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"Experience with Mumbai Marathon 2013"

"Experience with Mumbai Marathon 2013"
Cool pleasant early Sunday morning when we drove from Belapur to Azad Maidan. The roads were free from traffic and we could make the 45 K.m. less than in an hour. When we reached it was 6.45 am and there were few wheelchair participants in the metro junction and I wanted to participate in the Dream Run category. My brother-in-law, my wife and two other participants from Amar Seva Sangam have booked for Senior Citizen and Dream Run category came along with me to enter through Gate No.1. We were not guided properly and we had to wait for about 15 minutes and my brother-in-law decided to go through Gate No.4 along with my wife and other colleagues from Amar Seva Sangam. I rushed off to the Wheelchair Event and by that time I was 10 minutes behind schedule. My escort Paramasivan took this as a challenge and it was all a rush for the finish line from then onwards and we were running at about 15 Kmph. which was the fastest I have ever been rushed in a wheelchair. Mr. paramasivan was fastest enough to tie me with the belt along my chest and roped my legs so that I don’t fall off which he did when we reached the Azad Maidan. The wheelchair race was an unexpected success with finishing third despite the handicap of 10 minutes. My colleague Dr. K. Murugiah and other corporate sponsors were at the ground in Gate No.4 and I had to co-ordinate with them. In 20 minutes after finishing 2.5 kms I rushed to the ground. Another colleague was covering the event with camera is also a Dream Runner Mr. Mari totally lost me in the melee. Organizers announced a prize for me but I missed that even as I was rushing to meet my corporate sponsors and all got grouped in the Maidan after hectic mobile call back and forth and finally we got off to Dream Run. I also went along with them. One volunteer of Procam stopped me at the exit gate of Dream Run eyed at my Bib number and said wheelchairs are not permitted. I said ‘it’s ok’. He said it is 6 kms and whether I would be able to make it. My entire team said it is ok along with me and we rushed off waving our Amar Seva Flag. By the time we started my wife and myself already collected Rs.23.30 lakhs as a Dream Maker and Dream Champion and all our sponsors are very happy that I am also running with them. All through the road I was cheered and chumped up and this time it was a slow walk along with all the other team members with a lot of fun, dance and music. By 11.00 am we finished and we gathered around our Full Marathon Hero Mr. Anirudh ran for our cause. Mr. Anirudh is an young chap of 22 years old and this was his 4th Marathon and this is the first time he is running for a cause and it was all cheers for him from Amar Seva Team. His parents had come to cheer him and we all return back after have a lunch in a nearby hotel. By evening we have perked up Rs.30 lakhs and the next week we hope to reach the target of Rs.40 lakhs.   CA.S.Sankara Raman Hon.Secretary Amar Seva Sangam
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Children Overcome their Disabilities with Superpowers!

Children Overcome their Disabilities with Superpowers!
January 2013: Award winning NGO Save The Children India, founded in 1988, is in its 25th year and has a very special theme this year for the Mumbai Marathon. This year, the NGO is looking at a superhero theme, with its tagline “Saving Children Since 1988” for their various online and on-ground campaigns. This time, the funds raised will go towards the Special Care Center School, which is run by the NGO in Bandra Kurla Complex, and which provides holistic education and development opportunities to differently abled children. The theme this year is about embracing the superhero within you and doing your bit to make a difference. “The funds raised this year will be utilized for sponsoring mentally challenged and hearing impaired children at our Special Care Center School”, says Communications Officer, Yashna Malhotra. “The superhero theme is based on the premise that the power to change the world lies within every individual”. The same being said, the children at the Special Care Center School are doing their bit to motivate their contingent to run for them – by dressing up as superheroes themselves! The marathon day will see these differently-abled children in super-hero avatars, ready to take on the evils of the world and reinforce the fact that no challenge is too big, for we all possess within us the strength and power to overcome them. Their regular Physical Education sessions are ensuring that they are fit and ready to take on the Dream Run, and create awareness about the Special Care Center School – a place where they learn, play, and grow.
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Even Superheroes Deserve Some Indulgence!

