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
2. Utkarsh Vocational Training Center :
- 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.
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
||Any relationship with other board members
||Work experience / background
||Rich experience in education and sports development.
||Vast experience in income generation and agricultural development programs.
||Ex Head Master of SSM school with experience in education and child development programs.
||Yes (Brother-in-law: Aruna Deshmukh)
||Vast experience in education and watershed development programs.
||Village Director of SOS Children’s Village, Anand Balgram at Sagroli with experience in education and child development
||Expertise in youth empowerment and income generation programs
||Expertise in community mobilization
||Expertise in agriculture
||Experienced in agriculture development programs
||Dr. Jayant Jakate
||Rich and long experience health care of the rural children
||Many years of experience as a teacher
||Actively working since last 35 years in the field of rural development
||Head Master of Shivaji High School, Sagroli
||Head Master of Shivaji Junior Basic School, Sagroli
||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
Vijay Uttarwar, Programme Manager
+91 2465 227848