A noble mission with a vision develops in Shri Shantilal Muttha’s mind to support the families of farmers who committed suicide in Marathwada. The mission is to bring the children of farmers who committed suicide to Wagholi Educational Rehabilitation Centre (WERC) and give them education free of cost from 5th to 12th standard.26 October 2015
1) Decision taken by Prabhandh Samiti to visit the 270 houses of farmers who committed suicide and council their family members to send their children to WERC. 2) Permission to be taken from the district collector for survey in the area within the scope of project. 3) Tehsils were equally distributed among the team for completion of survey within decided timeline. Each team consist of two local volunteers and two volunteers from WERC or Mulyavardhan teaching staff. Teams to receive proper and formal training in BJS head office and to start operation from 30th October and are expected to finish their survey and counseling by 5th and 6th of November. 4) Once the data collection is done from affected Tehsils a report will be prepared at BJS head office. Press conferences to be called in Beed, Latur and Osmanabad in the presence of Shri Shantilal Muttha and Prabhandh Samiti members in which it will be officially announced that on 20th November 2015, a batch of students will be departing to WERC. For this a written permission from the district education minister is required (to take the affected children to WERC). 5) Formal functions to be organized at Beed, Latur and Osmanabad before the departure. 6) All arrangements to be aligned at WERC for their staying, clothing and education. The children will sit in their respective classes from 23rd November. 7) Finally, a report to be sent to the Chief Ministers office as well as Educational Minister office for understanding the work done by BJS.27 October 2015
Survey teams finalized. The survey format for gathering maximum information of the affected families got finalized. It got decided that only female teachers of WERC Pune and Mulyavardhan teachers (Marathwada) shall go to the affected areas and do the survey. The logic behind this was that as many male farmers committed suicide only females will be there at home, and it will be easy for females to interact with females. One Mulyavardhan teacher from Marathwada will be present for the survey as she will be knowing the locality well. And WERC teacher will be able to give a clear picture about WERC to the farmers family.28 October 2015
Survey forms, brochures, guidelines, FAQs printed and handed over to the head office research team for further planning and action.29 October 2015
Interactive training sessions conducted for all survey team members at BJS head office from 9 AM to 12 Noon. The team members got well informed and empowered with knowledge to handle the survey. Survey kits along with instructions given to survey team members. The team departed from head office by 12 noon to Beed. The departed team consist of 13 Mulyavardhan teachers from Marathwada (called to head office for training), 13 WERC teachers, and 10 senior staff members.30 October 2015
Survey and counseling starts in affected area by 8:30 AM in Beed. There are 11 Tehsils in Beed. Based on this 11 survey teams were formed. However more than 100 local BJS volunteers joined the survey team and 13 active teams were formed. Seeing this Shri Shantilal Muttha got confident that survey is getting good and fast as it proceeds due to local BJS support. So Shri Shantilal Muttha decided to cover other affected areas like Latur and Osmanabad also. Thus gave instructions to local BJS body to do what is needed.31 October 2015
