Thursday, December 4, 2014

Blood donation camp by IIM Raipur and Magneto Mall.

In India only about 10% of the blood demand is met and blood comes only through donations from people.   In our country there are reservations about blood donation. The only need is to create awareness among people that donating blood has no harm, but only benefits. This gives the person donating blood to get his blood refreshed, new blood cells to be created and also gives him/her an opportunity to get his blood tested. The blood taken from a single person can save up to 3 lives. So the mental satisfaction which it gives of serving our society outweighs any other benefit.
Understanding these conditions the Kartavya Club of IIM Raipur saw it as an opportune moment on 2nd December to join hands with the Indian Red Cross Society and the Magneto Mall to set up camp at Magneto mall to conduct a blood donation drive and more than that to spread awareness about blood donation.
The event started at about 3:00 PM in the evening because that is the time when people come for leisure to the malls and have plenty of time with them.
A lot of students apart from the club members volunteered to help make this event a success which it really turned out to be when it ended at 9:30 at night. By that time blood samples of about 100 persons had been tested and about 95 had donated blood.
The people were first of all asked to fill out a questionnaire which had questions related to their medical history and anything that could have an impact on their blood donating ability. Blood samples were also taken and tested to make sure that people who were donating were capable enough and that the blood being taken was healthy enough.
There were six beds to recline the donating persons and during the whole event rarely one could see any bed empty as people kept on pouring in to donating blood responding to the human call of IIM students. Some people even requested after the time was over to donate their blood because of which timing had to be extended.

In the end it turned out to be a very successful event not just because a lot more than expected people had donated blood but because even those who did not donate became more aware about it.

Friday, October 24, 2014

RAAHAT - Collection Drive for J&K Floods Relief


We, the Kartavya Team and Rotary Cosmopolitan organized a campaign RAAHAT- Collection drive for Jammu and Kashmir Floods Relief Camp in collaboration with Goonj. Goonj is running a nationwide campaign RAAHAT to collect woollen, blankets, tents, rope, basic medicines, dry ration and clothes for the relief camp. The drive was conducted on 30th of September, 2014 and 1st of October, 2014 in the city of Raipur. The full truckload collected materials from the people of Raipur was sent to Delhi Goonj offce on  7th October 2014  from Safexpress, Telibandha. The truck was flag-off by Dr. BS Sahay, Director IIM Raipur,Rtn Shashi Varvandkar, Rtn Rakesh Dave, Rtn Rahul Jain, President Rotary Cosmopolitan, Ashish Garg Professor IIM Raipur, Rtn Vivek Jaggi, Secretary Rotary Cosmopolitan, Rtn Ajay Goyal, Rtn Kirti Vyas, Rtn Anil Nihlaniand other dignitaries of Rotary Cosmopolitan to Delhi Goonj office. The materials from Delhi Goonj office will then be transported to Jammu and Kashmir Relief Camp.


The volunteers of Kartavya visited various households across Shankar Nagar, Anupam Nagar, Shailendra Nagar, Professor Colony, Sundar Nagar, Wallfort City Tagore Nagar, Rajanendra Nagar, Jeeven Vihar,Shwet Hans, Pension Wada, Civil Lines,DDU Nagar, Walfort Enclave, Avanthi Nagar, Simran City, Choubey Colony, Sundar Nagar and Samta Colony. We formed a group of 4 members and worked enthusiastically round the clock from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM visiting all the localities in Raipur in tempos.  Also the campaign was run in HNLU College, Raipur and Pragathi College. The collection drive was carried out in Magneto Mall on both the days. The response we got from the households was stupendous and we received huge quantities of clothes, blankets & bed sheets, utensils and dry ration from the households. We also visited general stores and hospitals to collect dry ration and medicines respectively. The material we collected accounted to 88 bags in which 70 bags comprised of clothes, 5 bags of blankets & bed sheets, 8 bags of dry ration, 4 bags of utensils and 1 bag of medicines. Rotary Cosmopolitan provided the Logistics support to carry out the campaign successfully in the city.


The positive response from the people imbibed a positive sense of feeling in us to strive hard and collect more materials. The act of helping others creates an improved sense of well-being. Knowing that one has sacrificed something such as time, finances or property in order to help others in need can gives sense of purpose in life or work and inner satisfaction. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Kartavya steps up with "Rahat" for J&K flood victims.


Kartavya steps up with "RAHAT" for J&K flood victims.

