Sewa Bharati Madhya Bharat – a Collective Movement for Transformation
Asha Shukla; Palo Alto, CA
Bharat is a very diverse country in its religious, socio-cultural and economic character. However, there is unity in this diversity, both in spirit and sensitivity. For human sustenance, this spirit of equality, equanimity and welfare for all, needs to be promoted and protected. Sewa Bharati, is a not-for-proﬁt organization, that focuses on these very core values. It has undertaken several educational, vocational, healthcare projects in Madhya Pradesh specially for the weak and the deprived sections of the society, to bring them into the mainstream of growth and development. It organizes several socio-cultural programs with a view to preserve and promote the unique culture of each community it serves. Matrichhaya, where the abandoned newly born children are cared and nurtured in a loving environment until ready for the legal path to adoption. Anand dham is the home for the lonely elders, where they have company of likeminded community of elders, supported with cultural activities and key programs like physical therapy to sustain their spirits and physical abilities. Tribal programs: using education an instrument for progress, Sewa Bharati has targeted the most deprived and economically and educationally backward community among the tribals and people living in remote areas and established hostels and schools for them. Cultural centers, Nivedita Bharati and Kishore Bharati: in urban slum areas the cultural centres insulate children from anti-social behavior and lay a foundation for becoming better human beings. Character building programs for young girls and boys are providing positive guidance for this vulnerable future of the country.
Through its basic tenets of Sewa (Service), Sanskaar (Values) and Samrasata (Equanimity) Sewa Bharati is trying to create a socially harmonious, cohesive and self-reliant society. The impact is evident in all communities as greater self-esteem, conﬁdence and ambition to go forward. Sewa Bharti is a movement of the people, for the people run by the people. The poster will describe the various activities of Sewa Bharati for transforming the lives of the weak and deprived, and narrate the success stories in bringing a change in the society.
About the presenter…
Even though born in an affluent agricultural family Asha Shukla was so much impacted in her childhood by the plight of the poor agricultural laborers that she chose the path to serve the weak and deprived. She has been serving the people in need for more than four decades (जहाँ कम वहॉं हम), be it the BLIND in Delhi through the NAB, the orphans and the aged in Hyderabad, the tribals in the remote areas in Ekal Vidyalaya Movement, giving motherly affection to the abandoned newborn in Matrichhaya and the aging elders in Anand Dham and the Karyakartas of the organisation.
Today, Asha Shukla is volunteering for a not-for-profit organization Sewa Bharati as Patron which runs homes for abandoned children and senior citizens, hostels, schools and vocational centers for tribal girls and boys, and cultural centers in slums to imbibe good values in the vulnerable children. She considers her husband, who also volunteers for the organization a great strength for her work. She recently donated $110,000 from retirement savings, to establish a much needed facility for the education of at risk tribal girls.