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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Education students rally on education, environment, alcohol addiction, dowry and other village issues

Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj is not only doing a great thing by providing free education for these kids, but these kids are also going out and making a difference!
-A Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Education event organizer

On day 4 - 6 of the NSS Camp, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Education students went out into the villages to rally and educate on important social subjects such as various environmental issues and the importance of planting trees, importance of education and counteracting the common conception prevalent in these villages that education is not of much use, especially education for females, and the consequences of excessive consumption of alcohol, tobacco or drugs. According to Prasad (2009), in his research paper Alcohol use on the rise in India

With more than half of all alcohol drinkers in India falling into the criteria for hazardous drinking, alcohol abuse is emerging as a major public-health problem in the country. India's reputation as a country with a culture of abstinence especially in matters regarding alcohol is underserved, say experts. The country, which has seen a rapid proliferation of city bars and nightclubs in recent years, is fast shedding its inhibitions about alcohol as a lifestyle choice.

This situation has led to fears of an undocumented rise in alcohol abuse not only among poorer classes but also in sections of society that were previously considered dry. The health minister has recognised the scale of the problem—and has called for a policy that will regulate sales and the pricing of drink.

The amazing thing is that after watching the Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Education students' enactment of a drunk husband and Dad who spent all his money on drink, many villagers said they would try and quit. As mentioned in a previous post, on day 1 and 2 of the camp, the Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat Education students rallied and educated on the dowry system, female feticide, population control, and other current issues affecting the area. The local communities in these areas have sheltered lives and are generally uneducated and illiterate, and do not realize that they are amidst complex social problems. The Kripalu Mahila Mahavidyalay students volunteer their time during the NSS Camps to shed light on these issues. The villagers are given advice on how these problems can be minimized and are also educated on how to find the best resolution for these issues.

Visit Jagadguru Kripalu Education facebook for a more indepth desciption of each day of the camp. Lets support the Educational and Charitable works of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj by donating generously.

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