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Chorwaghalgaon Village gets fifth StudyMall project

On 27 June 2017 we opened our fifth project at Chorwaghalgaon village which helps 225 students. Chorwaghalgoan is a small village in Vaijapur taluqa, District Aurangabad. Our volunteer Mr.Amol Nikam introduced us to the Village and helped us by being our point of contact with the Z.P. Prathamik School, Chorwaghalgaon. One of other key supporter to make this entire project possible is Mr.Pankaj Salunke.

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This StudyMall is set up in the Z.P. Prathamik School, village Chorwaghalgaon which enrolls children from 1st to 7th standard. The school has total 7 classrooms out of which only 2 are RCC.  Total number of teachers is 8. This school has 225 students, 108 boys and 113 girls. School timing is from 9.30 to 4 pm and Saturday is half day. Chorwagahalgaon village has total approximate population of 2200 to 2300.
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Thinksharp Foundation team comprising of Santosh, Shraddha and Amol visited the school on 11 Feb 2017 as a part of our pre visit procedure. We met school teachers, had dialogue with school children, parents and Village school committee members to understand the gap and the need in the educational requirements of this children. During this visit in consensus with the school teachers and parents it was decided to open StudyMall in the month of June . It was also decided that in the first phase of StudyMall we will install digital projector with academic and supporting extra curricular content.

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ThinkSharp Foundation team then stared fundraising from the month of Feb 2017 till May 2017 on various platforms mainly Milaap (https://milaap.org/), and other social media platforms. We are very thankful to all our supporters and donors who contributed by donating, sharing and spreading our cause.

On 27 June 2017 at 11 am we conducted official opening ceremony of StudyMall at chorwaghalgaon village. The opening ceremony event was attended by many dignitaries such as Mr.Abhay Patil Chikatgaonkar, Mr.Mhaske,Mr.Pankaj Thombre, school teachers, parents and others.
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Thinksharp foundation team was honored to have this event also featured in various media coverage such as Dainik bhaskar,Dainik Ekmat,Divya Marathi,Lokmat, Sakal.

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All the best wishes to students of Z.P.Prathmik school chorwaghalgaon village to use the digital educational infrastructure provided to them . We urge all teachers, parents and students to make  use this infrastructure for there growth and betterment . We promise to do our best to provide more as needed by them.

Once again Thinksharp Foundation team would like to thank all  supporters who made this possible for the 200+  rural children to read and learn better.

For detailed impact you can check our activity report http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/gallery/Activity%20Report%2016-17.pdf

You too  can donate and support to help many other rural children learn, read and grow better. You will also gain from the donation as all our donations have tax benefits.

You can  donate on our website ..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.

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

Donate –http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

 

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Fourth StudyMall at Village Chikatgaon launched

With a great sense of achievement and pride on behalf of all Thinksharp Foundation team we announce successful  launch of StudyMall in fourth village “Chikatgaon”.

In the year 2016,  after the launch of third StudyMall project at Village Vangani, we were contacted by one of our local volunteer Mr.Rahul regarding need of StudyMall in village named chikatgaon which is 70 Km from Aurangabad.

Miss. Ashwini Chikatgaonkar helped us in our pre- visit to this Chikatagaon. Miss. Ashwini is an successful lawyer and has her roots from Chikatagon village. She wanted to help her village. We were very impressed by her passion and dedication to work for her improvement of her village.

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Chikatgaon StudyMall

Chikatgaon is a village where the approximate population is 4000 to 5000 . The educational details of Chikatgaon village is depicted below.

No of schools- 2 Primary 1 to 7th  Secondary 8 to 10 th
No of schools 1 1
girls 112 67
boys 118 80
total 230 147
school timing 9.30 to 4 pm  10 to 4 pm
off day Wednesday  Wednesday

After the visit to Chikatgaon village it was very much evident to all of us that Chikatgaon village children will hugely benefit by addition of more  better educational infrastructure.

We had many discussions and rounds of conference calls, two more visits to discuss on start of StudyMall in this village. We decided to launch Studymall in primary Z.P.School of Chikatgaon village  . It was decided after an intense discussion what will StudyMall provide for initial launch phase to this village children .

We prepared  list of  books, toys, digital classroom and some arts and crafts material to be provided at Chikatgaon StudyMall.

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Chikatgaon StudyMall depicting books and toys

This StudyMall was launched on 08 Oct 2016 . On the date of launch we were super excited. The journey from Aurangabad was funfilled for all of us. Throughout journey we had constant discussions regarding future of this StudyMall and how to make it  more effective for Chikatgaon village children.

