Monday, December 4, 2017

Smta school has immunization camp...

The school had a visit from state health team which offered immunization to all our children for free. We sincerely thank the team, parents and children. Well done Chain Singh ji and Kedar Singh ji!

General Body meeting

We clubbed Governing body and general body meeting on the same day: 18th Nov 2017. Rachit, Rekha, Maggi, Sultan, Kundan, Manju, Dhaneshwari, Satyendra, Sohan, Belam - we all gathered and had a very fruitful time. Here is the brief progress report (May-Oct 2017):

1.           The FCRA renewal for next 5 years, after some effort, was successfully received on 10th June as an online update on the FCRA official website. The Retrieving Women’s Pride (RWP) project began from the very next day and the Manos Unidas was promptly informed accordingly. Manos had requested the their funds back if SMTA could not start the project soon.
2.           He shared about ongoing activities - Minority scholarship program and Open University, Uttarakhand. These two initiatives are progressing as before. There is a public notice from UOU,  that new courses will be offered now only to educational organizations. Under Minority scholarship scheme, this year, the ministry has made it necessary for the schools to verify their students through the online portal. Many schools have no clue and therefore students are suffering. SMTA has explained the process to the schools which have requested for help.
3.           The new proposal for Saarigad watershed was submitted to NABARD in May 2017 but we have not heard anything yet. Rachit suggested that since selection committee must have met in Sept/Oct, we should now find out about the outcome. It was done and nothing has been heard so far. We will be sending another reminder soon or do a follow up visit.
4.           We were informed by NGO friends in Dehradun about an EOI from Swajal in June 2017; SMTA applied for it and was selected as an empanelled agency for Swajal in the state, for Dehradun district, based on our past experince. But recently, we discovered that due to a subsequent ‘political’ decision, this state level empanelment was cancelled. Now, we are waiting for the district level announcement from Swajal regarding EOI etc.
5.           SMTA explored PMGDISHA program, which offers free basic IT training for rural communities to promote cashless transactions, like using OTP, online commerce etc. Like many government programs, people’s response has not been good yet. We may have to rethink it.
6.           SMTA is exploring with social organizations/NGOs in Dehradun, to rent out our halls, for office and/or social development purposes – in consonance with SMTA’s values and principles. This will promote better work environment and upkeep of the Vikasnagar campus, besides generating opportunities and synergy.
7.           Jakhadhar primary school is doing well, especially after the joining of Shri Chain Singh, our old teacher, in May 2017. At present 40 students from the nearby villages are enrolled. Some old students have returned. Recently, it was provided with new sports goods and two computers, which are being used by students.

8.           A blog has been started, which is being updated regularly with news, developments and photographs. It offers updates under RWP (Retrieving women’s pride project) too, as a separate tab. It can be accessed easily at : .

Please keep checking this space for developments and news!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Manos Unidas Visit

Smta Team had a nice morning discussion about RWP, with Alexandra and Gloria, from Manos Unidas. We learned that these words in Spanish mean "Hands United " - for service of women and communities facing challenges around the globe.

Maggi was with us; so were three women from the community- Sundari Devi, Sudarshana and Aditi... and of course, Sohan, Kundan, Sultan, Mangat Ram ji and Dr Satyendra...

Much thanks to St Mary Convent for hosting the meeting and Mr Jain (MSS) for coordinating everything seamlessly..

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Maggi revisits

Maggi visited us after about an year 14th Nov. 2017.. 
We had a tea party with friends: Mr and Mrs Jain, Father ji and other neighbors and friends..

Thursday, November 2, 2017

RWP workshop in Tiuni

2nd November: Sultan, Kundan and 13 key participants from RWP met in Tiuni (near Forest Rest house) for a workshop, discussing, reviewing and learning about various aspects of the project- documentation, accounting, monitoring and community mobilization. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Tiuni Visit

Director, Dr Srivastava visited Tiuni region to review RWP activity in the villages (20-23 Sept 2017). A meeting in Daonri is going on.

RWP Review meeting at Vikasnagar

Review meeting at Vikasnagar..6th Oct.

Water Tank at Daonri ready!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


 गाँधी  व  शास्त्री  जयंती  के शुभ अवसर  पर अपना स्कूल समता निकेतन में ध्वजारोहण  व  सफाई  अभियान का आगाज---------

Kathang village Water Hauz

Jhitad me meeting

Thursday, September 21, 2017

क्वांसी  में  संकुल  स्तरीय  खेल कूद  प्रतियोगिता  में प्रतिभाग  करते  अपना  स्कूल समता निकेतन  के छात्र  !

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

 योगाभ्यास  करते हुए अपना स्कूल समता निकेतन के छात्र -छात्राएँ  !

Friday, September 8, 2017

बानपुर   में   SHG   को  चैक  देते  हुए   पूर्व  प्रधान  श्री  मंगत राम शर्मा जी  !

