Under the vertical Kilkari (Youth & Child Development), of Sonalika CSR has taken up this initiative to uplift the marginalized and under-privileged children of Noor Nagar slum of Jamia Nagar,of Delhi along with Police Public Library & Shikhar Organisation for Social Development for the last two years.
The aim of this centre is to support the under privileged children in their education, and also explore their hidden talents in Sports, Art and various cultural activities. Along with this, the centre also provides vocational training to near by women and girls like stitching, cutting and designing. Through this initiative, Sonalika CSR also provides the near by youth a special communication classes so that they can learn, grow and make a mark for themselves in the years to come.
Under Integrated Slum Development program, Sonalika took the responsibility to make Delhi slums a better and safer place for women and children residing in those slums. The areas that Sonalika has eyed to make change are on womens’ health through a program “Sustainable Menstrual Hygiene”, targeting women’s health and ensuring a healthy lifestyle for them.
Looking at the school dropout rates in the slum and young children’s inclination towards Substance(Drug) Abuse, Sonalika CSR has started to work with SPYM, a NGO working to help people to stop using substances and giving a better life to those who are under the influence of such unwanted substance in their lives. Through this project we address the issue of substance abuse in children to help give them a better future. The goal is to bring these school drop out children close to mainstream education along with giving them vocational skills and placing them in skilled jobs. This project has been operational in Todapur Slum, West Delhi with the support of Delhi Police.
Sonalika Talent Academy is an initiative to promote sports, art and culture amongst the under privileged community. Sonalika is proud that one of its athletes, Ms. Joana Murmu, who was trained by the coaches of Sonalika Talent Academy, has qualified for the 400 Metre Hurdles in the singles category. She has also qualified for 400m relay in the Asian Games to be held in Jakarta. Sonalika is dedicated to nurture more talent in various fields like Athletics, Football, art & sculpture etc. and empower the under privileged community.
It was a great achievement for Sonalika that we are partnered with UNIC and signed a Memorandum and Understanding to create awareness about 17 Sustainable Developmental Goals of United Nation.
UNIC-SONALIKA FOR ART4SDG’S
The United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan along with Sonalika CSR division has decided to jump-start the Sustainable Development Goals by launching a creative campaign and involving 17 schools in the Delhi-NCR region. Young minds from these schools are faced with the work of translating their creative vision of one goal into a painting. These painted canvases was then displayed at the India Habitat Centre for the month of March 2016 to communicate the SDG messages to the wider public. Through this project, we aspire to promote education of and participation by ordinary citizens, so they too can own this agenda and take it forward, ensuring that no one is left behind. Staying true to the UN principles by involving young people from all walks of life. UNIC wanted to use public art as a medium to enthuse the community and sensitize people at the grass root level.
On the sidelines of this project, UNIC held a briefing session for the three government schools involved on 14 December 2015. Through an interactive discussion, Mr. Rajiv Chandran very eloquently spoke to the students and teacher in-charges about the role of the United Nations and the newly adopted SDGs. Each person was asked to describe their interpretation of the goals. The session concluded with a walk around the United Nations office and a brief introduction of the various UN agencies.
In September 2015, world leaders came together at the United Nations in New York to adopt Agenda 2030, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that will help us map development and environmental protection for the next fifteen years. The SDGs seek to integrate the spheres of social, economic and environmental action, focusing on the interconnection between them, how each thing is dependent on and affected by everything else. And we see this so clearly, particularly in Goal 13, Climate Action.
Nearly everything we do and need in our daily lives, from drinking water, to eating food, to driving from one place to another – everything causes a certain amount of carbon emissions, and the rampant increase of carbon emissions is causing climate change. This in turn affects everything in our lives, perhaps starting with the most basic need – the air we breathe.
Studies from 2010 found that outdoor air pollution was the fifth-largest killer in India, and over half a million early deaths occurred from air pollution-related diseases in that one year alone. According to a WHO study, 13 of the 20 most-polluted cities in the world are in India. And Delhi has among the worst air pollution on the globe.
