The Ganesh festival is celebrated with much fevour in India and is a blessed and auspicious period among the Hindus. It is during this period that individuals go in procession to immerse (visarjan) the Ganesh idols at a nearest water body.
Traditionally the idols are made from plaster of Paris (POP), which leads to serious environmental hazards due to the slow degeneration process. Although there has been a shift towards a more environment friendly material, it will be a while before its mass accepted.
District 323A- 1 Chairperson Environment Services, Lion Farida Contractor (Home Club- Lions Club of Bombay Central), under the ‘Centennial Service Challenge’, organized a cleanliness drive on Saturday, 10th September, 2016, the 6th day of the visarjan, at Girgaum Chowpatty, to extend help to the BMC team involved in the task of cleaning the beaches after the Ganpati Visarjan.
Little deeds of service when multiplied by thousands of people can transform the society, community and the country at large. Lions Club Akividu runs two schools, one hospital, one reading room, four mineral water plants and many other civic amenities under the able guidance of Dr. MVS Raju, District Governor (2010 – 2011) District 316 G.
The poor sanitary conditions and the rising incidence of communicable diseases have remained a major concern in India. Dr. Raju, had, on several occasions, expressed his apprehension over the issue on every platform of the IMA, as well as with other social & cultural organizations.
It was only after the Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, had commissioned the clean India mission with the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan', did the issue get the attention and action that was required.
1000 garbage bins provided to Sambalpur town under Swacch Bharat Abhiyan.
“Charity begins at home, but hygiene starts with you and me.” Unsafe hygiene practices have claimed many lives in the country. Thus, it has become the need of the hour that healthy hygiene practices are advocated and adopted throughout the nation amongst the masses. In India, Lions Clubs International has undertaken various activities towards the need of keeping the surroundings hygienic.
An initiative has been taken up by Lions District 322C2 under District Governor Lion Ashok Kumar Jalan, to make the town of Sambalpur, Western Odhisa- ‘Swacch’. The adverse effects of Jaundice, mostly caused due to unhygienic surroundings had shaken up the citizens of the town in recent times and prompted Lions of the district 322C2 to take precautionary steps to prevent the disease.
Lions Clubs in association with the Ashok Jalan Foundation have provided 1000 dustbins to severely Jaundice affected Sambalpur town through the Sambalpur Municipal Corporation as a part of ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’. The 110 liters capacity dustbins are economical, user-friendly and are well spread throughout the city. The garbage bins of blue and brick-red color are categorized for degradable and non-degradable waste, so that the waste could be easily treated. In addition to this, awareness drive on bio-degradable and non-biodegradable waste was done by distributing 10000 pamphlets to educate the people on the importance of keeping their surroundings clean.
Being a true Lion, Ashok Kumar Jalan, has undertaken various projects for the common people for an ambulance to Lions Club of Sambalpur district and installed cold drinking water machines at bus stands. We salute Lion Ashok Kumar Jalan for his charitable work and contributing towards the ‘Clean India Campaign’.
“Indian Armed Forces Team swim river Ganga to promote Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”
“The Ganga has been a symbol of India’s age-long culture and civilization, ever changing, ever flowing, and yet ever the same Ganga.” - Jawaharlal Nehru
A source of dependence to millions of citizens, Ganga, unfortunately is one of the most polluted river in the world. With the view that vast populations are not denied their rights to clean water, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has included cleaning of the river as one of the highlights of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
To mark the first anniversary of the Clean India Mission, a campaign was launched at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, Nilgiris by the Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu to spread awareness on the Swachh Bharat mission and this mission was named as Ganga Avahan. The expedition led by Wing Commander Paramvir Singh has been flagged off on 1st October, 2015. A team of brave army personnel accompanied with a rafting team of six members including medication staff will swim a distance of 2800 km of the mighty river from Devprayag (Uttarakhand) to Ganga Sagar (West Bengal). The team will halt at different places along the expedition route and interact with local leaders, students, officials, citizens and the media to create awareness about Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and motivate them to adopt hygenic practices. They will also spread the importance of river Ganga and how it could serve the future generations if kept clean.
Being a “Brand Ambassador” of the Clean India project, Lions Clubs India would request all the responsible citizens of the country and also fellow Lions to step forward and lend a hand towards this initiative to save Mother Ganga and contribute their bit towards the Swachh Bharat Mission.
“Lions Clubs International (India); a strong catalyst for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”
Lions Clubs International (India) is honored to be conferred with the title of “Brand Ambassadors” to the Swachh Bharat Mission. A prodigious initiative undertaken by India’s Prime Minister – Shri. Narendra Modi, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan promises to clean every corner of India. Comprising of 4041 statutory towns, the initiative targets to provide Indians below the poverty line and in remote locations with fundamental living conditions. Providing essential amenities like private bathrooms and latrines for women, drainage systems and proper washing methods to ensure critical sanitation and hygiene levels, are at the forefront of this mission.
