SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY CELL
Enactus Kalindi, operative since 2017, aims at eradicating various social issues which weakens the foundation of our country; also it aims at empowering each and every community of our country. Enactus Kalindi in association with Social responsibility Cell (SRC) of our college commenced its first project named as REHMAT – which means BLESSINGS, which we shower upon the manual scavenging community by rehabilitating them to another profession by imparting different kind of skills in them. Project Rehmat has a mission to create a nation where a person does not die for a living. Manual scavengers across the nation remove human and animal excreta from the streets and dry latrine, cleaning septic tanks, sewers and gutters. This inhuman occupation has been banned by the constitution for the past 13 years but it is still being practiced on a large scale. Earlier, by doing an illegal and dehumanising act they have faced several dignity issues and because of which, they hesitate to talk to other people. This was the biggest challenge for us to talk to them and convince them to unfollow this practice and adopt a new profession. For this we provide them KIT JEEVAN which includes basic necessities required for entering into a sewer on a 3 months basis and during this period they will also get an opportunity to learn a new skill and rehabilitated to a different profession such as employing those manual scavengers in factories as skilled labour.
We have been able to rehabilitate 12 manual scavengers. We have targeted the women of scavenging community by converting them to self-sustained entrepreneurs by engaging them into the business of soap making. We have been able to create 3 women entrepreneurs from that community last year but now we have 9 more women entrepreneurs working with us.
In 2018, Social Responsibility Cell (SRC) came up with a new project named WERAN. It aims at the upliftment of farming community by educating them about the new and organic farming practices which they weren’t aware about. Through this project we target both men and women of farming community by empowering and creating awareness among them about the current scenario prevailing in the country. Also, we aim at increasing their incomes by making them aware about feasible farming practices and alert them about the vicious cycle of intermediaries or middlemen. It will also be a difficult task to convince farmers of the identified areas to work towards the cultivation of organic fruits and vegetables and the abolishment of intermediaries and setting up a direct connection with the customers.
Enactus Kalindi has managed to entitle itself to several accolades and critical appreciation this year with its performances across the colleges of Delhi University and beyond.
Enactus Kalindi's battle against manual scavenging was taken a notch higher by holding campaigns under the name 'Sadda Haq' as an urge to the government to completely mechanize the process.
Enactus Kalindi participated in the biggest competition of Enactus India, Enactus National Championship 2018 and secured 4th position, winning league 1. The Enactus National Championship 2018 witnessed participation of 98 teams from different parts of India.
In 2019, we have presented REHMAT in the Kamla Nehru college in Commcentric- the commerce association and also in Rotaract event of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce and secured second position in both events.
We have also participated in the campaign STOP KILLING US headed by Mr. Bezwada Wilson, who is working towards complete eradication of manual scavenging.
Enactus Kalindi also participated in case study competition at Sulabh International- museum of toilets and also showcase the soaps made by our created women entrepreneurs in the event.
In Rehmat, we aim at increasing our production of soaps and creating more and more women entrepreneurs and rehabilitating more manual scavengers and thus save more lives.
In Weran, we aim at converting the women entrepreneurs of farming community by engaging them in the business of making pickles and jams.
Connecting Dreams Foundation (CDF), Kalindi College chapter, operative since March 2017, aims at uplifting the underprivileged section of the society through entrepreneurial ventures and actions that bring a ray of hope in the lives of poor people. CDF Kalindi in association with the Social Responsibility Cell initiated Project Kilkari in September 2017 with a goal to make every child rise and shine bright like a diamond. Under project Kilkari, the children living on streets are chosen by the R&D team, their families are counseled about the importance of education and they are then admitted to the nearest government and private schools under ‘Right to Education’. However, taking into consideration the increasing dropout rates, a KILKARI pathshala was introduced to make every child compatible enough to be able to read and write. A Kilkari pathshala in the Sewa Bharti centres of Todapur and Inderpuri with strength of around 40 kids is being conducted every 4 days in a week where a team of volunteers teach main subjects like English, Maths, Hindi and EVS/GK/Moral Science to make the base of a child even stronger.
After one year of successful operation, the team has now initiated an advance module along with the basic syllabus. The advance module has been introduced as the Base 1 syllabus has already been followed in the Sewa Bharti centres of Todapur and Inderpuri. Team Kilkari is now making the kids science friendly and the results have been tremendous. A variety of science experiments like making a water filter, hot air burning experiment have been conducted in the centres in the past month and the team analysed that children learn better when they are able to verify the results. Children have been taught tough topics such as parts of a leaf and flower along with leaf painting. They were also made to pronounce it so that they could add new words to their vocabulary. The Social Responsibility Cell has also started to take climate issues into account in the advance curriculum. Phenomena such as Global Warming and Climate Change have been introduced, posters to reduce Global Warming were drawn and tips on how to save planet Earth were delivered by the volunteers. Another interesting topic ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ was taught to the kids by making useful things out of waste material. The session helped to develop the creativity skills of children and they came up with brilliant ideas to reuse old things.
