Be the Change

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The Purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. We all know that health and sanitation is an important aspect of human life. To be healthy it is important that you are hygienic. To spread awareness on the importance of sanitation and hygiene among all the tribal communities, Seva Charitable Trust organised an event in Abhinav School, Borivali East and at our very own Sanjay Gandhi National Park. In this event we distributed Sanitary napkins and hand sanitizers among the children as well as the ladies present there. A talk to teach the importance of hygiene and its benefits to our health was given. The children were eager to learn and receive guidance from various independent and prominent women who were present at the event to support our cause.

Without the help and support of the public and our contributors this event would not have been possible. We would also personally like to thank Women Entrepreneurs Enclave and Reachout Foundation for their immense support and for making this even a huge success.

It is essential to remember that to bring about change, you have to be the change. To bring awareness among the masses, you have to speak! So remember even a small effort to bring about a change goes a long way in the eyes of people who need help.

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ROAR: Save Tigers

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How would we describe a tiger to our future generations? Would they be described as large orange cats that are over about 11 ft. in length and can weigh approx. 360 kgs? How would we describe the National Animal of India to children who have never seen one before due to their rapidly decreasing numbers? To be honest I myself have never actually seen a tiger in captivity or otherwise, even though I have been to Sanjay Gandhi National Park quite a few times.

We have often wondered as to what role do these tigers play in the ecosystem and why are they important? As the Environmental Studies book during our school days states, “The tigers play a pivotal role in the health and diversity of an ecosystem. It is a top predator which is at the apex of the food chain and keeps the population of wild ungulates such as horses, cattle, pigs, camels, deer in check, thereby maintaining the balance between prey herbivores and the vegetation upon which they feed”. To save tigers means saving the ecosystem which would otherwise be destroyed by herbivore population explosion.

The tiger population is steadily growing and has risen to 2226 tigers from 1411 tigers in 2008. There are 48 reserves in India, which is now a home to about 70%of the worlds tiger population. It is important to remember that we claim to be the “most intelligent” species on the earth, and the smartest thing for all of us to do is to Save Tigers and all other animal species for a wonderful world.

On the day of International Tiger Day lets celebrate our National Animal and honour these apex predators with the respect they deserve. Seva Charitable Trust has been founded with the aim to spread awareness on the Tigers and to build a community that believes in ‘Saving Tigers’.

Visit our website to know more about us:http://www.sevacharitabletrust.org/

Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/seva_charitable_trust/

Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/sevaofficial/

Upcycle To Make a Difference

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PLASTIC has been a household item for innumerable years. With the recent ban on plastic in Maharashtra, there has been a havoc created among the masses with confusion on why was this major step taken. While the initiative was appreciated by all, its implementation stands to be questioned. According to the reports officially declared by Central Pollution Control Board, the amount of plastic waste generated in FY 2014-2015 is approx 141000 tonnes per day. But not all of this waste is recycled. These plastic products are then dumped in landfills and water bodies which further the harm to public health.

So what can us ordinary citizens of this heavily polluted nation do to help reduce the pollution in any way possible? While everyone surely does bet on ‘Recycling’ we do forget about the runner-up ie. ‘Reuse’ or ‘Upcycling’. Upcycling not only reduces the amount of one-time plastic waste being generated but also provides a better environmental value to old products. Upcycling is the opposite of downcycling, which is the other half of the recycling process.

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Beautiful indoor pots, bird feeders, cupholders and plastic lights out of bottles and other plastic trinkets. With a creative mind and the spirit to upcycle anyone can make an amazing product out of plastic. We at Seva promote upcycling plastic with our corporate partners at Bisleri. Our aim is to provide the tribal women with employment through making beautiful artisanal products out of plastic.

