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Pat for rural rejuvenation project

THE CITY of Columbus in the US, State of Ohio, has felicitated Jaggi Vasudev, the founder of Isha Foundation for `Action for Rural Rejuvenation', a project that has created an impact on rural communities in Tamil Nadu.

The Council Woman, Charleta Tavares, Chairperson of Health, Housing and Human Services Committee said that the project which aims at providing the needs of rural residents in India should be extended to other areas as well.

This is an opportunity to share and learn from each other.

The Action for Rural Rejuvenation project has been described as `an outreach programme' of the Isha Foundation that provides health care and other services to those residing in remote areas.

In his acceptance speech, Jaggi Vasudev, spoke on the abilities of politicians and business magnates to influence people. They should attend such programmes so that the moral values which they imbibe can be disseminated to those in the lower rung of society.

The Action for Rural Rejuvenation project aims at rejuvenating rural folk who live in backward villages and are unable to seek employment.

Through a multi-phased plan providing selective physical, social, mental and spiritual resources, the project creates sustainable opportunities for quality living. It helps in the empowerment of villagers also.

The foundation has pressed into service a mobile clinic that offers free and accessible treatment to villagers. A team consisting of a physician, nurse, pharmacist and yoga teacher runs the clinic. Educational programmes on health care, preventive medicine, community health and hygiene are the complementary features.

The project's other initiatives include recreational programmes for the alcoholics.

The `forum for social interaction, sportsmanship and sharing' among villagers is yet another initiative. Games and competitions boost the morale of village folk.

By Vidyashree Amaresh

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