January 27, 2009
New Year Greetings from Seva Mandir!
Thank you very much for all your support to our programs. I am Deepti and I look after the Reporting and Communication Program in Seva Mandir. I will be staying in touch with you regularly to keep you updated about the program that you have been supporting.
This month, I would like to share with you some interesting developments in this project. Before I begin I would like to give you a brief background of the recent development.
The Yale School of Management Social Entrepreneurs Program chose 5 Non Profit Organizations (including Seva Mandir) across the world last year. The purpose was to provide their students with an opportunity to conduct a small research on the topics give by these 5 Organizations for their semester called Global Social Enterprise.
In the end of September 2008 Seva Madnir made a presentation of Village Development Fund Program (GVK) in Yale University, USA. A group of 4 students opeted for Seva Mandir and began their research on –“Effective Management and Utilization of Village Development Fund (GVK)”. Over a period of 3 months, the students conducted the research by gathering data from us through emails, phone and speaking to our colleagues online regularly. In late December 2008 – early January 2009 these students spent 7 days in villages of Seva Mandir to fine tune their understanding of the problem.
On January 5th 2009 the students made a presentation for representatives from 200 villages of Seva Mandir to share what according to them could be the best solution for “Effective Management and Utilization of Village Development Fund”. The presentation was followed by several queries and comments by villagers. The followings have been the major outcome of the interactive discussion –
1. A Federation is recommended consisting of all Village Development Funds from 550 villages.
2. The Federation will serve a financial platform to utilize the existing village funds to maximize the profit.
3. Majority of villagers shown interest in investing into the Federation for a) asset management and b) local development within the village.
4. All the representatives from the villages agreed upon discussing the idea with their village and think towards it more seriously.
The students from Yale were very enthusiastic of the discussions held on 5th January 2009 after their presentation. One of the students Jessica said - “talking on such a vibrant issue with the people at such a larger level and showing their interest on creating a federation on a larger scale like this is really incredible. I feel people in my country will hardly believe the fact that people from the diverse part of the world are so energetic hopeful on the issue of creating democratic and participatory platform. The gathering of these large numbers of people too, is almost unbelievable.”
Since everyone was positive about creating a Federation currently we are looking at issues like Governance and structure of the Federation, membership criteria, norms etc.
We will keep you updated about the developments in this program. Also, it would be wonderful if you could provide us with your inputs on this. For queries and information, kindly contact me at email@example.com.
I hope you find this feedback useful. A very big Thank you once again to all of you for keeping your faith in us and providing us the opportunity to share with you our great stories. Looking forward to hearing from you on this.
With warm regards,
In Charge Reporting and Communications