About Manavlok Organization
MANAVLOK is a Voluntary organization for socio-economic up liftment of the rural-poor, established in 1982 under Society Registration Act 1860. Several experiments in rural development have been launched for the Last 37years; MANAVLOK would develop its activities over an increasing scale, never straying from the tenet that programs be based on the specific needs of the people. The Ongoing activities of the organization are Community based Monitoring programs of NRHM, Watershed development programme, Krushak Panchayat, Project ‘Navnirman’, Know your customer Programme, Drought Relief Programs, Manaswini Mahila Prakalp (Women empowerment providing Shelter Home, Free Legal aid center, Training center), Domestic Violence and Gender Sensitization, Jansahayog, Social Work College, SHG’s, Sanitation, Relief Services for the Victims of Natural Disaster, Advocacy, Monitoring and Evaluation of Govt. Programs. We are permitted and authorized by government of Maharashtra to run schools.
In the early 1970s, a socialist group of youth began seeking solutions to social and political problems of the rural community with the general aim of achieving harmony in society and fullness of life. After nearly 20 years of efforts and agitations, they concluded that socio-political change was not possible without economic change. With this point of view in mind, they established MANAVLOK in 1982, a voluntary organization for the socio-economic upliftment of the rural poor.Dr. Dwarkadasji Lohiya, popularly known as “Babuji”, laid the foundation of a voluntary organization when he was studying in an Ayurvedic college in Nanded.
The Accelerators in the Change
Late Dr. Dwarkadasji Lohiya, popularly known as ‘Babuji’, laid the foundation of a voluntary organization when he was studying in an ayurvedic college in Nanded.
1. Late Dr Dwarkadasji Lohiya
Ever since 1962, he was actively involved in social activities like immunization, organizing healthy child competitions, building a cultural group to generate awareness among the people through entertainment. His close association with common people, suffering masses, marginal farmers, landless laborers, traditional village artisans helped him in understanding their problems thoroughly. Determined to make a difference to the society and to work towards the uplifting of the masses, Dr Lohiya gave up his medical practice and founded Manavlok. His relentless work and its benefit have been actively spreading and today his work has reached the grassroots. Manavlok today has penetrated into 150 villages supporting the farmers through numerous primary and secondary activities making a difference in their lives thereby reshaping rural India. Dr. Lohiya was an active member of many development committees in Government and NGO sectors at District and State levels. Being an expert member at the Marathwada Development Board appointed by the “Government of Maharashtra”, he was able to contribute to strategic development plans. Dr D.S Lohiya had been recognized for his by work many organizations for his great dedication and exemplary efforts in the field of social work. Some of these include ‘Yashwantrao Chavan Smruti Puraskaar’ by Zilla Parishad Beed, an award named ‘Environmentalist of the Year 1993-1994’ by Marathwada Industries Association, Aurangabad. An award for his ‘Outstanding Work in Rural Development’ by Late Shri Shankarrao Kirloskar. An award named ‘Manavseva Award’ in memory of late Ashok Gondhiya by ‘Young Men Gandhian Association, Rajkot’ and many more .
2. Late Dr. Shaila Dwarkadas Lohiya
Late Dr. Shaila Dwarkadas Lohiya (Wife of Dr D. S. Lohiya) was also a social activist in uplifting the marginalized groups of the society. She represented India in many countries on social issues conferences. She was the supporting pillar to Dr D. S. Lohiya in establishing Manavlok. She was also recognized by many organizations for her great dedication and exemplary efforts in the field of social work. Some of these include FICCI Ladies Association’s National Award (Delhi), Elizabeth Wilson Award by ‘Sadhana Trust’ Pune, ‘Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holkar Award‘ by Government of Maharashtra.
3. Mr. Aniket Dwarkadas Lohiya
He is the 2nd and current Secretary (Head of the Institution) of Manavlok, Ambajogai. Since 25 years Aniket Dwarkadas Lohiya is renowned as good farmer for good agriculture practices. During his farmer life he experienced the hardship of Indian farmers due to lack of awareness about agricultural technology. He focused on the upliftment of socio-economic of the rural-poor by supporting the poor farmers in agricultural technologies. He implemented the past succeed experiments of water conservation methodology for dry land agriculture farms. He bought all basic agricultural technology machines namely Tractors, Ploughing Equipment, Rotavator, Zero Tillage Seed Drill, Sprayers, and Harvesters (Class) for demonstration of Farm Mechanization, at nearby Villages of Ambejogai, Keij Block of Beed district, to aware the farmers about minimizing the agriculture expenditure and yielding more crops by end to end operation of agriculture technology. He framed a holistic approach on rural development and implementing several programs like Health (NRHM), empowerment through Self Help Groups (women group, farmers group, and aged group), Human Rights Aids (Domestic Violence and Children Protection Issues), Welfare Services (Relief Programs), Advocacy (Janshayog), and need based awareness. In past he has visited “Israel” to observe the uses of agriculture technology and Drip Irrigation of farm water management. In 2015 he attended “Stockholm World Water Week-2015” Sessions with water aid participation in SWIDEN. He attended the 8th World Water Forum held at Brazil from March 18 to March 23, 2018. Now Manavlok is the member of World Water Council.