“Sarthi Ne Na Kewal Muje Balki Mere Parivaar Ko Bhi Ajeevika Se Joda”
After working for 4 years in a construction shop, Dipen jayesh Nagda, a resident of Sendhwa Block in Barwani district of Madhya pradesh was determined to start his own work. Since the financial background was not sound, Dipen had to quit studies when he was in fifth standard and continued working to support the family.
When Dipen contacted SARTHI, he was having a strong will to have his own business but absolutely no clue as how to go ahead with this vision. After the correct guidance from Sarthi representative, he was empowered about the Mukhya Mantri Swarojgar Yojana and was connected with the Change Maker “ Priyanshi Educational, Culture and Social Society” where he was imparted training in his desired trade. After getting a 3 months certification from the organization in the electrical trade, Dipen applied for the loan under the Mukhya Mantri Swarojgar Yojana and got his loan approved against the amount Rs. 1.40 lakh from Union Bank Of India.
Dipen is extremely elated as he has opened an electronics shop along with a small kirana shop for his parents where they joyfully spend their time and earn a good livelihood out of it. Dipen’s mother is extremely satisfied with Sarthi’s presence in their life and thanks us every time, sarthi representative calls Dipen for follow ups.
“Sarthi Hai Hamara Sachha Sathi”
Ashik Shah , a 28 years old youth hailing from Jaitpura village of the Dewas District of MP, had aspirations like any other youth to make a better living for himself with the virtue of his capabilities.
He has completed his graduation in Arts but due to financial crisis he had to quit his Post Graduation in LLB.
He saw about SARTHI on Zee MPCG news Channel, and gave a missed call, as he was intrigued to know about what Sarthi is all about and how does it work?
After being contacted by the Sarthi representative, he shared that he had applied for a Govt. loan scheme in the year 2014, but his file was not cleared for the reasons unknown, he was very disappointed with the way the things were working and wanted assistance from us.
The Sarthi representative understood his problem in depth and motivated him to apply for another, government scheme this time. Ashik had lost faith in the system, as he always had to face corruption, in the govt. machinery. He was told that if this time he faces any such problem, then our change maker would try to help and guide him every possible way.
It was during the times of demonetization, Ashik Shah was connected to our Change Maker- Arunodaya Sarveshari Lok Kalyan Samiti Ujjain. He was empowered about the “Mukhyamantri Arthik Kalyan Yojana” and the bank procedure for the same. It was during this time, Ashik started feeling confident about the entire process and a rapport was built between team Sarthi and him.
After a long wait of 6 months his patience paid off, his loan amount of Rs. 50,000 was approved and after subsidy the amount of Rs.35, 000 was disbursed by the Bank of India, to establish a cycle repair shop.
Today, after so much of hardship and conviction in his heart, Ashik has paved a way for himself and has started the process to establish his cycle repair shop along with his father . Besides, he is also appearing for various interviews that can help him get a good job too. Ashik Shah has proved the saying “Where there’s a will, there’s a way “, by converting these words into his actions.
“Sarthi Ne Mujhe Swarozgar Se joda”
How educated a person needs to be to be able to earn a decent living? Graduate or maximum a post graduate. Meet Mr. Dayaram Vishkarma,28 from Satna distict in Madhya Pradesh. He holds a Masters degree in Arts and has also qualified B.Ed. How much should he be earning with such impressive qualifications? Rs. 50,000 a month? Rs. 30,000 a month? Well it’s a no, not even close to any of it. He was merely earning Rs. 3,000 a month from a local school where he was employed as a contractual teacher. This is one of examples of massive inequality existing in our society and here came the role of ‘Sarthi’ in place. Dayaram contacted Sarthi with a hope that he could promise his family of 5 ,a decent living .
