Share and Care
today, a sister organisation of the famous India Today magazine
gave Rs.5 lacs for a Library.
a sister organisation of the famous India Today magazine gave Rs.5
lacs for a Library.
Mr. Ted Sattler,
Phillips Van Heusen Foundation Inc. USA gave USD 10,000.
"Kids for Kids International" organised a run for children,
about 3000 children participated, 1000 children wore saffron coloured
T-shirts, 1000 children wore white T-shirts and 1000 children wore
green T-shirts, the President of India flagged off the run, Kapil
Dev and P.T. Usha also ran, this was a fund raising idea and they
generated about Rs.40 lacs out of which in small sober ceremony
in Delhi, a cheque of Rs.19.55 lacs was contributed towards Eklavya's
Aadariyana project. An NRI from USA who was present at the ceremony
was so moved that he wrote a cheque of USD 1000 on the spot.
to rebuild the school with the support and co-operation of the village
people. For this, on March 13, a "Vision Sharing" workshop
was organised. About 35 village leaders attended the one-day workshop
in the village itself where Prof. Daniel Steenstra (a reputed Design
management expert from UK who is also associated with NID, Ahmedabad)
conducted a workshop on Vision Sharing to help rebuild the village.
He was assisted by an expert trainer from Ahmedabad. They played a
cube game CUBES 4 NATIONAL, a toolset that aids different groups in
aligning a range of functions, establishing a common understanding
and facilitating effective communication to achieve common goals.
playing the cube game.
These 35 village
leaders (unfortunately, all men, women have no role to play in decision-making,
in future, we are hoping that our efforts will bring in participation
from women as well) discussed for 9 hours on how to rebuild the
village. For the first time, the villagers met and sat together
and shared views and opinions which were social, political, caste
issues and philosophical in nature, experienced a convergence of
ideas and most important of all, an appreciation of other people's
On 26th March,
2001 Bhoomi Puja (ground breaking ceremony) of the new school building
was performed. This was an auspicious day. It was exactly 2 months
after the earthquake (26th January) and it was the New Year of the
Vikram Samvatsari and celebrated as Gudi Padwa, Chettichand and
the Telugu New Year Day. Seven havan kunds were prepared for the
puja. The 440 students of the school were the chief guests. It was
a simple puja. Children sang patriotic songs and performed garba.
It was the first time that all children in the village participated
in an event together. There were no VIPs, no IAS officers, no politicians,
and no speeches. All liked it. It was the first time that all communities
in the village participated in an event together, more than 1000
men and women were there.
Competition was also held in four age categories and prizes given