The Youth and Leadership Training Programme (YLTP) is a workshop that teaches youngsters to conduct stress-elimination courses and take up social responsibility. Inspired by the teachings of Poojya Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji, Mr.Charan Singh, along with the Yuvacharyas who have undergone the Youth Leadership Training Programme, decided to organise something similar in Haryana. They undertook as many as 20 different projects under the YLTP in order to improve the living conditions of people belonging to remote areas of Haryana. The developmental projects touched the lives of different people including youth, children and women. They were carried out across 7 different villages namely Khanda Khedi, Jamni Kheda, Petwad, Bans, Panchkula, Bhadso and Mirchpur in Hisar district. The costs incurred by the Art of Living were approximately 70,000 rupees, covering the entire programme.
The projects undertaken in Khanda Khedi ranged from cleanliness camps to establishing a brotherly relationship amongst Dalits and other castes, constructing a by-pass road, doing repair work at a hospital, a bus stop and for a school building, educational awareness, tree plantations, etc. Some of the details are given below:
* Educational Awareness amongst children and local residents:
In order to create awareness on the importance of education amongst children and to inspire them to attend school regularly, a rally was held on a regular basis, from September 14, 2007 to January 31, 2008.
A free coaching class for students appearing for the board examinations was organised for the children belonging to the backward community.
* Formation of a committee for establishing a brotherly relationship amongst Dalits and other castes:
In order to establish a brotherly relationship amongst Dalits and people of other castes, a committee was formed on August 15, 2007, as a part of the Independence Day celebrations. On this occasion all participants belonging to different castes were requested to sit together. Eminent personalities from society expressed their opinions on the social and economic development of the Dalits and discussed the implementation of new projects for their development.
* Construction of a by-pass road:
A by-pass road was made by constructing a dam 600 feet long, 15 feet wide and 5.5 feet high. This by-pass would save the villagers a lot of time on a daily basis. This project was completed on April 16, 2007.
* Supervision of the construction of a new building and organisation of a cultural programme for the Central Senior Secondary High School:
A month long supervision was provided for the construction of a new building for the Central Senior Secondary High School in May, 2007. A Cultural Programme was organised on September 11, 2007 which was attended by eminent persons like social workers, Captain Abhimanyu (Chief Guest), the ex-head of Khanda Khedi village Mr. Jaspal Singh and District Coordinator Mr. Ajmer Singh. Donations were made by the Chief Guest to the school and the Art of Living in order to implement different developmental projects in the village.
* Tree plantations at various locations:
5,820 trees were planted near ponds, in hospital premises, on barren land and other places, by volunteers of The Art of Living, along with the local people.
* Construction and repair work in a school, a hospital, a children’s playground and at the main bus terminus:
On June 10, 2007, 45 pots for plants were donated to a School and the main gate of the school was repaired. New cement covers were made for the drain flowing in front of the school. 25 pots were given to a hospital and the main gate was also repaired. Repair work of a children’s playground was done by filling in soil in the holes which had developed due to cattle straying into the playground. A broken wall of the playground was repaired and a new iron gate was erected at the entrance in February, 2007. A sitting platform was constructed for the passengers at the main Bus Terminus.
* Organisation of a Kabaddi competition:
A Kabaddi competition was organised from February 11 to 13, 2007. On this occasion other sports activities like Wrestling, Volley Ball and a Marathon were also organised. The Kabaddi competition was inaugurated by the ex-head of Khanda Khedi Village Mr. Jaspal Singh. He made donations and distributed prizes to the winners.
* Organisation of a cleanliness camp:
All lanes, drainage systems and the main road of the village were cleaned and the garbage was deposited in the farm lands situated on the outskirts of the village in January, 2007.
* Distribution and plantation of trees in Jamni Kheda village:
Trees were planted at various places and tree saplings were distributed to the local residents for planting them in their house and farm lands on July 19, 2007.
* Organisation of an Economic Self- Sufficiency training programme for the womenfolk of Petwad village:
In order to make the women belonging to the economically backward sections economically self- sufficient, a Sri Sri Tailoring Centre was started which imparted free training from March 1, 2007 to August 31, 2007. Nearly 40 to 45 women benefited from this training programme.
* Organisation of a cultural rally in Petwad village:
A cultural rally was organised on April 25, 2007 to create a brotherly feeling amongst local residents. Eminent personalities had participated in this rally.
* Organisation of an Earthen Pot rally for creating awareness amongst people on Human Values in Bans village:
An Earthen Pot rally was organised to create awareness amongst the people on Human Values and in order to inspire them to taking measures on improving the living conditions of society, on March 8, 2007. Nearly 1,700 men and women participated in this event.
* Organisation of a Fire Sacrifice (Yagna) for World Peace in Bans Village:
A Yagna for World Peace was performed for seven days from March 1, 2007 to March 7, 2007 for spreading the message of love, peace and prosperity. Nearly ten thousand local residents including eminent personalities from all walks of life participated in this event.
* Organisation of the Youth and Leadership Training Programmes and The Art of Living Part I Course in Mata Mansa Devi Temple, Panchkula village:
Through out the year, YLTPs & The Art of Living Part 1 courses were organised, which benefited more than 120 young boys and girls.
* Organisation of the Youth and Leadership Training Programmes in Mirchpur & Bhadso villages:
More than 80 youngsters participated in the Youth and Leadership Training Programmes organised around the year. This training definitely would have an impact on the future of the villages since so many new youth leaders were born who dared to take up social responsibility. This is bound to make a big difference in the long run.
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