Rural Development - Activities & Beneficiaries

Glimpses of Activities Done So Far:


  • Partnership with Fairdeal Filaments Ltd, Surat for Rural Development Project for Karanj Village Cluster in Surat District.

  • Partnership with Centre for Environment Education under Samvardhan Project for providing Self-Leadership Education in 3 Gram-Vidhyapiths and 15 nearby villages.

  • Partnership for Positive Change with AgaKhan Rural Support Programme(India).

  • Self-Leadership Education workshops-

    • For teachers of 11 Gram Vidhyapiths of Gujarat .

    • For 15 Field workers of OXFAM, Rapar.

    • For 30 village people from 10 villages of Federation of Villages, AgaKhan Rural Support Programme, Netrang.

    • For 10 NGOs working in Kutch for earthquake rehabilitation.

    • Propagating the concept of Gram-Sabha in 10 villages of Vadodara and Kheda district.

  • Self Employment projects for rural women and youths in Sherkhi village.

  • Anti-tobacco awareness campaign for 2100 rural children and youths.

  • Medical camps and services in 4 villages around Sherkhi village Vadodara.

  • Awareness talks on Organic & Natural Farming, Vermi-compost, Natural Pesticides etc.

  • Edutainment (Entertainment through Education) activities like story telling, film-shows, games for children at Sherkhi village, Vadodara.


Voice of Beneficiaries

Feedback from Villagers


The process has brought internal change in me. If I get changed from inside then only I can bring change in my surroundings. Till this workshop I believed that the work of Rural Development can be done only by Politicians and not by common man but I was wrong. I can also bring a developmental change in my village. 

– Kamuben, Limodra Village, Tal. Mangarol, Dist. Surat


Earlier people were blaming Sarpanch but after coming to the workshop people realised that Village Development is joint responsibility of all the villagers. People are co-operating now and solutions for many problems have been found. 

– Jagdishbhai, Sarpanch, Limodra Village, Tal. Mangarol, Dist. Surat


Women have started believing in their strengths. Many women have started coming to Oasis Workshops and they are getting full co-operation from their family members. 

– Sangita, Limodra Village, Tal. Mangarol, Dist. Surat


The thoughts given by Facilitators were very inspiring, especially about women sarpanch. We should go forward without any kind of fear. We should represent our problems in front of government authorities. 

– Sushilaben, Limodra Village, Tal. Mangarol, Dist. Surat


Earlier we were going to Gram-Sabha without any preparations. After attending Training for Organising and Conducting Gram-sabha from Oasis, we are preparing well for Gram-sabha. 

– Rajeshbhai, Limodra Village, Tal. Mangarol, Dist. Surat


Gram-sabha is being organised regularly, peacefully without any quarrel and conducted successfully reaching to the solutions and action plans. Senior citizens are also attending the meetings and guiding us.

– Girishbhai, Karanj Village, Tal. Mangarol, Dist. Surat



As a part of ongoing Village Development Project, a concluding workshop of third phase held on 4th-5th March for the villagers of Limodra and Karanj. Total 18 villagers were present and shared how the process has helped them so far (about three and half year): 


"Before joining this process I was not able to speak when I felt that this is injustice and it should not happen. Now I have courage and I am confronting in such situations. In a process I left my job also while applying courage but I am happy, no regret while living for truth. We were like stone, I was not knowing that diamond is there in me. Today I found the same and I am thankful to oasis for the same.

For village – I was not interested in any activity at village level before, I and my job, plus my farm. Now I am involved in almost all activities of village and we dream that people remember us through our work."

- Bharat Patel


"Before workshop – my image was very bad. I was not able to control my language and anger, was behaving rudely with people and even family members. Now I have started understanding how the opposite person will feel. We did not had any idea about what Gramsabha is? What should we do there? We came to know the importance of the same here. Then when we went in the Gramsabha for the first time – elder of the village told us – why you came here? This is for men. We did not reply, but all discussed and decided to be there in last row. Then we asked questions also. Now we call all the women to participate in GS while it is announced. And so many women come for the same."

- Padma


"Now a days one circular came from government which tells – 1. Carry out cleanliness campaign, to do rallies and make villager aware about the cleanliness. 2. Plantation should be done in the village in Panchayat property. 3. All villages must have a board/ hoarding at the entrance of the village where they should explain what work done and what they are planning further – schemes etc.

We felt that we have already learnt all this things, some already done – like cleanliness campaign and we are in the process of doing something. We are ahead of the government plans."

- Narendrabhai


"I did work or approved different Grants of more than Rs 40 Lakh during my tenure, term. Now Rajeshbhai is Sarpanch and we are aiming that we will bring grant or do work worth Rs. 1 crore for Limodra, and it doesn’t make any difference to me that I am sarpanch or not. If my village is benefited through me than I am always ready to contribute."

- Jagdishbhai (Ex. Sarpanch)


Feedback from Participants of NGOs, working in the field of Rural Development:


The inner potential of students has come out. The decisions by students are perfectly okay. Being in those 8% people who got college education, its our duty to serve other 92% people of the country. 

– Maheshbhai, Teacher, Vanseva Mahavidhyalaya, Bilpudi


We realized our inner potentials and potentials of unity. An eye about how to watch movie is developed. I learnt that to dream is very important thing in the life.

– Jyotsna, Participant of Samvardhan Project,

Centre for Environment Education


I learnt how I can become real social worker. New direction, new understanding developed about how to work with people, how to work in team. I got an opportunity to focus on 'I'. Found a direction to work more effectively with firm commitment.

