On 20th and 21st July 2011, an orientation training of the Vikas Mitra Fellows has been organized. The training will include presentations on past fellows’ experiences of working on social issues in their region. They will also be oriented about the recent Right to Education Act, NREGA, ICDS and other welfare schemes and programs by the Government. The objective is to provide these fellows with information on these issues so as they can address problems with the implementation of these programs in their villages. The training will also aim to acquaint them about the expectations from them in this fellowship program including their roles and responsibilities. Each fellow will have access to a mentor while working on social issues in his/her village.
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The objective of the Vikas Mitra Fellowship Programme is to encourage conscientious people to assume leadership roles concerning the integrated development of their village and nearby surrounding areas. In addition, it is also intended that such leadership from the fellows will be instrumental in disseminating the values of community work within the surrounding society.
During my 19 months overseeing the fellowship programme, I was truly inspired by the thorough and determined efforts of the fellows. They proved to be strong leaders within their communities and diligently focused on pertinent issues that had emerged in their areas. To alleviate longstanding, deeply rooted issues at a grassroots level proved difficult and challenging because there is often resistance to change. Yet, with perseverance the fellows continue to bring reform to Anganwari Centres, challenge local mautana issues, fight against NREGA corruption, conserve the local environment and forest, and combat harmful village traditions.
With the generous support of funders, I have seen the Vikas Mitra Fellowship Programme empower and assist these community leaders in building the confidence, skills, and knowledge needed to successfully overcome local issues. With continued support, I truly feel the fellows can alleviate the issues of their villages and significantly change and impact their communities.