Creating an impact

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Junior Chamber International (JCI) Mapusa celebrated JCI Week 2020 with great pomp. Through the programme, JCI Mapusa created an impact nationally and won the Navratna title of the Local Organisation Members (LOM) of JCI India 2020.

The weeklong celebration of JCI Mapusa was inaugurated by past JCI world president Shine Bhaskaran. In his address, he spoke about how JCI has had a positive impact on his life and enabled him to be an impactful leader. Guest of honour on the occasion was zone president Santosh Dhekne. The inauguration was attended by Rakhi Jain, Sandeep Morajkar, Poonam Shirsat, Mallikarjun Kuknur, past presidents, and others.

On day one of the JCI Week programme, JCI Mapusa conducted several activities on the theme ‘Positive Impact of JCI in my Life’. As part of these activities, videos by people whose lives were impacted by JCI Mapusa were uploaded on JCI Mapusa’s Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube pages. Individual videos by 34 members of JCI Mapusa were also uploaded.

JCI Mapusa also distributed a total of 1777 face masks at prominent places around Mapusa including the Mapusa bus stand, police station, market, RTO office, government offices of Mapusa, village panchayat of Sirsaim, communidade of Sirsaim, Caritas Centre for Deafblind, etc.

A session on ‘mind mastery’ was also conducted by international mind coach, Priyanka Row which saw 42 participants in attendance on Zoom and was thereafter live-streamed on JCI Mapusa’s Facebook page.

On day two, an activity titled ‘Super Swag – save water for another generation’ was conducted. As part of the programme, water filters were donated to Government High School, Ozari and Dattaram Mantravadi Memorial High School. A sanitary pad disposal incinerator was also installed at Saraswat Vidyalaya, Mapusa. Seventy-seven high-quality water-saving filter nozzles were also distributed to members, junior jaycees, and past presidents of JCI Mapusa. ‘Save water, save life’ stickers were also pasted and distributed at prominent places around Mapusa.

Seven PPE kits were also donated to the Mapusa Municipality. Each PPE kit was equipped with a face shield, gloves, shoe covers, and other essential items. The kits were handed over to Ryan Braganza and Kabir Shirgaonkar.

As part of the programme, environmentalist, Yashodan Heblekar was felicitated on Zoom. The session saw 30 participants in attendance on Zoom and was thereafter live-streamed on JCI Mapusa’s Facebook page.

On day three, activities included yoga and Zumba conducted by trainer Pankaj Sainekar, distribution of hand sanitiser stands and sanitisers, video screenings on social media and more.

On day four, adhering to social distancing protocol, a blood donation camp was also organised at the Indian Red Cross Society Office.

A special web portal (https://forgoa.in/) to help donors and patients connect was also created by JCI Mapusa, IRCS Goa and Spark+ technologies. This feature of the website provides information about blood donors based on their taluka and blood group.

A poster making competition was organised on the theme ‘Donate Blood, Save Life’ for members of JCI Mapusa and the entries were uploaded on social media. A total of 20 posters were created. An awareness campaign on plasma donors was also organised by JCI Mapusa on Facebook and Instagram.

On day five, a short film contest on the theme ‘Climate Change’ was held. The winning entries were uploaded on JCI Mapusa’s YouTube page.

A tree plantation drive was also held at the hands of past executive vice president, Sachin Kurtikar and a sapling distribution drive was organised wherein more than 1000 saplings of 20 varieties were distributed to the general public. The saplings were procured from the forest department, Government of Goa. The sapling distribution drive was inaugurated by Santosh Dhekne and Sneha Chari.

A meme-making contest on the theme ‘Save Earth! It’s now or never’ was organised. The members of JCI Mapusa also created and made use of 49 seed bombs of a variety of seeds such as ladyfinger, radish, bitter gourd, amaranth, bottle gourd, etc.

Fifty ration kits comprising rice, sugar, salt, biscuits, toothpaste, juice, and masks were distributed to the needy in the slums of Mapusa. As part of JCI’s community kitchen initiative, JCI Mapusa distributed breakfast meals to the homeless in Mapusa. A total of 50 meals were distributed.

JCI Mapusa also launched the ‘No Hunger Meal Coupon’ in association with Cafe Sai Sadanand. The coupon costs `40 and can be redeemed at Cafe Sai Sadanand for a meal. The coupon can be purchased from JCI Mapusa and handed over to a needy person who will then be entitled to a meal at Cafe Sai Sadanand. The coupons were launched by Santosh Dhekne and Sneha Chari.

Day six celebrations included several ‘wealth out of waste’ activities including an initiative to rid Mapusa of plastic by donating bags made of cornstarch, paper, and cloth to vendors in the Mapusa market. Bird feeders, sapling holders, and brochures were also created and distributed as part of the programme.

Two webinars were also organised, namely, a ‘No Plastic World and Waste Management’ by Swaccha Bharat mission consultant, Gaurav Pokle and an interactive webinar that focused on the COVID-19 situation with Gautam Kharangate.

On day seven, several programmes were held including a cultural exchange programme between JCI Mapusa (India) and JCI Patan (Nepal) that featured several cultural performances such as dancing, singing, stand up comedy, and more.