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Dr. Jai Pawar brings with her a rich experience of more than two decades, initially with GEER Foundation and subsequently with Gujarat Ecology Commission (GEC). Since 2007, she has demonstrated abilities to take up challenging tasks at the Deepak Foundation. Her ability to work with team across board and bringing meaningful change via her work is what sets Dr. Pawar apart. Know for her simplicity, confidence, and knowledge she already has a wide acceptance within the Foundation and various government agencies.
She has been successful in creating new avenues and dimensions to the development sectors undertaken by the Foundation in the past. In addition to her core sectors – Livelihood Promotion & Skills Building, Dr. Jai has also exhibited her expertise in diverse sectors and dealing with various donor organizations, be in government or Corporate or any other organization for fund raising.
Shri Sudhir Tripathi, IAS (Retd) was the chief secretary of Jharkhand State from February 8, 2018 till his retirement on March 31, 2019. He was further appointed as the chairman of the Jharkhand Public Service Commission on April 1, 2019 till September 26, 2020.
Over 40 years’ experience in Natural Resource Management and Rural livelihoods, Shri Girish Sohani worked on Village Production Systems, Appropriate Technology, Agribusiness and nurturing Farmer Producer Organisations and special involvement in work on Sustainable Development, Circular Economy, and Interdisciplinary Programme Management. He had served as an expert on various Committees of State and Central Government, NABARD, National and International Agencies.
Nidaan Van will have been acknowledged to be useful in providing quality diagnostic services for underprivileged and hard to reach areas where diagnostic facilities/providers are non-existent, non-functional, or inaccessible.
The project intends to achieve the following specific objectives:
• To initiate mobile diagnostic services in rural & tribal communities residing in the remotest area.
• To improve timely diagnosis & referral which reduces morbidity & mortality.
• To conduct timely universal drug susceptibility testing (UDST) for diagnosed TB patients.
• To create awareness by health promotional activity.
Music is deeply ingrained in all of us in various degrees. Music is something that can be enjoyed by all and sundry alike. Music is a therapy in itself and has the capacity to rejuvenate. We at Samaj Suraksha Sankul always believed that music as a therapy could help its students to relax and with a bit of help, they could add playing knowledge of various instruments to their repertoire of skills. Sankul has a Music teacher who teaches the kids different musical instruments like Guitar, Piano, and Octapad along with vocal music classes. The children totally enjoy it. One day, the idea of a band for the children was naturally cropped up. Why not? The children were already learning music and various music instruments and a music band was a natural culmination for the learning.
We were keen and waiting for an appropriate opportunity for the students to demonstrate their skill sets. Finally, the much-awaited opportunity came knocking. The band of the students, Sankul Band, were invited to perform in Vadodara Marathon. As icing on the cake, MG Motors came forward as sponsors of Sankul Band in Vadodara Marathon. The venue of our maiden performance was at Nyay Mandir where the capacity crowd was enthralled by our students’ superlative performance. All through the performance, the crowd was standing and applauding the students and the crowd response immensely helped and motivated our children. It turned out to be a remarkable and memorable day for each and every one in the Band. The response of the crowd uplifted the mood of the band, and the children drew energy from the crowds’ response and performance turned out to be better than anticipated. Students’ confidence level and motivation to do better was apparent and a natural outcome of the performance.
The Deepak Foundation has launched a new effort on the use of advanced reproductive technology in dairy animals to further raise milk output and enhance income through dairy cooperatives. In this project, 100 beneficiaries from women dairy cooperative societies in Nandesari, where the Foundation has been active for the past 20 years, will have their dairy cows selected using sex-sorted semen. A cutting-edge reproductive technology is sexed semen.
Former Vice Chancellor, Anand Agricultural University (AAU), Dr. N. C. Patel did his Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering with specialization in Crop Process Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 1993. Recipient of many prestigious awards, he has been the director of key state government corporations. He is guiding the Foundation with his technical expertise in the development of agro-processing equipment and technologies and livelihood initiatives.
Dr. Dileep Mavlankar is the Director of Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar, since 2012. His work experience includes faculty and research positions at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, USA; Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, NY, USA. He has worked as consultant to many organizations, including Columbia University, WHO (Geneva, Western Pacific Regional Office), UNICEF (New Delhi), UNDP/World Bank (India) etc. Since 2005, he is an advisor to Deepak Foundation on its research and development activities.
Retired as Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, Government of Gujarat, Shri A. M. Tiwari has held diverse portfolios. He held important positions such as Principal Secretary in Education, Social Justice & Empowerment, Tribal Development, and has been the Managing Director of Corporations like GACL, GSFC and GNFC etc. As he has an immense interest in the development sector, he is guiding the Foundation with his technical expertise in the field of livelihood and strategising the implementation activities.
A Tax Management Consultant and Advocate, Shri S. R. Wadhwa is the former Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, and Chairman, Income Tax Settlement Commission. He plays a pivotal role in guiding the Foundation towards financial management and achieving its overall goal of sustainable growth in the sectors of public health, skill building, livelihood generation, children with special needs and education.
His deliverables in HR Systems include Designing / Redesigning the Organization Structure, Roles & Responsibilities Mapping, Developing the Employee Policy Manual, Designing and Implementing the Performance Management System, Doing Competency Mapping. Apart from the HR Systems he also carries the knowledge of Statutory Compliance, US Staffing Industry.
