April 17, 2009
Greetings from Seva Mandir, India!
Thank you very much for your continuing support.
The fellows are working very hard on the issues they had selected. The following progress made by one of the fellows will give you an idea as how these community leaders are torch bearers for development work.
Dinesh Kumar Meghwal a fellow in Kherwada block chose to work on issues related to a Government Scheme called ‘National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA)’. Under this scheme every family in the village gets 100 days of employment for 1 year.
Dinesh chose to spread the full awareness on the scheme because due to lack of awareness and corruption the benefits are limited to powerful people in the society. The orientation held in October helped him learn fully about the scheme and other relevant social security schemes.
Currently he is involved in speaking to several people about this scheme to educate them about their rights, the facilities provided by the Government -such as arrangement of shade by the sites for women and their little children, first aid box, supply of drinking water at the site, the significance of a job card, the minimum wage people are entitled to etc.
He is gathering information from people working on various labour-sites in order to assess people’s awareness levels. Based on his experience he will be mobilizing people to demand for their rights from Panchayat (local village council). He reported that his own understanding on this scheme has increased and he is surprised that the Government’s good schemes for poor people do not reach due to lack of awareness, information and corruption.
We will keep you updated about the progress these fellows are making. If you have any questions or suggestions, please share with us.
Once again many thanks for supporting the fellowship program and your faith in our work.
With warm regards,