Posts Tagged ‘India’

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

https://www.flickr.com/photos/122900157@N06/sets/72157684310937385

May 2017 Medical Camp

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/122900157@N06/albums/72157681242388423

 

Medical Health Camp Jan 2016

Written by Alice Rees on . Posted in India, News, Regions

On Wednesday 13th January in Pune, Nektarina Non Profit and Zest Youth Movement hosted another respiratory health check up camp. We have successfully hosted a health camp back in 2014 and it proved to be such a valuable experience for the people who attended that it was an easy decision to host another one.

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India is home to 13 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities, and since 2010 there has been a 30% increase in cases of acute respiratory infection. Many people do not have access to the basic health care needed to combat endemic problems, so free camps such as this one are a vital resource.

Around 65 people attended the camp, each one receiving a pulmonary function test with a follow up advice session with a doctor. At the previous camp we provided approximately 50 tests and we are looking forward to the next camp where we will hopefully be able to continue increasing our capacity for free evaluation and advice. The next camp will be arranged soon and dates will be announced when we have confirmed the details.

If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact Suresh More, the India country manager for E4S and organiser of the camp, at suresh@nektarinanonprofit.com

You can see more photos from the event at our flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122900157@N06/albums/72157662825245939

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Diwali Collage Competition

Written by Alice Rees on . Posted in India, News

While children were away from school celebrating the Diwali holiday, we wanted to make sure that the environment and sustainability were never far from their minds, so we launched our collage competition over the break to keep them thinking.

There were many participants from schools in the Pune region and we will be arranging an exhibition for as many of the collages as we can. Until then, here are some photos from the competition including some of the fantastic completed collages.

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Essay Competition Received Almost 10000 Entries

Written by Alice Rees on . Posted in India, News, News & Updates

We are very pleased to announce that our essay competition in Pune, India, is now concluded. We received nearly 10,000 entries from participants aged 10-17 from 15 schools, and from there we have chosen a select few winners.

In each school there were two age groups, and we chose three winners from each group in each school. From those we then chose three overall winners for each age group.

This competition was a huge success – teachers were keen to get involved because of the importance of the topics and the children were keen to engage with these subjects in a critical and thoughtful way.

All the winners received certificates, and there were also jute bags, notebooks, and stationery kits.

Here are some photos from the competition, and you can see some more photos in the flickr album of the event:

One of the winning essays from the junior group.

One of the winning essays from the junior group.

One of the winners from the older group.

One of the winners from the older group.

One of the prizes.

One of the prizes.

One of the classes of participants with the winners.

One of the classes of participants with the winners.

                                                   

2015 Collage Competition in Pune

Written by Alice Rees on . Posted in General Information, India, News & Updates, Upcoming Events

We are going to be sharing the results and winners of our essay competition very soon, but before we do that, we have a new activity to announce!

We are holding a collage competition in Pune. This will be similar to our Best Out of Waste competition, as participants are invited to create a piece of collage art using waste materials.

While the Best Out of Waste competition aimed to demonstrate that much of what we throw away can be used in a practical and useful way, this competition is to demonstrate that art and beauty can also be found in the most unexpected places, and it is possible to create something special out of what people were throwing away.

After the competition is over, we will be arranging an exhibit to show off as many of the entries as we can. This is so the children involved can compare and share ideas, and will encourage cooperation and lateral thinking. It will also be a great experience for them to see their art in a display.

Here are the regulations of the competition:

  • For 5th to 7th std (junior group), the collages can be on any topic the participant wants, from sports to animals or anything between.
  • For 8th To 10th std (senior group), the collages should feature a landscape scene.
  • Collages should be on standard A4 paper/card.
  • We would like children to complete their collages over Diwali holidays. The entries will then be collected when school resumes.

