Nirman Sanstha Khandel, a non-governmental
organisation, was established in Khandel in 1986 by its inspirational
director and native of Khandel,
Rameshwar Lal Verma.
Its aim is to secure the long-term future of
Khandel. Rameshwar Lal Verma’s achievements in tackling some
of the most pressing issues in Khandel, particularly against the
background of the social hierarchy in India, the harsh environment
and the lack of finances, have been truly remarkable, and are testament
to his devotion to this community. With his guidance, and under
the ethos of self-help, the locals have implemented a system of water
harvesting, which has expanded with the help of Khandel light. This,
together with other measures have enabled improvements in many of
the key areas of everyday life; a raising in the status of women,
improvements in literacy rates, encouraging better uptake of education
provision, especially among girls, a fall in the birth rate, and
a reduction in migration to the cities, helping to preserve the fabric
of rural life.
NSK works directly with the community providing education support
and empowerment through on-to-one contact, small groups and its highly
colourful monthly meeting, typically attended by around 300-400 villagers
from the area served by NSK. The NGO has been recognised nationally
for its unprecedented social work. NSK is very much about the community
helping itself through sheer hard work. At the outset, Khandel light
was formed essentially as a partnership of two very different communities,
working in very close association with NSK to further its work.
21 April 2013
The London Marathon
Click here to see what else is in store for 2013
The latest from Khandel and home
Is rape worse than other violent crime?
Listen on Radio 4 now