An invitation was extended to Lion Naresh Aggarwal - 2nd International Vice President and Lion Dr. Neville Mehta - Executive Administrator, ISAAAME Secretariat, requesting them to represent Lions Clubs International (India) at a “High Tea with the Honorable President” on September 10, 2015 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Lions Clubs International (India) was facilitated as a “Brand Ambassador” to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, along with others who had made a significant contribution towards the Swachh Bharat Mission.
The recognition of being a “Brand Ambassador” to such a vital cause, comes for the commendable work done by the Lions Clubs and the Lion members in India The Lions Clubs and Lions members will continue to provide support to the Prime Minister’s initiative “Clean India Mission”. Many projects are being undertaken by Lions Clubs and its members to support the success of this mission.
Railway Adoption Program
Lions Clubs International at the local level has undertaken several projects towards needs of the communities and the surrounding we live in.
An initiative has been taken by the District Governor of District 323-A 3, for the beautification at Andheri and Borivali railway stations. The foremost aim is to paint these stations and provide advocacy to make people aware of maintaining hygiene at the station and the surrounding areas.
As part of the refurbishment project scope, additional benches are being installed at the railway stations, the placement of 100 Dustbins and 12 wheelchairs are provided.
The refurbishment project scope also includes :
The installation work will be carried out under the supervision of sectional SSE (Works) and SS of the station concerned.
In our small way we look to give the Honorable Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and the Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat.
“Ek Kadam, Swatchchta Ki Aur”
“ALTRUISTIC BY VIRTUE, LIONS BY HEART”.
Leo Club of Government Law College on 25th January, 2015 had organized a Flash Mob at Chowpatty, Mumbai; which was based on ‘Swatchchta Abhiyan’. Being one of the most prominent projects laid down by our Prime Minister, who says - “Though it is a difficult task, it can be achieved and for that, the people of this country will have to change their habits”.
The students of the college took the initiative so that people can quickly imbibe these values in themselves and understand the significance of the prime motto that is, keeping our environment clean and healthy. The people participated actively and it was appreciated with enthusiasm and zeal.
The event was marked by the presence the President of Lions Club of Dreamcity and Leo Advisor, Government Law College.
The flash mob was covered by the Maharashtra 24 channel and proved to be a successful and much appreciated event towards promoting ‘swatchchta’.
Safe Drinking Water Campaign
A pilot program has been launched by Lions Clubs International, in partnership with Eureka Forbes Limited, sharing their common goal of providing safe drinking water to various institutions, in and around Mumbai.
This pilot program aims at providing 100 refurbished UV-Water Purifier units to the lesser privileged institutions identified by Lions Clubs International like schools, shelters, orphanages etc.
Benefits under this program would include, UV-Water Purifier units that would provide accessibility to clean drinking water where currently unavailable. The expected life span of these units is approximately 2-3 years and the filtering capacity of each unit is 2 Liters/minute. The annual maintains of the unit will be borne by local Lion members.
In addition to the above, the partnership also plans to undertake a joint advocacy campaign, disseminating information on sanitation and safe drinking water in underdeveloped area.
“Sanitation Is the Foundation Of Public Health”
“ALTRUISTIC BY VIRTUE, LIONS BY HEART”.
True to the Lions philosophy of ‘Where there is a need, there is a Lion’, Lions Clubs International, has undertaken several projects towards improving the sanitation and hygiene across the country. The access to toilets and basic sanitation standards, are a very important issue in many developing nations. Lions support projects to encourage whole communities to build toilets in every household and improve their hygiene practices. Keeping this in mind, some of the projects initiated are-
A lack of sanitation and hygiene contributes to a domino effect on health and environmental problems. The resulting sickness causes suffering and loss of opportunities to earn a living or gain an education. Following the steps of our honorable Prime Minister’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, Lions Club International, has already set a stable foot to eradicate social evils and poverty to make the nation Swachh and hygienic.
Lions Clubs India supports Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
India’s champion of cleanliness, Mahatma Gandhi, rightly said, “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” The call for national cleanliness as a duty once again echoes through the country, this time by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Setting the example by wielding the broom and cleaning the streets himself, he has laid the foundation for a Clean India. Additionally, President Pranab Mukherjee has encouraged citizens to support the cause by asking them to spend 100 hours annually on this noble mission.
Honorable Minister of Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation And Parliamentary Affairs, India, Shree M. Venkaiah Naidu has called on Lions Clubs India to support Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. On behalf of Lions Clubs India, Mr. Neville Mehta, International Secretary, ISAAME, enjoins club members and members of society to take up the cause and back our Prime Minister to work towards a cleaner, healthier India.
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India is the most densely populated subcontinents in the world and has the lowest sanitation coverage. In 1991, only about a 10% of the Indian rural population (about 627 million) reported access to latrines (Census of India, 1991).
Lions support Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
District 324-C9 in action
Lions Clubs of Borsad in action
District 318A, undertake cleanliness drive in the community.
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