While the survey and counseling was continuing in Beed, BJS team as per Shri Shantilal Muttha's direction acquired the data of farmers who commited suicide from Latur and Osmanabad as well with district collectors permission. To conduct the survey in Latur and Osmanabad a team consisting of ex-students of WERC got formed. Major portion of the survey in Beed got over much prior to deadline.1st November 2015
Team spreads in Osmanabad. Survey and counseling held in Osmanabad.2 November 2015
Survey and counseling held in Latur. As a result of their hard work and teamwork the team completed survey much prior to the deadline. The team departed to Pune late night at 10:30 PM by train.3 November 2015
Meeting held at BJS head office by 4:30 PM to discuss regarding the survey. Survey team members attended the meeting and shared their experience. The entire team members shared their experience and brought crisis of Marathwada alive to the listeners through their words. This was an touching emotional experience both for the narrators and the listeners.4 November 2015
Survey details send to head office. Research team made data entry. After consecutive brainstorming meetings it was decided to present survey from different angles to make it more comprehensive.5 November 2015
Research team finalized report and shared the draft survey report with the head office team.6 November 2015
Graphs, charts, manuscripts etc for survey report finalized.7 November 2015
Contacting eligible children whose guardians readily gave consent during survey.9 November 2015
Invitation cards made for formal functions to be organized at Beed, Latur and Osmanabad before the departure10 November 2015
When world was busy celebrating Diwali, WERC team and BJS team were working on the project. The project name got decided as Empowerment of Next Generation.11 November 2015
Concept documents got finalized and reports of survey got printed. Press note got finalized as well.12 November 2015
Three district committees were formed to contact and send children to WERC. Written notes given to these committees regarding their responsibilities and how to coordinate and manage.13 November 2015
Former students of WERC to attend the function to be held on 21st November 2015 in regard with the welcoming of new batch of students in WERC. Registration of ex-students on this view completed. Other groundwork for the rehabilitation of children to WERC done.14 November 2015
School admission forms printed (to be filled by guardians). Buses arranged for children's travelling to Ahmednagar.15 November 2015
Shri Shantilal Muttha with his team to start from Pune to Beed for press conference.16 November 2015
बीड येथे १६ नोव्हेंबर रोजी बीजेएस युवक कार्यकर्ता मिटिंग आयोजित करण्यात आली होती. या मिटींगमध्ये बीड येथील बीजेएसचे वरिष्ठ पदाधिकारी श्री. नितीनजी कोटेचा, श्री. किशोरजी पगारिया, श्री. राजेंद्रजी मुनोत, श्री. विजयजी बंब ह्यांनी प्रामुख्याने सर्वाना मार्गदर्शन केले. गेवराई तालुक्यातील श्री. गणेश चतुरमुथ्था, Adv. राका इत्यादी अनेक कार्यकर्ते उपस्थित होते. पुणे येथून श्री. अभयजी मुनोत व बीजेएसचे संस्थापक श्री. शांतीलाल मुथ्था उपस्थित होते. या बैठकीत श्री. शांतीलाल मुथ्था यांनी आत्महत्याग्रस्त शेतकरी कुटुंबाचा सर्व्हे करताना इयत्ता ५ वी ते १२ वी पर्यंतचे शिक्षण घेण्यासाठी पुणे येथे येण्यास नकार दिलेल्या प्रत्येक विद्यार्थ्याच्या घरी पुन्हा टीम पाठविण्यासाठी प्रोत्साहन दिले. यासाठी बीडच्या सर्व कार्यकर्त्यांना तालुका वाईज विभागणी करून भेट देण्याच्या सूचना दिल्या. सर्व कार्यकर्त्यांनी मोठ्या उत्साहाने आपापल्या जबाबदा-या स्वीकारून जास्तीत जास्त मुलांच्या घरी पोहचून त्यांना २० नोव्हेंबर रोजी पुण्याला शिक्षणासाठी घेवून जाण्याचा निर्धार केला.१६ नोव्हेंबर
