Projects

Annual Report

2008-09

Registered Office: 604, Kamdhenu Appartment, BHU Road, Lanka, 
Varanasi-221005,UTTAR PRADESH

Phone:+915422369224, +915422369643

E-mail: visionfoundationvns@gmail.com ,aroy6471@yahoo.co.in

Website: www.visionfoundationvns.in









ORGANIZATION AT A GLANCE




1.Name of OrganizationVISION FOUNDATION 
2.Registration Address Flat No. 604, Kamdhenu Apartment, BHU Road, Lanka, Varanasi 
3.Administration Office 28, Gandhinagar, Naria, Varanasi 
4.ImportantContact Number+919838505081 
5.Fax0542-2369643 
6.E-mail aroy6471@yahoo.co.in , visionfoundationvns@gmail.com
7.Website www.visionfoundationvns.com 
8.Status of the Organization A Non-Government Voluntary Social Organization, registered under Society Registration Act. XXI of          1860 Govt. of UP 
9.RegistrationNo.             V-36738  
10.Certificate of 12 A         62(285)/12A/2008-2009 
11.Certificate of 80G (5)   (VI)62(285)/80G/2008-2009 
12.PAN Certificate            AAAAV5340B 
13.Area Operation             All India 







Vision Foundation: An Introduction

Vision Foundation is a National Level Voluntary Organization, beginning with a small group of committed people. Vision Foundation was formed in the year 2006 attempting to transform its beliefs into reality. It is an organization based in Varanasi. In last four years our activities have broadened in the fields of social issues like women & child welfare, old age care and empowerment programme, drug abuse, HIV/AIDS, Polio eradication,agriculture and rural development, livelihood improvement, employment generation programmes. It started working with its various mandates training,research and extension in different states of India, female literacy, formal education for children, non-formal education, rural employment, income generating skills, SHG formation, community health and awareness programmes on various social issues. The main aim of Vision Foundation is to act as light house to the farming community and give vocational training in agricultural and other allied fields on need based technologies and to impart the latest technical knowledge to the farmers through work experience employing the principles of “Teaching by Doing” and “Learning by Doing”. These training programmes are aimed for increasing farm incomes through reduced costs of production and adoption of integrated farming and Pest Management practices,creating awareness on importance of bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides and helping women to take up income generating activities. Vocational training programmes will also help the farmers to improve their earnings in the rural areas. Thus,the three fundamental principles underlying the implementation of institute are: (i) Increasing Agricultural Production, (ii) Imparting training through work experience, and (iii) Improvement of the weaker sections of the society.The prime goal of Institute is to bring about desirable changes in farming community leading to sustainability in agriculture. Sustainable agriculture could be achieved only through effective management of available resources through integrated farming systems approach(agri-dairy-horti-aqua-poultry-seri) by reducing cost of production, adoption of improved package of practices like IPM, INM, NPM, etc., provision of inputs in time, helping farm women to take up agro and other income generating activities. The work conducted by Vision Foundation has been recognized by various rural development ministries of the State Governments of India. It has also got a programme of Sensitization Training cum Workshop for Rural Women and Youth.
VISION:
The Vision Foundation is dedicated to accelerating social and economic change by improving the quality of Disadvantaged section of rural India.
MISSION
·To contribute to building an India where all people can gain access to education, health care, and livelihood opportunities and where all Indian scan realize their full potential.
·To build a trusted bridge between the dreams and aspirations of individuals who care about India and their realization.
·To provide a secure channel for philanthropic funding in the United States andits effective investment in the best Indian non-governmental organizations that have innovative and scalable projects.
·To build a professional organization that is secular, transparent, credible and accountable for all its activities.
Our Goals
·To contribute towards Sustainable Human Development through initiating and executing development activities that result in substantial improvement in the Quality of Life (QOL) of the disadvantaged.
·To conduct more vocational courses under CREATE (Centre for Rehabilitation, Education and Thought Enrichment) to enable our children as well as the nearby community to be self-reliant and to face the challenges of the world.
·To generate employment opportunities for the disadvantaged sections of the society by providing them vocational training, life skills, computer and ITskills, thereby improving their learning levels, widening their job prospects.We aim to reach out to more non +ve children of HTV afflicted parents to ensure a positive future by providing them financial support so they get proper care at home, including basic education and nutritious food. Further rehabilitation of these children is also looked into, if the situation demands. To enable people from different backgrounds to volunteer and share then-experiences with the underprivileged people and work towards improving then-conditions and widening their horizons, thereby in turn, getting benefited themselves.
·To work consistently with the state machinery and decision makers towards reformation of policies that favour the underprivileged, keeping their best interests in mind.

