I am personally charged up every time i have chance to visit our StudyMall projects location. It really makes me happy to know how StudyMall is helping rural children in making there learning journey more enjoyable. So i thought of sharing few examples with you, the donors and supporters of StudyMall to make you happy equally like me.
Our first project StudyMall at Surungali village is operational since Sep 2013. It is always a surprise and pleasure to meet children of Surungali village and see them grown up bit more every time.
One of our frequent StudyMall user Shraddha who was in 5th std and now in 9th std, has grown up so much. In one of our recent visit, she shared me so many ways StudyMall helped her. She shares her journey with so much passion with me. She says, StudyMall provided her and all her friends a place to sit, study and enjoy learning after school. It provided them extra curricular books to learn new things and aid them in debate, essay and other such competitions in their school. StudyMall helped her by providing solar lamps when she wanted to study when there was power cut in Surungali village.
Our Another user Kajal shares how she loves peace and quite in StudyMall after her school hours in afternoon to paint and draw.
While for Atish, kunal and Rohit StudyMall provides them a place to study together and help each other in homework.
Kunal and aditya have discovered a new fun game to learn geography when they sw a big world map in StudyMall. They play a game where they challenge each other to find a country, city or places on a Map. Here they are finding Nepal.
Having a computer in their small village is also a great chance for them to learn computer. Kunal is trying to work on computer.
There are many such stories where we felt thankful to our supporters for providing rural children StudyMall.
Another interesting recent story is from our third StudyMall project at Vangani Village , Dist Thane. Here children could learn the laws of gravity through a movie shown on digital projector to them.
I personally want to share each story with our supporter and i will try to do so. Meanwhile a big thank you to all who believed in us and supported our five projects and five villages so far.
For all those who want to help us reach more village children you can donate now. Your donation will help us in creating many more success stories like this. It will also benefit you financially as our donations have Tax benefit.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
ThinkSharp Foundation was one of thefinalist for Social Media for Empowerment Awards 2017, (SM4E2017) held on 29 April 2017 at Delhi. We were nominated as finalists out of 162 entries from South Asian organisations. Our project StudyMall for its unique and innovative social media marketing on various platforms such Facebook Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Milaap, Bitgiving etc was nominated in Crowdsourcing, Crowd Economy and Crowd Funding category at SM4E2017 awards.
But what is the story here ? Is it relevant to you ? Well if you love Facebook, Twitter , Instagram etc then yes its relevant to you……..
Everybody loves Facebook because we want to know what is happening with my neighbors, colleagues or friends… We love twitter because we want to know what is happening in our society , nation and world. And we absolutely love Instagram because we want to see cool pictures of mouth watering food, best makeup trends etc. And we cannot survive without Whatsapp…where our day starts with good morning messages and ends with good night .
Well I can name many apps that we use daily and we cannot survive without them. Because for most of us they are entertainment , for few maybe source of knowledge and further few source of leaning and communication.
But what if i told you there are some individual who are using these social media apps for bringing positive reforms in society … Shocked and curious..
To briefly give you idea lets take our example , how we used social media for creating positive reform. Thinksharp foundation raised major amount of expenditure needed for our rural education project StudyMall through social media campaigns and crowdfunding websites. The fund raised was apprx more than 2 lacs. This fund was used for creating digital libraries in 2 villages-
Read further to know how YOU can also be the Social change maker by using this social media apps on your phone.
Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) is one such great and unique organisation which is aiming to use every digital method to be made available for every citizen. They are doing it through multiple channels by reaching out to multiple stakeholders and also by appreciating and bringing such organisations on common platforms . They aim to connect unreached and undeserved communities of India in an effort to bring them out of digital darkness and empower them with information access through last mile connectivity, digital literacy and digital interventions.
DEF alongwith Friedrich Naumann Foundation hosted the 4th Social Media for Empowerment Awards 2017 (SM4E2017) at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on April 29. They felicitated innovating organisations in digital media space . 16 were awarded as Winners, seven received Special Mentions and three were recognized for Chairman’s Recommendation.
Our project StudyMall was in category Crowdsourcing, Crowd Economy and Crowd Funding for SM4E2017 awards. It was an honor and privilege for us to attend the award ceremony conducted at Delhi. Our Volunteer Dr.Shraddha accepted the appreciation certificate on behalf of all our team and supporters.
On this occasion we would like to thank all of our team members especially those who help in digital media marketing Mr.Bhagwan, Mr. Rahul, Mr.Nilesh, Miss. Disha, Miss Durva, Quarterpants organisation, and many more. All of you who shared, liked, commented, donated, clicked on our Social media platforms this is a Thank you to you all.