Shri Shantilal Muttha to address the press in Beed at 10:45 AM. Shri Shantilal Muttha to address the press in Latur at 4:00 PM. Shri Shantilal Muttha to address the press in Osmanabad at 9 PM.17 November 2015
दिनांक १७ नोव्हेंबर रोजी सकाळी ११.०० वाजता बीडला जालना रोड येथील यशराज इन येथे पत्रकार परिषद सुरु झाली. बीड शहरातील वेगवेगळ्या तालुक्यातील जवळपास ५० पत्रकार उपस्थित होते. सर्व वर्तमानपत्रांचे वरिष्ठ व ज्येष्ठ पत्रकार उपस्थित असल्यामुळे या पत्रकार परिषदेचे वेगळेच महत्व होते. श्री. किशोर पगारिया, श्री. राजेंद्र मुनोत व श्री. नितीन कोटेचा यांनी स्वागत व प्रास्ताविक केले. पुणे येथून श्री. अभयजी मुनोत व बीजेएसचे संस्थापक श्री. शांतीलाल मुथ्था पत्रकार परिषदेस उपस्थित होते. श्री. मुथ्था यांनी आत्महत्याग्रस्त शेतकरी कुटुंबातील ५ वी ते १२ वी पर्यंतच्या मुलांना शिक्षणासाठी घेवून जाण्याच्या पूर्ण प्रकल्पाची विस्तृत माहिती दिली. उपस्थित पत्रकारांच्याकडून ५-६ अतिशय विधायक प्रश्न विचारले व श्री. मुथ्था यांनी या सर्व प्रश्नांना समर्पक उत्तरे दिली. सर्व पत्रकारांनी या प्रकल्पाला मनापासून सहकार्य करण्याचे आश्वासन दिले. अशाप्रकारे पत्रकार परिषदेची सांगता झाली.१७ नोव्हेंबर
बीड येथे जिल्हापरिषदेचे मुख्य कार्यकारी अधिकारी श्री. एन.एस. ननावरे यांनी जिल्हापरिषदेच्या कार्यालयात तालुका व जिल्हा पातळीवरील सर्व शासकीय अधिका-यांची बैठक आयोजित केली होती. या बैठकीत श्री. शांतीलाल मुथ्था यांना आमंत्रित करून आत्महत्याग्रस्त शेतक-यांच्या ५ वी ते १२ वी पर्यंतच्या मुला-मुलींना शिक्षणासाठी पुणे येथे घेऊन जाण्याच्या या प्रकल्पाची माहिती देण्याची विनंती केली. त्यानुसार दुपारी १२ वाजता पत्रकार परिषद आटोपून श्री मुथ्था बैठकीच्या ठिकाणी पोहचले. सदर प्रकल्पाची विस्तृत माहिती श्री. शांतीलाल मुथ्था यांनी उपस्थित सर्व बी.डी.ओ., इंजिनीअर व विविध विभागाच्या पदाधिका-यांना दिली. श्री. शांतीलाल मुथ्था यांनी बीड जिल्ह्यातील पिडीत कुटुंबांची तालुकनिहाय यादी श्री. एन.एस. ननावरे यांच्याकडे दिली व पुणे येथे शिक्षणासाठी येण्यास नकार दिलेल्या प्रत्येक विद्यार्थ्याच्या घरी जिल्हापरिषदेच्या अधिक-यांनी जाऊन त्यांना मुले पाठविण्यास प्रोत्साहन द्यावे अशी विनंती श्री. मुथ्था यांनी केली. जिल्हा प्रशासनच्या वतीने बीजेएसला या आधीही मोठ्याप्रमाणावर सहकार्य केलेले आहे व या प्रकल्पालाही साथ देत आहे.१७ नोव्हेंबर
१७ नोव्हेंबर रोजी बीडहून लातूरकडे पत्रकार परिषदेसाठी जात असताना अंबेजोगाई जवळ रस्त्यात एक पोलीस इन्स्पेक्टर बाबाजी कांबळे यांनी श्री. शांतीलाल मुथ्था यांची गाडी थांबविण्याची विनंती केली. बाबाजी कांबळे हे लातूर भूकंपग्रस्त विद्यार्थी असून त्यांनी ५ वी ते पदवीपर्यंतचे शिक्षण बीजेएस वाघोली प्रकल्पात घेतले आहे. अंबेजोगाई येथील ज्या शेतकरी कुटुंबांनी आपली मुले शिक्षणासाठी पुण्याला पाठविण्याची तयारी सुरुवातीला दर्शविली नाही अशा कुटुंबांना भेटून अशा विद्यार्थ्यांची संमती प्राप्त करून घेतली. जेव्हा श्री. शांतीलाल मुथ्था त्या रोडने जात आहे असे समजल्यावर त्यांची भोजनाची व्यवस्था केली व सत्कारही केला. आपल्या विद्यार्थ्याच्या हस्ते सत्कार स्वीकारून श्री, मुथ्था यांचे मन भारावून गेले व याचा मनस्वी आनंदही वाटला.१७ नोव्हेंबर
१७ नोव्हेंबरला लातूर शहरात पत्रकार परिषदेला पोहचण्यापूर्वी १० कि.मी. अलीकडे ५० लोकांनी श्री. शांतीलाल मुथ्था यांच्या गाडीला गराडा घातला व गाडी बाजूला घेण्याची विनंती केली. ही सर्व मुले लातूर-उस्मानाबाद भूकंपग्रस्त असून श्री. मुथ्था यांच्या स्वागतासाठी एकत्र आले होते. या सर्वांनी शाल-हार देवून श्री. मुथ्था यांचा सत्कार केला व आत्महत्याग्रस्त शेतक-यांच्या मुलांना घेवून जाण्याच्या निर्णयाचे स्वागत केले. या कार्यामध्ये पूर्ण सहकार्य देण्याचे आश्वासन दिले. हा प्रसंग एक वेगळ्या प्रकारची अनुभूती देणारा होता.१७ नोव्हेंबर
