WHAT WE STAND FOR
Loksadhana is an NGO working for education. Education is the foundation of a well developed nation. Investing in the education of underprivileged children will lead to creating successful citizens. These independent citizens will then become the backbone of a productive economy leading to economic growth.
Education promotes entrepreneurial skills in poor children who would otherwise be a victim to poverty causing them ill-health. Without access to health care they will be crippled for their entire life.
Loksadhana Public Charitable trust is an NGO that works on educating the under privileged children from low income families in and around Chikhalgoan village, This NGO for Education is situated in Ratnagiri District, Taluka- Dapoli. Chikhalgoan is a birth place of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak who laid the foundation of India’s Independence Movement during the British rule.
OurHistoryEven after 40 years after Independence, Chikhalgaon had long been economically secluded with no access to Education, Health Care, Roads, Electricity and basic rural infrastructure .
Dr. Raja Dandekar after completing his degree in Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Tilak Ayurveda College, Pune went to Chikhalgoan along with his wife Mrs. Renu Dandekar who is M.A. Scholar, M.Ed. and a Professor. The couple has worked relentlessly for the upbringing of the poor children in and around Chikhalgoan. They have provided them with education and healthcare facilities. Mrs. Renu Dandekar says, “The attempt to create a different educational structure from social perspective has been made in Chikhalgaon. Today, the country is in need of people thinking creatively, and therefore Loksadhana is carrying out work in that way.“
Loksadhana’s Mission & Vision
In a small village, just off the Konkan coast nestled between a patch of hills you can hear the cackling of little children running home after school. Lokmanya Sarvajanik Dharmaday Nyas (the Lokmanya Public Charitable Trust) is an NGO focusing on Education that runs a day-boarding and residential school for over 450 children from in and around Chikhalgaon village. Drawing from Tilak’s thoughts that education is the only foolproof path to development, a group of public spirited persons put their minds together and brought alive this Trust in 1982.
An ideal way to construct a prosperous nation is by educating the kids. This idea relentlessly drives us in our efforts to establish an education infrastructure in rural and tribal areas.
Our concept of education does not limit to literacy only. Through our primary and secondary schools we groom students in technical areas, rural industries, agriculture and agro-processing sciences.
Exhibitions in agricultural activities. Workshops on agro based industries, training programmes on vermicompost and activities like social forestry and plantation have enhanced the state of agriculture in the villages around Chikhalgaon.
The villages around Chikhalgaon were deprived of any medical infrastructure until as late as the nineties. The trust promotes convenient and practicable Indian system of medicine.
Eventually the activity graduated in to array of rural healthcare programmes promoting blood donation, cooking, cleanliness, sanitation, etc.
Loksadhana conducts various programs in the village for women empowerment.
A Girl with a Book, a Pen and the guidance of a good teacher is the first step to the abolition of poverty.
Oftentimes, in villages, women are beaten up by their husbands and go through a lot of suffering due to their inability to get a well-paid job. Sometimes, also after unnatural death of their husbands, women are unable to raise their family and have to undergo hardships. However if we teach them to read and write they are not only able to get well-paid jobs, they can also become successful entrepreneurs.
Our aim at Loksadhana is to guide and train these women teach them various skills and make them self sufficient in their lives.
Our aim at Loksadhana is to disseminate the knowledge of the benefits of science and technological innovations to the rural sector by equipping them with the latest tools.
Loksadhana carries out various projects such as solar panel installation and other means of energy production.
In the community development efforts, we take step towards weaving a healthy social fabric. It helps individual with necessary social support and the society to resolve their common issues. The rural community is further strengthened through Women Empowerment.
Organising events and festivals have helped bringing people closer. Encouraging social and political formations like gram sabhas have helped them resolve their issues.
Aims and Objectives
- Relief to Economically Backwards
- Agricultural Development and Research
- Research & Encouragement relating to the industrial field
- Encouragement and Development in the field of Artistic Skill, Games, etc.
- Medical Relief
- Educational Relief
- Creating Awareness regarding Family Planning
From Our Founders
“Loksadhana is an effort towards our goal. We always knew the goal right from the beginning. We understood the needs of the people, the real pain points of the people living in villages and founded this trust in 1982. Education, rural health, agriculture, women empowerment and overall rural development are our main objectives. Now most of our students have established their own businesses. We taught them the entrepreneurial skills so that the talent does not wash away to the cities. We feel that our efforts have now started bearing fruits.”