Hu Tu Tu – For the Love of Sports

Volley Ball at Parseoni

Sports Events in Rural Areas – Volleyball Match at Parseoni

It is a mistaken notion that sports events in rural areas are non-existent. Our villages do excel in several kinds of native games but organized sports events may not have likely occurred here. Yet with the passage of time and modern means of communications – TV being the most watched medium, sports events have gained increasing coverage, making youth respond to sports. Local schools and colleges also facilitate sports. But response to such events may not always be overwhelming.

We do know that some sports have found their origins in villages itself and have gained popularity over time.  These include indigenous games like twisting hands, holding wrists, weight-lifting, jumping, running and wrestling. These rural sports likely emerged out of need to defend against animals or adversaries.  Also the interdependence of people from different community may have induced the need to showcase the need for physical strength.

Kabbadi is still one of the most favored of rural sports. It is wonderful to see locals hovering around to enjoy the fervor of this sport in villages. They do get all high-spirited as teams engage in fending the field and their breath! Rural folks organize and arrange such events by also extending hospitality to both competitors and spectators, making it more fun. History tells us that only after independence did the circle of rural sports get extended to include other games besides wrestling and kabbadi.

HERD Foundation attempts to revive the celebration of rural sports by organizing games events in a grand and splendid manner. Our rustic aspirants are all excited about playing Volleyball and participating in cross country running. The prizes attached to events make competitors more keen and competitive. They strive harder for victory and enjoy the healthy completion. Indeed it is exhilarating to see the blend of defeat and victory, action and boundless energy that exists in our villages. Our rural districts are enjoying sports activities that has created an intoxicating atmosphere.

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Preparedness Training for Youth Employability – Celebrating World Population Day

Preparedness Training for Youth Employability – Celebrating World Population Day

 

YuvaConnect Training

Dr Amol Deshmukh Handing over Training Certificates

World Population Day is observed on July 11, around the world to create awareness about population growth and related issues. UNO has declared 2014 World Population Day theme as: Investing in Young People. It is a call for investments in support of the largest-ever generation of youth. As the world population edges on we stand at the threshold of 1.8 billion young people who are shaping social and economic realities, challenging norms and values, and building the foundation of the world’s future.

Youth has profound implications for development and all opportunities are to be given to them that have implications on sustainability, access to health services and youth empowerment. HERD Foundation has since inception continued to invest in youth. Our YuvaConnect initiative has been consistently involved with youth from rural areas who have been accorded membership to help them participate in various initiatives like Employable Education, Healthcare, Training and Development.

The Arvindbabu Employment Fair organized by HERD Foundation on January 18, 2014 had 10,297 youth from Nagpur City as also the adjoining rural areas of Parseoni, Saoner, Katol, Bhandara and more. This initiative was a runaway success that brought job opportunities to the door steps of the youth of Nagpur District. The employment fair received a whopping 15911 registrations from prospective job seekers. A total of 4700 vacancies were on offer by more than 40 ‘A’ listed companies. These companies offered placement to 1552 applicants on the spot with job-offer letters furnished there and then.

The fair catered to all types of jobs for undergraduates, graduates and post graduates. Also suitable positions were on offer for high school pass and college drop outs. Spelling out appropriate possibilities for employment options, the fair offered hope and optimism for job-seekers who moved about with smiles and anticipation for transforming their lives. Our entire focus after the job fair was on trainings for youth to prepare them for employability. YuvaConnect has been hand-holding the youth of our areas to invest in young people to take on future course of actions charted out in compliance with their interests and qualifications.

Yet too many young people continue to grapple with joblessness, inequality with their urban counterparts and lack skills for employability like presentation, interview preparation and so on. HERD Foundation reaches out to rural youth in a bid to prepare them better to improve upon their collective potential. This 2014 World Population Day we pledge our support for continued investments for the largest-ever generation of youth.

Employment Fair

JOB FAIR January 18, 2014

 

 

Wadamba Village – Forthcoming Venue for Meso Medical Health Camp

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Wadamba Village, the venue for the next meso camp organized by HERD Foundation, is about 75.2 km from Nagpur. Situated close-by, near to Highway Number 7 it takes an hour and a half to reach the place. Wadamba panchayat under Ramtek Inter panchayat comes under Nagpur-Zilla panchayat. The village is surrounded by Kurai Taluka towards North, Parseoni Taluka towards South, Bichhua Taluka towards west, and Mohadi Taluka towards South. Geo-coordinates for the place are latitude 18.114468 – longitude 73.095933.

Located close to Ramtek, other near-by villages include Warghat, Karwahi and Dahoda. It is about 27 kms from Ramtek with Tumsar, Kamthi and Savner some of the larger towns around having good enough road connectivity. Marathi remains the prevalent local language but Hindi is well understood. At an elevation of 332 meters above sea level, the closest railway station is 26 km away at Ramtek and Amdi Halt at a distance of 32 km.

