Update @August 2k14

This is to update and summarize all the work that AASRA undertook from February to August'14

Blood donation at Kalyan Foundation
  1. On 2nd February, "Kalyan Samitee" a group under SMS II of Rourkela steel plant, who have been our associates for two years, organised an event to help needy people around the Steel Township. In response to their formal invitation we volunteered in their event. A blood donation camp was also organised in their premises in which we actively participated.

  1. A new project conceptualised and energised by Prof. K C Patra has been taken over by AASRA recently. The project aims at rehabilitation of Street Urchins, those kids who roam around in Railway Station and streets. This being a sensitive issue, we made contact ADM office. He gave us permission to such kids and in any case if would find a kid whom we can rehabilitate we would contact them. We aimed at rehabilitating the kids in orphanages. But after a few trips we came to these conclusions:-
    • The station area alone consists of approximately 120 kids!
    • Most of these kids were not orphans, which means we can't directly put them into orphanages. They roam in the streets in the day time and sleep wherever they feel, i.e. at home or in the station.
    • Many kids among these are addicted to taking Dendrite, a chemical that is used as an adhesive and if taken produces hallucination
Thus we will be continuing visit to these kids and counselling them on a regular basis.

  1. A team was prepared to make a curriculum for AASRA, a common curriculum that will aim at teaching study skills to the kids after which they can themselves read the prose and other topics from their books. The aim of such an approach is to enhance kids' own interest in studies rather than spoon feeding them.

  1. The tailoring work that was left unfinished in Sec-21 workplace, has been resumed. "Deepika Mahila Sansthan" is collaborating with us to give vocational training to girls of Sec-21 workplace. Three girls of the workplace are taking this training course of 6 months. This project is taken in order to bring about an employment opportunity for them as well as to provide the Rourkela Township with more number of Tailors.

  1. Apart from the normal teaching in workplaces Extempore, Quiz etc. were being conducted in our workplaces for development of personality of the kids.

  1. On 4th May, A health camp was conducted in OSAP workplace. New cases of Leprosy were suspected to have arisen in there. In collaboration with CWS Hospital's Chairman Fa. BennyChann K. Peter, Dr. Mohanty & Dr. Debjit Kar- this camp, was a successful event and helped in diagnosis of the affected. Luckily the suspected cases just turned out to be allergies. However leprosy colonies need health check-up in a regular basis. Thus from now on conducting Health Camps in workplaces has been included into our annual agenda.
Health Checkup at OSAP
Health Awareness at OSAP

  1. The results of 10th and 12th kids of our workplaces are out and the details of those are given in the attachment.

  1. Clothes, bedding, essentials etc. were donated by the departing 2014 batch which was collected by AASRA volunteers and is sent to Goonj(a NGO), BBSR centre for reuse purpose.

  1. Based on the results of 10th kids, two kids are given with a scholarship that will be used in purchasing their books and pay their fees.

Orientation and Induction 2k14
  1. The fresher orientation was conducted on 1st August which was attended by 180 people. Prof S.K. Das and Prof S.N. Alam attended the orientation and encouraged the newbies in taking up the noble cause. Induction was then held on 3rd August in which 65 new enthusiastic members joined hands with AASRA.

Rakshya Bandhan @AASRA

  1. Rakhsya Bandhan was held on 10th August in all our workplaces with great pleasure. Prof S.K Das and Dr.
Prof. P. Balasubramanian took great pleasure in celebrating with the kids and distributed sweets among them.

The above are the status of our work in these five months. Now talking about our long term plan, We have taken of the topic of "Hygiene in our workplace" for this year's objective. Not only should we involve ourselves with educating the workplace kids, but also we must focus on creating a better environment in our workplace. If Hygiene and sanitation practices are being followed by the kids, then it has a greater chance to reach unto all the people of our workplaces.
The yearlong plan(for developing hygiene and sanitation) that lies ahead of us are:-
  • Conducting Street Plays in the workplace in order to aware the people about healthy practices.
  • Putting up posters and other awareness resources in workplaces.
  • Showing movies and videos related to hygiene that will motivate them to practise healthy habits
  • Seeing that the supply, drainage and latrine systems in all the workplaces are safe for the people.

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
- Mahatma Gandhi

Swadhin Kumar,
National Institute of Technology, Rourkela
Ph no. :- +917205828448
Email- swadhincoolkumar@gmail.com