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Friday, 17 October 2014

Events



Following is the summary of some of the significant events undertaken by AADM in the past. 




Civic Festivals
 
Ashadi Ekadashi Fair

The Event: Ashadi Ekadashi Fair
Location: Shree Kshetra Vitthl Mandir, Wadala - Mumbai
Significance: A huge turnout of people every year to pray and take blessings of Lord Vitthal
AADM support: AADM provides a team of dedicated, active, expert DMV’s from local Upasana centers attached to SAUF and head office, event coordinator, qualified & practicing medical and para medical volunteers from nearby area.
Services performed: Controlling the crowd, managing them in a queue, dispensing free drinking water to the people in the queue and providing emergency medical aid

Statistics





Angnewadi Fair
 
The Event: Angnewadi Fair
Location: Malvan, Sindhudurga - Maharashtra
Significance: A two day fair at a local temple which has a huge turnout of people every year.
AADM support: AADM provides a team of dedicated and skilled DMVs, qualified & practicing medical and para medical volunteers from nearby area for this 2 – day event.
Services performed: Controlling the crowd, managing them in a queue, dispensing free drinking water to the people in the queue and providing emergency medical aid

Following is the no. of DMVs attending the Anganewadi Seva (yearwise):




Angaraki Chaturthi
 
The Event: Angaraki Chaturthi
Location: Shree Siddhivinayak temple, Mumbai
Significance: Angaraki Chaturthi is a festival of Lord Ganesha which is celebrated twice every year. During this occasion, there is a huge turnout of people at the temple to pray and take blessings of Lord Ganesha
No of DMV’s involved: 1450 DMV’s are deputed during each event
AADM support: AADM provides a team of dedicated and skilled DMVs, from all over Mumbai for this event.

No. of DMVs attending the seva every year: 



Services performed: The service is rendered for 32 hours in four equal shifts. Controlling the crowd, managing them in a queue, dispensing free drinking water to the people in the queue and providing emergency medical aid and maintaining Cleanliness around the temple









Jyotiba Temple Fair


The Event: Jyotiba Temple Fair
Location: Kolhapur, Maharashtra
Significance: One out of the 12 jyotirlinga’s of Lord Shiva is enshrined in this temple. “Jyotiba Dandgai Fair” is celebrated for 2 days on “Chaitra Shudha purnima”.

AADM support: A team of dedicated and skilled DMVs, qualified & practicing medical and para medical volunteers from nearby area participate and offer seva for this 2 – day event.

No. of DMVs attending the seva every year:


Services performed: Controlling the crowd, managing them in a queue, providing emergency medical aid and preparedness for fire fighting and rescue







Kumbh Mela - Nashik
 
The Event: Kumbh Mela - Nashik
Location: Nashik - Maharashtra
Significance: Kumbh mela is considered as the most important Hindu spiritual gathering in India which takes place once every 3 years in Allahabad, Ujjain, Haridwar and Nashik consecutively. The event is attended by more than 3.5 million people from across the country.

AADM support: AADM has provided active and skilled DMVs and qualified & practicing medical and para medical volunteers for this grand event.

A total of 264 DMVs, Medical and Paramedical volunteers of AADM from all over Maharashtra participated in this event.

No of DMV’s involved: 130 DMV’s have imparted their Devotional Service
Services performed: Controlling the crowd, managing them in a queue and providing emergency medical aid
Photo i_9, and Photo i_9(1)


 

Mahalaxmi Temple
 
The Event: Mahalaxmi Temple
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra
Significance: Mahalaxmi temple is one of the most popular shrines of goddess Mahalaxmi. There is a huge gathering of people for 9 days during the eve of Navaratri every year


AADM support: AADM provides active and skilled DMVs and qualified & practicing medical and para medical volunteers for this 9 – day event.