A devastating flood came in Jammu & Kashmir in the month of September, 2014, claiming over 200 lives till now. This flood has been claimed as the worst flood of Jammu & Kashmir of the last 50 years. Over 450 villages have been marooned, and a large number of houses destroyed and roads and bridges damaged. The rescue and relief operations are on full run. Indian PM Narendra Modi has declared it as a national disaster. The govt. has allocated Rs. 1100 Crores for J&K floods. Many rivers also raised above the danger level, threatening of more floods in the coming days.
In response to the above situation, we, the members of ‘Kartavya’, the CSR club of IIM Raipur have decided to help the poor stranded people of J&K by establishing a temporary collection centre in Raipur to collect some useful things from the people of Raipur, and sending them across to the affected areas of the state via ‘Goonj’, a national level NGO.

We have named the mission as RAHAT.


RAHAT MISSION

We need to donate our old clothes or anything which is of no use to us which can be of use to the poor and needy like blankets, quilts etc or anything deemed fit for human survival. In about a month it is going to be extremely cold in the state which is going to make survival difficult for the homeless.
We urge students to donate with full heart and get others to donate. We would form committees at IIM Raipur which would roam around the city swiftly and collect such things. We also look for sponsorship from organizations who are willing to donate for the cause. The students from the committees will facilitate these tasks.

PROJECT GOAL

Collecting at least one full truck load of basic necessities from the Raipur and then transporting the same to the affected areas.

CURRENT POSITION

Volunteers are being sought from among the students of IIM Raipur.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

IIM Raipur and Rotary Club join hands to organize SHINE: The Youth Festival

IIM Raipur and Rotary Club join hands to organize SHINE: 

The Youth Festival

On 30th and 31st of August MAIC(Maharaja Agrasen International College) of Raipur became witness to the furious competitions that went underway among the youth of the nation. Young minds brainstormed, talked, danced and showcased their every skill in the event SHINE; a joint collaboration between IIM Raipur and Rotary Club of Raipur Cosmopolitan. 
Kartavya the CSR club of IIM Raipur 
represented the institute at the festival.

Rotary club is a part of the Rotary International the biggest NGO in the world whose motto is “Service above self”. Rotary has its presence so far in 200 countries and has 34000 clubs as its part, Rotary club of Raipur being one of themThis time around 500 students from 42 different schools of Raipur took part in SHINE which is an annual youth festival organized each year by Rotary club of Raipur and for the first time IIM Raipur students became a part of it.


Students drew amazing paintings on social issues. Few of the paintings were a treat for eyes. Visitors were taken aback by the creativity and thoughtfulness of the young minds. The way students spoke in group discussions, debates and block the talk left the judges and the IIM Raipur students awestruck. Their communication skills and knowledge on various topics were non-commensurate with their age. After every competition the audience was elated to see the potential of our youth.

Judges were eminent personalities from different sectors of education. Professor Anagha Shupre judged the event Art Attack, while on the same day professors Parikshit Charan and Saurabh Pandya acted as judges for the event Block the Talk. On Second day Dr Ashish Garg and Professor Mukesh Kumar acted as judges in Group discussions.The prize distribution ceremony took place in the end. The chief guest was the culture and tourism minister of Chattisgarh Ajay Chandrakar. Along with him was professor Vinita Sahay from IIM Raipur.
In the end it was an amazing experience for many students from IIM Raipur who got to learn from the youth of the future and got an opportunity to work with the biggest NGO of the world because we at IIM Raipur firmly believe in these words of Franklin D. Roosevelt “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future”.



Pratigya: The Annual Oath Taking Ceremony.

Kartavya team organized its first event of the new academic year with the oath taking ceremony known as Pratigya. Pratigya is held every year on Independence Day to inculcate ethical and social spirit in future managers. It aims to make managers more responsible towards their society and environment with each action that they do.
With these intentions the students of fifth PGP batch of IIM Raipur gathered around diyas. A short introduction speech was made to explain to the students what this society expects from them and how they can deliver for the growth and betterment of the society.

Students pledged to be ethical and morally responsible in future. It is most important from the perspective of today. The break neck competition in market often puts corporations or individuals in such positions where the line between wrong and right becomes very thin. Such decisions impact not only the corporation but also the society and the environment.  There the decision depends on the ethical values of the manager.
After the oath around 125 students lit a diya each to substantiate their oath. To make the event even more memorable after the oath all students lit sky lanterns.

The oath which the students took is given on the left.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Goonj Founder and CEO visits IIM Raipur

Goonj Founder and CEO visits IIM Raipur
                                            
GOONJ was formed in 1999 by Anshu Gupta, together with his friends from the mass communication background. Anshu Gupta, Founder Director, GOONJ is the head of the organization which is governed by a five member governing body. The organization does not believe in a lot of hierarchical layers.

