This is a horizontal confederation of twelve organizations (Sparks)  and eight Advisors, determined to reach out , make a difference and work to take our country to its pristine existence .

Sparks

1. The Clean Team


Raj Kumar, Surjit Kumar, Rakesh Mohan
rajkumar027021971@gmail.com
surjeetkumar81077@gmail.com
rakeshgagada@gmail.com


Over 80 waste collectors (semi literate or illiterate, living in shanties of Rangpuri Pahari, Mahipalpur, Kusumpur Pahari, Kishen Garh and Mehrauli) serving 4000 middle-income households and 4 local market formed their own organization- The Clean Team. They decided the logo, the colours, the uniforms and the tag line (Swatch Bharat Abhiyaan forward in an honest way). Their mission is upkeep of the colony they work in.Fifty-four of them collect door-to-door garbage (90% segregated & 10 % mixed), bio compost it, collect recyclables, sweep colony roads, mop stairs and keep the area clean. Rest 26 keep 800 offices, 200 restaurants, shops and 60 washrooms of three floored 4 local markets neat and tidy.

How you can help?

  • Adopt a team of 5 team members so they can get the minimum wages of Rs 16000/- a month.
  • Adopt a team of 10 team members so they can be given the minimum wages of Rs 16000/- a month.
  • Donate so the 80 team members get at least minimum wages of Rs 16000/- a month.
  • Donate or provide uniforms, shoes, caps, gloves, and facemasks to as many boys as possible.
  • Donate or provide as many ‘Home Composters’ as possible.
  • Volunteers to talk to residents not segregating at home.
  • Volunteers to take orientation programs.
  • Volunteers to write to Hans Foundation to get donations for all of the above.

2. Aashi Foundation


Dr.Anjila Gugnani Director
Anjila.g@gmail.com
MadhuAggarwal Incharge Anna Nagar Work
Ashi.fss19@gmail.com
9999903580
Poonam Dahiya
dahiyapoonam255@gmail.com

This Voluntary Organization started cleaning of Anna Nagar – one of their field slums in the capital. Awareness campaigns by the students, installation of two-colored trash barrels at regular intervals worked till the installations started getting unearthed and stolen. To overcome that Bio Composters are placed in the library and students bring green garbage. During Greening operations saplings of Indigenous tree species were collected from the nursery of forest department for joint plantation by children, women, men and elderly. It was a success, till the land mafia trampled the healthy young trees with vehicles. So, for reasons beyond any one’s control even after repeated trials nothing is sustaining. Strategic thinking is required now.

How you can help?

  • Volunteer time for the development of Anna Nagar.
  • Enroll for the next ‘Green Anna Nagar’ cycle.
  • Donate garbage cans that are non plastic and non steal able.
  • Donate in kind or cash for community composters.

3. Arpan Centre for Children with Multiple Disabilities

www.saathire.com
Dr. Jayant Sastri
Ashi.fss19@gmail.com
Dr. Rashmi Kakar
kakarrashmi@gmail.com

Started in 1993 this diagnostic and development centre is for children with multiple or intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, attention deficit, hyperactivity, Down syndrome & Autism to help with cognitive, motor speech stimulation, play, sensory integration, physiotherapy, vocational rehabilitation & computer literacy.This trans-disciplinary approach helps in language, educational, social & vocational development & makes these special children self-reliant. It creates awareness about prevention, early identification, interventions, testing of learning disability, aptitude& scholastic backwardness, undertakes individual and group counseling, rural development, training students in psychology, human development, community sciences & social work for capacity building and resource mobilization. Their awareness programs on ‘Greener Life’ are leaving an impact on the people of Baroda.

How you can help?

  • Becoming a resource person / trainer for their annual day program which starts or ends with a message on ‘leading a greener life’.
  • Join the team of volunteers who help in story telling and rhymes sessions.
  • Students with psychology, human development, community sciences and social work departments to contact Arpan and get educational training and course curriculum.
  • Donate for infrastructure , buses , equipments and more staff.

