Monday, November 7, 2016

Fort replica making competition and Deepotsav

Diwali Celebrations: Fort replica making competition and Deepotsav: For decades, it has been a tradition among the young children in Maharashtra to make miniature replicas of various hill forts, using soil and stones. This is a unique way of blending historical heritage with fun and creativity. JBGVS Samaj Seva Kendra (SSK) had organized an interesting fort making competition at its Akurdi headquarters. A total of 12 groups of children from the surrounding suburbs participated in the same and best performing three groups were felicitated. All participants were given consolation prizes.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

SSK Sakhi Diwali Fair Aurangabad

As a part of the SSK Sakhi Diwali Fair in Aurangabad, an exhibition of products made by women and Self Help Groups (SHGs) from the city was organized at the JBGVS premises, from 21st October to 23rd October 2016. A total of 30 women entrepreneurs participated in the exhibition with products such as clothes, ready-to-eat snacks and imitation jewellery. The total sale from all the stalls aggregated to about Rs 1.30 lakhs.

SSK Sakhi Diwali Fair in Wardha

SSK Sakhi Diwali Fair 2016 in Wardha had a total of 30 stalls, which garnered about Rs 1,50,000 revenue. People from various age groups including school students, college students and housewives attended the fair. Some of the highlights of the stalls included clay images (murti) of Goddess Laxmi and hand-made brooms.

SSK Sakhi Diwali Fair in Akurdi (Pune)

As a part of the SSK Sakhi Diwali Fair at Akurdi in Pimpri-Chindhwad near Pune, an exhibition of the products made by women and SHGs from the city was held at JBGVS premises from 20th  October to 23rd October 2016. A total of 70 women entrepreneurs participated in the exhibition. The fair also had a special theme titled “Say no to plastic bags”, which highlighted the menace of indiscriminate use of plastic bags.

The fair was inaugurated at the hands of Ms Anjali Pendase, Director, Manobal Sanstha, who delivered a very inspiring speech to women in general and stall holders in particular. Mr Madhur Bajaj, Vice Chairman, Bajaj Auto; Mr C P Tripathi, Chairman, JBGVS and Col V G Deshmukh were also present at the time of valedictory function. 

A unique competition was also organized for the stall owners, which considered criteria like cleanliness, decoration and salesmanship. Mrs Hemangini Thanawala was invited to select the  three best stalls. Bamboo craft making stall got the 1st prize, while the food and homemade Ayurvedic products stalls received the 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively. To encourage stall holders, five more runner-ups were also felicitated. A nominal entry fee of Rs 100 per stall was charged to the participants.

During the four-day period, around 5000 visitors from Pimpri-Chinchwad visited the exhibition. Visitors included SHGs, NGOs, BAL employees, corporators and women from JBGVS project areas from Pune district. Some cultural programmes, game shows and a lucky draw was also arranged for the visitors to enhance foot falls. The response was very encouraging. Total sale from all stalls was about Rs eight lakhs, while JBGVS spent about Rs 1.45 lakhs to organize the fair.

Due to the good response, the stall owners were very happy. They also thanked SSK for the facilities and support provided during the fair. All of them expressed their willingness to attend such type of exhibitions in future.