Adult Literacy Programme
Rotary District 3140 has very clear objectives about the thrust areas that need special attention.
“Education for all” is a major thrust area. While lots have been done to achieve our objective we have miles to go before we can relax. Adult literates can successfully drive youngsters to adopt education. We have ventured into the adult literacy programme where Parents of school children are encouraged to read & write. In a highly advanced and developed country as India is forecasted to be in coming times, adult literacy will make the society more complete.
To bring light to the underprivileged adults we have tried to create an awareness of the excitement of unearthing the hidden treasures in the books. NGOs and volunteers are welcome to join hands with us. We welcome note books, text books and stationery which would help our projects.
Old projects need to be revisited to see & check the status of the same. Maintenance, up gradation and in some cases throwing the old and giving way to the new. This is PunarNirman
It is not enough to create and put up new projects. We need to earmark funds for their maintenance and upkeep. Hence the directives from the District to take a walk down memory lane, recall what has been done and look into what needs to be done to keep the project useful for the local community.
We make a check list of what needs to be done and where it needs to be done.
Repairs, painting work, upgradation, maintenance….etc are extremely important for the projects to be relevant to the times.
Ability & Challenges of the Disabled & Elderly
Almost all developed countries are disabled friendly, implying that differently abled persons should be able to move around comfortably. Their transport system, shopping centres, tourist destinations are all wheel chair friendly. This allows the disabled as well as the elderly to lead as normal a life as possible. Going out, socialising being independent builds up their confidence.
District 3140 has been encouraging their clubs to take up these thought provoking gestures. Some need funds while some need support. Hence RCBP has been persuading outlets, government offices & many public places which are frequented by the general public to introduce ramps so the wheelchairs can move comfortably.
Introduction of Braille to impart information in railway platforms would help the visually challenged in getting the right information. Similarly putting up small kiosks with the same system with an added feature of the speaker facility would help both the hearing and the visually challenged.
All these need funds, time and effort. RCBP believes that where there is a will there is a way. It is important to create an awareness of the problem the solutions will pour in from all quarters as we believe in the compassion of Humanity.
Annapoorna Day Every Month
1st July is Rotary International New Year when the Rotary Presidents all over the world take charge. 1st July has been declared “Annapoorna day.” The dates are not a coincidence but deliberate. It is to make all the Presidents of Rotary Clubs in India and adjoining countries aware of the most pathetic failure of humanity in eradicating Hunger.
Rotary International has taken up the daunting task of eradicating hunger in the next few years. The first step towards this ambitious project was to create awareness about millions of Indians and other Asian countries who go to bed without a square meal and who wake up with no hope of one.
It is the duty of every Rotarian to feed at least ten people on Annapoorna Day. Rotary Club of Bombay Powai (RCBP) has reached out and fed almost 500 people in different places in Mumbai from Andheri to Ghatkopar to Airoli. The service project touched chord of every volunteer who unanimously decided to feed the hungry on the 1st of every month.
It is also in our scheme of things to adopt a group of needy underprivileged group to whom we would like to provide one square meal for 365 days. This would be a very small step in eradicating huger to a miniscule section of our society. Just as every drop make an ocean every bite helps in reducing the hunger pangs of a starving person. Annapoorna day has definitely achieved it’s objective in RCBP of creating an awareness as well as compassion about the importance of every morsel of food.
We welcome volunteers for this project. We also welcome contributions from Rotarians as well as Non Rotarians to take this opportunity to do their bit for society at large and the underprivileged in particular.