4. Bluebells International

www.bluebellsinternational.com
Ms. Suman Kumar
Suman.kumar@bluebellsinternational.com
Ms. Barnali Ganguly
bhavnaphull@gmail.com

Bluebells International school founded by an all rounder lady with a vision - ‘Students First’ is a platform for children - our future citizens to unfold their potentials, makes them think, imagine, empathies and create the wonderful imagery of their minds. It is a proud recipient of The Green School Award by AL Gore in 2019.As a Spark it is a leader in hand made paper recycling. Its first of its kind approach is to save the earth through handmade paper route.Its three prong approach is to make students use hand made paper, help as many as possible schools to have handmade paper making units and helping students become entrepreneurs for recycled paper by innovating constantly in making paper and its products,capacity building and marketing.

How you can help?

  • Donate paper for recycling.
  • Donate time at the recycling room for the various tasks related to paper recycling.
  • Hand made paper products innovators to share their skills and hold workshops with students and staff.
  • Become their ambassadors.

5. Canine Pawsitive


Bala Chandaran
balacnambiar@gmail.com


One thing common in this group of compassionate people led by a renowned journalist is their love for mongrels - so deep that they call them their children. For years they have been feeding, playing and looking after the stray dogs of their area. As a Spark they have organized them selves to carry on doing what they were doing and more.They help their mongrels cope with the vagaries of nature, get them checked, treated, sterilized, exchange stories and discuss the ways of increasing their kind for the benefit of the dogs and humans alike. The posts on their website train masses about stray dog behaviour, understand their body language, increase societal compassion towards strays, making it safer for elderly and children to be around them and benefits of adopting mongrels as pets.

How you can help?

  • Form similar group in your area.
  • Record age and sex ratio, spatial distribution and health conditions of stray dogs.
  • Volunteer your time and resources for getting the animals neuter and sick treated.
  • Intervene against excessive barking, beating, stone pelting and deprival of amenities to the mongrels of your area.
  • Make dog lovers adopt strays instead of wrongly bred Huskies.
  • Train the team of waste collectors of your colony to become primary care takers of stray dogs as they must be friends already.

6. Kailash Foundation


Ms Kadambri Rana
Kadambri_rana@yahoo.co.in

The mission of Kailash Foundation is social change through education.Currently Kailash Foundation is extending scholarships to girl students who are identified as capable and meritorious. To bridge the gap in society it has two programs for the education of girls from lower economic strata. First in which householders are guided so that they take educational responsibility of at -least one girl child of their maid. Second getting training in job related soft skills such as familiarization with communication, spoken English language,legal and financial literacy, workplace protocol, and protection from sexual exploitation, workplace harassment and bullying. Selected girls for any of these programs would have to take an undertaking of educating one more girl. To help schools get good teachers who are in high demand scholarships are given to economically deprived girls to study from primary to post graduation to teacher’s training course. To help all mothers, daughters, sisters become self reliant it sponsors basic course in Self Defence and to enhance their capabilities in helping society it sponsors training in Life Saving Interventions.It also gives scholarships for imparting entry level employability skills to young adult children of families engaged in handling waste, including collection, recycling and reusing.

How you can help?

  • Get free guidance and Start similar exercise with your own maids.
  • Identify girls in the community who fit the criteria to be considered for sponsorship
  • Do market research to collect data on schools which need teachers and in which subjects.