Nagpur district has a network of government-run health facilities comprising of district hospitals offering tertiary-level care. The rural hospitals at the secondary level and the primary health centers, sub-centers and dispensaries provide basic healthcare to rural populations. Ramtek Taluka has government run health centers following the public healthcare system offering state-owned healthcare facilities to people that are either fully or partially subsidized.

But all of us who have worked at the grassroots for the benefit of the rural people – be it for education, healthcare, rural enterprises or any other beneficial scheme, know full well the fate of the outreach of such well laid plans. The best of us have had experiences of vacant PHCs, absentee health care staff, missing equipment and so on. Add to this people’s own apathy towards their good health! And the scene is rife for adverse health consequences.

HERD Foundation has chosen a self-appointed path to extend healthcare services to the rural populations at their doorsteps. With the close collaboration proffered by NKPSIMS and LMH Medical Institutes it becomes easier to facilitate health camps that check out people for common ailments and chronic conditions giving them medical advice, free medicines and referrals for dire conditions. It remains a matter of great satisfaction to see the people respond to our ministrations, especially in this inclement monsoon weather.

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A Doctor for All Seasons

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The struggle to equate the balance between the haves and have-nots, finds perfect expression in Dr Amol Deshmukh’s undertaking offering healthcare delivery to all sections of society. His sensitivity to ailing populations, surviving in the middle of nowhere, has actualized and changed the context in which healthcare delivery can take place; even in remote rural regions. Being a doctor himself, often finds him in a hands-on role at ongoing medical health camps organized by HERD Foundation.

It is noteworthy that his politico-educationist backdrop allows him to envision a larger picture for the operational provision of essential healthcare services for disadvantaged people. Following the historic tradition of social service emanating from familial conditioning, provides him with resilience to continue offering such benevolent handouts to assist the underprivileged. Yes, they do well with free medical check-ups, subsidized healthcare costs, besides direct access to finest hospitals.

It is a happy combination of intentions and close collaboration and participation with Medical Institutes that adequately address health issues for rural people having little or no access to medical care. It must be a sense of deep conviction that enables him to pay attention, understand and support the lacunae in healthcare delivery, that makes him keep at it through innovative approaches for extending such outreach to people who need it so critically.

Notwithstanding a well-defined, public healthcare delivery system that is stagnating everywhere in our country, here is a doctor advocating and promoting a health care delivery model that is totally ingenious and being run selflessly for the benefit of rural populations, at their very door steps. Organizing mini, meso and mega medical healthcare camps comes easy for this Doctor for all Seasons, whose forte essentially lies in hospital management. Also he does not hesitate to readily pick up the stethoscope and listen a kid’s heartbeat or counsel addicts to a better way of life.  

 

Queuing Up In Advance

Nagardhan health camp

Nagardhan health camp 

The Nagardhan Medical Camp organised by us was a huge success. People had already arrived at the spot waiting patiently on their haunches since 1’0 clock in the afternoon. When our team arrived to set up the logistical arrangements at the venue we were pleasantly surprised to find a motley crew already assembled.

Without much ado the practiced team pitched up a mock hospital set up with ease of habit. We have done such health camps  earlier at Tamaswadi, Parseoni, Parsodi Peth, kerdi, bakhari, ambazari, Kolitmara, sihora, Kachurwahi, Parsodi, Pardi, Nagpur. So setting up the works was no hassle and soon the registrations counters were busy.

HERD Foundation began operations for this free camp in no time. Many people from adjoining villages of the Taluka had also come for the camp. The visitors included plentiful women as is common in our camps.  Also children and the elderly were brought in by family members to get them all checked and given free medicines for their different conditions.

The health camp started at 4:00 pm to continue well over 09: 00 pm at night providing free medical checkups to nearly 2400 registered people. An important feature of the camp was that besides active medical treatment it emphasised on the importance of proper hygiene and prevention measures especially in the ongoing monsoon season.

Eight medical departments of NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Lata Mangeshkar Hospital with a team of doctors, interns, nurses and attendants provided support to examine and treat the people. The medical and paramedical team of Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology, Surgery, Dental and ENT Departments attended to patients who were mobilized from the localized villages around Nagardhan.

The camp was privileged by the presence of HERD Foundation founder Dr. Amol Deshmukh who along with field staff had organized the entire arrangements to make it such an overwhelming success. HERD Foundation’s chief social objective is medical relief for poor and needy. Dr. Amol Deshmukh continues to play a key role and in contributing for the medical welfare of people through provision of active medical treatment. He is a strong advocate for weaker sections to gain access to medical care, particularly those living in such remote rural areas.