NEED OF CHARKHA:
Clothing being a basic human need, deprivation of clothing indicates poverty, paucity or the aftermath of natural calamities. Deprivation of clothes at any age is a grave social dilemma. However, the predicament is worse for children of school-going age, in both rural and urban areas alike. Lack of clothing leads to a snowball effect of absenteeism from school, which leads to illiteracy and ignorance; thus it perpetuates poverty and eliminates the possibility of progress.
CONCEPT AND VISION OF CHARKHA PROJECT:
The Charkha project is a wholesome solution achieving multiple parameters in a single go. It not just provides basic clothing to the lesser fortunate but also takes a step towards their self-sufficiency,thus cracking the vicious circle of poverty and illiteracy. Our bond with the “Charkha” or the spinning wheel is old and sentimental – it is gift from Mahatma Gandhi to all of us. We have experienced its strength during the Independence era. The Charkha project revives this bond and gives us this wonderful tool that provides clothing for the needy.
ACTIVITY OF CHARKHA PROJECT:
- Primarily, the volunteers of the Foundation train the devotees to spin the “Amber Charkha”.
- The devotees submit the spun yarn to the Foundation in form of hanks.
- The Foundation arranges to make the fabric from the submitted yarn.. School uniforms are made from this fabric which are then distributed free of cost to the needy students.
- Our statistics show that the schools where this distribution has taken place have seen greater enrollment of students, higher daily attendance, huge reductions in their school drop-out rate, increase in literacy and therefore improved standard of living and overall development and progress.
- So far, the distribution happens during the Kolhapur Medical and Health Services Camp held every year in Pendakhale, about 50 km from Kolhapur city.
- This distribution is an on-going activity which happens throughout the calendar year.
WHY CHARKHA, DESPITE MANY SOPHISTICATED ALTERNATIVES?
- Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Bapu says, “Let all the innumerable destitute children, who are indeed mine, get clothing to cover themselves.”
- Aniruddha Bapu motivates devotees to get involved in this activity with all their energies and efforts.
- The yarn, spun by the devotees, metamorphosed into the uniforms, will form a social fabric weaving together the rural and the urban cultures and population. The mere exercise of ‘buying’ cloth and handing it to the poor will not suffice the greater good.
- Charkha symbolizes self-sufficiency achieved from minimal resources.
- The fabric resulting from these charkhas is durable and comfortable to wear.
- The devotees spin the charkha reciting the mantra of ‘Aniruddha Mahavakya’ thus increasing their quotient of devotion.
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