Friday, 24 February 2012

Nanded I Care - An Example

Modelling is the best way of learning.
Ravi Rode, one of the active members of 'Nanded I Care', has been kind enough to write this guest post. The idea is to create a model which can be replicated. This post will be very useful for all those who already have some base created in their cities, or towns as a group of people wanting to do something for the places they live in.


Remember, if you are not a part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem!


Ravi Rode's brilliant piece....

"Life is very beautiful. Everyone wants that he should spend every moment of his life with happiness. As far as I am concerned, as a citizen of Nanded, I want that there should be 24 hr electricity supply, clean city , no traffic congestion, everyone should follow signals…………………and so on
BUT
This is what “I want or I think” !!!
Everyone always says - “Govt. should do this, politicians should do this, Corporation should do this” and so on…
But very few people say , “ I SHOULD START SOMETHING SO THAT I AM ABLE TO ACHIEVE THE ABOVE GOALS FOR MY CITY.” 


On facebook we had a social group by the name of ‘Nandedians’ .We used that for fun, entertainment and gossiping . There were some really good posts and suggestions which indicated that lots of students/citizens were ready to do something for the city.
Dr. Nipun Vinayak Sir (Commissioner of Nanded ) made an appeal (personally) to that group to take a meeting of all those who really wanted to do something for the city..http://www.facebook.com/groups/nandedians/permalink/246791205378350/


About 30 people gathered for the meeting. All of us wanted to do something for our city. So we decided that we should spend at least 1 hour per week working for the city. In the same meeting we also finalized some basic principles of our group. Dr. Nipun Vinayak Sir named this “Practical’’ (working) group as “NANDED I CARE”.





The principles were
1) Start from SELF.
2) Do something. Don’t just discuss.
3) Maintain Values
4) Apolitical
5) Share own experiences to motivate others.



We also tentatively decided the subjects on which we should work

1) Traffic issues like following of signals, lane driving, right parking etc.
2) Anti- polythene awareness
3) Eve teasing
4) Use of dust-bin etc.


We collectively decided to begin to follow the above subjects at least in our homes. 
Then we created a facebook group by the name NANDED I CARE to inform members about events, discussion of issues and sharing of our group activities etc .


Meanwhile we added more people to this group on facebook. Then we called everyone for an event at Vazirabaad (main market in Nanded) on Sunday 27/11/2011, to try to solve the traffic problems. About 25 of us had gathered there. I personally arranged some whistles and small I-card (logo print out of size 2x2 inches). 
We parked the two wheelers properly and also ensured that the car drivers park their vehicles at the proper parking place.
We also finalized our logo which had a Marathi tag line “Ek taas Shehrasaathi” which means “One hour for the city”
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=228979890508142&set=o.254176077952188&type=1&ref=nf
In one of the events some senior members were absent but great efforts were taken by the newcomers to make the event successful. This was appreciated by all the senior members and they congratulated all those who had worked. The seniority in this group is not based on the post/ educations/ social status of the individual but on the number of times an individual had participated in the events.
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=233292746743523&set=o.254176077952188&type=1&ref=nf
Then we never stopped and have completed/taken 15 events till now. Which were based on traffic management, lane system, etc. Simultaneously, we arranged some awareness programs at some of the biggest coaching classes, colleges etc. and talked to them about our aims.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.264418596927936&type=1
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=292294030826752&set=oa.279064405463355&type=1&ref=nf
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.277017705668025&type=1
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.273107886059007&type=1

At the same time, some women’s societies triggered by the Corporation decided that they would not use POLYTHENE and also began to separate their waste as Wet Waste and Dry waste for proper recycling . We, the members of Nanded – I care, felt that we should do something so that these ladies groups get encouraged and others are also motivated to do the same.Thus, on behalf of Nanded- I care, I got printed some Appreciation Certificates and our group distributed it to those



 women.


http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=178429575595859&set=o.254176077952188&type=1&ref=nf
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=268127323260065&set=oa.282134361823026&type=1&theater
Last two events we moved to the issue of POLYTHENE, and requested the shopkeepers and hawkers to use JUTE carry bags but they told that
1) It is costly
2) Other options are not available in the local market
3) They can’t distinguish between polythene/plastic/jute bags


http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=183557668416383&set=o.254176077952188&type=1&ref=nf
So we stopped this ISSUE for some time to understand it in detail, study the options available and decide how best we could help to make the city ‘Polythene Free’.

In future we are planning to undertake different programs to bring awareness among people regarding different issues like Learning license camps, “LETS VOTE “march, etc.

Some respectable people from cities like Shillong (Meghalaya), Pusad (MH) are also interested to start a similar MOVEMENT like “Nanded I Care”. We heartily welcome them and ensure our full support. We also appeal to the entire Nation to do the same and contribute their own bit to build an ’IDEAL INDIA’

WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA ARE TRYING TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS MAKING MY INDIA ‘IDEAL’ ; ’NANDED I CARE ‘ IS A MEDIUM TO DO THAT…
THANKING YOU

RAVI RODE
Nanded- I Care" 

Please do leave behind your thoughts, views, queries and comments for all to get inspired.

Dilip Patel





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