Services performed: Controlling the crowd, managing them in a queue and providing emergency medical aid











Selfless Service on the path of Bhakti



Introduction

The Philosophy of "Selfless service on the path of Bhakti" along with careful implementation has prevented any disastrous incidents from occurring during their supervision. Over the years, AADM has been offering its Devotional Services to many such events held across the state without charging any cost to its beneficiary. In fact, AADM has been the preferred choice of all NGO's for providing competent support to the core emergency services due to their efficiency in managing huge masses during festivals and public events. This includes both preventing disaster or to carry out relief measures during disasters.

Role of AADM - Back-end protocol


Introduction

AADM simply demonstrates the physical ability and mental preparedness of DMV's. The devotion and dedication of every participating DMV enables him or her to impart efficient onsite services with delight.

The same stands true for those DMV's who are actually involved in meticulous planning and organization of work while preparing for any mega event. The AADM response begins with an appeal from the event organizers to provide support to control crowd, manage the queue and provide other purposeful services such as distributing drinking water amongst the people and to facilitate emergency medical aid.

The backend protocol begins with
  • Conducting pre-event meetings along with the local host, police authority and/or government authority to primarily comprehend the layout of the venue, multitude of the expected people, the route selected for their flow and movement, the alternative arrangements, inevitable bottlenecks in and around the venue along with potential fire hazards.
  • All this information is documented after a detailed inspection of the venue.
  • After estimating the number of DMV's required to perform the task, a list of these DMV's is prepared and team leaders are appointed for executing the plan of action
  • A special team of volunteering doctors and paramedics are allocated to provide emergency medical aid
  • Proper control and communication system is established using walkie talkies.
  • Last minute inspection is done on the night before the event
 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Re-Immersion of Ganesh Idols


Introduction
 
Every year, Lord Ganesha festival is celebrated by Hindu's with zeal, faith, love and devotion across the world. An idol of Lord Ganesha is worshipped for 10 days and then it is immersed in water (preferably sea) with a heavy heart and devotion by the devotees. In India and especially in Maharashtra, there are many social groups which perform festivities on very huge idols of lord Ganesha. This religious festival was initiated by Lokmanya Balgangadhar Tilak during the pre-independence era of India

Since the idols are primarily made of plaster of paris, they do not dissolve in the water on immersion. Heaps of flowers, garlands (Nirmalya) and decorative materials lie scattered across the beach. On the subsequent day of immersion, the remains of the idols are washed back on the sea shore. This unpleasant sight is distressing for those who worship the idols with love, faith and devotion.

Aniruddha's Academy of Disaster Management took voluntary charge of this spiritual disaster. Every year for the past 8 years, AADM along with other allied initiatives like Aniruddha Aadesh Pathak, conduct a massive re-immersion drive across 9 beaches of Maharashtra.


Objective
 
The objective of this drive is
  • Cherishing the spiritual essence of the festival
  • Cleaning of beaches after immersion
  • Spreading awareness of cleanliness and hygiene among the citizens

Resources
 
Disaster Management Volunteers equipped with trucks, boats along with gloves and mask.


Methodology
 
The preparations for re-immersion and beach cleaning begin 2 months prior to the festival. The concerned authorities like the Municipal bodies, Police, Fishermen have a vital contribution in this drive. The partly dissolved remains of the idols are re-immersed deep into the sea with the help of boats. The garlands, flowers and other waste is collected and then handed over to the Municipality for disposal. This re-immersion activity is carried out every year on the 3rd, 7th & 11th day after the immersion of Ganesh idols. The beaches are cleaned up with infrastructural support from the Municipal authorities like garbage vans, equipments, etc.






