An effort to spread the Fragrance of Education through Mahak

An effort to spread the Fragrance of Education through Mahak

- Guest Post By Niharika Mishra

Jawaharlal Nehru had once said-"Educate a man and you educate one person. Educate a woman and you educate the whole family."

Female Education in India is not a gift of modern civilization. In olden days women excelled in the sphere of education and hence the goddess of learning was conceived of as a female who was popularly known as “Saraswati”, which is followed even today. However in earlier days, the traditional value of girl education in India was to enable her to be more competent in running the household, especially motherhood and to be able to give children a better upbringing. Nowadays when it is becoming more and more vital for women to be at par with men, education of women makes available to the country a wealth of capacity that is now largely wasted through lack of opportunity. This will result in fuller and effective utilization of human resources and raising the standard of living.

But inspite of such progressive approaches, there are many reasons female education never gets the importance it deserves like, Gender based Inequality, Occupation of Girls as cheap Domestic Help, parents' fear of physical Exploitation or abuse at schools.

Hence some extra effort is needed to encourage girls to get educated, especially from the poorer section of the society. Mahak is one such initiative by Ahambhumika.

Mahak is the name of a voluntary non-profit education institute set-up by Ahambhumika to facilitate education the daughters of labourers of the village of Mahabadia, Bhopal. Many may raise a question that why such a favor is just being done to the girls. The answer is that Mahak is an extra effort meant to assist educating girls in the rural areas where their education usual takes a backseat for more reasons than one.

At Mahak we are making basic efforts to spread literacy among the daughters of the labourers of Mahabadia, who otherwise would've never been able to go to school. Usually such girls are supposed to take care of the house when their parents are off to work at younger age and join their parents in their labour to earn an extra penny when they get older.

We began by trying to convince the parents about the benefits of educating their daughter and how it would help them in housework as well as their labour in future. We explained how they'll be able to demand a better pay for their labour if they are educated enough. After much persuasion most of them agreed to send their daughters to our school for a short period of two hours everyday from 3:00 pm to 5:00pm.

With an initial start-off of 22 girls from the age group of 5 to 12, Mahak has been a decent success till now. We have started with teaching them reading and writing Hindi and basic Arithmetic and hope to progress in this as well. Shortly we will also start drawing and painting activity to make these imitative child friendly.

The initiative is run all by us without any major sponsorship. Hence any help assisting us in enhancing the amount of education we are providing right now to the girls will be really helpful. Currently our basic requirements comprise of dresses, stationery and drawing materials like notebooks, pencils, wax colours, drawing books, drawing copies for writing and drawing.

Any little help from you will help us give the girls a better future with the help of education.

You can send your donations to

Subrat Goswami


C/o Archaeological Survey, G.T.B. Complex- Block,4th Floor,

T.T .Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh,




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The photographs of MAHAK are posted above.

Mahak- an education centre for girl child of stone crushers in a village near Bhopal

These are the photographs of  “Mahak” ( Flavour).An education centre started by us for the girl child of stone crushers of a villagenamely Mahabadia near Bhopal. These girl child have never been to school and they look after the household work after their parents are off to the field. We are providing them initially basic education of reading and writing Hindi and  Artihmetic.These education centre started functioning from 11.12.2011.We also intend to add some interesting activities like doll making,art and craft etc.shortly.  The main thought behind these initiative to make these girl child literate. I am not a writer at all but I can not restrain myself from expressing  my happiness after starting this intitaive.We had a lot of discussion with the parents of these girl child to send them to this education centre for a period of 2 hours from 3.00 to 5.00 PM every day .The age group of these girl child is 5 to 12 years and at present 22 girl child have joined.Ahambhumika will provide them stationery materials, bags ,books and footwear’s. Shortly we will also provide them sweaters and dresses, skipping ropes and , few other games . And these  whole initiative is not at all funded by any Corporate or government.  This is all due to support of you people. You may further support us by spreading words. Mail us at if you have any query or you wish to support our this small initiative.  
Subrat Goswami
Founder & Volunteer

Volunteer us from home

                                                      Volunteer us from home

There are many pre-conceived notions related to volunteering and social networking among us. We think that volunteering can be only done by going to the NGO. But volunteering goes beyond our physical presence. Commitment has no boundaries.

