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#108 VanitaJyoti – Workshop on the art of soap and detergent making for the Kerala flood affected women
HelpingBrainz in association with Herbal Sutras and Annamanada Grama Panchayat conducted a workshop on Soap and Detergent making for the flood affected women from Annamanada, Southern Thrissur. 35 women from Annamanada participated in the event, which was inaugurated by Panchayat Member P.O. Poulose, Community Development Society Chairperson Shini Sudhakaran, and Local KPMS Committee Member Raju.
The 2-hour workshop was led by Lakshmi Sreenath, Founder Herbal Sutras who taught the art of herbal soap and detergent making and provided the women with learning manuals (with 6 different formulations of soap making) and precautionary kits. Event was orchestrated and led by @Sindhu Shibu and Nidhi P. Menon (from Helping Brainz Kerala). Prasanth Venugopal, Shibu, Rahul Menon, Madhav Menon, Aavyukt Menon and Geeta Prakash volunteered for the beautiful happening of the event.
This was our maiden event in scope of rebuilding Kerala and we’re overwhelmed to see the wholehearted participation from everyone who participated in the event, especially those who attended the event to learn a way of earning, as many of them are still housed in the Panchayat offices as they lost their houses during the floods.
In the coming days, Helping Brainz in Kerala will be conducting similar kind of workshops for the flood affected beings, thereby making them able to enough to start a way of earning.
#107 Green and Blue VEINS (GILDS) Gurugram
In our mission to empower the rural Gurugram and to make them sustainable, HelpingBrainz choose first to educate the young population of Gurugram on ‘environmental sustainability and nature conservation’. As a step-1, we spent a day with the senior secondary students of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 67, Badshahpur, Gurugram. The 3+ hours event named ‘Green and Blue VEINS’ (VEINS stands for Valuable and EcoFriendly Initiatives for Nature’s Sustainability) were mainly spent on various aspects for Green Information Literacy drives.
Events included: talk-shows were led by Aditi Roy (an independent researcher and project coordinator from Centre for Studies Science Polices, School of Social Sciences, JNU Delhi) and Kopal Verma, (a Research Scholar from School of Environmental Sciences, JNU, Delhi) and Workshop on how to use re-usable plastic flower-pots by Fatima (M.Sc Final Year, Amity University )and Arun John (Working professional), and Green Quiz by Abin Sharma (Working professional), all Helping Brainz Green VEINS team members. Others who supported and volunteered the successful happening of the event were Surbhi Dhingra, Vivek Vaid and Yedhu Krishna Menon. Event was orchestrated by Kirti Kumari Tikyani. All prize winners were awarded with saplings.
Event focused on making students responsible for environment. In the coming week(s), we plan for Green Parliament and Debates, Street plays on event focused on making students responsible for ‘water depletion and general population’, and water walks. The school has agreed to make Helping Brainz activities a part of internal assessments and environmental projects.
In our efforts to educate about greenery and environment to the young students of Noida, Helping Brainz conducted “The Day2 Green VEINS” among the 70+ underprivileged children from Noida’s sector 127. The event was hosted at Government School in Bhaktavarpur, Noida. VEINS stands for Valuble and Eco-friendly Initiatives for Nature’s Sustainability.
[On our Day1, we conducted Green VEINS at Aster Public School, Noida Extension where we were able to motivate 30+ higher secondary students for being green-change makers thereby helping brainz team mates educate the underprivileged children from Noida].
Having that said, we had two Nukkad Nataks on environment (street plays) by the students of Aster Public School Noida Extension played at Government School in Bhaktavarpur which motivated the students from Bhaktavarpur, which was infact a student teaching student programme.
Also to add green-feathers, we also held a competition on “making beautiful saplings using re-usable materials” among the students.
We were blessed to have Dr.Samarpita Ghosh Nath, an experienced Psychotherapist inaugurate the event and talk about “children’s contribution to the environment”.
The entire event was orchestrated and led by Kirti Tikyani supported by Dr.Sanjay Kumar Deb, Monica Ghosh, Fatima Jabeen, Arun John, Sandeep Kumar Gujjar, Virender Singh, Roshni Nipane and Yedhu Krishna Menon.
Weekend Educational and Career Counselling sessions for the underprivileged children from Rural Noida.
Vikas Jain and Somnath Shukla conducted an educational and career counselling and development session for the students from Government School in Bhaktavarpur, Noida. Vikas mainly emphasized on need got education and Somnath talked about various career options after higher secondary education in India. The students studying in Government School in Bhaktavarpur are mainly from the underprivileged sections of Bhaktavarpur Sec 128 Noida.
