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A Coach who put Orphans in Maharashtra on the Right Track

16. July, 2013Media Talks, News & EventsComments Off on A Coach who put Orphans in Maharashtra on the Right Track

It’s 5 am and young boys and girls collect at the school playground. A few quick warm up exercises and time for action — running a seven kilometre route as Coach Nagarkoche checks their timings. There is no great science. It is just a pilot project based on marathon’s unwritten scouting law — scan the rural country side for lean frames. Their daily struggle for survival tones up these children’s calves and opens their lungs. As they run along, the harsh reality of life layers them with tenacity. And these body types, says Coach Nagarkoche, are hard to find in urban cities.
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Marathon Mission

16. July, 2013Media Talks, News & EventsComments Off on Marathon Mission

He is the Dronacharya of distance runners. Having shed the olive green fatigues of an infantry regiment havildar in 1996, he is honing the skills of bubbling youth, turning would-be layabouts into possible winners. His talent of spotting champions does not as yet rival the legendary Olympian Kipchoge Keino. Nor are his protégés, as yet, of the calibre of the tenacious alltime-great Ethiopian Abebe Bikila or his compatriot, the current world marathon record holder Haile Gebrselassie.
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Creature Compfort

16. July, 2013Media Talks, News & EventsComments Off on Creature Compfort

One and only: Abandoned donkeys find safe home at Dharma sanctuary Donkeys have long been the subject of ridicule and mirth. Considered stupid animals of drudgery, they are often beaten by their masters and abandoned once they have served their purpose. In Sagroli, a nondescript hamlet in Maharashtra, donkeys are the primary means of transport used to carry farm produce, fertilisers and construction material. Despite their utility they are neglected and abused.
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Hidden Talent – India Today

Hidden Talent – India Today

16. July, 2013Media Talks, News & EventsComments Off on Hidden Talent – India Today

One of India’s biggest rural schools in a small Maharashtra village prepares children for life. Separated from Andhra Pradesh by a parched riverbed, Sagroli, a tiny town in Maharashtra, seems like a typical rural pocket. What is not apparent is that, tucked away on 150 acres, is one of the country’s biggest rural schools. Ever since the lone sugar factory shut down, agriculture has been the sole source of income for the arid town of 10,000 people. But with the school, run by charitable trust Sanskriti Samvardhan Mandal (SSM), Sagroli remains an attraction for neighbouring villages.
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