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SDG Conference 2020

12th November- 13th November

“Education as a propelling force towards sustainable development goals”

      

Education is the fundamental core for all other SDGs- quoted Job Zachariah at the inaugural ceremony of the two day SDG conference organised by CSA, BCC. This observation made by the keynote speaker resonated the eminence of the theme of the conference. Education as a theme is extensive and integrative which makes it a great topic of conversation, deliberation and implementation. The inauguration marked an impressive facade for a two day engagement of academic investigations and research with chief guests Job Zachariah (Chief UNICEF officer Chattisgarh) and Dr. (Fr) Jose CC, Pro-VC honouring the ceremony with their receptions and insights on education as a great propelling force. A poster presentation by the volunteers signified CSA’s role towards the fulfillment of SDGs. The two days were cloaked with research paper presentations on various branches and domains like linguistic relativity, withdrawing stigmas and taboos, the lockdown impact, school curriculum and role of education in social enhancements. The enthusiastic response for the conference impressed the organisers to designate a 4 track session with a total of 42 papers shortlisted from over 68 invites. The paper presentations were graced by judges which included faculty from CSA as well for the evaluation. Impressive quality of papers, appropriate methodologies, use of cross disciplinary measures and tools, specific and deeply researched topics were some of the remarks made by the judges. The panel discussion followed the paper presentation which were chaired by Dr. Hemalatha, Dr. Bobby Joseph and Dr. Vasudev Sharma and moderated by Dr. Moses Satralkar entertained the audience with an engaging conversation on how educational institutions can play a role. The audiences were really struck with the opportunities that were latent to them and were very eager to know how one as an individual could channelise towards the bigger goal of SDGs.

            A wholesome participation with about 200 plus attendees across both the days was the frosting on the whole conference. The 2 day event was brought to a close after all the participants had a comprehensive understanding of the importance of education and were able to set in perspective their thoughts and ideas to bring a change in the future of the world.

BRIDGE -VALEDICTION OF 10TH BATCH & INAGURATION OF 11TH BATCH

Date: 18th November 2020

Time: 10.00 am- 11.00 am

Venue: Council Room, CHRIST (Deemed to be University)

Mode:   Zoom meeting

The Valedictory Program me of Bosch Bridge trainees of 10th Batch and inauguration of 11th batch   was held on 18 Nov, 2020 in the Council Room, Central Campus, CHRIST (Deemed to be University). Dr. Victor Paul, Head, Dept. of Social Work & Sociology, Director- CSA, presided over the programme. Dr. O P Goel, Senior General Manager, Head-Bosch India Foundation, CSR & Skill Development, and his team attended the programme on virtual mode. The staff and faculty at CSA, student volunteers, trainees of 10th batch and 11th batch graced the occasion.

The programme began with a prayer song by Ms. Anu, 10th batch trainee. Mr. kashif, 10th batch trainee gave the welcome address. Followed by that 4 trainees of 10th batch Bridge training shared their experience on how the training inputs they received from CHRIST university and the placement offer facilitated by Bosch helped them to get a good job through which they are able to make a decent living, supporting their families.  

Dr. O.P. Goel gave the Valedictory Address in which he insisted on the importance of skill development and job placement. He insisted the students to utilize the support of university management in all aspects and wished the outgoing students of 10th batch and 11th batch a very successful future.

The trainees of 10th batch performed a short skit on the contribution of the Bridge programme in facilitating them in realization of their dream. Followed by the skit, Dr. Victor Paul gave the inaugural address. He thanked Dr. Goel and his team for the continued support in successful implementation for the programme. Dr. Victor Paul placed on record the support and encouragement by Rev. Dr. Abraham VM, Vice Chancellor, Rev. Dr. Fr. Jose CC, Pro Vice Chancellor and the management of Christ University. He appreciated the outgoing trainees for their persistent effort in completion of the course and the taking up job offer there by setting out a model of responsible citizens. He welcomed the 11th batch trainees and encouraged them to make use of the opportunity given to them and aspire to achieve their goal in becoming valuable assets of the nation.

Dr. Victor Paul gave away the certificates to the 10th batch trainees and kit bags to the 11th batch trainees.  their Certificates were given to the 10th batch of outgoing students and kit distribution for the 11th batch students. Studnets who got employment after the training shared their experience. The programme was concluded with vote of thanks by Mr. Kishore, trainee of the 10th batch.

