EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE

Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.

We strongly believe that if children are given good primary education and enough opportunities, they can figure out their own way to a brighter future. It hurts deeply to realize that there are many school drop outs in rural area, especially in farmer families, in spite of the fact that seeking education is a fundamental right. While we cannot possibly solve all issues, we can at least help some of them with financing, resources and counseling. The idea was pioneered in 2004 itself when we were pursuing our degree, but we commenced our activities in 2007, having ourselves as sponsors as well as volunteers, with a name Kartavya.

In year 2007, we started with a very limited number of students so as to have better control over the activity. Rather than direct monetary assistance, we opted providing them all school necessities. Starting with just 11 students, today we are supporting around 200 students from all over Marathwada region. This number considerably includes children from deceased farmer's families and other orphan kids as well as single parent (widow's) kids.

To ensure that while working for farmers we do not lose our focus on original educational aid and also the funds donated for educational cause should be utilized for that specific purpose only, we decided to retain Kartavya as a independent entity and having separate managing committee. For that thoughful reason, the Kartavya has been registered separately under Society Registration Act 1860 - Reg. No. Maha-288/15.

How do we select students?

Every year in the month of May we issue applications forms for students (available at free of cost) around the region to apply for this educational aid. They need to submit these application forms filled with their personal details like 'Are you a deceased farmer's child?', 'Do you have your parents alive?', 'Are you physically challenged?', 'How much land/property your parents hold?', 'What was Grade/Score in previous academic year?' etc. along with supporting documents. By the end of Jun, all those received applications goes through a predefined selection process - regardless of their cast, religion or region. We have senior school teachers working with us as our volunteers and they are the key decision makers in this selection process.

We give preference to children from a deceased farmer's family and orphan kids.

What do we provide them?

We provide them everything and in enough quantity required for an academic year, taking in to consideration their standard/class of education. A standard set includes Academic Books, Notebooks, School Bag, School Uniform, Shoes, Socks, Exam pad, Geometry box, Ball pen, English dictionary etc. In addition to this standard set above mentioned, we do provide them books for competitive exams of Navoday Vidyalaya and Scholarship.

In some exceptional cases, we do provide them financial support as well, for paying the college fees, exam fees or special coaching.

Completed programs

This was the 1st year of Kartavya's educational initiative. We selected just 11 students from villages of Partur taluka - Dolhara, Babultara, KavJawala, Masala. Being very first year, our Founder-President Mr. Shyam Wadhekar visited that every school to personally reach up to those student and make them understand what is this all about.

Benefited Students

Sr. No. Standard/Class Total Student Count
1 1st to 7th 11

In 2008, we again selected 19 students from villages - Dolhara, Babultara, KavJawala, Masala, Nandra, Waraphalwadi, Amba. This time as well went into each of that school, met students and teachers to under how to further improve this education aid. Through those discussion we understood the importance of competitive exams like Scholarship and Navodaya Vidyalaya, and hence we decided to provide 4th, 5th and 7th standard candidates with preparatory books.

Benefited Students

Sr. No. Standard/Class Total Student Count
1 1st to 7th 19

In 2009, we selected 22 students from villages - Dolhara, Babultara, KavJawala, Masala, Nandra, Waraphalwadi, Sevaga and Daithana. But this time instead of going at their individual school, we gathered all those students along with their teacher, parents at one common place - School of Shevaga village.

For this event we also invited 'Shikshan Sabhapati' of Jalna Zilha Parishad, with an intention to make them aware of problems there in village schools.

Benefited Students

Sr. No. Standard/Class Total Student Count
1 1st to 7th 18
2 8th to 10th 4

In 2010 we supported the education of total 26 children from villages in Partur taluka. The accessories distribution event was organized at village Shevaga.

Benefited Students

Sr. No. Standard/Class Total Student Count
1 1st to 7th 19
2 8th to 10th 7

In 2011 the Kartavya supported education of total 32 children from villages in Partur taluka. The accessories distribution event was organized at village Shevaga.

Benefited Students

Sr. No. Standard/Class Total Student Count
1 1st to 7th 13
2 8th to 10th 17
3 11th to 12th 2

In 5th year of Kartavya's educational initiative total 57 students from 11 villages have received educational aid from Kartvya Foundation. In addition to regular educational assistance, total 5 students who passed with high score in 10th have received a motivational cash prize.

The annual meet and accessories distribution event was organized for the time in Dolhara, the village of Kartavya's founder president.

Benefited Students

Sr. No. Standard/Class Total Student Count
1 1st to 7th 26
2 8th to 10th 22
3 11th to 12th 8
4 Diploma 1

With 6 years of tireless work, In 2013 Kartavya was successful in getting support from larger audience. Increased funding made it possible for us to cover more number of students - total 91. For the first time BEO (Block Education Officer) of Partur Mr. Raj Londhe attended our annual event and from there Kartavya has started receiving support from local Government authorities.

