Disha Organises Free Cardiac Care Camp

Many benefitted from Free Cardiac Care Camp

In view of the ever rising stress levels in the society and the resulting heart conditions which are fatal at times, if not checked; Disha- Harbinger of Social Change and Development,a Chandigarh based NGO joined hands with KarePartners Heart Centre, to sensitize people; organized a Cardiac Care Camp at the Gurudwara in Sector 43,Chandigarh,here on Sunday Feb. 19th (today).

Various tests pertaining to cardiac health care were conducted and professional suggestions were given to the visitors creating awareness among individuals about heart, blood sugar and hypertension. Basic examinations were done which included checking of Blood pressure, blood sugar, weight and pulse. ECG  tests were also done at site for the needed. And then accordingly medicine was prescribed.
More than 60 men and women from different age groups and different income groups were examined at the free cardiac care camp.

The professional team from KarePartners Heart Centre was led by Dr.Gauravjit Singh, Head Operations and Dr. Ashutosh Bhardwaj, D.M. Cardiology, accompanied by three technicians and three nursing sisters. Smt. Simrit Kaur (President), Smt. Jatinder Kaur (Vise President), Smt. Lata Dua (Secretary) and Smt. Usha Khanna (Executive Member) of DIsha NGO felicitated the team with souvenirs. Student volunteers- Anu Dhiman, Harinder Rajpal and Dharmesh Minah assisted in the conducting of the camp. All other members of Disha NGO were also present during the camp.


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Radio Udaan-A Digital Innovation

Radio Udaan-A Digital Innovation

Twenty four year old Jyoti  Malik had a dream to serve the youth by providing them information, education and entertainment through a community Radio. She worked tirelessly and completed the coding of a website and launched it during Feburary 2014.Jyoti is the programme manager running the Radio Udaan studio at Ludhiana .

Danish Mahajan,The Seceratary General of Radio Udaan is the coordinating Radio jockey moderating the serious debates and interviewing experts. His forceful voice will remind you of Arnav  Goswamy and Karan Thapar. Maniing the studio at Gurdaspur in Punjab, He also looks after public relations and networking.

Meenal Singhvi is the president of Radio Udaan at hyderabad conducting several programme from the studio there. Bala Nagenderan,now an IAS officer trainee holds the fort at Chennai.Rajiv Bhambri schedules the daily programmes and circulates them to all the listeners through whatsapp and emails.

This core team is supported by another team of Radio jockeys handling different programmes on technology, books, music,youth affairs,interviews and reasoning/quiz session.

All this and more with no financial assistance from anywhere,nor any membership fee. All the team members contribute to maintain the website domain and produce the programme in studio or outdoors. All of them spend from their pocket expenses on internet,travel,power and devices.They also undertake public relations for their programmes and send out youtube links to the interested members.

Udaan Social Welfare Society,running the Radio Udaan has over fifteen thousand listeners world wide. You can also be a listener by tunning to radio udaan .You do not need a conventional radio. Just download the Radio Udaan app from google playstore or iphone aapstore and enjoy the infotainment on the go.

They call it Radio Udaan –A flight of life. However it is more of –A flight of imagination by those who dream with open eyes. Radio Udaan is an enterprise of the visually impaired young boys and girls.Their blindness appears to show light by being an inspiration to their sighted and normal counterparts.

Indeed,vision does not require  sight.

NGO’s Rescue Sexually Abused Children

Each story is sadder than the next, but what is most heartbreaking is to see the indifference shown towards these children by the police. To break this silence of complicity NGOs decided to organise a public hearing with victims restating their experiences.

A 16-year-old girl with her hand decorated with henna stands inside a protection home on the outskirts of New Delhi November 9, 2012. She was working as a maid and was later rescued by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement), a charity which rescues victims of bonded labour. There are no reliable figures for how many people are trafficked for domestic servitude. The Indian government says 126,321 trafficked children were rescued from domestic work in 2011/12, a rise of almost 27 percent from the previous year. Activists say if you include women over 18 years, the figure could run into the hundreds of thousands. Picture taken November 9, 2012. To match Feature INDIA-TRAFFICKING/ REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY) - RTR3B6GZ