United Nations Day

Envisioning Sustainable Development Goals: Commemoration of the 75th UN Anniversary

On 24th of October 2020, Centre for Social Action (CSA) organized an event via Cisco Webex platform to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the UN.

The event commenced with Dr Victor Paul’s address to the attendees about the contributions made by CSA to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Along the same theme, posters created by the volunteers were unveiled by Father Dr Jose CC – which further highlighted CSA’s contribution to the UN’s vision. Subsequently, Dr John Samuel, Chair of Asia Democracy Network, Seoul, shared his keynote address on Envisioning Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr. John Samuel provided the attendees with a critical overview of the UN, along with the challenges the organization needs to tackle in the future. Further, he discussed the significance of the SDGs not only worldwide but also in India; especially in the times of the global pandemic. He concluded by expressing his ideas about the future of the world and how progress will take place.

In a subsequent session on Google Meet, the student leader body of CSA from Bangalore Central, Bannerghatta and Kengeri Campus then presented their ideas of 10 SDGs. This initiative by the leaders was aimed at sensitizing themselves along with the volunteer body about CSA’s contribution to each SDG. In these presentations, initiatives undertaken in previous years were evaluated in order to provide a direction towards future improvements. This also helped the leaders to ideate upon potential ideas on how they can contribute as individuals and as a whole to make an impact.

Concluding on an insightful note, the event was deemed as successful with its provision of a multi-dimensional approach towards achieving the bigger picture of social action.

SOCIAL ACTIVISM, HOW DOES IT WORK?

Jahnvi Gandhi- 2030143

The Media and Communication wing of the Centre for Social Action (CSA) continued their drive to create awareness and sensitization among people towards various issues through yet another successful Webinar conducted on Tuesday, 30th September 2020 on the topic of Social Media Activism. The hour-long session was in collaboration with Reachout India and was graced by the presence of their various representatives. The CSA volunteers talked with the attendees about casual topics for some necessary ice-breaking before the event officially began. The event began at 5:35 with excitement and great enthusiasm by both the attendees and the hosts. The event was kicked off by Kishnika Dhawan, a CSA volunteer, by a quote from Master Shifu of Kung Fu Panda.  Reachout India, a Pune based organisation that was set up in 2015, is a not-for-profit youth-run organisation that aims at bringing social transformation through a strategic initiative with a focus on capacity building. Four of their team members, including co-founders Manasa Rao and Shishira Johny and members Rhea Purohit and Sanghamitra, graced the event with their presence.

 Sanghamitra started by talking about how it’s so easy to fit your perspective into a 1×1 box to influence others and how social media is a boon for many underrepresented groups. Giving us various examples, ranging from personal anecdotes to the Manisha Valmiki rape case, Sanghamitra brought to light how many of us are using borrowed perspectives and not talking about the real issues. She talked about how every piece of work from art to music is resistance and how we are led to believe that we need to have a platform to do meaningful work when that’s not true: we can do anything we want to on any platform we like if we want to shed light on important issues. Shishira took over then and talked in brief about how social media helps identify stakeholders, mobilize resources and how you can conduct and implement campaigns through social media.

 Manasa spoke of the Adhoc drive they conducted under their women’s health and employment project. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic many women didn’t have access to basic menstrual hygiene products. Deeply affected and concerned by this, Reachout started with a very basic social media post which was a fundraiser, to help the women in need. They quickly identified stakeholders and mobilized resources and reached out to over 20,000 women by identifying target groups-partners corporates, NGOs, etc- through social media for this COVID-19 response and recovery project.

Next, we had Sanghamitra tell us about the  ‘Reach out and beyond’ platform where they publish well researched information and articles in collaboration with like-minded organisations and individuals. She stressed on the need to collaborate to build consciousness and later to build a community and gain more perspective on the issue, amplification and reaching out.

Shishira then spoke about project Rise, focussing on children’s education that was started five years ago, wherein they found volunteers in Pune through social media. They developed curriculums and taught English and personality development after the school hours to government school students.

Rhea Purohit summed up the session by talking about the devadasi project based in Raichur wherein they went on the field to understand their way of living, their problems and to assess the help provided by the government. Benefits of this research affected around 40,000 women positively, all the while building awareness and sensitising people. She then advised everyone that while developing a social media activism base, we must remember that there is no fixed formula or one size fits all logic. We have to just ask ourselves these three questions- who is the target audience? What kind of engagement are you looking for? How do you want to have the target audience engage with you?