लातूर येथील बीजेएसचे जेष्ठ पदाधिकारी श्री. सुनील कोचेटा, श्री. किशोर जैन यांनी पत्रकार परिषदेचे आयोजन केले होते. पुणे येथून श्री. अभय मुनोत व श्री. शांतीलाल मुथ्था या पत्रकार परिषदेला उपस्थित होते. या पत्रकार परिषदेस वरिष्ठ पत्रकार मोठ्या संख्येने हजर होते. बीजेएस लातूर शहर अध्यक्ष श्री. किशोर जैन यांनी प्रास्ताविक केले व आत्महत्याग्रस्त शेतक-यांच्या मुलांना पुणे येथे घेवून जाण्याच्या प्रकल्पाची पार्श्वभूमी सांगितली. या प्रकल्पाची सविस्तर माहिती बीजेएसचे संस्थापक श्री. शांतीलाल मुथ्था यांनी पत्रकारांना दिली. उपस्थित पत्रकारांनी काही प्रश्न विचारले व श्री. मुथ्था यांनी या सर्व प्रश्नांना समर्पक उत्तरे दिली. सर्व पत्रकारांनी या प्रकल्पाला मनापासून सहकार्य करण्याचे आश्वासन दिले.१७ नोव्हेंबर
१७ नोव्हेंबर रोजी सायंकाळी लातूरहून उस्मानाबादकडे जात असताना आशु या गावामध्ये किल्लारी भूकंपातील १०० माजी विद्यार्थी एकत्र आले होते. या विद्यार्थांनी श्री. शांतीलाल मुथ्था यांची गाडी थांबवली. त्या ठिकाणी उपस्थित सर्व विद्यार्थ्यांनी फटाके वाजवून श्री. मुथ्था यांचे स्वागत केले. या वेळी श्री. अभय मुनोत व बीजेएसचे उस्मानाबाद येथील वरिष्ठ पदाधिकारी श्री. विजय बेदमुथ्था उपस्थित होते. या ठिकाणी गावचे सरपंच व इतर राजकीय व्यक्ती उपस्थित होत्या. या सर्व मुलांनी भाषणे केली व २१ नोव्हेंबरला पुणे येथे समारंभास येण्याचे सांगितले. उपस्थित सर्व मान्यवरांचा या विद्यार्थ्यांनी पुष्पहार व शाल देवून सत्कार केला. या माजी विद्यार्थ्यांना दोन वर्षानंतर भेटण्याची संधी मिळाल्यामुळे श्री. मुथ्था यांना भाषण करण्याची विनंती केली. त्यांच्या विनंतीला मान देऊन श्री. मुथ्था यांनी आपले विचार त्यांच्या समोर मांडले. या माजी विद्यार्थ्यांनी या प्रकल्पामध्ये पूर्ण सहकार्य देण्याचे आश्वासन दिले.१७ नोव्हेंबर
Preparations going on in WERC to welcome the children. Local BJS members contacting families who have given approval to send their children to WERC.19 November 2015
Three teams consisting of five members from WERC formed to complete formalities of registration of children. Local BJS committee and district level people to organize a function for children before departure. Morning at 10:00 AM the registration will start and by 3:00 PM a group of students will depart from Beed, Latur and Osmanabad and gather in Ahmednagar for halt. The children are busy getting ready to travel to Pune from their respective districts to their new nest. A new home where love resides, fresh memories are to be created, new friends are to be formed and laughter never ends. In the meantime wide and extensive arrangements are made in WERC to welcome the children. Preparations include arrangement for children's stay in the hostel, food in the mess, decoration of premises etc.20 November 2015
Students arrived at WERC at morning 10 AM. A grant welcome given to them by Honorable Shri Sharad Pawar and Honorable Shri Girish Bapat (Minister of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Food Drugs Administration parliamentary Affairs). Many eminent personalities from the society attended the function.21 November 2015
A complete medical checkup and screening will be done for students in WERC. After that clothing and educational materials will be handed over to students.22 November 2015
A new chapter will open in their life in WERC, Pune. Students will start their schooling from 23 Nov 2015.
Survey conducted by BJS team at Aurangabad and Jalna.23 November 2015
Survey conducted by BJS team at Nanded, Parbhani, Hingoli.24 November 2015
95% of children have never seen such a big city like Pune. They shared their wish to see Pune to Shri Shantilal Muttha on Sunday. Shri Muttha was overwhelmed to complete their wish. Wednesday the 25th of November is going to be unique day in the life of these children as they will be taken for a Pune city tour to experience the city's diverse hodgepodge and culture.
(25th November - holiday for schools in the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti).
