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.