To check out the products made by the tribal women of Sanjay Gandhi National Park visit our Facebook Shop:https://www.facebook.com/sevaofficial/shop/?ref=page_internal

THE IRON LADY OF SEVA

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There are very few people in this world that have the power to influence you by not their words but their actions. A word that perfectly describes Amisha Parekh the Managing Trustee of Seva is ‘Passionate’. “A job where passion is absent is a job not worth doing”, and Amisha Ma’am is a torch bearer for this quote. The first time that I met her she had a very warm and welcoming smile on her face which made the first day of my internship memorable. The belief and confidence that she puts on me made me want to perform all the tasks given perfectly. She has a way with words, and skills to communicate her thoughts to the audience without them dozing off. The hardwork that she puts in for Seva has made it quite clear that she is a leader who knows the way. On the day of our field visit to Sanjay Gandhi National Park where she spoke to all the tribal ladies made me realise two things, the first being everyone needs to be motivated to do a good job, that everyone needs someone who believes in them. And the second being that instead of sympathizing we need to start empathizing. I call Amisha Ma’am the iron lady of Seva not because of her never give up attitude but because she is the BACKBONE of Seva and no one can replace her!

ANMOL RATNA: THE WOMAN WHO DEFIES ALL ODDS.

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How do you describe a lady who is willing to to any work, who is passionate, creative and leads by action? Meet Ratna Tai a Tribal lady living in Sanjay Gandhi National Park who is dedicated to her work and determined to set an examples to other tribal women alike. Defying all odds Ratna Tai and her husband work as a unit towards motivating the ladies to join Seva’s mission to empower and employ Tribal women. Working as a maid in buildings near the park, she also gives her time to the ongoing Tailoring Project of Seva by not only doing her part but also going above and beyond her work by teaching her friends various techniques. As the self-appointed leader of the tribal ladies she is a force to be reckoned with, but all this would be impossible without the support of her husband and family. Women like Ratna Tai are not only an inspiration to her tribal friends but also to every other women with a dream to succeed and do well in life. The spark in her eyes and the smile on her lips when she speaks about how Seva has helped her family by not only increasing their income but also teaching her a new skill is a different type of satisfaction that I would ever receive.

LIFE AS A TRIBAL

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In the early days of working in Seva I always wondered as to how the tribal communities live and the everyday problems that they face. But I could never understand their ordeals living in a forest may cause. After a visit to the padas while trekking in Sanjay Gandhi National Park opened up my eyes to a reality I had never seen before. The tribal women wake up at the crack of dawn and set off to their work. While talking to one of the tribal women at the park I realized that these women wake up early in the morning and finish off their household work and set off to the forest to collect wood. Due to the lack of proper amenities they still use wood for cooking food and other purposes. An inside view of the houses in the padas show a scene of total neglect of the tribal folk by us. Electricity without which we cannot even spend a day, seems like a distant dream to them. The nights in these forests are darker than dark, with sounds of animals prowling around in the jungles. These nights might give any ordinary people nightmares! After a day spent around these tribals, sharing a meal with them and traveling to some of the interior parts of the forest with them made me take off my hat in salute to them, cause I sure may not be able to live like a tribal.

LIFE IN EVERY STITCH!

Seva9Amidst the chaos, the city lights, the concrete jungle and a place with big dreams, trees stand tall in a small part of Mumbai city, known as Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

The human population living here survives but does not live, where folks are competent but lack the support needed for their livelihood. This ignored population commonly known as the tribal people are struggling every minute of their lives for the basic human needs.

We, at SEVA are here to bring a change and give them a lending hand for their secure future. SEVA was founded in 2015 by Harish Parekh and two other trustees for their love of wildlife and mother earth. Their passion for serving the nature and wildlife motivated them to help the tribal people in Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The NGO has started various initiatives like tailoring projects and pottery projects to empower the tribal people and provide them with a stable livelihood.

We are focusing on tribal women living in SGNP (Sanjay Gandhi National Park) to give them employment ensuring sustainable development by organizing a tailoring project named ‘LIFE IN EVERY STITCH ‘. We want to make sure that every woman is self-dependent and can shape a better future for themselves and their children.

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