AASRA is a Non-Profit Organization run solely by students of National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, inclined on providing quality education and many other basic amenities poor kids in the city of Rourkela have been deprived of.
This year the
issue of awareness in all the workplace was taken up by the current executive
body. A yearlong plan was drafted and the mission, vision and agenda of the
complete campaign was discussed. This documentation will remain as a future
reference for the coming executive body.
The awareness program is dedicated
towards developing the living conditions in the workplaces. Any permanent
change that can be brought about in the society is by creating awareness
programs. When the citizens are responsible for their well-being and understand
their individual role in developing the society only then can any change
happen. Thus, AASRA intends to bring about a change in the society by creating
Awareness program is a far-sighted
program and is envisioned to bring about self-esteem of people in the workplace
by developing the living conditions. Not a single person defecates in the open;
Kids wash their hands before eating; People use chappals and wear clean
clothes. Superstition is eradicated; Fast aid is given to injured; People
manage their waste and use dustbins. Trees are planted, and a healthy
environment is maintained by the people of the workplace themselves.
play for awareness
Each awareness program is ideally given
a time period of 15-20 days where all the ideas are brought up, method of
awareness selected, preparation and discussion is done and campaign in all the
workplaces is completed. The necessary equipment is also procured for the use.
Proper pipelining is done for the awareness program such that two awareness
campaign is done within 30 days.
Methods of campaign:-
other interactive media
Every awareness program has a
philanthropic guide (a senior most member), two guides, and three leaders and
five to six trainees. Most of the work is done by the trainees where all the
managing is done by the leaders and guides. The philanthropic guide looks over
the complete awareness program's projection (the change it can bring about) and
suggests necessary modification.
This is to update
and summarize all the work that AASRA undertook from February to August'14
Blood donation at Kalyan Foundation
On 2nd February, "Kalyan
Samitee" a group under SMS II of Rourkela steel plant, who have been
our associates for two years, organised an event to help needy people
around the Steel Township. In response to their formal invitation we
volunteered in their event. A blood donation camp was also organised in
their premises in which we actively participated.
A new project conceptualised
and energised by Prof. K C Patra has been taken over by AASRA recently.
The project aims at rehabilitation of Street Urchins, those kids who roam
around in Railway Station and streets. This being a sensitive issue, we
made contact ADM office. He gave us permission to such kids and in any
case if would find a kid whom we can rehabilitate we would contact them.
We aimed at rehabilitating the kids in orphanages. But after a few trips
we came to these conclusions:-
The station area alone
consists of approximately 120 kids!
Most of these kids were not
orphans, which means we can't directly put them into orphanages. They
roam in the streets in the day time and sleep wherever they feel, i.e. at
home or in the station.
Many kids among these are
addicted to taking Dendrite, a chemical that is used as an adhesive and
if taken produces hallucination
we will be continuing visit to these kids and counselling them on a regular
A team was prepared to make a
curriculum for AASRA, a common curriculum that will aim at teaching study
skills to the kids after which they can themselves read the prose and
other topics from their books. The aim of such an approach is to enhance
kids' own interest in studies rather than spoon feeding them.
The tailoring work that was
left unfinished in Sec-21 workplace, has been resumed. "Deepika
Mahila Sansthan" is collaborating with us to give vocational training
to girls of Sec-21 workplace. Three girls of the workplace are taking this
training course of 6 months. This project is taken in order to bring about
an employment opportunity for them as well as to provide the Rourkela
Township with more number of Tailors.
Apart from the normal
teaching in workplaces Extempore, Quiz etc. were being conducted in our
workplaces for development of personality of the kids.
On 4th May, A health camp was
conducted in OSAP workplace. New cases of Leprosy were suspected to have
arisen in there. In collaboration with CWS Hospital's Chairman Fa.
BennyChann K. Peter, Dr. Mohanty & Dr. Debjit Kar- this camp, was a
successful event and helped in diagnosis of the affected. Luckily the
suspected cases just turned out to be allergies. However leprosy colonies
need health check-up in a regular basis. Thus from now on conducting
Health Camps in workplaces has been included into our annual agenda.
