Craft-making for school students

Rotaractors with students at the Mumbai Public School at the craft-making workshop.

Having joined Rotaract this year, ­Waasifa Fakih, club president, RAC SNDT ­Women’s University, Juhu, RID 3141, is happy that she is able to “interact with diverse people, Rotaractors from the district and college students in Mumbai. It is very nice to see that we are also helped by NGOs in our projects that include fun games and lively socialising that create a strong bond between us and the communities.”

Recently, through Project Creativity Building around 450 students from Class 1–7 at the Mumbai ­Public School, Kabutar Khana, were engaged in making paper bags out of wastepaper and newsprint. “We joined hands with ConnectFor, an intermediary group that helps to connect with volunteers and NGOs, for the ­craft-making workshop at the school,” says Waasifa. The ­students were taught riddles and puzzles, moral stories were ­narrated with the aim to teach them life values.

With the support of 10 doctors from the Nanavati Max Super Specialty Hospital, a health camp was held at the college. “A range of tests were conducted for BP, blood sugar, BMI, cholesterol level and blood check-up on 350 people including Rotaractors, college students and faculty. Eye screening was also done for them. A blood donation camp was also held at the venue,” she says.

Sponsored by RC Mumbai ­Royales, the five-year-old ­Rotaract club has 20 members who pay ₹550 per head as annual club fee. “Our parent Rotary helps us in our contributions to RI dues. Rotarians are supportive and provide help in many ways in organising our projects and events throughout the year,” says Waasifa, who is doing her final year masters in Resource Management and Ergonomics. She wanted to join a Rotary club after finishing her postgraduation. “I like to join any Rotary club in my neighbourhood and expand my service to the community in the years to come,” she smiles.

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