There’s a famous saying, “From humble beginnings come great things”. The perfect example for this is Late. Shri. Chander Singh Negi. He was a simple man from a very humble background who always made sure that needy people are served the best. He dedicated his life to philanthropy. In order to carry the legacy, his son. Shri. Lalit Mohan Negi stepped in to give shape to his late father’s vision for his native place, situated in Pauri Garhwal of the Uttarakhand State. Established in the year 2020, Jan Sankalp Foundation works towards the needy section of the society, especially to the people of the Pauri Garhwal village & the adjoining areas.
The trust runs on certain principles and objectives. The primary objective is to provide easy access to education in remote areas of Uttarakhand through the establishment & management of schools/colleges/educational institutions or other support in this regard. The secondary objective is to construct and run free dispensaries for the healthcare of the needy people and elderly inhabitants, especially in remote areas with a lack of proper medical facilities. The Foundation also aims to work towards establishment and maintenance of old age homes, people with disability/ specially abled & dependents of such people to help them lead healthy lives.
Tracing back the history of the Foundation, Late Shri. Chander Singh Negi was born in the pre-independent India and it was after his primary education in Uttarakhand, he moved to Delhi in late 50’s in search of a better livelihood and prospects. However, the urge to work for the upliftment of the needy villagers constantly kept running in the back of his mind. He eventually established his household in Delhi but the dismal situation of health, education, employment & overall quality of life in Uttarakhand and especially in his hometown Patti Kolagad, always used to sting his heart. This further added to his determination toward community welfare.
While working with a reputed pharmaceutical company, he enrolled himself in St. John Ambulance brigade- a health workers’ voluntary organization, and earned a certificate of a health worker for his loyal service. He used to volunteer to impart guidance, free services and also distributed medicines at subsidized rates to needy patients in various government hospitals such as Safdarjung Hospital and Irwin Hospital (now Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital) to name a few on weekends. He also started administering injections to ailing patients in nearby areas of his Delhi residence, who couldn’t afford to visit a hospital. He utilized the knowledge gained through his volunteering work in the formation of many social welfare voluntary organizations like Kolagad Vikas Samiti Delhi, Kolagad Navyuvak Ramleela Committee, Kolakhal Junior High School (now Janta Inter College) Nirmaan Samiti Delhi, Kolakhal Prathamik Swasthya Upchar Kendra Uttarakhand Samaj (Regd.), Shri Barsund Dev Mandir Nirmaan Samiti etc. in Delhi for the betterment of the people of Patti Kolagad. He was also one of the leading members of Garhwal Hiteshani Sabha in Delhi working towards the social welfare of the Garhwali community.
During the Covid-19 outbreak, they were greatly shaken seeing the plight of the people in Garhwal due to lack of facilities & healthcare support. They immediately started voluntary work by distributing free ration kits, medicines, and medical instruments (thermometers, oximeters, BP monitoring machines) which proved to be a very timely and positive step towards mitigating the hardships of the poor villagers. For the development of vocational skills & technology know-how among students, They decided to construct and renovate Janta Inter College. Kolakhal. The school was provided with modern age desks and benches.
The Trust has also been active on other social and religious fronts. Last Year the trust made donations to Shri Naradangu Mahadev Prachin Shiv Mandir Vikas Samiti in order to maintain and run a Gaushala. The trust has also undertaken the work of building a road from villages Timli to Patliu, Block Pokhra, Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand. With their new initiative “Prompt Health Care Solution”, they intend to set up health kiosks in villages to provide easy healthcare access to people who currently rely on big hospitals situated far off for their health-related needs with the support of a reputed voluntary Health organization, M/s Bala Medical.
The trust is determined to make a landmark difference in the field of health care, education & local employment for the villagers to support them in improving their quality of life and make them self-reliant.