In the process of our conversation with Dayaram,we came across his motivation to start his own business but the major hurdle to this was lack of finance. Getting loan for a person who earns Rs. 36,000 annually and having no assets to put as collateral was a tricky task. Thus, the Sarthi team empowered him about ‘Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana’ and explained the entire process for availing the loan under this scheme.We got him connected to the nearby Madhyanchal Gramin Bank where he holds his account . Before the loan could be sanctioned,it was necessary that he was aware of what kind of business he wanted to start. After a series of discussions and brain storming, we were together able to identify that a grocery business would fit to the demands of his village and at the same time he need not to compromise his job as a teacher. Dayaram along with the Sarthi team then chalked out a business plan which was presented to the Bank and after a series of focussed efforts; Dayaram was finally able to avail a loan of Rs. 50,000.
Today Dayaram proudly calls himself as an entrepreneur along with becoming a better teacher as he learnt the wisdom of empowerment. Being financially stable,he now dedicates more time to the school and wish to create more future entrepreneurs by acting as a ‘Sarthi’ to the 140 students he teaches.
“SARTHI humare liye ek marg darshak hai”
Hari Krishna Mishra is a 32-year-old marginal farmer hailing from a remote area in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. Mishra had to quit studies after Class 12 due to his family's financial condition. He opted for farming as his primary livelihood.
As we all know that the condition of many farmers in our country is miserable, Hari Krishna Mishra was not an exception. He also had to face similar kinds of challenges and hardships. The biggest challenge for him was the lack of proper storage for his produce. Due to his family’s financial woes, he could not solve the problem and as years passed by, the problem got bigger. Hari Krishna Mishra became helpless and it was under these difficult circumstances he got connected to SARTHI.
SARTHI not only helped him transform his life but also of the entire farmers community in his village. Mishra was empowered with all the necessary information regarding schemes like the “Mukhyamantri Swarojgar Yojana”and the procedure for availing their benefits.
Initially, our expert had to make efforts to persuade Mishra about the benefits of the schemes; however, with follow-ups and a lot of motivation, SARTHI succeeded in finally empowering him. Mishra is now an empowered individual who stands for his rights and duties.
Eventually, his continuous efforts helped him in availing a loan of Rs 12,50,000 under `Mukyamantri Swarozgar Yojana`. Happy days have also arrived for other farmers of his village, as Mishra will soon begin constructing a warehouse which would not only support him but also cater to the storage needs of the rest of the farmers in his village. The warehouse would also help them save on transportation cost, besides helping Mishra gain an additional source of livelihood. This is how Mishra concluded his experience: “SARTHI humare liye ek margdarshak hai”..
“Main SARTHI ka bahut abhari hoon”
Priyanshu Sahu is a six-year-old child living with his family at Multai in Betul district, Madhya Pradesh. His father Om Prakash Sahu owns a flour mill but his income was seldom sufficient for the family of four. Like any other parent, Ramesh Kumar Sahu wanted his child to get study in a good school (preferably, a private school) but his financial condition ensured that it remained a dream.
Then came SARTHI, and Om Prakash Sahu started to believe that his dream of sending his child to a private school can be fulfilled. An Empowerment Ambassador apprised Sahu of admission procedure under the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) Quota . The Quota mandates that all private schools also enroll children from less privileged backgrounds and are given free education till the age of 14 years. Team SARTHI apprised Sahu of his rights, and helped his child get admission in a school located within the range of three kms from his residence.
With regular follow ups, we helped Sahu apply for admission in three private schools. Now the final list of admission under EWS quota is out and Priyanshu has secured free admission in Sanjivni Higher Secondary School, Multai.
Om Prakash Sahu is thankful and glad with our guidance helped him in becoming an aware and responsible citizen.
“SARTHI ne mere sapne ko pura kiya”
Kanti Kunja, a young, dynamic and energetic 19-year-old girl, lives in Dindori district of Madhya Pradesh. Being the eldest among four sisters, she has a sense of responsibility and always wanted to lend a helping hand to her father, a seasonal farmer. The cash flow in the family is entirely dependent on farming but Kanti 's father was always certain that his daughters need to be imparted proper education. After finishing her school-level studies, Kanti set her eyes on a basic nursing course. However, due to financial hardships, resources, she was never sure whether she would be able to fulfil her desire. When Kanti Kunja came into a contact with SARTHI , her hopes were revived. Kanti did not want to leave her family and travel places to pursue her studies. Understanding her condition, our experts found a solution. Kanti was convinced to stay with her relatives in Jabalpur and pursue a nursing course for free, thanks to the support from local SARTHI partner “Yuva Parivartan” . Kanti got enrolled for a nine-month job oriented course of nursing in Jabalpur. Her passion and zeal have made our local SARTHI partner to support her in her desire to empower herself with basic computer proficiency and spoken English. Notably, “Yuva Parivartan” helps candidates find a suitable job too.This is yet another achievement for her that on the job training that has also been initiated, she is earning a stipend of Rupees two thousand to meet her daily expenses.
