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Success story of SSC student of StudyMall Surungali village

The most satisfying thing is giving back without expecting returns and appreciations. But we all are humans and we do love appreciations and we love to know what and how our help did better for the person we helped.

To all our supporters who believed in helping rural children read,learn and play better by supporting our project StudyMall , we would like to tell ” YES YOUR SUPPORT IS INDEED CHANGING RURAL CHILDREN’S LIVES”.
Well we can’t quantify each and every way rural children are getting benefited by StudyMall, but we can surely update you on few measurable impact that occurred recently.

You  are now helping five villages  (June 2017, to know exact locations of project click here http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org/#/projects/study-mall) and that is around more than 3000 rural children. You are responsible for providing books to read , colors to paint, pencils to draw, space to play a educational game, learn computer and  enjoy learning even complex topics with the help of digital projector and many more such educational infrastructure.

 

StudyMall at Vangani village

There are many success stories we would like to share  but we would like to mention about our first StudyMall project Surungali village story.

This is story of brilliant student Avinash Dandge. He is a resident of Surungali village and he has been frequently coming to StudyMall since its inception in Sep 2013. He says that StudyMall provided him a quite environment to sit and study after school and also   non academic, grammar, essay writing and language books that helped him prepare for his written and communicative skills. StudyMall has also provided him access to computer which he used to prepare for his exams. During power cut in village, it was StudyMall where he could study with the help of Solar lamps. StudyMall also gave him a friend and mentor Arun, our project volunteer. Arun helped him in discussions about  complex topics during his exam time.

Although he gives a major credit to StudyMall for his success of scoring 91% in SSC (10th std) exam, we know it’s his hard work and intelligence. Avinash hopes to be doctor some day, we wish him best luck and we promise to help him further if needed.

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There are many students who scored very well with the help of StudyMall in surungali village in not just SSC but also in various other grades.

Since  its inception till 4  years til now StudyMall is acting as a catalyst in  success of Surungali village children.

We congratulate Avinash and students like him for there achievements.

You too can donate and support for students like Aviansh to read, learn and be better by providing them right educational infrastructure in there villages. Also your donations will help you as all our donations have tax benefit.

Click the link to donate now – https://milaap.org/fundraisers/thinksharp

You can also 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.

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Gajanan Nagar and Paithan Upcoming StudyMall projects-Digital class

Thinksharp Foundation team is helping 5 villages and approx more than 3000 rural children by providing  better rural educational infrastructure  through 5 StudyMall projects as of Aug 2017.

Our aim is to put one village one StudyMall throughout India. As we are progressing we are getting lot of inquiries to establish StudyMall from lot of villages . While we would love to help and set up StudyMall in each and every village that approaches us, however due to funds and operational challenges we prioritize villages.

Thinksharp foundation team has decided to help 10 villages in this financial year (preferably by Dec 2017). Out of this 10 villages, three are two that have been finalized as well namely Paithan and Gajanan Nagar which will have Digital class under StudyMall project..

Thinksharp Foundation Founder Santosh visited village Gajanan nagar and Paithan  as a part of pre visit on 28 July 2017. We were very fortunate to have with us our team member Mr.Rahul Sonawane who has been very helpful and supportive throughout our entire visit of this  villages.

Gajanan Nagar  is a small village in Tq.Sillod, Dist Aurangabad  with a total population of 600 people.No other school in Gajanan Nagar except one Z.P.School. Gajanan Nagar.Paithan is a Taluqa in District Aurangabad with population of 41514 people.There are 3 Z.P. schools in Paithan. Nearest railway station is Aurangabad.

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Z.P. School Gajanan Nagar enrolls children from 1 to 5th Std and total number of Students is  35  and total number of teachers is  2. There are only 2 RCC classrooms. No digital, library or extra curricular activity infrastructure available.

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Z.P. Girl’s High School Paithan enrolls girls from 5th to 12th std , total number of students is 613 and total number of teachers is 19. 14 RCC Class rooms. Library and computer is available however no digital projector. Considering the high population of students and the higher grades till 12th std it is important that they have access to better educational infrastructure.

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We were requested by parents, teachers and students to provide them with library, digital projector and any other beneficial educational infrastructure.

We are very excited to help this 648 students read and learn better. Our StudyMall project-Digital class  in this school will create an motivation and increase interest among the tribal students to attend school. Moreover it will also increase awareness among the parents on importance of education.

