Our effort with partner’s support we have brought the difference in society and in individual
एक बेटा था सो छोड़ गया
20 September 2020 सुरक्षित दादा दादी नाना-नानी अभियान पीरामल फाउंडेशन परिवार विकास जमुई से जब मै रामवृक्ष महतो फोन लगाया तो एक लड़की फोन उठाई ।तो मै उससे कहा कि बाबु तुम नाजमा खातुन को जानती हो तो लड़की बोली कि हां हमारे घर के बगल मे रहती है बूढ़ी औरत है। तो लड़की बोली कि आप कौन बोल रहे है तो मै अपना परिचय दिया और बोला कि क्या तुम नाजमा खातुन से हमारी बात करा सकती हो, तो लड़की बोली कि जाते है हम आपको बता करा देते है ।उसने नाजमा खातुन को मोबाइल देते हुए कही कि आपसे बात करना चाहते है ।जब नाजमा खातुन को हमने हेलो कहा तो बोली कि तु केहीं बेटा कहां से बोलोहीं ।तो हमने कहा कि चाची मै जमुई परिवार विकास से बोल रहा हूँ । हम जाने चाहो हियै की तोहर तबियत ठीक हो, सब समाचार अच्छा हो । तो नाजमा जी ने रूंधे हुए गले से कही कि कते ठीक रहतो बेटा । एगो बेटा हलो से हमरा बुढ़ा बूढ़ी के छोड़के परिवार बाल बच्चा के साथ बार चल गेलौ ।ओकरा अपने बाल बच्चा भारी है तो हमरा कते दैखतै । बेटा पहले हम बीड़ी बनाबो हलियौ लेकिन अब नाय बनावे सको हियौ ।तब हमने पूछा कि तब आपका भोजन पानी कैसे चलता है तो बोली की कभी-कभी राशन मिलता है उसी से काम चला लेते है । अभी तो हमारा बुढ़ा बीमार है कोरोना के डर से कही ईलाज करावे भी नय जाहियै।और पास मे ईलाज करावे के लिए पैसा भी नय है । तो मैने कहा कि चिन्ता मत करिये । और मै नाजमा खातुन को बताया कि हमको आशा दीदी से बात कराइये । तो कुछ देर बाद आशा दीदी से बात कराई ।तो मै आशा दीदी को दादा दादी नाना-नानी अभियान के बारे मे विस्तृत जानकारी दी । और आशा दीदी से कहा कि नाजमा खातुन के पति को बुखार लगा हुआ है संभव हो तो अस्पताल से दवा लाकर उन्हे दे दिजिये तो बड़ा पुण्य का काम होगा ।फिर नाजमा खातुन से बात कर सारी बात बताई ।और बोला कि आशा दवा लाकर देगी, समय से दवा खिला दिजीऐगा । नाजमा खातुन बेहद खुश हुई । और मेरा मोबाइल नंबर लड़की को लिखने को कही ।और हमसे बोली कि तुहु हमर बेटे हा ।बेटा जब कोई तकलीफ होतो तब तोरा फोन करबो ,हमने कहा ठीक है ।फिर राशन, पेन्शन के बारे मे पूछा तो बोली कि राशन कार्ड है पेन्शन नही मिलता है ।मै उन्हे आशा दिलाया और खाता चालू रखने बताया । आशा के द्वारा दवा लाकर दिया गया और नाजमा के पति स्वस्थ हुए ।कभी कभी नाजमा जी फोनकर हाल समाचार बताते रहती है ।
Mother NGO (SDDNN), Jamui District, Bihar
The Mushroom Village
Kewal, a small village in the district of Jamui, Bihar has 300 household which represents the perfect scenario of Rural India. Among those, one household is feather in the cap. A small household managed by Mohan P Kesari, which looks like simple façade at the first glance, but different from others at the same time. Seeds production, incubatory and cultivation is being done under the same roof. Mr. Kesari has brought the revolution which nobody ever thought about. Cultivating two types of mushroom, spreading awareness among others about Mushroom cultivation are the few but not all credentials of Kesari’s family.