Given her all the required training , Kanti will definitely find a job after finishing her course and become an earning member of her family.
Kanti is an ideal example for all those girls and youths who are reluctant to go out of their comfort zone and work towards accomplishing their dreams of a successful career.
“SARTHI ne toh meri zindagi badal di”
Jogesh is one of those youngsters who look forward to achieve something big in life. He is a hardworking, diligent and ambitious 19-year-old boy whose life has always been a struggle. Born to a farmer, Jogesh's childhood was always a struggle. He has eight siblings.
The poor financial condition of his family meant that it was always going to be difficult for Jogesh to avail good education but his passion towards studies made him complete his schooling with flying colours. Thanking his elder sister, Rita Sharma, for always being a great support, Jogesh says she encouraged and taught him to excel in his studies. After she got married, Jogesh felt that he had lost the required direction in his life.
He missed his guide - his sister, and did not know what to do after finishing his school. Given his financial condition, Jogesh felt that pursuing a professional course, that involves investment, would make no sense. It was during these bleak times, Jogesh came in contact with SARTHI. His association with us proved to be a turning point in his career. After getting the necessary counselling from our experts, he was able to gather information regarding various skill development courses and identify the right opportunities for himself.
The SARTHI team had to make a lot of efforts to convince Jogesh, who was highly demotivated and pessimist towards his life, that his dreams could also be fulfilled. We kept in touch with Jogesh to ensure that he regains the lost passion towards his career. Another obstacle we faced was that Jogesh was unwilling to travel far off places to complete higher education or skill development training. Our team informed Jogesh about the courses of his interest near his place. He eventually secured a seat in ITI Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh, to pursue a two-year degree course in “Mechanical Diesel Engine”. Now, he is all set to make his career at the ITI and extend a helping hand to his family.
He adds: “Aaj jab bina matlab koi kisi se baat tak nahi karta, Sarthi ne bina mere ek paise lagwaye, meri zindagi badal di”.
“SARTHI ne aakhir kar hi dikhaya”
Education is very important for all of us as it not only helps a person to grow but also adds value to his life and thereby helps in upliftment of his/her lifestyle.
All the parents want their children to avail the best of the education irrespective of their social and economic background.
What if this fundamental right of education is violated ?
Arman Khan is a 13-year-old boy. Unfortunately, he has speech and language disorder. He was just 8 when he got admission in Class 1 in Shaskiya Prathmik Shala at Suhagpur in Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh.
Because of the disorder, the school did not allow him to continue his studies after Class 3.
His mother Noor Amna, 32, struggled a lot to get her child admitted to another school but in vain. She left no stone unturned to ensure that her child gets education. She approached all the concerned government officials, but she didn't get any help from anyone. Her child was now 13. It was during this low phase of her life, she got to know about “SARTHI”.
After receiving all the information about Arman, our Empowerment Ambassador connected Noor Amna with the local Sarthi partner - “SATGURU MISSION” - in Shahdol.
After constant follow-up and counselling, the child has now been adopted by “Satguru Mission” .
Arman will not only avail free education till Class 12. The cost of uniform, books, bags, water bottle and other essential items would also be borne by Satguru Mission. They have also promised to help Arman overcome his language and speech disorder.
Noor Amna now feels elated that her prayers have been answered. “Jo main ek saal mein nahi karwa payi, wo Sarthi ne saat din mein karwa diya”
“SARTHI deta hai sabko samaanta ka adhikar”
Prakash is a perfect example of someone who has transformed his disability into an opportunity. He is born and brought up in a small village of Bogawa in Dhar District in Madhya Pradesh. When he was only two years old he got affected by Polio in both his legs.