#help#helpingbrainz @ Noida, India
In our wholehearted mission to empower and educate the kids from the rural Noida, we conducted “Ujjwal a day with chotus” for the 60+ underprivileged children from various parts of Bhaktavarpur, Sector 127, Noida. Children painted their dreams, we distributed school stationery items and one time meal, played games and music, checked their dental-health, chit-chatted and pulled the cheeks, and did an overall pim-pom.
The day with chotus was planned and orchestrated by Sandeep Kumar Gujjar and Anu Deswal Choudhary. Meals and sweets were sponsored by Geeta Sundaram, Monika Ghosh and Priya Bhardwaj, School Stationery items were sponsored by Naina Jain and Nidhi P. Menon, Gifts were gifted by Bhuwan Pant and Volunteers from Ameriprise Financials, Gurgaon. Dental campaigns were led by Anarga Mohan.
People who made a difference were Bhuwan Pant, Shabbir Barodawala, Asha Bansal, Nutan Pratishat, Shipra Tiwari, Lata Bisht, Akshey Agarwal, Riyaj Uddin and Sahil Malhotra from Ameriprise Financials; Dr. Sanjay Kumar Deb, Monika Ghosh, Naina Jain, Sugandha Sharma, Kirti Tikyani, Nidhi P.Menon, Anargha Mohan, Avinash, Sandeep Kumar Gujjar, Arun Dass, Avin Lakhenpal, Vineeth M.Sadanandan, Roshni Nipane, Pratik Bishen, Vishal Pandita, Shreya Ghalawat, Virender Singh, Fatima Jabeen, Subhash Chandra and Yedhu Krishna Menon, from Helping Brainz.
Our next missions for Chotus: Educational Counselling (on Apr 28th), Career Counselling (on May 5th) and Go Green Campaign (May 12th).
Women’s day with mothers and sisters from Jeevodaya Ashralaya
Though the world celebrated International Women’s day on March 8th in their own way, we still believe that we don’t need a day to showcase our respect for the womanhood. In this juncture Delhi based weekend volunteer group HelpingBrainz thought of lighting lamps in the darkened lives of few mothers and sisters (around 66) from Jeevodaya Ashralaya, Vikas nagar, New Delhi. Jeevodaya is a home for abandoned, destitute and orphaned mothers and sisters, based in West Delhi.
The main idea behind this event was to tell the world that even the abandoned and destitute women has their right towards womanhood, and the society needs to accept them as one among themselves. The daylong event was orchestrated by Shipra Mathur (the young Women Empowerment Leader from Helping Brainz), supported by talk shows by Seema Ji (Seema is an inhabitant at Jeevodaya, who researched and prepared an excellent and informative talk show about ‘women’s day’), #Bharatanatyamperformances by Tishya Laskar, ITL Public School, Dwarka and Sahana Iyer, Indira Ideal School, Dwarka (both are Class 6th students), Musical (instrumental) performances by Tishya, Lunch sponsored by Monika Ghoshand Gopikaa Vaidya (deliciously prepared by Shri Dharamsastha Ayyappa Pooja Samiti, Hastsal, Vikas Puri), Sweets and clothes sponsored by Dipansha [a class 6th inspiration from Kerala School, Vikas Puri (Dipansha also collated clothes during our winter clothes donation drive) and special gifts (bedsheets, slippers and daily use groceries) by VEDMA, Vasundhara Enclave.
eople who volunteered were Ambika P Menon (Managing Trustee, Helping Brainz), Poulami Laskar, Geeta Sundaram, Monika Ghosh, Sree Lakshmi, Avin Lakhenpal, Arun John, Fatima Zabi, Virendra Kumar, Yedhu Krishna Menon and Murali Menon and volunteers from VEDMA, Vasundhara Enclave. We thank Sister Elizabeth and Sister Ramya for their support.
We are happy that we enlightened and voiced for their womanhood in a bit different manner from the orthodox ways of celebrating the same. It was our 103th dedication towards the community.
..Humbly dedicated to our mother earth.
Though green is the prime colour, being green has become something unachievable because of the self-centric manifestations by the 21st century breeds of homo sapiens. We cut trees to house the growing population, however we never plant them. We compete to burn crackers and effigies, however forgot about our own asthmatic parents and siblings. The social being in us, preach about proper drainage systems and sanitation however in our busy schedules we become the first to throw the garbage on the streets. Our mother advises us to take the jute-bag to buy vegetables and groceries, however we never practice it and still pay for the plastic bag. As we understand, honking creates noise pollution however during our day2day rushy journeys, we forgot about the noise population. Thus, it starts and ends at us.
“Green is the prime colour of the world , and that from which it’s loveliness arises” : Pedro Calderon de la Barca.
We require the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, first to be conducted in our mindsets.
