Organisation founded by BITS Pilani students with a passion to fulfill their responsibility towards the less privileged people of the society.
Community members at BITS Pilani, KK Birla Goa Campus launched an initiative, together with Nirmaan - Goa Chapter to help migrant workers and other labourers in Zuarinagar. The initiative has raised funds through donations and has been able to provide more than 300 families dry grocery packs. We also helped many labourers and families access cooked food and dry rations provided by the government. Faculty members who are part of the initiative helped more than 100 migrant labourers register for travel on Shramik trains and many are also being provided a small sum to support them through the journey. We are also collaborating with the Primary Health Centre at Cansaulim (which covers the Zuarinagar area) in training trainers to raise awareness and bring about behavioural changes to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
NIRMAAN volunteer wishes to thank everyone who came forward to donate and spread the word about the initiative.
On 23rd February the volunteers of Nirmaan - a student-run NGO - successfully organised Udaan in association with Spree - the sports festival of BITS Pilani Goa Campus. Udaan is a sports festival for the differently abled children across various schools in Goa.
The event was organised for students with physical and mental disabilities. Udaan 2019 witnessed participation of over 150 students from 4 different schools from Goa. It was held in collaboration with Special Olympics Association Bharat - Goa and Paralympics Association of Goa.
The session began with different categories of judo whose participants were hearing impaired children. The afternoon session started with fun filled games, activities and dance as a warm up for the children. Sports such as football, softball, bocce and athletics followed. After the completion of all organised sports the volunteers celebrated with the students - playing with them, enjoying themselves, clicking pictures at a photo-booth set up for the children. The event came to its conclusion with the prize distribution ceremony. The ceremony was graced by chief guest Prof. Dr. G . Raghurama, director of BITS Pilani who conferred medals and certificates upon the winners. He praised the participants as well as the volunteers for making this event a phenomenal success.
MENSTRUAL HYGIENE AWARENESS
On 6th February, Nirmaan - Goa chapter organized an awareness session on the topic of menstrual hygiene and its understanding. The discussion and the presentation revolved around lifestyle disorders like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and alternative feminine hygiene products like menstrual cups. It was conducted by Dr. Jansi Satyanarayanan and Mrs Suman Nikhil Sharma from Samriddhi Sharma Foundation, an NGO in Goa.
It had come to our notice over these years that many students would drop out of their schools after class 10, and not undergo any further education, or even if they did, some would find the subjects too difficult and not make it through.To counter this, along with ITI Vasco, we conducted an awareness session in two nearby schools, Keshav Smruti, Alto Dabolim and Shree Yallalingeshwar Sharda Mandir, Zari on the 8th of March. In all, over 100+ students of class 9 and 10 attended the sessions and were acquainted with future vocational training options at ITI.
The team of Nirmaan - Goa chapter, decided to hold a banking informative session for the non-teaching staff on our campus that included the gardening staff, the security staff and the staff that works in our messes. This session, which was conducted by personnel from SBI, included informing the attendees about the procedure for setting up an account, deposition of money, withdrawal of money, use of ATM cards, slip-less cash deposit facility, printing of passbooks, application of UPI and the use of SBI's YONO application.
A number of schools that lack the basic amenities that constitute a good schooling environment. One such school was Government Middle School, Dabolim. With the help of Mrs Alka Damle, the leaky tiled roof was replaced with cemented asbestos sheets. The faded external walls, as well as walls of classrooms, the school kitchen and the office premises, were plastered and repainted to provide for a more welcoming environment. Other than this, the school's water tank was repaired and cleaned and a water filter was reinstalled after proper service. Repairing of electric connections, fitting of new bulbs and tube lights in the school premises were also undertaken.
In April, Nirmaan Goa chapter installed a full set of 5 computer systems to Sanjay Centre for Special Education, Vasco. The donation was facilitated by BITS Pilani K.K. Birla Goa Campus. We’re thankful to the administration of our college in supporting in this initiative which helped the school set up aComputer Lab for special kids. We’re grateful to have had this opportunity to give back to them and nurture our relations further with the school.
