A yatra to remember

Ankur Mistry, a scrum master based in Surat, Gujarat, sports a busy schedule over weekends too. An MCA graduate, Ankur has taken the onus of educating and training rural youth around Surat, about new technologies. He reaches out to budding techies, who yearn to learn, but have limited resources. Ankur’s weekend sessions highlight and demonstrate novel technologies and diverse routes that aspiring youth can take up for a career in IT field. Ankur says, the idea and desire to conduct these sessions sprung up during an inspiring yatra along the banks of river Narmada.

“I participated in Narmada Prerna Yatra in 2014, while I was working as a software professional in Mumbai. The yatra inspired me to take up this social cause,” says 37-year-old  Ankur.

If you are a nature buff, kindling a desire to make a difference at grassroot level and looking for an opportunity to unleash the social entrepreneur inside you, the river yatra will surely blaze a trail. Imagine walking along a pristine water body, into the lap of mother nature, all along, meeting change-makers and learning the art of social entrepreneurship! The four days long river yatras, organized by Serve Happiness Foundation across India will bring your dream come true.

A not for profit organization based in Bharuch, Gujarat, the foundation encourages people to discover happiness through social entrepreneurship and by learning from local heroes.

“We organize river yatras to visit role models and social organizations working at the grassroots in the different region in the field of education, community health, agriculture, waste management, dairy technology and eco-tourism, to mention a few, and bringing about positive change in the society and nation at large. So far, we have conducted 14 river yatras (Narmada Prerna Yatra, Sabarmati Prerna Yatra, Tapi Prerna Yatra in Gujarat and Jaipur Prerna Yatra in Rajasthan) across India and more than 200 people across 18 states have participated,” says Nitin Tailor, founder, Serve Happiness Foundation. Nitin, with a gold medal in Mtech from IIITB, chose the path of social entrepreneurship, leaving behind a lucrative job profile in IT industry.

“My inner calling was to get back to my roots and experience peace, happiness and sense of satisfaction. So, I decided to quit and return to my hometown. I always get positive vibes seeing Narmada flowing. The river tells me that life is about living for others. Serve Happiness Foundation was born on one of those days on banks of Narmada,” recalls Nitin.  
The IIITBian says that while being a social entrepreneur is not an easy path, the desire to serve humanity keeps him going.