Places they visited include Agakhan palace, Dagdu Seth Ganapati, Katraj Snake Park, Peshwa Park, Saras Baug.25 November 2015
A department of mental health started functioning in WERC with honorary Dr. Kinjal Goyal (Ph.D. Health Psychology), as head for the psychological well being of students. Dr. Goyal is a practicing psychotherapist since the last 8 years. Psychosomatic Counseling and the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in the treatment of various psychological and physical issues is her forte. She has completed Basic and Advanced Labs in Human Processes with the Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Sciences and has completed certificate courses in Psychopharmacology, CBT and Treatments that work with Children from the American Psychological Association. She has worked in the field of online psychotherapy for many years with a client base spanning over 9 countries. She has conducted various workshops for adolescents and parents in various schools in Pune. She has authored publications such as a self help book titled Musings of a Shrink and also has a creative piece Ashes off the Embers to her credit.' To know more about Dr. Kinjal Goyal please visit www.healthymind.co.in27 November 2015
Survey team finished the second phase of survey at rest of Marathwada that is Aurangabad, Jalna, Parbhani, Hingoli and Naded.
BJS teamed up with Param Yoga, (a one-stop center that offers holistic yoga with passion and understanding, depending upon the need of an individual) to initiate yoga classes for children at WERC under the guidance of Dr. Renu Mahtani (M.D. Holistic Physician and Yoga Therapy Consultant), the founder of Paramyaoga. Dr Mahtani personally visited BJS campus, conversed with BJS officials about the requirements necessities. She analyzed the campus and focused right location to take yoga classes for these children.28 November 2015
Farewell gatherings held in Aurangabad, Jalna, Parbhani, Hingoli and Naded to bid adieu to children from their respective districts to WERC Pune.
A batch of students arrived from Aurangabad and Jalna to WERC Pune at 12:15 AM. They were given a warm welcome by the existing students of WERC (children from Beed, Latur and Oshmanabad).
To analyze the existing infrastructures and amenities in the campus Dr Kinjal Goel visited WERC. To decide the further course of action to setup the mental health department and to gauge the awareness towards mental health and assess the kind of mental health development required she interacted with staff and children.1 December 2015
A new group of children reached WERC Pune from Parbhani, Hingoli and Naded at 1:00 PM. They were received by the tribal students who helped them in moving bags and luggage.
BJS bought 80 more children from rest of Marathwada to WERC Pune.2 December 2015
Next batch of children joined WERC from rest of Marathwada. Strategic planning's are made to include more cultural and sports activities for students to chose from.
There are quite a few benefits of children learning to use computers as we live in an more and more technology based society. As children must to be geared up to enter a world and workforce where computers are hub of daily life, computer classes started functioning for these children besides their curriculum in WERC. Children love to play along with their friends. To expose these children to social and fun atmosphere group sports activities are initiated for these children like cricket, volleyball, running race etc. Sports trainers are employed to train, identify, guide and develop their talent to become perfect athletes.3 December 2015
As a step to take additional care of these children and their needs, BJS is hiring more employees for Wagholi campus. Kindly refer candidates to the details given below.5 December 2015
BJS formed special team of senior and experienced activists to revisit and conduct survey in Nanded, Parbhani and Aurangabad. Training given to survey team on how to conduct face-to-face survey. Survey kits given to volunteers to conduct survey.7 December 2015
Third phase of survey started of 110 families of the farmers who could not be contacted during the initial survey.8 December 2015
Osmanabad district Zilla Parishad CEO Shri. Anand E. Rayate visited WERC. Impressed with the facilities in WERC campus, he left with his warm wishes a note on visitor's book of the campus.10 December 2015
As a diagnostic step to identify their current psychological health children in groups are taken to Sassoon Hospital for psychological screening to and identify further line of treatment to very specific cases. Twenty five children are taken to MIMH (Maharashtra Institute of Mental Health) weekly. Years of research on children have proved it that what takes place to us in childhood outlines our life as adults. So psychological security in children is very significant as it is associated to their healthy social, emotional, physical and educational development.11 December 2015
Third phase of survey completed. BJS convinces more families on the advantages of sending their children to BJS WERC.12 December 2015
Further arrangements made to conduct successful yoga classes by BJS team with the help of Dr Mahtani at WERC. Four BJS teachers being trained by Param Yoga centre as well. Yoga classes commenced in WERC considering the benefits of yoga and its enormous and permanent positive impact in an individual's life and to promote overall fitness and wellness of students.13 December 2015
BJS introduces evening assembly session for children to promote mingling and socializing. This session includes self-introduction, group discussion (to improve communication skills, divergent thinking, and analytical skills) short cut mathematics, learning new English words etc. Along with this, children share what they learned at school.