The webinar main session ended by 6:17 pm followed by a question and answer session, which turned out to be very interactive and productive. Attendees asked a lot of hitting questions on a plethora of topics which the Reachout team answered beautifully making it a very insightful and fun session.

The main takeaway for everyone was to make sure they use their voices to enable other voices to be heard, remember that their platform could be anything and that the power of the collective should never be underestimated. We need to try and modify social media to our advantage and be an active and informed activist.

The session came to an end with Nikhil Nema giving out the vote of thanks followed by a feedback session. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and very encouraging for both the hosts and the attendees with everyone appreciating Reachout India for their participation. All in all, it was a very successful and informative session and one more win for the CSA Media and Communication wing for their great organisation and hard work.


OF GENDER, LANGUAGE AND BEYOND

By- S A Sneha- 2031358

CSA saw another initiative taken for its volunteers by Project Mātram, which conducted a webinar on Gender Sensitization that was held successfully on the evening of 25 September 2020. The event was graced by Anjana Goswami and Puja Mandal, of the EQUAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. The webinar sheds light on various aspects of prevailing gender discrimination and the lack of gender awareness in our society.

The ECF is an organization that works with young boys, teenagers, and young adults alike to bring a change in society from the root level. They have taken the first step to change by cleaning the mindsets at the heartland of the urban cities. Their primary aim to work with boys is to sensitize young men of their opposite gender.

The event had volunteers come forward with their own anecdotes of having restrictions and facing subtle discrimination in their confined homes, as the host put up a picture and the comment section reflected the existing stereotypes in our society. It showed a spectrum of challenges faced by young girls and boys from choosing what color they should like and the way they control their emotions in their present life. At the end of the webinar, the aim of the event was achieved as all attendees understood the necessity to challenge the existing norms.

Anjana also briefed the audience about the achievements of ECF so far, and the amount of progress they wish to see in the future. The last segment had the significant questions we need to ask ourselves and the society, as a small contribution towards the bigger change we wish to make. The question-answer session also made it clear that gender need not be seen as only two sides of a coin. But, as a spectrum of colors and humans are open to choose a range in that spectrum. With a set of steps, such as generalising menstruation talks at home, including the men in our family in the ‘women’s issues’, encouraging men to be free emotionally, calling out subtle sexism the moment we see it, refraining from using any pronouns for people we know little about and many such ways we need to adapt in our daily lives; to initiate the change, towards a better society, the event came to a successful conclusion.


English Access Micro-scholarship Program-Online Graduation Ceremony

Centre for Social Action (CSA), organized online graduation for the beneficiaries of English Access Microscholarship program on 06th November 2020. Twenty-five students of Bharath Matha PU college, Koppa became graduates of English Access Microscholarship Program and were provided with their graduation certificates. Delegates from the US Embassy, officials of Access program and representatives from the implementing agency were present for the program along with the Access students and teachers. Dr. Fr. Jose CC, the Pro Vice Chancellor of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) addressed the gathering and delivered the presidential address. Mr. Moulik Berkana, Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General in Chennai addressed the students and delivered the key note address. He congratulated and motivated the students of Access program and thanked the entire team for the efficient implementation. Ms. Ruth Goode, Regional English Language Officer for India, Bhutan and Afghanistan also addressed the gathering through a video message. Access representatives from RELO and Chennai, Ms. Rachna Sharma, English Access Program Specialist – India at RELO New Delhi and Ms. Brindha Balachandran, Education and English Language Coordinator, U.S. Consulate General, Chennai were present for the event. Dr. Victor Paul, Director of CSA, Mr. Jino Joy, Access Program Manager, Fr. Jose PJ, Principal, Bharath Matha PU College Koppa, Fr. Sebastian P J, Principal, Christ School Thandavapura,  the Access instructors Mr. Susheel Tom Jose and Ms. Ranjith Shenoy were present for the event.

The whole event was managed by the Access students as they delivered the welcome address, vote of thanks and organized cultural programs. Moreover, Students and teachers shared their experiences and presented videos on their Access journey. All the participants appreciated the good conduct of the event.

