Let's talk about it. Period.Posted December 26, 2017
It’s high time that we talk about it. Period.We need education, sanitation, water and a bunch of people who do not hesitate to talk about menstru...
Let's talk about it. Period.
Posted December 26, 2017
It’s high time that we talk about it. Period.
We need education, sanitation, water and a bunch of people who do not hesitate to talk about menstruation. It is not just about how the girls can handle “that time of the month", but also about how all the men and women need to take steps to ensure that any woman in the society doesn’t have to struggle for a basic cloth. For a woman who doesn’t have access to it, is a monthly disaster.
There have been several National Surveys and the situation is critical. In rural areas, mothers teach their daughters how to take a piece of cloth, cut it, fold it, tie it around the waist, wash the blood stain, dry it under other clothes so that the men don’t see it and then use it again. The girls are taught how for the next 5 days they are not allowed to enter the kitchen, serve food, touch utensils or go to school. Using a fresh cloth isn’t unhygienic. But a lot of girls are shy to use a cloth and dry them outside. Some feel it is uncomfortable too.
There have been a lot of initiatives to make the basic needs available to every woman. But these initiatives have to fight a number of factors. It’s not just about muscle cramps; it’s also about social stigmas and taboos. Not just fighting for sanitary pads, but menstruation for a girl is also about fighting for education; for letting her go to school. The studies have found that a large number of girls miss an average of 50 days of school each year because of menstruation.
Things have changed in the past few years, but not enough to witness a difference. School textbooks don’t cover menstruation. It is very little knowledge and not all the girls have access to them. Thus, it is important for all of us to take small steps and work together to make everybody aware about the basic menstrual cycle.
Let’s spread awareness and make every girl believe that menstruation is not unhygienic; that it does not make them different; that it happens to you, it happens to me and it happens to every girl of the nation.
How to become an Ozone Friendly community?Posted September 16, 2017
Jerry Seinfeld said something that reverberates in my ears even today. "I can feel that the world this day is different than all the days of our lives before." It's like having a house without a roof! The ozone layer protects us from those har...
How to become an Ozone Friendly community?
Posted September 16, 2017
Jerry Seinfeld said something that reverberates in my ears even today.
"I can feel that the world this day is different than all the days of our lives before."
It's like having a house without a roof! The ozone layer protects us from those harmful UV radiations against which we're always ready to apply a sunscreen for. But this we can't do?!
Let's learn how we, as a community, can save its depletion.
Primary task - To buy products that are "ozone friendly". Make sure they are devoid of depleting substances such as CFCs.
Practice good AC manners - Get a regulatory verification done, of all the appliances you use.
Educate yourself - Make yourself aware about the harmful effects of ozone depletion on the environment.
Moreover, know what you, as an individual can do, to promote this cause.
The Diary of a Frustrated IndianPosted August 22, 2017
The Diary of a Frustrated Indian
Posted August 22, 2017
Forgive me if I sound angry, but I will not forgive you for disrespecting my roads and beaches and parks and bus stops and sidewalks. They are as much mine as they are yours and so many others’. It’s not about saving the world and being a hero, but respect. Littering sends a clear message of ignorance or even worse, indifference. By not putting in the effort to maintain a level of cleanliness there is a level of respect to yourself, the environment and the people you share that space with that is forgone. Can we not fall into a cycle of misuse, misdeeds and mistakes?
Forgive me if I sound angry, but I am angry. Not at the person who liters, but at the idea that we can. Okay, maybe I’m a little angry at the person who liters. It’s not enough to litter less. It’s enough to care for the place that you and me and others live in so as to not litter. It’s enough to stop someone if they’re littering. It’s enough to educate someone who doesn’t know any better. It’s enough. Stop littering.
Volunteers can change the world!Posted July 29, 2017
“What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.” -Aristotle Helping the less fortune, engaging with your local community, working in harmony with the people around you and implementing goals are a few qualiti...
Volunteers can change the world!
Posted July 29, 2017
“What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.”
Helping the less fortune, engaging with your local community, working in harmony with the people around you and implementing goals are a few qualities that good volunteers possess.