Implementation
 
The idols which are lying on the sea shore are collected in a boat and then re-immersed deep into the sea. Nirmalya, plastic bags and other waste is then handed over to the Municipality for further disposal. A team of DMV's is always ready with their rescue kit. The beach coordinators communicate with each other through walkies-talkies and an updated report is communicated to the Director of the Cleanliness and Hygiene wing regularly

The re-immersion activity of AADM is being appreciated by the media (various newspapers like the Times of India, Mumbai Mirror, Loksatta, Lokmat), government of Maharashtra and Police Authorities. Even local residents who stay around the beaches have appreciated the work done by AADM.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Rain Water Harvesting


Introduction
Water, the most precious gift on earth is the primary essence of existence. Apart from living beings, the nature also depends upon water for its survival. Scarcity of water, especially during summer season is a disastrous hindrance for the survival and existence of mankind and the nature around him. However, if `attempted, even the simplest and conventional form of harvesting natural water results in a tremendous advantage during adversities. Necessity has been a great inspiration behind considering Rainwater harvesting as one of the primary projects of AADM.

 
Objectives
Utilization of simplest and most cost effective methods of harvesting natural water to evade the problem of water scarcity

 
Resources
DMV's were the primary resource apart from the basic material required to build a dam such as a sheet of plastic as per the required measurement, natural stones and earth

 
Methodology
  • The initiative began when the supply of water was inadequate at Govidyapeetham - Karjat, Maharashtra.
  • Two dams were made using stones and earth over two flowing streams.
  • A sheet of plastic measuring 100 ft / 15 ft was embedded in the earth to prevent surface and sub-surface water from seeping into the streams.
  • After a considerable wear and tear throughout the year, these dams were repaired and reinforced by putting steel bars and wooden poles before the beginning of the rainy season

 
Implementation
The successful outcome of this initiative at Govidyapeetham - Karjat was that the borewells and the well did not turn dry for majority of the period throughout the year.

After the successful construction of a dam for rain water harvesting at Govidyapeetham, AADM decided to perform similar activity in Palghar and Wada (Maharashtra).

Dams constructed / repaired in the year 2006



Dams constructed / repaired in the year 2007




Vermiculture

Introduction

Today, with increasing modernization of agriculture, forestry and habitat management, least efforts are invested in comprehending the fundamental functioning of mother-nature. Instead mankind is attempting to disturb the balance of the ecosystem to suit its own greed and convenience. The result is pollution, drought famine, uncertain rainfall, sudden change in climate. To prevent the aftermath of this environmental disaster, AADM initiated the project of Vermiculture. It is a science of cultivating earthworms and using them as natural bioreactors in waste management. They feed on the biodegradable waste and their excreta is a finely granular vermicompost which is rich in minerals and microbes beneficial to the plants. Vermicompost, also known as the Black Gold, and vermiwash, a liquid byproduct obtained in this process are natural fertilizers.

They are useful in preventing soil deterioration caused due to use of chemicals and pesticides. In addition, they also help on a large scale in managing urban and rural solid waste and keeping the environment healthy. Common everyday food waste, floral and vegetable waste, garden waste, paper waste, ensure that vermiculture can be adopted in housing societies, industries, canteens, schools, colleges, institutions, temples

AADM intends to spread this knowledge to every individual and provide training and supervision at no cost

 
Objectives

The primary aims of this project are

  • Providing a better environment and helping to maintain the normal balance of the ecosystem
  • Production of vermicompost through Vermiculture technology which can be put to effective use for
  • Tree plantation project
  • To supply the produce to the drought prone areas and to the needy farmers at no cost.
  • Ensuring zero garbage and savings on solid waste management

 
Resources

The basic resources for a household project include a small plastic bucket, tray or earthen pots and large scale projects require sufficient supply of electricity and water along with 3-4 dedicated individuals and a well constructed and shaded vermiculture pit








Methodology
Considering a large scale vermiculture project, the procedure for producing vermicompost and vermiwash is as follows:

