January 8, 2018: SBI, India’s largest commercial bank, contributed a sum of Rs. 23.74 lakh for purchase of School Bus today to ‘Save the Children India’, a nonprofit that runs a school for the betterment of mentally challenged and hearing impaired children.

State Bank of India (SBI), through its CSR initiative aims to make hassle free commute for these students who travel to this school across different locations in Mumbai.

The cheque was handed over by Praveen Kumar Gupta, Managing Director (Retail & Digital Banking), SBI to the Trustees of the NGO. SBI through its CSR initiative aims to make hassle free commute for these students who travel to this school across different locations in Mumbai. (Text: OneWorld South Asia)
December 23, 2017: In an encouraging crowdfunded initiative ever in India by students, DPS students are raising money to give the gift of sight to thousands of needy people. Cataract operations performed in cities like Bangalore typically cost between INR 8000 to 12000 depending on the case and complexity (with Indian lenses being used). With foreign lenses the cost zooms to INR 40000.

However, with the help of charitable organisations such as Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar (RBI) and Globe Eye Foundation these surgeries are available at a much lower cost of close to INR 3800. Of the Rs 3800, government subsidies and revenue from other surgeries take care of approximately INR 2800.

The balance 1000 INR is being raised by the students from 2 schools - DPS East and DPS E-City. Each student is raising INR 20,000 in a bid to fuel the surgeries of 20 elderly poor in villages in Hoskote, Kolar & Chintamani. These students are as young as 12 years and some have even raised in excess of INR 1 Lakh.
October 31, 2017: Sinhgad Technical Education Society’s students from across campuses in Pune have displayed their commitment in saving India’s lifeline – rivers. The chain of institutes in collaboration with the Isha Foundation’s Pune office conducted rallies across campuses in the city.

Walks were conducted at the Vadgaon and Lonavala campus in support of the cause where more than thirty thousand students participated. Various presentations and talks were held at the campuses to make students understand about the important role played by the rivers of the country. OneWorld South Asia
September 27, 2017: India’s Minster of Women & Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, launched a book Forest Lanterns. The book contains essays on solutions for improving nutrition among children in tribal areas.

A number of promising solutions have been developed and deployed across the country to address challenges related to nutrition among tribal children. Written by a who’s who, Forest Lanterns showcases solutions that have been drawn from various states including Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Telangana.

‘Forest Lanterns’, a UNICEF-OneWorld Foundation India publication presents 46 innovative and successful practices covering not only under-nutrition of tribal children and their mothers, but also related aspects like farming practices, food security, healthcare, drinking water and sanitation, governance, and media’s role. Photo: PIB
July 20, 2016:Saumya Sanesha reads a headline in one of the local newspapers which says, “Worst dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka; 298 deaths.” As she heads out the door, she thinks about the importance her day’s assignment and all the people in her community whose lives are at risk.

Saumya, 16, is a Junior Red Cross Circle member in Gampaha District, one of the areas hardest hit by a spiralling dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka. She has volunteered to be part of a Sri Lanka Red Cross Society team that will join government public health inspectors to scout for breeding sites of mosquitoes that carry the dengue virus.

She’ll also be explaining to villagers how to prevent the spread of the disease. “Going door to door and informing people about how to keep their homes and environments free of dengue is so crucial right now,” says Saumya.

Dengue is endemic in Sri Lanka, but the number of people infected in less than seven months of this year is already almost double the number of cases that were reported in all of 2016.
The government of Sri Lanka is leading a nationwide effort to clear communities of mosquito breeding sites, educate the public on how to be safe and expand health services for dengue patients.

The Sri Lanka Red Cross is supporting all components of the programme and Saumya and other youth volunteers are an important part of the response. Photo and Text: Mahieash/IFRC
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