Volunteering is an act of kindness and the volunteer is an actor of change who can change the world. Over a million people volunteer all across the world for various causes of the society. It is the most basic way of doing your part for the world that you live in. Engaging in the local community and expressing your citizenship is where the change begins from.
Volunteering is a broad term. It allows the youth to share their knowledge with different people and communities. It demonstrates how youth can turn from spectators to protagonists that creates a great change for the benefit of the society. The development that we want cannot be achieved without the participation of the youth in building a better world. They are creating change through their involvement every day from social actions, educating societies and much more.
The huge network of volunteers allows people to take action, provide solutions and get inspired. They promote positivity and enhanced sense of place. Giving back to the community is a core part of what the volunteers do. And it is important that we know and highlight the act of kindness that the volunteers do as a part of their own lives.
The youth that participates in the welfare of the society believes in the power of volunteering and that their actions are part of a larger society. It brings people together from varied backgrounds to work for a common cause.
Community service is an investment in our community and the people who live in it. It boosts community happiness.
Volunteering definitely has benefits for citizens, families and communities. That is why the Government needs to develop and strengthen the volunteering sector even more fiercely.
Every person counts. Being a volunteer brings the change we have all been hoping for.
Do your bit. Volunteer for an opportunity today.
To Save and Serve - Adarane Charitable TrustPosted July 29, 2017
Adarane Charitable Trust is a not for profit organization that was founded in 2005 and was formally registered in 2011. Based out of Bangalore, they work towards the betterment of the lives of disadvantaged children across all walks of life. ACT a...
To Save and Serve - Adarane Charitable Trust
Posted July 29, 2017
Adarane Charitable Trust is a not for profit organization that was founded in 2005 and was formally registered in 2011. Based out of Bangalore, they work towards the betterment of the lives of disadvantaged children across all walks of life. ACT aims to protect and establish the rights of children irrespective of their religion, caste, community or economic background. The Trust works in the fields of Education, Shelter and Food while empowering women as well as rural pockets of society.
Adarane undertook a rather inspiring cause, starting in 2008. They took the responsibility of providing care and stability to children whose parents were affected by HIV. In instances where parents were unable to care for their children, ACT had them adopted and provided shelter, food, education, love and hope for a promising future. Currently they have four such kids in their children’s home.
They dedicate their resources to several non-profit organizations, one of them being the Shine Children’s Home, where they focus on providing a balanced diet, quality education and teach life skills.
The ACT Caring For The Aged is their initiative taken towards expanding to care for the elderly as well. Understanding the importance of good health care, Adarane holds medical examination programs with reputed hospitals and conduct health awareness campaigns to educate the general public.
The ACT Free Education Materials Distribution Program distributes free books and bags to children in need on the eve of Independence Day. Education is one of the most valuable resources in a child’s life, which is why ACT gives opportunities to those who cannot get a suitable schooling, through their supplementary education centers across Bangalore.
ACT themselves came from a humble beginning in a small room, with meager resources and 20 kids in 2005. Through courage, dedication and perseverance they have grown, staying committed to their mission of supporting the lives of children in need. Their larger aim is to set up more centers for education, homes for the elderly and orphanages; eventually they strive to help any individual who is in need, depressed or under privileged. This philosophy stems for a belief of equality and equal opportunity.
If you’re interested in helping them achieve their vision apply for the available position at www.deedindeed.org/opportunity/neralu-children-home
Catalyst for ChangePosted July 17, 2017
All of us are a part of this society that we live in. A society that says we are all different in some way. A society that says the colour black is different from the colour white. A society that shows being rich or poor matters. A society where y...
Catalyst for Change
Posted July 17, 2017
All of us are a part of this society that we live in. A society that says we are all different in some way. A society that says the colour black is different from the colour white. A society that shows being rich or poor matters. A society where you and I, live on the very same land, yet it says we’re different.
If you can read this, you were blessed enough to receive the Right to Education. The kind of Education many are still deprived of.
