StudyMall 2- Possible due to a teacher who didn’t stop to help children after retirement…

It was 29 Sep 2013, a very important and busy day for team Thinksharp. After 2 years of planning, discussion and overcoming lot of hurdles we were finally able to start actually helping rural children by providing better rural education by launching first StudyMall at Surungali. To add to this excitement was presence of our supporters, friends and family  for this occasion.

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And among all this attendees we also had pleasure of having Mr.Chandrashekhar Awatare sir. One of our close friend and a close part of team Mr.Amol Awatare’s father. Mr.Awatare sir,  was appreciating  our work and said in his speech how youngsters like us are needed in every part of village. That was sure a motivation and boost for us. And on the same day he made promise to us that second StudyMall will be in his village Varagaon Dist Jalgaon.amols dad

Mr.Awatare sir was retired teacher at this point and he could be enjoying his retirement and having relax time in Mumbai with his son Amol. But he chose to stay back in varangaon where he worked as principal-teacher for 20 years. He is very well called as social activist in Varangaon being part of many social reforms and community helping projects.

Mr.Awatare sir kept his promise and invited us to Varangaon to pay visit and study how we can help Varangaon village children like we helped village  Surungali children. At first we were apprehensive because the school was huge and had private management. It also  had nursery to 12th std students a huge population.

Then we meet students who told us how there day starts with travelling to Varangaon for school from there small adjacent villages and then again returning back. They had library but they wanted more books, educational games and digital classroom.

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Class 8th girls were fascinated to meet Dr.shraddha, Thinksharp team volunteer. They were interested to know about how to be doctor and from there conversation went to  which is her favorite novel. They also shared that they do not have access to more wide range of novels or any other activities like hey wanted girls cricket.

Teachers also had same concerns, non availability of wider range of books, educational games, books for teachers to develop and widen their thoughts, a projector, desktops etc to make learning more attractive and easy.

With this feedback we were very much interested to start StudyMall at Varangaon. We had few questions in mind but  Mr. Awatare sir always answered our questions and was always ready to help us. He made his point very clear that Varangaon school children need StudyMall kind of infrastructure to grow and develop. We were inspired by his dedication and commitment towards helping his school  children.

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Finally we decided to go ahead with launch of StudyMall. Mr.Awatare sir’s energy was unmatchble, he was always there to collaborate and speed up things like  list of books needed, which school room to be used as StudyMall, then visiting school and talking to teachers, taking their feedback and then again informing us. We made list of things needed on first priority that we will provide and with help from  G.S.C school Varangaon   basic infrastructure will be added.

We decided to launch StudyMall on 9 July 2015. We reached Varangaon on 8 July 2015 with lot of enthusiasm and readiness to decorate, clean and arrange our StudyMall, our second project. Lot of time was spent on deciding which direction should the desk be facing, which ThinkSharp foundation frame to be put on which wall?

All this was helped by our kind teachers at Varangaon school too.During our arrangement of StudyMall preparation we had few shy children peeking in StudyMall room and some bold and cheerful students asking permission to come in and help us.

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Our energy was off course maintained by mouthwatering food and hospitality by Mr.Awatare sir’s and Mr.Mahajan sir’s family.

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After setting up StudyMall on 8 July 2015, we were geared up for 9 July 2015. Incidentally this was a school of Mr.Amol (our team mate) so we had a huge positive response from all teachers and students.

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On the day of launch we had huge crowd of students eagerly waiting to enter StudyMall. We had lot of motivational speeches and splendid inauguration ceremony. Then we entered StudyMall, children were in lot of hurry to grab books and have a look around along with all guest.

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This StudyMall has books, educational game, space to sit and study or read non academic books, few sports material.

Launching StudyMall here is just the beginning, we are long way to better education resources here. We still need lot of support to make it digital and add more educational infrastructure.

You can donate and support us to help Varangaon and many other villages too, our current campaign is at donate now to help_click on this

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Thanks and keep your Human side up that will keep you smiling….

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

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It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

Preeti an 7th std standard student from village Surungali in 2013 told us “she wants to be astronaut” that amazed us. Because in a village of hardly any TV, Satellite, forget about internet but no desktops and 2 school at long distances with poor infrastructure her confidence and knowledge that she wants to be an astronaut. We asked her what she is doing for achieving to be astronaut, she said she goes to school but she does not know exactly how to be one? She spends her time after school looking after her younger brother and doing daily chores of house till her parents return from farm. She does not have place to study or read amazing stories of astronauts after school or in school, she does not  have access to internet to google “how to be a astronaut”. Surungali is a village  close to Aurangabad and native village of our creative head Mr. Bhagwan Jadhav.

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So we took up this challenge not just for Preeti but to help maximum children of Surungali who wander after school in village or farms and who do not have access to basic education infrastructure like a place to read, learn and play and have access to academic and non academic learning material. A place where they can read wonderful stories, do their homework, interact, play games etc. A place they can share and learn. We wanted them to give a place one stop solution for their educational need and we called it “StudyMall”- a educational mall, its more than a Library.

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After 6 months  of opening StudyMall, our StudyMall children Avinash told us on one of our visit, he cannot study after 6 PM because there is no electricity. The children urged donors and supporters through a video and we passed on this video message on our social media, and within a month we supplied them solar lamps.IMG-20140213-WA000

In our summer vacation visit children told us they want to play as they have vacations now, but they lack sports equipements. So  again with help of our supporters we added more sports and games.  It started with cricket competition but now they have one sports event every month.
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Then there came a visit where children became so trusting towards us they demanded desktop right away as we entered village, with bunch of flowers they grew in open space of our StudyMall they welcomed us and then immediately said unanimously “we want computer” and as again one of our supporter within 1.5 months sent us desktop which is children’s new friend now in StudyMall.

 

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Recently on our visit an elderly couple meet us and blessed us, we were not surprised as we are fortunate always to get blessings on our trips but we were curious. They told us there son used StudyMall to study for his entrance exam  and now is enrolled in a military job.

What started as just a small idea of providing place to read books has turned into  a place of trust, learning, development and growth which was impossible without our kind donors and supporters.

But there is still a long way to go we are yet to provide more books, desktops, e-learning, vocational training and so much more to surungali chidren.  And there are so many villages in need of  help where children are waiting to be doctors, lawyers, hi-tech farmers, sportsmen, soldiers and the list of dreams goes on.

We are happy and more motivated to work because seeing few of the results of StudyMall lbenefiting rural children like  in increasing grades, studytime, sports interest, awareness on career path extra curricular learning, personality development and playing sports has increased substantially.

Now we are gearing up for 4th StudyMall at Chikatgaon village, Aurangabad, support us on https://www.bitgiving.com/project/index/id/BIT469

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Because we believe when Children are strong a society is strong and “It is easy to build strong children but difficult to repair broken men”. We have easy chance to build strong children now.

Thanks and keep your Human side up that will keep you smiling….

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

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