Health Checkup at OSAP
Health Awareness at OSAP
The results of 10th and 12th
kids of our workplaces are out and the details of those are given in the
Clothes, bedding, essentials
etc. were donated by the departing 2014 batch which was collected by AASRA
volunteers and is sent to Goonj(a NGO), BBSR centre for reuse purpose.
Based on the results of 10th
kids, two kids are given with a scholarship that will be used in
purchasing their books and pay their fees.
Orientation and Induction 2k14
The fresher orientation was
conducted on 1st August which was attended by 180 people. Prof S.K. Das
and Prof S.N. Alam attended the orientation and encouraged the newbies in
taking up the noble cause. Induction was then held on 3rd August in which
65 new enthusiastic members joined hands with AASRA.
Rakshya Bandhan @AASRA
Rakhsya Bandhan was held on
10th August in all our workplaces with great pleasure. Prof S.K Das and
P. Balasubramanian took great pleasure in celebrating with the kids and
distributed sweets among them.
The above are the
status of our work in these five months. Now talking about our long term plan,
We have taken of the topic of "Hygiene in our workplace" for this
year's objective. Not only should we involve ourselves with educating the
workplace kids, but also we must focus on creating a better environment in our
workplace. If Hygiene and sanitation practices are being followed by the kids,
then it has a greater chance to reach unto all the people of our workplaces.
plan(for developing hygiene and sanitation) that lies ahead of us are:-
Conducting Street Plays in
the workplace in order to aware the people about healthy practices.
Putting up posters and other
awareness resources in workplaces.
Showing movies and videos
related to hygiene that will motivate them to practise healthy habits
Seeing that the supply,
drainage and latrine systems in all the workplaces are safe for the
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in
the service of others.
around and you'll find familiar faces. This place, this moment. A human
psychology to look for familiarity, for repetition, for habits. We are happy
for what we see around is sanity and is pleasant. For a moment forget where you
are. Gear up your imagination and look at what I see.
walking down the meadows having no sense about how this busy world rhymes. Just
a kid, just like any of us were. But this kid is way different than others. We
have all our desires met. We see clean tiles and painted walls, good paper,
elegant toys. But this kid is just unlucky to have these all.
Kids from Sector-6 Workplace
not how things rhyme with sticks and stones, for him broken bones were what
seemed more atonable. For he has a stronger belief that he is a piece of flesh
and no one would love him. That they'll never in their life have shade, for
them the sun has always scorched in the sky above. They have bruises in them.
Bruises attained from the thorns and stones that lay in their way. And don't
tell me broken bones cause more pain than broken hearts. The bruise that forms
in his heart pains him, so often in the day, while no drug can heal it, no
anti-depressant he can afford. After a few while bottles start looking real
friendly. While he kisses the bottles feeling happy about how better off he is
with it than the world, he knows not how much he is lofted away from this
streets of this world are a battleground. And while in the childhood he can
avoid the cruelties of the life, and in afterlife when hunger strikes? When
hunger strikes, he roams free on the roads with no clue of what to do in this
busy world. After a tiresome quest he sits! Lonely and dusty he just stays
still like a statue leaving no clue for anybody who goes past him. The constant
ringing in his mind- "Beware of life!" pulsating every other asset of
the world!! Despite a lovable family, he has nothing in this world. Because
just he was born poor! And sometimes he is also the bad question that his
parents tried to erase but succeeded not! Just because he was born at the wrong
who of you think that he is an ugly mistake, come closer and see! For the
innocence that is derived from their ignorance flows the definition of beauty!
Because they see your heart before they see your skin, because they always have
thought the world amazing, they just need to feel amazing about themselves.
They can see this world as it looks from the top of mountains, just a feeling
of success; not a feeling to jump off and end their miserable lives. Despite
the world army against him, he is capable of standing as an inspiration.
Sometimes he'll differentiate between sanity and addiction and will renounce
all the evils that looked friendly to him once.
all the beauty that is in them and not a proper mirror to show them what lies
in their bright side, is just unfortunate. Mirrors are we, to show these kids
that dance in front of us what they are, what they contain and what they can
be. Mirrors are we to show them where their roads that they walk upon will
lead. Mirrors are we to these kids. Education comes then.
the beats of dhols and the nagadas the mother arrives. The eyes
which till now were waiting desperately for her arrival, is filled with joy.