CSA-Pragathi Action Centre Pragathi Mahila Samasthe-YeldurSanjeevini shed ‘Bhoomi Pooja’

Pragathi Child Focused Community Development project started its interventions in the year 2012 in 22 villages (13 in Srinivaspura and 9 in Mulbagal Taluk) with in the radius of 8 to 35 kms. The project covered 1817 families from socially and economically backward communities including 1708 children. As part of this project, Children activity centre and women’s development project started by forming Self Help Groups (SHGs) and taught the members on regular saving in the group. It also further helped them to avail loans to meet out their family and business needs. At present 42 SHGs are functioning. There are 3 Cluster Level Associations (CLAs) functioning in the project area which takes care of the SHGs in the particular cluster. Total number of 683 members/families availed financial support and started family based micro-enterprises. This was helpful to the family to earn an extra income. Now CBOs members have been monitoring the initiatives taken by the project in School and Early Child Care centres. 1705 children, 1100 women and 800 adolescents/youth from 1500 families are currently benefiting from the project intervention. The project formed a federation by involving the women from the SHG and registered it under Karnataka Societies Act, now the project is handed over to the registered federation managed by the community to sustain the activities promoted by the project. The federation coordinated with Muthakkapalli panchayath and mobilized a land to construct a building to carryout its activities. They also approached the panchayath again and got a scheme approved under MGNREGA from Srinivaspur taluk administration, the scheme is called “Sanjeevini Shed”. The Bhoomi Pooja to start the construction work held on 5th October 2020 at Muthakkapalli village.

Pragathi Mahila Samsthe and Grama Panchayath took the first step to build “Sanjeevini Shed” under the Scheme of Zilla Panchayath, Muthukapalli village by laying its foundation stone on 5th October, 2020. Significantly, the Zilla Panchayath office has generously pledged to cover the entire construction costs of this Sanjeevini Shed and has provided a grant of INR 13.50 Lakhs towards this objective. This Sanjeevini Shed will be used for Income Generation Activities(IGA), training programs, regular SHG/CLAs meetings and other activities for SHGs members. 

The foundation stone was laid by Dr.Victor Paul, Director, Centre for Social Action (CSA) along with Sri Anand, Executive officer, Taluk Panchayath, Srinivasapur and gave their greetings to the federation to come up good in future and urged them to elevate it as one of the model centre in Kolar Dist.

Sri, Shaji, Project Officer, CSA., Sri, Murali, PDO, Grama Panchayath, Muthukapalli, Sri, Rajesh, Technical Coordinator, MGNREGA, Srininvaspur, Sri, Laxmipathy, Junior Engineer, MGNREGA, Srinivaspur, Sri, T.O. Anjaneyappa Project Coordinator, Pragathi Action Center, Smt.Aruna  President, Pragathi Mahila Samsthe, Muthukapalli and local leaders, CBOs members were participated in the program.  
The Bhoomi puja or the foundation stone laying ceremony was organised at the Sanjeevini Shed by Pragathi Mahila Samsthe to mark an auspicious start to the undertaking.  Speaking on the occasion, Shri Victor Paul, Director, CSA, said “We thank the Grama Panchayath of Muthukapalli for giving us the opportunity to bring in this biggest social investment to Project villages. This will bring a meaningful change in the lives of CBOs members.  We are honored to partner with the Grama Panchayath to build this Sanjeevini Shed.

PAUSE, REWIND, BREATHE THEN REPEAT

By – Shayaree Chanda- 2037130

Life is a hustle, and everyone is working hard to make it through. Not one minute is allowed to go waste. As they say, time is money and time wasted is money wasted. With everyone trying to catch up and hold on, we tend to forget something equally important, i.e., to slow down and take rest. That is because slowing down to take some rest means a certain amount of time wasted and if time is wasted you compromise on your future and your goals which is not something you want to do right now.

We had tonnes of things to do, and we found ways to keep going about with our everyday life. But when the pandemic hit, we got stuck with the most challenging thought- What will we do with this abundance of time? Going out was fearful because a tiny microorganism which is not even visible is outdoors while tremendous anxiety is indoors. The changes happening all across the world is vast and scary. But the thing happening inside is scarier. Weirdly enough, we got the time to slow down and introspect, but the last thing we did was introspection.

The pandemic has killed all our lives outdoors and has confined us to the four walls of our house. What is worse? Most of us live in the concrete jungle we call cities with the number of trees going down every day, and now we are stuck in the middle of a pandemic where we cannot even go out. The beautiful nature is outside, and we are stuck inside.

Have you ever heard of something called the Nature Deficit Disorder? It’s the idea that we humans, especially kids, are spending less time outdoors, which could, in turn, cause a drastic number of behavioural problems. Yes, it does sound scary, and yes, this pandemic could be harmful if we stay indoors too. When Prayatna created this session called Vyaan, these might have been the thinking points. It was time to press the pause button.