Varsha (Case 1028), 18-years-old girl who is now ready to walk on her father’s footprints is the person which intrigues us the most. Currently the first-year student of Bachelor of Arts, she also helps her father along with her study. She also assists in household work and is doing great in her academia too. Unlike other 18-years-old girl, she is being oriented towards an independent lifestyle and becoming a person who contributes to society to her utmost capability. Varsha’s father’s income is sufficient to meet ends of both time but what makes her different is her inclination towards Mushroom cultivation. Before Mushroom farming, when Varsha was a kid, Child fund India helped her and her family throughout. Child fund india assured the sustainable development of girl at all life stages. Providing medical assistance in LS1 and providing an immense support towards her education in LS2 are few incidents where Child fund India kept supporting her.
Mr. Mohan P Kesari has studied up to second year of graduation but unavailability of resources and scarcity he could not pursue his education forward. He volunteered for Pulse Polio Campaign at KisanVikas Mela and played an important role to spread awareness among people about polio. In 2008, he worked as a compounder also. The turning point in Mr. Kesari’s life came when he went to 30 days certified training of Mushroom Spawn production in PUSA, Samastipur and stayed there for six months as volunteer which helped him to transform his learning curve into an entirely different dimension. As Mr. Kesari was not able to complete his graduation, her daughter is well aware about the significance of education and with the support of Child fund India, she clearly wants to complete her studies and then would like to help his father in cultivating mushroom.
It all started when Mohan P Kesari went to Gandhi Maidan in Patna for an agricultural fair. There he saw a stall of mushrooms and got really curious about the same. He talked to the stall owners regarding the production and cultivation. Though he was hugely motivated and interested in the same but he lacked the funds and the technical expertise to go about the production. This was the time when Child Fund India intervened. He was sent to Pusa, Samastipur for mushroom spawn production training and the training was funded by Parivar Vikas. He also met the scientists from NABARD and Pusa during the Krishi Vigyan Mela organized at Parivar Vikas annually. He was gradually exposed to the outside world and was immensely supported by PVO. Though the training in PUSA lasted only for a month he purposefully stayed there for around six months to gain as much information and knowledge of the same. At the start of this journey he could not make enough profit as the transaction cost was fairly high .He also became the laughing stock of the town as people thought what he was doing was useless and he was just wasting his time and money, but the tables did turn after a couple of years when his hard work and support from PVO finally started to pay off. People began noticing him and his production gradually increased. Now rather than buying seeds from PUSA (which took him a day to travel and resulted in the spoilage of seeds) he started preparing seeds at his home. This not only decreased his transaction cost but also saved him a lot of time and effort. He started the preparation of seed at home. The equipment required for the same was provided by NABARD on a condition that Mr.Kesari free mushroom cultivation training to 500 farmers free of cost. Mr. Kesari outperformed their expectation by giving mushroom production training to 2500 (farmers free of cost).His perseverance and dedication did pay off really well as he was able to produce nearly 15 kilos of mushroom in a day.
His efforts were recognized throughout the Jamui district and his constant help to the farmers earned him quite a reputation and he was nominated for several awards. In recognition for his efforts in improving the farming standards and popularizing the mushroom cultivation he was awarded with the Prime Minister’s Award as well as other state awards from the Bihar Government. He is quite modest about his achievements but someday hopes to be able to raise the standards of the mushroom cultivation and be able to integrate button variety of mushroom which would enable him to produce for more than 8 months of the year. Mr .Keshari’s achievements have had a great influence on her daughter Varsha who hopes her father would someday receive the President’s award. Varsha has taken up the aspirations of her father and wants to take it up further under her wing.
In the beginning Mr. Keshari had a lot of financial difficulties but was ably supported in his venture by the SHG Group Kasturba Sangh Sahatya Group, a subsidiary of Parivar Vikash who provided him with a revolving fund of Rs.7000 and linked him to UCO Bank Ratanpur who gave him a further assistance of Rs.25000 and with the help of NABARD funding he was able to acquire machinery. His frequent interactions with farmers of the region earned him a great reputation and his work was the most significant in making Kewal popular as the Mushroom Gram (Village). His work ethics have rubbed off on Varsha who is determined to continue Mr Keshari’s work further.