Social Development Programme: at a glance

Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP)An Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP), of 6-8 weeks duration, aims at training the S&T graduates and the diploma holders in the essentials of conceiving, planning,initiating and launching an economic activity or an enterprise successfully.
The programme content includes class room training on essentials of entrepreneurship survey of the prevalent socio-economic scenario,identification of business opportunities, role and function as well as schemes of assistance offered by various constituents of the support system,preparation of a technically feasible and economically viable project
report, Achievement Motivation Training and also the nuances of management of an enterprise. Sessions on technology and finance are also arranged, depending upon the nature of project selected.
Special EDP’s are being conducted with more emphasis on linkages with R&D institutions to take up projects based on indigenous technologies and services,in the area of high technology, such as leather, plastics, biomedical equipment, high speed data communication and other emerging areas of technology.
This programme was organized in Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Mau and Azamgarh for local youths. 
Aids Awareness
India is one of the largest and most populated countries in the world, with over one billion inhabitants. Of this number, it’s estimated that around 2.3 million people are currently living with HIV.
HIV emerged later in India than it did in many other countries. Infection rates soared throughout the 1990s, and today the epidemic affects all sectors of Indian society, not just the groups – such as sex workers and truck drivers – with which it was originally associated.
In a country where poverty, illiteracy and poor health are rife, the spread of HIV presents a daunting challenge.
The History of HIV/AIDS in India At the beginning of 1986, despite over 20,000 reported AIDS cases worldwide, India had no reported cases of HIV or AIDS. There was recognition, though, that this would not be the case for long, and concerns were raised about how India would cope once HIV and AIDS cases started to emerge. One report, published in a medical journal in January 1986, stated:
“Unlike developed countries, India lacks the scientific laboratories, research facilities, equipment, and medical personnel to deal with an AIDS epidemic. In addition, factors such as cultural taboos agains tdiscussion of sexual practices, poor coordination between local health authorities and their communities, widespread poverty and malnutrition, and a lack of capacity to test and store blood would severely hinder the ability of the Government to control AIDS if the disease did become widespread.” 
Later in the year, India’s first cases of HIV were diagnosed among sex workers in
Chennai, Tamil Nadu.5 It was noted that contact with foreign visitors had played a role in initial infections among sex workers, and as HIV screening centres were set up across the country there were calls for visitors to be screened for HIV. Gradually, these callssubsided as more attention was paid to ensuring that HIV screening was carriedout in blood banks.
In 1987, a National AIDS Control Programme was launched to co-ordinate nationalresponses. Its activities covered surveillance, blood screening, and healtheducation. By the end of 1987, out of 52,907 who had been tested, around 135people were found to be HIV positive and 14 had AIDS. Most of these initialcases had occurred through heterosexual SEX, but at the end of the 1980s arapid spread of HIV was observed among injecting drug users (IDUs) in Manipur,Mizoram and Nagaland – three north-eastern states of India bordering Myanmar(Burma). 
At the beginning of the 1990’s, as infection rates continued to rise, responseswere strengthened. In 1992 the government set up NACO (the National AIDSControl Organization), to oversee the formulation of policies, prevention workand control programmes relating to HIV and AIDS. In the same year, theGovernment launched a Strategic Plan for HIV prevention. This plan establishedthe administrative and technical basis for programme management and also set upState AIDS bodies in 25 states and 7 union territories. It was able to make a numberof important improvements in HIV prevention such as improving blood safety.
By this stage, cases of HIV infection had been reported in every state of thecountry. Throughout the 1990s, it was clear that although individual states andcities had separate epidemics, HIV had spread to the general population.Increasingly, cases of infection were observed among people that had previouslybeen seen as ‘low-risk’, such as housewives and richer members of society. In1998, one author wrote:
HIV infection is now common in India; exactly what the prevalenceis, is not really known, but it can be stated without any fear of being wrongthat infection is widespread… it is spreading rapidly into those segments thatsociety in India does not recognize as being at risk. AIDS is coming out of thecloset.”
In 2001, the government adopted the National AIDS Prevention and ControlPolicy. During this year, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee addressedparliament and referred to HIV/AIDS as one of the most serious health challengesfacing the country. The Prime Minister also met the Chief Ministers of the sixhigh prevalence states to plan the implementation of strategies for HIV/AIDSprevention.
HIV had now spread extensively throughout the country. In 1990, there had beentens of thousands of people living with HIV in India; by 2000 this had risen tomillions.
So, with having a view all of this Vision Foundation is doingawareness campaign at several levels and provide integrated help to those whoare affected.

