Social Outreach Program (SOP)

Social Outreach Programme on ‘Gender Awareness’
Date: May 16, 2022

The Department of English, Kristu Jayanti College, Autonomous, Bengaluru, organised a Social Outreach Programme addressing the topic, ‘Gender Awareness’ on May 16, 2022, for the students of Don Bosco High School, Bengaluru. The outreach programme was conceived as a one-day workshop, where the students prepared a syllabus independently. The syllabus inculcated essential matters intending to educate the school students on topics of gender, sex, and orientation. The first session of the outreach programme was conducted by Aditya Rajesh and Haritha M of final year JPEng(B). Games and activities were included as part of the session. The students were receptive and interactive as they shared their views.

Social Outreach Program (SOP)
Date: 03/12/2021
Class: V JPEng A, B and V JPCS
Venue: Don Guanella Aged Home
Our Experience
According to Shakespeare, old age is the age when a person behaves like a child again. We witnessed the same. They were in hunger of love and to love. They were very friendly to us. Throughout the day, they treated us very warmly with their beautiful smiles and never reflected on their problems even for a second (even though most of them had their own sorrows and pains, having had to face harsh realities in life). To break their monotony, our students entertained them with a cultural programme.

We empathized with them and regretted that they were confined to an Aged Home by their children. The visit made us introspect on our own lives and how we treat our parents and other elderly people. We engaged the members of the Home in activities such as singing and dancing. Even though we were unfamiliar with them when we arrived, we soon got to them, especially because of their welcoming and warm demeanour, and we joined with them to share experiences and enjoyed the time we spent together like one large family. This was a humbling experience for us. We saw people who had nothing and still chose to be happy, having a positive outlook on life throughout. They taught us to value what we have and live every moment like it could be taken away from us at any second.

Social Outreach Program (SOP)
Date: 19/09/2019
Department: Humanities – BA
Class and No of Beneficiaries attended: III JPsEng (55 students)
Venue: Guanella Preethi Nivas, Hennur Road, Bengaluru
Time: 1:45PM to 4:30PM
Faculty In Charge: Ms Abhilasha R

“A home away from home”
Guanella Preethi Nivas Home fr the elderly, situated on the Hennur road is such a place that provides shelter and care to many elderly and mentally challenged men. The home houses 25 such individuals who have been physically and emotionally deprived from their blood relatives. The institution has its branches in all the southern states of India and is mainly based in Italy and run by the Servants of the Charity and Guanellian Fathers. The elderly home is active since two decades and the Fathers believe in sharing the sorrow of the shelter residents.

Our Experience
We started off at 1:30 pm and reached there by 1:45 pm. The fore most thing which struck us was the elderly man outside the gate selling handmade broomsticks who greeted us with smile and warmth. The place house 25 residents presently and is equipped with emergency medical care as well. Once inside the premises we were welcomed by a particular resident Mr Prassanna Kumar who suffers from amnesia but is overly energetic and witty.

The head of the shelter home was overwhelmed by our presence and was happy to have us there. However, all of them were lonely and craving for love and affection. We interacted with them, shared our love and lent our ears to their everyday struggles.

Response
The residents were in thirst of love and to love. The people of old age were very kind and friendly, they treated our whole day with their beautiful smiles and they didn't reflect their problems even for a second. To break the ice and change the mood of the residents’ students performed to various popular songs to which the men of the home involved actively.

Overview
They shared their sadness and personal stories with us which moved us to tears. The care shown to them by the workers at the home was indeed inspiring. Though the time spent with them was just a few hours, we had a lifetime of experience; moreover it taught us an amazing lesson which we will carry forward throughout our journey of life.


Social Outreach Program (SOP)
Date: 18/09/2019
Department: HUMANITIES
Class and No of Beneficiaries attended: III-BA JEEng (28 students)
Venue: RAYS OF HOPE, Kannur, Bangalore
Time: 10:00AM to 12:30PM
Faculty In Charge: Prof. Lillykutty Abraham

The students of BA JEEng visited ‘Rays of Hope' home, Kannur, Bangalore. This home works toward the cause of NEGLECED, DEPRIVED, POOR, NEEDY and ABANDONED lives without hope and it is also a home for ages, handicapped and children. We had conducted 'passing the ball’ game with the elderly people living there. Some of the students sang some songs, danced and showed some of their talents to entertain them. Later they introduced themselves and shared some of their stories and also the reason they like to stay there. Even though children also live there we couldn’t meet them as they had exams.

The students were very happy to visit that home. They could learn that there are not only brighter sides in life, but the darker sides too. It was lovely to see the way students interacted with the elderly people. Because they considered us as gifts of God. This was an opportunity for the students to help the people in need and to learn some lessons from their life experiences. Overall, it was a time full of happiness and fun.


Social Outreach Program (SOP)
Date: 29.08.2019
Class & No. of Beneficiaries: 59 (students)
Venue: GUANELLA PREETHI NIVAS, AMANI BYRATHIKHANE, BENGALURU.
Time: 1.45pm-4.30pm
Faculty in Charge: Dr.NAVKIRAN KAUR BEDI

Guanella Preethi Nivas, is a charitable institution under the registered society (The Guanellian Society, No. 121/87). It aims at serving the poor and needy people especially the aged and orphans. At present in this locality of Geddalahalli Hennur region it exercises charitable activities in various ways possible such as Don Guanella Home for the Aged, Guanella Oratory for Children, Guanella Youth, Guanella Tuition Center (boys and girls) and Open House Ministry for the Aged People.

