April and May Medical Camps in Pune – 2017

Written by Aina on . Posted in India, News

Since our last blog entry in February, we have held two meaningful events happening in Pune that we would like to share with our readers.

As some of you might know since 2014 we have been delivering, in association with Pune Doctors Association, free health check-ups to different vulnerable groups as part of our Education for SustainabilityE4S project.

On this occasion we held our first health camp of the year on April 6th at the “Senadatta Balak Mandir Prathmik Vidya Mandir School” benefiting around 70 students aged between 2 and 12 years. The check-up included a general medical examination where factors such as height, weight, temperature, oxygen level, pulse, etc. were measured.

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Also a dental, ear-nose-throat examination was done, and the overall development of the children was evaluated. In the end, a report for each children was compiled and given to the teachers and parents.

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Our second health camp was organized just last Wednesday May 25th at the Maherwat” elderly home. From 5pm until 7pm, 32 individuals received a general examination that included things such as checking their blood pressure and sugar levels.

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Nektarina Non Profit and Zest Youth Movement are the organizers of the health camps but they wouldn’t be possible without the involvement of Pune Doctors Association and its members. A big THANK YOU to all of them!

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Stay in touch with us through our Twitter and Facebook accounts as we will be organizing more of this worthy health camps during the year.

We have more pictures of both health camps in our Flickr account. If you want to see more, please click on the following links to check-out our photo albums.

April 2017 Medical Camp

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May 2017 Medical Camp

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Artworks exhibition and prize award ceremony in Pune

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We are pleased to share with all our readers that last Sunday February 12, Nektarina Non Profit and its Indian partner Zest Youth Movement hosted an exhibition of  artworks from the last two activities we conducted in 2016 with students in Pune: “Healthy and Sustainable Earth” drawings competition and the “Best out of Waste” contest.

The exhibition, which was open for anyone to attend, was held in the “Indradhanushya, Environment Education & Citizenship Centre” of Pune Municipal Corporation. The inauguration began at 9 am with the traditional ribbon cutting and after a short tour of the special guests through the exhibition, everyone was invited to the auditorium for the “Best out of Waste” award ceremony.

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The ceremony programme started by watering a plant as a way to symbolize our project’s commitment towards protecting and taking care of our Earth. Afterwards our country manager Suresh More, welcomed everyone, introduced the special guests and briefly presented the E4S project.

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Mr Ravindra Dharia the Chief Guest of the ceremony and President of Vanarai, an important and well-recognized NGO in Pune working on sustainable rural development, announced and distributed the prizes to the winners of the “Best out of waste” contest. Around 60 students received a certificate of participation, a medal and a jute folder as a way to recognize their effort and meaningful participation in the activity.

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During the ceremony, some students and teachers were invited to share with the audience testimonies of their participation and in the end everyone gathered for a group photo.

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In total, around 150 people attended the event on Sunday. Students and their families, teachers and other guests enjoyed the exhibition and congratulated us for organizing the event. Many thanks to all of them for their support and participation. Specially we want to thank Pune Municipal Corporation for lending us the venue and for their continuous support to our project.

Finally we would like to invite everyone in Pune to visit the Indradhanushya Environment Education & Citizenship Centre to enjoy and reflect on the powerful and beautiful drawings that will remain in exhibition until the end of this month.

If you can’t attend the exhibition, you still can admire the artworks in our photo gallery. To see the pictures from the exhibition and ceremony that took place last Sunday click in the following link:

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To keep in touch with us and know about our future events follow us in Facebook and Twitter.

 

Best out of waste 2016 – reusing in a creative form waste materials

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Nektarina Non Profit and its Indian partner Zest Youth Movement, started a couple of months ago the “Best out of waste” contest with the aim of encouraging students to use their creativity to prepare objects using only waste materials.

A couple of years ago, we successfully implemented the same activity in Pune and precisely because it was a huge success and both teachers and students appreciated very much, we decided to implement it again this year.

The organization of the activity started back in early October, when our India E4S Country Manager, visited several schools in Pune to invite them to participate in the activity and to explain the objectives and dynamic of the contest.

As of today, we are proud to say that the response has been amazing. Twelve schools participated and in total 1,500 students aged 9 – 16 years old submitted wonderful and creative pieces of work.

Participants prepared great works using only waste materials such as disposable plastic spoons, cans, pieces of cardboard, plastic wrappings, bottles, etc. Very beautiful and creative pieces of work were created, from decorative objects, to useful objects such as pencil holders and even toys or games.

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Several schools took the initiative to organize small exhibitions to showcase the works of their students and to share the experiences and learnings of the activity with their schools’ communities.

