Saturday, February 17, 2007

IB Students join hands with IDF

IB students ties up with IDF projects for social service

The IB (International Baccalareaute) students of Podar International School, Santacruz under CAS programme (Creativity, Action and Service) tied up with Indian Development Foundation's projects for their social service activities. Indian Development Foundation (IDF) (formerly Indian Leprosy Foundation) is a leading national NGO committed to health, education and development.

CAS Co-ordinators Dr. Anuradha Sridhar and Ms. Sarala Gavane led a batch of 30 students to Vimala Dermatological Centre, a leprosy/ TB project of IDF at Yari Road, Versova in the early hours of Saturday (Feb.17). Dr. Anuradha said the IB Diploma Programme students have to undergo about 150 hours of social work in an year as per their curriculum and it is our privilege we are tied up with one of the national NGO like IDF for CAS programme. Visiting a leprosy home for the first time is a new experience altogether and the students are mentally prepared to do social service activities, Ms. Sarala Gavane added.

Dr. A. R. K. Pillai, President of IDF inaugurated the programme by giving brief details of the workings of IDF while Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, National Co-ordinator made a slide-show presentation on the scientific facts about leprosy. Leprosy is not hereditary, as a child borne to a leprosy patient may not have leprosy at the time of birth, he said. To a querry raised by one of the student whether leprosy is contagious, Dr. Iyer clarified by citing the example of the dedicated sisters and doctors treating the patients and a host of NGOs working for leprosy patients who are free from the disease. Dr. Iyer said leprosy is completely curable and treatment is given free of cost across the country.
Dr. C.N.N. Nair, Trustee-Secretary of IDF made three teams comprising ten students and named them as Red, Blue and White Group. Dr. Nair also highlighted on the importance of social work during student days. Dr. Sharad Nayampally, IDF Ambassador and a Yoga Therapist gave some useful Yoga tips to the students which they would teach the children in the centre during CAS hours.

The colourful team went round the male, female and children wards of Vimala Centre and they also had an insight of the out-patient-department where scores of people visit regularly and get treated. Gabs T-Shirts donated by SPL Limited, Faridabad were presented to every inmate of the Centre while toffees were given to the children. The teams felt happy as they went around each ward greeting the inmates a speedy recovery. One could see the glimpse of happiness on the faces of each patient as the students enquired about their well-being.

A host of social activities have been designed for each team to perform during the next couple of weeks. Counselling the patients, empowerment and guidance for the school going children, drawing, painting, music, sports and a host of other activities are listed on the social service cards for the students. Installing donation boxes, distribution of pamphlets and organising events for resource mobilisation for IDF will also be taken up by the students in the due course.

Students are the key for the transformation of the society, Dr. Pillai said. Bright things are seen as the students are enthused to do better for the society.

Mr. Sanjay S. Waghmare, Admn. Officer of IDF made the arrangements for the programme.

IDF PR Division

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