We can’t wait to see what the participants create. If you want any further information, don’t hesitate to contact us – you can email the event organiser, our E4S India Country Manager Suresh, on suresh[at]nektarinanonprofit[dot]com

Essay Competition in India

Written by Alice Rees on . Posted in India, News, News & Updates, Upcoming Events

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We are celebrating International Youth Day this year (August 12th) with an essay competition in India. We are inviting all schools in the Pune region to get involved, and we’ve provided a selection of topics for children to write about.

The topic for 5th to 7th std (junior group)

  • Are Our Festivals Causing Pollution?
  • Cycling For A Greener Earth
  • Trees: Our Best Friends

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The topics for 8th To 10th std (senior group)

  • How Can We Control Global Warming?
  • A Green Earth Through Renewable Energy
  • Conventional Farming vs. Organic Farming

Essays should be 200 words maximum.

You can find out more by downloading our invitation letter from this post, or by getting in touch with Suresh More, the India E4S project manager, at suresh@nektarinanonprofit.com

The date of International Youth Day also happens to be Nektarina’s birthday – we are six this year! So please encourage all school children in India to get involved and participate in this competition to make sure we have an excellent birthday!

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World Environment Day 2015 in Pune

Written by Alice Rees on . Posted in India, News, News & Updates, Take Action

Our World Environment Day celebration was the highlight of June. As we consider the environment to be a matter of vital importance, Nektarina Non Profit were excited to celebrate WED in India with its local partner, Zest Youth Movement. Not simply a celebration, the event aimed to contribute to raising awareness of environmental protection among the population, with a particular focus on youth.

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Over 300 people took part in our rally through Pune City. Among them, students from different institutions and universities, colleges, school children, representatives of civil society organizations, companies and political parties, Pune Doctors association, Chartered accountant association, private coaching classes, and many other. Girls and women have been notably present, as well as disabled and elderly people, which is comforting as we strive towards inclusive and sustainable progress.

The rally was launched by Mrs Bharati Kadam, Municipality Member, and a special guests delegation, among them famous environmentalist and social activist Naur Mohammad Patel and Mr Prakash Kadam, president of the Pragati Foundation.

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Mrs Bharati Kadam introduced the event by addressing the public with a speech. She mentioned Pune’s different environmental problems and how they are affecting the health of people around city. She said waste management, transport systems, and cleanliness should be take in account and we should strive to find permanent solutions for these challenges. She pledged to raise her voice on these issues as a municipality member.

Before the parade set off, student Sneha read a message from Miss Sandra Antonovic, Nektarina Non Profit Co-founder and CEO. In her message, Miss Antonovic said “I am touched, honoured and humbled that so many of you have gathered here today to celebrate the World Environment Day and to show that people do have the power to change things if they come together and act together. As a community, as a nation, as global citizens.

“You are showing us how to be global citizens, how to come together, how to act together; and we are humbled by your example. We are also inspired, and we follow you on your path of sustainable living. Now, more than ever, sustainability is important for all of us.”

The participants then walked in procession through the roads of Pune, showing banners and calling out environmental awareness slogans and reached the polluted riverbank.

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We undertook the riverbank clean-up to support Prime Minister Naredra Modi’s Initiative Swatch Bharat. The cleanup was launched by Shri Dattatray Dhankwade, Mayor of Pune. He gave a speech congratulating attendees for taking part in such initiatives and encouraged people to engage in such programmes often. He also said that more focus should be given to such issues within education because educated people can be more proactive, leading to cleaner and healthier lifestyles for everyone.

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Equipment was distributed and together the participants removed a huge quantity of litter from the riverbank. At the end of the cleanup, everyone took an oath for a clean and non-polluted river.

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Throughout the event, we invited people to write their messages on a 20 ft banner, and there was face painting available, with many people opting for environmental slogans on their face and hands.

We are extremely proud of this celebratory event and thanks to everyone who attended and engaged, we successfully cleaned up a strip of riverbank and raised awareness of this vital cause. The high level of participation drew the interest of the press and we hope to have an even larger event next year!