We have launched a new project ‘Rotary Vidya Sadan’ at Bapu Dham. We shall be running a crèche and after school classes for children of the Bapu Dham area and also continue to run our Basta Project at the same premises in the afternoon. The place has been fully renovated. Some essential furniture, toys and games for the crèche are being added.
We are presently running three classes for students of various ages. We are also providing mid-day meals to all the students. The staff includes three teachers, one supervisor-cum-teacher and a cook, a nanny-cum-helper.
Over 100 children are currently benefiting from the project, in addition to more than 50 young girls in the afternoon Basta Project. Once the project is streamlined, we shall increase the number of beneficiaries and keep on upgrading the facilities. We are hoping to have around 200 students enrolled in the project. We shall also be planning various activities for the benefit of the mothers of the students and also hold medical camps for the students on a regular basis.
PDG Haresh Ramchandani and PRIP Ian Riseley presented laptops to six girls and four boys of Class XIth from EWS category, who had topped in their Board examinations last year, and commended Rotary Club of Chandigarh for its project Saksham to empower the EWS children to progress further and inspire them to excel in their studies and do well in life.
Rotary Club of Chandigarh initiated this project at the instance of PRIP RK Saboo. This will be an annual project of our Club.
Surgery # 716: Atharv Joshi, 9 months old boy from Village Hathikhal, Haldwani, District Nanital (Uttrakhand), was successfully operated upon at PGIMER, Chandigarh by Dr. Sandeep Rana on 30 October, 2018. It was a case of hole in heart (VSD). His father is working as Operator, having monthly income of ₹12,000.
We distributed 220 sanitary napkins to girls of classes 6 to 10 at Govt Model Senior Secondary School, Khuda Ali Sher, one of our WiNS project school. This was the 3rd time that we distributed sanitary napkins at this school after doing our MHM sessions with the girls.
Giving their feedback, the girls said that these napkins have given them freedom to come to school even during their periods and, most importantly, overcome the chronic issue of absenteeism during menses. In fact, the girls now look forward to us coming to their school every month.
Independence day celebrations were held at Village Saketri where we are undertaking a major project in the slum area. Members from SEWA, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, volunteers and beneficiary families and their children were also present along with local leaders.
Initiating the program, Mrs Sunanda of SEWA thanked Rotary Club and Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan for supporting and encouraging the team. She shared the background of the project where the spadework started about one year back. The project has been able to initiate small changes in the community. From a few takers of the program to start off, the number has swelled to about 100. “The basti has brought in cleanliness and we will have an ideal clean basti and the same will be demonstrated on 2 October,” she said.
The entertainment program started with SEWA prayer titled Ae Malik tere bande Hum. A dance performance by two young girls on Desh rangeela song was appreciated by all. There was also a Gidha performance, followed by a solo dance by a young girl from the community.
President A.P. Singh said, “we wish to do the project efficiently and we wish to bring in change for the better and help the community overcome poverty and discrimination. Our endeavour is to work with the basti and the village so that we can help them live a better life.”
He added that parents should support their children in their efforts to educate themselves as also find their latent talents. “With their achievements, all in the family and society will benefit.” He also prompted children to work for a better life and standard of living by achieving career goals through hard work and dedication.
Vote of thanks was presented by Ms Sunanda of SEWA.
It was indeed a satisfying experience for all the Rotarians who attended the function.