Sunday, January 24, 2010

SUCCESS STORY OF SECTOR-21

(A real story which may bring a difference in you for a/an/your
sec/min/hour/day/week/month/year/lifetime)

“I am a student. I want to study and learn. But there is very little opportunity in our locality. Also the financial condition of my familyis not sound.
I have completed my matriculation and now want to do my higher secondary education. Can I help my family and keep my studies going simultaneously? Can I?
Yes, I can. I know stitching. I can earn something by using my leisure time for stitching.”
This was the thought of a girl named Maithili Sahoo from a leprosy colony situated in sector-21, Rourkela. Finally she did what she was thinking and successfully passed +2 Arts exam from CHSE board scoring 52% marks with her own effort.
Still she wanted to pursue higher studies which required some more financial assistant and then AASRA helped her in achieving her ambition. Currently she is doing her undergraduate (B.A.) with political science as hons. Now she has won the 1st prize in Rangoli competition in their college.
Two more girls (Hemabanti Nayak and Sarindri Bhoi) also have successfully passed their 10th state board exam. A boy named Munna from the same locality has also completed B.Sc and now joined for MCA.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

आवाज...

संसार एक ऐसी अबूझ पहेली, जिसकी जड़ में ही भेदभाव की निर्मम ज्वाला धधक रही है, जिसकी लपटें हमें ही नही बल्कि हमारे पुरे समाज को ध्वस्त कर रही है|
क्यूँ मैं ऐसी बोझिल बातें कर रहा हूँ जो जगजाहिर हैं ? ऐसा ही सवाल आपके मन में भी कौंध रहा होगा, परन्तु, इस सवाल का जवाब देने से पहले मैं आपको ये बता दूँ...
"मैं आसरा का एक स्थाई सदस्य हूँ|"
कहते हैं,
नाम अपने अस्तित्व का बोधक होता है| इसलिए मुझे बताने की आवश्यकता ही नहीं की आसरा क्या है | फिर भी 'आसरा' का शाब्दिक अर्थ होता है 'आश्रय'|
आश्रय उन तमाम लोगों का जिन्हें समाज ने तिरस्कृत कर अपने से अलग कर दिया है| उन्हें या तो समाज का कोढ़ मन जाता है या फिर हमारे " सभ्य समाज " की नजरों में उनका अस्तित्व नगण्य होता है|
खैर, मैं आपको एक ऐसी जगह के बारे में बता रहा हूँ जहाँ इंसानों ने इंसानियत को लांघते हुए, इंसानों के बीच ही रेखाएं खींच दी हैं|
लेप्रोसी कालोनी- देखने में एक आम गाँव की तरह - खेलते बच्चे, मुस्कुराते चेहरे...| मगर यह क्या, गाँव के किनारे ये पत्थर कैसे? पूछने पर पता चला इन्हें समाज से अलग कर दिया गया है| सुनते ही शरीर में बिजली सी दौड़ गयी| इक्कीसवी सदी और आज भी ये मानसिकता| धिक्कार है पुरे मानव जाति पर|
परन्तु जहाँ रावण होते हैं, वहीँ राम भी बसते हैं| इसी वाक्य को चरितार्थ करते हुए एक संस्था बनायीं गयी...
आसरा
...एक समाज समाज के लिए
शुरुआत हुई एक प्रयास की, मिशन था उन असहाय लोगों को समाज की मूल धारा से जोड़ना| बीड़ा उठाया समाज के सम्मानित वर्ग ने, कहते हैं,
"बच्चे के गुण पालने में ही नज़र आ जाते हैं|"
ठीक वैसे ही लोग आते गए कारवां बनता गया| आज यह प्रयास एक विशाल वृक्ष का रूप ले चुका है| मुझे खुशी है, मैं भी इस विशाल वृक्ष की एक छोटी सी टहनी हूँ, जो उन लोगों को सामाजिक भेदभाव की तेज किरणों से बचाने का काम करती है|
हम वहाँ अपना समय गुजारते हैं, उनके साथ हँसते हैं, हंसाते हैं| उनकी मुस्कुराहटों में अपनी खुशी तलाशते हैं| उन्हें जिन्दगी के नए आयामों से अवगत कराते हैं|
सच कहूँ दोस्तों कभी-कभी उतनी दूर जाने का दिल नहीं करता| परन्तु जैसे ही उन बच्चों के चेहरे सामने आते हैं, कदम स्वतः चलने को राजी हो जाते हैं|
अंत में मैं भगवान् का शुक्रगुज़ार हूँ कि उन्होंने मुझे अपने घर से इतनी दूर, नए रिश्ते दिए जिनसे हमारा कोई खून का रिश्ता तो नहीं, पर दिल उन्हें अपना मानता है|

