Inspired by a saying ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,’ the Rotary Club of Pune Riverside has undertaken a project to rehabilitate people of Parodi village in Uttarakhand, which was devastated by floods earlier this year.
Jitendra Palande, President, Rotary Club of Pune Riverside, said members of the club had visited Parodi, a village 32 km from the tourist hotspot Mussoorie, on October 2 with a vision to build a school in the village.
“When we spoke to villagers, they said they require houses more than anything else. We discussed the matter with our members and decided to rebuild the village,” he said.
The team re-visited the village a few days later with supplies of blankets, water filters, chalk boards for the makeshift school, and other necessities. The team also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the villagers to allow them to measure and record the contours of the land where the village can be re-built.
“The village was surrounded by huge limestone rocks that stumbled down after the cloudburst. Fortunately, the villagers had sensed tragedy in advance and had escaped to mountains. Though they saved their lives, they lost their belongings. It is important for us to provide them with some means to earn a livelihood,” said Palande.
With the help of city-based architect Narendra Dengle, the club has made a model of the proposed village with 120 houses of 500 sq ft each. A building for Gram Sabha and a school will also be constructed as part of the project. The plan also includes internal and service roads, electricity and water supply, drainage system and a functional waste disposal system.
The total cost of the project estimated by the club adds up to Rs 7 crore and is expected to be completed in two years.
To raise the amount, the club will organise various campaigns in colleges and other educational institutions, corporate offices and public areas.
Their campaign ‘Pune builds Paroda’ is aimed at involving general public in the charity.
“Every individual who donates Rs 100 will get a badge which reads ‘I helped build Paroda’ or ‘Pune Builds Paroda’. It is also a nation building exercise,” said Palande.
The club will also organise a comedy show of Kapil Sharma, the host of the popular television show Comedy Nights with Kapil, at