Even Superheroes Deserve Some Indulgence!
Mumbai, January 20th, 2013: For all the corporate teams that ran for Save The Children India and supported them in the Mumbai Marathon, Runah Salon is rewarding their efforts with a 50% off, on an indulgent foot massage for some much needed rejuvenation. “As an NGO we cannot thank our corporate partners enough for supporting us, however, this is just a small gesture of our gratitude” says Communications Officer, Yashna Malhotra. The theme this year is about embracing the superhero within you and doing your bit to make a difference. The funds raised this year will be utilized for sponsoring mentally challenged and hearing impaired children at the Special Care Center School. The superhero theme is based on the premise that the power to change the world lies within every individual. Thus, Save The Children India invites all of its corporate partners to sit back, relax, and treat themselves to a relaxing foot massage, for even superheroes deserve a treat! Date: January 13th 2013 Time: 1:20pm onwards Venue: Runah Salon, 1st floor, above Powerhouse Gym, Opp. Phoenix mills, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (W), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400013
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Stories on training from Bandra's former "honey girl"

I am so excited to be running my fourth half-marathon, this time for Under The Mango Tree!!! Back in August when I registered, I had an inflated sense of my running skills and decided I'd take my chances at the full marathon. Had about three months to train in the US during the fall, which was going very well - got up to 24km! Turns out, the nice fall weather in Virginia makes it much easier to run, and when I got back to Bombay, the heat did in my training - I felt like I was starting all over again! So instead, I have decided to focus on beating my previous time of 1 hour 53 minutes, and will be running only the half. Will be tough, but no doubt a healthy dose of UTMT Desert Bloom honey morning of should do the trick :) Next year, full marathon for sure. Really looking forward to seeing the team at Marine Drive, and hoping they will be sporting the amazing bee and sunflower costumes!!!
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Vacancies now at Arpan - Help Spread the Word

Vacancies now at Arpan - Help Spread the Word
Arpan is yet again expanding! Here are some new roles and positions we are looking at filling.  Chief Operations Officer - Bright, creative thinker meticulous about work with a min. of 5 yrs of experience. To handle over all Finance, Marketing, Administration and Human Resource with a supportive team. Basic salary range - 50,000 - 80,000.  School Program Coordinator - 2 people required. Passionate about working with children with a min. of 3 years of work experience. To manage trainers in schools and advocate for the school program. Basic salary range - 20,000 - 35,000. Psychotherapeutic Services Coordinator - Comfortable with counseling children and adults both with a min. of 3 yrs of counseling experience. Graduate or Post Graduate in Psychology, Counseling or related fields. To counsel children and adult survivors of sexual abuse and assist the Manager with workshops and trainings. Basic salary range - 20,000 - 35,000. Resource Development Coordinator - Good writing skills and creative thinker with considerable experience in any documentation, writing role. To build various tools like films, posters, workbook, etc. to teach children personal safety skills and develop training manuals. Basic salary range - 25,000 - 40,000 Program Officers - 11 people required Passionate and love working with children. To teach children personal safety skills in schools. No working experience required. Basic salary range - 15,000 - 20,000 Counselor - Comfortable with counseling children and adults both. No working experience required. Graduate or Post Graduate in Psychology, Counseling or related fields. To counsel child and adult survivors of sexual abuse. Basic salary range - 20,000 - 25,000. If you or anyone is interested please send your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the name of the position you are applying for. Please note - Travel allowance is over and above the basic salary.
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It’s not victory that makes us happy but participation

