“Don’t turn your face away. 
Once you’ve seen, you can no longer act like you don’t know.
Open your eyes to the truth. It’s all around you.
Don’t deny what the eyes to your soul have revealed to you.

Now that you know, you cannot feign ignorance.
Now that you’re aware of the problem, you cannot pretend you don’t care.
To be concerned is to be human.
To act is to care.”  – Vashti Quiroz -Vega

This is the spirit of Project Urvi. This is what we wanted to spread among many people around us. All we asked them is to adopt a village, be its voice, speak about it and speak for it. Almost everyone discouraged us. They said no one would come forward to own a village and be it voice. But, we believed in the human spirit of togetherness.

We don’t claim a great number today. But we have started. We have three people from three different villages of Maharashtra respond to our clarion call. We have published a few weeks ago the photographs forwarded by Munaf Patel of Taloja village and Ashish Kolhe from Gulanchwadi.

Today, we have Dr. Suresh Pawar from Bichukale village. He has not only forwarded the photographs but also appended a short note describing the event. We are delighted. If you think we are insane and going crazy for miniscule wins, you are allowed to think so.

We are delighted because we understand that a journey of thousand miles starts with a small, single step and we have already taken three steps forward!

Here we go with the short note forwarded into our Whatsapp group by one of our Project Urvi’s Voluntary News Contributor from Bichukale village, Dr. Suresh Pawar. We didn’t edit the copy. We don’t want to look into the Grammar and semantics of the write up. We know this is a late post. It doesn’t matter. How many of us know about this village? How many of us cleaned our surroundings like these villagers? How many of us shouted aloud about a good work or an issue amidst us?

We don’t know the answers. You can search for the answers. If you find any, please share it with us because its worth publishing. For the moment, enjoy the journey of unleashing the rural voices of India with News With Chai’s Project Urvi.

Short Note By Dr. Suresh Pawar from Bichukale Village:

On 15th August, 2014, we ‘Bichukalekars‘ conducted a tree plantation campaign.

“What to do on 26th January?”, was the question in everybody’s mind. 15 days ago, a member of the village’s Whatsapp group suggested to organize Graam Swachchhata Abhiyaan. Each and everyone was personally called and asked about it, to which they gave a positive response. On 24th a meeting was held in which placards were made and pamphlets were distributed. On 25th, an awareness walk regarding the Graam Swachchhata Abhiyaan was held in the morning by the students of the school. After that, 5 groups were made consisting children and the youth. Around 250 people had participated. 3 days before this, the Graam Panchaayat had cleaned the gutters. Everyone had participated enthusiastically and the village was looking clean and beautiful. Our group also felicitated the students who had brought glory to the village in the district and taluka level in sports.

After reading this if you feel like agreeing with Mahatma Gandhi that “a small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history”, you are welcome.

More Photos Of Graam Swachchata Abhiyaan @ Bichukale Village



You may mail Dr. Suresh Pawar on [email protected] for more details about his village, Bichukale of Satara District, Maharashtra.

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