OUR EXPERIENCE
We started our journey from Kristu Jayanti college by 1.45pm and reached the institution by 1.55pm as it is located quite nearby to our college. Just as we entered the ‘Guanella Preethi Nivasʼ gate, we were welcomed by the staff members. All of us were taken in and seated at the auditorium along with 25 inmates from the old age home. Our class which concludes about 60 students had collected some amount for contributing to the charity along with some fruit supplies which was given to Rev.Fr.Peter Sebastian, the main celebrant in charge of the ‘Don Guanella Old Age Homeʼ.

“We do all these types of charitable activities only with the help of the local people and above all with the bounteous help of God, the Almighty” said Rev.Fr.Peter Sebastian as he started to address with his speech, introducing us to the Preethi Nivas House.As his speech went on, we were all touched by his words about how everyone of them has a story to share about what these innocent people have gone through. He went into telling how the methods of the Guanella house were different from that of Mother Teresaʼs nursing as, at the Guanella house they concentrated on rehabilitation and therapy, given to the inmates and not just care and love. He later spoke about the difficulties the Guanella house is facing due to the new BJP government which has caused problems in the receiving of funds from foreign countries to the charity institution as most of it is blocked or a good amount is gone into taxing. Finally, he thanked us all for making it to the institution with a handful of help and blessed us all for our outreach.

OUR INTERACTION & RESPONSE
We all started off our interaction with a bunch of musical performances and welcoming them all. It was a heart - warming sight to have seen them all clap their hands and tap their feet to the songs, and then we later played music and slowly invited them all into a wonderful hour of dancing and prancing around and just having a lot of fun with them all. When all of us got tired, we all got around in the auditorium, sat down, went around speaking to all the inmates which left us all with heavy hearts after listening to their struggles and ill fortune they went through.

Time passed by in a flash and it had already been 4.30pm. It was time for us to leave. With smiles all around and warmth from every single person, we bid adieu and thanked them for the opportunity they gave us in helping them and letting us make a short and beautiful memory in their lives which both us and them, would be able to cherish till the end.

OVERVIEW
To conclude, it was a heart- warming experience and a lesson for us students. This experience also made us realise the necessity to develop gratitude and empathy. The fact that every smile counts was once again proven. Thus our aim is not just to help such institutions but aim at reducing the number of such institutions by loving and caring for one another which begins from our own homes.
“One who gives to the poor lends to God and receives from God”
- Blessed Luigi Guanella


Social Outreach Program (SOP)
Date: 28/08/2019
Department: HUMANITIES
Class and No of Beneficiaries attended: III-BA JPENG A (60 students)
Venue: RVM Humanitarian Home, Chikka Gubbi Bengaluru
Time: 1:45PM to 4:30PM
Faculty In Charge: Prof. Kavitha

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”
RVM Humanitarian home is a shelter for the poor, disabled and homeless. Not only are they deprived of the simple comforts of life, but even basic amenities and essentials like clothes, food and healthcare. Some of them including the elderly and physically or mentally challenged have been abandoned on the streets. They need our understanding and empathy. They require action and care from people like us, who are more privileged. It has been 23 years since the institution has been carrying out this great responsibility.

Our Experience
We started off at 2:00 pm and reached there by 2:15 pm. The place had people of different age groups, from small children to men and women aged more than 60. We interacted with all the inhabitants of the home – the old and the young alike. They were very happy when we talked to them. They were delighted that they had company and were content throughout our visit.

The concerned authority told us that these people who were dumped on the railway stations, roads, etc., were brought to them by the police. She went on to say that the place was facing a shortage of necessities because the number of people there had outnumbered the maximum limit.

Our minds were filled with sorrow as well as a need to help these people in whatever way we could. Their disabilities taught us to look at our lives more closely, appreciating every second of it. We learnt that we should not take anything for granted. We engaged them in activities such as singing & dancing. Although we were strangers to them when we arrived, we blended in with them soon enough, sharing experiences and enjoying our time together as one big family. This was a humbling experience for us. We saw people who had nothing and still chose to be happy, having a positive outlook on life throughout. They taught us to value what we have and live every moment like it could be taken away from us at any second.

Response
From the moment we stepped into the facility, we found that the members were easy to interact with. We provided a variety of entertainment is the form of singing and dance performances. Although they were shy when we started out, soon we had them dancing with us to hit Bollywood songs, enjoying themselves like they were at a festival. A few of them even felt comfortable enough to sing for us. They were all happy that we were there, thankful for the interaction and memories that were made. Some of them even spoke to us about their very own experiences. Although it was emotional at times, we cherished what they had to say the whole time. As we left, we thanked them for accommodating us. They were also happy about our presence. They requested us to return whenever we pleased. We may have gone there as part of a social outreach programme. But we left with so much more. We left with a gratitude and appreciation of our lives that we didn’t have before. We left with the knowledge that disabled or not, people are still fundamentally people.

Overview
This experience was definitely an eye opener for each one of us as college pupils. We the BA JPEng students are so blessed and lucky to have been a part of this wonderful programme. And would be extremely glad for more opportunities like this. This experience helped us learn so much about the life and struggles of the disabled, mentally challenged, and elderly, and the difficulties they face in their day to day lives.

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