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. Read about it in Deccan Herald.

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

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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 karunashraya-plantsyellow 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.

Female Frontself-defence

Self-defence Workshops: What happens when you’re attacked? Do you scream? Run? Faint? Bad idea. Don’t do any of these, but just … defend yourself. Maybe offend and attack. A recent self-defence workshop for the female staff of CSC Technologies was all about putting up hands and responding when attacked.

Women’s Day Programmes: March 8 was the day of fists and voices raised in protest as well as support. SIB joined the chorus of female sloganeers all over the city. Students in support of SI voiced their protest through silence as well as loud placards at some busy centres. st-joseph-protest

Meanwhile, in another area, an SI member addressed 40 rural women on empowerment, positivity and self-sufficiency. Having trained a number of village immigrants on tassel making and beauty tips, she enabled employment for myriad women. She held one of her regular workshops or counselling centres on Women’s Day. Some strengthening speeches were given at other parts of the city by the President, Anuradha Pradeep.

Theatre of the Oppressedtheatre-on-ageism-in-an-apartment-complex

Live action and expressions through fluid movements… This interesting concept of theatre by SI members has motivated students, elders, women and differently-abled to contact and connect with each other extensively. Theatre is creating real change at apartment complexes and institutes such as Saheli, ACTS Nirmala Vidhyalaya and Parikrma School. Issues as diverse as domestic violence, ageism and environment are debated and defused. Sensitisation makes every Spectator a “Spectactor,” said an SI member.Read more about it in The Hindu and Deccan Herald here and here.

SIB Turns A Trippy 13

On April 1, SIB celebrated its 13th Charter Night. Becoming an ‘official’ teenager brought its own package of pulsing excitement. Looking back at 13 years of achievements [Read more about them in Past Projects] made members emotional and nostalgic. Recent year-long successes too have been creditable in the main thrust areas: Education,
charter nightEconomic empowerment, Environment, Healthcare and Food Security, Violence and conflict resolution.

A special panel discussion by luminaries Shukla Bose (founder of Parikrma Schools), Shoma Bakre (Founder of Bangalore Effective Education Task Force), Rani Shetty (Vanita Sahaya Vani) and Ian Faria (‎Leadership Coach, Corporate Trainer and Counsellor) was moderated by Kavita Iyer (CEO of Minglebox Communications). The debate on ‘NGOs, the way forward’ was electrifying. The speakers arrived at the consensus that Sustainability, Scalability and Impact of NGOs are inter-related. When an NGO is sustainable, it can scale its work and make maximum impact, they explained.

RUN FOR CANCER

A stream of almost 1,000 runners set fire to the dew-dipped parks of Cubbon Park on Sunday morning, November 6. Fresh-faced children, bright oldies, sari-clad women and jean-clad teenagers … they were all part of a fun run from Century Club.run-for-cancer

Ashwini Nachappa, national sportswoman, was the first bright spark that flagged off the fiery, feisty morning at 7 a.m. The runners circled the park and returned to the starting point by afternoon. “That was a fantastic event. A super sprint,” cried a participant.

Indeed, it was a Biggie in every way, mobilising special partnership with Business Network International, and support from organisations such as Microlabs and Agadi Hospital. It was flagged off to support Karunashraya, a Cancer hospice. Read more about it in Deccan Herald.

Chief Guest Ashwini Nachappa: “It has been my privilege and honour to have received the Honorary Membership from Soroptimist International Bangalore. The phenomenal work all members of the SIB undertake is commendable and I am happy to be a part of this fraternity. Look forward to working together.“

Karunashraya, the Cancer Hospice that was supported by SI through the Run For Cancer event: “The trouble that your team went to in creating a publicity video was indeed remarkable…The funds will be utilised to buy medicines for our patients, and only eternity will reveal how many suffering patients have been benefited from these medicines and supplies.”