Ekal USA organized its first Virtual Conference on the weekend of Sep 11, 12 , 13.
Ekal is a large grassroots organization that relies heavily on its volunteers for success. The volunteers gather each year at the Ekal USA national conference to discuss the issues and hear from the Ekal leadership team in India. This year the Pandemic transformed the conference into a virtual one. This provided a great opportunity for volunteers from other countries including India, Australia and Canada to join the conference. Over 700 volunteers registered for the conference.
One of the highlights of the conference was a virtual tour of Ekal villages and Skill training centers. Participants were able to see the schools being run in the Kashmir valley. They also saw the skill training centers in different parts of the country.
GRANE, a new initiative where there is a plan to bring E-Commerce activity to the villages so that new economic opportunities can be brought to the villages. It is hoped that these opportunities will make Ekal self-sustaining. A group of Young Professionals from the US and India are working on this initiative under the leadership of Vivek Sharma, an entrepreneur from Boston. Long time supporters of Ekal applauded the initiative.
A parallel youth conference was also run where Ekal Youth Leaders - Students from Schools and Colleges gathered to formulate the youth initiative.
Ekal looks forward to scaling its efforts with the help of the volunteers from all around the globe.