Every effort is being made by BJS to bring smile on the faces of the children. The kids are in touch with their families through calls. But BJS asked the children to write letter to their families and hence provided the postcard to send home. Children wrote cheerful notes home about their stay and study at WERC. A glimpse of their feelings will surely add a smile on our face.14 December 2015
More children from Nanded to move to WERC Pune.16 December 2015
Twenty-one more children from Nanded and more children gradually joining WERC Pune have made total number of children in WERC from Marathwada 230.18 December 2015
BJS gets ready to take the yoga practice of children deeper by getting its teachers trained at Paramyoga centre. The aim is to make teachers proficient in teaching yoga to children in future.19 December 2015
Every effort being made by WERC to help children enjoy their hobbies. As demanded by the children that they wanted to participate in drawing competition they were immediately taken to the Sakal Balmitra Chitrakala Spardha 2015, (a 31 year old drawing competition for children). This time it took place in V S Satav High School, Wagholi. Thirty-three students (29 boys and 4 girls) from WERC participated in the competition. They rejoiced the activity as it was the first time they participated in a competition with other children from Pune. Winners of this contest to be announced later on January 2016 said organizers.
Children got opportunity to attend Sharad Malhar, a prestigious interschool folk dance competition held every year in honor of Shri Sharad Pawar’s birthday in both taluka and district Level. This time the venue was Mahatma Phule Shabha Graha, Fatima Nagar, Hadapsar. Thirty-two children (from 5th-7th standard) danced to popular Gondal songs.20 December 2015
Children participated in essay writing contest set at Jayawant Shikshan Prasarak Mandal (JSPM) school Wagholi. Contemporary social issue Kanya Swachava (save the girl child) being the topic, children got the opportunity to give their views and share their dreams for future and develop their creative writing skill.21 December 2015
To encourage the creative talent and public speaking skills children taken to elocution contest held at Shikshan Prasarak Mandal (JSPM) school Wagholi.22 December 2015
Shri Shantilal Muttha visited BJS WERC to meet and interact with children on general affairs. Mr. Muttha with his powerful interaction and interpersonal capability knew well how to relate with children and connected well with them from their level. Children spoke with Shri Muttha about the variety of positive experience and exposure they got in last one month (after relocating to WERC from their respective villages). They explained about various cultural events they participated like drawing, dance, music, elocution, essay writing etc. With huge enthusiasm, they shared with Mr. Muttha how they wake at every dawn and practice sports and athletics. Glad to know about their dedication Mr Muttha appreciated them. Children planned and delivered a thank you speech after the meeting. Shri. Muttha chitchatted with children after meeting regarding their wellbeing.
Shri Shantilal Muttha asked them about their interest in elocution. Siddheswar Kakade a class 7 student who came forward to explain his interest in public speech. When Shri. Muttha asked him to tell something on what he likes he delivered an impressive speech on biography of Shri Shantilal Muttha. When asked how he knows this much details and whether he has read Shri. Muttha's biography Siddheswar replied he heard Shri. Muttha explaining his life on board in bus while children where brought from Marathwada to Pune. Another topic he covered during his speech was life and works of Sant Gadge Baba Gram Swatchta Abhiyon. (A campaign that encourages village panchayats and village organizations in rural Maharashtra to create a clean environment, build toilets, drains and access roads). Shri. Muttha asked whether he reads books, he said he has read more than 60 books. BJS playing a crucial role in awakening hidden talent and developing current talent of children.23 December 2015
New batch of children who joined WERC set-off for Pune darshan. From ancient wadas to stunning landscapes and gardens, local markets to shopping malls the city had enough to mesmerize children. Some of the tourist places they covered include Aga Khan palace, Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, Saras Baug, Dagduseth Ganpathi Temple etc.24 December 2015
WERC wore a festive look. Its Christmas, a time to give and forgive. Celebrated all over the world as a joyous affair, BJS celebrated Christmas with gaiety and fervor for children. Children helped faculty to do preparations for Christmas eve. Many of the children were attending Christmas party for the first time. To make the evening more colorful dance completion was organized for children. Children danced to popular Bollywood tracks. Their delight was uncontained especially when winners got gifts after the program.25 December 2015
BJS arranges to conduct blood test to assess the level of vitamin B12 and D3 of 234 children. In addition, to carry out Hemoglobin of 150 children who were unable to attend the initial medical camp. The panel of doctors assigned to perform the task includes Dr. Sangeta Hagad (in-house Dr BJS), Dr. Vijay Setiya (M.S.) from Siddharth hospital and Dr.Kench (MD) from Poona Hospital. Along with doctors, three lab technicians from Bliss Utility Laboratory and a MD pathologist were also present. Blood camp started at morning 9 AM at WERC. Along with this compete body checkup including age, height, previous medical history, immunization, present complaints, chest, respiratory, eyes, ENT, dental, liver, spleen, hernia, and dermatology tests were done. Treatments advised with follow up.27 December 2015
