Part sponsor the cost of constructing a gabion to help strengthen a check dam

by Sanskriti Samvardhan Mandal


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Over the past 2 decades Sanskriti Samvardhan Mandal (SSM) is running a project in Soil and Water conservation called ‘Watershed Development Program. SSM is working in 16 villages of 2 blocks in Nanded district, Maharashtra. The team from SSM initially conducts surveys on old check dams in the villages under project and find out how many beneficiaries can be covered under a repaired check dam.

Farmers having land beside the dams are the beneficiaries. Generally, 10-15 farmers get benefit through a single a check dam. The water from the check dam is supplied for irrigation in the agricultural land. This helps farmers to cultivate better yields and also helps replenish the water in their wells. The government has constructed numerous check dams in rural areas long ago. Now those dams are non-operational because of no maintenance. The Government has no provision to renovate and restore the dams. Restoring a dam can benefit at least 10 farmers and help to improve their livelihood. SSM has been supporting the reconstruction of various the check dams.

Your donation of Rs. 13,900 will be used as follows:

1 Site Clearance and Excavation : Rs. 2300
2 Watering & Compacting & Filling of foundation: Rs. 700
3 Construction of bund & Pitching :Rs. 1500
4 Galvanized wire (Jali) :Rs. 5200
5 Purchasing & Transportation of stone & kead: Rs. 4200

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Sanskriti Samvardhan Mandal

About the organization

Sanskriti Samvardhan Mandal (SSM) is a social organisation located at Sagroli village in Nanded district, Maharashtra. Education has been SSM's principal activity since its inception in 1959. SSM is engaged in sustainable rural development through following activities : 1. Education : SSM runs one of the largest rural residential schools in India, imparting school education to about 4000 rural boys and girls. The school is well known in the Marathwada region because of its Quality Education. Many small projects are initiated for improving the quality of teaching and learning. The school received Dalit Mitra Award by Hon. President in 1992. The other educational initiatives of SSM are
  • Anand Balgram, is a home for deprived children. 8-10 children live with a Mother. The Balgram is taking care of 108 such children ensuring homely atmosphere and education for better prospects of each child.
  • Balak Mandir, a remand home accommodating 150 children. The initiative was conferred with Child Welfare National Award by Hon. President in 1995.
2. Utkarsh Vocational Training Center : Utkarsh Vocational Training Center was established in 2009 with an objective to motivate the school going children towards job oriented courses and to equip the rural unemployed youth with technical skills. The training emphasizes on life skills and value education. The youth, trained at the center, either start their own business or join the respective industry. The training center won the Platinum Jubilee Award by IMC for Employment Generation in 1988. 3. Sagroli Sunrise : The sunrise project started in 2006, aim to promote rural athletes. The students who received support through the project have bagged many prizes in many athlectic events at district and state level. The project was awarded Real Heroes of the Nation Award by CNN IBN in 2006. 4. The Village Knowledge Center : Established in 2004, The Village Knowledge Center has been empowering the rural people with power of ICT. The project won the best VKC award by Microsoft in 2009. Other initatives by SSM:
  • Low cost houses for the shelter-less. Till now SSM has provided help to more than 500 families to construct low cost houses.
  • Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) established by SSM are now working confidently as a federation at Sagroli, Dist. Nanded.
  • SSM also works for the welfare of working Donkeys through Equine Welfare Project in Nanded district.

Annual report of SSM for the year 2012-13 Annual report of SSM for the year 2013-14
Story of Hope 1 : Rao Kamble, a backward class girl, was dwelling in Sagroli village. Her father used to work day and night for livelihood. She lost her father due to illness at the age of 10. Her mother became completely helpless and was unable to bring up the family. Being the eldest among 6 sisters, she had to quit her school and start working as a housemaid to support her family. SSM provided her free education with all the study material up to SSC. After her SSC exam, she expressed interest in pursuing Assitant Nursing course offered through SSM's vocational training programmes. A generous family from Sagroli village agreed to support her with the course fee. She successfully completed the course with earnest and active participation. Now she is working as a full-time Assistant Nurse at the Champaben Nanalal Hospital. She is not only an independent person but a financial support to her family. This change in a rural girl has enhanced the economic condition of her family. Her example proved to be helpful in spreading the importance of vocational education among the community, motivating more deprived youth to join the centre. Story of Hope 2 : In 2008, the government has constructed check dams in the villages for water management in Sagroli village. But there was no provision to oversee maintenance of the check dams and even the farmers/villagers neglected taking care of it. Eventually, the check dams became non-operational. The water ways were blocked to such an extent that looked like there never had been a check dam. SSM took the initiative and conducted a survey to explore the issues and current situation in the villages. SSM explained the solution and benefits of renovating and de-silting the check dams to the villagers. The intervention appealed to the villagers and they agreed to help in completion of the work. SSM renovated the dam, made waterways clear by digging and de-silting. This resulted in an upswing in livelihoods of the farmers. The villagers were benefitted with increase in agricultural productivity, water level, and fodder for animals and milk production. Over a the period, the fully working check dam helped villageer seek sustainable income generation opportunities.

Governance body details

S.No Name Designation Any relationship with other board members Work experience / background
1 Arvind Deshmukh Asst. Secretary Rich experience in education and sports development.
2 Shyamrao Sagrolikar Member Vast experience in income generation and agricultural development programs.
3 Khanderao Shinde Member Ex Head Master of SSM school with experience in education and child development programs.
4 Pramod Deshmukh Chairman Yes (Brother-in-law: Aruna Deshmukh) Vast experience in education and watershed development programs.
5 Sakharam Jagtap Member Village Director of SOS Children’s Village, Anand Balgram at Sagroli with experience in education and child development
6 Bhalchandra Deglurkar Member Expertise in youth empowerment and income generation programs
7 Khanderao Deshmukh Treasurer Expertise in community mobilization
8 Pandharinath Shinde Secretary Expertise in agriculture
9 Dattaram Sompure Member Experienced in agriculture development programs
10 Dr. Jayant Jakate Member Rich and long experience health care of the rural children
11 Vyankat Kulkarni Member Many years of experience as a teacher
12 Anandidas Mahajan Member Actively working since last 35 years in the field of rural development
13 Vitthal Jathore Member Head Master of Shivaji High School, Sagroli
14 Gangadhar Mathdevaru Member Head Master of Shivaji Junior Basic School, Sagroli
15 Aruna Deshmukh Member Yes (Sister-in -law: Pramod Deshmukh) Actively working for women empowerment and self help groups

Sanskriti Samvardan Mandal, Sagroli, Dist. Nanded, Maharashtra, India – 431 731 Contact Person: Vijay Uttarwar, Programme Manager Phone: +91 2465 227848 Mobile: +91 9404542456 Email: Website: