Programmes / Campaigns

An overview of the on-going campaigns of SPRAT. Clicking any slide opens up pages on that programme.

Self-help Groups for women to generate cooperative, sustainable, modest livelihood by rendering easily learnable services from their own vicinity.SPRAT offers backward linkages – like basic literacy – and forward linkages including, where possible, interest-free credit for productive assets, managerial, administrative and marketing support.
SPRAT has enviable credentials: Registrations: * As public charitable trust and society * IT Sn 80-G and FCRA. Affiliation/Funding: * Credibility Alliance * US Govt * Gujarat Govt * ONGC BSNL * IOC * RGF * Ford Foundation * Give Foundation. Governance/ Patronage: * 2 former PMs * Distinguished...
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SPRAT’s publishing division – JAREEDA – prepares, produces and distributes all print and digital output for SPRAT. These include social network platforms, e-Zines, pamphlets, posters, bill-boards, books, DVDs, videos, blogs, websites and portals…
SPRAT's JoyRides – free tours of Gandhi Ashram, a major mall with escalator and elevator, and happening parts of Ahmedabad, with complimentary snacks, for senior citizens who never sat in a car before, in air-conditioned cars. This may be modified for primary school children of city slums.
Small research projects, primary and/or secondary – either commissioned or undertaken by SPRAT pro bono – bearing synergy with its other services, specially concerning rationality, communal harmony, human rights, and empowerment of the impoverished. SPRAT’s studies of Hindu-Muslim perception in Gujarat, and condition of Imams in Ahmedabad are available.
Social activism sometimes draws us out onto the roads in protests, sit-ins, rallies etc – on our own, or in solidarity with other CSOs – on nationally important and urgent causes, to draw policy maker’s attention or to sensitize people. MAHAAZ handles these.
Organizing life-changing workshops in campuses and corporates on how cosmos works, conducting study visits - such as star-gazing – holding educational exhibitions for schools, running mobile science van for eradicating superstition and educating the poor… MAJLIS is SPRAT’s division for non-formal and continuing education at your door!
Basic Literacy Programme for the completely unlettered, in Gujarati reading and writing, basic mathematics and English alphabet in SPRAT’s 90 minute/day, 4-month long programme. TALEEM has taught over 13,500 out-of-school women and children. Meet some students and teachers.
Basic Literacy Programme for the completely unlettered, in Gujarati reading and writing, basic mathematics and English alphabet in SPRAT’s 90 minute/day, 4-month long programme. TALEEM has taught over 13,500 out-of-school women and children. Meet some students and teachers.
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We Are One - a campaign for promoting harmony across the nation, amongst people of diverse faiths, castes, regions and other divisive lines, endorsed enthusiastically by international cricketers.

Inspiration and Learning

This section is dedicated to knowledge: of nature, our world and it's heroes. It informs, shocks, inspires, and educates.

MYTH-BUSTERS

Stories exposing and demystifying myths, biases, popular misconceptions that damage public education, perception, health and psychology Read more

STARTLING FACTS

Scientific facts and discoveries that have an element of shock or surprise, facts that defy popular understanding and belief and bust popular myths …Read more

DOING SCIENCE

Learning science the doing way! Short write-ups, videos, models, charts, illustrations, limericks etc focusing everyday phenomenon,focusing hands-on learning, participation, and multi-sensory involvement  Read more

KUDOS INDIA!

Stories of India’s/Indian’s achievements as a nation / society, where Indians may derive justifiable pride and become an example for other nations. This is opposite of Act, India!…Read more

ACT INDIA

Stories of India’s/Indian’s failure as a nation / society where Indians may be called upon to introspect and take corrective action. This is Opposite of Kudos, India…Read more

INSPIRING INDIANS

Profiling Indians of modest background whose achievements inspire and set an example. Unsung heroes, unusually empowered people who fought odds to reach heights…Read more

GOOD SAMARITANS

Stories profiling Indian Rationalists aimed at promoting rationality, anti-superstition and scientific approach and introducing and celebrating the heroism of acclaimed Indian rationalists – thereby helping suppress religious hatred, myth, superstition etcRead more

INDIAN RATIONALISTS

Stories profiling Indian Rationalists aimed at promoting rationality, anti-superstition and scientific approach and introducing and celebrating the heroism of acclaimed Indian rationalists – thereby helping suppress religious hatred, myth, superstition etcRead more

USEFUL URLs

A sorted collection of credible URLs on Rationality, popular science, Communal / inter-faith harmony and for empowerment of the impoverished…Read  more

NUMBER-SPEAK

Tables, Charts and Graphs that startle, inform and educate. Data from all over the world, showing human achievements and failures…Read more

GUEST-SPEAK

Writings and blogs of distinguished writers and thinkers brought to you by SPRAT with their permission…Read more

YOU-SPEAK

Here are your ideas on how to serve our nation, influence our society and generally remedy what ails around us. This is SPRAT’s platform for its readers …Read more

JO-SPEAK

Writings and blogs of SPRAT’s President, Mr Hasan Jowher, a former banker turned management consultant, and now a full time social activist  Read more

Causes Deserving of Your Support

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Events and Projects

A brief introduction to some of the major projects and events executed by SPRAT over the years.

To the victims of the gruesome riots of 2002, SPRAT reached out with urgent relief and rehabilitation mobilized from across India: medicines for hospitals, clothes for the victims, office stationery for camp organizes, huts and cements for those whose houses were burnt or damaged... and so on.
The public sit-in of the President, Mr. Hasan Jowher, for 12 days, without solid foods in the quest of intern-faith harmony, until 5000 written declarations of solidarity were received from both, Hindus and Muslims. Click the above image for more photos and the Declaration
A mega rally – almost a kilometre long - attended by nearly three thousand victims of riots, and those in solidarity with them, patronized by over a hundred NGO's, to seek justice and fair compensation for loss of life, limbs and livelihoods for victims, and for promoting communal harmony.
A mega rally – almost a kilometre long - attended by nearly three thousand victims of riots, and those in solidarity with them, patronized by over a hundred NGO's, to seek justice and fair compensation for loss of life, limbs and livelihoods for victims, and for promoting communal harmony.
Painting competitions held annually for school children of various grades, in honour of the famous painter and a great benefactor of SPRAT, Ms Anjolie Ela Menon. The themes inspired young painters to think and paint in harmony with their surroundings, using both their observation and imagination.
For several years SPRAT organized in its MUSKAAN Park ’s MARKAZ Auditorium, competitions for students of primary, secondary and higher secondary schools, on science, harmony, painting and cultural events. Students of nearly 200 schools competed, for prizes for themselves and for their schools.
Resource Alliance – Nand Jeet & Khemka Foundation adjudged SPRAT as the best small-size NGO of Western India and one of 13 best NGOs nation-wide, for professional management, local resource mobilization and program effectiveness. The award was presented by M/s P Chidambaram and Narayan Murthy.

Tarkik Sadan

Welcome to the Abode of Reason! Being built to offer a PG Academy, Digital outreach, Science promotion, Rural support and other services, 39 KMs from Ahmedabad

Mirroring the reality of life, these imaginative stickers, posters, bill-boards, banners and hoardings inform, provoke and inspire rethink and action. Decorated with a large image and a few words – customized for campuses and corporates – these are available in diverse materials, sizes and languages
The functional and elegant Hostel for the proposed CARAVAN ACADEMY – designed by Ar Yatin Pandya - not just for comfort and facilitation, but also to stimulate and foster intellectual curiosity, respect individuality even while encouraging community living, and optimally harness natural resources
A multipurpose open-air theatre offering generous, natural space for CARAVAN Academy students and Tarkik Sadan’s staff for guest lectures and debates, making videos and for relaxed studies. Periodically it will hold public lectures, social theatre, and screen edutaining films for rural neighbourhood.
Housed in the Tarkik Sadan, this futuristic, residential PG School of Excellence, will sprout rationality, foster intellectual curiosity and unquenchable learning and demand community service. It shall produce brilliant, humane and passionate public administrators, lobbyists and advocacy experts.
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While the Academy caters to brilliant youth of Gujarat, for the less educated youth of the neighbouring villages, this innovative basic skill training centre will provide a sorely missing facility, with forward linkages for sustainable livelihood and rational literacy.
To spark indigenous innovation and foster creativity, SPRAT will provide hospitality and material and intellectual support to anyone – including the non-degree holders – with feasible ideas, to create gadgets and processes that minimize pain of the poor, and optimize effectiveness in everyday living
Not only will SPRAT’s outreach personnel but, later, the students of CARAVAN ACADEMY, will serve the rural population around Tarkik Sadan. Starting with basic literacy nearby, the service will cover all villages within a radius of 10 KMs and include sanitation, busting superstition, and livelihood.
Engaging students and professionals from nearby cities, the Lab will explain everyday scientific principles governing the cosmos, by physically handling imaginatively designed models. This lab will popularize science and also supplement high school science labs.

AAINA Messages for Change

If a picture is worth more than a thousand words these social message posters, banners and stickers should excite you: from corporates to campuses, in buses and trains to waiting rooms.

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Videos That Inspire

Moving pictures communicate far better. The videos below - both promotional and inspirational - have stories to tell. Please help us to expand their scope.

These amateurish Videos – made at different times by our Interns – tell you what SPRAT did and intended to do. They capture the angst of the period. Over time, they will hopefully offer useful footage to develop an appropriate documentary, as a credible chronicler of our time in...
With a few pilot videos, SPRAT launches this series of dialogues with thinkers and other achievers that have influenced our life in at least our region and our times. These videos will not only inform and inspire the youth but will also salute our heroes, some unsung others celebrated....
These videos, also hosted on YouTube, each of about 15-20 minutes, cover about 10-15 pages each, of the Urdu book, Khitab-e-Nau, written for Muslim introspection and reform, by SPRAT’s President Mr Hasan Jowher. Its printed version in Urdu, Hindi and Gujarati scripts is available on scribd.com.
Engaging students and professionals from nearby cities, the Lab will explain everyday scientific principles governing the cosmos, by physically handling imaginatively designed models. This lab will popularize science and also supplement high school science labs.

Fraternity

These are entities and people that helped SPRAT, or those that work with it, to serve you. Our Salaams to them!

Thoughts For The Day

The Power of the Ideas is enormous. Ponder these words of wisdom; some have the potential to change your life for even better.

What could an entirely rational being speak of with another entirely rational being?

— Emmanuel Levinas, French philosopher

RATIONALITY QUOTES

If I had no sense of humour, I would have committed suicide a long time ago.

GANDHI SPEAK

The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.

— Ronald Reagan, Former US President

VOX POPULI

Sophisticated “believers” politely undermine other people’s religious beliefs; fanatics do this curtly. Who is more honest?

JO-THINK

People

Humans of SPRAT are heroes of our times. Meet our Trustees, Governors, Advisers, Professionals, Interns, Volunteers...

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SPRAT's Impact

Yes, we have miles to go, and volumes to learn. But sometimes it pays to recall that we made a difference, howsoever small!

The public sit-in of the President, Mr. Hasan Jowher, for 12 days, without solid foods in the quest of intern-faith harmony, until 5000 written declarations of solidarity were received from both, Hindus and Muslims. Click the above image for more photos and the Declaration
A mega rally – almost a kilometre long - attended by nearly three thousand victims of riots, and those in solidarity with them, patronized by over a hundred NGO's, to seek justice and fair compensation for loss of life, limbs and livelihoods for victims, and for promoting communal harmony.