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The launch was graced by many local dignitaries including  Former MLA Late Mr. Kailash Patil  Chikatgaonkar,  Current MLA Mr. Bhausaheb Patil Chikatgaonkar, and Government representatives Ms.Suman More and many more.

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Ribbon cut by current MLA Mr.Bhausaheb Patil Chikatgaonkar accompanied by our Founder Mr.Santosh and initiator of this project Ms.Ashwini Chikatgaonkar.

 

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Thinksharp Foundation team Bhagwan, shraddha and Santosh accompanying current MLA Mr.Bhausaheb Patil Chikatgaonkar and discussing regarding StudyMall.

During the launch of event we distributed prizes.   We awarded two students per  class for being the best students in terms of attendance and grades. The excitement was evident among the children when they received the prizes .

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StudyMall dedicated local volunteer Mr.Amol Nikam with Founder Santosh and volunteer Shraddha.

On the launch day we also demonstrated how a digital classroom will work and help children to read, learn and understand subjects better. Children also got chance to play with the toys which were placed at StudyMall.

We would like to appreciate our supporters Pratham Books, ToyBank for books and toys donated  by them. Also individual donors, our crowd funding platform www.milaap.org and www.bitgiving.org

 

You can donate and support us too to make StudyMall available in each village of India..

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

Written by -Dr.Shraddha M Bhange

Volunteer and Writer for Thinksharp Foundation.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

Fb- https://www.facebook.com/ThinkSharpFoundation

Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

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

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

Donate – https://milaap.org/campaigns/thinksharpfoundation-studymall

 

 

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StudyMall project presented at CSIM (Centre for social initiative and management)

A room full of enthusiastic social change makers and experienced professionals along with their teachers and mentors ready to listen about Thinksharp Foundation “StudyMall” on a Saturday evening was a sign of there commitment towards there passion of starting something to help society.  Students doing course on NGO management and social  entrepreneurship were excited to listen what I have to tell them on managing StudyMall project under Thinksharp Foundation.

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We Thinksharp Foundation team was invited by CSIM Hyderabad to speak about our journey and management of NGO to students of CSIM this year in month of June. As our Founder was on not available, this great opportunity came to me to present StudyMall to CSIM students.

CSIM launched a centre in Hyderabad in 2002, by networking with Dr.Reddy’s Foundation. This centre has emerged as a prominent learning and networking centre for social workers, NGOs and budding social entrepreneurs in Hyderabad. CSIM offer a  Certificate Course in NGO Management and Social Entrepreneurship which is of  4.5 months duration and provides basic principles of management and entrepreneurship in  non-profit organization while retaining its social mission. (http://www.csim.in/csim-hyderabad.php) .

I was very much excited and bit nervous too to be speaking in front of professional students and teachers from professional course of social entrepreneurship. A big help and motivation was Dr.Shrivastav sir (Director CSIM Hyderabad)  who helped us from finding a comfortable slot to visit CSIM, then extending help on phone continuously  to find the location and being perfect host for us during the actual talk.

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As I started my presentation, it was more of very fruitful discussion where students (actually social entrepreneurs) had  questions like why and how we started, and why we named it StudyMall , one of the most interesting question was how do I volunteer and  helping StudyMall despite my  full time job and being from different profession ( I am a MBBS doctor) .  There were questions around our expansion plan, how an social enterprise survive, some legal questions and how we mobilize team and volunteer sitting in different locations and yet having StudyMall in remote rural places of Maharashtra. For those interested in venturing in this field i try to cover some basics we learned below on same-

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1.Legal paperwork before starting social venture– As explained them that ThinkSharp Foundation is registered U/S Mumbai Public Trust Act 1950 Reg.No E28181 (Mumbai), Date of registration – 13.09.2011 and legally has 80G and 12 A certificates s to accept donation and provide tax exemption the importance of having clear legal documents and knowledge percolated through them before starting any social venture.

2. Managing a NGO – For us what worked best is having an diverse and passionate team coming form different backgrounds-  Thinksharp Foundation core team Santosh, Bhagwan, Shraddha and Rahul all are coming from different professions and bring different skills which saves cost which is needed for an start up NGO.

Santosh looks after financial, legal and bringing new donors as he comes from financial marketing profession, Bhagwan looks into branding and marketing being an corporate well known artist, Rahul helps in social media and photograhy as he is a well established photographer (https://www.facebook.com/photushotu.rahul/?fref=ts,)  as for me i manage daily social media, communications and PR for Thinksharp Foundation.   We have extended team like Deepali (an writer) providing inputs on varied marketing factors, Kranti ( a financial strong background provides inputs on financial stuff) Mr. Mangesh ( CA himself helps a lot on legal stuff), Mr. Zahid an successful entrepreneur himself making time for us on any logistics we need, Amol providing his time and energy whenever we need him to visit StudyMall sites.