He stays with his mother and younger brother. With the virtue of his strong will power and dedication he succeeded to complete his schooling and graduation with flying colours. The sudden death of his father was a setback to the entire family. This incident altered his course of life physically, mentally and emotionally.Being the eldest among the family, now entire responsibility of running the house hold expenses was on his shoulders. An easier choice might have been to succumb to life’s and society’s unfairness, sit back home and lament the twist of fate. Leaving hopes for higher studies aside, he desperately started looking for a job but his physical ailment only offered him the rejections and denials. But still he managed to embrace the situation enthusiastically. Even after a lot of financial and social troubles, Prakash emerged as a winner and decided to upgrade his farming techniques to improve on the quality of cultivation produced in his farm.
Prakash had to struggle at each step in this process as initially he was not financially sound to bear the expenses required for the agricultural activities.
Soon after getting in touch with Sarthi, he was informed about the Krishi Rin scheme under which he could avail the loan at low rate of interest.
With his continuous efforts and motivation from Sarthi representative, the amount of Rs. 1, 48000 has been sanctioned from Bank Of India under Krishi Rin and has invested to improve the cultivation through new farming techniques.
Prakash has become an ideal example to others suffering from disabilities and those who have lost hope and aspirations.
This time Sarthi takes an opportunity to salute Prakash’s spirit.
“SARTHI ne meri zindagi ko ek nayi disha di hai”
Bhavesh Kumar Sahu is a 19 years old boy from Magarlod Block of Dhamtari District in the State of Chhattisgarh. His mother is an anganwadi worker and father is a small farmer. Being the eldest son in the family of 4, he always had an innate desire to contribute to his family. But due to his health issues and weak economic conditions, he was miserably failing to realize this desire.
Bhavesh studied till B.SC First year, but he couldn’t complete his education further due to his sickness. But still he was fortunate enough that he could pursue a skill training course in welding and also got placement for a solar panel based project in Chennai.
Like most of the youths who have home sickness and other cultural disparities, Sahu was one of them who got affected by the same. Only a week was passed, he took his train back to Chhattisgarh. Now he was unemployed having nothing in hand but the negativity and de-motivation.
This was the time he came in contact with Sarthi and got a ray of hope for his career ahead.
In no time Sarthi got him associated with one of the Change Makers i.e. Rural Self Employment Training Institute RSETI, in his own district Dhamtari.
The institute offered him a 7 days free skill training course in Mushroom Cultivation, and as soon as the training got over, he got an opportunity to ask for a small amount of Rs. 5000 from his friend to start his small scale venture of mushroom cultivation. Also, now this training is no more restricted to him, as he is giving free coaching of Mushroom Cultivation to few of his neighbourhood youth.
The Change Maker, (RSETI) is in regular follow up with Bhavesh and is guiding him throughout.
Bhavesh Says – “Sarthi ne meri zindagi ko ek nayi disha di hai”!
“SARTHI ne badlaw ki raah dikhai”
Balu Singh is a 20-year-old boy from Maya Village of Ujjain district in Madhya Pradesh.
After finishing his Class 12 education, Balu has started assisting his father in farming. The income from farming was, however, not enough to run his family.
At that time, Balu was not aware of any other way to extend support to his family. Later, he contacted SARTHI. Balu wanted an alternative livelihood. Our experts guided him to learn a skill which could provide him a better employment opportunity. He agreed to pursue “Computer Hardware Course” as suggested by us but later when we followed up, Balu said he would not visit the centre. After two months of constant efforts and motivation, we finally convinced him to at least visit the centre once. We told him about RSETI, which offers various skill-based development courses.
Finally, Balu Singh visited the centre and registered himself for one-month Computer Hardware Course. Balu will get the information once the batch would commence at the centre. Team SARTHI is continuously in touch with Balu to ensure that he attends the course so that he get an employment and make himself an earning member of the family.
