Bringing social change with the help of social media SM4E2017

On 05 and 06 Oct 2017 we, Thinksharp Foundation had an opportunity to attend a workshop organised by Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) (Read about there amazing work at http://defindia.org/).  On behalf of ThinkSharp Foundation team, I was privileged to attend the workshop.

This workshop was organised in a beautiful location by DEF’S SM4E2017 team (SM4E is social media for empowerment, Read about them at http://sm4e.org/). Th workshop was at Sanskriti Kendra Anandgram, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, A nand Gram, New Delhi, Delhi.

 

 While we all use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and many other social media tools to stay connected with our friends and family. There are organisations who use them to help society and to bring change in society . DEF is one such international organisation who connects, educates, and creates awareness regarding digital empowerment of masses. They also connect and help other NGO, Social enterprise and organisations  who are trying to integrate digital media in bringing social change.

We were humbled and proud when we were chosen to be one of the attendees of this powerful workshop.

The workshop identified the need of social media tools needed by NGO and social impact creating organisations. If organisations like us want to reach wider audience in terms of beneficiaries or donors we have to have strong social media content and strategy. However many of us are lacking  in terms of skilled manpower or finances to spend on social media only.

This workshop provided us with practical tools and knowledge on how to address this limitation by creating content for social media with available human resource and funds. The topics included “creating social media content”, “Marketing and promotion on social media”, “Best practices in Digital marketing” and content creation on social media”. Apart from this structured topics the workshop provided opportunity to learn from each other.

Various representatives (founders, social media strategist) from other organisations who are doing a great job in bringing social change were present . I had a great learning from there experience.  To name few i provide there Facebook link, if you need a positivity dose read about there inspiring work.

 We are doing our best to apply this social media tools and leanings of workshop to reach more and more rural children and provide them better educational infrastructure. If you believe in helping us, like our Facebook page, Instagram, twitter, you tube and spread our work on your social media accounts.

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

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Sixth StudyMall Launched at Z.P.School Badakwasti, Dist-Aurangabad

On 07 Oct 2017, we launched our sixth StudyMall at Z.P School, Badakwasti, Taluka Sillod, Dist.Aurangabad, Maharashtra . Badakwasti is a small village with approx population of 7000 people . Here is short story of before and after transformation of this school and how StudyMall has added needed educational infrastructure for this village children.

(Watch our 2 min transformation StudyMall launch story in video form @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0y5svk-Q5o)


On 29 July 2017 our team consisting of Rahul sonawane and Founder Santosh Phad visited Z.P. school at Badakwasti, Tq. Sillod, Aurangabad . We got a request from  school teachers Mr.Vishasir and Mr.Prakash sir (Prakash Rajput & Vishal Tipramwar ) to install StudyMall in there school.

This school is model school for entire Maharashtra region which is having DigitalClass running on solar source, Water storage, Separate Dining area for kids, beautiful paintings and lots of trees in school compound. The  infrastructure included at  Z.P.School was 2 RCC classrooms for 1st to 4th standard students. Electricity supply from solar system and 1 classroom with digital Led TV . Everything done with the help of teachers, villagers and students.

This type of model school infrastructure got us excited which we saw in  our primary visit (pre-visit) . We were inspired by the hardwork and passion put in by everyone in this school. We then decided to pitch in to help them more.

And we Launched StudyMall on 07 Oct 2017 in this school.

This StudyMall provides computer from Samhita (http://www.samhita.org/) , Toys from ToyBank (http://toybank.in/) , Dolls made by kids for kids sent by Msterio.org  (dolla are sent by kids from all over world https://www.msterio.org/) wonderful story books by Pratham books  (http://www.prathambooks.org/)  and other crafts and arts material .

We thank each one of our supporter and donor for providing this 46 students and many more children of Badakwasti village digital education, books, toys ,arts,crafts and learning tools.

