Sewa Bharti Hostel for boys at Dabra, Gwalior

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Source: Seva-English      Date: 09 Jan 2013 17:41:36

$img_titleThe drive from Gwalior to Dabra is not very long but it is more interesting because of the natural beauty surrounding the serpentine road and lush green scenery. 
Sewa Bharti residential boys school at Dabra was started on July 10, 2003 in a rented house. Initially the strength of the school was 35 janjati boys studying in class VI to VIII. In 2006, another bigger house was taken on rent as the number of students increased. But in view of continuous rise in the number of students, it was decided to purchase a plot of land measuring two acres. But the real problem was raising funds for construction of the hostel. The late Vishnuji, who was the main inspiration behind these projects, used all his skills and resources to encourage the local RSS workers to collect funds for the hostel. However, they got a modern ‘Bhamashah’ in US-based Pankaj Maheshwari, a software engineer who had come to Gwalior to perform the last rites of father. He was so impressed at the progress of hostel at Dabra that he donated Rs 15 lakh in three installments for the construction work. 
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$img_titleThe first floor measuring 10000 sq ft was constructed with a cost of Rs 50 lakh which was made available by MP Yashodhara Raje Scindia and Rajya Sabha Member Kaptan Singh Solanki. Sarkaryavah of RSS Shri Suresh alias Bhayyaji Joshi inaugurated the newly constructed building ‘Sevadham’ on December 18, 2010. But the absence of Vishnuji- the moving figure was felt as he had left this mortal world on May 23, 2009 after a prolonged illness in Delhi.
This hostel provides accommodation to students coming from Sahariya janjati of Madhya Pradesh. Like the Biagas, this janjati is also declared as ‘endangered’ by the state government and special efforts are being undertaken by the state government to save them from extinction. The Sahariyas are a designated ‘primitive’ janjati community, which comprises nearly 4% of the tribal population of Madhya Pradesh. As such they are ‘protected’ janjati and enjoy special status. The major concentration of this janjati is found in the mountains of the state. These people prefer to maintain fewer contacts with the outside world in order to keep their originality intact. They trace their origin from Shabri of the Ramayan. The tribe members believe in Hinduism. They worship Goddess Tejaji, Dhakar Baba, Durga, Hanuman, Lalbai and Bejasan. Savni Amavasya, Janmashtami, Raksha Bandhan, Deepavali, Holi and Teja Dashmi are some among the major festivals celebrated by them.
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$img_titlePresently there are 137 students from 49 villages studying in standard 6 to 10th following the syllabus of the MP State Board. Eight teachers are engaged in teaching them. That they are as brilliant as any other normal children was proved beyond doubt when they obtained 100 per cent result on 2010 board examinations.
This hostel has played an important role in transforming the society. The students have registered a negative trend towards consumption of meat and drinks. They have developed a liking for education. The members of the managing committee visit the parents of the students which have led to initiating the process of social mixing and harmony. Regular parents meetings are held in the hostel in which the parents of these students participate in large number.

Contact
Vanvasi Awaasiya High School
Sewa Bharati, Madhya Bharat
Sewadham Nagar,
Dabra, Dist: Gwalior
(Mashya Pradesh, India)
Phone: 07524- 223964

How to reach
Dabra is 42 Km from Gwalior.
By Air: Gwalior airport is nearest to Dabra. But airports at New Delhi (369 Km) and Bhopal (346 Km) are more convenient.
By Rail: Dabra is a rail station on Bhopal-Delhi route. Major express trains have stop at Dabra.
By Road: NH 75 passes through Dabra. Dabra is well connected with the major cities like Bhopal, Jhansi, Agra, Delhi etc.

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