The Government of India has been working on TB since 1962 & launched a program called National Tuberculosis Program which later converted into the Revised National Tuberculosis Program in 1997 which was further converted to National Tuberculosis Elimination Programme, with a goal to eliminate Tuberculosis by 2025.
The project intends to achieve the following specific objectives within three years:
▪ To accelerate the early detection of TB cases in high-risk group.
▪ To ensure patient ease and convenience for providing the sputum sample at health facilities and linking to appropriate transport and testing services.
▪ To institute a mechanism for the collection of respiratory (GA/IS/BAL) and extra-pulmonary samples.
▪ To avoid/reduce the travel of patients, to reduce out-of-pocket expenditure, and reduce loss in referral.
▪ To ensure access to free and quality assured investigations for pre-treatment evaluation and follow-up of DR-TB patients.
▪ To ensure easy access to free X-ray investigation for patients in the public and private sectors.
objectives of the project identified based on the need assessment survey are as follows:
• To establish a Skill Upgradation Centre that creates proficient quality workforce in various sectors.
• To provide vocational training for the Manual Housekeeping course
• To provide vocational training for the Domestic Data Entry Operator
• To ensure 100% industry exposure to all the registered beneficiaries to provide them hands-on training during internship tenure.
• To ensure that at least 80% of the trained candidates secure certification from government at the completion of course.
• Use natural product like neem seeds/leaves and create income from them,
• Make available neem-based hygiene products like hand wash and homemade soap to the rural community at lower rate.
• Create awareness among the communities about the use of environment friendly hand wash & soap.
• Give a secondary income source of income to SHG members by selling of neem-based hand made products.
Ms. Archana Joshi is the Director of Deepak Foundation, a registered civil society organization established in 1982.
Her expertise is in the areas of designing projects aimed at achieving sustainable development goals and developing systems for monitoring and evaluation in various development sectors such as public health & nutrition, women’s empowerment, education, skills building & livelihood, disability & special needs and providing disaster relief and rehabilitation. Her major focus is on developing and implementing evidence based intervention research projects. As the Head of the Foundation, she has been instrumental in:
She is a member of the Ethics Committee Technical Review Committee of various academic institutions. She is a member of Internal Complaints Committee on Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH) as well as the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) in various Companies and Institutes. She is the fellows of Aspire Circle, a not-for-profit forum that promotes social leadership in India through Fellowships and Research with the purpose of building India’s foremost Social Leadership forum (http://aspirecircle.org/fellows/). She was a member of the World Bank – Health, Nutrition and Population Civil Society Consultative Group (WB-HNP CSCG) from 2013-16. Her research papers are published in several international journals and conference proceedings.
The Foundation is committed to contributing its share in social development with compliance to the statutory and regulatory requirements, wherever applicable. We are committed to quality, integrity and excellence in all areas of social services. We pledge to monitor our performance as an on-going activity and strive for continual improvement.
Hailing from Anjar Bhuj, Gujarat, Naki Rabari completed her graduation from GMN Nursing College in Lakhond Bhuj in 2017. She joined the Certificate Course for Community Health run by Deepak Foundation.
Despite being a mother of a10-month-old baby, Naki decided to pursue the course. Her grit and confidence never stopped her from completing the course. She was facing family-related problems when she had to miss a few classes. She gradually covered the course with the help of her batchmates and teaching faculty. On completion of the course, she is posted at the Community Health Office in Anjar taluka. She is the first woman from her village who took the plunge of enrolling in six months course, leaving behind her infant child with her parents.
11-year-old Sameer Rathodiya (name changed), native of Por village, Vadodara district has been addicted to tobacco chewing ever since he was 5-year-old. A student of class 5, lives Navinanagri slums where major percent of the population are daily wagers. Mahesh started chewing Tobacco when he was 5-year-old. Deepak foundation works in collaboration with Godrej (Cartiny) in this area for women empowerment and child life skill development. The Foundation conducts awareness and counselling sessions for adolescents and young adults for their development, education health, nutrition, hygiene (WASH), environment issues, life-skills and various career options. Through Deepak Foundation’s intervention, counselling of more than 70 childrens.
250 beneficiaries provided with masks through Mobile Health Units
807 families supported through dry ration kits & hygiene supplies in Bharuch & Chhota Udepur district of Gujarat
1255 vulnerable population such as migrants, truckers, senior citizen provided with hot cooked meals in Vadodara and Panchmahal district, Gujarat
2380 masks, 264 protective suits provided to the COVID-19 warriors (health functionaries), 300 PPE provided to K G P Children Hospital, Vadodara
2955 masks prepared by SHG women trained by the Foundation earning total income of Rs.25760 during the lockdown
20,000 gloves supply facilitated to the Gujarat Medical Service Corporation and 10,000 latex gloves provided to Narmada district administration to mitigate supply shortage in public health delivery system
Samaj Suraksha Sankul is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between Deepak Foundation and Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of Gujarat, under which Deepak Foundation is undertaking the operations and management of the Institute. Sankul is a residential and support institute for visually impaired, physically challenged, and orphans with a school for visually impaired. Our goal is to rehabilitate children with special needs and enable them to live a life of dignity and independence.
Jeevan project focused on non-formal preschool education, nutritional food supplements, health and nutritional checkups, and referral to public health centers for medical care Jeevan project focused on non-formal preschool education, nutritional food supplements, health and nutritional checkups, and referral to public health centers for medical care
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