PROTEST RALLY AND PANEL DISCUSSION
Orange splashes of women and students marked a protest rally on November 25th, to mark the ‘UN Day Against Violence on Women’. There were more than a 100 SI members from all over India, as well as supportive students from St Joseph’s School, who marched from Gandhi Square to St Mark’s Road.
In orange and black clothes, caps, banners and boards, the rallyists held up their placards at the traffic signals to beam their message across. “Wake up the gentleman” “Say No to Violence” and “Women are everywhere” were some of their missives. Silently, all afternoon, they held up the signs to convey what they wanted to say in front of signals, waiting till the lights turned green and made the traffic zoom again.
On the following day, November 26th, SIB conducted ‘Educate to Enable’, an electrifying Panel Discussion (watch it Here). Luminaries Uma Mahadevan Dasgupta, (Principal Secretary, women and child development), Shoma Bakre (Founder of ‘Let’s do some good’ and BEETF), Dr Shailaja Shastry (Director of Training and Research Initiatives) and Dr Florence D’Souza (Principal of Carmel High School) were moderated by Vandana Mehrotra (co-founder of ‘Social Ventures Solutions’.)
It was a thoughtful and thought-provoking discussion that focussed on chalking out plans for enabling, empowering and educating women. They talked about the value of skill-development and the importance of helping underprivileged sections to take their lives forward with effort and drive.
Meru Garden Project
If your back aches, then rub the skin of a fresh lime over it and feel the pain vanishing!
This is one of a simple set of solutions offered by a book on medicinal plants, compiled by Dr Prathibha Vinay.
The priceless collection of books quickly reached a 1,000 eager donors, in order to contribute to the Meru Community Garden Project in Kenya. The focus is on ‘Educate, Enable and Empower Women’.
The set of home remedies can tell you all about the magic of ginger and barley, among other herbs. Currently, they are contributing to the health and life of the Meru Project.
Lessons of Life
Sunlight and smiles splashed around SIB’s 14th year AGM meet. A visit to an adopted Government School at Kanakapura started the day. After distributing lunch and clothes, President Anuradha shared some wisdom with children in the assembly, giving lessons on the value of reading, learning as well as gender
Members Anita Belogodu and Sudha Manandi took the baton to two different meetings with boys and girls, giving speeches on the importance of self-defence against molestation and the value of hygiene. Five students who did not have toilets at home were identified so that their parents could be counselled.
Sanitary pads were distributed to the girls. Books collected by Past President Sudha Jalan and other members were donated. Earlier gifts of water filters, stone benches, a computer and printer were examined and found to be in good condition. The 14th year AGM meeting at Sudha Manandi’s beautiful farmhouse crowned the day.
Fistful of Grains
Iqra International school supported SIB’s food initiative in August. The project involves collecting bags filled with rice and lentils and branded with the SIB logo. These are rich collections at many elite schools that are distributed to needy institutions.
Impressed with the monthly ‘Fistful of grains’ project, the National Association of Soroptimist International (NASI) has adopted it all over the country. Read more about it in Deccan Herald.
Green, Clean Messages
July bloomed in St Euphratious School, with some healing talks and medicinal plants. The first day of Van Mahotsav Week and the World Environment Day were celebrated with the planting of eight saplings. Members Dr Nalini and Dr Prathibha spoke to 350 schoolchildren on the role of herbal plants in enhancing the quality of life, health and hygiene. They distributed toilet kits with toothpastes, brushes and soaps.
Ornamental Oasis: Just next to a fuming, cluttered road, SI is building a cool, ornamental oasis, where it has planted riotous pink and yellow shrubs. Saunter near Karunashraya, a cancer hospice, to feast your eyes on blooms that hit and soothe the eye and freshen up the air.
SI also plans to take up a plot in another part of the town and grow some medicinal herbs to create awareness about primary health care. Those who would like to learn more can wait for SI’s living, growing, herbal library.
Theatre of the Oppressed: Live action and expressions through fluid movements…Theatre is creating some revolutionary communication in various parts of the city. Read about it in Recent Achievements, and in the Newspapers.
Fistful of Grains: Bags bursting with rice and lentils and branded with SIB’s logo….These are rich collections of rice and lentils at many elite schools. They are the distributed to needy children by SI. Read more about it in Recent Achievements and in Deccan Herald.
Scholarships for needy children: SI locates meritorious but underprivileged students who need a generous supporting hand in order to complete their education.
Recordings for the visually challenged: SI members enable recordings of books for inmates of Mithra Jyothi, a special school for visually challenged students.