The goddess arrives victorious. The conch is blown and the ladies perform “uludhyoni”
sight of mother on lion with furious eyes, ten heads holding weapons stabbing
the mahisasura is a sight to watch.
My heart starts pounding hard, I am sure every heart does. Standing in front of
the Devi, tears seem to fill my eyes
and I wonder why since childhood we have been taught to pray. Pray to God for
giving us strength. We were told- if you ask sincerely God never denies help.
But a question kept teasing my mind. Hasn’t God made us self-sufficient to take
care of ourselves? Definitely there is a super power. Miracles do happen. But
why consider ourselves weak.
little girl from an orphanage in Rourkela wasn’t weak for sure. She used to
take up the responsibility of several others. But when she tried raising her
voices against a senior person molesting her, she was chained. Chained to the
same person who molested her. This incident dates back sometime around where we
witnessed the “Nirbhaya case.”
Durga- jagatj Janani, mahisasur mardini. But why limit these words to just
Durga. Isn’t it applicable to all
women? She definitely carries the responsibility of spreading and preserving
love through her motherhood in her womb. But doesn’t Durga show that if someone dares to trample with her respect, she
can become Mahishasur Mardini.
and call me a feminist but there is one more point to make here. Brahma,
Vishnu, Mahesh came together to empower the Goddess with weapons and wisdom,
when they together couldn’t curb evil. This puja
let it be a message for all men and women, women need not be protected. They
need to be empowered.
puja is special for us. Our ancestors conveyed a simple thought through
symbols. But it depends on us how we decipher these symbols - cry for help in
front of the almighty or take the message, they wished to convey.
- Rohini Naishadham
The bonding which
exists between Aasraites and the people
of different work places is a paradigm of
friendship and love. As an
Aasraite, I too am bonded. This bond unknowingly compels us to visit our workplaces regularly and spend time with those people whom we even did not know few
years back. Such is the strength of
It is due to this
strong bond that we, members of Aasra, feel that we are a family. Any work
members carry out on behalf of this club is done with the feeling that they are
helping their kith and kins. Each and every Aasraite is proud of this bonding
that exists among fellow members.
Such is the sanctity of the bond.
Talking about the
enjoyment part, it is the most amazing characteristic of that bond. Each and
every member has learnt how to share happiness and delectation.
We visit our workplaces in order to spread and share happiness, and most
importantly also to share knowledge.
Such are the moral values of the bond.
In addition to
that, this bonding has many other aspects. All we wish that this bond remains
Someone has told me that, “Two days
are important in your life- the first is the day you were born and the second
is when you get to know why you were?” Everyone will agree that after
making a long journey to a small corner of Rourkela, “Chhend Shisubhavan”,
where our arrival is awaited with great expectations, we are greeted with the
most warm welcome and a kind of reverence in the eyes of those innocent kids
that each of us steps into the shoes of a Responsible Person from being someone
who dons the hat of a carefree Engineer.
The only time I run away from them is
when they approach us to seek our blessings by touching our feet. This indeed
makes us feel uncomfortable, yet the look on their faces can melt anyone’s
I joined Aasra with the thought so as to get
close to the second most important day of my life and I tried to give them moral support and
learning stuff. Then we tried to enable them to learn by themselves. But at
certain times, their innocence, behavior and their life taught us to appreciate
and be grateful for all the comforts of living given to us by our parents.
Our bonding with these little
hidden talents goes to great depths, such that they once made my mind to call
my parents and talk to them without any reason.
My Chhend buddies were less
interactive during those starting days but even then I found a fun loving face
among the crowd, whom my friends used to consider as the naughtiest kid. With
the gradual passage of time, we got to know and become close to everyone, yet
the naughtiest kid has always been my dearest.
I still vividly remember how we used to get him to listen and to learn. He
used to have never ending energy and enthusiasm for everything except studies,
and to make him do the very same thing was quite an uphill task. Every Aasrite
must have had experienced this at least once in their respective workplaces. The
kids thank us for teaching them everything. But meanwhile I am a little amused,
because I didn’t teach them. It is them who TAUGHT us to analyze and seek an
answer to- “WHAT WERE WE BORN FOR?”