PINKY PATIL, B.A, B.Ed, aged 29 years and a resident of district Bidar, was lazy and stubborn. But as days passed by she felt the need to change her character. She did the Art of Living Part 1 course which transformed her attitude and she developed interest in social service.
After undergoing the Youth Leadership Program she began conducting Breath-Water-Sound workshops (also known as Nav Chetna Shibirs) in various villages in Karnataka. She facilitated the building of 25 homes for the poor people in Shimoga district. She has set an excellent example of resourcefulness by generating funds for these homes on her own through local resources. Pinky has conducted several Breath Water Sound workshops in 30 villages in Bijapur district alone.
With the help of the Panchayat members she facilitated bus services in villages that lacked basic transportation facilities. She has also initiated construction of roads and planting of 40,000 saplings. In agreement with the District Health Officer, the children were granted lifelong free medical aid as a preventive measure against the presence of high fluoride content in water that affected 25 people causing them to become deaf and dumb. She inspired 2000 youth to undergo the YLTP and take responsibility for village development. She further arranged distribution of clothes for 600 school children. She has also organized several Art of Living courses for MLAs who are now giving full support for the Village Development Programs.