You can watch interview of students what they like from the StudyMall on our youtube channel. We recommend you watch how Shravani a 2 year toddler cries to come to school and doesn’t like to go home once she is in school. Shravani loves StudyMall and the toys it provides her. https://youtu.be/grf8a6ZZO44

We were humbled by the media coverage received for our work. We dedicate this appreciations to all the Z.P.School teachers, students, Badakwasti village residents and our supporters. ( http://www.epunyanagari.com/imageview_7506_2802_4_91_12-10-2017_4_i_1_st.html , 

If you want to transform your village school, contact us.If you want to help us transform our existing projects too you can donate,support,share and like for our project.

You can  donate on our website ..http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

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Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-4cDXLuwAThHXhNOazv5KA

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Children from Village Rumhana, will now learn, read and play better.

On 04 Nov 2017 we visited Z.P.School of  Village Rumhana, Dist Buldhana. We did pre inspection of Z.P.School. We were humbled by support and co-ordination of Chate sir, Z.P.School staff, students and parents especially considering it was school holiday.

 

Rumhane is a small village with approximate total population of 1000 +.  Z.P.School of this small village is from  1st to 4th std and is Marathi medium, with total student count 84 (40 boys and 44 girls). Total number of  teachers is 03. School has 6 classrooms out of which only 2 are RCC ,1 tv, and 24 hour electricity is current infrastructure.

Honoring  commitment of village residents, gram Panchyat, teachers and Chate Sir for betterment of educational infrastructure to be made available  for this village children, we are going to do our bit by installing StudyMall in this school.

This StudyMall will have Digital Class, Library, sports ,arts and crafts and other educational infrastructure to start with.

On our visit day we were humbled by the warm welcome and positive energy of teachers, parents and students who are committed to make Rumhane village and school better. We were very pleased to see the Clean India or Swacch Bharat program they have adopted here and they are promoting it on large scale.

We are very proud to help such motivated villages and schools.

 

You too can donate and support for 84  students of Rumhane  village  to read, learn and be better by providing them right educational infrastructure . Also your donations will help you, as all our donations have tax benefit.

You can  donate on our website ..http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

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Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

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Media Coverage- Click to read recent media coverage on National platform

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Children from Village Kumbefal and Kalegaon will soon read and learn better.

On 05 Nov 2017 we visited Z.P.School of Village Kumbefal, and Village Kalegaon, Dist Buldhana. We did pre inspection of both Z.P.School’s. We were humbled by support and co-ordination of Respected  Bodade sir and Bodade Madam. 

Also thankful to Z.P.School staff, students and parents for extending warm welcome in school especially considering it was Sunday.

Watch our 1 minute video of both schools which provides an overall view of current infrastructure of both this school.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ2Qf2kmiT0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejmqmoDS2Pw

Kumbefal and Kalegaon village  are small villages located in Taluqa Khamgaon. On our way to the village we could see their  geographical location i.e located in mountainous region. Approximate population of Kumbefal is 2800 and that of Kalegaon is 3500.

Kumbefal village Z.P. school is from 1st to 8th  std (Marathi) and has 233 students (100 boys &133 girls), Total classrooms 08 but No RCC classrooms. They need Library and digital class for betterment of these 233 students.

Kalegaon village Z.P.School  is from 1st to 7th  Std Marathi medium and urdu medium , First and Second class semi English, 201 students (85 boys and 116 girls), 9 classrooms out of which 7 are RCC.

Honoring their commitment for better education to this village children, we are going to do our bit by installing StudyMall in this school. It will have Digital Class, Library, sports , arts and crafts materials and other educational infrastructure  to start with. This 2 StudyMall will benefit approx more than 400 children of 2 villages.

You can also watch talented children of this school who dream to be doctor, teacher, police officer, military officer, dancer etc.We need to support them by doing our bit to help them achieve there dreams.  E.G. Watch this student who is showing of his dance moves, he dreams to be a dancer. You can watch his friends too on same channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPKlPNHeMz4

You too can donate and support  400  students of both villages. With your help they will be able to read, learn and be better citizens of our country. Also all donations made to us  have tax benefit*.

