In co-ordination with Balwantrai Mehta Centre &
Kushtrog Niwaran Samiti, we provide Water to villages
in Panvel through borewells. Our work in Rural areas
Detailed report of other activities
is featured below :
Our other activities
include providing rations to Balwadis, fund raising
events, have monthly meetings, fellowships and having
eminent speakers. We also support a Self Help Women’s
Group in Jogeshwari area.
With the stress on
rapid industrialization in the post-Independence era,
scant attention was paid to human resources, education,
family planning, nutrition and public health. Villagers
migrated to cities for employment, better amenities
and educational facilities.
Realizing this Inner Wheel of Bombay started an integrated
rural development programme in arid, primitive and economically
backward villages near Panvel, Maharashtra, in collaboratfon
with a voluntary rural service organization Kushtarog
Since 1995, Inner Wheel Club of Bombay
has focussed on 40 villages near Panvel to make them
hunger free and self sufficient In areas of drinking
water, health, education, sanitation and self employment.
A Village as a basic unit of development and progress
preached by Mahatma Gandhi became the nodal point because
they perceived that it was necessary to curb migration
in order to develop the rural sector.
Sewing Machines at Wakadi
LOCAL SELF GOVERNMENT TRAINING CENTRE
At the Balwantrai Mehta Local self
Government Training Centre, for the successful implementation
of their mammoth project, the Inner Wheel Club of Bombay
constructed a ladies dormitory, provided a kitchen with
dining facilities, an auditorium and also an administrative
office. The centre Is a catalyst for the participation
of rural communities and helps in eliminatlng poverty,
improving their quality of life, empowering women, developing
human and natural resources to promote ecological balance.
15,000 families comprising a population
of 40,000 are being continuously supported.
Training programmes for women are conducted
in sewing, embroidery, candle making, incense stick
making, spinning and weaving dusters, carpets etc.
Self help groups in villages, awareness
camps for newly elected women representatives in local
self government bodies are conducted.
720 local self government bodies and
10,360 village headmen have been beneficiaries of different
training programmes. These programmes have empowered
the villagers to become knowledgeable participants in
decision making and its subsequent implemention.
Camps for college students are
conducted regularly to inculcate a sense of patriotism,
community service and dignity of labour, to aid in village
Community Marriages are conducted annually, to discourage
tribals and economically weaker sections from undertaking
heavy marriage expenses for which they often incur debts
as also to do away with social evils such as the dowry
Adivasi marriages at Wakadi
VISION FOR THE FUTURE
Inner Wheel Club of Bombay in collaboration with Balwantrai
Mehta centre will expand its activities to reach out
to 185 tribal villages around Panvel, Maharashtra. The
goal Is to increase awareness among the rural people
about their rights and responsibilities.
WATER - ESSENCE OF LIFE
The primary need of a human being is water. Irrespective
of age and health conditions the village ladies usually
walk a couple of miles to fetch water, sometimes on
steep inclines. Inner Wheel Club of Bombay provided
water in 10 villages and also at 2 primary schools.
The club also received financial contribution from CHANCE
OF LIFE GERMANY, Inner Wheel Club of BOCHUM RECHEN Germany
and Rotary Club of BOCHUM RECHEN Germany, MBK MARKISCHES
SKOLEG UNNA Germany for these water projects.
Water Supply to the rural area -courtesy INNER
WHEEL CLUB OF BOCHUM
water supply project - seen in the picture are
President Arti Sanghi, Raksha Mehta, Lata Palekar
and Rotarian Arun Sanghi
LIFT IRRIGATION SYSTEM
5 lift irrigation schemes were implemented to meet the
needs of farmers as well as training in organic farming
and vermi composting imparted to more than 200 farmers.
To provide potable drinking water at the door step and
lift Irrigation schemes in 185 remote villages in Panvel
District, Maharashtra, Special training camps to create
awareness about the importance of saving water and improving
the water table.
SANITATION A BASIC NEED
Motivation to inculcate good habits. Construction of
low cost community toilets. 25 Individuals toilets have
been constructed in villages and at their primary schools.
To reach the target of 100% sanitation. To build Individual
toilet blocks in 185 villages. Villagers to be educated
about cleanliness and the necessity of garbage disposal.
Leprosy Eradication & Rehabilitation
Leprosy eradication and rehabilitation programmes were
carried out in the 40 villages.
The latest multidrug therapy approved by W.H.O. and
Govt. of India which claimed to cure the patient in
28 days, was adopted. 63 patients were cured, as certlied
by the W.H.O. team. This was a PIlOT project in India.
Our successful efforts led us to take up the project
of "Prevention of Deformity by Reconstructive Surgery"
for cured patients. 35 surgeries were performed. A Female
ward was constructed at the Leprosy hospital at Shantivan.
A Drinking water supply scheme was also provided to
Eye camps were organized for leprosy patients, cataract
and laser surgeries were performed and spectales were
given to the needy patients.
Provided panels at the Acworth Leprosy Musuem to display
the history of the medicinal march towards containment
The play equipments were donated for the Nursery school
for the children of cured leprosy patients.
VISION FOR THE FUTURE
To promote awareness for eradication of leprosy in 185
Education of children of today - the citizens for tomorrow
"The foundation of every state Is the education
of its youth". The tribal school at Shantivan,
Panvel was established in 1994 with the sole objective
of upliftment of tribal villagers steeped in poverty,
ignorance, blind beliefs etc. to bring them at par with
educated citizens. 465 residential students and 100
day scholars belonging to the poorest strata of society,
have a unique distinction of being the. first generation
to be attending school. The club participated in sponsoring
the formal education ot these children alongwith boarding
and lodging expenses.
Drinking water supply schemes and sanitation blocks,
computer training and vocational training are some of
the facilites provided to the children.
SOLAR PORTABLE LANTERNS (ASHRAMSHALA)
Due to long hours of load-shedding affecting this locality,
the students are unable to complete their homework and
studies after school hours. This will enable the residential
students to enhance their performance and make more
380 hundred million Indians are still illiterate. Education
at the grass root level is very important. Vocational
Training to unemployed youth will be necessary for gainful
employment and encouraging small enterpreuners.
The Jersey cow unit provides milk at reasonable rates
to tribal school children, leprosy patients, residents
of dependency home, senior citizens of the oldage home,
social workers. Green fodder cultivation plot and a
borewell with water facilities have been developed.
The building of the unit has been repaired and renovated.
cows to provide milk to the students