Asha for Education Logo Fellowship: Harsha
, Mumbai District
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completed - requirements ended
Project Steward
Shiva Arunachalam
shiva DOT arunachalamNO AT gmailSPAM DOT com
Project Partner(s)
Harshavardhan Purandare
mumbaikar100 AT yahoo DOT com
Additional Contact
Pankaj Jagtap
jagtap AT yahoo DOT com
Project Address
Shaligram House, Subhash Path, Nr Old municipality,
Mumbai District
Tel: +91-22-25369666,25363122,93229
Funds Disbursed
Dec2006ColoradoINR 10,000.00
Nov2006ColoradoINR 30,000.00
Jul2006ColoradoINR 25,000.00
Jun2006ColoradoINR 25,000.00
Apr2006ColoradoINR 28,600.00

Total = $3,785.48

TOTAL: $3,785.48
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Project Description

Project Description

Harsha, 31, based in Mumbai, is an IT and Social Networking activist, implementing his innovative solutions to resolve social problems.

Harsha started India 700k activities with mission to develop village sites / information base for addressing developmental issues by means of communication, information, knowledge-transfer and networking between communities. The backbone of this activity are grass root activists in more than 65 villages now and accepting this path of catalyzing social change. The volunteers organize data drives and link them to action. They analyze the situation on various issues and brainstorm to create relationships, leadership finds and implement the solutions.

They use technology tools; in absence of technology they use social networking methods. A team of 18 grass root activists associated with Harsha’s India 700k exercise has been nominated for National Virtual Academy fellowship by M.S.Swaminathan Foundation. Two of them have received the fellowship already. The remaining team of at least 50 more volunteer leaders is aspiring to provide grass roots as well as virtual leadership to this information revolution. These volunteers are addressing issues in education, health, employment, water and agriculture to help underdeveloped communities.

Harsha, former Asha Mumbai coordinator, started his activism by giving up mainstream job in 2003, exploring entrepreneurial opportunities in social development sector with new ideas. He co-founded the organization Ek Gaav Ek Sanganak (One Village One Computer-/1v1c) with Anil Shaligram, leading journalist and activist in Maharashtra. Anil is now “Ashoka fellow for social entrepreneurship” for 1v1c idea and work. This project was Maharashtra foundation (US) initiative in the period Jan 2003 -March 2006.

Harsha has now formed network called ITforSocialChange which acts with networking philosophy and ideology. This is turning out to be new movement of the youth working to build India as knowledge economy. Harsha sees his ‘knowledge’ activism as very natural evolution of thinking Asha volunteer, who tries to understand everything about socio-economic change in his Asha exposure and makes attempts to move fast on learning curve.

Purpose / Goals

To lead the knowledge and information revolution in villages by means of developing virtual & grass root leaderships, encouraging social networking activism by creating India-wide scalable and replicable enterprise for solving people’s developmental problems.

Project Type: Fellowships (description)

Primary Focus: other (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Other Focus: other

Area: Rural

Additional Information

Office for village activists: Gokul Sadan/ BTRandive Bhavan, Agroli, Belapur CBD , Navi Mumbai 400614
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Dec 2007Nitrud team builds fast around issues
Apr 2007Somthane and Nalad Grassroot work
Mar 2007Takali action initiated by new teams joining with us
Feb 2007Iralad Grass Roots Work
Jan 2007Issue analysis of movement in parbhani villages
Jan 2007Manvat Grassroot Work
Dec 2006Nitrud team builds fast around issues
Nov 2006Korti Village Joins us!
Nov 2006Korti Village Joins us!
Nov 2006Korti Village Joins us!
Oct 2006Tulsan Ground Action
Oct 2006NREGS Proposal presented to NRI Minister in NY
Sep 2006Hingoli - Social Advocacy and Knowledge Lobbying
Sep 2006Data Volunteers Expose grain Scam
Sep 2006
Aug 2006ProfileBapusaheb (Grassroot 1v1c fellow of Virtual Academy)
Aug 2006Profile Krishna (grassroots india 700k/1v1c activist)
Aug 2006Starting action in Jalaldabha and surrounding 11 villages
Jul 2006Grassroots Action in Maldhamani Village
Jul 2006Grassroots Action in Rainapur Village Hingoli
Jun 2006June Central NREGS Camp
Jun 2006NREGS May and June Snaps of movement
May 20061st May mass negotiation at block office
May 2006Campaign in Vatkali village , Sengaon
May 2006Babhali village Gramsabha
May 2006Hinglo NREGS Story
Apr 2006March & April India 700k Software Project -2
Mar 2006March & April -India 700k Software Project 1
Feb 2006February Training village volunteers & India 700k software d
Jan 2006Iralad Village Grass Roots Data Drive
Jan 2006My activities in January
Dec 2005Fellowship Application
Dec 2005Application Section V
Dec 2005Harsha Resume'
Dec 2005Harsha Resume'
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