-कुणाल

A 4 aasra,B 4 bond ,C 4 chhend…………L 4 love and we 4 for all of these……

Far from the madding crowd on the Ring road, a right turn from the Space Chowk and half a mile into Chhend is a small abode of some cherubic lamps; whose light does not reach out in its totality to the outer world partly because Fate grins at them and partly because they are shrouded by clouds of neglect and poverty. They are a score plus five in all; some of them mischievous, some silent and some too young and innocent to comprehend why the place is for them!!And that place is called Shishu Bhavan because it is awfully heartrending and cold to call it an ‘orphange’ .

The place, whatever it is, is a home to these lovely children and we at AASRA just help them see that it always remains a home to them. And we can claim that we are getting along successfully in our venture. The warm welcome we receive from them, their prompt handshakes, our participation in their game of cricket, their interest in the lessons we take for them, bursting crackers with them on Diwali’s eve, their keen eyes searching an absentee from among us, intense discussions about their problems:all plainly speak of the bond of love we share with these cherubs.

Its our turn to visit them at least on weekends in addition to other holidays we get. They do not fear us as their teachers mainly because we never raise a cane against them. Rather they love us as their elder brothers. It is surprising some of these children have exceptional merits. What it needs is to encourage them to bring out their talents. To the need of this aspect we conduct quizzes, drawing competitions, I.Q tests and more for them prior to some special occasions. It is really good to see their over-whelming response. It is very enjoyable interacting, studying and playing with them. Seeing their faces anyone cannot distinguish them from the privileged because it is true that they are born much like us although God’s will was cruel for them afterwards.

It is important to understand that they direly need love and care. Although everything is apparently ok in this Shishu Bhavan there are a lot of such faces all over us which betray want of love. Our attempt is just a humble step in this regard. A lot has yet to be done.It is high time we join hands with each other and put our foot forward to make their dreams come true. Its high time to make them realize that they are nothing less than us. It is the time when we set aside a small quota of our love and happiness to share with them. It won’t cost us more than a fraction of a penny. But the returns which we get will be greater than the dearest gift wealth can buy for us ; if we see them climb the steps of success in life just with a little benevolent effort benevolent from us.

In the end it is worth mentioning that AASRA provides us an accessible platform to interact with those who need us. It is under this banner we march on to help them.


By : Suman Sourav Dikshit(2nd Yr)

WE ARE AASRA...

Aasra- a word that signifies shelter. A word that gives warmth when given to a lonely human being: let alone an orphan, a destitute who has lost everything he/she had in this world. For them, the world has become a cruel place, a living hell. They need someone who can become a calm breeze that touches their lives and makes everything around them as beautiful as it was before-as beautiful as spring, as calm as stillness of night.

These aspirations and thoughts gave birth to AASRA whose sole objective is bringing smiles on the little ones. The brainchild of Prof. G.K. Roy (Dept. Of Chemical Engg.), Prof. K.R. Patel (Dept. of Mechanical Engg.) and some inspiring brains of 2004-2008 batch –AASRA...they set out to do something which was a need of the hour. Going to orphanages and leprosy colonies and reaching out to those hapless young ones, their aim was one.

Within the thorns of life, the club wanted to bring about a sea change in the mindsets of students as well as the people in the institute and the society in particular. The group has come a long way in convincing students that they have a role to play in bringing these poor chaps up and giving them the confidence to face the realities and cruelties of life. Fully funded by the students themselves, the club strives to meet the daily requirements of small children (from age of 3yrs to 14yrs).

Apart from providing them with small books and stationeries, the objective of the club is something else. The soul of the group lies in the smile of small orphans; the confidence that he/she can gather, the happiness comes on seeing the group members. Be it Diwali, Dussehra, the New year, Republic day or the Independence day, the group members make the best arrangements for them to enjoy the day. Organizing competitions among them makes them bind together more and makes the bond that much stronger.

Last, but not the least, the group members comprising of the freshmen to the final year give their heart out in doing whatever they can for the club. A completely non-profit organization, the club can only become much stronger as the days and the years go by.