It’s not victory that makes us happy but participation
Amar Seva is unique as in it’s a NGO which looks after the differently abled. What is unique about it is that its run by the differently abled. The founder Ramakrishnan met with an accident when he was going for training to join the Defense services. He was dis-abled but that did not hamper his aim to help others like him.  What started as giving tuitions to village boys has now grown to an over ten acre ashram that provides schooling to specialized hospital care. And most important post operative care for which there is no time or space in the big hospitals in the crowded cities of the country.  Everyone knows that the biggest problem in running any NGO is always funds as we do not indulge in any money making activity. Most of the people we employ are also differently abled and this further adds to our challenge.  In our bid to attract funds we do many events. But our Mumbai venture remains the most successful. It has to be successful as Mumbai is the money capital of the country.  Mumbai has over the years shown us that not only does it have the money but also the heart to share it with us, the children of a lesser God.  It was in 2003 when Procam announced Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon to be held during January 2004 that we all got enthused and looked forward to something like London Standard Chartered Marathon going to happen in Mumbai. With lot of fanfare and media hype the pre-event built up was a mad rush and we threw our lot and applied for a Bib as a wheelchair participant in December 2003.  The then Charity Partner who was promoting all causes and had no clue about what was in the cooking and as things would have had they were in for a shock. The minds of the organizers of the event worked overtime and in the last week of January all the wheelchair and special needs participants were brought to a grinding halt. The wheel chair event became the first and only casualty due to the organizer apathy.  This reminded me of the days in Ayikudy – a remote village in South Tamil Nadu where we had to open a general school with large number of so called ‘normal’ children to give opportunities to the ‘handicapped’ ones. This was in early 90’s, from where we have progressed from ‘handicapped’ to ‘disabled’ and from then on to ’physically challenged’ and now to ‘differently abled’ wherein we have recognized the plurality of God’s creation and their rights and started treating them with dignity and rationality.  The road that the rural areas like Ayikudy, and many other NGOs have treaded needed to be revisited, and this was not so easy, with the organizers of the Mumbai Marathon 2004. We cried wolf from the roof tops and we personally gave interviews to many TV channels in Mumbai and media covered my interview with headlines. One headline read like this “Wheelchair users and dogs are not allowed in Mumbai Marathon”. One NGO from Delhi even contemplated public interest litigation in Mumbai High Court to stay the event which was discriminatory and denied equal opportunities for all. Fortunately to the relief of the organizers this did not happen. Several embarrassing movements and negotiations passed by and finally the event took place without wheel chair participation on a beautiful cool Sunday early morning in February 2004. My wife who had also applied for a Bib, got one. We had also got one celebrity Ms. Shiny Wilson, the famous Indian Olympiad to run for Amar Seva Sangam. We went to Mumbai despite the adverse advisory and the gross inequality in the substance of the event. I stood on the sidelines enthusiastically cheering and encouraging thousands of dream runners, half marathoners and full marathoners basking myself in the early morning sun of that colourful Sunday.  But the second Marathon cleared this glitch and greeted the physically challenged by allowing them to participate. From then on this is the ninth Marathon that I am participating and tenth for my wife, where we individually got Highest Women Fund Raiser Award and special recognitions twice each; and we as a couple were selected as Best Fund Raising duo last year. As things stand today, we have more than a score of well wishers and corporate running for us. Our aim, as it should be for all participating NGOs, is to make the event platform a success, and co-branding for our organization’s fund raising initiatives. It’s not victory that makes us happy but participation, its not peaks that we conquer that enthuse us but the fact that we tried climbing mountains when even hills seemed impossible. It’s not only your money that we seek but your moral support. Come cheer us as we run not on our legs but on wheels, Come to the Mumbai Marathon and let us create more records as the Olympic slogan says higher, faster, further……..    S.Sankara Raman  
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The Little Boy

Years ago when I was in New Delhi, I used to drive from Patparganj to Noida. At the Akshardham redlight, there used to be this young 10-12 year old boy who was a handicap. He would walk on all fours and beg for living. I would always look at him and feel extreamly bad for him and imagin how plightful his life was. How would he eat, or drink or do his routine for that matter. One day, things were not going right for me. I was quiet disappointed with the day's development. On my way back home, I stopped at that redlight. This time, very close to the footpath where he would walk. He came to my car and sat down. He looked at me and gave the sweetest smile possible. That little smile took away all my worries and tiredness. He did not ask me for any money. I asked him if he wanted some water, he nodded. I gave him whatever water was left in my bottle. He continued his sparking smile. He still did not ask me for anymoney. Just then the red light turned green. He said ' Bye Didi' and I smiled and drove away. Since then, for the next one month, I would meet him everyday at the same red light (green or red) and give him water, soft drinks, fruits and sometimes whatever little money I had. What I liked about him, was that he never demanded money or anything else in exchange of that smile he would give me everyday, which would make my day. Once, my mother had also accompained me to Noida. On the way back, as routine, i stopped. He came and greeted me. he was so happy to see my mother and said 'nameste mummy, kaisi hai aap'. He felt proud and important of the fact, that I had got my mother to meet him. Everyday, somehow in thick traffic he would recognise my car and come running to greet me. I still could never understand what relation did we share. We did not not know each others name, nor did we talk much. It was just so magical. I always wonder, that little boy must have gone through so much pain and unhappiness in such a short time in life. Yet he had what most of us dont have - The courage to smile and making a difference.Gradually I moved from Delhi to Mumbai, and its been over 7years now that I have not seen him. In the toughest times of my life, whenever i feel low, I think about the little boy. Its just gives me the push to look forward  in life - positively.
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Our Vision

