Saturday, October 7, 2017

Tiuni Visit

Director, Dr Srivastava visited Tiuni region to review RWP activity in the villages (20-23 Sept 2017). A meeting in Daonri is going on.

RWP Review meeting at Vikasnagar

Review meeting at Vikasnagar..6th Oct.

Water Tank at Daonri ready!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


 गाँधी  व  शास्त्री  जयंती  के शुभ अवसर  पर अपना स्कूल समता निकेतन में ध्वजारोहण  व  सफाई  अभियान का आगाज---------

Kathang village Water Hauz

Jhitad me meeting

Thursday, September 21, 2017

क्वांसी  में  संकुल  स्तरीय  खेल कूद  प्रतियोगिता  में प्रतिभाग  करते  अपना  स्कूल समता निकेतन  के छात्र  !

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 योगाभ्यास  करते हुए अपना स्कूल समता निकेतन के छात्र -छात्राएँ  !

Friday, September 8, 2017

बानपुर   में   SHG   को  चैक  देते  हुए   पूर्व  प्रधान  श्री  मंगत राम शर्मा जी  !

Mangatram, the president of the project committee, is giving a cheque to women in Banpur, as our contribution to their small savings account, which will be used for productive activities like inter-loaning for agriculture related investments.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

smta student learning basics.

अपना स्कूल समता निकेतन  प्राथमिक विद्यालय के  बच्चे  खेलकूद प्रतिस्पर्धा  में भाग लेते हुए !

instruction for long jump,chain singh guruji

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Self help at its best!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

71 वे स्वतंत्रता  दिवस  के शुभ अवसर पर अपना स्कूल समता निकेतन जाखाधार  में  सांस्कृतिक  कार्यक्रम  में भाग लेते हुए छात्र  छात्राये |

Pmgdisha Priyank Rohila.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Father Freddie...RIP!

We have just learned from Maggi and Ruben that Father Freddie has left the mortal body, few days back in Haridwar. Father Freddie was a SMTA board member, helping this social work organisation in those early years, with moral and material support. His services, support and help can never be captured in words- much less acknowledged or repaid. 
(Pics: he was actively involved with our programs: First pic - Giving award to a SMTA student; Second Pic -  attending a public function organised by SMTA - with Devika Chauhan and Ram Sharan Nautiyal and others)
I had had the privilege of knowing him briefly. His huge physical frame often belied his warmth and sensitivity. He had great sense of humor too. Once, I had to clean a coconut and was having difficulty. He saw me struggling and offered to help; He began plucking the coir off the coconut with his bare hands - as if it was dry cotton stuck to the head of a puppet. His big hands were working quickly and effortlessly and the coconut was bare in a few minutes! I smiled and said: Father, I will be very scared to meet you in a dark alley! 
We both had a good laugh! He appreciated the joke - silly as it was.
May he rest in PEACE. May he help many more souls. May he guide us ever.

From the archives!

Anna visited SMTA in 2004, and visited out Uppal Gaon watershed program. Seems like a dream! We were looking for a something else, when we came across this picture - and said WHOA!

Friday, August 11, 2017

New Uniform for the lil ones..

Smta primary school students were encouraged to make one more set of uniform, so that they could change and get it washed at least twice a week. You know little kids- how they love to play in mud! Few days ago, a mothers' meeting was organised wherein Shri Chain Singh  ji, the Principal, discussed the idea and got them to agree.

No need to say, kids were very happy- and got it muddied soon enough!

Grass is always greener on..

We at SMTA have been wondering how to keep our lawns well manicured- especially in Monsoons. So we bought a grass cutting machine. After opening the pack, we had tough time assembling it - since we did not have elaborate instructions nor any prior experience.

Then, we had to do some figuring out as to how to operate it without using "hard" language, sudden jerks and expletives...

Then, the savior arrived: Mewaram! He gave us a demo- and then got down to it himself, since he realized that we were no good at the fine art of manicuring a lawn, to his standards..

Believe me, it is as intricate as baking a cake, writing a python script or getting your work done at a sarkari office..

Long live Mewaram! Blessed be thy name..

Oh yes, the lawns are looking very inviting. We have tough time keeping the Leo and Moti (the four legged children) off the lawn... You can easily imagine what they actually want to do in the lawn.. :((  

Update swajal

Thus is an official letter, confirming SMTA's selection for district Dehradun under SWAJAL... (Received from Pawan with much thanks)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Approved Training Center under PMGDISHA

Just received this email:

Dear Reetika Rawat
Your Center located at TC SKCC hostel, Village Bhimawala, Via ChiranjipurDanda, Vikasnagar 248198, Dehradun, Uttarakhand,Bheemawala,Vikas Nagar,DEHRADUN,UTTARAKHAND has been registered as a Training Center (associated with P-TECH EDUCATIONAL TRUST). Please find below the login details to log-on to the PMGDISHA portal...

We look forward to start and deliver services soon.. Keep wishing us best!

