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Shahrukh Atpade's Blog (30)

Value of facilitating SALT in families

Discussions have been going on in villages using SALT for the past couple of years. In this there are discussions with Gram Panchayat, Anganwadi workers, children, women, elderly people. After taking SALT in some families…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on March 15, 2024 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

KF A rendezvous of affection

Knowledge Fair was organized by Rural Aid organization. For this, various organizations working in the context of SALT were called.

We were very happy. To go to a new place, to meet new people, to learn new things, to draw strength from people.

We first traveled by plane and reached Jaigaon. Discussed with Rural Aid Team. A friendship…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on February 9, 2024 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

I will speak, I will be my strength

SALT Activity is conducted in Vashi village through the Avani organization.

A SALT family from Vashi village contacted me over the phone and asked me to take SALT in a family. There were some problems in that family regarding their children. I went to their house. There were 2 small rooms of 10 × 10. 1 elderly grandmother and a family of 4 lived in that house.

I started discussing with them and got to know them.

After a…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on February 7, 2024 at 8:30am — No Comments


Gram Panchayat is the local government in villages of India.Gram Panchayat Election which could not be held in Vashi village in 2021 was finally held in Nov 2023.

I met the Sarpanch (head) of the panchayat and had a SALT conversation with him. My colleague at Avani connected me with him. SALT creates a beautiful relationship in which everyone benefits. The…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on December 29, 2023 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

Childhood days of golden moments...

Avani Smile Team has been conducting SALT and CLCP in Washi village, district Kolhapur, India.

I had SALT conversations with Anganwadi Sevika. Then I observed that the number of students in Anganwadi was less. State education department issued a notification regarding shutting down schools with less than 20 students. This raised apprehension among Anganwadi workers…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on December 18, 2023 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Walking towards the dream...

Diwali or Deepawali is the festival of light. This festival is known as the symbol of victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. This festival is considered to be a festival of prosperity, happiness and gratitude. In this festival, the children of Vashi village decided to show their village dream in a different way. The children's exams were over and the children got a 10-day Diwali holiday. The children wanted to do something…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on December 11, 2023 at 11:30am — 5 Comments

Because of SALT daughter realize mothers dream

Met with Anganwadi Sevika while working in connection with SALT in Vashi. Anganwadi sevika explained their problem that the number of children in Anganwadi is decreasing and parents are admitting their children to English medium schools. At that time Anganwadi sevika find the solution is that they should communicate with parents through SALT. It is one of impact of SALT. Anganwadi sevika realize the strength of SALT.…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on September 6, 2023 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

We are adapting according to the community's time and availability

We would go from 10 am to 6:30 pm to take SALT Activity in the villages of Pirwadi, Vashi Nandwal, Kandgaon, and Kerli through Avani Organization. During this time we were able to meet y Anganwadi Sevaka, Gram Panchayat, and some women. But during this time we could not meet men or other people who are engaged in any job or business or farming. 

1. As a solution to…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on July 23, 2023 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Knowledge Fair got us a New Family..

“Knowledge Fair” was organized by Avani Organisation, Kolhapur with Global Fund for Children (GFC) support. Through Avani organization, work on salt is going on in the villages of Pirwadi, Vashi, Nandwal, Kandgaon, Kerli for the past two years. 

Knowledge Fair with communities was held on 21st May 2023. A few days after the event, I (Shahrukh) went to Vashi village…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on July 11, 2023 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Aanganwadi workers, Children & adolescrnt girls build their common dream

Date : 13 April 2023

Avani Sanstha started SALT conversations in Vashi village for past one year. After SALT visits, we decided to invite community members for building their dream. Everyone was called to the Anganwadi center in Vashi village. In April 2023 about 17–18 people joined including Aangawadi workers and girls aged 11–16 years. We asked them to write what their dreams are about their village and about the children of the village.…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on May 26, 2023 at 9:21am — No Comments

Now the focus is on the “younger generation"

AVANI has been working with SALT in Washi village for the past one and a half years. But the young boys and men of the village did not meet. For this, we tried to communicate with them in different ways. But nothing happened.

Tried to meet through acquaintances in the village, and because of this, some meetings were conducted.

An opportunity to meet some Boys (Taruns) came…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on April 5, 2023 at 12:42pm — No Comments

SALT helped in engaging Men as allies for gender equality

We have been conducting SALT visits with women and elders in the village on the issue of gender equality. However, it was difficult to involve men in the age group of 30 to 55 years.

They are the main power holders and decision makers in the family.

When men lead by example it can encourage their…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on March 21, 2023 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

I will give wings to children's dreams...

     A SALT activity was conducted with a family in the villages of Vashi through Avani Sanstha. The son of the family and his father were present for this SALT.


At first we introduced each other, then there was a discussion about the villages and various social events. Then started taking SALT. When I asked them to recall one good thing…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on February 23, 2023 at 9:30am — No Comments

SALT gave wings to their dreams

I visited many families in Vashi village for salt activity. When I met many people, I realized that no matter how good the financial situation of the house is. Village people have a slightly different way of thinking. They think a lot about society, relatives, if girls are taught more, they will get married late, then relatives, neighbors will criticize them, so even if girls are smart, they don't allow them to get higher education, they get them married as soon…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on February 9, 2023 at 6:22am — 2 Comments

People want to change; They needed encouragement

I visited a family in Vashi village, first I started talking to a woman and her daughter in that house. The lady of this house Vaishali (name changed) wanted to educate a lot but her wish could not be completed. Before marriage Vaishali's father’s financial condition was good, but her parents were orthodox and traditional, though they had money but they did not teach their girl. Because at that…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on January 30, 2023 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Anything for the family...

I visited one family for SALT in Vashi Village, Kolhapur. Mother, father and their daughter were present in the family at that time.

We met them for the first time and introduced them to us and our work. After that I started taking SALT activity. In the family no one is more educated. Mother is only a 6th standard passed and Father is a 12th standard pass. The elder daughter goes to college while the younger son goes to school. When asked to recall a good…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on January 27, 2023 at 12:24pm — No Comments

My little help makes someone very successful

I decided to take the SALT of one woman in vashi village. The name of that woman is sarika (name is changed) . When I went to her home That woman had come from her farm at that time. We introduced each other after I started the SALT.

A woman from a simple family. But after meeting her, it seemed from her speech that she could talk a lot, say a lot. I was asked about the one good thing she had done in her life. At that time he started telling without taking any…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on January 24, 2023 at 10:12am — No Comments

SALT Training of Anganwadi Sevika

we are taking SALT in vashi village. A couple of months ago the salt activity with the Anganwadi Sevika was done. After that it was decided to take SALT training there. In the beginning the day of salt was fixed, after that only a few questions were asked to Anganwadi Sevika. In which they were asked about the problems they faced while working in the Anganwadi then everyone told the problems.…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on January 17, 2023 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Old is Gold...

SALT activity was taken with men in Vashi village, Kolhapur, Maharashtra. 8 to 10 men were talking with me.

In the beginning, I went to them and asked them for a little time.

In the start, those people told about the village and about themselves, and then they told about their fields. After that, when I asked them to remember the good deeds done in their life. Everyone shared their story. in…


Added by Shahrukh Atpade on January 16, 2023 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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