Shramdaan: Simple Act Significant Impact
The Executive Committee of Ark Foundation met on April 02, 2004 and
resolved to meet on April 18, 2004 to:
1. Present Annual Report
a. Delhi Activities
b. Aligarh Activities
c. Kataila Activities
2. Discussion on the last year's development report of the
3. Panel Discussion on "Shramdaan: Simple Act Significant Impact"
1. Prof. V.K. Tripathi
2. Prof. Anand Kumar
3. Mr. Vishwa Deepak
4. We are in touch with other distinguished persons to address
and participate in the panel discussion.
5. Election of ARK Team for year-2004
Proposed candidates for the election.
Chairman: Dr. Shaheen Ansari
Vice-Chairman: Sudhyan Negi
Secretaries: Sneha Singh
Joint Secretary: Dr. Ahmad Khan
Treasurer: Satyajit Puhan
Director: Ruby Siddiqui
Editor: Mohan Mishra
Proposed candidates for the selection/appointment
Chief Executive Officer: Abdul Halim
Chief Programme Coordinator: Annie Romanos
Volunteer Coordinator: David Follington
Coordinator, Friends of Ark: Alex Popovich
Director, Educational Programme: Rushda Siddiqui
Director, Health Programme: Pallavi Sharan
Director, Jharkhand ARK Team: Amarji Singh
Director, Uttar Pradesh ARK Team: Jitendra Rai
Director, Aligarh Programme: Arif Hasan
1. Please suggest some more names for the panel discussion
2. Those who cannon come to Delhi to attend the Annual General
Body Meeting and Panel Discussion they can still share their
views on "Shramdaan: Simple Act Significant Impact".
3. Just write and email to us. It will be read on behalf of the
4. We are open to suggestions to make it a successful meet.
ALL ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS AND EXPERIENCES.
Venue: SSS Committee Room, JNU, New Delhi.
Date: Sunday, April 18, 2004
Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
For detail please contact Sneha (011-32538170), Ahmad (9810208924),
Richa and Halim (011-26717332). Or write to shaheen@... and
Shramdaan has been derived from two Sanskrit words shram (labour) and
daan (donation) meaning donation of labour. In the past Shramdaan
had played a significant role in building dams, water tanks, schools
and monasteries etc. Now the tradition of Shramdaan is on the verge
of extinction which needs to be preserved and encouraged among
children, youth and elders of our society before it becomes a part of
Ark is a volunteer based organisation and encourages people to
volunteer at least two hours a week. "Two Hours a Week" programme is
very successful among students. This allows them to go to Ark
Education Centres to teach while pursuing their education.
Successful experiments at Dhapo Slum (New Delhi), Jamalpur (Aligarh)
and Kataila village (Ghazipur) strengthen our belief in the
significant role of Shramdaan in bringing some positive change in our
It is because of this reason we are meeting on April 18,2004 so that
we can revive our culture of Shramdaan. We are successfully running
education centres at three places without creating any hurdle or
problem in the regular work of our volunteers. We need to work on it
to give a model so that it can be replicated in other places as well.
The important point is to work on a model to translate labour of
ordinary people (volunteers) for extra ordinary result- Kataila is
the best example. Here we are able to run a High School with the help
of villagers. We just organised them and result is before us. In
November 2002 UP government recognised it till 5th standard. This
year we have introduced 11th standard also. It is because of this
that every year 15-20 girls fro the village pass 10th standard.
Students of AMU, Aligarh are giving two hours a week to run an
evening school in Jamalpur. We are receiving 150 children. About 100
are girls and about 70% of them never visited a school and others are
school drop outs. We are working on making them to rejoin main stream
Same is the story with Dhapo Slum, New Delhi, where JNU students are