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3. For the mobilization of resources– The biggest question for us is how to mobilize funds, resources and run StudyMall  in rural parts while we all are in cities-

I  explained them how  we use technology like Watsapp, Skype, E-mail and telephonic calls to connect with local volunteers in rural villages where we have StudyMall to keep everyone on same page on making StudyMall useful to maximum capacity by rural children.We have a local volunteers who are  passionate about providing education infrastructure to their village children who then acts as our co-coordinator once the StudyMall is set up. An example is our passionate volunteer Mr. Saurabh Mangrule for our third project StudyMall at Vangani village. He is practically available to co ordinate  24/7 with us and teachers of Z.P. School with whom we are running StudyMall. (read about him(  http://thinksharpfoundation.org/blogs/blog/2016/04/19/studymall-at-village-vangani/ )

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4. Constant dialogue with actual beneficiaries of your social venture

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Our mantra for successful StudyMall lies in having strong support system at rural level where we open StudyMall, if its independent center or in collaboration with school, we ensure to have dialogue with teachers, village Panchyat, Sarpanch, teachers and key decision makers of village so as to understand actual need of that village and then providing customized solution. We ensure not to bombard infrastructure which is actually not needed this can be identified only after speaking to actual benefeciries and people who are local. For example, our first StudyMall was started with books and after year we introduced computer and now that its completed 3 years we will try to add digital learning solution because first  StudyMall at Surangali village was not ready for digitization at start due to non availability of skilled professional or lack of curiosity of surangali village children towards digital education, but now after three years they are ready to accept this and hence we plan to install it . However our third StudyMall at Vangani village  had skilled teachers knowing about digital educational infrastructure and children were also curious and exposed to such hence we installed digital projector and educational tablets from the beginning itself.

5. Expansion and scaling your social venture how and when-

Having a practical goal and staying true to your mission should always be priority while deciding scaling and expansion. We are many times asked to make StudyMall sustainable we should charge rural kinds minimal fee to use StudyMall set up. We always prioritized that StudyMall will remain free to use for rural children. Our plan is set up only maximum 3 StudyMall per year instead of 20 or 10, this is to ensure we provide customized StudyMall in every village which will be beneficial and used at fullest by village children instead of just mass availability of StudyMall with too many infrastructure which will not be used.

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6 – Interaction and communication with industry
20160707_145806 For us what worked is having constant dialogue by attending various events to know how to frame strategy that works best to scale your social venture. We attended many events whenever possible for social entrepreneurship like recently SandBox Samvidha by Deshpande  Foundationread more on this event by us at http://thinksharpfoundation.org/blogs/blog/2016/08/06/together-we-can-do-studymall-at-sandbox-samvidhahubbali/) ,  UnLTD (http://www.unltdindia.org/) following many great websites like YourStory social section https://yourstory.com/ Following great social entrepreneurs http://www.muhammadyunus.org/. Connecting with great websites providing support to NGO  http://www.doinggoodfellows.org/,  http://www.ivolunteer.in/http://whiteboardindia.org/ . Following good resources covering NGO like CSR Journal http://thecsrjournal.in/an Industry leader in CSR space.

Ms.Mandeep founder at Quarterpants, http://www.quarterpants.com/ who helped us in making  social media fundraising strategy.

7) Fundraising and donation-

What works best for us is we are trying to solve a very common problem known to all poor education resource in rural parts of India. There is lot of awareness around this. But still creating an awareness about problem you want to solve is very critical because awareness will only create connect between donor and your NGO. We constantly create buzz about this poor education problem on our NGO  and individual team members website, Facebook, Twitter,Instagram etc and also keep focused approach on approaching those who are already from rural parts .

Keeping donors informed by use of different communication on how there donations are used is very important. We do this by use of mailing ( using MaiChimp- http://mailchimp.com/) social media pictures editing by   Canva https://www.canva.com/, social pilot for scheduling pots in advance-https://socialpilot.co/.

For fundraising we use platforms like Milaap https://milaap.org/ , BitGiving –https://www.bitgiving.com/ and  Ketto https://www.ketto.org/

This are some practical basics we learned during our venture, but for professional learning there are many institutes and website that should be referred one is CSIM course as explained above.

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.

Web- www.ThinkSharpFoundation.org

Fb- https://www.facebook.com/ThinkSharpFoundation

Twitter- https://twitter.com/ThinkSharpFound

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

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

Donate –http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/donate

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