Please help us in providing them better rural educational infrastructure.

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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Providing right educational infrastructure to rural children

When our internet is not working we feel, “oh well, if it was working i would have completed my presentation for tomorrow”.  That  moment we realize that to function and give our best in our day to day life we really need to have  access to best infrastructure with us required to complete that job.

Rural children too have lot of potential and if provided with right educational infrastructure they can do so much to reach there full potential.

Thanks to our more than 50 regular individual donors and other anonymous, corporate, organisational donors who are doing exactly this  job “providing the right educational infrastructure at right time for rural children” by supporting StudyMall.

StudyMall is providing infrastructure like books, games, arts, crafts , digital learning , computer learning etc to more than 3000 rural children in five different villages of Maharashtra.

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While we have many anecdotes and stories to share with our supporters on how it helped each and every child, but to RESPECT YOUR TIME WE give brief on impact of STUDYMALL  BELOW.

At present we have  five StudyMall in five different villages of Maharashtra and the impact is summarized below-

  • StudyMall reached to more than 3000 children in five different villages.

  • Computer learning and benefits are known to more than 200 students.

  • Digital learning access to more than 1500 children through digital class in four different schools.

  • More than 25 teachers teaching in a demonstrative way by using digital class.

  • StudyMall is providing them chance to read non academic books, develop there essay,drawing,elocution etc skills. It is also helping them understand complex topics such as gravity and geometry with the help of audiovisuals from digital projector.

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.

Click the link for donating now- https://milaap.org/fundraisers/thinksharp

You can also 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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Success story-Varangaon StudyMall tenth standard results

It is always very important for us as a parents to know that our children are doing there best in studies. And for an Indian parent it is becomes more critical that there child scores well in 10th and 12th standard. This two examinations are like exams for parents themselves.

Although we at StudyMall believe that every child is special, some score very well in academics and some shine in other domain they are passionate for . But having access to  right educational infrastructure to explore, learn and grow in one’s passion is very important. As a parent we do our best to give access to our children right kind of educational infrastructure, at right time more so when they are in 10th or 12th std.

That’s what we also did, we tried to provide best possible infrastructure for rural children of our five projects. Here is a success story of one of our five projects of Varangaon village where 10th std students shined in there exams with the help of  facilities provided by StudyMall.

On 11 July 2015 we opened our second StudyMall project at G.S.C High school, Varangaon village Dist Jalgaon. This project started in collaboration with G.S.C HIGH school teachers and school committee. Our special supporter and  local volunteer Amol Awatare’s family, especially Mr. Chandrashekhar Awatare sir made this project a success.

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This StudyMall Caters to school students from 1st to 12th standard. It provides students with lot of books (academic and non academic) educational games and a space to sit after and during school to study.

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Students of G.S.C high school  always provide us positive feedback on frequent basis how they benefit from StudyMall in their school. Many students tell us that it has opened up a space for them to read extra, study extra and do so much together to learn and grow new skills and understand various topics.

StudyMall has been helping them since 2 years now. Recently we got letter from school about  excellent 10th std results and  how   StudyMall was one of the factor for this positive results .

We congratulate G.S.C high school teachers and students for overall result of  80% for SSC (10th std) . Special mention to students – Karthik Choudhari (94%) Kurkure Kunal, Patil Rupali, Palwe Pawan (92%) Bauskar Dipali (92%) who passed with flying colors.

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You too can donate and support us to reach your village, to help more rural children reach there maximum potential. And your donation will not only help rural children but also you, as your donation will have tax benefit.

Click the link- https://milaap.org/fundraisers/thinksharp

You can also 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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Let’s “Transform Maharashtra” with youth and CMO of Maharashtra

Our Founder Mr.Santosh Phad was one of the Jury member  for the much acclaimed and celebrated event #Transformmaharashtra  initiated by our Chief minister of Maharashtra  Mr. Devendra Fadnavis at Mumbai on 01 May 2017. Mr.Santosh being one of the youth icon working and helping in transforming rural education of Maharashtra  himself was given this opportunity to be the jury for category Moulding the future: reform rural education in this event.

Mr.Santosh Our founder was one of the judge for the event

‘Transform Maharashtra’ event provided an opportunity to college students in Maharashtra to put their heads together and come up with policy and/or programme level solutions to 11 critical challenges being faced by the State at present. The award winning solutions  will be implementable by the Government.