The annual meet and accessories distribution event was organized at Daithana village, where Kartavya's secretary Shri. Sakharam Mujmule is working as a headmaster.

Benefited Students

Sr. No. Standard/Class Total Student Count
1 1st to 7th 45
2 8th to 10th 30
3 11th & 12th 15
4 Diploma 1

It was 7th year of Kartavya's educational initiative and this time we provided educational assistance to 115 children selected from all over Jalna district. The beneficiary student list prominently includes orphan, single parent, physically challenged kids or kids from poor farmer/labour family.

The accessories distribution event was organized in Partur. The Superintendent of Police Jalna Srmt. Jyotipriya Singh was the Chief-Guest of this event and having support from such a eminent personality gave much credibility to Kartavya's social work. Additionally Shri. Arvind Lokhande (SDM), Shri. Rajesh Londhe where also present there for the event. Career Counselor Mr. Vinayak Panse from Pune had been called to guide students to guide students from career selection point of view.

Until this time Kartavya was a small team known only within Partur taluka. Indeed it was Honorable Superintendent of Police Srmt. Jyotipriya Singh whose presence in 2014 annual event has helped Kartavya to make everyone believe that Kartavya is doing something remarkable and that is why an IPS officer is supporting them. It truly made Kartavya to be recognized at wider level and there after it never turned back.

Benefited Students

Sr. No. Standard/Class Total Student Count
1 1st to 7th 46
2 8th to 10th 40
3 11th to 12th 17
4 Diploma 2
5 Graduation 10

In Jun2013 Shri. Raj Londhe (BEO) insisted us for a visit to Kasturba Gandhi Vidyalaya at village Amba Tq. Partur. It is a government hostel+school especially for around 150 orphan and other poor family girls from surrounding villages. There, During discussions with those girls we realized that the drinking water being supplied to them is very hard (non-purified) and it was the cause of frequent health problems of all girls there. Having it known, later in Jun 2014 we built a complete set up a automatic RO+UV Water Purification System (expenditure approximately Rs. 75,000/-) for that school.

At the end of 2014 we undertook an initiative named Mission Save Farmer and visited more than 50 suicide committed farmer's families in 8 districts of Marathwada region. As part of that initiative we assured those families to support education of their children. This Mission Save Farmer initiative has really made us familiar among people in Marathwada and surrounding region, including Hon. Shri. Sambhaji Chatrapati (Kolhapur) who then proactively extended his support for this noble cause.

On 27th Jun 2015, the annual meet and accessories distribution event was organized in presence of Hon. Shri. Sambhaji Chatrapati as Chief-Guest, along with SDM Shri. Arvind Lokhande, Tehsildar Shri. Vinod Gundamwar. More 170 children from all over Marathwada region, especially the children from 50 deceased farmer's family, received the educational assistance from Kartavya.

During his speech in this event, Kartavya's president expressed a vision to motivate and support youngsters from rural area to prepare for competitive exams and enter in to decision making system of our Government. He thinks that people who lived with these problems can better understand them and can suggest more effective solutions on those problems. On 16th July 2015 Kartavya started it's own STUDY CENTER in Partur, having enough study material for preparation of competitive exam.

Benefited Students

Sr. No. Standard/Class Total Student Count
1 1st to 5th 47
2 6th to 10th 89
3 11th to 12th 14
4 Diploma 7
5 Bachelors of Art/Commerce 11
6 Bachelors of Engineering 2

In 2016 Karatvya has been 10 year old orgnization. In this year we provided educational assistance to 200 students, selected from all over Marathwada region. This beneficiary student list prominently includes children of suicide committed farmers of Marathwada region - adopted during Mission Save Farmer. Some other are either orphan, single parent, physically challenged kids or from poor farmer/labour family.

The event for accessories distribution was organized in Partur Dist. Jalna on 25th Jun 2016, in presence of Hon. Shri. Rahul Mahiwal (District collector, Parbhani), Hon. Srmt. Jyotipriya Singh (Superintendent of Police, Jalna), Shri. Arvind Lokhande (Deputy collector), Shri. Vinod Gundamwar (Tehsildar), along with Kartavya's founder members as well as local local teachers and volunteers. Honorable District Collector Shri. Rahul Mahival appreciated the Kartavya team for their dedication and tireless efforts towards changing hundreds of lives, without any personal benefit. For Honorable Superintendent of Police Srmt. Jyotipriya Singh it was 2nd time to attend Kartavya's annual event and She was very impressed seeing the beneficiary student count has been increased from 115 in year 2014 to 200 in just 2 years. Srmt. Jyotipriya Singh has been one of our key motivator since 2014. Undoubtedly it was her presence back in 2014 event which has helped Kartavya to get recognition at wider level.

