Michigan Bihar - Friends of Bihar and Jharkhand in Michigan
Social Workers, Philanthropists & Authors - Novi's Umesh and Rashmi Rohatgi
Brief introduction of Umesh Rashmi Rohatgi:
Umesh graduated from IIT Kharagpur in ’68. He recieved masters degree from University of Michigan in ’82 and Rashmi is MA in Sanskrit from Gwalior ’70. Umesh and Rashmi Rohatgi are better known as social workers and want to encourage any thing or anybody, that will make a difference in someone’s life. They have raised two sons, Yash and Gaurav, to be decent world citizens.
They have successfully completed two phases of life; Brhamacharya (Student) and Grihastha (House holders) while they were also engaged in various charity works in India and America. Now in the third stage of life, Vanprastha (Philanthropist), they have totally devoted themselves to make some deprived people more informed so they can improve their lives as they dream. During last 5 years they have traveled extensively throughout India, visited 320 villages and about hundred NGO’s.
They are actively involved in learning and helping by listening to the villagers’ problems and coming up with solutions together, trying new ideas and unique approaches, networking with likeminded people interested in India’s rural development. They work with research Institutes and Inventors with strong drive to improve the lives of the people of India, spending almost half year in India and half in USA. They helped build /repair homes for cyclone affected Orissa and provided low cost Latrines in West Bengal villages.
In 2001 they started developing a new village Sursardham in Raper subdivision, district Kutch in Gujarat, earthquake affected area. There are 114 homes, which were completed in 2003. Community hall building is also completed in 2004. They are working on the future stages of Sursardham, like: roads, school, library, medical center, vocational training center etc. to make this village self sufficient with the involvement of beneficiaries.
They have documented their experiences and ideas in numerous articles they have written and published in Hindi, English magazines in India, Nepal and USA. Copies of these are available on the web site “www.Rurohatgi.org” to interested persons. Some of these articles have been translated in different languages of India like Nepali, Gujarati, Marathi, and Bengali because they feel these new ideas should be shared with people as widely as possible.
Read Umesh and Rashmi Rohtagi's Blogs on http://www.rurohatgi.org/