Channelizing the unused material lying idle in urban homes, to the far-flung villages of India as an important economic resource is the main theme of this NGO. Although they deal with all kinds of underutilized material but the prime focus is clothing, one of the most ignored basic needs of human kind.

GOONJ has its own offices and paid staff in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jalandhar & Patna.

Anyone irrespective of age, gender, education, nationality can volunteer with GOONJ in many different ways, even sitting at home. Visit their website www.goonj.org for a list of volunteering opportunities or call up the GOONJ office (011- 41401216,26972351) to find out what suits your circumstances.

Main Initiatives:
With its primary focus on channelizing resources from the cities to the villages GOONJ has the following programmes:

Cloth For Work : 
Why a basic need of entire human kind is treated as disaster relief material? Why do we treat Cloth as mere charitable object- to donate!!
In retaliation, GOONJ is using underutilized cloth & other old material as a powerful & proven tool for social change, huge resource for rural/slum development & a valuable asset for income generation. One of such story is about cleaning a pond in village Churali in Orissa. Villagers decided to clean up the village pond; their only source of water for the entire year. More than 500 people got clothes under the ‘Cloth for Work’ initiative. The best part is that now the people are actively involved in keeping the water body and their village clean.


School to School : 
‘School to School’ is a unique solution to a problem faced by thousands of remote village schools, which lack infrastructure and basic facilities, critical for a child to have basic experience of schooling. GOONJ’s School to School (S2S) initiative is addressing the educational needs of thousands of remote & resource starved village/ slum schools by channelizing under-utilised material of city’s affluent schools. 


Not Just a Piece of Cloth : 
This is a global initiative highlighting the natural biological process but a highly taboo issue of menses. Countless women use ash, jute gunny bags, rags, even plastic bags, in the absence of a clean piece of cloth, for menses. Thus countless women around the world not only don’t have the sanitary pad for this basic need but they also lack awareness about the related health and hygiene issues. 
 Goonj is committed to mainstream the issue by getting the masses across the globe to speak about the issue. As a cheap and sustainable solution to this issue, Goonj has a nodal production centre in Delhi (India) where we deal with over 1000 tonnes of material every year. Here we make MY Pads from un-wearable cotton waste cloth. 

Rahat :  
Isn't winter an annual disaster for a person who doesn’t have adequate shelter and clothing. Millions of people still don’t get two square meals a day or lakhs of women face indignity due to lack of clean cloth during menses; for them buying enough cloth or woollens for their families is certainly out of question.
Over the last 14 years Goonj has built a reliable and time-tested network in both the rural & urban areas. This network means our wide spread presence, which helps us respond to any kind of geographical and cultural aspect.

Goonj does not just give clothes to the needy, it gives them a bit of their dignity back.”                  
                                                   -         Democratic World (April, 2012)   

My Experience in a GOONJ Session

First and foremost, a heartiest thanks and congratulations to Kartavya for organizing the session. Let me tell you about my experience. it was just an hour or so with Mr Anshu Gupta, founder of Goonj, yet I felt more emotions in that short span of time than I did in my remaining hours of existence. It was a turmoil really.

It started with a story of the rickshaw puller whose full time occupation was to carry the dead bodies of those unfortunate ones who die on the roads, with no family to cremate them. The number of dead bodies used to go up in the winters in such a manner that he was unable to perform his duties in his limited area of few kilometres.

Saddest part of the story was the statements of the rickshaw puller's little daughter. She said " Sometimes, I cuddle up with the dead bodies to keep myself warm. It's better that way. Dead bodies don't change sides and disturb me."

As if that was not enough to rattle the emotional pots, he continued with the stories and practices used in India for handling the female hygiene issues. It was really shocking and equally shameful to know that due to lack of facilities during menstruation, 41% girls in Nepal and 28% in India go absent from school or perform poorly. And around 70% women in India say that their family cannot afford the sanitary pads. The situation is frightening, to say the least.

Well, It most certainly was an eye opening hour. And if you ask me about the five things which I took away from the session, they would be:
  
      1. Change of Perception: I realized that my thinking was developing to be of anti-philanthropic nature because of the adversities and dark aspects of the practical world. Mr Anshu Gupta came as a torch the dark tunnel.

      2. Reality of the Dark World: I think we all realized that there is a parallel dark and brutal world out there, hidden behind these veils of malls, KFCs and McDs. It has been there since our inception. Some choose to ignore while some are unaware.

      3. The Need to Address ‘Taboos’: It is not only important but also urgent to address the issues that are considered to be the ‘Untouchable in Noble Society’. These issues are prohibited to talk about and therefore are in immediate need of addressal. One of such topics was touched upon and it was something which is affecting 80% of the female population in India.