As stated earlier the work of Mr. Keshari has enabled Kewal to be known as the Mushroom Gram. His work not only empowered him but the village as a whole. This is because of the training he gave the other farmers that now many of them in the village have taken up Mushroom Cultivation. His influence has been positive on everyone in the village and many in the village including his daughter Varsha look up to him as an inspiration. The impact of this has led many to look up for alternative farming and not just depend on conventional crops. Hence Mr. Keshari has not only influenced his family by his work but rather the entire village. His work has made the village recognizable throughout the country and not only stateFor the immediate future Mr. Keshari wants to increase his productivity and also his current productivity lasts for a time frame of 4 months but he wants to increase it to around 8-10 months of the year so that he has greater profits and makes the mushrooms much more available for the market. He wants to bring in a newer variety of mushroom into his farming i.e. Button varieties as it is the more popular variety but difficult to produce. So in other words he wants to increase his produce even more and want to popularize mushroom cultivation and to earn greater profits by means of clever planning and use of technology.
Journey from child news paper to Junior Jagran
Banjhulia is one of the targets Village of Parivar Vikas. This Village is situated at a distance of 10 Km from the project office & around 30 Km from the district headquarter. The Village is inhabited by other Backward Class committee like Paswan, Potter and Mahadalit community. The main sources of livelihood of these communities are laboring and doing agricultural work on their small pieces of land. There are 110 families in the Village. 67 children are enrolled under the sponsorship program. Hritik Kumar is one of the child who live in the village with his father Rajesh Paswan mother is Rekha Devi, two brothers Named Roshan &Rahul. He was also enrolled under the program.
Rajesh Paswan is one of the target families of the Organization under the Child fund India Program. The economies condition of the family was very poor. There are five members in the family. So it was very tough time for Rajesh Paswan to provide better education and other developmental support to the child. At the same he has to fulfill the family need. So most of the time family works on daily wages in addition to looking after small civilisitation work to maintain the family. Hritik is enrolled under the program having case no-245. At that time he was unable to read Hindi frequently. Most of the time he was cut off from his friends and keep distance from them.
In the family his parents are not well educated, so they don’t give much attention on the education of the child. So Hritik was not getting proper educational guidance from the family. The lack of educational environment created less interest in the child to get proper education.
As several children and families covered under the sponsorship program, the project initiated several programs in the village. Regular meetings are organized to capacitate the parents on the issue of the importance of the child education, Right to education and other developmental aspects.
Children are encouraged to form their child Club. Ultimately Jai Maa Sharda child club formed in the village in which Hritik was also one of the members. The child club oriented regularly on need and importance of education. He was motivated and encouraged to participate in competition Quiz and other events. Gradually his confidence level increased. He actively taking part in events organized by the project. He developed Child News paper for their child club and started to write issue based small poems for the Club. In this way; he started participating the program actively. He leads his Club in all respect.
One day when the project staff Mr. Raneet Panday community Mobilizer and Mr. Kapildev Yadav LS-2 Coordinator were conducting the child club meeting. All members requested Hritik to present his little poems and jokes. They were surprised to know what amazing change took place in the life of Hritik. Previously he remains like to cut off from his friends. Now he is surrounded by them most of the time. They suggested and helped him to publish his jokes and poems in daily Newspaper “DANIK JAGRAN” in which special 4 papers are dedicated to children as “JONIOR JAGRAN”. He was very happy to see that his jokes and poems have been published and many of the children have read it.
He continued his practiced to write the poems. After one month when Mr. Kapildev asked him in this regard. He showed a note book in which several small poems are drafted based on various situations. He is very thankful to his sponsor Mrs. Pooja Sharma, project and child Fund India for their connection suppers and encouragement .Now he is fully confident and can participate & share their views at any platform with any platform without any hesitation. Hritik wants to continue these types of practices in future.
In the opinion of his father Mr. Rajesh Paswan, “I thank to child Fund and Parivar Vikas for bringing my child at this stage”. I was not able to provide him better care if ChildFund India & Parivar Vikas couldn’t come forward to help him. Thank a lot………….