There are 15 days to go for the first fundraiser we have ever put together and what a way to start! Laura Marling and Mumford and Sons on their first trip to India!
So the website is finally up! And my, is it kick arse! Kudos Gaurav! 🙂
Which brings us to the point where I’ve been asked to write 300 words on what I’m doing right now. Tough one, that.
My name is Ila Reddy and I currently head The Right to Information Branch at The YP Foundation. There’s so much happening around here, I can’t decide where to start!
As people, we need to create the change we want to see.
Bother. To engage with the system.
To challenge it. To change it.
We need accountability. Not excuses.
We need active citizenship.
What does your vote really want?
EXPLORING THE RTI ACT
The YP Foundation presents:
St. Stephen’s College – 16th Feb, 2010, 1.30 PM.
Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies – 17th Feb, 2010; 12 PM.
Sri Venkateswara College – 18th Feb, 2010, 1.30 PM.
IME Law College – 19th Feb, 2010; 11 AM.
United Nations Development Programme
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
Call: +91 9871011544 or 011 46792243
Do join us! 🙂
A Health Camp was organised for the residents of Nizamuddin Basti on Saturday, 20th February 2010 under the health-care initiative of Blending Spectrum. Blending Spectrum is a project of The YP Foundation that empowers street children by facilitating their access to education, life skills and primary health and hygiene awareness.
Keeping our aim in mind, which is to create health awareness in the community, we brought in two doctors, Dr. Sood and Dr. Malini, who have earlier conducted various camps and are trained first aiders to discuss ‘First Aid’ with the residents of the basti. We had a group of 40 – 50 people who sat for the camp.
Various day-to-day first aid problems (cuts and bruises, bleeding, choking, nose bleeds, fevers, swelling, etc) were discussed in detail. Dr. Sood and Dr. Malini used simple communicating strategies to make their dissemination of information interesting and, more importantly, impactful. For example, they used a dummy to demonstrate the ‘Heimlich Manoeuvre’ for chokes and positioning of limbs during bleeding; charts and white board to emphasise important points; child subjects to exemplify how accidents occur and how they can be dealt with efficiently.
There was a lot of input from the residents regarding remedies, some of which were correct while others were not. All view points were heard and explanations for each were discussed. People were very enthusiastic about getting knowledge of how to treat day-to-day health issues; many posed personal problems which were discussed as examples for the rest of the residents as well.
A major achievement was that the myths regarding certain treatments were cleared. This was a big step forward in enabling efficient self-care within the Nizamuddin Basti.
At the end of the camp, some basic first aid amenities like band-aids, ointments, cotton wool, ORS, paracetamol, etc were distributed amongst the residents. The proper usage of each was explained thoroughly to prevent any misuse. The camp covered basic first aid information and received a positive response form the residents of the basti.
The camp will be followed up by team volunteers who will continue with the health and hygiene education classes that we conduct on location, with an increased focus on motivating and engaging the community and enabling the children to access local affordable basic first aid healthcare services.
Four extremely tedious days, slogging from 10am to 6pm every day, but every single moment we put in was completely worth it and all the credit goes to the excellent and amiable mentoring of Samira Kanwar from Babble Fish Productions and to the Global Fund for Children for enabling her visit.
The entire training process made us see a whole new light on how much difference can be made through the process of film making and digital stories, and how we can make so much of a difference through this medium. It made us realise that that issues can create pictoral memories and have far more lasting power through video in people’s minds, we saw how using pictures, videos and music (well put together!) reaches a number of people.
In one of our exercises, we were divided into teams of two where we picked extremely different topics to make digital stories on. We ventured into the different aspects of film making, from scripting and storyboarding to actually going on the streets to shoot and finally culminating everything in editing. We managed to make two Short Films on two of the most unconventional themes possible, ‘Labels or Love?’ and ‘Small Things That Make Us Happy’. There is a place for each one of us in the world of film, we all found our weaknesses and strengths through these four days, some of us preferred communicating through photography and some of us through editing. I say this for everyone when I say, that, each one of us found our own space in the training (not forgetting those who were the most technically challenged amongst us)!!!!
These four days were an absolute delight and a learning experience for all of us, with perhaps the most rewarding part being Samira’s feedback on our work. As we went about the training, we realised that film making is not a piece of cake, and its NOT what we thought it is, it’s sheer hard work, and neither is it as glamorous as it sounds, it requires hard work, time commitment, patience but I speak for everyone when I say this that this was just our absolute favourite training ever!!
After the training we have now come to the stage where we know where we are with the project and where we want to reach. The Butterfly Project in the coming year will hold workshops on Digital Storytelling as part of a project we’re calling ‘Whose City Is It Anyway?’.
The aim of the project is to hold workshops and bring together young people who live in Delhi to discuss, challenge and share their views on questions of inclusivity, access to public spaces, discriminative practices and the stigma and prejudice that is experienced by young people different self identified communities and identities. We’re doing this because we want young people in the city to come together and through film, challenge some of the stereotypes through which we see each other. And hopefully, break down some of those barriers. Often our actions restrict other’s rights, and we hope to build a space in the city where there is more respect for diverse identities. This project is for you, if you feel disconnected with young people within this city, if you feel discriminated against, because of who you are and what you identify with.
In November, we plan to have the 3rd Butterfly Project Film Series, our Bi Annual National Film Festival for amateur and first time film makers, in which we shall show the digital stories we would have made in the 3 previous workshops conducted, along with entries from young people across the country. The project is an open one, and will bring young people together where they can express themselves and the issues that concern them through the medium of film and literature.