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The challenges were the 11 themes of event where students were asked to find solutions for it. The themes  included Invisible citizens: Empowering the Urban Poor,Jai Kisan: Drought free Maharashtra, Leap of faith: Bridging the digital divide, Launchpad: Start-up Maharashtra,Smart & Smarter: Development of sustainable & liveable cities, Connect the dots: Improving Mobility in Cities, Clean Slate: Swachh Maharashtra,Looking Glass: Zero Corruption Maharashtra,By the People: Citizen Engagement in Governance,Balancing the scales: Expediting Justice through Technology and Moulding the future: Reforming Rural Education.

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This event was organised by ACT- Action for collective transformation.Action for Collective Transformation’ is an independent organization which enables professionals from various fields to engage in Governance and Politics. It aims to provide external support to stakeholder entities through high-level consulting and implementation support on program framework design, process flow improvement and real-time monitoring.

The ideas presented by young individuals from across every college of Maharashtra for the 11 themes were outstanding. Out of 2300 proposals received the winners were selected 3 each in each theme . There were 2 categories online voting popular choice and judges choice.

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winners of Popular choice categorye

The event was highly supported and motivated by our Visionary Chief minister of Maharashtra Mr.Devendra Fadnavis. This was event was also graced by Mr.Ratan Tata, Mr.Akshay Kumar and Major General Anuj Mathur who guided and motivated youth. Singer K.K. Performed live and entertained young crowd which was a perfect end to a motivational event.

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For more details visit –https://www.facebook.com/letsACTforIndia/?fref=mentions

or http://www.transformmaharashtra.com/

You can donate and support us too as we are working  for  transforming Maharashtra’s  rural education.

Click the link- https://milaap.org/fundraisers/thinksharp

You can also 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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Our Founder’s view on Social Entrepreneurship at launch of E-cell event


We are very proud to share that our Founder Mr.Santosh Phad was invited as guest speaker at inauguration of E-cell at ADMI. Mr.Santosh is a firm believer of concept “social entrepreneurship”. Mr.Santosh is a Social entrepreneur himself  who is constantly in search of different entrepreneurial ventures to help his society. Currently through his NGO Thinksharp Foundation’s “StudyMall” project he is helping approximately 1700 village children. StudyMall helps village children  read, learn and play by  providing them  better educational infrastructure.

Mr.Santosh Phad as guest speaker at launch of E-Cell ADMI

Mr.Santosh Phad as guest speaker at launch of E-Cell ADMI

On 22nd August 2016, E-Cell i.e entrepreneurship cell was successfully launched in Alkesh Dinesh Mody Institute for Financial & Management Studies, in association with Wadhwani Foundation’s NEN (National Entrepreneurship Network).

Wadhwani Foundation is an philanthropic organisation which was founded in 2000 by Dr. Romesh Wadhwani with the primary mission of accelerating economic development in emerging economies through large-scale job creation.  Wadhwani Foundation  under there project “National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN)”  inspires, educates, and supports student entrepreneurs, startups, and SMEs for creating high-value jobs. NEN has also ventured into creating city-based entrepreneurial ecosystems consisting of mentors, investors, and incubators supporting startups and SMEs.

The ‘Alkesh Dinesh Mody’ Institute for Financial and Management Studies’ is an institute of the ‘University of Mumbai’. The Institute was co-founded by the Mr. Dineshbhai Mody in loving memory of his beloved son Late Shri Alkeshbhai D. Mody. The Institute was established in 1994 which is offering managementeducation with a focus of financial services.

Mr.Santosh at inauguration ceremony of E-CELL.

E-cell ADMI event Mr.Santosh talks about Social entrepreneurship

At E-cell ADMI event Mr.Santosh talks about Social entrepreneurship

 

Other esteemed speakers included Dr.Smita Shukla, Director ADMIFMS, Dr.Radha Iyer Entrepreneurship area chairperson SIMSR, MR.Ronald Fernandes NEN representative, Ms.Tanisha Chatterjee and Mr.Madhav Kabra Jaihind college and many more .

The complete team during the event of E-CELL INAUGURATION

The complete team during the event of E-CELL inauguration

During this event Mr.Santosh Phad was one of the guest speakers. Mr.Santosh spoke about social entrepreneurship.

He discussed the need of social enterprise in today’s world. Specific challenges in social entrepreneurship, how to overcome them, how to scale the social enterprise and various resources that can help in success of  social entrepreneurship.

