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A Day at the Tetwali Village…..

Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level.

iVolunteer in Partnership with Srujna celebrated Women’s Day with the Women Artisans of Tetwali Village of Palghar District on March 08, 2020. Srujna is an organization that provides skills and knowledge to underprivileged women through trainings and workshops, to transform them into independent, confident and contributing members of their families and communities. Srujna also encourages and supports bamboo artisans of Tetwali Village in Palghar district. The main purpose of the initiative was to understand the bamboo art made by the women artisans; to give a tribal exposure to the volunteers and spend time with the women; and also, to understand the culture and lifestyle of the women.

The day began with meeting the volunteers at Andheri Station. A total of 11 volunteers participated for the activity.  Out of 11, 5 volunteers were from ‘Hum Badlenge India’ and others from various fields viz; corporate, dentist, social sector, etc. We all gathered at Platform no. 8 of Andheri Station, Eesha from Srujna Charitbale Trust also joined us. Our journey began with boarding the 7:38 train to Palghar. We reached Palghar station at 9:10 am. 5 volunteers from ‘Hum Badlenge India’ joined us at Plaghar Station out of which 2 volunteers came from Umbergaon which is Maharashtra and Gujarat border. We had tea and snacks at Palghar Station and then walked to the city bus stop. We then took the local bus to Tetwali which dropped us at the village at 11:30 am. The moment we were out of Mumbai we seemed to have entered a new world. It was a mesmerizing journey to the village. As soon as we got down from the bus, we saw beautiful hut and houses made by the men artisans at the entrance. There were no city crowds, no maddening din of the work-a-day world.

We were welcomed by Mr. Panduranga dada who is the Upasarpanch of the village. He called the women of the village and we introduced each other. The women were very shy. They welcomed us by a group song which was sung beautifully by the women. Eesha from Srujna Charitable Trust gave orientation about the organization and also told how Srujna helps the women artisans in marketing and sales of the products. Ms. Namita (women artisan) gave introduction about the products being manufactured there. There was a small exhibition of the products arranged for us by the women; various bamboo products from small earing box to big study table were kept for sale. Volunteers bought different products as per their wish. The women taught us how to make bamboo tray and paper weight and then we realized that it takes a lot of effort to make a simple bamboo product. The women of the village started learning bamboo art since April 2019 and were taught them by the Keshav Shrusti Organization. Initially it was very difficult for them to learn the art and broke their nails learning it. The women were so dedicated that they learnt the art within few months and are now called as professional women artisans. There was a strange expression of calmness, contentment and courage on every face. We all then gathered for the lunch. Delicious lunch was made by the women, which included daal, rice and sabji.

After the delicious lunch, we played a team building game with the women and the children. Everyone enjoyed the game as it was something new for the women and the children. The day was ended by a group photo and feedback of the volunteers, women and Eesha from Srujna.

It was totally a new exposure for iVolunteer team and the volunteers, for a moment we forgot our city life. The experience was like a rebirth. We all enjoyed and left for the day with a lot of learnings. It was indeed a day of joy for all of us, a day on which we really lived.

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STAY CONNECTED

Volunteer without leaving home

Volunteering is a great exercise to meet new people and network who have similar interests to you. The great thing about volunteering is that you are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment.

Virtual volunteering or Online volunteering usually refer to volunteer activities, using the Internet or other Internet-connected device, such as a smart-phone or a computer. VA convenient form of volunteering, it helps volunteers transcend geographical and man- made borders and contribute to a cause or a non-profit that you care for. No longer is it necessary to work from an NGO’s physical office to make a positive impact. 

Examples of virtually volunteering 

  • Blogging 
  • Report writing 
  • Grant writing
  • Research
  • Social media management
  • Fundraising
  • Building a website
  • Designing Newsletter & reporting template
  • Designing a logo 
  • Translating a document

Importance of Virtual Volunteering

Virtual volunteering empowers a wider group of participants to give back, regardless of age or abilities. Most virtual volunteering opportunities are skills-based and virtual volunteering is that it’s easier to connect and find even more opportunities amongst a network of peers. Not only can you more easily volunteer around your own schedule, but you don’t need to travel or even change your clothes. you just need to pick up your phone or open a laptop saving your time and energy to devote to the actual act of volunteering. 

How Virtual Volunteering helps during Covid-19

When you picture volunteering, you may think of donating something, cleaning up and teaching  a child. But did you know that you can make a difference without leaving your home? It’s called virtual volunteering. 

How to get started

Considering your skills and passions, iVolunteer created a number of virtual volunteering opportunities.  All you have to do is just click on the given below link and register yourself and you can start your Volunteering.

https://www.ivolunteer.in/govirtual

What will you gain

If you want to learn something new but don’t have the time, you can do so through virtual volunteering. You can explore new sectors that you’re unfamiliar with yet interested in, without the pressure.  

Instead of sitting ideally for a few hours, you can use your time more beneficially. 

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My Experience to Lead a Team Virtually

Communication can get muddled if teams never meet face to face, trust and collaboration suffer when workers are siloed, and sometimes it’s hard to tell if employees are tasked with too little or too much. Despite these challenges, virtual teams are here to stay. Remote work allows companies to compete in an increasingly globalized society, so the real challenge becomes adapting to the new workplace.

Working with iVolunteer i got a chance to lead a team in the corporate project i.e Cummins India Coach Them Young-2018 (Cummins CTY). The opportunity I got in my very first three month working with iVolunteer Delhi Team. The team which I lead includes the interns major cities of India (Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune) where we must get the permission from diffrent schools in respective cities to conduct the Waste and E-waste management session.

Virtual team is different from Traditional Team in Selection of Team Members, Organization Structure, Leadership Style, Knowledge Exchange & Decision-taking, Relationship Building, Psychological Contract. Leading a Virtual team challenging in compare to traditional team. With Considering the challenges posed by the virtual teams, it is necessary to pay special attention to the communication, collaboration and cultural issues. Where I learn how a team leader should follow a distinct management approach which focuses on building trust and cohesion amongst the virtual team members to harness the advantages of a successful virtual team.

To work on this project and lead it virtually, I get the inspiration from from Neha Srivastava, Head of Corporate who lead all the 7 centers of iVolunteer virtually and Mohd Saleem Sr. Relationship Manager. In the four month long Cummins CTY project, we as a Virtual Team was able to reach out to 259719 students pan India and spread the awareness on ‘Types of Pollution & their adverse effect on environment’ amongst the young change-makers.

It was great achievement for me and the whole team despite the few challenges faced in the initial stage of the project. we as a team all worked together towards in one vision and accelerated pull our shocks up and meet the target at the end.

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The Art Of Hand Block Printing

Wooden Block Printing on Cotton Bags with Women In the 21st Century, modern business organisations no longer work in isolation. Their activities have an effect on consumers, shareholders, suppliers, employees and the society at large. Corporations depend on society and draw from society in the form of roads, educated workforce, railways, electricity, water resources and land. Thus, it is their… Continue reading The Art Of Hand Block Printing