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News(vol.5)-May 2012

18th May 2012
Dear Community members of Sreejan, 
A hearty Namaskar and welcome to this fifth report.
Once again I am here to let you know the ups and downs at Barkheda this May……a short report is here but first…..
Please note and mark your calendar……..our first annual general body meeting would be held in Barkheda (30th Sept-2nd October) combined with a 3 day family retreat cum conversations. You have to bring your families and your swimming costumes! Let the fun begin.
Please book yr tickets for our First AGM!!!... Very important event for YOU.
This would be an important event because some major policy level decisions would have to be taken where participation of ALL members is compulsory. So please do plan your leave in advance.

Ravi our site in charge decided to move on. He had some domestic issues which needed him to be in his home town Gwalior for next few months…..we gave him a warm and affectionate send off….he was in tears and so were we all……he promised to come back whenever he could. Luckily our long term supporter, friend and well wisher Mehfuz  has agreed to step in and be in Barkheda 4 to 5 days in a week. So we are in good shape.

 All Sreejan Karta’s are engaged and working hard on their respective farms. They are looking forward to planting some high yielding crops like Haldi in the monsoon season…..they have started ‘dreaming’ and ‘thinking’ like an entrepreneur…..this is a huge achievement in a way. 

Rohit Dhar our secretary and a passionate supporter of Sreejan and its larger vision had always dreamt of having a small school right here at Barkheda…….looks like God heard him sooner than we all expected. 
We were able to identify an ex-teacher cum entrepreneur (whose name incidentally rhymes well with Sreejan)….. and before we could figure out the what and how of things we realized that we had found a Sreejan Karta in him…..Sarjan Kumar is from Sagoni village(3 km away) and has agreed to be the Sreejan School’s  first head master and an eco entrepreneur! Prior to this he was running a private school in his village and had more than 120 students till the school had to be shut down due to financial constraints after having served the local community for 8 long years.
Luckily  ‘N N Dhar Trust’ has agreed to part sponsor ‘SREEJAN SCHOOL’ at Barkheda……most likely we would have a school(upto 8th standard) right here in our campus and we hope to start admissions starting 1st July 2012!!! Even if we enroll about 30 students in the first year(which should not be difficult as per Sarjan) we should be fine…...
We thought that having a school was a great way to attract our own Sreejan Karta’s to relocate on site with their families and also a nice way to connect with the local neighboring villages……we are all excited.

Rohit Dhar and Sanjeev Agarwala have been gracious to sponsor a Sreejan Karta….. A BIG THANK YOU FOR THE SAME. Here is a request once again to our other members…..please sponsor at least one Sreejan Karta. PLEASE HELP US AND GET TREMENDOUS RETURNS ON YOUR INVESTMENT!! This is how:
What you donate: You pay Rs 60,000 every year for the stipend and upkeep of one SIMPLE trainee. We have promised to pay them a stipend of Rs 3000/3500/4000 pm in the 1st/2nd/3rd year respectively. We would also end up spending about 1200 to 1500 per month in boarding, lodging and misc expenses for every candidate. We also anticipate an additional expenditure of about Rs 500 pm per candidate on their training and exposure visits.

Satisfaction you get: 
a) Of mentoring and helping a rural youth so that at the end of 3 years with your help and support at least one rural youth is able to learn how to earn and live with dignity, without leaving his home or village by working on less than 1 acre of land. 
b) Of a rural youth connecting with you one on one and bringing to your home some of the fresh and organic produce that he produces once or twice a year 
c) Of building a bond between him and you that deepens and flowers into a deep relationship someday where he becomes a good enough reason for you to visit your own land in Barkheda once or twice a year
 d) Of building trust and as relationship matures, maybe he could even take care of your land at some point of time in future with a win-win engagement opportunity on both sides

We have opened a separate bank account with PNB, Nehru Nagar Bhopal just for SIMPLE project so that all the sponsors as well as the trainees can transparently see what is happening with their money.
Cheques could be drawn in favor of “Simple-Barkheda”. You could deposit the money in one go or in 4 equal installments of 15,000 each. 
Our Dena Bank account details in case you want to wire transfer are as follows:
Name of Account: Navankur
Branch: Dena Bank, Hamidia Road Branch, Bhopal
IFSC code: BKDN 0810842