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RAMAKRISHNA ASHRAMA & RAMAKRISHNA MISSION ASHRAMA
KISHANPUR, DEHRADUN, UTTARAKHAND, INDIA, PH. No.-0135-2734355
        e-mail - rkakpr@vsnl.net, rkmdehradun@gmail.com
(A Branch Centre of Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal)
 

Welfare Activities of Ramakrishna Mission, Kishanpur, Dehradun

The Ramakrishna Mission, as distinct from the Ramakrishna Ashrama, works on the principle of ‘Seva’ or ‘detached self-less service’ to humanity as preached by Swami Vivekananda. The Dehradun Center of the Ramakrishna Mission also offers its services on various fronts to develop character and personality of youth and to mitigate poverty, disease & unemployment in the society. The recipients of it are mostly the deprived and vulnerable sections of society. Some of the services of Dehradun Centre are grouped as below followed by a brief description of each activity :-

 

  1. 150th Birth Anniversary Celebration (2010-2014) of Swami Vivekananda
  2. Value Education and Youth Welfare
  3. Medical Care
  4. Vocational Training
  5. Women Empowerment
  6. Adult Education
  7. Non-formal Education
  8. Rural Development
  9. Winter Relief
  10. Hunger Mitigation

1) 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrations (2010-2014) of Swami Vivekananda

  1. Implementation of Gadadhar Abhyudya Prakalpa (Integrated Child Development Programme)
    This project aims at the Physical, Mental and Intellectual development of poor children up to 12 years old and living in slum areas of Dehradun. The group size is not more than 100 children in each group.
    The Kishanpur Ashrama has arranged classrooms & earmarked an open area where they are given education punctuated with regular health checkup, P.T., outdoor games, Yoga, entertainment through picnics, excursions, magic shows, screening of good films for children. They are distributed clothes/uniform, bags, stationery items and toothpaste etc. for inculcating discipline & personal hygiene.
  2. Implementation of Vivekananda Swasthya Pariseva Prakalpa (Children’s Health Service Programme)
    This project aims at the improvement of children’s health, especially elimination of malnutrition through providing nutritious food and health education to pregnant and lactating mothers and small children. Currently the programme is being implemented in three locations, namely - Ashrama premises for Lactating & pregnant mothers, slums of Sapera Basti & Baori Shiv Mandir, Rajpur.
  3. Organisation of District-level, State-level & Regional-level competitions for school & college students between Nov’2011 and March’2012:
    1. Essay contest for undergraduates & graduates
    2. Elocution contest for students of 11th & 12th standard
    3. Quiz contest for students of 8th, 9th & 10th standard
  4. Organisation of a Seminar on Religious Harmony on 4th & 5th Feb’2012 at Ramakrishna Ashrama, Kishanpur, Dehradun. 
    • Brief Programme for Saturday, 4th Feb '2012: Registration at 8:30 A.M. followed by Inaugural Session (09:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.), First Session on "Harmony in Religious End" (11:30 A.M. to 01:15 P.M.) and Second Session on "Harmony in Religious Means" (02:30 P.M. to 05:00 P.M.)
    • Brief Programme for Sunday, 5th Feb '2012: Third Session on Theme: Love and Service: Where Religions Meet (09:30 A.M. to 01:30 P.M.) followed by Panel Discussion on "Role of Religion in building Better India" (02:30 P.M. to 05:00 P.M.)

2) Value Education and Youth Welfare

  1. National Youth Day is celebrated on 12th January every year to mark the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, where students from various schools & colleges participate in cultural programmes and deliberate on Swamiji’s message for the youth.
  2. Value Education’ is imparted to youngsters in schools on a regular basis. Faculty members & experts visit regularly to various schools & colleges and conduct workshops for both students and teachers.
  3. Weekly workshop on Effective Life Management is held in the Ashrama premises every Sunday. It is a one-hour session on Personality Development, particularly for the youth. It includes guided meditation and counseling through interactive question answer session.
  4. Annual competitions are held every year for school students, who are invited to participate in competition on elocution, painting, sit and draw, quiz and essay writing on themes of positive values.
  5. Short duration courses on ‘personality development’ are conducted every year for students during school/college vacations.

This centre has developed an excellent module of training for ‘enablement and skill development’ that is in high demand among the academic circles in the town. It draws trainees from other centers of the Ashrama as well. Regular lectures are undertaken in different educational institutions and universities.


3) Medical Care

  1. The Ashram dispensary provides free and multi-specialty medical care to the poor.
  2. Medicines are supplied & distributed free of cost among the economically deprived sections of the society.
  3. Its mobile medical van takes doctor and medicines to the interior villages.
  4. It conducts special project like ‘Eye-care’ for school children.
  5. It facilitates surgical removal of cataract of the eye of the poor old people of the remote hilly villages.
  6. It organizes free medical camps for slum dwellers.

4) Vocational training
Regular training sessions are held for the rural and unemployed youth to help them earn livelihood.
Fruit orchards and a demonstration farm developed in a portion of the Ashrama land acts as a venue for practical training using the most advanced scientific methods in:

  1. Beekeeping
  2. Organic farming
  3. Dairy
  4. Solid Waste Management
  5. Bio-gas: tapping energy from bio-waste
  6. City farming
  7. Production of valuable composts, e.g. vermin compost, leafy compost, etc.
  8. Horticulture
  9. Food and Fruit Processing
  10. Azolla cultivation
  11. Rainwater harvesting

Underground water tanks have been constructed in the Ashrama premises for harvesting rainwater. Cow dung obtained in-house from Ashrama’s cowshed is fed in the Gobar gas plant installed in the Ashrama premises. The bio-gas so produced from this plant successfully caters to the needs of light and cooking in Ashrama’s kitchen, remarkably reducing the need of LPG cylinders. The working & installation of this device is demonstrated as one of the most convenient and cost efficient method of obtaining energy in the rural areas. As a live demonstration of solid-waste management, green-leafy materials from Ashrama’s orchards and food waste from Ashrama’s kitchen are utlised to form the degraded fermenting material with the dung, thereby producing compost. Multi-tasking in organic farming at Ashrama’s farm includes management of soil fertility and management of nutrients by NADIP system, waste water treatment from kitchen and toilets for horticulture & irrigation purposes, various bacteria are being used using biocaps utilizing bio-degradable waste for producing essential micronutrients for plants.


5) Women empowerment
Several empowerment programmes are conducted for the vulnerable women in slums and villages. Under one such scheme, regular tailoring classes are held and sewing machines along with tailoring kit have been distributed to a group of needy women, besides providing them with regular health checkups and exposing them to the best practices in personal hygiene, childcare & financial independence.


6) Adult Education
It conducts adult education programme for the uneducated in the villages.


7) Non-formal Education
Free coaching centres are conducted for school dropouts and for young boys and girls who are unable to attend formal schooling.


8) Rural Development
Under a scheme, clean water and basic sanitary facilities are being installed in villages and rural schools. The water falls and natural water springs in the nearby Mussoorie hills have been channelised to human habitations and agricultural areas by gools and then stored in sizeable cement-made storage tanks to be used for minor irrigation & supply of drinking water.


9) Winter Relief
The marginalized people affected by extreme weather conditions are given free supply of garments and blankets.


10) Hunger Mitigation
Under this project, the marginalized people affected by high price of food are given free supply of food-grains and oil.