“Aapne sahi raah dikhayi”
While living in a village in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh, Nagu Singh, 32, a farmer, found it difficult to earn bread and butter for his family of six. Nagu's income was very less, which he used to earn by farming - growing wheat, soybean, etc. Despite all the struggled that he faced in life, like any other parent, he wanted his son Govind to lead a better life. The first step in this direction was to send his son to a good school so as to provide him a quality education. But, his key worry was whether he would be able to afford the education and related expenses of his child.
With loads of responsibilities on his shoulder, Nagu's desire of sending his child to a good school seemed almost like a dream. But, when SARTHI contacted him, Nagu realised that his dream can be turned into a reality.
Our Empowerment Ambassador told Nagu that his son has the right to avail free and compulsory education in a private school under Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) Quota guaranteed by Section 12 (1)(c) of the RTE Act.
Team SARTHI guided him about private schools within the range of 3 kms of his house and apply for his child’s admission.
Nagu Singh's willingness finally paid off when he managed to get his child enrolled in a private school - Shishu Vidya Mandir; that too for free. Govind can now avail free education till the age of 14. Nagu thanked SARTHI by saying, “Aapne sahi raah dikhayi”.
“SARTHI ne banaya aatmnirbhar ”
Mohan Sakwar is a 40-year-old tailor in Narsinghpur district, Madhya Pradesh. He contacted SARTHI after receiving a message about the same. He enquired about how could SARTHI help him. The Empowerment Ambassador explained him about the work SARTHI does and assured him of all the possible help that it could extend. Mohan then asked if we could help his wife open a beauty parlour.
Durga Bai Sakwar is a 32 years old house wife. She has studied up to Class 8. Durga and Mohan have two children - girl (14) and boy (12). Mohan wanted his wife to be an empowered and an independent woman. Hence, he asked for suggestions about a scheme for his wife that would help her set up a beauty parlour. We apprised him of "Mukhya Mantri Swarozgar Yojana" and advised him to contact the District Industries Center (DIC) to get the desired information about the same. At the DIC, he was told that his wife needed to undergo a beauty parlour training course for the duration of one month before they could apply for a loan.
When followed up, he informed us that his wife has got herself enrolled in a training course. After a month, Mohan said that his wife has finished her training and the DIC has sent a file to the Union Bank of India for the sanctioning of Rs 1 lakh loan.
When enquired about the response he got from the bank, he said that it would take another 20-25 days to process the loan amount. He also told us that he did not face any problem while dealing with the DIC.
Mohan was elated to share that his wife has become more confident after undergoing the training. He is also happy to see the changes in her personality.
SARTHI has urged Mohan to stay in touch with the bank and inform us as to when the loan amount is sanctioned1111.
“SARTHI ke sahyog se ban paya apne parivar ka sahara”
It is truly said that if you aspire to achieve something putting all your efforts into it nothing can stop you to achieve it sooner or later. Jeevan Kumar Sahu,a 21 year old boy from Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh is a true example to this. Jeevan comes from small marginal farming background having 3 other family members at home depending entirely on seasonal farming. The financial crisis persists in the family which led to discouragement of Sahu to pursue any course after completion of his schooling that involved investment. But his willingness and strong dedication towards building a future for himself and his family took a right turn and he came in contact with Sarthi. With Sarth’s intervention,Sahu was connected with one of the change makers“Deen Dayal Upadhaya Prashikshan Sanstha”which provided him with the golden chance to opt for a free 2 months computer Course near his place.
After completion of his training, Jeevan is now well off with the tally course and basic computer knowledge, which helped him to change his life drastically offering him a productive employment of Data Entry Operator in one of the IT firms in Bhopal and earning Rs 8,000 Per Month.
Sahu is really content and feeling blessed that now he is earning well and has become a support system to his family. For this guidance and extensive support, he is grateful to Sarthi and says “ Sarthi ne meri zindagi badal di”.