Having all that said, Helping Brainz’s Green VEINS (Valuable and Eco-friendly Initiatives for Nature’s Sustainability) team conducted a Green Information Literacy Drive (GILD) to educate and to make aware the young leaders of Aster Public School, Noida Extension about the importance of being green with the help of Green-Talks, Green-Quizzes, Green-Parliaments, Green-Workshops and Green-Plantations. Though this was completely an experiment, we were overwhelmed to see the wholehearted participation from the students from Aster.
In this wonderful green event we had Mrs. Kiran Pandey (Programme Director, Library and Information Management – Centre for Science and Environment) as our Chief Guest, and Mrs. Bindoo Gupta (Teacher, and Senior Educationist at Cambridge School, Delhi) as our Guest of Honour. The programmes were inauguared by Dr.Sharbari Banerjee (Principal, Aster Public School, Noida) and the school’s management officials. The entire event was orchestrated by Kirti Tikyani (Project Head, Helping Brainz Green VEINS).
Around 70 students from class 9th and class 11th participation in the green event. Students were divided into 4 groups, namely ‘Chipko Movement’, ‘Silent Valley’, ‘Jungle Bachao’ and ‘Bishnoi Movement’ wherein Jungle Bachao Andolan and Silent Valley won the Green-Quiz and Green-Parliaments respectively. Sree Lakshmi (our project manager for Information Literacy Drives) and a student from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University spoke about the importance of ‘greenery’ and Mrs. Monika Ghosh (Social Media Manager for the Online Go Green Movement), conducted a green-workshop on “Plastic Bottle Planters”. Event was followed by tree plantations by the students.
We’ve selected a team of 20 Helping Brainz Young Green Volunteers who will be visiting a rural school from Sec137 Noida, to conduct a GILD with a mission to educate the rural children about the importance of being green.
Helping Brainz Leaders who contributed a Saturday for the green happening were Kirti Kumari Tikyani, Monica Ghosh, Surbhi Dhingra, Avin Lakhenpal, Arun John, Neha Babu, Vineeth M Sadanandan, Sree Lakshmi and Yedhu Krishna Menon.
To know more about Helping Brainz Green Movement, please write to Kirti@helpingbrainz.org
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. To show the children the right direction at the right time in the right way, our educational counsellors Vikas Jain and Somi Shukla at HelpingBrainz led the educational counselling sessions for 30+ underprivileged children of the senior secondary sections at Seva Samarpan Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Ghaziabad. Previously we conducted Ujjwal – a day with chotus where 200+ children were awarded with School Stationery items and one time meal. Our next aim will be to start the non formal education system under the Teachwithhelpingbrainz scheme.
Let’s respect our elders!
Life at an old age home, is something which we cannot define – as we are not into it however ‘why’ they, the framers of today’s generation, are in an old age home and what prompts their kids to send them to an old age home – is a question, HelpingBrainz is still hunting to find out..
We were moved into tears, when we saw “the 70+ year old grandma Mrs. Annie Robinson (name changed), was preserving all the biscuits for her grandchildren” whom she expects will visit her sometime soon. Our old age home visits are programmed just to stretch the wrinkles, share some love and happiness and to make the younger generation learn the importance of respecting elders – as they can also led in the same juncture very soon! The time moves fast!
“Their love was unconditional and unbiased,
why should they be deprived of love that they deserve?”
It was our (Helping Brainz’s) 100th event, and thereby we thought of celebrating it in “Shashiraj Foundation Old Age Home, Kabool Nagar, Shahdara”. The groceries were sponsored by Vidya Nandakumaran from Bangalore and Vivek Vaid, from Delhi. Others who contributed were Naina Jain, Anu Choudhary Deshwal, Neha Babu, Arun John, Fatima Zabi, Kirti Tikyani, Vineeth M Sadanandan, Vishal Pandita , Himanshu and Yedhu Krishna Menon. The entire event was beautifully orchestrated by Sandeep Gujjar (Project Head, Elderly Care Projects – Helping Brainz). As we have made it a trend to celebrate all our birtdays and anniversaries in an old age, we celebrated our team mate Kirti Tikyani’s birthday at the old age home.
Lets celebrate another 100 years with them, come join hands with us
“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference – Aristotle”
HelpingBrainz Meerut Team conducted a cloth donation drive in the Meerut City and Railway Station premises on Saturday 13th January 2018. Our Meerut team entirely comprises of Engineering students from MIT, MIET and other adjacent engineering institutions. The collated around 112 clothes from the college students and nearby residents, and donated it to the needy on Saturday night. Event was led by Arpit Sharma (a second year computer science engineering student from MIT), and the young gentlemen who contributed were Mayank Sharma, Lokendra, Gaurav Kumar, MD.Zubair, Shyam Shankar, Gaurav and Paras Saxena.
Helping Brainz thanks all the young socially inclined engineers, India’s future lies in them.