Cultural Programmes
CULTURE IS THE ART OF LIVING
It refers to the intellectual development evolved out of the physical and mental training acquired in the course of the ages in a country.
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Humanity– The mildness of the Indians has continued till date, despite the aggressiveness of the Muslim conquerors and the reforming zeal of the British, the Portuguese and the Dutch. The Indians are noted for their humanness and calm nature without any harshness in their principles and ideals.

Tolerance – Gandhiji’s satyagraha principle or Ahimsa – freedom without taking a drop of blood, worked wonders and gave credit to India in the international arena. Swami Vivekananda in his famous Chicago Speech on the 11th of September, 1893 spoke of this.
Unity – India is a conglomeration of men and women of various castes and creed. It is a fusion of old traditional values and the modern principles, thus satisfying all the three generations in the present India. The Elite businessman and the common vendor on the road share the same news and worship the same deity.
Secularism – India is a secular country as stated in its Constitution. There is freedom of worship throughout the length and breadth of India without any breeches or violations of any other’s religious beliefs. The Hindus, The Muslims, The Christians, and The Sikhs in times of calamity and during festivities come openly together to share their thoughts despite their religious affinities. The catholicity of the Indian culture can be best understood by the fact that hundreds of Hindus visit the Velankanni shrine or the Nagore Dargah in Tamilnadu.
Closely knit Social system – The Indian Social System is mostly based on the Joint family System, but for some of the recently cropped nuclear families. The families are closely
knit with Grandfathers, fathers, sons and grandsons sharing the same spirit, tradition and property.

Cultural Heritage
India’s one billion people have descended from a variety of races. The oldest ones are the Negroid aboriginals called the Adivasis or First settlers. Then there are the Dravidians, The Aryans, the Mongols, The Semites and innumerable inter-mixtures of one with the other.
The great Epic, The Mahabharata and the sacred text, the Bhagavad-Gita teaches the Indians that survival can only be in terms of quality of life. It provides a framework of values to make the Indian culture well- groomed.
Swami Vivekananda (1863- 1902) laid stress on physical development as a prerequisite for spiritual development, which in turn leads to the development of the culture of the country. For the past 1000 years various foreign invasions like that of the Huns, the Kushanas, The Arabs, The Muslims, The Dutch, The French and the British took place. So the Indians were exposed to cultures that were totally alien to them. Several attempts were made by the Indian rulers like the Pallavas, the Chalukyas, the Palas, the Rashtrakutas, the Cholas, and the Vijayanagar Emperors to give the Indians an administration, which was in consonance with the cultural heritage of the country.
Later, religions became an important part in the culture and places of worship became community centers. The innovations in religious thinking brought two popular beliefs in India, namely Buddhism by the Buddha and Jainism by the Saint Mahavir. Then there was a socio-religious shift or orientation in the Indian culture.
Later in the century Westernization of Indian culture began, but it was stemmed by the efforts of Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Dayananda Saraswathi, Swami Vivekananda, Narayana Guru, Maharisi, Aurobindo, etc.  Then there took place a Renaissance that emphasized the need to recognize the country’s own culture while ushering in an age of modernity.
If India’s culture tended to become tolerant, accommodating, open-minded, deeply but not ostensibly spiritual and concerned with the common human welfare, then it is due to the great and relentless efforts of our great ancestors and leaders. Thanks to them our country has achieved a common culture, despite a staggering pluralistic society.