“SARTHI Gareebon ke lie bahot achha kaam kar raha hain”
Michael Anthony is a proud father of three daughters and one newly born son. He is an E-rickshaw puller from the district of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh and earns a limited remuneration of Rs. 10,000-12,000 per month to run a family of 6. Being a high school passed, he was well aware of the Right to Education Act, 2009 guidelines and had applied for his eldest daughter Liza,6 for the school admission in one of the private schools under 25% EWS(Economically Weaker Section) quota nearby his residence. Fortunately, Liza’s name appeared in the admission list and she was entitled to submit all the desired documents for the admission on the stipulated date. But due to some reason, he could not submit the documents on the said date. This was the moment in Anthony’s life when his desire of giving good private school education to his daughter was denied by the school authorities. But Anthony didn’t give up and contacted Sarthi for seeking assistance. Soon after receiving a missed call from Anthony, we started probing into this case. We spoke to many officials including Nodal officer “G.L Malvi” and Block Resource Coordinator “ Ritesh Tandon” and requested them to help us in this matter. They informed us that Liza’s name might appear in the 2nd admission list and asked us to intimate Anthony to be in continuos touch with the School Authorities about the same. He must submit the documents this time without a delay if name appears in the list. With this information, Anthony took a charge of everything and started visiting the school. As soon as the 2nd list announcement was made and Liza’s name was there, he submitted all the required documents. Liza is now happily going to “ Ankur Public School” and enjoying her classes.
Anthony is overwhelmed with Sarthi’s intervention in this case and thanked us quoting- AAP HUM GAREEBON KE LIE BAHOT HI ACHHA KAAM KAR RAHE HAIN.
“Aapne to humare haq ke prati hume jagruk kar diya”
Majority of India still lives in villages and so the topic of rural education in India is of utmost importance. According to a survey named “ Annual Status Of Education Report(ASER), it is clearly indicated that even though the number of rural children attending schools is rising, but more than half of the students in Class 5th are not able to read a second grade text book and aren’t able to solve simple mathematical problems. The parents who are sending their children to government schools are highly dissatisfied with the quality of education being offered in these schools.
Mukesh Chaudhary, 32 from a remote area in village Dharodia, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh is one amongst those parents who was concerned for his daughter “ Varsha “, studying in class 5th in Shaskiya Madhyamik Vidyalaya, Dharodia, Madhya Pradesh. Mukesh was upset as whenever he used to ask Varsha regarding her school and the performance, she always used to complain- “Teachers aate hi nahin, toh kya padhein”. He was clueless as how to address this concern. He neither had the money to send his daughter to an expensive private school nor was he aware as where to raise this issue.
The moment Mukesh got associated with Sarthi,, he was empowered and informed about the Right To Education Act, 2009 which mandates the existence of School Management Committee in every school( SMC) for School Development Plan. After realizing the importance and gravity of the situation, he enthusiastically mobilized other parents, facing the same problem with their kids and communicated all their issues in front of the SMC. Seeing the serious concerns of the effected parents, the SMC promptly looked into the matter and promised them to resolve this issue of teachers absentism ,late coming to the school and not taking classes.
Its been quite a while now that Sarthi Representative is in continuos follow up with Mukesh regarding the status of education in the school. He says now the teachers are coming regularly to the school on time and taking proper classes which shows improvement among the students.
Mukesh further showed his gratitude to Sarthi for its immense support and motivation during and post this process and wants us to keep sharing other aspects of SMC. He concluded by saying: Aapne to humare haq ke prati hume jagruk kar diya !!
“Sarthi bahot acha kaam kar raha hai.”
Nitin Parmar , 19, is a young dynamic boy from Satna district in Madhya Pradesh. Born to Ashok Kumar, a tailor working in a rented shop, Nitin never had a keen interest in studies. After finishing Class IX, Nitin quit his studies and decided to learn a skill like his father and open his own work. His family has six members and their financial condition is unstable.
After connecting with SARTHI, Nitin took the opportunity and got himself enrolled in the mobile repairing course to be offered by RSETI centre, Satna. A Sarthi representative continuously followed up with the centre and today, Nitin is performing really well.
Nitin is glad that Sarthi guided him about a course of his choice. As soon as the course will be over, he would be able to start his own work. He thanked us by saying- Sarthi bahot acha kaam kar raha hai.
“Aapne mere sapne ko sakar karne me jo sahyog kia hai, ye mai kabhi nahi bhul paunga.”