Music connects hearts, soul, and emotions, the best way to relax. Considering all these things, children were trained by WERC staff to participate in Chorus singing contest at Ganesh Art Sports Forum, Swargate, Pune at 10:00 AM organized by Sharad Malhar. Students of class V to X in two groups (5-7 and 8-10) represented BJS WERC. The category selected for this competition is patriotic theme. Twenty- nine students from WERC participated in the contest.7 January 2016
The Hon'ble Governor of Maharashtra Shri. CH. Vidyasagar Rao visited WERC to meet the children. Governor in his speech said BJS is doing an excellent job for the children. "BJS is standing on its own without taking any help from government and I am very proud of that .I have never come across such a gentleman in my life", said governor referring about Shri Shantilal Muttha, BJS and the works. Shri. CH. Vidyasagar Rao added BJS should take initiative for their higher education as-well. As he wanted to spend more time with the children, he invited them to Rajbhavan for lunch. On this occasion Shri. Shantilal Muttha said BJS would take responsibly of their higher education too and that talks are being going on for the same with other organizations. Sarpanch of Wagholi Smt. Sanjeevani Waghmare was also present in the function.10 January 2016
Swami Ramdev Baba visited the children in WERC. He delivered an enthusiastic and motivational speech of 45 minutes where he emphasized the importance of a Healthy Body, Sharp Brain and Continuous Hard work. He personally came down from the stage, went between the children and interacted with them. "I also come from a village and belong to a farmer's family ", he shared. Even I had a Rs. 500 Cr loan but I have not committed suicide, even if your father has committed suicide, such negative thought should not come in your mind, he added. While delivering this message to the children he gave different examples of success stories of today's eminent personalities like Tata and Ambani and their subtle childhood and thus creating a new ray of hope in the life's of children. During his conversation he recited a song for the children "Jameen Salam Kare, Aasman salam kare, Karo wo kaam ki, Saara jahan salam kare" creating a sensation in the hearts of the children. Swami Ramdev Baba expressed his desire and invited all the children to Haridwar and committed bearing all the expenses. Shri. Shantilal Muttha inducted the function. The head of BJS Mental Health Department and all the BJS yoga instructors were felicitated by Ramdev Baba. Shri Shantilal Muttha briefed Ramdev Baba about the Wagholi Educational Rehabilitation Project. The expression of joy on the face of the children was explicitly visible throughout the function. The function was concluded by Shri Shantilal Bora thanking Swami Ramdev Baba for giving his valuable time, and guiding and motivating the children.13 January 2016
Thirty-eight children from Yavatmal to move to WERC Pune16 January 2016
Parents and guardians from across Maharashtra of the farmer suicide affected families are visiting WERC for education rehabilitation of their children. More and more children are joining WERC for educational rehabilitation. Thirty-eight students (22 boys and 16 girls) from Yavatmal joined WERC taking the total number of students to 275.17 January 2016
Dr. Ashutosh Chauhan (MD(Psychiatry)) is one of the leading psychiatrists in Pune. His areas of interest include Neuropsychiatry and Neuro-developmental/ Child Psychiatry. He has scores of publications and research papers to his credit which he has presented at several national and international forums. Several awards have been conferred upon him with for his stellar achievements and contribution in the field of psychiatry. He has been often invited as a speaker in various national and international conferences and symposia like the Royal College of Psychiatrists at London, Japanese Society of Psychiatrists and Neurologists, Japan. He has also been conducting workshops and leadership programs for young psychiatrists. Dr. Chauhan is associated with several leading hospitals in the city. Now Dr Ashutosh Chauhan is a part of WERC family, he is the Head of mental health department BJS WERC. He visited WERC to meet and talk with children, teachers and management regarding the general wellbeing and mental health of children.22 January 2016
Blood tests for D3 and B12 has been completed for all the children who were not present during previous health checkups.23 January 2016
14-year-old Ghanshyam Darode from Shrigonda, Ahmednagar visited WERC. He talks like a veteran political expert on the various issues that plague the region. He also talks about farmer suicides and even suggests remedies to tackle the problem to the state government.24 January 2016
BJS/WERC held its annual day function (Chaitanya Sohla) at the WERC with zeal and fervor. The program started with the lighting of the lamp by chief guest ICDS Commissioner K.M. Nagargoje, Shri. Shantilal Muttha and other dignitaries. The management, the principal and BJS activists were present on the occasion. The function started with the lighting of traditional lamp followed by welcome song presented by the children. The children presented various colorful foot tapping dance numbers, which mesmerized the audience.