Vision Foundation
 is dedicated for promoting Indian culture world wide so with the help of NRIs and embassy of some countries we are promoting Indian culture through Vision Foundation Cultural Centre.

In the same mission we are continuously organize different type of cultural programme in all over Uttar Pradesh exposing them to different and diverse and rich cultural heritage of other states of India.

Challenges of Primary Education in India
Early childhood education in India is subject to two extreme but contrary deficiencies. On the one hand, millions of young children in lower income groups, especially rural and girl children, comprising nearly 40% of first grade entrants’ never complete primary school. Even among those who do, poorly qualified teachers, very high student-teacher ratios, and inadequate teaching materials and out-modeled teaching methods result in a low quality of education that often imparts little or no real learning. It is not uncommon for students completing six years of primary schooling in village public schools to lack even rudimentary reading and writing skills.

At the other end of the social and educational spectrum, children attending urban schools, especially middle and upper class children in private schools, are subjected to extreme competitive pressures from a very early age to acquire basic language skills and memorize vast amounts of information in order to qualify for admission into the best schools. Parents and teachers exert intense pressure on young children to acquire academic skills at an age when children should be given freedom and encouraged to learn as a natural outcome of their innate curiosity, playfulness and eagerness to experiment. Rising concern over compulsory learning at an early age is prompting many educators to advocate dramatic steps to counter the obsession with premature and forced teaching practices.
Vision Foundation is in Search of a ‘Third Way’Between these two extreme positions, lie wide arrays of mostly mediocre practices. Rarely do we find the educational system fostering the natural process of spontaneous, self-motivated self-education in which children learn just as they play and as a form of play out of their innate curiosity and urge to acquire knowledge of the environment. Internationally, there have been many efforts to find a ‘third way’ that suffers neither from the sad neglect all too common in low quality public education or the compulsive pressures exerted even on very young children by competitive, career-conscious school systems.
Learning is a natural instinctive urge in young children that is very often curbed or destroyed either by neglect and lack of exposure or by compulsory teaching. During more than three decades of work with both normal and brain damaged children, Researches have shown that exposing young children to interesting sources of information for very brief periods each day actually stimulates the development of the brain cells during early years and fosters a spontaneous curiosity and natural love of learning in children. Another alternative approach has been evolved and practiced for the past 45 years at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education in Pondicherry. Here too the emphasis has been on fostering a conducive atmosphere for the children’s curiosity to emerge and express itself so that they acquire a natural inclination toward learning and self-development.

Vision Foundation is doing exercise for this type of innovative educational programme through educational institutes in small villages and town areas. This year 11 educational managements were approached for implementation of new strategy of education.

Vocational Training Programmes

Why is vocational training needed?
The speed of a nation’s development is directly related to the quantity and quality of vocational skills possessed by its workforce. The wider the range and higher the quality of vocational skills, the faster is the growth and more prosperous the society.

In the coming decade, an additional eight million young people will enter India’s labour force every year in search of employment. Currently only 5% of the country’s labour force in the 20-24 age category have formal vocational training, compared with 28% in Mexico, 60 to 80% in most industrialized nations, and as 96% in Korea.