He explained that social entrepreneurship is an innovative entrepreneurial idea with the potential to solve a community problem. As it deals with profit in terms of how many individuals will benefit instead of typical monetary gain, the challenges faced by social entrepreneurs in terms of  raising funds, mobility of resources and scaling up are very different than a profit making enterprise. He congratulated and thanked the E-CELL team for launch of this event which will greatly help social entrepreneurs grow and succeed

He further talked about few ways to deal with them and then gave example of few of his favorite social entrepreneurs like Mr.Mohammed Yunus, Nobel peace prize winner founder of Grameen bank, Mr.Dhruv Lakra from Mirakle couriers, Mr. Pranil Naik from leap for word and many more.

Mr.santosh with E-CELL ADMI team member

We congratulate Wadhwani foundation and Alkesh Dinesh Mody institute for taking up this good initiative to help upcoming promising entrepreneurs. We wish them Good luck and look foreword to any support and collaboration @ https://www.facebook.com/ECell.ADMI/

We strongly recommend on behalf of our founder to connect with  E-CELL ADMI team to grow there entrepreneurial ideas and venture’s.

If you believe in our Founder’s vision of Thinksharp Foundation NGO and want to donate for StudyMall for the better rural education infrastructure log on to http://www.thinksharpfoundation.org

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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StudyMall received Digital Trail Blazer Award 2016.

Our project “StudyMall” received Digital Trail Blazer Award at Digital India Conclave event . This Award was presented by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Mr.Devendra Fadnavis  for bringing digital education to rural children of Maharashtra.
The Digital India conclave was presented by HP India in association with India Today Television and KPMG. 

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The Digital India Conclave is India’s first conclave that brings together the best of minds, talent and people with a varied range of expertise in the digital field from all over the country.

We were honored to share the award with 4 other esteemed organisations.

all-jury1) AAPLE SARKAR APP, DEPARTMENT OF I.T – GOVT. OF MAHARASHTRA initiative which address public grievances while ensuring participative governance. The ‘Aaple Sarkar’ portal and app are monitored by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in Maharashtra and is a platform for citizens to participate in discussions on the development of the state.

2)  ANTI CORRUPTION APP, ANTI CORRUPTION BUREAU –Anti- Corruption Bureau in Maharashtra is a high tech solution to deal with the menace of evidence tampering and to  report on corruption.

3) ROJGAR WAHINI, DEPT OF SKILL DEV, EMPLOYMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP, Maharashtra Govt-Rojgar Wahini is a Government of Maharashtra initiative which provides  free services like vocational guidance, job opportunities and self-employment guidance to job seekers.

4) MAHARASHTRA VIDHAN BHAVAN, DEPT OF I.T – GOVT. OF MAHARASHTRA-This inititative has made  legislative business paperless,  members of legislative council (MLCs) and members of legislative assembly (MLAs) post their questions and resolutions online. The legislators would also be able to check previous records and even get a written reply on this tab.

The event was filled with inspiration and motivation as the dignitaries shared their thoughts and plans in their speech. It was amazing to see how digitization will help us to resolve society’s  problems and take India to next level.

We are now charged with more enthusiasm to take digital education to every needy rural parts and villages  of India.

  • santoshThanks to our supporter without whom this honor would not have been possible.

    We are very honored to have received this award for our effort to digitize education in 3 villages of Maharashtra.   We are helping village children read, learn and play and thus increasing their study time, study interest, knowledge base of extra curricular activities, hobbies, games etc .

  • Through this project “StudyMall” we aim to give village children an equal chance to be a empowered citizens of India.     

  • We were honored to have chance to listen to dignitaries of the event which included AMITABH NAG, Head: Digital India- HP Inc, DEEPAK SAWANT, Minister – Public Health & Family Welfare: Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare, DR. JAIJIT BHATTACHARYA, Partner, Infrastructure & Government Services- KPMG India, KAUSTUBH DHAVSE, Officer On Special Duty to the Chief Minister’s Office,K.M PRASANNA, Asst. Police Commissioner, Mumbai Crime Branch and V.K GAUTAM, Principal Secretary- Information Technology, Government of Maharashtrsantosh-n-stage
  • More information on event can be found at http://indiatoday.intoday.in/digitalindia/2016/trailblazer.jsp

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

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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.

