Newsletter November 2016

Diwali Cards to Indian Soldiers

This Diwali Bloomington/Normal IL. Ekal helping Hands, a children group that participates in various community service activities, decided to make Diwali cards for the Indian soldiers who are serving near the border. As they were getting ready for the Diwali festival themselves, the kids thought about how many of the soldiers serving their motherland, couldn’t spend it with their families while protecting our country. They each made five handmade cards and wrote a thank you note to the soldiers. In the end the outcome was spectacular. There was a wide variety and assortment of cards and the children were excited to see how the soldiers would react. All the cards were sent to Delhi Army colonel’s office and will be forwarded to the Army soldiers from there. The participating kids from left to right are, Aryan, Disha, Arjun, Anisha, Shivani, Rajeshwari, Akshaya Sri, Avani, Sahil, and Shlok. On the back row the participants are, Shashi, Dhyan and Pranvi.

Navratri celebrated in US

It was a wonderful evening. A vibrant & colorful environment, filled with positive energy and warmth, as last night of EkalNavratri was celebrated. The young writers from Ekal Writing Competition left us in awe with their thought provoking, powerful & creative writings! New England community was filled with talent, mesmerized with the songs, in the festive theme of Golu. The evening had a festive mood as beautiful songs were sung,with lots of fun oriented programs; reciting of poetries. The celebration continued with fun with Garba, followed by cool Bollywood moves.  Ekal volunteers brought home cooked food which was delicious.

Making of Paper Bags by village girls

GRC Karanjo, as part of Women Empowerment Program, organized training for village girls on making paper bags and were also explained about the harmful effects of the polythene bags and the pollution caused by them.

Gramothan gets Trailblazers Award form Jharkhand CM

Digital Initiative of Ekal Gramothan Foundation was awarded with the Digital India Conclave, Trailblazers Award organized by HP (Hewlett Packard) in association with India Today group and K.P.M.G at Radison Blue Hotel, Ranchi. It has been awarded by Sri Raghubar Das, the honorable Chief Minister of Jharkhand state to Sri Lalan Kumar Sharma, Program Director and Central GMY in charge.The computer literacy mission of the organization with an initiative of computer van (Ekal on Wheel) dedicated towards the rural and remote areas has proved to be a boon for all who had to travel far-off places for getting trained in computers.
The training is imparted through self-learning method and it also adds value through certification & skill development programs. The organization also provides training in chemical free farming, tailoring and food processing.

National Insurance supports 250 Ekal Vidyalayas

An MOU was signed with National Insurance Company Ltd, a premier public sector insurance company in India, by Sri Nirmalya ji representing Ekal. National Insurance will be supporting 250 Ekal Vidyalayas in Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and Jharkhand. Sri Srinivasan, GM of the company signed on their behalf.

Medical Camp by FTS, Jamshedpur chapter

A Medical camp was organized by FTS, Jamshedpur chapter. The residents of the remote village participated enthusiastically. They were seeing a doctor at their village after many years. Over 300 people were examined. About 15 FTS members with their family organized the camp. The medical examinations were done by three senior and experienced doctors – Dr. Ratan, Dr. Chandan and Dr. Ajay along with seven trainees of MGM.The camp was a great success.

Managing Anaemia & Malnutrition through Home Remedies

Arogya foundation of India - Coimbatore conducted a program on Managing Anaemia & Malnutrition through Home Remedies. A detailed and very informative presentation was given by Smt. Hema Satheesh, National Joint Co-ordinator - Home Remedies Project Director. A book was also released on Aneamia during this meet.
  • 15 Sanyojikas were bestowed with Certificates and Diwali gifts
  • 2 Sanyojikas shared their experiences

Diwali Milan by Mumbai chapter

Keeping up with the festive spirit, Mumbai Chapter had an excellent Diwali Milan program.  Over 125 people, including members and donors graced the occasion. All donors who attended were applauded by patrons and members and encouraged to continue being a part of this noble cause. Sri Madhwendraji's presence proved to be a wonderful experience to all the guests. A natural orator, his words inspired and motivated the guests to continue their valuable contribution in Ekal.

Visit of Sarah McMillian

Sarah McMillian during her 4 days tour, visited Arogya Bhawan and met 20 doctors who were associated with AFI. During her visit to the villages, she communicated with the rural women and Sanyojika through the doctors and the Secretary of AFI.

She visited Bitpi and Podaha villages, before signing the MOU between AFI and Saathi, the organization which is to supply sanitary napkins free of cost to all 10000 women of Bhandra Sanch. She interacted with the women and noted the storage facility of the napkins as well as transportation. She also visited the compost pits in the villages where these will be disposed off. On the last day of her visit, she garlanded the photo of Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his birth ceremony at Arogya Bhawan and also expressed her views on Swachh Bharat Mission.