In early November, levels spiked to the highest they’ve been in seventeen years. That led to the closure of over 5,000 schools, impacting an estimated 4.4 million children. There is therefore, a unique aptness in turning to those most affected, for their solutions to this problem.
And it was with this idea that Mr. Deepak Mittal from Sonalika had been to their Partner UNIC and said, “We have to do something.” And so, this science and art project began. Then UNIC turned to NPSC, a nearly 200-strong network of schools around the country, to invite their members to participate. 36 schools responded, and over the course of September and October, they came up with scalable science projects to mitigate air pollution and eye-opening art works, to raise awareness for the cause.
Together, then it was decided that this work could not be allowed to stop here, at this level. That’s how Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation was brought on board, to help us propose the selected projects to the Indian Institute of Technology, to determine how the ideas could be put into action. Sonalika will be awarding the best prototype then to the IIT students who would take the project forward.
As an additional judge for the science projects, we invited Dr. Sumanth Chinthala, who is working on various projects at IIT Delhi in the stream of Environmental Engineering, especially focused on air pollution.
On the 23rd of November at Bal Bharati Public School, Ganga Ram Hospital Marg, the science projects were judged by representatives from Shakti, NPSC, Sonalika and UNIC.
On the 30th of November, the art projects were judged at the Ahlcon International School in Mayur Vihar, by these representatives, who were also joined by independent artist Ms. Seema Pandey.
Finally, on 10th of December, the science projects were again judged by Dr. Chinthala, to determine the results of the special Innovation Award.
The grand finale of the entire project was the award ceremony organized at the India Habitat Centre on 21 December. The event started out with a short SDG themed skit performed by ASN school students. The results were announced and the winners were felicitated by our Chief Guest, Prof. Chintamani Mahapatra, Rector of Jawaharlal Nehru University and our Guests of Honour,Mr. Deepak Mittal, Managing Director of Sonalika Group of Companies and Mr. Ashok Pandey,Chairman of the National Progressive Schools Conference and Principal of Ahlcon International School. UNIC's ever so charming NIO Rajiv Chandran, congratulated all the participants for their marvelous ideas and stressed on the importance of working together in achieving our shared goals. Mr. Deepak Mittal, Managing Director mentioned that this is just the beginning to address the issues of air pollution of Delhi involving the young minds. Sonalika did not stop here and had gone towards the neighboring state to stop the stubble burning which has become the major cause of the air pollution of Delhi.
Under the United Nations 17 SDGs, is the banner of Sports for Peace and Development. Sport encourages equality and on the sporting field the only differences are those regarding skill and performance. Colour, race, religion and gender have no place on the sports field. It is therefore a great platform for women to be regarded as equals especially in a country as diverse and as biased towards the fairer sex as ours. Through this league/tournament we want to encourage women to play football not just to drive India up the ladder, but also to create a platform that provides them with equality, give them the courage and the will to excel and be recognized for it.
With the rapidly growing popularity of football in India and its women’s national team being ranked 57 in the world, such a league is instrumental in promoting girls talent in football right from the elementary school level.In the very first season of this Trophy, schools from diverse backgrounds- government schools, NGO-run schools, as well as private schools compete for the UN Trophy. Such an unprecedented blend of social backgrounds is an effort to promote complete inclusion and will be an important step towards reducing social disparities.
Sport often provides safe environments at the grassroots and community levels, at which participants are brought together in the pursuit of common goals and interests; learn values of respect, tolerance and fair play; and develop social competencies. As a common denominator and shared passion, sport can build bridges between communities regardless of their cultural differences or political divisions. In times of conflict or instability, sporting activities can provide participants with a sense of normalcy.Apart from being the first of its kind League, the event will also promote the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda promoted by the UN. SDG 5 specifically encourages gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.