The organisers made sure that we are ready for this session. They asked us to click a picture of the nearest electronic device and write the first word that comes to our mind when we hear the words ‘electronic device’. The same was done again, but this time it was with plants. At the end of the session, we had an idea about why  all the continuous messaging was happening in the Whatsapp group made for the event. Just keep in mind that, sometimes the solution to a problem is right in front of your eyes, but you fail to identify it.

It was an hour-long session that began with the note that everyone must have the forest app on their phones and must have a bottle filled with water so that we drink water during the session. Nobody knew what was going to happen. Shahana,  our event coordinator/host made sure we do not know about the details in advance and wanted to ensure that the session does not come off as too preachy. As all of us were pumped up already in the WhatsApp group, we were eager to know what will happen next. She made sure to ask a lot of questions so that we would find the answers that would help us gain insight on what we were supposed to learn that day. The solutions are unique to all of us you see as there are some questions with one single answer.

We started by checking our digital well-being, a feature which can be downloaded as an app or can be preinstalled on phones, to tell us how much time we spent with our screens. I was too ashamed to see the number of hours I spent on my phone with twitter being the most used app! We realised how much time we waste and as mentioned before, time wasted is money wasted. But why do we end up wasting so much time on social media?

Weirdly enough we were asked to take the Funeral Test. We had to think about how we wanted the people around us to react when they arrived at our funeral and what is/are the thing/s that we want them to remember about us. It was a scary thing to think, about yourself dying and imagining how others would think of you or react to you. But beyond that, the answer is quite simple and within ourselves. Then there was the question about last time we cried. Again another question that takes a total dive into our soul, sometimes bringing out the dark thoughts we tend to forget or pretend to forget while we are busy leading our lives.

As expected, many people were able to pour their hearts out through the google meet platform while others chose to keep it within themselves. She asked us what stresses us out as well as what is stopping us from achieving our goals? These questions came one by one leading to a meaningful discussion as to how we have become lazy and addicted to social media. Or we are too scared and stressed about our future that even a tiny CIA could give us extreme anxiety. Interestingly these were the first two steps to introspection, but during the session we were not aware of that.

We came to a point where we were asked to write a letter to our younger self (10-15 years old self) as we are from the future, we will know what happens now. Though we were not able to write a full-fledged letter, we wrote down enough points to tell our younger self about their future life. Memories that we cherish or hate floods our minds. Isn’t it obvious we would just stop ourselves from the challenging future that is ahead of us, warn them about every mishap that we might do, or not get scared and worked up and give ourselves hope that time is difficult now but in future we will just be okay?

 Finally, we came to the most exciting part, which is part of the introduction to the Forest App. It is an app that helps us reduce our screen time by planting a tree every time we tell the app that we do not want to use the screen for the mentioned number of hours/minutes. The app produces a virtual sapling which is our time, and it grows as we keep our phones unused during that time. And if we still use our phone then, the plant starts to die. After we earn our virtual coins for building gardens and forests, we tend to spend them. And when we do so, this organisation plants a plant with our name somewhere in the world. We indeed are not that far from nature; we just need to find a way to get closer to it.

We did this for 3 minutes, where we just lay down and listened to the sounds around us away from the electronic devices. We did nothing at all. It was peaceful, and with this, we ended the process of introspection. All we did was to answer the questions and follow instructions. Still, we were observing our situation, analysing it and finally communicating with ourselves to fix the problem or improve on it therefore introspecting.

 Everyone has their way of introspection, and as I have mentioned before, sometimes, the solution is in front of our eyes. This time it was within ourselves. We tend to waste our time doing worthless things like scrolling through our Instagram feed or worrying about simple things. It is the guilt we have that makes us think that if we are doing nothing, we are wasting our time. This session proves us wrong and tells us that doing nothing can be productive too, significantly better than doing something that has little or no value in the long run just to pass our time. It is indeed time for us to pause, rewind, breathe then repeat and this session of Vyaan taught us how to do so.


Valedictory 2019- 2020

As another fruitful year came to an end on 6th March 2020, it was time for time to replenish the fruits bared and celebrate new seedlings. A bittersweet day marking the end of CSA’s academic year was finally here. The ground floor of Central Block buzzed with activity and excited murmurs coming from the Seminar Hall. The event began with presentations made by the various leaders of the year 2019-20 who outlined not just what their wing and the organization achieved through the year, but also covered all the progress made along with the obstacles they encountered.