We think that Social networking is just for sharing photos that we took from our recent Goa trip. But a person named Shawn Ahmed (he goes by the handle @uncultured on twitter) creates awareness and funds through social media and recently, due to his efforts he was invited to Davos. Social media is no longer a platform for frustrated arm-chair activists. A single retweet or a single share on facebook can connect a donor to the NGO.

Aham Bhumika is a Bhopal based registered NGO started by few like -minded people .We need volunteers to spread a word about various charitable activities and campaigns of Aham Bhumika.
If you spend some time on social networking sites like twitter and facebook you can volunteer for us from home.

What can you do?

1. If you are a blogger you may help us by writing blogpost on our activity.
2. You may prepare tweets for our various campaigns with catchy slogans .
3. You may Retweet our tweets.
4. If you are a designer, you may design poster for us.
5. You may connect us to the generous people via mail to seek further support.
6. If you know any Corporate you may connect us with him via mail.
7. If you are a fund raiser, you may guide us on this.
8.If you are a writer you may write content on various topics for us.
9.If you are an editor may edit our posts/content.
10.. If you are an Artist, you may donate / auction your painting to raise fund for Aham Bhumika.

If you wish to volunteer please mail us at :-

A visit to Grain School

                         A Visit to Grain School  -Guest post by Rahul Nayak 
Almost a year back, I accidentally came in contact with Subrat Goswami. We had a small meeting few days after Diwali and Subrat in his modest style explained about his efforts to form a small group of motivated people who work in suburban villages of Bhopal for betterment of women and children. So I got introduced to Ahambhumika, which Subrat hates to call NGO (he prefers calling it a group of motivated people instead). I guess that was the reason I was able to bypass my immense reluctance towards NGOs and meet Subrat with an open mind.

In the meeting which lasted just a little over half an hour, Subrat proposed to host a photo exhibition, with the aim of gathering public support for Ahambhumika. This eventually kept our extra official hours busy for almost next 6 months. We finally hosted the exhibition in May (2011). Along with many dignitaries who attended the exhibition, I met students of grain school, the women of a small village called Mahabadi in the rural suburbs of Bhopal.

Over the past one year, Subrat and I kept on exchanging our thoughts regularly. Although being in Bangalore I tried to be a part of Ahambhumika as much I can but it was only during my visit to Bhopal this Diwali I got the chance to visit the Grain School.

The School is set up in the village of Mahabadia at local Anganwadi. Ride to village is not a very smooth one as the approach road is quite rough. In the evening when there are no Anganwadi activities, the grain school classes are held from 7 to 8 PM on weekends. Subrat and his sister Kavita are the permanent teachers and occasionally some volunteers visit to take special classes.

We were there well before 6.30 PM and even though the class was supposed to start at 7 PM the attendance was very good soon after we arrived. I saw many familiar faces; I had met these women in the photo exhibition.

Their humble hospitality was the first thing that I noticed. I was greeted by everyone. They all came very well dressed and well prepared for the class. I guess over the past one year, it has become their daily socializing activity and I could see that they cherish it.

It has been a year since the current batch (the first batch) of the school started. The concept was simple, educate women of the village in some basic literacy and provide them with grains as incentive to attend the classes, so they don’t drop out of school in their struggle for basic necessities. Initially the 1st standard CBSE curriculum was adopted. Some books donated by Parham ( were also added later. Towards the end of it (as I write this) some vocational training was also included in the curriculum. The class which I visited was a knitting class where Kavita Ji was teaching the women how to knit Sweaters and mufflers.

