Narmada Prerna Yatra: Where urban youths meet rural heroes

Narmada Prerna Yatra brings together urban youths from across the country and local heroes in the fields of education, healthcare, farming and eco tourism.


Narmada Prerna Yatra – an initiative of Serve Happiness Foundation, Bharuch – envisions to inspire the youth of the country to contribute for the welfare of the society. This year it was organized from 13-16 Aug and comprised of 22 youths (referred to as Changemakers) from states such as Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, and Karnataka.

The yatra entails a 4 day tour across the districts of Bharuch and Narmada to meet various role models (local heroes) who have created success stories in fields such as Education, Healthcare, Farming, Dairy, Food Technology and Eco Tourism. The core idea is to expose the youth to these small scale industries, identify opportunities and then inspire them to undertake something of their own. It firmly believes in the philosophy that all this exposure coupled with exploration (of nature) can significantly lead to a positive change in mindset towards creation of social enterprises across the country.

Apart from the role model visits, the yatris celebrated Independence Day at Vishal Khadi Eco Tourism Site singing the national anthem and taking a vow to contribute for the betterment of India. This was followed by a cleanliness drive wherein all of them collected plastics and other leftover wastes onto place – showing solidarity and concern for the environment as such. Nitin Tailor, CEO of Serve Happiness Foundation, believes that joining urban youth with the development projects of rural areas through the yatra model can significantly enhance the development of the country along with reducing the widening rural-urban gap. Further, it also makes the youth more sensitive towards his/her responsibility towards the society and inspires them to be better citizens of tomorrow.

15th August  IndependenceDay

15th August IndependenceDay

Bandabeda School

Bandabeda School

Bandabeda School

Bandabeda School

Cleanliness Campgain VishalKhadi

Cleanliness Campgain

Dairy Farm, Rajpara

Dairy Farm, Rajpara

Eco-Tourism, Zarwani

Eco-Tourism, Zarwani

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Flag off Ceremony, Brahmakumari

Rajwant Palace

Rajwant Palace

Sewa Rural

Sewa Rural

Vivaswanbhatt_Garudeshwar_Agriculture

Vivaswanbhatt Garudeshwar Agriculture

Yatra Program:

Day 1

The yatra was duly inaugurated and flagged off at Brahmakumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, Zadeshwar, Bharuch. The guest of honour was Mrs. Rashmiben Joshi, Founder of Women Welfare Trust who welcomed the youth with her words of inspiration and wisdom. This was followed by visits to Bandabeda and Valia based primary schools where principals of both of the institutions Mr. Ajay Singh Mahida and Mr. Kamleshbhai Kosamiya apprised them with development of schools in rural areas as well as issues faced during their journey. The late afternoon was spent at an NGO in Jhagadiya, Sewa Rural, where the Founder Dr. Anilbhai and Mr. Bankimbhai enlightened people on their Women Empowerment and Healthcare projects. Post this, the evening was spent at Zarwani Eco Campsite where the participants spent the night discussing about the development models of the visited institutions during the day.

Day 2

The 2nd day started with a visit to Sardar Sarovar Dam where the participants got to know details about the dam. It was followed by a visit to a progressive farmer Mr. Kishorsinh Nyoria. He explained to the participants how seeing farming as an enterprise had led it to become small a profitable enterprise for him. Further, his way of using the farm waste for animal husbandry and the waste matter of the latter as a manure for organic farming, leading to substantial profits, was commendable even for the average farmer. The evening was then spent at Vishal Khadi with a session on Eco Toursim projects and a couple of team building activities including a story session by PrakashVaani (pen name of Prakash Jha).

Day 3

The 3rd day started with a flag hoisting ceremony and singing of the National Anthem to celebrate Independence Day on the banks of the river Karjan at Vishal Khadi. This was followed by a cleanliness drive where the participants collected all plastic stuff left by the visitors onto one place and vowed to conserve the environment around and make it a pollution free one!

Later on, a visit to Pushpaj and Ganesh dairy farms at Rajpipla was made where the promoter Mr. Khushi Patel took the participants around a plant visit as well as briefed them on various milk products. The afternoon was spent at a village Bhadam near Rajpipla wherein the participants were exposed to Banana Wafer setting up as well as manufacturing technique.

Day 4

The final day began with an organic farming session at Ishan Organics, Garudeshwar. Here, Mr. Vivaswan Bhatt demonstrated the advantages of organic farming and led participants to dirty their hands whilst learning its various techniques.  This was followed by a panel discussion at Rajwant Palace, Rajpipla comprising of Prince Indra Vikram Singh, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil and Ex-Collector of Narmada district Smt. Ranjanben. The discussion centred around the history of the princely state of Rajpipla, heritage and eco tourism in and around the Narmada district and awareness as well as prevention of AIDS and its related diseases owing to migration issues. The yatra ended with distribution of certificates to all of the participants with an informal promise of doing/setting up something that can create a difference and ensure welfare of the society in the near future.

 

For more: http://www.narmadaprernayatra.org/

http://www.facebook.com/NarmadaPrernaYatra

http://social.yourstory.com/2014/09/narmada-prerna-yatra/


  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Prakash Jha is a traveller, storyteller and entrepreneur who writes under the pen name of Prakashvaani (http://prakashvaani.com/about/). In the past, he has been a software engineer, consultant, short filmmaker, banker, restaurateur and editor. more

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  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Prakash Jha is a traveller, storyteller and entrepreneur who writes under the pen name of Prakashvaani (http://prakashvaani.com/about/). In the past, he has been a software engineer, consultant, short filmmaker, banker, restaurateur and editor. more

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