Amar Seva Sangam. It is our vision to establish a valley for the Disabled, whereby physically/ mental challenged persons live in a pro-active society where equality prevails irrespective of physical,mental or other challenges with the rest of the society. It is a futuristic vision whereby Amar Seva Sangam plays the role of an enabling agent to get the physically/mentally challenged "equality of status, equality in opportunities and equality in access". It is a society where people are identified as differently abled.
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News story ideas from PR experts

News story ideas from PR experts

Here are some more ideas to get media attention for your cause or NGO's social impact during the SCMM 2013:

Success stories & beneficiaries

  • Stories about how money raised from the run has been utilised to complete a project or benefit an individual
  • Corporate personality associated, try to do a feature story on the individual and his reasons for supporting the cause
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Good Luck

‘It’s inner beauty that matters,not outer beauty.’Well, that’s not true.If it were,why would flowers put so much energy into attracting bees?Andwhy would raindrops transform themselvesinto a rainbow when they encounter the sun?BecauseNature longs for beauty,and is only satisfied when beauty can be exalted.Outer beauty is inner beauty made visible,and it manifests itself in the light that flows from our eyes.The eyes are the mirror of the soulandreflect everything that seems to be hidden;and, like a mirror,they also reflect the person looking into them.So if the person looking into someone’s eyes has a dark soul,he will see only his own ugliness.  
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The Team that made SCMM 2012 happen for us! Here's to Team SCMM 2013!

The Team that made SCMM 2012 happen for us! Here's to Team SCMM 2013!
As all of us know, managing events like SCMM is a herculean task for any institution. It was more so for us at Under The Mango Tree as it was our first Marathon.  Just now as we are in the thick of preparations for SCMM 2013 (with the added addiction of StepOne  we'd like to take a moment to acknowledge the team that made SCMM 2012 happen for us.  Bhumika Tulalwar - the beautiful sunflower in the photo managed all the runners and the correspondence leading upto SCMM 2012. We miss you big time, Bhumika! Vijaya- our dynamic President and Founder was the spirit behind our effort, managed the Tshirts and cheerleading! Ashwini , Sachin Mali and Sachin Dhavle got the colourful costumes made which drew so much attention!  As we work towards making SCMM 2013 a bigger, brighter and more colourful turnout, heres to working hard and having fun at the same time! Cheers!
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The Pitfalls On the Path.

But before achieving this goal we should always remember, the path leading to this goal supreme is full of horns, ditches and difficulties of various kinds. There are many pitfalls in this long journey - a continuous battle till the final victory is won. One of the most almost invincible difficulty is EGO. EGO never allows us to accept our shortcomings and weakness. It always wrongly tells us that we have no shortcomings or difficulties. Ego is the greatest impediment in the path of introspection and self-analysis. Unless we introspect and analyze our own personality internal and external how shall we know our good and evil qualities ? Ego rarely allows us to do this. therefore our first duty is to deal with this ego and reject the suggestions of this ego, and rationally examine and analyze ourselves and try to find out our good and evil qualities. In this way with the help of our viveka - Discriminative faculty we must subdue our ego if we want to win the final battle of our life.
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The Power is Yours!

The Power is Yours!
  January 2013: With the marathon coming up on the 20th of January, NGOs across the city are preparing for the event. Award winning NGO Save The Children India, founded in 1988, is in its 25th year and has a very special theme this year for the Mumbai Marathon, which happens to be one of Asia’s biggest charity events. The theme this year is about embracing the superhero within you and doing your bit to make a difference. “The funds raised this year will be utilized for sponsoring mentally challenged and hearing impaired children at our Special Care Center School”, says Communications Officer, Yashna Malhotra. “The superhero theme is based on the premise that the power to change the world lies within every individual”. Every year, the marathon sees the participation of a large number of multinational corporations and individuals who raise funds and create awareness for the NGO of their choice. A small step towards making a change can go a long way in securing a bright future for those who seek our help.
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Beating the Monday Blues with Jet Airways