The grains school has a pretty good attendance record. 30kg of grains (wheat and rice) per month is given to every woman attending the school regularly. The grain stock is accumulated entirely by the collection campaigns at the schools of Bhopal and generous donations from Ahambhumika well wishers and supporters. There has been no funding involved in the entire activity.

These women or Mahabadia, are now able to read news paper in Hindi, they read children story books and enjoy them, they can write (and not just their names but much more), they can even do basic arithmetic enough to multiply, add and subtract and understand their applications in real life scenario like basic household accounting. They can also knit sweaters and woolen wears for their dear ones. While I was there, one of the students, Santo, proudly exhibited a woolen cap she just completed in the class. It was no less than a novel invention for her. I also got to look at her notebook. Considering the fact that just a year ago, she was completely illiterate; anybody will be surprised to see her writing.

This batch of grain school is completing its tenure now. A year back, when Ahambhumika started the school, these women were completely illiterate. However their will to learn was strong back then and now even more so. Subrat told me that he was even threatened by a village man against teaching his wife. It was only because of the support of these women, especially Kamala Ji (in whose home the Anganwadi and the grain school is hosted), Ahambhumika was able to continue the school. Over the year, the effort has gathered tremendous respect amongst villagers. The effort has been supported by the Gram Sarpanch as well.

As we were about to leave, Kamala ji insisted that we must have some tea. Before we could say no, it was already served. Generally tea is served with extra sugar near around here but I guess she knew that the city people do not like too much sugar so it was served with exactly the amount of sugar I like. I could not help writing these last few lines. The hospitality of these women of Mahabadia is as warm as their curiosity to learn. I hope the next time I visit Bhopal I will have a chance to learn from them a little bit .
Below are some the photographs taken by me of Grain School.
Rahul Nayak 

Donate a sweater campaign


                                              Donate a sweater campaign need support

Thanks a lot for your response to our tweet regarding donate sweaters. To brief you- Ahambhumika is a small organisation of few like minded people based t Bhopal. All of us are working in government /non-government sector to support our family besides this we have the endeavour of Ahambhumika. Please visit our site for further details.

We support few rural schools of located in the villages at the outskirts of Bhopal by providing them clothes,shoes, drawing materials,books etc. These children belong underprivileged category and won’t have even proper clothes to wear. Please visit our blog to know about our recent activities/updates.

This year we intend to provide sweaters to few rural Primary school children and children of Anaganwadi centres located in villages.

We basically need sweaters for the following age groups :- (1) 3 to 4 years and (2) 5 to 10/11 years

Even a people donate 1 sweater to us that too will be enough .Since we won;t have any funding from any corporate or funding agency all our endeavours are running with the help of individuals only. If you wish to support this small endeavour you may send us sweater /s by courier .You may send sweater/s in any colour to us. You may further support us by spreading words about this small initiative to your friends and like minded people.

For sending sweaters our address is Subrat Goswami, Ahambhumika, C/o Archaeological Survey,4th Floor, B-Block,G.T.B. Complex,T.T.Nagar, Bhopal-462003.For any query mail us at :
In case you wish to support moneytraily,please do let us know & mail us for account deatils.

You may also SMS or call after 8.00 PM up to 12.00 AM to Subrat Goswami, Founder of Ahambhumika for any specific query on his number 098264 72718.


