RURAL DEVELOPMENT

Vocational Training:

How it started?

Kadapa district is a dry area where the rain fall is low and natural water resources are very meager. So there was no chance for agricultural development and most of the people earn livelihood by doing some labour work. Hence many people ,including teenage girls and young mothers leaving their small kids started going to Gulf countries to work as servant maids and earn money to maintain their families. Thus in the long run the family relations are very much disturbed. Despite the improvement in financial postiion, nobody is happy. Originally when Hari Hara School was started Pujya Amma had an idea of introducing some Vocational Training, after giving basic education as suggested by Gurudev.

Subsequently many experiments were done to start vocational courses but somehow they didn’t click well, because she has got a firm idea that the raw material,should be locally available,not depending on cities. Thus making unbaked bricks, mud tiles for roofing, making with the dry leaves etc., such experiments were done but in vain.

  • During 2000-2003 , Ashram conducted 10 months tailoring courses in three villages and distributed sewing machines freely to the rural women. Two courses were conducted by Brni. Sulabha and one course by Br. Bhasa Chaitanya.
  • Ashram also worked for Self-help groups and Micro-banking in the surrounding villages for three years. But Now there is no necessity to continue the scheme as the government is doing the same through banks.
  • Sarada Vocational Training Centre was built in the year 2008 and a training course in tailoring and other handy crafts was conducted.
  • Though Govt. is encouraging S.H.Gs and providing loans through banks they are not very much successful in providing the vocational trainings for the beneficiaries who really helps them to become economically independent and to live with self-respect and satisfaction. So we need to introduce different vocational training for different self-groups so that there will not be any competition among the groups and they can easily sustain themselves because different products have different marketing channels.

Needs of the Vocational Training Project:

  • The object of Sarada Vocational Training Centre is to conduct different vocational training programmes in order to provide livelihood to village woman and youth. So the project needs a director as well as an implementator, who can work with dedication understanding the noble cause of the project and having sympathy and patience in mingling with village people. The implementator is supposed to explore different possibilities of introducing different vocational trainings by skilled people to the village woman and youth and also find out the marketing channels to enable them to stand on their own feet.

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Pucca Houses for poor:

  • In the Year 1998 Chinmayaranyam built a colony containing pucca houses in the place huts with the financial support from a Senior devotee of Chinmaya Mission-Mumbai, Sri K B Shroff as a part of Rural upliftment programme. The villagers also got bore-well and pipe lines. They have renovated Sri Rama Temple in the village as a part of the project.




  • In the year 2003 Chinmayaranyam adopted another ST colony. With the nominal financial aid from govt, villagers couldnot complete the construction of pucca houses; so Ashram took the responsibility of completing the work with in short period under the supervision of committee member Sri Narayana Reddy. The land near the colony is reclaimed and bore well with water lines. During his visit in Feb 2004 dedicated the work to Amma and the colony is named as ‘Sarada Priya’ colony.
  • In course of time the Govt started sanctioning pucca houses to all those who is not having . So the ashram need not continue the same work.
  • Br. Bhasa Chaitanya coordinated the work and also conducted poojas, satsangs in the surrounding villages.

Afforestation



Chinmayaranyam Ashram is located in a drought prone area of Kadapa district where rain fall is very low. It is a geographical fact that clouds are attracted where there is green belt. Keeping this in view Swamini SaradaPriyanandaji took up the project of Afforestation, in 1988 under the programme ‘Save a Man ,Save a Tree’. Providing work for villagers for many years.





Before Afforestation

  • In a span of 13 years over 20,000 trees have been planted phase by phase on the hillock behind the Ashram in an area of 86 acres. The Ashram has taken up the entire responsibility of post-planting measures for which several water-preserving trenches have also been dug. In a world where forests are being destroyed using the latest machinery, in this little corner of the world, whole forests are being raised, not by most sophisticated equipment but the sweat and toil! The project was completed by 2001 as an offering for Swarna Mahotsav of Chinmaya Mission.

  • After Afforestation

The most interesting thing that occurred is , though a new Railway track is passing through this area, not even a single tree is lost. God’s grace is always wonderful!!

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