Sanskriti Samvardhan Mandal (SSM) was started with a small school and has since grown into a 200 acre development hub working towards integrated rural development for the deprived communities in the districts of Nanded and Beed in Maharashtra.
Some of their activities in 2013-14 were:
Education: SSM operates formal pre-school to pre-university level institutions providing education to over 4,000 children at a time. The organisation has created supporting projects to provide rural students with good quality education. Zeal for Excellence in Students and Teachers (ZEST) was created with the aim of guiding junior college students through various activities such as additional classes for competitive exams, career guidance, foundation courses for SSC pass students, and guest lectures. Project Speak Well was created to develop the English language skills of teachers and students with assembly sessions, public speaking, group assignments, newspaper reading, storytelling, interviews, and online grammar tests. Project Sagroli Ahead was started to help motivate village children in their studies at home with remedial classes, competitions, and additional coaching.
Sagroli Sunrise: It is a carefully designed sport project started by SSM in 2004. Through this project, 30 handpicked athletes from Sagroli and other villages were given rigorous training by professional trainers every day. They were also provided with a balanced diet, food supplements, and standard sports training.
Vocational Training: SSM organises and runs the Utkarsh Vocational Training Centre to provide courses in technical skills, such as computer basics, English, nursing, plumbing, tailoring, and police training.
Watershed Development Programme: They presently have five ongoing projects supported by NABARD to increase the availability of water for domestic and agricultural purposes, introduce new technologies in agriculture, increase fodder availability, and employment in the village.
Equine Welfare Project: The programme consists of five freedoms which are the pillars of the project which are freedom from hunger and thirst; freedom from discomfort; freedom from pain, injuries and diseases; freedom to express natural behavior; and freedom from fear and distress.
Income Rs12 cr
Expense Rs12 cr
Source : Audit Report 2014
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