Subrat Goswami
Founder & Volunteer

Artists of Rural India

                             This is  Komal, she has made the drawing posted  above  

                        This is Santa, she has made the drawing posted above

 This is Rekha, she has made the drawing posted above

                                 This is Toli, she has made the drawing posted above

                     This is Ramli she has made the drawing posted above

                       This is Humji, he has made the drawing posted above

                          This is Basana, he has made the drawing posted above

 This is Sanjay , he has made the drawing posted above

 This is Padam,he has made the drawing posted above  

Primary School of village Bodakho,distt.Bhopal 

All these are the children of a Primary School of village Bodakho,distt.Bhopal.They have made the drawings at their own.We just provided them drawing copies,colour pencils and skecth pens donated to us by generous people like you.Recently we provided these children new brand shoes which too were donated by a generous lady to us.We have takne up these school for provding these children basic facilities like a small library, some indoor games like carom,chess etc. and some out door games like Football and Cricket.A generous donor will be donating us school bags for these children shortly.
You  too may support us.What we need at the moment for these children is sweaters as the winter has approached.Please mail us for any query You may also visit  us  at
If you wish you may donate us  as minimum as Rs.365-/ which will cost you Rs.1/-per day amounting to Rs.365/- in 1 year.This will help us in setting up a Cloth Bank which we are aiming to set up to provide clothes to underpriviledged rural school children.
Subrat Goswami
Founder & Volunteer

New ... New .... New clothes & new books

29th October 2011 was a memeorable day for us. On this date we distributed new clothes to children of primary school of village Bodakho.Though to few.These clothes were sent to us by generous people from Delhi and Indore.On the same day we also distributed Drawing books sent to us by the people by courier.I have posted few photographs above. Hope you will enjoy.Visit our previous posts for our activities.Visit our site Mail us at if you have any query or you want to support.  

How long we could keep continue the endeavours of Ahambhumika ?

Last 2 days were the days of introspection for me during brief period of illness. It gave me plenty of time to think and re-think on why sould have endeavour like Ahambhumika ? The simple answer was that because we are privileged and could contribute something to the underprivileged people of the society. But the question which constantly haunted me was that how long we could continue like this, asking people to donate? Still thinking on it !!!

Let us go back for a while.Ahambhumika, an NGO comprising of few like minded people in Bhopal was formed in the year 2007.We started with the collection of clothes during Kosi flood in Bihar and later on we kept continue this initiative and added collection of toys,books etc. . The clothes, toys,books thus collected were provided to the school children of rural villages . The scenario of rural India is undoubtedly shocking. Still there are no roads, electricity, drinking water and many more essentials required for the day to day life. The school children of the rural villages which we unearthed won’t have even proper clothes. They wear torn and shabby clothes.We begin to provide them clothes from time to time. Because people donate clothes in plenty. We even collected clothes door to door carrying them on our motor cycles from one end of the city to another. Later on we made collection campaign of clothes and during sorting we found that people have even donated their used undergarments ,which are of no use at all. Many people joined us in last three + years of journey while many left us. How long people could remain associated with us by spending their own fuel and time ? But that is a different issue, we with few handful of people are still making efforts. We raised some fund through social networking sites to keep continue our initiatives. Spent many sleepless nights preparing posts to donate, spent plenty of time on Twitter repeatedly tweeting to donate us, support us .Many followers unfollowed us due to this while on the other hand many extended their constant support with cash and kind to us. I am obliged to all for this.

But nothing much has been changed till date. We have not been able to provide sufficient clothes to the children of the schools we have selected .But still efforts are on. I don’t know how much we will succeed but the determination has never been lacking with me. I know the road I have chosen is tuff. After spending due to time my office where I am working to earn bread for my family, keep continue the initiatives of Ahambhumkia is nevertheless tough but there is no way out. I can not leave the rural children of the schools, whom we have chosen to provide clothes, on the mercy of god to whom nobody of us has seen. Will share more about us in the times to come. At the end of this post I will request you once again to support us.Visit us for our various efforts made by us since our inception. Do spread words about us. Support us. Mail us if you want to support us at :
Subrat Goswami
Founder & Volunteer

I have posted above  few photographs of the children of a primary school of a village Bodakho,distt.Bhopal to whom we are supporting constantly .Can not you extend your support to this kids ? 

Saree distribution

On 31.07.2011 Sarees were distributed to the  underpriviledged women of village Mahabadia,Bhopal.Most of the women are student of Grain School (For Grain School details  ).Besides them few aged women too were provided sarees. These sarees were gifted to Ahambhumika by  a generous women who won't wants here to ne named.We are obliged to our donor, hats off to her.Support us in spreading words.