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Project : Help partner NGOs register on donation platforms

Background :

Youth for Seva works with partner NGOs – whom it connects to volunteers who give their time.

As a principle, YFS volunteers do not raise money for partner NGOs – though they help with other aspects of fund raising – like designing brochures, websites, email newsletters etc. of the partner NGOs.

A useful  tool for raising funds is registering on donation platforms like Give India, Letz Change, Just Giving etc. This helps provide our partner NGOs with publicity for their work, and raise money.

 

Goal :

  • Make a list of donation platforms that are relevant to Indian NGOs.  This is not a small list, there are the known platforms and there are other platforms like CII that are not conventional donation platforms – but getting registered with them helps the partner NGOs.
  • Help partner NGOs register with a pre-screened list of online donation platforms.

 

Useful Links :

Expectations from Interns :

  • Unlike many other internship options listed on this site – which need daily travel to the seva centers, a significant part of the work in this internship is something that can be done from home.Off course a certain number of meetings with partner NGOs shall be required.
  • Since the work requires getting the documentation of the partner NGOs in the format required by donation platforms – it is very well suited to students of commerce or those pursuing professional programs like CA, CS, CWA etc. though all are welcome.

 

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Project : Record videos of Seva work done in partner NGOs

Background :

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Youth for Seva (YFS) works with a number of partner NGOs, who work on ground. The role of YFS is to connect volunteers with partner NGOs. For a good match between partner NGOs and volunteers, it is useful to have documentation of the Seva work done by the partner NGOs.

Goal :

  • Visit partner NGOs.
  • Understand their work and philosophy.
  • Look at existing collaterals
  • Document the work and create collaterals
    • Shoot videos of volunteers, beneficiaries and the work
    • Take photographs of the work
    • Write stories of change

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Expectation from Interns :

  • Work in teams of 2 – 3 people
  • Bring your own cameras / stands etc.
  • Some part of editing will be required. It will be helpful if interns can do some editing or learn during this period.

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Project : Work with children of seva kendra (slum) to prepare group song सेवा है यज्ञकुन्ड समिधा सम हम जलें

Background :

Songs in general, and group songs in particular, engage  children in ways and communicate the message of the song in ways few other activities do.Long after children are grown up, the song will reside in the recess of the mind. And give the message..

Goal :

Coach and help children of seva kendra (slum), prepare the group song. The desired outcomes are :
  • Children remember the song  in toto – its words and its tune and the message
  • They understand the message of Seva

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Song :

सेवा है यज्ञकुन्ड समिधा सम हम जलें
ध्येय महासागर में सरित रूप हम मिलें ।
लोक योगक्षेम ही राष्ट्र अभय गान है
सेवारत व्यक्ती व्यक्ती कार्य का ही प्राण है ॥धृ॥

उच्च नीच भेद भूल एक हम सभी रहें
सहज बन्धूभाव हो राग-द्वेष ना रहे
सर्वदिक् प्रकाश हो ज्ञानदीप बाल दो
चरण शीघ्र द्रुढ बढे ध्येय शिखर हम चढे॥१॥

मुस्कुराते खिल उठे मुकुल पात पात में
लहर लहर सम उठे हर प्रघात घात में
स्तुति निन्दा लाभ लोभ यश विरक्ती छाँव से
कर्मक्षेत्र मे चले सहज स्नेह भाव से ॥२॥

दीन हीन सेवा ही परमेष्टी अर्चना
केवल उपदेश नही कर्मरूप साधना
मन वाचा कर्म से सदैव एक रूप हो
शिवसुन्दर नव समाज विश्ववन्द्य हम गढे ॥३॥

English Transliteration:

sevā hai yajñakunḍa samidhā sama hama jaleṁ
dhyeya mahāsāgara meṁ sarita rūpa hama mileṁ |
loka yogakṣema hī rāṣṭra abhaya gāna hai
sevārata vyaktī vyaktī kārya kā hī prāṇa hai ||dhṛ||

ucca nīca bheda bhūla eka hama sabhī raheṁ
sahaja bandhūbhāva ho rāga-dveṣa nā rahe
sarvadik prakāśa ho jñānadīpa bāla do
caraṇa śīghra druḍha baḍhe dhyeya śikhara hama caḍhe||1||

muskurāte khila uṭhe mukula pāta pāta meṁ
lahara lahara sama uṭhe hara praghāta ghāta meṁ
stuti nindā lābha lobha yaśa viraktī chāva se
karmakṣetra me cale sahaja sneha bhāva se ||2||

dīna hīna sevā hī parameṣṭī arcanā
kevala upadeśa nahī karmarūpa sādhanā
mana vācā karma se sadaiva eka rūpa ho
śivasundara nava samāja viśvavandya hama gaḍhe ||3||

Meaning:

As fortunate, holy & good it is for wooden stick (samidha) to go in the holy fire of yagnya, same way it is for us to enter in to service work. Stick does not remain the same as it was, but burns itself to serve for the purpose.
As river flows & merges in to ocean, let us go & merge in to this ocean like huge work of service (seva).
Being a good to people & every person being living a well contended life is song we boldly chant.
Every person filled with Service oriented mind, is essence or core of our work ||S||

Forgetting about is superior & inferior, we should stand united,
Let feeling of brotherhood come naturally. Hatred & bitterness has no space within us,
Let every where be lots of light, please give us all knowledge,
Let us move on & reach the top of our goal ||1||

Every flower is blooming with a smile,
Every wave is same & coming up,
Away from praise, criticism, profit, greed & glory,
We march forward with simple easy adorable way ||2||

Serving weak feeble is our routine practice,
These are not only teachings, but our regular work,
Let always be consistent about thoughts, talks & actions.
Our society be as pleasant as god Shiva & be praised by whole world. ||3||

Audio File :

Work with children of seva kendra (slum) to prepare group song मनसा सततम् स्मरणीयम्

Background :
Songs in general, and group songs in particular, engage  children in ways and communicate the message of the song in ways few other activities do.Long after children are grown up, the song will reside in the recess of the mind. And give the message.

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Goal :
Coach and help children of seva kendra (slum), prepare the group song. The desired outcomes are :
  • Children remember the song  in toto – its words and its tune and the message
  • They understand the message of Seva
  • Their hesitation regarding Samskrit reduces / disappears

 

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Song : 

मनसा सततम् स्मरणीयम्
वचसा सततम् वदनीयम्
लोकहितम् मम करणीयम्…

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न भोग भवने रमणीयम्
न च सुख शयने शयनीयम्
अहर्निशम् जागरणीयम्
लोकहितम् मम करणीयम् …
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न जातु दुःखम् गणनीयम्
न च निज सौख्यम् मननीयम्
कार्य क्षेत्रे त्वरणीयम्
लोकहितम् मम करणीयम्…
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दुःख सागरे तरणीयम्
कष्ट पर्वते चरणीयम्
विपत्ति विपिने भ्रमणीयम्
लोकहितम् मम करणीयम् ….
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गहनारण्ये घनान्धकारे
बन्धु जना ये स्थिता गह्वरे
तत्र मया सन्चरणीयम्
लोकहितम् मम करणीयम् …
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Audio file of the song.
You Tube vide of the same

Project : Record Audio Books

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There is a large population of visually challenged children in Bhaarat (India). Audio Books are very useful in helping them learn various subjects.

Youth for Seva – Delhi Chapter has been recording Audio Books since Sep 2012. Based on feedback from blind hostels and schools, our understanding of the work is as follows:

  • CBSE syllabus, IGNOU syllabus and state boards (in that order) – all need to be recorded
  • Recording books in English is simpler due to existence of TTS (Text-to-Speech) software. The shortage is biggest in audio books in Indic languages. Hindi, Telugu and Bangla are where the largest needs exist.
  • Younger children also want to listen to stories
  • Children want to listen to books like life stories of inspiring personalities.

 Goal :

  • Set up a core team that takes consistent care of Audio Book Recording even after the summer vacations.
  • Set up separate teams for
      • Content Creation (Recording Audio Books)
      • Content Tagging as per subject, language, class / Cleaning for noise / Changing formats to a standard
      • Distribution of content – by uploading files on internet (soundcloud, google drive etc.)
      • Partnerships / coordination – with other NGOs doing similar work, with blind schools etc.
  • Record 100 audio books in Hindi during the next 60 days

Ideal Team of Interns :

  • 2 – 3 project coordinators / co-coordinators for each section (Content creation / Tagging / Distribution / Partnerships)
  • 2 – 3 people to take care of file uploading / website
  • 50 – 100 interns / volunteers for recording audio books – can be very well done from home.

Project : Strengthening Computer Education in Slum centers

Project Description:

Interns will :

    • Understand the present process and courses being taught by partner NGOs
    • Identify new useful courses as per current trends – available via NSDC (National Skill Development Corporation)(http://nsdcindia.org/pdf/list-nsdc-centers-across-country.pdf)
    • Make suggestions / help redesign course being taught at the partner NGOs using inputs available from Nasscom Foundation / computer centers run by other NGOs.
    • Impart class room / practical training to future trainers
    • Help prepare program and process documentation at various centers.

Project : Women, not Objects

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Create online and offline campaign against objectification of women.

Method:

  • Document various cases of objectification of women in popular media.
  • Understand current legislation and provisions under which this objectification can be opposed
  • Study the success / failure of earlier attempts to protest / fight objectification of women in media / advertising / entertainment.
  • Create petitions

Ideal Team of Interns:

  • 2-3 teams each having 2 or 3 lawyers / law students for understanding earlier approaches in this regard – like petitions to ASCI (Advertising Standards Council of India).
  • One / Two designers (poster design / campaign FB / site design)
  • One / Two content creators

Useful Read:
http://blogs.reuters.com/india/tag/objectification-of-women/