      4. My Responsibilities: It was perhaps the best take away of the session that I realized that it is our responsibility to make the things better, not only for us but also for others That I owe a debt to the society and if I die without paying the EMIs, it will be a sad moment indeed.


      5. The Way: After realizing that I have to do something, defining that elusive ‘something’ is extremely difficult as we are less experienced in the domain. Mr Anshu not only suggested different ways to contribute to the movement but also kindled that spark, needed for the start.

At last, a line said by Mr Anshu Gupta, a food for your thought,
" What different are you from a cockroach, if you are living for YOUR survival. Your black suits and seven digit salaries will not stop you from churning in your grave."

Looking forward to many such interactive and motivating sessions in the future.

Sudhanshu Gupta
PGP 2014-16

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Trash2Treasure



TRASH2TREASURE  

Trash2Treasure is an event which is being carried out by us taking the legacy of our seniors forward. As the name suggests it is treasuring the trash i.e., making something useful and meaningful out of the newspapers. The hostel dorms at IIM Raipur see the cartons placed outside with the label 'Trash 2 Treasure'. Once the carton boxes are full, the newspapers are sold. And the generated money is used for various CSR activities. The latent objective is to Save Trees Save Plants and spread the message across the students and faculty to encourage the recycled use of paper.

UNICEF Child Rights Convention Week




IIM Raipur volunteer for Child Rights Convention Week 

with UNICEF 

UNICEF in collaboration with SCERT organized comic strips workshop and signature campaign to spread the message of Child Rights. Child Rights Convention week was observed during 25th November 2013 to 1st December 2013 in and around Raipur. Around 25 volunteers from IIM Raipur participated in this event which The CSR club Kartavya initiated.
There were 65 students and 20 teachers who participated in comic strips workshop from different schools across the state. It was a three day workshop in which the participants were taught how to create comic strips based on their real life stories. It was very heart wrenching to see the ideas or the thoughts on which the children developed stories on, they were all social issues. The key issues were child marriage, dowry system, alcoholism among the men in society and lack of encouragement to girls for higher education and many more. The objective of this program-me is to hone these skills into the children as well as to understand the get social issues out from the bright future citizens of India.

The Signature Campaign went for a week long where the volunteers traveled all over Raipur to spread the message of child rights. There is so much exploitation of children emotionally, physically, psychologically, socially and mentally. India has ratified Child Rights convention given by UN, but in reality they are not prevalent. There are people who aren’t aware of it and there are some who violate even knowing them. The four core principles of the Convention are non-discrimination; devotion to the best interests of the child; the right to life, survival and development; and respect for the views of the child. We went around many areas in Raipur spoke to the aam-junta, told them about child rights and asked them to practice in life. We made an appeal to them to spread this message to their family members, friends and create such an INDIA where no child is exploited. This was scheduled for a whole week in which the volunteers participated with the idea of contributing towards a noble cause.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

IIM Raipur students visit AAKANSHA on Valentines Day




IIM Raipur volunteer for Child Rights Convention Week 

with UNICEF 

UNICEF in collaboration with SCERT organized comic strips workshop and signature campaign to spread the message of Child Rights. Child Rights Convention week was observed during 25th November 2013 to 1st December 2013 in and around Raipur. Around 25 volunteers from IIM Raipur participated in this event which The CSR club Kartavya initiated.
There were 65 students and 20 teachers who participated in comic strips workshop from different schools across the state. It was a three day workshop in which the participants were taught how to create comic strips based on their real life stories. It was very heart wrenching to see the ideas or the thoughts on which the children developed stories on, they were all social issues. The key issues were child marriage, dowry system, alcoholism among the men in society and lack of encouragement to girls for higher education and many more. The objective of this programme is to hone these skills into the children as well as to understand the get social issues out from the bright future citizens of India.

The Signature Campaign went for a week long where the volunteers travelled all over Raipur to spread the message of child rights. There is so much exploitation of children emotionally, physically, psychologically, socially and mentally. India has ratified Child Rights convention given by UN, but in reality they are not prevalent. There are people who aren’t aware of it and there are some who violate even knowing them. The four core principles of the Convention are non-discrimination; devotion to the best interests of the child; the right to life, survival and development; and respect for the views of the child. We went around many areas in Raipur spoke to the aam-junta, told them about child rights and asked them to practice in life. We made an appeal to them to spread this message to their family members, friends and create such an INDIA where no child is exploited. This was scheduled for a whole week in which the volunteers participated with the idea of contributing towards a noble cause.