News Highlights

Board Meeting deliberations at CherYsh
Strategic themes that promote growth and sustainability at CherYsh were discussed at the thought-leaders’ meeting as part of Pre-Board Meeting deliberations. The objective was to explore strategies for value, scale and sustainability. Ideas on co-creation of value, alliance building, and a strong regional framework for development emerged.
Panelists:
- T Raghunandan - Rural Decentralization expert, and former Jt. Secretary Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India.
- Dr. Ashok Shettar - Visionary in the practice of learning at Academic institutions, and its development in an entrepreneurial context.
- Suresh Heblikar - Environmentalist, and filmmaker focused on environmental protection, and enterprise.
- Nishka Crishna - Researcher, Human Resource development, and Fundraising professional.
- Shantha P. Doddamani – Grassroots leader, who combines personal aspiration, and sense of agency to straddle multiple levels of change.

Regional framework: Institutionalizing channels of change
In pursuance to the Strategy session discussed at the CherYsh Annual Board Meeting, a field trip was undertaken to interact with partner institutions. A series of meetings with leadership of the BVB College of Engineering and Technology, Deshpande Foundation, Akshaya Patra Foundation, in Hubballi, and the EID Parry in Haliyal were held, and future plans discussed. A strategy map is being drawn up to consolidate value across this stakeholder chain of partners.

Marathon 2017: TCS World 10K Marathon - 21st May 2017
Sixteen runners signed up to run for CherYsh at the TCS World 10K Marathon, 2017. Funds raised will bring the joy of learning across 16 villages in Haliyal Taluk where over 1000 children attend the after-school learning programme at 25 CherYsh Shikshas.

The Annual Board Meeting 2015-16 was held at the CherYsh office at the Indian Social Institute campus on 11 March 2016.
The CherYsh Executive Committee (CEC) and the CherYsh team were present. The CEC approved budget for 2016-17 to raise 11 additional CherYsh Learning Centers, and introduce new vocational training module via Vocational Asset Skills Training (VAST) program. The budget also includes allocation for Training modules on entrepreneurship, quality benchmarks, and local market linkages.

Offsite: The CherYsh mission got further impetus via discussions at the first CherYsh Offsite.
Six team members, along with the CherYsh Executive Committee, engaged in discussions on CherYsh's plans to scale-up reach, and impact. The group also spent time discussing the Values that CherYsh enshrined into her culture. The Offsite event, close on the heels of the recent Annual Board Meeting, set the stage for a year of greater impact.

Shantha P. Doddamani, CherYsh Field Staff Officer participated in a panel discussion organized by mainstream news publication –in Hubballi, Karnataka. The theme for the discussion was “Pledge to Parity”.
Shantha shared the stage with other women leaders - Hon. Mayor of Hubballi Dharwad, Ashwini Majjige; Deepa Cholan, IAS; Shama Pawar, Dr. Neelam Maheshwari, Director of Grant making – Livelihoods and small enterprises - Deshpande Foundation.

Welcome to Alejandra Rossi, Volunteer
Alejandra Rossi, and MBA candidate, joined CherYsh, Bangalore, on 4th May 2016 for a month-long internship. Alejandra came from The Fuqua School of Business – Duke University.
She contributed to the Serve and Lead Training (SaLT) module. In addition her work included Enterprise Building aspects, and sustaible markets. and work with women from the Community Kitchen.

Summit for Women Empowerment
CherYsh participated in the Summit for Women Empowerment in Delhi. CherYsh was recognized for contribution to rural change with focus on girls and women.

The TCS World 10k Marathon, Bengaluru
May was the Marathon month! 22 Runners, and a bouyed CherYsh team rallied to run for the cause of Learning and Livelihoods in rural Karnataka..

The group comprised a catalytic mix of young urban professionals, field workers from Haliyal, students, representatives of corporate organizations, and staff of CherYsh. A unique feature was the institutional support from local stakeholder in Haliyal - The major factory in the area – EID Parry (Sugar) had two representatives registered at the TCS World 10K running for the CherYsh cause.

Representatives from Leading Qualitative Market-Research organization - Quantum Consumer Solutions Pvt. Ltd, formed a large group of supporters who ran for CherYsh.

UPCOMING CHERYSH ACTIVITY 2016-17

EHANCE NFRASTRUCTURE AT CHERYSH RESOURCE CENTRE

The infrastructure at CherYsh Resource Centre will be bolstered with online connectivity, and other communication systems to enable regular and professional Training for community women.

CONDUCT COMPUTER TRAINING FOR LEARNING FACILITATORS

Learning Facilitators of all CherYsh Shikshas will receive Computer Skills Training to build their ability to impart basic skills to children at the Shikshas.

ESTABLISH CENTRAL KITCHEN AT HALIYAL

The Central Kitchen will be established at the CherYsh Resource Centre, with Food Safety Standards certification. This will enable growth in production and earning from increased sales for women of Community Kitchens.