of PG Group!, who designed a beautiful banner for this awareness camp …aur wo bhi….in the wee hours of 29th July 2006, at Kotdwar itself.
WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN KOTDWARA AND PURYADAANG SCHOOL
Group members boarded the bus and during their journey to Puryadaang School they have distributed pamphlets to the people enroute (Dugadda, Gumkhal, Satpuli, Banghat etc) between Kotdwara and Puryadaang. People were asking us for more pamphlets & were eager to know about PG Group.
When we reached at the Puryadaang School gate, Shri Hemant Naithani, School Teacher, welcomed our Team. Mr. Naithani also acted as a nodal officer for organizing the awareness camp in their School. After that a meeting was organized by Mr. Naithani with the school principal, Shri A.S. Bhandari. Shri Bhandari has informed us about the problems being faced by the students and about the achievements of the students as well as college during the past years. He thanked PG Group and visiting Team members for choosing his school for this awareness camp / mission.
COME TO THE POINT….PGG AWARENESS CAMP..!!
School children, their parents & school teachers started welcoming the PG Team and made seating arrangements for the team members. The programme was started by Mr. Hemant Naithani by giving brief introduction of the PG Group members & their efforts towards spreading awareness amongst our younger generation & helping poor students. He also appreciated our group’s activities specially undertaken for upliftment of Uttaranchali Community. On behalf of school, he also thanked to the PG Team for choosing their school for conducting such kind of activities in their school.
Then came PG Group’s anchor, Shri Suman Sardwal and he introduced each one of us to the School faculty & students. He also informed the present group of students / villagers about the 1 year achievements of the PG Group.
Around 250+ students & their parents were present and school staff has also attended the programme.
Environment was so good and we started giving speeches in a cordial environment. We have broadly outlined the directions in which our efforts would be focused.
v The programme started with an interactive session with the students. We have asked each and every student about their aim, what they want to become, after completing their school education. Most of the students do not know that what they will do after their school education. Initially students were hesitating to reply our queries as well as asking their question. Later on, they feel relaxed and understand what we asked from him. Most of the students want to join Army and Police as a soldier. We had convinced them that if they will do some extra work they will certainly get big career opportunities. We had also told them what is better for their career and where they can try for better career. Simultaneously, we had asked from students to write their aim/dream in a piece of paper. On the basis of their feedback, a statement has been prepared for sending them career guidelines (Statement Attached).
v We had also given an overview of computer education to all students. Although there is a computer in a school, however Laptop was shown to the students during the interaction session.
v We had also highlighted issues of natural calamities such as Earthquake, Landslide, Cloud burst etc. How they came and how we prevent and what measures to be taken during the natural calamities.
v Thereafter we had interact with students and parents on various general issues such as coordination, social affairs, organic farming, village unity, consumer awareness, environment protection, plantation, women education, right to information act, awareness on dying culture etc.
PGG Team have also given some useful / informative books to the School for keeping in the School Library so that students can read them.
Feedback from the School & School children reflected that the programme / mission was a great success. They heard all the team members silently and eagerly. They eagerly wanted to know which area is better for them and how they can achieve them.
Summing up the programmes, the Principal had expressed their satisfaction with the performance of students. He also stressed the need for organize such camp in future also. He also appreciated the activities of Pauri Garhwal Group in the school and hoped that such pace would continue to be maintained by all concerned i.e. Pauri Garhwal Group, School Authorities, Students and their parents.
At the end, gifts were distributed to all students as well as to the teachers. A memento of Pauri Garhwal Group was also presented to the Principal.
SEPARATE SESSION ON CAREER GUIDENCE & COUNSELLING
Thereafter, a separate interactive session was held with students of class 11th & 12th. Members have given an idea of various courses, which can be done after their completing their schooling. Experts from various fields expose senior students to a variety of careers. Counseling for class X students facilities better subject choices for Class XI. It helps students to increase their awareness of available careers and to make informed career choices and also to plan for careers that interest them. The response from the students was very good. We find them very enthusiastic. Students were eagerly asking questions about their career from our team members. Feedback form was also collected from students for their future/career. On the basis of feedback, we will provide various papers on career guidance to students in due course.
Our program was to complete by 2:30 PM but the students have asked us to give them more information on careers guidance and it was completed only by 5:00 PM.
At the same time we have conducted a 1-to-1 meeting with students and their parents/guardians and sponsored all the students except one Km. Hina, who could not stay back in spite of our informing her regularly.
Five students, who are good in studies, have been awarded with Tuition Fee, Dress/Shoe/Sweater, Stationery and books. Four students have been awarded with tuition fee only as we do not find them as per our expectations but still we have given them a chance to prove better. The detailed break-up is given as under:
Name of Student
Annual Tuition Fee
* Books provided by the Government free of cost.
1. Students are totally unaware and ignorant of happenings around them.
2. Students are also totally unaware of their future career. Even they do not know about what they do after their school education.
3. They also do not know which subjects are useful for them and to whom they have to approach for their carrier.
4. The cultural, social and religious systems restrict women's education, economic independence, and political and social participation.
5. Male dominance is very common. Women are accustomed to subordination.
6. Education of girls is given little importance.
7. Women are not organized.
8. They are unaware of governmental welfare programs that are designed for them. Even they are unaware of Right to Information Act.
9. They are unaware of the concept of self-help programs.
10. Many of the adults abuse alcohol and drugs adversely affecting their economic condition and health.
We are in the process of sending money orders for a particular amount in the name of student only and are confident that our hard earned money will definitely give us better results. We are also in the process of preparing various papers on career guidance, which will be sent to the students shortly.
MONITORING ON OUTCOME
As this is our first step towards our aim and objective and we are in a process of learning. However, we are sure that we are going in a right direction and believe that the result of the school should be far-far better than the last year. We have been assured by the principal/teacher that the quarterly/half- yearly performance of these students will be known to us regularly. We have also been assured by the Principal/teacher that the sponsored books will be kept in Library, when the sponsored students pass out from their class. Thereafter, the same books will be provided to another needy student.
Apart from the above, a team of four members will be constituted shortly, who will look after the performance of the area/school as well as sponsored students. The team will be in contact with the local people regularly, listen to their problem and give them a solution with the active support of all members of Pauri Garhwal Group.
The monthly performance of the project will be sent to the Group members continuously so that Group members can give their valuable suggestion/inputs for further betterment of the rural people.
Source of funds
Gifts to Students/School
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Donations received from some prestigious members + Annual Membership fees of Rs.100/- received from few members.
Transportation, Boarding and Lodging
The expenditure towards boarding/lodging and other misc. expenditure were borne by the individual member themselves.
Blood Donation Camp
A blood donation camp will soon be conducted soon in NCR.
Family Get together programme
We are planning to organize a family get together sometime in October 2006 in New Delhi.
Next Awareness Camp
Next Awareness camp will be planned in a school in Chamoli or Pauri District (depending upon response received from Chamoli School & Pauri School) during next financial year i.e. 2007-08, as that time result/outcome of our mission will be coming out in the form of result of the Puryadaang Inter College (date will be finalized later).
Creation of Crisis Group
A Crisis Group will be set up shortly for the purpose of immediately relief operation will be conducted during the time of natural calamities in Uttaranchal.
After completion of the project, what happened next……please check beautiful pics of the members, who were enjoying every moment of their life as they were very happy that the project has been successfully completed. [Other beautiful photographs will be display in Group’s website http://www.paurigar hwal.com shortly]
We hope, our Group members will recognize the effort put in by each member of PG Group family for completing this task. Please feel free to post your comments. Hope you have a good time here! Your response in this regard is highly appreciated.