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In the next weeks we will also start to organize a special exhibition with a selection of some of the pieces from each school and to have a ceremony to recognize both schools and students for their enthusiastic participation.

We will update soon about these events.  In the meantime, take a look at a the pictures of the beautiful works created by these children and youths in India. Click here or on the below picture to go to our Flickr album.

Many thanks to all the schools that participated and supported the activity.

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Drawing competition closure – Prizes and winners

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Last 12th of August we celebrated the International Youth Day by organizing a drawing competition among 13 schools in the city of Pune, India with the topic “Healthy and Sustainable Earth”.

Our India Country Manager, achieved to engage in the competition more than 3,500 students aged between 10- 17 years old who created very beautiful and meaningful drawings.

The aim of the activity was to encourage participants to think and express in a pictorial way their ideas about the meaning and needs to live in a healthy and sustainable planet.

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For putting together the competition we distributed invitation letters to several schools, explaining about the activity and its purpose. Schools that were interested were provided with drawing paper and our country manager visited some school groups to guide and explain the activity to the students.

Participants were divided in two categories: one for students of the 5th to the 7th grade and the second for students from the 8th to the 10th grade. Each category was given 3 subtopics related to a healthy and sustainable world to choose from and dedicate their drawing.

Results were amazing and because of the large amount of drawings collected, a preselection of the best ones was done at every school. In total, 10 drawings from each school were selected (five from each of the categories) and 15 of those passed to the final stage.

It was not an easy decision to choose the final winners of the competition as all the drawings were great and showcased powerful messages about sustainability. Our country manager with the help of colleagues with experience in the drawing field selected the 3 final winners.

All the winners were announced in a small ceremony organized at each school with the presence of teachers, students, schools’ Principals and the E4S India Country Manager. Awarded students received a painting and drawing kit, as well as a recognition certificate.

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Even more, one of the schools decided to organize a small exhibition of the drawings from its students, which the whole school community was able to enjoy.

Overall, the competition was a great experience and it definitely succeeded our expectations in the amount and quality of works submitted. We received excellent feedback from teachers and students which we believe provides a very strong argument to our project’s purpose. It is very clear that schools and scholars care and are interested about sustainability and therefore we will continue to organize activities such as this one.

Thank you all who made possible the competition! Teachers, Directors  and of course all the students who enthusiastically participated.

We look forward on pursuing to organize a public exhibition of some of the drawings in the upcoming months.

Don’t miss checking out more of the great drawings in our Flickr album available in the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122900157@N06/albums/72157673228692775/with/29286012791/

Tree planting celebration in Pune’s Bio Diversity Park

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Last Friday, 12th of August, was a very special day for us, here at Nektarina. We were celebrating the International Youth Day and our 7th anniversary with a very inspiring activity organized by Suresh More, our E4S Project Manager in India: a tree planting in the city of Pune.

The activity took place early in the morning in the area of Katraj Gujarwadi inside the Bio Diversity Park reservation on the city’s hills and involved the participation of around 60 young children aged 3 to 5 years old, teachers, and representatives of the “Little Diamond” school.

Fifty trees provided by the school, organizers, and supporters of the activity were planted in the Bio Diversity Park reservation, which is an important protected area managed by Pune Municipal Corporation consisting of 978.540 hectares of land on the hills surrounding the city.

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The protected area was created after vast areas of the hills were severely deforested for timber and infrastructural use in the 2000s. Ever since, Pune Municipal Corporation has been protecting the area and promoting its reforestation as the total area represents more than 90% of the city’s green areas, thus has the potential to become the green lungs of this rapid growing city.

We are very satisfied to have been able to organize this meaningful activity involving children from such a young age. The tree planting activity is not only a source of inspiration and knowledge for children and their communities, it also helps to connect and create a bond with nature, with the land, with the origin and growth of a tree, its needs and care. At the same time we are glad to have contributed a little with the reforestation of this area of the city that was formerly so neglected and abused.

We are confident that the experience and the enthusiasm that our young participants showed during the tree planting activity will stay with them forever.

In trees and children there is always hope!

 Click here to check out all the great photos of the activity  

Nektarina Non Profit celebrates its 7th foundation anniversary!

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We have prepared this blog entry because today is a very special day for our organization Nektarina Non Profit as we celebrate our 7th birthday.

Every 12th of August for the past 7 years has been a very meaningful day to our organization. Each year we realize how fortunate we have been to keep working in what we believe and love, in spite of any of the difficulties we have encountered along our way.

We feel so proud of all the hard work our organization has taken since its foundation back in 2009 that we want to share with you in this article just a little about what we have been doing ever since.

