Yuva Mitra ‘Tap Purti’ Mohatsav, Celebrating 12 years of Shaping Sustainable Development
On 11th and 12th January 2014, we celebrated the ‘Tap Purti’ event (completing 12 years of our existence, dedicated to shaping sustainable development). In Hindu mythology, a ‘Tap’ is a phase of 12 years. In the life of a person or an institution, completing 12 years is a significant achievement which should eventually bear fruits to the efforts put in.
We organized this event to retrospect, learn, strategize and celebrate our coexistence with the society and the nature. For Yuva Mitra, this was a meaningful phase, full of challenges which have also brought a sense of pride and fulfillment. It was a right time to consolidate on the work experiences, relearn from the reality, retrospect on the work activities and gear up for future. The primary participants in the various programs of Yuva Mitra (namely children, youth, farmers and women) witnessed and actively participated in the Tap Purti event and shared their views. Village heads from many villages, teachers and head masters of schools, opinion leaders in the villages, representatives from Corporates, Funding partners, Knowledge partners and representatives of NGOs also participated in the function.
Eminent personalities like Mrs. Medha Patkar, Dr. Rajendra Singh and other dignitaries from corporate houses, funding partners and opinion leaders further boosted the interest and commitment of the Yuva Mitra team and provided their guidance. This has certainly helped the organization to further its process towards realizing the vision of Shaping Sustainable development of sustainable development of the alienated sections of the Society, where People are at the core of its decisions making & action, beyond the model of Welfare schemes.
Day one: 11th January 2014.
The function started with lighting a ‘Mashal’ (Big torch) symbolizing the solidarity and commitment of Social engineers and showing the way forward towards achieving the goal of Rural development. The Chief Guest of the function was Mrs. Medha Patkar a well known Social Activist. Guest of Honour included Mrs. Nilima Pawar (Sarchitnis MVP), Shri. Dhananjay Bele (Ex. President, NIMA) Mr. Hiraman Aaher (Mahindra & Mahindra, Nashik), Mr. Deosthale (BOSCH, Nashik ), and Mr. Prakash Waje (Sinner)
The theme of the seminar was ‘Sustainability of water and Rural Development’. In her key note address, Medha Patkar appreciated the dedicated efforts of the organization to conserve and regenerate natural resources with active participation from the villagers, farmers and youth. She emphasized the need to replicate a pro –people, pro – environment model for sustainable development, which Yuva Mitra has created. She appreciated the assured economic benefits the program participants of Yuva Mitra are reaping and mentioned that it is a successful and a ‘people owned’ model of development, which strikes a balance in economic productivity and conservation and regeneration of human and natural eco systems. Yuva Mitra has successfully mediated the process which has benefited the primary producer to sustain his productivity and interests as well as the urban consumer, who looks for a direct link with the producer- farmer.
She elaborated the significant contribution the organization has made through the projects like regeneration of check dams on Dev River, Life Skill Development program for adolescent girls, among others. She encouraged Yuva Mitra to further strengthen the sustainable rural development work it is doing which is transparent, accountable and participatory in nature. She said that she sees the importance of strengthening the local institutions like Water Users Associations. She shared her thoughts that through such work only, the future generations can sustain themselves.
Mr. Hiraman Aher, VP – Mahindra & Mahindra informed the audience that his company have found a trustworthy, efficient partner in Yuva Mitra. He shared some of the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives which his company has been working and how it is continuously improving in terms of reaching to the needy at the right time.
Mr. Deosthale, GM – BOSCH also shared the CSR work of his company and assured the audience that the investments for the benefit of the society when done through Yuva Mitra were more fruitful, consistent in nature. He appreciated the good work Yuva Mitra is doing. He narrated that it is through the efforts of Yuva Mitra like the regeneration of Diversion Based Irrigation system, the villagers in the perennial drought prone area are benefitting immensely. He also mentioned that our aim to equip the rural youth with the technical knowledge and skills was very much aligned with the interest
areas of Yuva Mitra so we collaborated with the organization under it’s ‘Center for Rural Livelihood Management’.
Mr. Dhananjay Bele, Ex Chairman NIMA said that Industry and social development are two sides of the coin. However it should be correctly perceived and society should benefit from the industries. NGOs like Yuva Mitra are playing a crucial role in this direction, to bridge the gap between the prople’s needs and industry’s resources.
Mrs. Nilima Pawar, Sarchitnis MVP Nashik appreciated the consistent and meaningful work Yuva Mitra is doing, specially with the youth and the adolescent girls. She said that Yuva Mitra can provide guidance and support in effectively implementing such programs in the schools and colleges run by MVP. She stressed the need to reach out to more and more youth in the society to empower them.
The participants also shared their views and experiences in the open discussion forum. Many farmers, development workers took part in the deliberations. The discussion and experience sharing was mainly focused on judicious use of natural resources like water and soil and on the existing gaps in the policies for equitable distribution of water.
An announcement of a new program named ‘Yuva Access’ was made on this occasion. Mr. Somdatta Lad, Vice President, Yuva Mitra shared about ‘Yuva Access’. He said that it is a program aimed at reestablishing the role and responsibility of Village Level Institutions in creating an enabling ecosystem.
Glimpses of the Tap Purti Event: 11th January 2013