Our Ongoing/Previous Programmes

Save Fuel Save Nation
While pollution and respiratory problems are some of the collateral damages and major concerns of health hazards belched out by fuel, the steep price hike in imports within a limited time frame has hit the common man the hardest. This pushes up the cost of transportation – be they are the price of vegetables or the fare for mortuary vans to the funeral ground. The fossil fuels come from under the earth where they are supposed to be and uprooting them will affect the oceans and the air we breathe making living very difficult one on the planet. Largely people have taken various other routes that have eventually led to an urban chaos and an imbalance in many vital aspects of life.

We desire for each one to strive to leave a good carbon footprint by which everyone shall benefit. We are planning to involve high school children, college students and youth in this mammoth exercise.

It is a stark reality that production of crude oil in India is far less and it cannot meet the requirement and need of consumers. This has been so since independence till date. As consequent our country being not self reliant in crude oil production has to import crude oil and petroleum products from abroad to a large extent carrying heavy burden on the budget and economy due to foreign exchange involved in the huge import of crude oil. It is estimated that our import of crude oil is to the extent of 65% to meet our requirement. It goes without saying that inadequate production of crude oil in the country is one of the bottlenecks that is taking heavy toll on development process as causing considerable burden on national economy. It is in this perspective that the campaign on saving fuel to save country assumes importance in the national interest. Fuel does not mean only petrol and diesel it includes coal, wood, kerosene etc. hence all types of fuel could be saved only if people realize its importance. People should be prevented from cutting trees for wood as a fuel for cooking food, heating water etc. other ways to save fuel especially petrol, diesel is to stop use of vehicles on some days, use of bicycles, habit of walking whenever and wherever feasible will also have positive impact in the long run which will ultimately benefit our country as a whole. Resolution to use of solar energy as alternative to conventional fuels will be immensely effective. Save fuel to save Country is our slogan and we are running the campaign in the city as an attempt to bring the slogan into reality.
Youth Development
Youth Leadership and Personality Development Programme for the rural youth is a youth development programme wherein emphasis is given on competency development. The training programme would attempt to develop leadership qualities, national character, knowledge, and personality development among the participating youth so that they after the training programme develop not only better personality but also competency to recognize opportunities, trends and methods to choose among the alternatives available in society for a better life. It will motivate the youth to act as the focal points for the dissemination of knowledge and competency development in the rural area.

Besides, the training programme would also cover those areas of general awareness which would equip the participants in knowing about the government schemes and their implementation procedures; about various self-employment schemes and programmes of entrepreneurship with Ministry of labour and Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). The accelerated economic growth has increased the demand for skilled manpower that has highlighted the shortage of skilled and motivated manpower in the country. Employers state a variety of reasons for their inability to fill jobs, ranging from undesirable geographic locations to candidates not well equipped with the desired skills. India is among the top countries in which employers are facing difficulty in filling up the jobs. For India, the difficulty to fill up the jobs is 48%. The lack of available applicants, shortage of hard skills and shortage of suitable employability, including soft skills, is some of the key reasons in finding a suitable candidate for available jobs in the country.

The training module in our programme is aimed at the promotion of the strategies for the personality development of the participants. The rationale behind this is to increase the employability of rural and semi urban youth.the city as an attempt to bring the slogan into reality.

In our advocacy campaigns we focus on positive attitude, effective communication skills, problem solving ability, effective time management skills, team spirit, self-confidence, ability to handle criticism - skills that are also known as soft skills a whole; have better chances of survival in the tough outside world, compared to the students who are lacking in soft skills.

Youth are under great pressure to make a success in life, to prove themselves to their parents and the society, and yet the opportunities are limited.

Giving serious thought to this aspect we conceived concrete ideas and if they are translated into action, will bring out phenomenal positive effects in the lives of teaming millions of young men and women who aspire to achieve true success.

Our activities in that direction includes personality development workshops, career guidance workshops and exploring scope for entrepreneurship development etc. with the help of our associate IIEH (Indian Institute of Educational Health).

For facilitating the youth to set jobs our organisation even tried to seek co-operation and assistance from the Corporate in our city. Those public spirited employers rendered cooperation and lent support to our constructive and positive work and as a result we could help some persons in the city to acquire job. Till now nearly 800 students have been benefitted by our initiatives in Yavatmal and Nagpur cities.
Election Booth Assistance Centre
We are a democratic country. Democracy is not merely a form of government, but a method of organising life and economy for the benefit of all. However democracy in India, in recent years, has come under heavy shadows and presents a dismal picture of the whole set up. Yet there is great enthusiasm among people seen at the time of elections. Barring a few exceptions here and there large no of voters come to election booth to caste vote. Some voters sit at home on Election Day take it as closed holiday and shirk from their responsibility of voting. Most of the voters are not fully aware of the process and some of them are ill literate and they need to assisted and guided properly at the election both.