We are very grateful to the Mumbai crew and staff of Jet Airways for coming down to the Special Care Center School for a fun morning. The Special Care Center School imparts education to children who are hearing impaired and mentally challenged.  On the 7th of January 2013, the Jet Airways team interacted with the children, gave them gifts, and celebrated the advent of new beginnings. Save The Children India treasures its association with Jet Airways for the Magic Box, the in-flight collection program that has been running for several years. Thank you team Jet Airways! We wish you a wonderful 2013 ahead!
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Taj Hotels run for Under The Mango Tree in SCMM 2013

Taj Hotels run for Under The Mango Tree in SCMM 2013
Taj Safaris (a unit of the Taj Hotels) that works with communities around the National Parks and Under The Mango Tree have been working since 2010 adding beekeeping to the livelihoods of small farmers who live around the Bandhavgarh National Park (Dist Umaria, Madhya Pradesh).   The activity has been accepted  very well by the community living around the National Park. Increase in yields of local crops being noticed in villages where bee boxes are there. To illustrate, Daya Ram, Master Trainer from Vill Dobha  has reported an increase in his tomato crop by 50 kgs as a result of having bee boxes in his field and better pollination. The increased yield has been sold to Mahua Kothi (Taj Safaris lodge), putting more money in his family kitty. Strengthening this partnership, employees of Taj group of hotels will be running the Dream Run for Under The Mango Tree for the first time in SCMM 2013.  We look forward to a  great time, Team Taj!
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You Sponsor in meters, We go miles ahead in our service- Mumbai Marathon 2013

You Sponsor in meters, We go miles ahead in our service- Mumbai Marathon 2013
One of the most prestigious fundraising events in which Amar Seva Sangam is involved is the Mumbai Marathon. This year also along with nearly 90 volunteers. Every meter of the wheel chair run of the our Honorary Secretary Shri.S.Sankara Raman and Dream Runner Mrs.Ramani Sankara Raman. Your sponsor will make our organization to go many miles in the service of the disabled. Your bledge and support will help us serve the disabled people better.                                                                 We would be highly obliged for your esteemed support                   Wheel Chair Run by Shri.S.Sankara Raman                                        Dream Run by Mrs.Ramani sankara Raman                    Sponsor 10 meter           Rs.5000/-                                                     Sponsor 10 meter            Rs.2000/-                    Sponsor 20 meter           Rs.10,000/-                                                  Sponsor 20 meter            Rs.5000/-                    Sponsor 40 meter           Rs.20,000/-                                                  Sponsor 40 meter            Rs.10,000/-                    Sponsor 100 meter           Rs.50,000/-                                                Sponsor 100 meter            Rs.25,000/-                    Sponsor half Kilometer   Rs.2,50,000/-                                              Sponsor half Kilometer    Rs.1,25,000/-                    Sponsor One Kilometer  Rs.5,00,000/-                                               Sponsor one Kilometer    Rs.2,50,000/-  
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Running into the new year