Nektarina Non Profit was founded in Croatia 7 years ago with one broad idea in mind: highlighting the issues that affect us all globally as a part of the big Earth community. Highlighting them by raising awareness and inspiring action, but most importantly by educating and sharing knowledge about them.

Ever since, the projects we have implemented and collaborated with, have lead us to work mainly on sustainability in its three dimensions: social, environmental, and economic. Specially we have focused to target the younger generations. Not only because they are one of the most affected groups by our unsustainable ways, but because of their potential to shift our world towards a sustainable future.

One of the most relevant examples of our work were the “European Citizens’ Initiatives Youth Forums” organized during 2011 and 2012 across different countries in Central, Eastern and South East Europe, Russia, the Mediterranean and Central Asia. The forums gathered teenagers, students and young professionals to learn, share ideas, knowledge, and inspire action on climate change, sustainable consumption, carbon footprint, renewable energy, and other related topics. The forums were delivered in partnership with the international organizations of the Earth Day Network, 10:10, and the Global Campaign for Climate Action – TckTckTck.

In 2011 we published our first cookbook, “Low Carbon and Delicious”, which shares over 50 recipes accompanied by beautiful pictures from 17 countries around the Mediterranean, providing a simple insight of what “low carbon food” means and how anyone can make a positive impact on the environment from their own kitchen and diet. Don’t miss checking out this colorful, inspiring and simple-to-use cookbook with a low carbon twist here.

Also at the end of that busy year of 2011, we were able to put into practice one of the fundamental pillars of our organization with the Education for Sustainability project. The project emerged from our belief that education is the most important way to bring a fundamental shift in how we think and act towards one another and our planet. Therefore we designed the project with one broad aim: putting sustainability in the curricula of every school.

The implementation of the project has not always been easy but we are proud to say that although the challenges we have faced, Education for Sustainability as of today, is the most important project of our organization. We will continue to put all our efforts to keep it that way and to work towards our goal in the years to come.

If you want to find more about our organization or the Education for Sustainability project, you can find additional information in our websites. We also invite you to get in touch with us if you have any questions or ideas you would like to share with us. Nektarina non Profit and Education for Sustainability are also present in Facebook and Twitter. Stay in touch and up-to-date with our latest work and news following our social networks.

Twitter @nektarina and @edu4sustain

Facebook @nektarinanonprofit  and @Edu4Sustainability

Finally we would like to thank all the people and organizations that have supported or collaborated with us during all these years. We hope to keep connecting with new and past organizations, volunteers, colleagues, students, teachers, etc. But most of all, we hope we keep inspiring one another in our work towards a sustainable world.

Note: Nektarina Non Profit, now based in the UK, is the initiator and leading organization of the Education for Sustainability project.

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International Youth Day: Drawing competition

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This upcoming Friday the 12th of August will be a very special day for Nektarina Non Profit.

First of all because we will be celebrating the 7th anniversary of our organization and secondly because Nektarina’s birthday coincides with a very important world day celebration: the International Youth Day as established since 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly.

Especially this year’s International Youth Day means a lot to our organization, not only because we mainly work with youths, but because 2016 theme “Youth Leading Sustainability – The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production” directly relates to our mission for working towards a sustainable world.

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Nektarina will be celebrating these important dates by fostering a drawing competition among school children and youths in the city of Pune in India with the theme “Healthy and Sustainable Earth”. The activity is part of our Education for Sustainability project and aims to showcase children’s and youth’s views and thoughts about a healthy and sustainable Earth. At the same time, the activity will encourage the creativity and expression of children and youths, and most of all, it will allow them to reflect about how they can contribute to a healthy and sustainable Earth in their daily lives.

Zest Youth Movement, our India partner, is on the ground organizing the activity and encouraging as much schools as possible to participate in the competition.

The activity will be taking place during the month of August and we expect to have a great number of participants aged between 7 and 14 years old, which will be divided into a junior and senior category. Each group category will be given 2 different subtopics for them to choose and dedicate their drawing in relation to the main theme of a “Healthy and Sustainable Earth”.

We expect to have a selection of the best drawings by the end of August. The selection criteria will be based on the relation with the topics and the overall message of the drawing. Students with the best drawings will receive a prize and a certificate of recognition for their outstanding participation.

We look forward to start seeing the surely amazing works that participants will be creating and we hope you too. Keep checking out for more updates about the competition in our social networks and don’t miss our special blog entry that we will publish on Friday to celebrate Nektarina’s birthday.

Let’s celebrate our youth and keep working to achieve a more prosperous and sustainable Earth for all!

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