The availability of employable skills is one of the major determinants of how readily new job seekers find employment. The very low level of employable skills makes the search for work much more difficult. It reduces the market value of the job seeker and adds to the costs of employers that must train new recruits from scratch.
India has over 4200 industrial training institutes imparting education and training 43 engineering and 24 non-engineering trades. Of these, 1654 are government run ITIs
(State governments) while 2620 are private. The total seating capacity in these ITIs is     6.28 lakh. Most of this training is conducted in classroom style in the form of 1 to 2 year diploma courses.
In addition, about 1.65 lakh persons undergo apprenticeship vocational training every year in state-run enterprises. If a wider definition of applied courses is taken that includes agricultural, engineering and other professional subjects, the total number receiving job related training is about 17 lakh per annum, which still represents only 14% of new entrants to the workforce.
The limitations in the existing approach to vocational training have been highlighted in the Planning Commission Report of the Task Force on Employment Opportunities (2001). They include outdated courses for which there is little demand, shortage of suitably trained faculty, inadequate infrastructure, and unreliable testing.
There is a great unmet need for shorter vocational training programmes that job seekers can take on their own time and at their own pace and at relatively low cost. In addition there is also need for a wide range of vocational courses for those who are already employed but seek to broaden or upgrade their skills to keep pace with changing needs and to further their career opportunities.
The lack of vocational training applies at all levels, from basic mechanical skills needed for operating and repairing equipment to jobs in sales, administration and management, including specialized occupations such as bookkeepers, insurance agents, pharmaceutical marketing, travel agents, food service managers, journalism, etc. It applies also to a wide range of value-added skills for enhancing the performance of workers in different occupations, such as safe driving, industrial safety, quality control, pollution control, water conservation, rainwater harvesting, energy conservation, customer service, etc.
The overall importance of upgrading vocational skills in India is highlighted by the following statement of the Task Force on Employment Opportunities:
“To summaries, the rate of growth of economy cannot be accelerated, in particular in the labour intensive sectors, if there is a general lack of skills among the work force. The example of software industry is sufficient to illustrate what can be done by the Indian youth if the right training facilities are afforded by the society. This requires strengthening of the existing training system. The role of public sector has to be restructured and conditions created for inflow of funds at a much larger scale than at present. Role of private sector has to be expanded sharply if the requisite resources are to be brought
in to bridge the large capacity gaps that exist. The vocational training policy has
    to respond to this challenge. “

This proposal is intended to meet the need for short, low cost and easily accessible vocational training courses. The aim is to establish computerized vocational training programmes that can benefit 10,000,000 students per year, 6 times the number that currently benefit under all existing training schemes. If we can achieve the mid goals then we only win fight against poverty and hunger. Vision Foundationis now becoming main agency of training basically in village community through SHGs to promote them like a enterprise, a SHG member after getting vocational training not only earn for their development but many dependents earn through them and without any government job scheme we are fighting against unemployment.
Many types of vocational training provided to them, like latest dairy technologies, computer use and repairing, motor vehicles training, electronic maintenance programme, mobile repair techniques etc.
Bihar Flood ReliefBihar Flood Report 2008- Bihar was undergoing an unprecedented level of flood disaster due to a 1.5 k.m long breakage in the 135 km long eastern retaining bund of the KOSI Barrage. The breakage at about 13 km east of the barrage near Kushaha in Supaul district happened on 18th August at 12 noon, flushing the enormous quantity of water in the KOSI reservoir to create a new river towards south in the direction of Madhepura and Saharsa to join the old river at Khagaria.

River Kosi has been notorious for shifting its course then and there and it is recorded that it has been diverting its course towards west up to 110 km during the last two centuries. It was as a part of taming this river and reducing the flood havoc, Kosi barrage and the irrigation canal system up to Saharsa were constructed as per the Indo-Nepal agreement of 1954. Even after the construction of the barrage, small shifting has been taking place in the down streams and the present one is unprecedented for many aspects. The breakage is attributed to many reasons such as laps in maintenance, deforestation, high erosion in the catchments and so on. Anyway, the level of present deviation is unbelievable and the incident has undoubtedly established that Kosi River basin continues to be dangerous to human life.
The heavy surge of water has created cascading breakages on number of roads and canal bunds along its southern direction, increasing the spread of flood areas to seven districts
namely Supaul, Arariya, Purnea, Madhepura, Saharsa, Darbhanga, and Khagariya. Out of these, Supaul, Madhepura and Saharsa are most affected. Out of the total 31 affected blocks, 18 are in these three districts. As per the initial assessments, around 10000 people are missing or dead. The rushing water simply washed away human beings and thousands of animals. Credible statistics about the tolls are nowhere available. Even after more than one moth, rescue operations are still continuing to evacuate people from remote villages that were cut off due to the numerous breakages on the road and rail networks.
The Government officials reported a death toll of 154 only. But matured activists say it will not be less than 1000 and can be between 1000-3000. Missing cases are much more. There is no statistics available. Many people might have plighted to the relatives elsewhere, people think. It is estimated that around 35 lakhs of people were affected by the floods.