Mangatram, the president of the project committee, is giving a cheque to women in Banpur, as our contribution to their small savings account, which will be used for productive activities like inter-loaning for agriculture related investments.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

smta student learning basics.

अपना स्कूल समता निकेतन  प्राथमिक विद्यालय के  बच्चे  खेलकूद प्रतिस्पर्धा  में भाग लेते हुए !

instruction for long jump,chain singh guruji

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Self help at its best!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

71 वे स्वतंत्रता  दिवस  के शुभ अवसर पर अपना स्कूल समता निकेतन जाखाधार  में  सांस्कृतिक  कार्यक्रम  में भाग लेते हुए छात्र  छात्राये |

Pmgdisha Priyank Rohila.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Father Freddie...RIP!

We have just learned from Maggi and Ruben that Father Freddie has left the mortal body, few days back in Haridwar. Father Freddie was a SMTA board member, helping this social work organisation in those early years, with moral and material support. His services, support and help can never be captured in words- much less acknowledged or repaid. 
(Pics: he was actively involved with our programs: First pic - Giving award to a SMTA student; Second Pic -  attending a public function organised by SMTA - with Devika Chauhan and Ram Sharan Nautiyal and others)
I had had the privilege of knowing him briefly. His huge physical frame often belied his warmth and sensitivity. He had great sense of humor too. Once, I had to clean a coconut and was having difficulty. He saw me struggling and offered to help; He began plucking the coir off the coconut with his bare hands - as if it was dry cotton stuck to the head of a puppet. His big hands were working quickly and effortlessly and the coconut was bare in a few minutes! I smiled and said: Father, I will be very scared to meet you in a dark alley! 
We both had a good laugh! He appreciated the joke - silly as it was.
May he rest in PEACE. May he help many more souls. May he guide us ever.

From the archives!

Anna visited SMTA in 2004, and visited out Uppal Gaon watershed program. Seems like a dream! We were looking for a something else, when we came across this picture - and said WHOA!

Friday, August 11, 2017

New Uniform for the lil ones..

Smta primary school students were encouraged to make one more set of uniform, so that they could change and get it washed at least twice a week. You know little kids- how they love to play in mud! Few days ago, a mothers' meeting was organised wherein Shri Chain Singh  ji, the Principal, discussed the idea and got them to agree.

No need to say, kids were very happy- and got it muddied soon enough!

Grass is always greener on..

We at SMTA have been wondering how to keep our lawns well manicured- especially in Monsoons. So we bought a grass cutting machine. After opening the pack, we had tough time assembling it - since we did not have elaborate instructions nor any prior experience.

Then, we had to do some figuring out as to how to operate it without using "hard" language, sudden jerks and expletives...

Then, the savior arrived: Mewaram! He gave us a demo- and then got down to it himself, since he realized that we were no good at the fine art of manicuring a lawn, to his standards..

Believe me, it is as intricate as baking a cake, writing a python script or getting your work done at a sarkari office..

Long live Mewaram! Blessed be thy name..

Oh yes, the lawns are looking very inviting. We have tough time keeping the Leo and Moti (the four legged children) off the lawn... You can easily imagine what they actually want to do in the lawn.. :((  

Update swajal

Thus is an official letter, confirming SMTA's selection for district Dehradun under SWAJAL... (Received from Pawan with much thanks)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Approved Training Center under PMGDISHA

Just received this email:

Dear Reetika Rawat
Your Center located at TC SKCC hostel, Village Bhimawala, Via ChiranjipurDanda, Vikasnagar 248198, Dehradun, Uttarakhand,Bheemawala,Vikas Nagar,DEHRADUN,UTTARAKHAND has been registered as a Training Center (associated with P-TECH EDUCATIONAL TRUST). Please find below the login details to log-on to the PMGDISHA portal...

We look forward to start and deliver services soon.. Keep wishing us best!

Swajal and SMTA

Learned from a reliable friend that SMTA has been successfully empaneled with Swajal, as an implementing agency for District Dehradun. Cyril sahab had given us the lead a few months back. We applied and based on our relevant experience in this field, we have been selected. Now, we have to wait since the ball is in their court. This time, Swajal is focusing on peri-urban scene as well as solid waste management issues too. We are optimistic!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Plantations in Monsoon

SMTA School at Jaakhdhar: Month of July has seen much rains. The teacher and children have taken the advantage, and gotten out of class room, to clear the weed and plant some trees. Hands on environmental education!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Jhitar Fodder planting

During monsoons, construction work can not be undertaken. This is the best time for plating fodder and other plants near homes and on the village commons - so that women dont have to walk too far for fodder and fuel. This is Kathang hamlet of Jhitar and Banpur. There was a lull in the rains and the women and children loved the day out..

Friday, July 14, 2017

Garden cleaning in Jakhdhar SMTA school

Just received from Chain Singh Guru ji. Children are working in the school garden. Removing the weed and long grass.. A day out in the open!

Fodder planting

To make the best use of this rainy season, the field team has begun planting of fodder plants within and near the village, so that women dont have to do a long trek to forest.