7. Manjula Concerns

Manjula Jhunjhunwala
mj@jbnss.in
Anuja Srivastva
itzanuja@gmail.com

As a Spark Manjula Concerns stands apart, always ready to learn, innovate, change, expand and help others. Replicable models of closed loop system and innovative primary education are the two of its unique attributes. Their closed loop system starts at their farm,its wastage becomes the raw material for the paper mill. Wastes from paper mill rare converted into innovative raw materials and products making it a zero waste economy. Zero waste loops saves resources thus enhancing greenery, hospitals and life in general.Three kinds of waste from the paper mills are ash, sludge & resin.From ash bricks are made, sludge becomes the bonding material.Together both are used for making houses for the needy. The third waste from the paper mills is Resin used by students learning sculpting. Manjula Concerns primary school is purpose built where children are actively involved in developmentally appropriate hands on activities.This unique, innovative education system and work going on to improve the natural and human conditions in Faisabad can be replicated by innumerable wealthy concerns of the country.

How you can help?

  • Visit Faizabad to understand the working of this Concern.
  • Spread the word
  • Write about it.
  • Film it.

8. Masti Ki Paathshala and Maatimeet Grameen

www.mastikipaathshala.org
Gautam Khendalwal
Gautam@mastikipaathshala.org


A democratic learning centre set up in village Agar, Alwar District Rajasthan by an educationist to motivate, provide support, counsel and educate.The founder explored till he found the remotest village and founded Masti ki Paathshala. The going has not been easy but his enthusiasm, cheerful personality and hard work are paying off.The villagers are with him,there is an almost continuous thread of international volunteers and Indian well-wishers.He is moving towards his goals. The informal education is for rural development, solve real life problems, generate employment and revitalize community living . The children are not only well versed with world but better off than their contemporaries in urban settings due to their earthy knowledge. Maatimeet Grameen is its livelihood wing. The women of the area with long colourful gungats have been trained in stitching and are self- sustaining. They pioneered the making of multi pocket Cora bags which are in constant demand. Residents of this village now do not migrate to cities because of the improved family income,constant support and children developing strong foundation.

How you can help?

  • Please forward to all their requirement of a full time job to lead the education program .the person need to be good with art, craft, design etc., have basic knowledge of computers, English and Hindi (written and spoken), patient with children and have the ability to lead a team. Salary –Rs 15k-30k per month plus food and accommodation. Perks- fresh air, stress free life , a warm community, the pride of doing something meaningful.Location –village agar, block thanagazi, district Alwar, Rajasthan.Send CV to Gautam and call him at 9829342882
  • Visit the place.
  • Popularize their products.

9. Nurani Aquaponics


Aquaponics uses the best of all the growing techniques, utilizing the waste of one element to benefit another mimicking a natural ecosystem. Aquaponics refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. Kerala state in India has taken a lead in aquaponics. While a village like Kotchi produces greens and fish in its aquaponics, Nurani Aquaponics in a remote village of Kerala is to produce flowers specially temple flowers through this system. This first of its kind venture, a replicable model is adding a new perspective to this beautiful quite village housing prosperous Nambudiri Brahmins and a well organized with a well meaning local body. Nurani has many temples visited by residents every day with fresh flowers, but Nurani is not growing flowers. Truckloads of flowers come every day to this village. This model Aquaponics will harvest flowers in abundance thus eliminating environmental and monetary costs of transportation. Nurani Aquaponics welcomed by the local body to such an extent that its now a community project.

How you can help?

  • Volunteer your time to request Hans Foundation to fund Nurani Aquaponics.
  • Volunteer your time to spread the word about it.
  • If you reside in that area or wish to work there then volunteer your time for getting free training in Aquaponics and then become an entrepreneur.
  • If you are a trained Aquaponics Expert then apply for a job at Nurani Aquaponics.

10. People Theatres Group


Twitter account : Niloyroy
Niloy Roy
royniloy@gmail.com

This group of nomads harnesses social change & education through performing arts. It reaches out with songs, stories, street theatre and plays. It evokes responses and gets acclaimed critically. The solo performance of the Founder & Director brought to light the plight of a lonely man who was a puppet maker.Along with bringing to light a dying art. Another production - Disappearing Sparrows hits at the deteriorating environment conditions. People’s Theatre Group has performed over hundred street plays on clean green surroundings. It has a global campaign to engage organisations , individuals and committees , who organise Durga Puja in an environmentally responsive and ecologically affable celebrations thus only use biodegradable materials for idols & pandals and camps at immersion grounds for non- polluting immersions.

