Manavata means Humanity in Sanskrit – the human virtue of tending and befriending others through love, kindness and social intelligence. It is from this very spirit that ‘Manavata’, a voluntary, not-for-profit, humanitarian organization, was born over two decades ago, with a mission to create a Healthy, Happy and Harmonious (3H) world. Conceived and driven by young, entrepreneur and social agent Srinivasa Alluri’s vision, Manavata spreads 3H consciousness through each volunteer, each standing for a selfless cause, and setting an example.
What began as a seed has grown into a large tree, providing its abundance and shade to many. Today, Manavata runs several social initiatives in health, education, environment and humanitarian aid worldwide. Apart from implementing initiatives on its own, Manavata provides a platform for individuals and organizations to take the 3H initiatives forward. With over 8000 volunteers and growing, 57 chapters in 10 countries, registered charity in India, UK and USA, activities that encompass Tree Plantation, Natural Farming, Humanitarian Aid, Value Based Education, Child care, Blood donation, Healthy Living and Self-employment Training, Manavata’s relentless work over the past two decades has been awarded with a special consultative status at the United Nations ECOSOC in 2012.
Mission: To make the world Healthy, Happy and Harmonious (3H)
Strategy: To reach all of humanity through voluntary initiatives aimed at the individual, family, village, society and global levels that improve human values and quality of living through simple, natural and eco-friendly lifestyles and livelihoods.
Focus areas: Health, Education, Environment, Humanitarian Aid
Health – Healthy Living, Yoga, Alternative Medicine, Medical camps, Blood donation drives
Education – Personality Development Programs, Self-employment schemes for women, Value based education camps for children
Environment – Tree plantation drives, Natural farming, Cycling for humanity, health and environment, Support nature campaign
Humanitarian Aid – Orphanages, Old age homes, Aid for poor patients, Aid for victims of natural calamities and disasters
Manavata’s initiatives include Manavata Ashram (Center for Development), Manavata Academy of Excellence MAHE (for the individual), Charity at Home (for the family), Charity Together (NGO Forum) and Cycling for Humanity for Sustainable Development.
Manavata in HEALTH
Healthy Living Camps: Manavata’s free Yoga, Meditation Camps and Healthy Living camps are held across the globe regularly and have helped thousands of people to improve their health, cure diseases and ailments, manage stress, develop peace of mind and understand the importance of nutrition and healthy eating habits. Ongoing schedules for these camps can be found on the Manavata website.
Medical Camps: Free medical camps organized by Manavata in rural areas without proper facilities for treatment address specific issues – eye ailments, heart diseases, diabetic patients, amputees, disability issues, dental, hearing aid. The camps have benefited over 30, 000 patients so far.
Rural Health Centers: Manavata’s free Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Naturopathy treatment centers in rural areas treat over 6000 patients and cover around 50 villages. Details of homeopathy camps can be obtained from www.manavata.org
Blood Donation Program: Manavata’s blood donation drives are complemented by a comprehensive database of around 3000 blood donors on the Manavata website, listed area wise. The website enables posting for blood requirement and searching for donors and the Manavata Blood Donation helpline in India (Hyderabad) has benefited more than 10, 000 patients so far in far off places across the world.
Eradication of drug addictions among Youth: Manavata’s volunteers conduct campaigns for eradication of social ills such as smoking and drinking among youth in rural areas. Manavata organizes awareness sessions, individual counseling, campaign walks and cycling.
Manavata in EDUCATION
Personality Development Programs (PDP): Manavata’s ‘Inspire’ Seminars and ‘Personality Development workshops’ target character building in the youth. ‘Inspire / PDP’ workshops are facilitated through qualified volunteers. MYLIP (Manavata Youth Leadership Intensive Program), a 5 day workshop, trains youth to be leaders, to be self-reliant and socially responsible. Manavata has reached over 90,000 students through these programs.
Value-Based Education: ‘Manavata’s Academy of Human Excellence’ (MAHE) provides value based education to children in a free weekend school. Manavata’s program creates an environment of excellence. The program inculcates values, makes children self-confident, responsible and disciplined. Children learn soft skills, techniques to sharpen memory and become proactive and intelligent.
School Adoption: Manavata’s ‘School Adoption’ project improves quality of education for poor students. Manavata volunteers help students in government schools and offer computer literacy classes to primary, secondary and high school students. Volunteers donate computers, organize training for teachers and provide necessary study material for students (Multimedia CDs etc). So far 2500 poor students have benefitted from this program through Manavata’s free note books, study centers and teaching.