– Harji Solanki, Community Organiser, AKRSP (I)



Model For Promoting Sustainable Rural Development
ગ્રામીણ યુવાપેઢીને પ્રકૃતિ અને સમૃદ્ધિ તરફ વાળવાનો ઓએસિસનો સંનિષ્ઠ પ્રયાસ - 
"ગામડાં સ્વતંત્ર તો જ દેશ સ્વતંત્ર"


The students of Bachelor of Rural Studies (BRS) from Shri Narmada Gram Vidhyapith, Mangrol (Near Rajpipala, Gujarat) were the first to have a residential camp at Oasis Valleys after it was opened in January 2012. 16 Students with their two teachers participated in the camp, organized on 2-3 January, 2012. Apart from learning about Sustainable Agriculture & Organic farming, they also went through unique self-developmental processes of Oasis Workshops. Oasis aspires to see rural youths stand tall along with their counterparts in cities. The workshop was facilitated by Mehul Panchal, Managing Trustee, OASIS.



કાર્યશાળા વિશે વિદ્યાર્થીઓના પ્રતિભાવો:


ઘણા બઘા પ્રશ્નોનો ઉકેલ મળ્યો અને એમાં અમારા મગજનો પણ વિકાસ થયો

આ કાર્યશાળા મને ખૂબ જ ગમી. આ કાર્યશાળાના નિયમો અને એમાંની વાતચીતથી ઘણા બઘા પ્રશ્નોનો ઉકેલ મળ્યો અને એમાં અમારા મગજનો પણ વિકાસ થયો. કાર્યશાળામાં અમને એક એવો અહેસાસ થયો છે કે અમારે પણ એવું એક મોડેલ ફાર્મ ઊભું કરવું જોઈએ.

~ જયદીપ તડવી



અમારા ગામમાં આવું મોડેલ ફાર્મ ઊભું કરીશું

આ કાર્યશાળા અમને પ્રગતિના પંથે લગાવે છે અને આનાથી આગળના સમયમાં સજીવ ખેતી વધારે પ્રમાણમાં જોવામાં આવશે. રાસાયણિક ખેતીથી આપણાં ખેતરો બગડી જાય છે. માટે, હવેથી આપણે સજીવ ખેતી પાછળ લાગી જવું પડશે. આ ફાર્મ અમને એક માર્ગદર્શન આપતું સ્થળ લાગ્યું જેનાથી વિશેષ ફાયદાઓ જોવા મળે છે અને જીવનમાં ઘણું બધું શીખવા મળે છે અને તેનાથી આપણે આગળ વધી શકીએ છીએ.

~ હિરેન્દ્ર વસાવા


આ કાર્યશાળા અમને સારામાં સારી લાગી

આ કાર્યશાળા અમને સારામાં સારી લાગી. અને ખેડૂત મિત્રનો સારો વિકાસ થઈ શકે તે માટે અહીં બનાવેલી પદ્ધતિ અને આયોજન અમને બહુ જ સારાં લાગ્યાં.

~ રવિન્દ્ર તડવી



કાર્યશાળાનું વાતાવરણ અદભુત અને પૂરેપૂરું કુદરતી લાગ્યું

આ સ્થળ રમણીય અને સુંદર લાગ્યું. આ કાર્યશાળાનું વાતાવરણ અદભુત અને પૂરેપૂરું કુદરતી લાગ્યું. આ કાર્યશાળામાં અવનવું શીખવાનું મળ્યું અને કાર્યશાળા આત્મ-વિશ્વાસ વધારનારી લાગી.

~ વિપુલ પ્રજાપતિ



ખૂબ જ સુંદર કાર્યશાળા

આ કાર્યશાળા ખૂબ જ સુંદર લાગી કારણ કે આ કાર્યશાળામાં દરેક વ્યક્તિને નવું નવું જાણવાનું મળે છે. અને આના દ્વારા ખેડૂતો, વિદ્યાર્થીઓને નવું જ્ઞાન મળે છે; તેથી આ કાર્યશાળા મને ખૂબ જ પસંદ છે.

સજીવ ખેતીની જાણકારી તો ખરી જ, સાથે વ્યક્તિત્વ-વિકાસ અને ગ્રામ-વિકાસની પણ કેટલીક માહિતી લોકોને પહોંચાડે છે તેથી ખૂબ જ સુંદર કાર્યશાળા છે.

~ ધર્મેન્દ્રસિંહ પરમાર, શિક્ષક


જીવન જીવવામાં અમને હિંમત આપી

આ કાર્યશાળામાં અમને જીવન ઘડતર વિશે ખૂબ જાણવા મળ્યું. પોતાનું જીવન કેવી રીતે જીવવું અને જીવનમાં દુ:ખદ પ્રસંગો આવે તો કેવી રીતે હલ કરી શકાય એવી અમને માહિતી આપી અને જીવન જીવવામાં અમને હિંમત આપી. આ કાર્યશાળાના સાહેબના મોઢામાંથી બોલાયેલા શબ્દોનું અમને પાલન કરીશું તો અમને જીવનમાં કોઈ મુશ્કેલી પડશે નહીં.

~ અજય રાઠવા


સંચાલકે અમને વિપુલ પ્રમાણમાં માર્ગદર્શન આપ્યું

કાર્યશાળામાં સંચાલકે અમને વિપુલ પ્રમાણમાં માર્ગદર્શન આપ્યું અને અમારે માટે રહેવાની- ખાવાની સગવડો પૂરતા પ્રમાણમાં આપી હતી. એમનો સ્વભાવ અમને ખૂબ જ ગમ્યો. સંચાલકની જેટલી તારીફ કરીએ એટલી ઓછી છે.

~ શિરીશ ચૌધરી

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