How you can help?

  • Volunteer; get free street theatre training on clean and green surroundings and a chance to perform.
  • Volunteer your time to spread the word about it.

11. Primate Procession & Society for Nature Education




Dr. Ekwal Imam
Ekwalimam01@gmail.com



Primate Procession educates creates awareness among school children and communities through Nature walks visit to Wet Lands, Biodiversity Parks, Zoos, Farmer’s Markets and more. It helps students do research on free ranging monkeys by training them in ’ Tools of Observation, Data Collection and Analysis’ during workshops.For postgraduate students it undertakes field trips. It assists member Primatologists to present their work in conferences.It undertakes educating communities on living with monkeys. Monkeys are protected under the Wildlife Act of India. Except Government authorities no one can trap them but Rhesus are all over. This organization helps people understand behaviour and negate negativity between the two species. With wide experience in studying their behaviour in rural, urban, dry, and canal settings the team is apt at helping all. Primate Procession helps in rehabilitation of rhesus moneky and designing of monkey friendly sanctury.Also, It guides in the use of traditional method of monkey trapping if needed instead of using chemical technique. It provides scientific ways of treating man - monkey conflict and helps masses except monkeys as part of our valueable bio diversity line and harmony with them.

How you can help?

  • Donate for travel, boarding and lodging for the deserving economically poor for any of their activities.
  • Donate for postgraduate student’s field trips.
  • Donate for member Scientists to present papers in Primatological Conferences.
  • Volunteer to make films.
  • Write to ‘Science Sustainable’ and get donations for natural fencing of Bamboo or low cost Solar fence for monkey sanctuary.

12. VEER (Vistas of Education & Empowering Resource)


Ms Jyoti Koul
jyotikoul@gmail.com
Arun Kundu
kunduarun@gmail.com

Vistas of Educational and Empowering Resources(VEER) is a confluence of many valuable superlatives. Designating support, solidarity and Sharing to the communities that have not only witnessed but endured the brutalities of terrorism like Kashmiri Pandits that faced ethnic cleansing in their own homeland. Veer dedicates itself to support such societies to rebuilt and re-grow themselves. The first and foremost initiative in this direction is to sustain and disseminate a truthful narrative about their sacrifices and sustainability.

Your Participation

One can help Veer by the way of volunteering services simply by letting people connect with us and vice-versa. Feedback is extremely important, we would appreciate if people could guide us in building a strong network and identify areas where Veer can associate in order to improve lives. Donations would certainly help to keep the wheels turning.








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Masti Ki Pathshala

First Meeting Rhizome

As suggested by National Geography we are all going to travel to ‘off the beaten path’ AGAR, stay with locals and help local economy.
Here is the timetable of our 1st Meet.

13th February

3 pm Onwards:
Ceremonial Welcome and Introductions
Watching sunset from hills and planting seed bombs
Bonfire, musical evening and dinner

14th February

10 am Onwards:
Presentation by Sparks.
Sparks show casing, donating and selling their products.
Working Lunch
Workshops
Making Seed Bombs
Menstrual Hygiene
Sculpture making
Street theatre
Star gazing and dinner

15th February

10 am Onwards:
Educational Community art work on every surface of Masti ki Paathshala adding colour , life and usefulness to the place
Working Lunch
Visit rain water harvesting structures & carpet weaving
Rajasthani Dinner with folk music and dance

16th February

10 am Onwards:
Visit Sariska National Park
Closing ceremony & Oath taking at Sariska Guest House
Closing Lunch

Lets change the monochromatic surroundings of Agar/ Masti Ki Pathshala to a colourful, lively place by the collective’s effort of all and may our travel be safe and compassionate.