This Right is the reason why we are aware of our Constitution. The same Constitution that states the fundamental rights for all; Right to Freedom, Right to Education, Right to Equality, to name a few. But it’s tough to find people who remember and implement what our 8th standard Social Science book taught us.
We are so involved in competing in a rat race that we often forget the deeper motive of the education we received. Isn’t there something that we might owe to the Society we live in? Or the people we share it with?
Our individual efforts eventually add up to the collective enhancement of the habitat we live in. We all are well aware of how fruitful team work is in terms of yielding results. And that is where the NGOs come into play.
The various Non Profitable Organizations of our country work every single day to resolve a variety of issues - for children, women, the handicapped, the senior citizens, etc. Our hectic lives may not allow us to build an entire Foundation from scratch. But we can always lend a helping hand to these NGOs who are doing a commendable work in bridging the gap between the developed and the weaker section.
NGOs welcome all volunteers with open arms who wish to serve in some way that they can. According to them, service to people would be the service to God and, therefore, would be a means to attain spiritual salvation.
The work done by them goes a long way in building of the Nation. They are the good players in social welfare and are already proving to be agents of change. In the coming time, they will play a significant role in making the best use of resources, both effectively and efficiently.
So let’s come together to uplift our people with every force we have.
Be the change. Bring the change.
Serve as volunteers and help them bring the change this world deserves.
Know more about our Partner NGOs - www.deedindeed.org/partners
Become a volunteer - www.deedindeed.org
Internship Opportunity at Pro Sport DevelopmentPosted July 11, 2017
What do you get when you combine two things everyone is in favour of - sports and helping those in need? You get an organization that facilitates the development and growth of individuals through the medium of sports. Pro Sport Development's ph...
Internship Opportunity at Pro Sport Development
Posted July 11, 2017
What do you get when you combine two things everyone is in favour of - sports and helping those in need? You get an organization that facilitates the development and growth of individuals through the medium of sports.
Pro Sport Development's philosophy reaches beyond promoting participation in sports and aims to bring about positive changes to individuals and communities. Set up in 2013 by Suheil Tandon who is a professional at sports management, development and coaching, Pro Sport receives support from sporting professions in their goal to develop sports at the grassroots of India.
They strive to promote a positive culture in sports which is inclusive, engaging, sustainable and encouraging across all genders, social groups and backgrounds.
Not only do they believe in blurring divisive lines within society, but they hope to help individuals by giving them a platform to perform and grow as confident leaders and team-members.
Pro Sport Development programs put mental and physical well-being at the forefront of their mission. They conduct several sports based programs such as Physical Education, after-school sports programs, sports development programs, and training workshops for coaches, teachers and trainers. They also work with organizations at the grass-root level to help manage sport programs and events offering strategy development, sports infrastructure, digital media and communications etc.
Pro Sports Development values the support of those who have a passion for sports and volunteering. They encourage dedicated individuals to help their cause in any way possible. Currently, they have come up with an exciting internship position as a Community Sports Trainer for those based in New Delhi.
Learn more about the post at www.deedindeed.org/cause/sports
Volunteer at The BanyanPosted July 1, 2017
‘I exist therefore I am’, proposed philosopher Rene Descartes; a powerful sentiment Chennai based NGO The Banyan resonates with. Working on mental health issues since 1993, they believe the mere existence of a person is to be celebrated and nu...
Volunteer at The Banyan
Posted July 1, 2017
‘I exist therefore I am’, proposed philosopher Rene Descartes; a powerful sentiment Chennai based NGO The Banyan resonates with. Working on mental health issues since 1993, they believe the mere existence of a person is to be celebrated and nurtured. For an individual to overcome the odds and simply survive is an underappreciated phenomenon and therefore these lives deserve special care to thrive.
The Banyan was initially founded to provide care and services to women with mental health issues who did not have the resources to be treated or recover.
Their philosophy is simple; help people find their own path to fulfillment.
Mental illness in India is a reality that refuses to be acknowledged. The Banyan advocates for the education and awareness of mental health to foster inclusivity, acceptance and an understanding of the illnesses.