Swajal and SMTA

Learned from a reliable friend that SMTA has been successfully empaneled with Swajal, as an implementing agency for District Dehradun. Cyril sahab had given us the lead a few months back. We applied and based on our relevant experience in this field, we have been selected. Now, we have to wait since the ball is in their court. This time, Swajal is focusing on peri-urban scene as well as solid waste management issues too. We are optimistic!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Plantations in Monsoon

SMTA School at Jaakhdhar: Month of July has seen much rains. The teacher and children have taken the advantage, and gotten out of class room, to clear the weed and plant some trees. Hands on environmental education!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Jhitar Fodder planting

During monsoons, construction work can not be undertaken. This is the best time for plating fodder and other plants near homes and on the village commons - so that women dont have to walk too far for fodder and fuel. This is Kathang hamlet of Jhitar and Banpur. There was a lull in the rains and the women and children loved the day out..

Friday, July 14, 2017

Garden cleaning in Jakhdhar SMTA school

Just received from Chain Singh Guru ji. Children are working in the school garden. Removing the weed and long grass.. A day out in the open!

Fodder planting

To make the best use of this rainy season, the field team has begun planting of fodder plants within and near the village, so that women dont have to do a long trek to forest.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Jhitaar (Kathang) SHG initial meeting

Sohan (Coordinator) has sent this picture of one of the first meetings in Kathang (a hamlet of Jhitaar); This meeting was planned to discuss structure, purpose etc. of the proposed women's group, under Retrieving Women's Pride project.
Keep checking this space for updates!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Gulab Ramchandani : A tribute

The sad news of demise of Mr. Gulab Ramchandani on 13 April 2017 at the age of ninety, was a great loss to all us at SMTA. Gulab was an Indian educator, an alumnus of The Doon School, he served as the headmaster of The Doon School from 1979 till 1988. He believed that good education is always based on good social ethics too. It was his visionary foresight which gave the very existence to SMTA.
In the year 1983 while Mr. Gulab Ramchandani was the Headmaster of The Doon School, he contacted and requested Mr.  Sanjit Roy (‘Bunkar’) an ex-student of Doon School and the Director SWRC Tiloniya, to extend  the Tiloniya Supported rural development activities around District Dehradun, which was part of U.P. then. So that the students of The Doon School may have exposure to the Rural Conditions and actively participate in it. In 1983,  Bunkar Roy accepted the request of Mr. Gulab Ramchandani and opened a state unit of SWRC at Chakrata Block of district Dehradun. This area is a tribal block known as Jaunsar Bawar. The inhabitants are known as Jaunsaris.
The First batch of students from the Doon School came for their midterm activities to Chakrata in 1983. It was their early efforts which cleared the ground at Jakhadhar, on which today, Smta Niketan stands serenely - the Headquarters of SMTA and Multipurpose Community training Centre for Rural Community leaders.
Up to 1986 all the activities were carried out under the aegis of SWRC Tiloniya. During this period,  under the able leadership of Mr. Gulab Ramchandani, we were able to build up a good rapport with the State and the local Government. With the active participation of the students of Doon School, a complete Socio economic Survey was taken up and a master project was drawn, known as “ Project Lakhamandal”.
In 1986 SWRC Tiloniya advised all its state units to form a separate and independent Unit so that development projects could be rooted in the needs of the local people. Accordingly, under the leadership of Mr Gulab Ramchandani, a new society was formed and registered under the Society Act; It was named Society For Motivational Training And Action (SMTA).
Mr.Gulab Ramchandani was its Founder President He Continued in   this post  for another four terms. During his tenure SMTA grew rapidly and took up various development projects in Jaunsar Bawar. The Promotion of primary education for the tribal children through our innovative school popularly known as Apna Schools was a major achievement. Through these activities we have been able to motivate the tribal community to participatory development projects such as formation of women’s groups, Youth Groups, and BAL Panchayat.
In 1994 Mr. Gulab Ramchandani Requested the Board Members to relieve him from the post of President. He continued as its member till his death. Giving the organization his valued guidance and support.
Gulab Ramchandani was a team man. Always trusted and encouraged the team members. In his death SMTA has lost a friend, guide and a motivator. May His Soul Rest in Peace.

Contributed by Ruben

Monday, July 10, 2017

Lawn Mower

Most visitors to our campus notice and praise the open green space, flowers, lotus pond, dogs... But keeping the lawns clean and well trimmed is a constant battle. Especially in the rains- with weeds growing wild all over.
Fortunately, we have a gardener- and now we have a lawn mower too. Figuring out how to assemble it was the first challenge- next was to try it out! Sultan gave it his best shot- see the picture.
We too are jumping in and helping the maali..

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Planning Meeting

4th July 2017
We had a planning meeting in Vikasnagar office today: Pradhan Mangat Ram ji, Sultan, Sohan, Kundan, Sachin. Pawan, who had just finished the Resource gap analysis in the project area, was also there. We discussed, what can be done during this period of monsoon; since construction work can not be taken up due to the rains, it was decided that fodder planting and preparation for building water tanks can be attempted during next 1-2 months. Community, especially women are quite enthusiastic about the project. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Resource Gap Analysis

As a foundational exercise, Pawan is conducting a resource gap analysis in Jhitaar and Banpur: to understand how this gap impacts women's life and workload. This will guide our up-coming activities in the field, under RWP.
The joint committee has been made in the village and the president and the treasurer will be visiting Vikasnagar soon to open a bank account for the group.