The first performance was a Ganesh Vandana by the students. The second performing group performed patriotic song in memory of late Siachen soldier Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad. Then students presented a devotional group song, followed by a brake dance.
Students performed a play "Divya Dnyanchi Palkhi Dhari" that focused on the issue of misconceptions and beliefs and over all development of younger generation in tribal areas due to the awareness on education. The next group presented a Koli dance, this was followed by a tribal dance performance.
The next performance was a solo song on the social issue female feticide. A special performance was given by the girls on the current situation of Marathwada farmers. "Chaitanyachya Gava Javu". The play showed the depressed state of the children whose parents have committed suicide, but ending with a happy note showing another side wherein now the children are living their life positively and with confidence. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Shantilal Muttha said that "we are seeing a positive change on the children and it is a matter of pride for us. We aim to bring 500 more children from the affected areas after doing a proper survey". Later-on Mr. Prafulla Parakh, BJS National President presented vote of thanks.13 February 2016
Eighty journalists from across Marathwada were in WERC to experience the all round change in the students of the suicide hit Marathwada range, journalists of different newspapers and the District Representatives of BJS for this region had specially come at this occasion.
The students also performed in front of these journalists. The journalists present viewed a detailed presentation of the ongoing work of BJS in the Marathwada region and the action plan for the students from this region staying at WERC.
While speaking at this occasion, Shantilal Muttha said," We have done survey in this region. The survey shows a shocking fact that many young farmers have committed suicides. The children of suicide-hit families may turn to crime or may develop frustration. There are chances that the children may also commit suicide. Hence, BJS took this issue as a challenge. To work on the mental Health of the students, a programme called "Manthan" has been developed at WERC. "Manthan" is working on the challenges faced by the students. Dr Ashutosh Chouhan (Psychiatrist) and Dr Kinjal Goyal (Psychologist) are working on this project. While doing tests on the children a review of such tests conducted across India are also being considered. These students also underwent check up at Sasoon Hospital at Pune. We aim to set a different standard in this area through the project "Manthan". Now the students after coming here have started dreaming about their life."
The journalists present held a separate discussion with the students from their individual districts. The journalists also took information from the students about the facilities they are getting at the Centre. The journalists expressed happiness about the feedbacks given by the students about the facilities and praised the work of BJS. The students who had won in different competitions and events were felicitated at the hands of the journalists from their particular districts. Vote of thanks were given by Prafulla Parakh, National President,BJS.
Manthan- The Programme for Psycho- social Development of Children Affected by Parental Suicides.
Summary Report of Medical Tests of Students on Vitamin D3and B12 Released.14 February 2016
" The children of the suicide hit farmer families from Marathwada should not get depressed, instead they should stand up with courage to face the situation. Our children should not feel that they are alone. I am blessed with a daughter, but from now I would consider these children also as my own " Mrs. Amruta Fadanvis, wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister said while interacting with the children at Varsha. When Amruta Fadanvis got to know that the children are coming to Mumbai, she invited them to "Varsha" for lunch. A beautifully decorated "Varsha" welcomed the children. Mrs. Amruta Fadanvis had a heartwarming conversation with the children. While interacting with the girls she shared some motivational words asking the girls to stand up on their own feet without taking any pressure.
Her daughter Divija also attended the event. Mrs. Amruta Fadanvis gifted the children stationary items for school use. She told the children that they are free to contact her anytime in future in case of any need and went ahead and gave her contact numbers to the children.. Mrs. Amruta Fadanvis also took details about the functioning of WERC.
The Governor of Maharashtra, Shri CH Vidyasagar Rao during his visit to WERC had given an invitation to the children to visit Rajbhavan. It was not just another invitation because later on his office were in communication with the BJS's office for executing the visit. Consequently , the students were in Raj Bhavan and had a lengthy interaction with the governor and his wife. The children got an opportunity to see the Darbar Hall and other parts of Rajbhavan and enjoyed the refreshment served by Rajbhavan at the lawns. As demanded by the children, artists working in different serials of Zee Marathi came to meet the children at Raj Bhavan.
Children also visited ZEE TV office where ZEE Group Chairman Subhash Chandra Goel interacted with them. The children opened up their minds while interacting with him and also presented some art forms.
The children who were visiting Mumbai for the first time where thrilled with this experience. Other places children visited include Mantralay, Gateway of India, Girgaum Choupaty, sea link etc. Shri Shantilal Muttha, office bearers of BJS and teachers were present at this occasion.19 February 2016