StudyMall at Vangani village

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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“You don’t need time to help someone, you need kind Heart”

What is the most common reaction people give you, when you tell them about your NGO and work ? I have to know this and so I asked Santosh.

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With a chuckle Santosh said”Most common reaction would go like the one I had during one of friends get together a friend  casually mentioned to me ” Boss, you really got have a easy job and great boss, you can work on your NGO you must be so lucky to have this free time.”  What I didn’t tell him is that ” I am a regular guy like him with same target, appraisal and promotion pressure but what makes my life look easy is that I am happy because I know life is more than this and when I visit my NGO StudyMall project I see how my small efforts are helping village children like me everyday to read, learn and play.

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“We have all our worries and day to day job, but at the same time we have equal chance to go beyond this and be a bit more, a promotion is great from associate to manager but a promotion from being just  a person to being a helpful person for society is more appealing to me.” says Santosh and I totally agree.

Where did it all start, I mean from a busy regular job guy to a social entrepreneur ?

Santosh with a big smile said “Yes  i am computer Engg and MBA graduate, a regular guy working in Mumbai. I was  finding my way through and  despite being a very self confident person I used to struggle  with communication in English and was always being quizzed by people on my village and rural educational background. Whenever I faced this situation I used to wonder can I do something for rural children so  they  do not face same situation ? ”

Continuing his sentence with little pause Santosh adds “This idea got a boost when I visited my village during Diwali vacation. As I sipped hot cup of tea sitting under my good old tree chatting up with some of my village friends and some other elders from village, I saw the school across road in same poor infrastructure as it was 15 years back. The school had just finished and children were getting disbursed joyously . But what I saw was children did not go home but started going towards farm or they just came to the tree trying to entertain themselves by getting in communication of elderly and off course the tree was perfect place to do so. I asked few children and people around “why this children are not going home but wandering or going to farm or are here with us?”  One of the children a nine  Year enthusiastic boy replied ” we do not have anyone at home it is just 4 PM and we either go to farm to work or sit here”.

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I was speechless as I remembered this was what I was doing as a kid, but I was lucky enough that my parents realized that the village education was not enough and tried there best to shift me to town school, which either when I look back was not of standard in comparison to what we have in Mumbai.

This got me thinking what if they have a small place  to sit after school where we can read books, play games, talk and discuss children subject rather than being in elderly conversations around a tree, what if we can paint, draw, recite poems and what a lucky day it will be for village student to handle a computer?

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Being a working professional I knew importance of having legal documentation, and I knew if I want to do something for the village children I need to have registration for NGO.  So I started in 2011 by registering an NGO “Thinksharp Foundation”. No dream is complete without friends , off course I had my friends on board with me Sachin, Deepali and others supporting me as volunteers.

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One of my friend  Mr.Bhagwan Jadhav an professionally successful media person staying in Mumbai asked me  to start first StudyMall in his village Surangali, ThinkSharp Foundation “Studymall” was thus launched on 29 Sep 2013 at Surangali village after 2 years of struggle period of documentation, funding, marketing, visits etc.

Since then I along with ThinkSharp team have been happy to see our “StudyMall” helping everyday 1500  rural children on an average learning, and growing  in academic and non academic skills in 3 different villages.

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We have given rural children a better  place to sit after school or during school, books,art, crafts, games , electricity supply in power cut times through solar lamps, computer education and  a local volunteer as there mentor available for them.

I still have a long way to go beyond 3 villages, in Maharashtra state all benefits are more concentrated in and around Mumbai and Pune, Marathwada region is basically away from much needed help and my aim is to help every village in Marathwada alongwith other parts as needed.

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So what are few moments that made you feel proud of your “StudyMall”.  Santosh replied “There are many but this one stands out at this moment, On one of my visit one of the parents said to me ” I am so thankful to StudyMall that my younger son got a job by studying here, and i hope every child in this village find something like this from StudyMall.” And another one is when our volunteer Mr.Saurabh sent this cute little picture of handwritten note from our 3 StudyMall Vangani which says how much this child loves StudyMall.

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StudyMall has become more than a place or a library for this villages, it is their own mall where they go and use everything  related to their study free of cost.

 

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From an Management guy to a hero guy for this rural children an exceptional journey Santosh has chosen. StudyMall is an attempt by Santosh and his team of  normal people with their own problems and struggle but whats different is there beyond normal passion to  help rural children.

 

You can donate and support us too..

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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