Newsletter October 2004

A new phase begins

We are very pleased to inform that Ms. Uma Gulani, Ekal Vidyalaya volunteer has become a full-time worker for the Ekal Vidyalaya Movement (EVM) beginning Friday, October 1, 2004. This significant event was solemnized at the home of Uma Gulani in the presence of Shri Shyamji Gupta, the convener of EVM. Uma ji resigned as Systems Engineer from Southern California Edison to offer her services as a full-timer for EVM. We wish Uma ji a very fulfilling and successful journey and a brighter future for the movement as a whole.


10th Chapter of FTS inaugurated

Friends of Tribals Society added another feather in its cap with the inauguration of the tenth chapter at Jabalpur, on the 9th of October ,2004.The function was attended by about 450 attendees, including dignitaries of Jabalpur town and 40 children from the ekal vidyalayas of Seoni, Chhindwara, Dindori and Balaghat areas and their acharyas. National President Shri R.L.Kabra, Shri M.L.Jain, National Secretary and Smt. Manju Srivastava, National Organizing Secretary graced the occasion by their presence and spoke encouraging words to the members of the new chapter. Shri Naresh Grover, president of the Jabalpur chapter presented the report of activities taking place in this area and informed that 790 Ekal Vidyalayas are already running in this region. He also assured the National Committee that the Jabalpur Chapter was committed to fulfill the goals already set for them and would not leave any stone unturned to achieve them. The programme commenced with Deep Prajwalan by the National President Shri Bapu ji, followed by "Saraswati Vandana" by children of Ekal Vidyalaya. 

Top ten students of each anchal of Ekal vidyalayas were distributed prizes by all the dignitaries present on the dais. All the acharyas and toli members of all anchals were also honored on this occasion.A small entertainment programme was presented by girls of Mata Gujri Vidyalya of Jabalpur, which included a group song, dance and a small skit. The programme concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr. Abhishek Dhyani member of Youth for Seva. 

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Ekal website

The new Ekal Website or incorporates a host of features not available on the earlier site. We propose to get you acquainted with its numerous features one by one through a regular column on the Ekal News. One of the features is a page for each of the areas which would contain all the information of that area, regarding forthcoming events, reports of previous events, pictures and local contact information. This page can be viewed by clicking on the 'Support Us' link on the home page of the website and going to the link: 'In Your Area'. You could then choose the region of your choice from the menu to get the desired information. 

Please click the following link to see the video of the Brand Ambassador of Ekal Movement, Ms. Hema Malini: 

Note: If above link doesn't work, please copy it, paste in the address bar of your browser and click the button - 'Go'.


Vanyatra is a tour to purify hearts and innocents minds

Youth For Seva, Raipur Chapter undertook its first Vanyatra on Sunday 3rd Oct., 04. The selected villages were Khaliyapara & Siyalpara of Gariaband region, district Raipur. Twenty six peole participated in the vanyatra. 

Comments of a Vanyatri :

"It is difficult to express the feelings that came out during the vanyatra but we can say that Vanyatra is a tour to purify hearts and innocents minds. They are superstitious but they are innocent, they are illiterate but conversant with human values and Indian culture. We went there thinking that we would be giving them some education but we came back learning many lessons from them. This is not Vanyatra but a real Gram Tirth, traveling to spiritual hearts." 

- Ashish Berlia


Scheduled Vanyatras

As an experiment to provide facilites to people willing to embark on vanyatras we have provided to schedule two vanyatras every month from Hyderabad to two different anchals, namely Bhagya nagar anchal and Palamoor anchal.

1. On the second saturday of every month, there will be vanayatra from Hyderabad city to ekal schools of Bhagyanagar anchal..... 

  • Distance from Hyderabad to ekal schools shall be of 90kms ... ( one way)
  • Duration of the trip .... six hours ( between 2pm and eight pm)
  • Number of schools that would be visited : two schools

2. On the fourth Sunday of every month there will be a vanayatra from Hyderabad city to ekal schools of Palamoor anchal.. 

  • Distance from Hyderabad to ekal schools shall be 150kms (one way)
  • Duration of trip ...10hrs( between 8am to 6pm)
  • Number of schools that would be visited : two schools

(Apart from this vanyatras will continue to be scheduled as per convenience also)


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