Tamman Lal is a sincere young graduate hailing from a small village of Thakurtola in Rajnandgaon district in Chhattisgarh. Being the eldest among five siblings, Tamman realises that he has to assist his father in running the family. His father is a daily wage labourer and every day is a struggle for him, courtesy limited resources and a meager income. Tamman, who has always been a big dreamer, earned good grades in graduation. He always intended to pursue a good career and had an aptitude in the medical field.
After the completion of his graduation, he was seeking guidance about medical field, but due to inadequate resources and information, he could not gather information in this regard. When he came across a message from Sarthi, his hopes got revived. Sarthi helped Tamman in getting all the required information about various medical-related courses and the nearby centres offering the same.
Soon he contacted one of the proposed centres - “Leela Foundation for Education and Health" - in Raipur where he enrolled himself for one-year "Diploma in Medical Laboratory Course". Today, Tamman is happily attending his classes. He envisions a bright future ahead when he would be able to contribute to his family, improving the living standards of his siblings and parents.
He is overwhelmed with Sarthi's intervention and thanks us by saying: Aapne mere sapne ko sakar karne me jo sahyog kia hai, ye mai kabhi nahi bhul paunga.
“Sarthi ne mere jaise majdoor ki madad karke bahot upkar kia!!.”
Inder Singh , 35, is a resident of Guna district in Madhya Pradesh. He is a daily wage labourer and earns Rs 200 per day to serve his family of five. In a bid to get his eldest son Rajaram, 9, promoted to Class VI in Pagdi Madhyamik School, Inder had to take a lot of leaves from his work and visit the educational institution. His son was not being promoted to Class 6 as Inder could not produce an Income and Caste Certificate. This was the time when Inder contacted `Sarthi` for assistance.
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, provides to every child of the age of 6-14 years the right to free and compulsory education even in the absence of an Income and Caste Certificate.
A Sarthi official then connected Inder to local Change Maker Kalpataru which discussed the issue with school authorities and extensively invoked the RTE ACT guidelines to ensure that principal agrees to admit the child to the school. Thanks to this intervention, Rajaram is now continuing his studies at the school in Class 6.
Inder conveyed his gratitude by saying - Sarthi ne mere jaise majdoor ki madad karke bahot upkar kia!!
“Sarthi ne mere bacchon ke jeevan ke liye bahot kuch kiya.”
Ram Kumar , is a small marginal farmer from Dodka village in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. The wheat produced in his farm earns him a limited amount to serve a family of four. Having two children, Phoolchand, 14 and Shraddha, 13,studying in government school, Shashkiya Madhyamik Vidyalaya, Dodka, Ram was continuously encountering problem as he was not receiving money for the school uniform and scholarship money that is supposed to be provided by the school to every student.
In this regard, he urged SARTHI to help him as he had already visited school but nothing productive could happen in this matter. Probing further into this case, SARTHI representative got Ram connected to our Local Sarthi “ Anupama Educational Society” and with the intervention of our concerned local Sarthi, this matter was put forward to the School principal.
The voice raised was finally heard by the school authorities and the case was finally resolved. Ram is overwhelmed that he contacted the right people where his problems were seriously addressed followed by case resolution. He thanked Sarthi saying: Sarthi ne mere bacchon ke jeevan ke liye bahot kuch kiya.
“Hum dil se Sarthi ka shukriyada karte hain.”
Being a citizen of the country, one needs to perform some duties individually that not only caters to his own self but to the society as a whole. Arjun kumar , 31 from Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh is one of those responsible citizens who took notice of the flaws in the present education system prevailing in the government schools near his residence.
Arjun has always been social in his approach that helped him interact and understand the problems of his community. It was during one of the several conversations with the neighborhood children that he decided to raise his voice against the challenges faced by the school students. He was informed by the pupil that the teachers in the school doesn’t teach them properly. Many a times, they skip taking classes and the children have to sit idle, getting themselves involved in one or the other unwanted activities like quarrels or arguments with the fellow mates. Arjun also observed that the level of subject knowledge in accordance to the children’s grades was equally depressing. Considering the severity of the issue,he proactively raised this concern to the Sarthi Representative, where he was apprised about the existence and role of “School Management Committee(SMC)” in every school and how relevant and effective it can be to address the issues related to Quality Education as prescribed in Right To Education Act(RTE)(2009).