BLOOD DONATION & EYE CHECK-UP CAMP
In January, a blood donation camp was held in the Student Activity Centre where approximately 170 people donated blood. The blood was collected by Government medical College, Goa. In February, Nirmaan conducted the second eye check-up for the workers and non-teaching staff at BITS, which benefited around 70 people.
CLOTH COLLECTION DRIVE
In To wrap up another eventful semester, united in the spirit of giving, Nirmaan- Goa Chapter and Abhigyaan conducted a Cloth and Notebook Collection Drive. The collections of this drive were donated to Goa Welfare Charitable Trust for distribution amongst the needy. We would like to thank all BITSians who contributed to this drive for sending a truckload of happiness to the underprivileged.
In With the aim of creating public awareness about issues pertaining to our daily lives, volunteers of Nirmaan - Goa chapter conducted street plays throughout the state of Goa in February. With a total of 8 versions of the play that ranged from issues like drug abuse and domestic violence to the flaming topic of voter awareness and registration and the menace of unhygienic surroundings, the actors expressed themselves with an appealing vigour. These street plays were performed with the idea to plead to the audience's humanity and to make them realise the change that we all can bring, once we set our minds to something.>
JoGW - Turn the frown upside down:From 16th to 23rd September, Nirmaan conducted Joy of Giving Week (JoGW), the festival of joy, an event of sports and fun-filled activities for children from around the campus and to spread a sense of joy among BITSians as well. With an aim to inculcate happiness, Nirmaan volunteers visited an old age home and a school for special children. Along with this, events like Evening of Joy and Meal of Joy helped introduce on-campus students to the “art” of volunteering. Events like the beach-cleanup drive were conducted to provide students with an opportunity of contributing towards the society.
#DoItForKerala:To help people of Kerala who were fighting against the floods, Nirmaan, in association with the Alumni Relations Cell organised #DoItForKerala as a small contribution to the people. For every 5 glasses of karela juice which the students had, a medical kit was sponsored by the alumni. This event was mainly for the students who wished to support the paradise when it had fallen during some adverse times. Along with this, Nirmaan Organization’s central team also contributed with volunteer work in Kerala with an initiative, Operation Sahaaya.
Soch: Discussions on socially prevalent topics involve putting your point-of-view forward and understanding other's view so that we can reach a consensus. With this motive, Nirmaan held an open discussion on the topic, “free speech.” The topic explored the effect of dank memes on the crowd that views it and the discussion was aimed at understanding various viewpoints on the same.
Street Play: Any sort of change in society is brought about only when those affected by it realise the worth of that change. Awareness that is spread through various actions reaches a large crowd and leaves a long-lasting impact. Talking about the adverse effects of drug abuse, Nirmaan took the responsibility to throw some light on the same and tried creating awareness by the means of a street play.
Teach For A Day:Every day, the joy we get by teaching kids in Zari is immense. With an aim to spread this joy and to make people realise the worth of their small efforts, Nirmaan organised “Teach For A Day.” This event, which saw a participation of nearly 75 volunteers over 6 days, introduced students out of Nirmaan to the education-related work done by our organization.
Eye check-up camp:Be it childhood or old age, vision plays an important role and people need to act to keep their sight healthy. Keeping this in mind, on 30th September, 2018, Nirmaan, in association with Eye Fye, organised a free eye check-up camp at SYSM High School, Zari. Around 70 kids and 40 adults from Zari were given a free eye check-up where some of them were detected with having a high power anomaly. Doctors and the volunteers were able to provide correct guidance and support to the people.
Diwali sale and stall:On the auspicious occasion of Diwali, Nirmaan volunteers, with the help of Ashadeep (SHG from Zari) managed to sell diyas and decorative candles to students, faculty and staff members. Along with this, similar items created by the self-help group were also sold by volunteers on the cultural fest of our college, Waves. The students who came from across the country gained important insight into the work that Nirmaan does.