This year’s Dilwali Diwali was a scaled up version of our efforts over last few years. Our efforts to partner with other agencies are bearing fruits gradually with team Gadvat and team Durgaveer being our regular allies. While our ZP school network continues to grow strong, our new partners SRCC- Mumbai (School for differently able children) has joined hands with us for activity based / outbound learning program.
Our Dilwali Diwali team reached out to three different locations this year.
Pethe Wadi Pachnai – Harishchandragad base
This was a unique experiment to have meet up of villagers / local administrative body / political entity and Gadvat ( NGO) to discuss problems faced by local tribal hamlet and come up with easier and sustainable solutions pertaining to basic employment, education and water shortage . Funds are being released and necessary work is followed up with completion target of 26 Jan 2018 (Republic day ) .
Also, 150 sarees, 30 school kits/t-shirts , 50 set of utensils and of 50 boxes of Diwali sweets found their way in tribal households as a token of our connection with them. This was followed by a memorable trek/camp to HCG by all participating members.
Chaulherwadi Baglan, Nashik
Team Durgaveer has been our strong bastion in Bablan from the very beginning. We had organised a pilgrimage to Jain spiritual abode of Mangi Tungi with a very enthusiastic bunch of senior citizens while we visited Chaulhergad. 150 School kits and T shirts were graciously donated by them. Also sarees, utensils, solar lamps and mithai was distributed amongst needy families. This was again followed by a fantastic trekking / camping trip of five fortsSalher, Salota, Mulher, Mora and Hargad with our trek mates from Sangli
Vidhyayak Sasad, Parol village, Palghar
This location is at a foothills of our home base of Tungareshwar. Blessed are we that we were given an opportunity to conduct a camp for a unique mix of kids as a part of our Dilwali Diwali 2017 campaign. 30 kids from SRCC school Mumbai, along with some of our regulars from Sports Gurukul kids and 20 children from Sai Aadhar orphanage spent a weekend together learning about village life, farming, tribal culture, skills exchange, leadership, team buildings etc. Highlight of event was a star gazing session and a campfire activity with Warli folk dance.
We @ Tunga Trekkers take this opportunity to thank all the participants, our patrons, concerned NGOs for being supportive and getting involved in this noble cause.