Self-Employment Training: Manavata offers free 2 month, full-time vocational courses for Electricians, Refrigeration technicians, Air-conditioning technicians, Multimedia/Computer Hardware and DTP professionals. Aimed at economically backward candidates, aged between 15 and 25 years, with a minimum of 8th standard qualification, the program has trained over 1000 people and has helped over 350 candidates earn their livelihoods. It runs on referrals and sponsorship.
Self-Employment Program for Women (Swashakthi): “Swasakthi” empowers village women from poor economical backgrounds. After training women in sewing and handloom skills training, Manavata volunteers help trainees organize Manavata Mahila Samstha (MMS) groups to sustain earnings and livelihoods. So far 350 women have benefited from ‘Swasakthi’ training and are earning their livelihood. Trainees manufacture Manavata’s eco-friendly cloth bags – thereby helping to sustain their livelihood and also spread Manavata’s message about no-plastic bags.
Manavata in ENVIRONMENT
Tree Plantation Drives: Manavata’s Green Belt Movement (GBM) organizes tree plantation drives globally. Volunteers collect seeds, plant them in nurseries and distribute the saplings in local communities. Manavata has planted more than 50, 000 saplings in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat areas in India and abroad as well and is planning to plant 1, 00, 000 plants this year.
Natural Farming Workshops: Manavata conducts free workshops for farmers emphasizing the benefits of natural farming, on how to make natural farming profitable and growing toxin-free food in their fields. Manavata has conducted workshops in Chittoor, Khammam, East Godavari districts in Andhra Pradesh which have benefited around 400 farmers. Manavata’s Natural Farming Centers serve as model farms and help to educate farmers.
Environment awareness campaign: Manavata organizes seminars, workshops and campaigns to encourage people to preserve nature, save energy, promote simple living and implement the reduce, reuse and recycle concept
Manavata in HUMANITARIAN AID
Manavata Ashrams /Orphanages: Manavata Ashrams and Orphanages help under-privileged and orphaned children by providing food, clothes, shelter and education with parental kind of care and affection. There are 4 Ashrams – 60 children at Hyderabad and Lolla, 45 blind children at Ramachandrapuram and 40 dumb and deaf children at Srikakulam. Manavata is planning new centers to help more children.
Clothes distribution: Manavata distributes clothes to the poor and needy and conducts clothes distribution drives regularly.
Food distribution: Manavata centers distribute food to the needy regularly.
Natural Calamity Aid: Manavata’s volunteer groups engage in voluntary work when natural calamities strike and provide emergency support for survival to the needy.
Financial Support for Critical Surgeries: Manavata provides medical aid for poor patients who cannot afford the cost of critical life-saving surgeries.
Our Strategy To Reach The World: Manavata Initiatives at 5 Levels
Manavata reaches out to society through 5 programs that impact at individual, family, community, village and global levels. The initiatives are – The Manavata Academy for Human Excellence (Individual), Charity at Home (Family), Charity Together (Society), Sustainable Rural Development Program (Village) and Cycling for Humanity (Global).
Manavata Academy of Human Excellence (MAHE): MAHE is a centralized Academy set up to impart structured training for its volunteers. MAHE empowers each volunteer to become an example of Manavata’s philosophy and work. Located in Hyderabad, MAHE trains volunteers and creates new methods and processes to improve the 3H life.
Charity At Home: This initiative promotes best practices at the family level to build healthy, happy and harmonious families. Around 3000 families have so far benefitted through this program by adopting the 3H lifestyle.
Charity Together: Facilitated by Manavata this forum brings charities / NGOs together to achieve greater effectiveness in providing service. 400 member organizations participate in this consortium.
Sustainable Rural Development Program (SRDP): Manavata adopts villages and promotes education, health and environment, develops leadership and governance, promotes sustainable agriculture techniques, creates economic equilibrium, helps people earn livelihoods and serves people who are poor and needy. Manavata has so far adopted 10 villages under SRDP and plans to adopt 500 villages in the next 3 years.
Cycling for Humanity: Manavata’s global initiative, ‘Cycling for Humanity’, creates an awareness across the world of the need for the 3H lifestyle. Manavata promotes cycling– the cleanest and healthiest form of transport – to drive home this message. Through ‘Cycling for Humanity’, Manavata reaches out to people and promotes healthy living and a clean, pollution free environment. From epic cycling events across continents to local cycling drives in schools, colleges, corporates and local communities, Manavata’s Cycling for Humanity spreads awareness about the need for humanity in our daily lives.