Dr. Victor Paul, Team Leader, CSA,  addressed the volunteers with the key note address by sharing his experience of being a volunteer in his college days, he also shared that the learning that we gain during volunteerism activities mold our lives too.  Following this, Scholarship certificates were handed over to chosen students by the Director, Prof. Phinu Jose

Fr. Rinoj, Principal, Christ College, Malur campus then took the opportunity to unveil CSA’s annual magazine ‘We Care’ and called forward the students involved in this project. This was followed by his speech that appreciated the volunteers’ efforts and expressed his high expectations for our future endeavors.

CSAs’ Director Phinu Jose bid the third years farewell and welcomed the new leaders. By sharing her experiences as a part of this organization, she conveyed the value of the volunteers and the work we do.

As the ceremony was held on the last day of Malur’s exposure camp at CHRIST (Deemed to be University), students from Christ College, Malur gave feedback and thanked the CSA team for their orientation and support. They narrated some of their experiences, they had in the last two days that they spent with the CSA volunteers and said that they hoped to set up an organization just as good as the one they witnessed here.

The leaders of 2019-20 were ordained with certificates for their contributions to CSA. Then came the highlight of the event, when current leaders signed off and gracefully handed over their positions to the first year’s chosen for the task. The leaders also felt the need to recognize volunteers that made exceptional contributions to their wings and CSA through special mentions.

Exposure camp for Volunteers, Christ College, Malur

The second rural exposure camp of the year 2019-2020 was held in Malur from 24 January  to 26 January 2020 for 53 Volunteers of CSA. This camp was not only aimed at giving an exquisite exposure to the volunteers but  also to initiate CSA in Christ College, Malur. Established in 2015, Christ College Malur invited the student body of CSA from Bangalore Central Campus of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) in order to launch CSA at their college as well..

Volunteers left for Malur on the morning of 24th January with a spirit of enthusiasm, excitement and social action. Since it was the last camp of the academic year, as well as the last camp for third-year students, a plethora of emotions could be felt throughout the two-hour journey. The student body from Christ College, Malur welcomed the volunteers with open arms and gratitude..

The first day began with a warm lunch. Post that, volunteers moved to their rooms assigned according to their respective wings for orientation purposes. Around 30 students from Christ College attended the orientation sessions. Four wings of CSA : Prayatna, Drishti, Activity Centre and Media and Communication along with Project Maatram elaborated upon their work in order to give a detailed insight to the volunteers from Malur. Activity Center not only explained the aim and working model but also included the volunteers in a rather ethereal Banana Dance! This helped in breaking the ice amongst the volunteers. On the other hand, Dristhi shed light upon street-theatre as a catalyst for social change and taught some of their jingles to the volunteers. Similarly Media and Communication, after elaborating upon their work, gave the cameras to the Malur volunteers and taught them how to shoot photos, videos and write a report. Using the same, an instant after-movie was presented which contained the footage shot by Malur volunteers only. Prayatna explained the importance of creating awareness on waste management and other civic issues to the volunteers.

A common orientation was held in the presence of Fr. Rinoj James in which emphasis was put upon the Activity Centre and Child Sponsorship Program. In the afternoon, to create a lighter environment, a session of ‘human-rock-paper-scissor’ was played by the students. This not only helped in breaking the ice but also helped in spreading the importance of teamwork and coordination.

On the second day, volunteers (including the Malur volunteers) gathered for a morning exercise session. After that, they were divided into two teams – survey and painting. The survey team covered two locations in Malur to gather data about the children of the village in order to start the Sponsorship Program. Other half of the day witnessed dust, paint and smiles as the volunteers cleaned, scraped and painted a government school in Aalambadi.

On the third day, volunteers prepared themselves for an eventful day. Volunteers celebrated Republic Day with the kids of the school in their newly painted world. Children welcomed the volunteers with a parade initiated post flag hoisting which went around the surrounding places with slogans like “Bharat Maata ki Jai” and “Vande Mataram”. Children celebrated the day with colourful performances like dance, song and speech. The CSA volunteers thanked the Malur volunteers and the children with their scintillating dance performances.

As the camp came to an end, reflections about the camp were made by the volunteers. Every volunteer learnt something new from this collaborative camp. From the spirit of social action to a little bit Kannada – every individual took something back home with them. To conclude the camp, M&C presented an exquisite recap in their aftermovie, which was wholly made by the Malur volunteers. Father Rinoj James thanked the volunteers and expressed his happiness over the camp. The camp concluded as the burning sun went down with the journey back