A workshop on ‘Child Sexual Abuse’ was also conducted on 7 February with an aim to educate children about good touch and bad touch, emergency helpline number and remedies that can be taken in such a situation. In science, a Solar System model was taught to the kids by assigning each child a role of a planet that revolves around sun. This little act helped them to understand how planets revolve around sun and celestial bodies in the solar system. Following an advance module, the volunteers also made kids familiar to ‘pollution’ and how it is affecting our health. Children were made to draw posters on the same and they were taught the ways to reduce pollution as a part of awareness campaign. In mathematics, ‘roman numerals’ were introduced and students were taught how to write digits in roman numerals and the session was pretty interesting. Since students in Kilkari Pathshala have a keen interest in art and craft, they were taught how to make ‘bookmarks’ which also promoted the importance of reading in daily life. A fun session, full of inquisitive children, they made really pretty bookmarks and enjoyed it. Another craft activity, ‘greeting card’ making was held in the centres with an aim to let the kids realise that wishing people on their birthdays is a good gesture and the best present which is always priceless is a greeting card.
A Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was recently conducted in the Inderpuri centre which was utterly successful. The kids were so enthusiastic and passionate, they cleaned the nearby roads in presence of our volunteers and a message of ‘Clean India, Green India’ was promoted amongst them. In moral science, a session to teach ‘moral values’ was organised by showing small video clips on a laptop. This facilitated children to take interest in the topic and promoted e learning as well. Now, following the Pulwama Attack, Pathshala students were taught how our brave soldiers protect our motherland and how to stand against terrorism. Some children drew posters saluting our brave hearts while some shared their feelings on the topic verbally. The main aim was to teach the generation that terrorism must be strongly opposed and war is no solution.
Thus, after much determination and hardwork, Kilkari pathshala with the help of 16 volunteers has successfully been able to make a positive impact on the lives of more than 120 unattended children living on the streets, deprived of even their basic right- ‘Education’ and the SRC volunteers have been able to achieve the desired result which was to improve the basics of every child in the centre. Team SRC is leaving no stone unturned to admit abandoned children into government schools. The team has been able to identify at least 70 children who do not go to school in Faridpuri, Patel Nagar and the future plan in Project Kilkari is to admit at least 100 children living on streets, deprived of education into schools and fulfil the Sustainable Development Goal 4 i.e. access to Education. After all, every child is a rainbow willing to shine bright!
In October 2018, the Social Responsibility Cell came up with yet another new project, Project UNNATI with a tagline “ann daan jeevan daan” which is a fight against hunger and the team aims to eradicate hunger problem in the city to save hundreds of those who go to bed hungry and can’t even afford a one full time nutritious meal. After surveys in various slum areas of Delhi, it was found that most people who are engaged in low wage profession earn barely enough to feed nutritious food to a family of 5 members. There is no denying the fact that in India, 3 out of 10 poor people die from hunger and malnourishment is quite persistent especially in children and women. Hence, the SRC decided to take a step forward and help such people to have at least one full time meal per day. As a part of initial solution, the team organised food donation camps in college in October to minimise food wastage and at the same time feed it to hungry people. The team also used leftover food and fed it to those for whom it’s a blessing in disguise. The team was able to feed at least 100 people in a week from the food donation camp and by reusing leftover food.
The second phase in Project Unnati focuses exclusively on feeding nutritious food to needy people. Hence, the SRC came up with an idea to provide one full time nutritious meal @₹5 only to respect the dignity of needy people. In order to proceed with the plan, the team
organised surveys in Rajendra Place and Kirti Nagar in January and February by selling one full time nutritious meal @₹5 to analyse the market expectations and sustainability of the idea. To the team’s surprise, the surveys were utterly successful and the team was able to feed at least 100 people on a single day. Till now, Project Unnati has been able to feed nutritious food to at least 500 people who would have rather been to bed hungry. Since the delicious yet nutritious meal has to be cooked by an individual, the SRC has employed one woman who work as chef in the Unnati Bhojanalaya. By this, women empowerment is promoted and the woman has also been able to transform herself into a self-sustained entrepreneur as the revenue generated in the model party goes to the woman as her salary and part of it is reinvested in the project for future purpose.
The future plan in the project is to fix a menu for nutritious meals and ensure the hygiene aspect of the food cooked by providing professional training to the woman employed. Team SRC is also working to replicate the model in other areas of Delhi so that nutritious food can reach to those who lack it. Project Unnati is on a mission to achieve the three E’s, Eliminating Hunger, Employment and Empowerment and it is a journey just begun with millions of smiles to achieve!