This is to update
and summarize all the work that AASRA undertook from February to August'14
Blood donation at Kalyan Foundation
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.
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
we will be continuing visit to these kids and counselling them on a regular
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.
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.
Apart from the normal
teaching in workplaces Extempore, Quiz etc. were being conducted in our
workplaces for development of personality of the kids.
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
The results of 10th and 12th
kids of our workplaces are out and the details of those are given in the
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.
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
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
Rakhsya Bandhan was held on
10th August in all our workplaces with great pleasure. Prof S.K Das and
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.
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
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in
the service of others.