Jan 1. 2013. Tuesday. Early Morning. 5.00a.m. Cool Mumbai Winter. Alarm rings. It's Decision time. Wake up and prepare for SCMM 2013 or continue enjoying the sleep in a warm bed. Just like the buzzing honeybees which get ready to taste the early morning nectar, i decide to get ready, to taste the fresh air of the Borivali National Park. Today is the last long run before the event itself, as we need to give ample rest for our bodies to recover well and also prevent any chance of injuries. Only small runs allowed till the race day from now on. The goal today - since i am running a half marathon at SCMM2013, i decide to run 14kms and my colleague decides to run 21Kms (he is running a full marathon). Running with a friend has lots of advantages. That and more in the next post. This is my first marathon event in Mumbai. Started practicing 6 months back. Seems a long time. But believe me, if you plan to run a full marathon and have not been into running during your adolescent days, give yourself 6 months for a half marathon and 12 for a full marathon. The objective was to finish the marathon and not the timing. Remember "walk if you have to, crawl if you must!" from last week? Stepping into the Borivali National Park at 6.00a.m, we start our warm ups. Following the excellent warming up training by the Striders group of Powai, we finish our warm ups and get ready for the run. The fresh air inviting, we begin our run. Surprisingly, being the new year, there is NO crowd in the national park. Everyone else must have been sleeping joyfully after celebrating the new year break. But not us; we gleefully accepted the invitation from nature - fresh air, chirping birds, inviting greenery on a quiet morning. Borivali National Park is among the best places to practise for a marathon in Mumbai. With almost no traffic and well placed slopes, it is a joy running here. Slowly jogging for the initial 500metres, we get into a rhythm in the next 1km or so...this will be critical as our trainers have told. Get into a rhythm, neither too fast, nor too slow. To obtain the optimum biomechanic efficiency, we should sync our steps to the breathing, which is all rhythm is. Halfway the knees begs you to rest, the heart begs you to listen to the knees but the mind begs to differ. The wise thing is to slow down, walk a little and continue the run. And this is a surprising thing i learnt - WALKING is acceptable! WoW, what a relief it was, when i first heard this while training for the marathon. People (atleast I) always misconstrued that marathon means we got to run the whole 42kms. And how wrong (luckily!) we were. If we are running a race, it makes sense not to walk. But our goal here is to complete and not within a record time! So the learning is listen to your heart and to your mind, and respect your body. Just over 2 hours into the running, and near the completion, my mind wakes up to a victory jingle. What a great way to welcome the new year. Bombay Jayashri is quietly mesmerizing my morning in her own way with her 'Kulirntha Katru' song from the Bharathiyar songs collection in my Phone. If you have a chance to hear it, please do. One of the Marathon websites has this in its banner "Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired." - George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian Well Said. Join the Run. Enjoy the experience. Happy New year.
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Pre Marathon activities at L&T

“L&T is strongly committed towards fulfilling its social obligations of conducting business. The company supports various community welfare programs in health care, education & rural development. Across the company there is a total commitment for environment, safety, health & conservation of natural resources. L&T is happy to be associated with Save The Children India in such community welfare programs.” Mr A M Naik Chairman and Managing Director, Larsen and Toubro Limited   As part of our pre marathon activation, we visited the employees at Larsen and Toubro’s office in Powai and were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm that they showed towards the causes that we support. We took them through our organization and the various projects we undertake, and ended the session with an interactive program which was enjoyed by all. We thank them for supporting us in the Mumbai Marathon and look forward to a great event on the 20th of January!
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Meet Sureshbhai, a Master Trainer from Dharampur in Dist Valsad

Meet Sureshbhai, a Master Trainer from Dharampur in Dist Valsad
  Sureshbhai Padvi lives in the small village of Nani Kosbari in the tribal block of Dharampur in Dist Valsad (Gujarat). He grows rice, niger, chillies and brinjal in his 1 acre plot of land.  Whatever grows on his land feeds his family of 5. In the agricultural off season Sureshbhai would go to Valsad or Vapi and look for manual work. He would make around Rs 20,000 per year from growing vegetables, mangoes for sale and labour. In 2009, he started beekeeping with UTMT's help. Since then he has stopped migrating. The honey from his 12 boxes gives him an income of Rs 1500 per month in the off season.  Sureshbhai regrets leaving school early due to poverty. He is determined to educate his children and will use the money from selling honey for this.  Having developed excellent beekeeping and training skills, today beekeeping goes farther than economic and agricultural benefits. He has quit drinking since he started beekeeping. Sureshbhai sees beekeeping as a constant learning experience - which he enjoys sharing in his role as Master Trainer.  Managing his own box and 50 others in his village, Sureshbhai is a true example of the change that beekeeping has brought about in the area. Sureshbhai ran SCMM 2012 with Under The Mango Tree!    
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Apnalaya Conducts Capacity-Building Training Seminar and Workshop for the Youth

Apnalaya Conducts Capacity-Building Training Seminar and Workshop for the Youth
With the objective of training the youth with social entrepreneurship and life skills, Apnalaya conducted "Learning Life Skills and Beyond" training seminar and workshop last December 28-29, 2012 at JJ Nursing Home in Malad, Mumbai.  The event was participated in by 49 students, mostly 8-9th standards, who are currently enrolled in the Education Sponsorship Programme at Apnalaya.   Topics in the two-day training included four building blocks to success: (1) The Importance of Values; (2) The Importance of Knowledge; (3) The Importance of Skills; and (4) The Importance of Communications.  The student participants listened to lectures, participated in workshop activities and wrote journal entries for their reflections.      
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