We were also inspired and motivated by the speeches and thoughts shared by esteemed jury and guests of SM4E2017 award event. Esteemed panel included but not limited to Mint Editor Sukumar Ranganathan, Change.org Country Director Preethi Herman, GoNews Founder-Editor Pankaj Pachauri, Indian Railways DG(PR) Anil Saxena, Huffington Post India Editor-in-Chief Sruthijith KK and Digital India Foundation Co-Founder Arvind Gupta., Mr. Rajeev Mehrotra, Founder & Managing Trustee of Public Service Broadcasting Trust and Trustee-Secretary of The Foundation for Universal Responsibility of HH The Dalai Lama, Osama Manzar Founder & Director Digital Empowerment Foundation, Dr. Ronald Meinardus Regional Director South Asia, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Natasha Badhwar Columnist and Filmmaker, Malini Gupta Program Director,RBS Foundation India and many more.
It was an honor to be able to meet the amazing winning and nominated organisations that are doing great job in there respective domain to bring out social empowerment in society with help of digital media.
Few of the organisations to mention are Everyday Mumbai and Morango, Jan ki baat in Citizen Journalism, Explaining India’s Laws, Dhwani Rural Information Systems, Sahapedia in Communication, Advocacy & Development Activism, I Will Go Out and Bindi Bottoms in women empowerment , Karvaan: A Roving Book Project and Janaagraha Centre For Citizenship and Democracy in Crowdsourcing, Crowd Economy and Crowd Funding, BBC Media Action (Bangladesh), Development Consortium| Love Matters India, Janwaar Castle in community mobilization.
This event surely taught and inspired us to know how we can also use Social media and digital innovation to create an positive impact in Society. We request you to visit profiles of organisations mentioned here to learn about there inspiring stories of bringing social change with the help of social media and digital platforms.
Our National Story- National Digital Trailblazer award
We are happy to share that, we have received National Digital Trailblazers Award at Digital India Conclave, Delhi on 30th Nov 2016. Award presented by Hon’ble Union Minister for Electronics and IT for ( Gov.Of India ) Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad for our project StudyMall for bringing digital education to rural children of Maharashtra.
The Digital India conclave was initiated by India Today Television in association with HP India& KPMG.
The digital conclave was conclusive event of 8 such conclave’s carried out in 8 states of India in 2016. Digital Conclave is a very good initiative by India Today which traveled to 8 states of India that were Jharkand, Andhra Pradesh, Rajashtan, Gujrat, Odisha, Telengana, Chattisgarh and Maharashtra .
In simple words, Digital conclave selected individuals and organisations in these states that are integrating digital means to help society.
The State chapters concluded with a Grand National Digital Conclave in Delhi. Each state conclave addressed the fundamental pillars of healthcare, education and essential services and governance in the host state and how they used digital Technology to provide solutions to some of the key challenges in this sector.
For the national Digital conclave we were very happy and proud to hear Dignitaries like Mr.Rajdeep Sardesai renowned journalist, HP India MD Mr.Rajiv Srivastava, Mr.Pradyumma -Secretary to CM Of Andhra Pradesh and secretary to IT Govt of AP, Mr.Pradhan -IPS Former ADG Jharkhand Police, Mr. Agarwal – Principal Secretary Higher education, Govt of Chhattishgarh, Mr.Gupta – Commissioner of health and medical services, Govt of Gujarat, Ms.Aruna Sundararajan– Secretary Ministry of electronics and IT, Mr.Kiran Karnik – Former President NASSCOM, Mr.Leo Jospeh – Director HP India.
Other trailblazers winners included but not limited to organisations and individuals like HealthSaathilifecare, MrHimanshu Patel Sarpanch of Punsari Vilage, DrP. Rajalakshmi and Team IIM Hyderabad , Ms. Tanuja Raichura From Chattisgarh, Mr. Shadab Hassan from SPEAK organisation, Teamkhushibaby, and Swayamshree from Loke motors.
We were chosen from the state of Maharashtra to be awarded at National conclave “Digital Trailblazer award” for bringing digital education to rural parts of Maharashtra. We are proud to have received this award.
We are helping approximately 1700 rural children and four villages as of 2017. With the trust entrusted on us by this award we are geared up to help many more rural children and take StudyMall to every needed rural part of India.
We would like to extend thanks to all our supporters and donors . The list is exhaustive but to name a few – Bhagwan Jadhav Rahul Sonwane , Shraddha Bhange, Santosh Phad Sachin Pawar, Deepali Basur, Saurabh Mangrule , Amol Nikam and many more individual donors. Partner organisations such as Quarterpants Pratham Books Young Volunteer’s Organization , Milaap, BitGiving, Ketto and many more.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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….