After gathering all the information, Arjun immediately went to school along with Zila panchayat members and conveyed these major issues to the concerned SMC. School Management Committee took charge of this situation and now the teachers are attentively taking up the classes and standard of studies has also improved considerably.
Seeing the positive impact of Sarthi’s intervention in guidance and spreading awareness about the RTE Guidelines, Arjun thanked us for the immense support throughout the case resolution and quoted: Hum dil se Sarthi ka shukriyada karte hain.
“Sarthi hum jaise Divyango ke liye aasha ki kiran sabit hua.”
Born in a small village of Bhopal, Praveen Engla, 25 was diagnosed a disease called“Ankylosing Spondylitis”when he was 14. The disease made him Physically handicapped where both the legs got effected. Belonging to a family where both the parents are daily wage Laborers, the life seemed no less than a burden.
With a lot of hardships and the continuous motivation from his father, Engla managed to continue his studies after schooling and completed his Graduation from a government college in 2011. During his graduation years,he had developed his interest towards computer but the thought of making an investment into this again turned him off.
After getting in touch with Sarthi, he was connected to one of the Training centres in Bhopal, RUDSETI,offering free Computer classes for a duration of 1 month. Now after being a proficient in computer handling, Engla is giving tuition classes in one of the computer centres nearby which is earning him a sufficient livelihood to support his family. Engla is extremely elated to have got connected with Sarthi that not only made him confident but also helped him achieve a goal for his future.
“Sarthi ne humare liye rozgar ke naye avsar diye.”
Kavita a 22 years old young girl hails from a small village of Bango, located in the interiors of district Korba in the state of Chhattisgarh.
She is a young girl like anyone of us, with dreams in her eyes to do something in her life and to achieve something. Kavita always aspired to go into medical field but destiny had its own plans for her!
Her father,a daily wage laborer at the irrigation dept. died in 2003. After the death of her father, her family had to undergo a lot of hardships to make both the ends meet.
She is third amongst her five siblings. Her mother has always been her strong support system and always encouraged her to complete her education.
Despite all the difficulties that came up in her way, Kavita completed her graduation in Hindi Literature, from Mukutdher Pandit College at Dist. Korba. She didn’t stop there and got herself enrolled for M.A in Sociology through correspondence at PG College Korba.
Still, somewhere inside her, she had an urge to pursue a nursing training, but lacked proper guidance.
Soon after getting in touch with Sarthi, she expressed her desire to have training in Nursing and in no time we connected her with Livelihood College,Korba where she underwent Free of cost three months nursing training programme. She has now joined Health Care Training Program of 2.5 months at Prakritik Niketan Yoga Ashram as suggested by one of the college faculties.
Today, Kavita is a confident lady, who wants to pursue her career in nursing and be a support system for her family. Kavita gives entire credit to Sarthi for being a true mentor that transformed her life completely.
“Sarthi ne muje apna khud ka kaam shuru karne ke liye Prerit kiya.”
Nitin Khatak, a 24 year old boy from Rajgarh district of Madhya Pradesh, comes from an economically backward family. He grew up in a family of 5 where his father is a small farmer and the sole bread earner for the family and was often incapable to meet the daily needs of the family.But Nitin’s positive outlook towards his life always made him stand firm into his idea of making something big in his life that got him an urge to start his own venture. Nitin managed to continue studies till 12th grade, but post schooling, the financial crunch in the family didn’t leave him any option to study further. He had to help his family financially in any means. This was the time when he came to know about Sarthi, seeking help to find an alternative to start a business of his own. He already had a concrete plan to start a welding and Leith workshop at his place but needed a thorough guidance as how to proceed ahead in availing the loan .Sarthi connected Nitin with its local change maker “Ahimsa Welfare Society” that apprised him regarding “ Mudra Scheme” under which he got his loan amount of rupees five lakhs sanctioned from Bank of India to start his small venture. Nitin expressed his deep gratitude for this selfless support of Sarthi and the Change Maker.
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