India is reported to have 12 million children working in forced labour. The figure alone would boggle the mind and yet this is an issue no wants to address.It is to break this silence of complicity that the NGO HAQ: Centre for Child Rights and Campaign Against Child Trafficking decided to organise a public hearing in mid-June, the first of its kind in India, where children who had faced the trauma of being trafficked went public with their horrifying stories.Each testimony is sadder than the next, but what is most heartbreaking is to see the indifference shown towards these children by the police and other law enforcement agencies.Some of the pain suffered by these young lives could have been mitigated if the police had taken timely action. A common thread that runs through these young lives is that of poverty and how many of them tried to escape their plight by wanting to make some easy money.
A 13-year-old child told the jury, comprising of former additional solicitor general Siddhartha Luthra, theatre personality Lushin Dubey and journalist Om Thanvi, of how she was on her way to the neighbourhood market along with two of her friends when she was kidnapped by two men she had seen in the colony.She was drugged and kept in an isolated room where she was raped and then, one week later, sold to become a prostitute for Rs 200,000.Her kidnappers gave her a daily dose of steroids so she could look like a grown woman, after which she was sold to a brothel in Siliguri, West Bengal, for Rs 800,000. The brothel’s owner forced her to engage both in prostitution and drug peddling.Meanwhile, her parents had filed a missing persons complaint. After seven months, the family sought the help of Sharan, an NGO working on drug de-addiction in the Nizamuddin Basti, New Delhi.Sharan referred the case to HAQ: Centre for Child Rights. A habeas corpus petition had to be filed to get the police to take action.By this time another three months had elapsed. In a case where perhaps every second mattered, the delays only added to her suffering. The local police had failed to even trace the mobile numbers from which she had tried to call her mother.
HAQ, along with the anti-trafficking group Shakti Vahini, met a senior police officer to get the case transferred to the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit which finally resulted in her getting rescued from the Khalpara district in Siliguri’s red light area.Even after her rescue, the police took its time over arresting the men who had kidnapped her.
The girl’s ordeal lasted more than three years, but what was even more traumatic was for her to testify in court. Even after eight appearances, she continues to have to visit court and repeat her experiences in public.Even a timely intervention by the police does not always bring about relief as was the case of a 14 year old who was trafficked from North 24 Parganas, Bengal, by her neighbour, who taking advantage of her family’s poverty, lured her to Delhi on the promise of providing her with a good job.En route, the man sold her to a woman in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, who forced her into prostitution. A fortnight later, five to six men were taking her somewhere when some policemen chanced to pass by.Scared of the police, the men ran away and the police took this crying girl to the Nirmal Chhaya shelter home where she stayed for two months during which period her family members were identified.The neighbour was arrested and released on bail within one week while this girl’s case has been pending for the last ten years.
Although her mother, who works as a daily labourer, welcomed her back, the other villagers did not want her to live there and so she was sent to a shelter home run by the NGO Jabala.Jabala took the initiative of getting her admitted to a local school. When she turned 18, this young girl told the jury members that she began working in a police canteen supervised by Jabala and has presently joined the Green Police in Kolkata.
The modus operandi to lure women into prostitution often varies.
A 16-year-old girl studying in Class 8 from North 24 Parganas became close to an individual with whom she had a phone conversation.
A series of such conversations saw him promise to marry her, and so she left her parents’ home to meet her ‘telephone friend’ in Pune, Maharashtra.When she reached Pune, he refused to marry her and sold her to a stranger who forced her into prostitution.She was rescued from a flat in Farashkhana, Pune, by two NGOs, Jabala of West Bengal and the Rescue Foundation in Maharashtra who helped ensure the trafficker was convicted.
Her family, however, did not want her back and it was only through Jabala’s initiative that she was accepted back into the fold. Jabala helped provide her with vocational training and she presently works in a police canteen run by Jabala in Kolkata.
Another survivor from Assam gave testimony about how she was preparing for her Class 10 exams when a friend of hers introduced her to a man who promised to take her to Chennai where he would ensure she got a good job and also marry her.Thus lured with the promise of marriage, she was first brought to Delhi and later taken to Fatehabad, Haryana, where she was kept in confinement for 15 days, raped by multiple men including the man who promised to amrry her, and forced into sexual slavery.
After 15 days, she was sold to another man where she was made to work through the day and sexually abused at night.The survivor informed the jury that she managed to get hold of a mobile phone and contact her parents who reported the matter to the local police in Assam.
The police sought Shakti Vahini’s help and the girl was rescued. A case was registered in Assam against the perpetrators.She was produced before the child welfare committee in Fatehabad and as per its order, was sent back to Assam where she was able to appear for her Class 10 and 12 exams. She is not able to study further because her father, a daily wager, lacks the means to educate her.
Another horrifying story is that of a 14 year old whose parents agreed to marry her to a 40-year-old man who claimed to belong to a rich Kanpur family. He paid the parents Rs 10,000 and bore the marriage expenses.When this child reached Kanpur, she received a rude shock. Not only was she made to work as a domestic help, she was forbidden to step out of the house.
After a few weeks, her husband forced her into prostitution. She was compelled to sleep with various relatives of her husband. When she resisted, she was denied food. She gave birth to two children, but the abuse continued till she fled with her children. When she left home, she was pregnant with her third child.Her parents were not happy with her decision to return to them and kept asking her to return to her husband. There was no legal intervention in this case as her family refused to register a case. The police too do not seem to feel the need to proceed with any formal complaint.

Mother’s day celebrated

The All India Women’s Conference (AIWC) Rajkot, Gujarat celebrated International Mother’s Day on Sunday 08-05-2016 at the old age home. Picture shows all mothers Dr Bhavna Kamlesh Joshipura secretary and Incharge Oldage Home ,Kusum Thakar care taker and Manju Jariya, a mother. Manju Jariya was given the best mother’s award on this occassion.

The program was attended by a large number of activists, social workers and citizens of Rajkot; besides the inmates of the Home. Ms Joshipura appealed to the gathering for giving their love and sympathy to every elderly women as their own mother, on all days and not only on the International Mother’s Day.

Miss Joshipura is a lawyer by profession and a known social activist in Rajkot, specialising in counselling services in cases of marital discord.

-Report by Bhavna Joshipura


Recording Studio opened

Disha- The Harbinger of social change, a voluntary change opened a recording studio for recording books for the benefit of the visually impaired in district Mohali, Punjab on the outskirts of Chandigarh. The students of the Masters in Social Work from Punjab University, visited the Disha’s activity complex where the recording studio has been established.

The students were apparised about the activities of Disha and the experiences of community work in the fields of women empowerment, child welfare, tree plantation, poster competition, distribution of clothing etc. were discussed. Several new areas of intervention were suggested by the university students.

Several students volunteered to donate their time for recording sessions some of them undertook to record audio textbooks at their hostels or homes; by disha.

Shri Prashant Sharma field supervisor of the Centre for Social Work Punjab University led the students.

By Chaitanya Mukund.