Realizing the difficulties of the voters our organisation had taken steps to set up an election booth assistance centre where our volunteers were engaged in providing assistance to the voters for finding their names in the voters list, proper booth, and room no. etc. for the sake of convenience to the voters as well as to help the election machinery for conducting the work at the election booth more smoothly and peacefully. Hundreds of voters visited our counter and find their name on the list and their voting room. We feel it worthwhile to carry out such activity in the larger interest whenever elections happen. Even as every political party has its own arrangement to help the voters at the election booth through their representatives and party workers yet there is deficiency of service and hence our endeavour to provide necessary assistance without any party-line to all types of voters is quite useful. We have been doing such services voluntarily in our Yavatmal city since quite long in all types of elections Vidhansabha, Loksabha, Municipal and so on. This we have been doing selflessly and without expecting any reward. Motivated by spirit of social welfare and National interest. We at organizational level are doing whatever is necessary to the best of our capacity.
Competitive Exam Guidance
When our team met with the students preparing for various exams we find that the duration of study hours is one of the basic problems students face while preparing for the exams. One should not generalize the study hours as it differs from individual to individual. You need not study for 10 or 12 hours, one can clear the exam with a dedicated three-hour study schedule too.

Shantikunj volunteers encouraged the students to stop fearing the interview, which the last stage of the examination process. Students have many misconceptions about interview. Posture, clothes, though matters; we told them that the important thing is their knowledge. Interviewers try to identify them as a potential officer through made-up situations and their reactions to those.

Syllabus is the most important part of exam preparation. A candidate should be clear on what he is going to prepare and appear for. The structure of the exam is also important whether it is UPSC or MPSC.

We found that one of the common problems for many is the English language. If students give their full attention to the subject, it is going to be a problem. We told them to read books and newspaper to learn the language.

Our team also interacted with students to give more insights about the competitive exam preparation.

During a student interaction at an institution we asked participants to write down three parameters to describe what they think when it comes to preparing of General Knowledge or G.K. The three most common responses were: (i) Vastness and spread multi-dimensionally;
(ii) Dynamically evolving
(iii) Difficult to Organize Information.

Our activities in that direction includes personality development workshops, career guidance workshops and exploring scope for entrepreneurship development etc. with the help of our associate IIEH (Indian Institute of Educational Health).

For facilitating the youth to set jobs our organisation even tried to seek co-operation and assistance from the Corporate in our city. Those public spirited employers rendered cooperation and lent support to our constructive and positive work and as a result we could help some persons in the city to acquire job. Till now nearly 800 students have been benefitted by our initiatives in Yavatmal and Nagpur cities.
Women Empowerment
In the simplest of words it is basically the creation of an environment where women can make independent decisions on their personal development as well as shine as equals in society.

Women want to be treated as equals so much so that if a woman rises to the top of her field it should be a commonplace occurrence that draws nothing more than a raised eyebrow at the gender. This can only happen if there is a channelized route for the empowerment of women.

Agenda of our Campaigns and Programmes:

Make girls smarter: Many pregnant women living in poverty don't get enough iodine, so their fetuses' brains do not develop properly. Their children routinely lose ten to 15 IQ points—particularly the girls, for reasons not fully understood. The solution: Iodize salt, at the cost of a couple of pennies/paisa per person per year.
Support a woman's business: With a microloan of Rs.3000-5000, a woman can start a business, producing income she can use to feed her children and send them to school.
Keep a girl in school: A girl who gets an education will have fewer children, earn more money, and be able to help her younger siblings.
Private sector playing part: For private sector, this not only means advancing the careers of women in their organization, but also using their network and unique experience to support women in the overall economy.
Adult Education
Adult education is a key requirement in developing countries that still struggle with issues such as poverty, burgeoning populations and poor infrastructure. In India, while the Government has made considerable efforts in the area of adult education, including incorporating ambitious targets in the Five Year Plans, the quantum of actual progress falls significantly short of the level required to achieve a respectable national literacy rate, more so when it comes to literacy among Indian women.

Sensing the need in this area, Shantikunj along with our associate agencies had visited the rural areas and tried to get the information on literacy in the area. We found that adults in three out of five houses have not even received primary education. Hence we have started advocacy campaign to contribute to the cause of improving literacy rates.

The findings of the 2011 Census show only a modest improvement: the overall illiteracy rate has dropped to 26% - around 18% among males and 34% among females. Illiteracy, therefore, still remains a concern for India, especially when it comes to closing the gap between the rates for males and females.
For the purpose of spreading information in the region we are using Informal educational devices like: 1.Forums
2.Study circles
3.Group discussions
4.Listening groups

Recreational, educational bodies like: 1.Theatres,
5.Fairs, Melas, Nautanki etc. which attracts large no. of people.
Advocating Girls Education
Educating Girl/Women educates whole family
Girls‘ education is one of the most effective ways for ending poverty in developing nations.

Education for girls can have the benefit of delaying marriage and pregnancy for young girls. Instead of a girl getting married before age 20 and often suffering abuse by her husband, girls who attend primary and secondary school are more likely to have a say in who they marry. Girls who attend school also are able to use more effective methods of family planning and therefore have fewer and healthier babies. An educated girl and woman will have learned about HIV/AIDS and know many different ways to protect herself from getting the disease. Every year of schooling helps a girl make better decisions for her and her family.

Women who attended school often have healthier families. These women are more likely to seek medical help from clinics or doctors. Because they can read, literate women can understand a doctor‘s detailed instructions and follow up for help if needed. These women also can read nutritional labels and provide their family healthy meals that promote growth and lower cholesterol. Education also teaches young ones the importance of keeping herself and her house clean and safe.
Our volunteers have visited Anganvadis and Panchayats and made them understand the importance of Girl child education. We also visited the schools in the region and saw the girl child attendance in the school. The next thing we have decided to meet the parents of girl child who are not sending their daughter to the schools and will try to find out the reasons behind it.
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