Key milestones in Manavata’s journey
- Founded at Lolla, East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, India in 1991 by Srinivasa Alluri
- Launched self employment project to empower under privileged in Hyderabad in 1997
- Started online Blood donation website in 2000 and expanded blood donation services to different regions
- Expanded to Singapore and Asia Pacific regions in 2001
- UK chapter started in 2003, US Chapter in 2004
- Manavata Ashram started in Lolla for orphan children in 2005
- Launched Charity Together and Charity At Home programs and started a disabled home and blind school in Ramachandrapuram, Andhra Pradesh in 2006
- Started Manavata Ashram in Hyderabad along with a Dumb and Deaf school in Srikakulam in 2008
- Old Age Support and Homeopathy dispensary started in 2009
- Austria chapter started in 2010
- Cycling For Humanity event from Udaipur to Mumbai over 1000 km distance
- Started Manavata Ashram in Kalluru in 2011
- Initiated Manavata chapters in Kashmir, Orissa, Indore
- Manavata founder Srinivasa Alluri’s inspiring ‘Cycling for Humanity’ event covering 11,350 km from London to Kashmir in 100 days in 2011
- Started medical centers in Kalluru, Khammam district. Rachapalli and Biccavolu East Godavari district and initiated the Sustainable Rural Development Program (SRDP)
- Started Zero budget Natural farming training in Andhra Pradesh for 400 farmers
- Received the prestigious United Nations accredited Organization with ECOSOC special consultative status in 2012
People Behind Manavata
Manavata is founded by Srini Alluri, a young entrepreneur and social change agent from Lolla, East Godavari district. Inspired by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and the simple living and helping nature of his parents, the idealistic Srini decided to make a difference to the world by adopting and promoting a natural, healthy lifestyle. With yoga, cycling and a constant desire to help others selflessly, Srini Alluri balances his corporate and social responsibilities, and moves on relentlessly, with a perpetual smile on his face and the 3H philosophy on his shoulders, towards his goal of creating an ideal society.
Key Volunteers who are leading this initiative globally:
There are thousands of volunteers across the globe working together for Manavata’s self-less cause without expecting name, fame or money and we are thankful for each one of them. To name some of them:
India: Srinivasa Alluri, Surya Prakash Alluri, Dr. GSN Reddy, Govindaraju, Subbaraju Gunturi, Srinivas Balusu, Prasad Vemulapati, Kapil Dave, Vijay Kantamani, Siddhesh Dhume, Atul Jain, Srinivas Vundavilli, Manthena Varma, Gundapunidi Veerragu, Chatrati Janaki Rambabu, E Ma. Masanamuthu and many committed volunteers across different villages.
USA: Mukund Gorla, Kiran Indukuri, Vinitha Kumaran, Chakrapal Kalwa, Ugandhar Chalasani, Raghu Chemala, Teja Vangala, Prasanna Edpuganti, Narendra Velagala and so on
UK: Ramalingeswararao Penumudi, Mahesh Patharlapalli, Uma Lade, Sriram Mahabhashyam, Ram Yeggoni, Babji Vundavilli, Leena Thomas, Jayanthi Praveen, Khalai Chelvan, Kalyan Petluru, Raj Marni, Suba Masanamuthu, Satya and so on
Recent Key Achievements and Mile Stones:
- Mumbai to Kanyakumari Cycling for humanity
- Washington DC to Boston Cycling
- 2013: Patna to Delhi Cycling for humanity, submitted school mid day meal proposal to PM and president of India
- 2013-14: Development of Manavata Ashram, supporting around 200 children
Manavata’s Future Initiatives
- CSD: To adopt 500 villages to implement SRDP including 500 schools and establish CSD to build best doctors, teachers and farmers.
- CharityTogether.org forum to facilitate 500 collaborations and train 2000 leaders
- CharityAtHome.org program to facilitate change in 10,000 families
- Manavata Ashram to support 500 children
- CyclingForHumanity.org program to cover 25000 KM cycling
- To bring more than 10,000 blood donors to support helpline
- MAHE: Provide training to 50,000 students in Personality Development & Value based education.
- Plant at least 100,000 saplings
- Initiate 20 new chapters and over 12,000 members to help around 30,000 people who are need
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