Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tree plantation drive at AFMC

  In today's era of rampant industrialization & deforestation, even our city is witnessing the wrath of global warming in terms of climate changes & reduced rainfall in the city. With disappearing forests in and around Pune, not only the mean annual temperature has risen, the rivers are regressing & there has been an increase in the respiratory particulate matter(RPM) concentration in the air(source: The Times Of India).
  The members of Prayas took the initiative to start a tree plantation drive at AFMC. 60 saplings of peepal, teak, banyan, mango & several other species were planted in the boys' hostel area. The drive was symbolic and displayed that the cadets are interested in investing time and effort for a better tomorrow. It also addressed the environmental issues that have been causing concerns, by creating awareness about importance of trees; they aimed at having a cleaner and greener city.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Trip to Manavya(shelter for HIV-afflicted children)

   On 15Th of July 2012, 41 medical cadets of Prayas visited Manavya. It is a shelter home for nursing, caring, & rehabilitating orphaned and destitute children afflicted by HIV/AIDS. As we arrived there, the happiness on the faces of children was inevitable as they welcomed us with warmth and joy.

  The Prayas members were given a tour of the entire shelter home. We visited the dormitories, classrooms, handicraft section & the medical wing. Then, several gifts were given to the children from the members of Prayas. We indeed had the time of our lives there along with the children as they performed several songs, played musical chairs, & other games with us. As we waved them goodbye, we learnt that those children having so much to worry about are not at all affected by the hardships, & get contentment from any little means of pleasure they get. One definitely needs a big heart for it!