Out of the affected people, a good portion has taken shelter on canal bunds and public roads, which are the topmost places here. People of numerous villages have totally migrated to these bunds along with their cattle and pets. It is an unforgettable pathetic scene to see the life on these bunds. Generally these bunds are of 5-6 meter width on top on both sides of the canal. In most places two rows of huts are made of bamboo, collected from the nearby villages (Thanks for the plentiful availability of bamboo in these villages.) and polythene sheets supplied by government or NGOs .The huts are of 2×2 meter size, keeping a gap of one meter in between. In many paces, cattle also are tied up on the slopes of the bunds wherever water is less. In an average, there are about 300 huts in a row per km and 600 where there aretwo rows. Starting from Supaul, this canal system goes up to Saharsa and the total length of the bunds comes to more than 120 km. Thus, it can be estimated that total families dwelling on canal bunds only will be around 60,000 – 70,000 with a population of 3-4 lakhs. Roadside dwellers also will be around this. Canal bunds are fully occupied by the people, creating a good visual mosaic of colorful polythene sheets outside, but utter darkness of indescribable miseries of human life inside. There are absolutely no
sanitation or drinking water facilities. Certain portions of these bund dwellers are taken
up by NGOs and Government administration and no doubt, these agencies are putting
attention two places easily reachable by vehicles and there are substantial lengths of
bunds, which are not taken care of. People move from one part to other when they get
news of distribution of any relief materials and always families occupied at the road points get more advantage. Caste discrimination also is seen in some places on the bunds, keeping the Mahadalits and Sardars (Muslims) at the further ends. Still they are keeping unbelievable levels of silence and endurance. In most places food is provided only once a day and at few places, two times.

INTERVENTION OF VISION FOUNDATION: As Vision Foundation has got more than fouryears’ field experience in rural areas of north India but it was decided to work intensively in a district namely Supaul, the most affected of the seven. On 11th Sep, Vision Foundation opened a co-ordination office at Supaul. All the volunteers were instructed to collect resources either in kind or in cash, some state organizations provided support through cash donations, sending medical teams, medicine etc. Twenty of volunteers were sent by different district committees to the affected areas.

For meeting out the basic food requirements of the people in the relief camps, it was decided that one or more of the Vision FoundationUnits will be given the responsibility of collecting supplies for Supaul district. Narpati Patti camp in Supaul is an isolated place, very near to the eastern bank of old Kosi. This place is also difficult to reach. So, here we established our relief camp. Generally, in the relief camps food was provided once or twice a day. In almost all the canal bund camps, food was given once a day. Government medical team and UNICEF team is visiting the camps as per request. We were providing breakfast also.Medical attention and sanitation was given more importance.
Mobile Health CampVision Foundation produces strategic initiatives that complement our mission for advocating Mobile Healthcare as a key solution for advancing access to healthcare on a continuing basis and in times of national emergency disaster. We are immensely grateful to the many healthcare providers and colleagues who support and contribute to our ongoing efforts including hosting the annual Mobile Health Camps, expanding membership; growing our collaborative of Healthcare and Corporate Partners, facilitating Mobile Health emergency response, launching an on-line outcomes assessment initiative, and authoring a Mobile Health Program Development & Operations Manual.
Today, medical and dental healthcare providers are turning increasingly to the adoption of mobile medical and dental clinics to expand their community outreach in both rural areas and urban centers. Providers are attracted to the flexibility and efficiency of the mobile clinic for delivering vital healthcare services, especially for underserved populations. And, the advancement of tele-medicine and tele-dentistry technology, bridging the gap between the mobile clinic and a fixed-site, has made timely patient-professional consultation more attainable.
The goal of the Mobile Health Camp is to build a foundation that fosters advocacy on behalf of Mobile Healthcare, encourages the design and distribution of meaningful educational tools, and facilitates communications among healthcare providers. Our resolve is to acknowledge successful Mobile Health, leadership and explore compelling, creative paradigms that expand our vision for Mobile Healthcare.
Women EmpowermentThe principle of gender equality is enshrined in the Indian Constitution in its Preamble, Fundamental Rights, Fundamental Duties and Directive Principles. The Constitution not only grants equality to women, but also empowers the State to adopt measures of positive discrimination in favour of women.
Within the framework of a democratic polity, our laws, development policies, Plans and programmes have aimed at women’s advancement in different spheres. From the Fifth Five Year Plan (1974-78) onwards has been a marked shift in the approach to women’s issues from welfare to development. In recent years, the empowerment of women has been recognized