Benefited Students

Sr. No. Standard/Class Total Student Count
1 1st to 7th 68
2 8th to 10th 68
3 11th & 12th 39
4 Diploma 5
5 Graduation 20

It was 11th year of Kartavya's tireless contribution towards society. In this year we provided educational assistance to almost 225 students, selected from all over Marathwada region. This beneficiary student list prominently includes children of suicide committed farmers of Marathwada region - adopted during Mission Save Farmer initiative by Aadharwad Foundation. Few other children are either orphan, widow's child, physically challenged kids or from poor farmer/labour family. The event for accessories distribution was organized in Partur on Saturday 1st July, in presence of Hon. Founder President of Kartavya Shri. Shyam Wadhekar, Hon. Vice President Shri. Mahesh Sayankar, Hon. Founder Member Shri. Sandeep Satpal, Hon. Founder Member Shri. Vishvas Trikutkar along with other members and volunteers of Kartavya.

In this event Shri. Shyam Wadhekar, Shri. Mahesh Sayankar, Shri. Vishvas Trikutkar motivated all students there by sharing thoughts and experiences during their speech. Especially Hon. President of Kartavya, who touched everyone's heart by disclosing his own true life story. Story of a farmer who had to sold his only pair of bullocks to pay his son's engineering admission fees. Story of a village guy who could not even afford good chappals on the day of his engineering admission, and today became a successful professional traveling around the world. In his own words, "All this has happened just because of education, the only magical power that exist in this world which can change your life." He urged every student there to understand this power of education and make all possible efforts to change their own future.

Benefited Students

Sr. No. Standard/Class Total Student Count
1 1st to 7th 97
2 8th to 10th 87
3 11th & 12th 29
4 Diploma 3
5 Graduation 9

Financial Aid

Sr. No. Name Address Reason Date Financial Aid
1 Shubham Dhondiram Dewane Partur Dist. Jalna Engineering Admission Fees Jun 2014 Rs. 30,000/-
2 Akshay Kanade Beed Dist. Beed Engineering Admission Fees July 2015 Rs. 88,000/-
3 Ganesh Kailash Deshmane Watur Dist. Jalna Diploma in Pharmacy Admission Fees November 2015 Rs. 10,000/-
4 Seema Sakharam Sawant Vill. Gosavi Pangari Dist. Jalna UPSC Preperation coaching at Delhi September 2016 Rs. 25,000/-
5 Ashwini Rohidas Shinde Ashti Dist. Jalna B. Sc. Fees and Accomodation July 2017 Rs. 30,000/-
6 Shivani Sakharam Bhutekar Jalna Dist. Jalna B.H.M.S. Books & other accessories November 2018 Rs. 50,000/-

Success stories

A seed planted 11 years back is now producing fruits! Mr. Shubham Devane, son of road side tea stall owner from Partur is now pursuing his engineering at Deogiri College of Engineering Aurangabad. Mr. Rahul Bhokare, from a vegetable seller family from Partur is pursuing his Electronics engineering from G.H. Raisoni of college, Nagpur. Mr. Moshin Sheikh, son of Auto-rickshaw mechanic from a small village Dolhara Tq. Partur is pursuing his Diploma with specialization in Mechnical from Government college of Polytechnic Ambad Jalna.

Girls are also not behind in anyway in this top achievers list. Miss. Komal Lahane, daughter of a farmer (Village Bhardi Tq. Ghansawangi) who have committed suicide in 2014, have successfully pursued her diploma with specialization in Mechanical from Government college of Polytechnic Ambad Dist. Jalna this year 2017.

CONTRIBUTION

Aadharwad Foundation has a strong volunteer team including highly well educated people like Engineer, Doctor, Teacher and all these people have volunteered tirelessly for success of this initiative. Just to highlight few of them Mr. Sandeep Satpal, Mr. Mahesh Sayankar, Mr. Vishvas Trikutkar, Shri. Sakharam Mujmule, Shri. Devidas Karhale, Shri. Balasaheb Dhumal, Shri. Shabbir Sheikh.

This initiative is completely based on public donations. The people from IT and Software Industry, from within as well as outside of India are our prominent fund contributors.

The Government officers in our region have always helped this initiative in various ways, including motivations and guidance. The Mr. Rahul Mahival (IAS), Srmt. Jyoripriya Singh (IPS), Mr. Arvind Lokhande (SDM), Mr. Vinod Gundamwar (Tehsildar), Mr. Raj Londhe (BEO) are key one of them.

The local print media have been very cooperative with us for this initiative. They made it to possible for us to reach up to the larger audience, and surely seeing that many people thought to support us. We are very thankful to सकाळ,दिव्य मराठी,आनंद नगरी,पुण्य नगरी,पुढारी news papers for this cooperation.

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