Thomas Edison couldn’t have put it better when he said that there’s always a way to do it better, we just need to find it. So how do we find it? How do we scale up our efforts in development projects? How do we reach our goals? How do we measure our success? How do we find the time to volunteer?
Often we lose sight of these questions, run out of ideas and face a block. It’s for situations like these that we need to get together with a pool of specialists, experts and social ideators, hear about their stories, ideas and breakthroughs in order to move up the growth ladder and evolve. We are very proud to present you with this edition of The Catalyst, where we have tried to share some of these stories, ideas and breakthroughs. As always, we would love to hear from you!
“When your focus is social change and not financial change, why wouldn't you want to share that openly? Innovation only succeeds when it's shared.”
Cameron Sinclair. And this sharing and learning of innovative ideas became possible at this phenomenal event which became the melting pot “to meet, source, supply and learn” and defined a new set of goals directed at one universal goal – to bring about positive changes in social initiatives.
A recent news article in Sunday Guardian reported that half the children in India between 0-6 years of age have no access to preschool or childcare centers. The article also mentioned that, “malnutrition, poor sanitation, disease, and other health concerns pose significant obstacles for children as they strive to become productive members of society.” So the big question remains - Is academic education alone enough to promote the health of underprivileged children?
The Dream Mile 2016, Vibha’s flagship fundraising event in Atlanta – was a huge success with more than 2300 participating and raising close to $240,000 towards the cause of uplifting underprivileged children in India. An atmosphere of zest and fervor filled the air at The Collection Mall at Forsyth, Cumming, Atlanta on September 17, 2016, as seasoned runners and casual walkers from a wide variety of backgrounds and age groups came early in the morning to make a statement of solidarity with the cause. After a quick warm up session, the excitement reached its peak when the 10K Run, 5K Run and the 5K Walk were flagged off promptly by the sponsors Srinivas Nimmagadda of Vensai Technologies, Latha Ganesan of Datum Software, and Namitha Tirath of Pyramid Consulting. When the participants sprinted down the course, it was a sight to behold for everyone present and especially for volunteers who had spent several months planning this event!
There is always a way to do what you want to do, and when you can. It doesn’t necessarily have to be all or nothing!
Jaimin Modi has been with Vibha since 2008. He served as the Atlanta Action Centre Coordinator for over 4 years, playing a very critical role in scaling up the center’s event executions and growth. After which he took up the very dynamic role of Director - Marketing with Vibha’s National Executive Team. He later moved to Dallas, Texas, and is now wearing the Action Center Coordinator shoes once again. He hopes to repeat or better his success at Atlanta in Dallas by introducing unique fundraisers which have already become very popular within the community there. There is another very special and memorable aspect in Jaimin’s life which is directly connected to Vibha. Read on more to find out what….
HEARDS stands for Health Education Adoption Rehabilitation Development Society.
Started in 1999 in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh and supported by Vibha since 2005, HEARDS aims to remove underprivileged children from labour and train them in age-appropriate academic basics before sending them to attend government schools along with a mainstream cohort. To date, HEARDS has sent 725 children to government schools and eradicated labour from 9 slums.
In this spotlight, I chose to ask this question: How could HEARDS serve as an example of success to follow, for other Vibha projects?