You can  donate on our website ..http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

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StudyMall nominated for SWAG 2016 Awards in education category

Thinksharp Foundation’s project “StudyMall” was nominated in education category for the SWAG (Social Welfare & Growth) Awards, 2016 initiative by The CSR Journal http://thecsrjournal.in/ . We received the appreciation  and participation trophy by chief guest Mr.Sushilkumar Shinde,  Former Union Minister, Government of India at this prestigious event .

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The CSR Journal is an online portal which connects the NGO / Social enterprises on a single portal. And also they connect this NGO/Social enterprises  to the companies/corporate  who are ready to help them through CSR . However the work of The CSR Journal goes much beyond that, they motivate, inspire and act as social change makers themselves by putting all this social stories together. The CSR Journal team is acting like a catalyst to speed the good work done in society.

The CSR Journal put together SWAG Awards this year which was an absolute source of motivation and inspiration to all the NGO and social enterprises working across India. For the SWAG awards nominations were invited from all over India and Thinksharp Foundation was one of the proud nominees in education sector. (http://thecsrjournal.in/redefining-csr-the-csr-journal-swag-awards-2016/)

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SWAG  Awards had following categories Education & Skill Training, Sports , Environment & Agriculture, Women Empowerment & Child Welfare and Health & Sanitation.

In the education category there were two other organisations that we were privileged to share stage with,   Let’s Do Some Good Foundation ( http://www.ldsg.in/) and the Nudge Foundation (http://www.thenudge.org/) . We are honored to have had chance to stand along them as they are doing fantastic job in education category.

The event was a grand success which was held at The Leela Hotel, Mumbai. This was  perfect event because of great hospitality and co-ordination by The CSR Journal team. There were special performances that added to the event like LGBT community-based dance group, ‘Dancing Queens’ performance, stand-up comedy by artist Kenneth Sebastian, Songs by ‘saMcara’ group on social responsibility and ethics. 

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ThinkSharp Foudnation’s StudyMall project was shared on the platform at the event in presence of all dignitaries, judges from social sector and corporate. The video featured about StudyMall highlighted how we are helping 3 villages of Maharashtra and 1500 rural children read, learn and play by setting up StudyMall.

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In the final round all the nominees were called upon stage and had to answer question form the judges. The judges for SWAG Awards were  Rohit Misra, CEO, Starkey, Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOMM, Sanjay Behl, CEO, Raymond, Vivek Talwar, Chief Sustainability Officer, TATA Power, Prerana Langa, CEO, Yes Foundation, Pearl Tiwari, President, Ambuja Cement Ltd and Naghma Mulla, COO, Edelgive Foundation.

Our founder Mr.Santosh represented us on stage and he was asked  question by Jury at the final round during event on stage . The Jury for us was Mr.Shrikant Sinha who posed question how do we motivate children to come to StudyMall. Our founder always having a witty response correctly said “we do not need to motivate them, similar to a situation when a village gets road people start using it, when we set up StudyMall children are already motivated to use this better educational facility provided to them.” Another question then came was “How do we keep children’s interest continued in using StudyMall”. Santosh explained that StudyMall is ongoing project to keep children interested in coming to StudyMall and using to learn and grow, we continuously upgrade it by adding more educational infrastructure like digital projector, educational tablets, toys etc.

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We are truly thankful to The CSR Journal and especially Miss Pooja Domadia from The CSR Journal team for her continuous motivation and support. We are more motivated to work towards making StudyMall available to each needed village of Maharashtra.

It was an wonderful opportunity to meet other NGO who are doing tremendous good work too mention a few is Sundara – bringing hygiene by making available recycled soaps (http://sundarafund.org/) Gabriel project making women empowerment and child empowerment possible (http://www.gabrielprojectmumbai.org/)  and then the much needed and my favorite project dealing with menstrual issues Indian Development Foundation for their Project Hygiene 12 ( http://www.idf.org.in/project—ph12.html) and the one which I found very simple, humble and yet most effective project I liked dealing child development of slum and poor kids through sports  OSCAR Foundation ( http://www.oscar-foundation.org/ ).

Please keep visiting The CSR Journal to feel positive and to find something that you re passionate about. Also you can  get connected with such wonderful people and organisations at http://thecsrjournal.in/ 

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You can donate and support us too. http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

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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