Striving for a society accepting of the mentally ill, they are dedicated to involving and sensitizing all parts of society. The Banyan conducts activities such as expanding rehabilitation options, creating support structures, conducting awareness campaigns and networking and lobbying to produce policy changes. They also work with patients and have changed the lives of over 5,000 people. Their services include care with human interaction, close-to-home treatment and assistance to the families of those affected.They continually seek volunteer help and contributions and believe external support is valued.
The Banyan is currently looking for vocational trainers and volunteers. If you subscribe to their philosophy and would like to make a difference in lives that truly deserve a second chance at fulfillment, then sign up at www.deedindeed.org/cause/health.
Volunteer at Posh Foundation!Posted June 16, 2017
If you can’t help but describe yourself as an ardent animal lover, we’ve found one great similarity between you and the people who are a part of POSH, a Delhi-based non-profit organization. Being a relatively ...
Volunteer at Posh Foundation!
Posted June 16, 2017
If you can’t help but describe yourself as an ardent animal lover, we’ve found one
great similarity between you and the people who are a part of POSH, a Delhi-based
non-profit organization. Being a relatively new organization hasn’t hindered this team
from working hard towards their goal of achieving harmony amongst humans, animals
and the environment.
While their main focus is on the welfare of street dogs, POSH also stresses the importance
of awareness, cruelty prevention, first aid-treatment and adoptions.
What more? They run a canine rescue and recovery unit called Nirvana which is the first
of its kind!
This environment has been created based on foundations of love and care towards our
four legged friends. They benefit from volunteers who help out with bathing, feeding
and nursing animals, and also have work opportunities that range from content writing
to studying the behaviour of dogs.
If this sounds like a place you would like to contribute your time to,
then what are you waiting for?
POSH is looking for volunteer interns starting July 1st. Make your summer worthwhile
and lend a helping hand to those paws in need!
Go to www.deedindeed.org/cause/animals to learn more about the job
description and apply today!
Gay is okay!Posted June 16, 2017
June in India is marked by sipping on thick mango milkshakes that offer a brief distraction from the heat and impending commencement of school. It’s one of those months that comes around only to make you realize how quickly time has slipped by, ...
Gay is okay!
Posted June 16, 2017
June in India is marked by sipping on thick mango milkshakes that offer a brief distraction from the heat and impending commencement of school. It’s one of those months that comes around only to make you realize how quickly time has slipped by, but gives you just enough of it to faze out your sluggish summer break persona. June is an important month for those reasons and more.
As it stares down the latter half of the year which only seems to go by quicker than it came, June, for those of you who didn’t know, is the LGBTQ+ pride month. It is celebrated all around the world in the name of love, acceptance and inclusivity. Recently, several countries in the West have been making strides towards a more accepting community in terms of equal rights for the gay. In fact, last month Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. It’s worthwhile examining the status of queer rights in India.
Through ancient texts, it is knowledge that India once upon a time was a land of sexual and gender fluidity; an identity she unfortunately does not boast of anymore. There are victories and defeats in the ongoing struggle for equal rights. The infamous Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, introduced during British Rule, criminalizes homosexual activity throughout India. LGBTQ+ people are not allowed to adopt children nor are they allowed to serve in the Indian army due to lack of legal recognition. There are no anti-discriminatory laws concerning sexual orientation.Conversely, the transgender community has achieved strides in legislature that grant them the rights they deserve. For instance, hijaras are legally recognized as a non-binary gender. The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill passed in 2015 ensures entitlements, reservations, legal aid, pensions, skill development and prohibition of discrimination, abuse and exploitation of trans people; it marks a huge victory for the LGBTQ+ community and demonstrates the possibilities of acceptance in our country.
Legalities aside, our country has always taken pride in, but struggled with, its diversity. A society of diversity demands to be celebrated. It announces that despite differences we can come together to be - truly be - who we want to be. So if you believe that love is love and everyone deserves to experience that love, celebrate this month as Pride Month and maybe attend the next Pride Parade in your city.India does have a long way to go, but take comfort in the fact that transgender people can use the public toilet of their choice, So sip on your mango milkshake and enjoy the rest of Pride month.