Institute Social Responsobility Projects
Samarthan, a teaching program for mess children is the flagship program of SIMCare and is an activity that goes on round the year. Keeping their requirements in mind, we have started with the teaching of three subjects (Mathematics/Hindi/English) for which we have session plans & teacher’s manuals in place.
Numerous students contribute and participate in it in the form of volunteers. We try to create the pool in such a way that each volunteer lands up spending not more than 2 to 3 hours a week.
15 Aug 2015
On 15th August, 2015 SIMCare launched its 1st initiative, My Name Is campaign. This campaign was our attempt at liberating our mess workers from pseudo-names like ‘baiya’, ‘chotu’ etc. and to urge everyone around to address them by their names so as to give them back their identity.
We got badges printed with their individual names on it and urged everyone around in the mess to start referring to them with the same. We also made a video 10 days into the initiative capturing the reactions of the students as well as the mess workers.
Thanks to this initiative everyone around started referring to the workers by their names and the reward received was the big contagious smile on their face. With great pride SIMCare states the success of this initiative with maximum of the workers now being referred to by their names.
3 Oct 2015
On 3rd October, SIMCare conducted its first official event 'Thinking Social seminar' on social entrepreneurship in collaboration with IIM Calcutta Innovation Park and Champions Of Change by Tata Social Enterprise Challenge It was an enlightening session for budding social entrepreneurs.
We had eminent speakers like Ashish Gawade, Jayant Nataraju, Dr. Madhav Sathe, Maitreyee Kulkarni & Sudhir Deshpande.
3 Dec 2015
During Chennai floods, SIMCare collaborated with a Chennai based NGO - Namma Chennai Calling who were helping out with the rescue operations. A total amount of Rs.27,000 was raised & the same was used by the NGO to purchase relief materials such as blankets, mattresses, candles and sanitary napkins.
The same was an initiative brought on board by our fellow student Mahasvetha, who thought of using the platform of SIMC to extend a helping hand to the victims of the Chennai Flood.
11 Dec 2015
Around the time of Christmas, SIMCare introduced the initiative, 'Unlock Wishes'. This was solely aimed at bringing a smile on the faces of our campus helping elves (hostel cleaners, mess workers and watchmen).
We decided to do our bit by fulfilling their small and simple wishes by crowd funding them. We received numerous wishes ranging from shoes, sarees to wall clocks and toys for their kids. In a span of 5 days we collected enough funds to fulfil every wish.
This was also the first initiative whereby tons of volunteers were taken on- board. We had a team of 20 students working tirelessly towards fulfilling each and every wish of our elves. Our campaign concluded with all the gifts being distributed by the hands of our awesome students and faculty.
20 Jan 2016
SIMCare interacted with mess workers assigned for the chapati-making job and realized that most of them were having issues of dryness in the eyes along with some redness and irritation afterwards. So the solution to this problem became our next mission “Project Eyecare.”
We distributed eye safety glasses amongst our mess folks for protection against the heat waves, while they carry on with their daily job.
3 March 2016
This was the first initiative of SIMCare that was done for the benefit of the people beyond the campus. Audio Books, a compilation of various stories were made for students of the Jagriti Blind School. The stories were all written, recorded and edited in- house by our very own SIMC students.
We also continued with the same initiative while on our internship, Victoria school in Mumbai has also expressed their interest in having the same for their students.