  • A thatched roof shed preferably open from all sides with unpaved floor is erected in East-West direction length wise to protect the site from direct sunlight.
  • A shed area of 12'X12' is sufficient to accommodate three vermibeds of 10'X3' each having 1' space in between for treatment of 9-12 quintals of waste in a cycle of 40-45 days.
  • The height of thatched roof is kept at 8 feet from the centre and 6 feet from the sides.
  • The base of the site is raised at least 6 inches above ground to protect it from flooding during the rains.
  • The vermibeds are laid over the raised ground as per the procedure given below:
  • The site marked for vermibeds on the raised ground is watered and a 4"-6" layer of any slowly biodegradable agricultural residue such as dried leaves/straw/sugarcane trash etc. is laid over it after soaking with water.
  • This is followed by 1" layer of Vermicompost or farm yard manure.
  • Earthworms are released on each vermibed at the rate of 1 to 1.5kg per ???
  • The frequency and limits of loading the waste can vary as below depending upon the convenience of the user



  • The loaded waste is finally covered with a Jute Mat to protect earthworms from birds and insects.Water is sprinkled on the vermibeds daily according to requirement and season to keep them moist.
  • The waste is turned upside down fortnightly without disturbing the basal layer (vermibed).
  • The appearance of black granular crumbly powder on top of vermibeds indicate harvest stage of the compost.
  • Watering is stopped for atleast 5 days at this stage.
  • The earthworms go down and the compost is collected from the top without disturbing the lower layers (vermibed).
  • The first lot of Vermicompost is ready for harvesting after 2-2.5 months and the subsequent lots can be harvested after every 6 weeks of loading.
  • The vermibed is loaded for the next treatment cycle.





Multiplication of worms in large scale

Prepare a mixture of cow dung and dried leaves in 1:1 proportion.

  • Release earthworm @ 50 numbers/10 kg. of mixture and mix dried grass/leaves or husk and keep it in shade.
  • Sprinkle water over it time to time to maintain moisture level.
  • By this process, earthworms multiply 300 times within one to two months and can be used to prepare vermicompost.
  
Advantages of Vermicomposting
  • Vermicompost is an ecofriendly natural fertilizer prepared from biodegradable organic wastes and is free from chemical inputs.
  • It does not have any adverse effect on soil, plant and environment.
  • It improves soil aeration, texture and tilth thereby reducing soil compaction.
  • It improves water retention capacity of soil because of its high organic matter content.
  • It promotes better root growth and nutrient absorption.
  • It improves nutrient status of soil-both macro-nutrients and micro-nutrients.
 Precautions
  • Vermicompost pit should be protected from direct sun light.
  • To maintain moisture level, spray water on the pit as an when required.
  • Protect the worms from ant, rat and bird
Implementation
  • The first pilot -project was set up at VJTI campus (Engineering Institute - Mumbai) using their canteen and garden waste. it served as a milestone for implementation of the vermiculture project.
  • Today, in Maharashtra, the project is divided into 4 zones with teams of DMV's coordinated by project leaders and a zonal coordinator.
  • They are assigned to provide training to common people who are keen to begin this project in their own house, provide consultancy and to attend to any trouble shooting problems
  • Regular demonstrations are conducted in many schools and colleges across Maharashtra
  • The consultancy projects at various sites in Mumbai are
  • Bhavan’s college- Andheri
  • FDC-Jogeshwari
  • DIL Ltd. Thane
  • Naval Dockyard - Colaba
  • Central Railway Matunga workshop
  • SEBI
  • Pearl Society- Vile Parle
  • Cypress Society- Mulund
  • Pochkhanwala Banker's training college
  • Maharashtra State Bank Employer's Federation.



  • Till date, more than 16 tones of vermicompost has been produced from various big and small projects from in and around Mumbai
  • This has resulted in more than 64 tonnes of waste being converted into vermicompost.

Construction of Dams



Introduction
  • The initiative began when the supply of water was inadequate at Govidyapeetham - Karjat, Maharashtra.
  • Two dams were made using stones and earth over two flowing streams.
  • A sheet of plastic measuring 100 ft / 15 ft was embedded in the earth to prevent surface and sub-surface water from seeping into the streams.





Implementation
Construction of Dams

After the successful construction of a dam for rain water harvesting at Govidyapeetham - Karjat, AADM decided to perform similar activity in Palghar and Wada (Maharashtra) Dams constructed / repaired in the year 2006