Wake the Lake Campaign inaugurated at Seegehalli Lake

By Reena Pillai
United Way Bengaluru in association with Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), inaugurated the adoption of Seegehalli Lake by Dell EMC India Centre of Excellence (COE) for a period of three years, under its ’Wake the Lake’ Campaign on 30th November, 2016.
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A scenic view of the Seegehalli Lake
Around 140 Corporate volunteers, United Way Bengaluru team members and local residents celebrated the event with much eagerness and excitement. The program event kick started with a quiz competition on lakes which was followed by speeches by the chief guests for the day, marking the event by planting of saplings, unveiling the signage board and cutting the ribbon.
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Manish Michael, Executive Director of UWBe planting a sapling
Speaking on the occasion, Manish Michael, Executive Director, United Way Bengaluru said, “We live in a society facing complex challenges. The problems in our community can only be permanently resolved when the Government, Community, Corporate and Civil Society Organization come together to address these issues. We all have to play a critical role in building up our neighborhood. This rejuvenation initiative is one such shining example on how we can address complex community problems together”.
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Sarv Saravanan, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Dell EMC India COE plants a sapling on the occasion
Corporate Partner Dell EMC India COE who is committed to the cause of making a positive impact on the society revealed that the company would also adopt the Mahadevepura Lake shortly under the ‘Wake the Lake’ campaign.
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(From left to right) Jagannath Rao, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike; Sarv Saravanan, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Dell EMC India COE; Dr. Sadanand Hegde, Trustee, Bangalore Environment Trust and Manish Michael, Executive Director, United Way Bengaluru unveil the signage board at the lake
Speaking on the occasion, Sarv Saravanan, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Dell EMC India COE said, “At Dell EMC India COE, we are inspired to make a meaningful difference in our community and the larger planet. Bengaluru’s green cover and lakes are both disappearing fast, resulting in unprecedented heat waves and water shortage. This project of restoration of Seegehalli Lake will help to recharge groundwater and restore the green cover around the lake. We aim to continue working towards enriching our natural environment and our teams are excited to get cracking on cleaning up and restoring this lake.”
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Volunteers planting saplings
Seegehalli Lake which comprises of 32 acres is one of the partially thriving water bodies located near KR Puram. The BBMP has completed certain civil work like inner and outer fencing, desilting, diversion of sewage and overhead tank while the walk pathway is under construction.
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Volunteers show off their painted pebble
Mr. Jagannath Rao, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, said, “Lakes serve as life support systems, serve as habitat for a variety of organisms including migratory birds for food and shelter. BBMP would like to thank UWBe and Dell EMC India COE for coming forward and supporting us in maintaining Seegehalli Lake.”
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Dell EMC volunteers at work
Dr. Sadanand Hegde, Trustee, Bangalore Environment Trust added, “I’m pleased to be associated with United Way Bengaluru since its inception and I have notice that there is a lot of progress and involvement of the local residents in the lake rejuvenation process.”
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The exhilarated team members of Dell EMC pose for the camera
A series of activities were planned for the volunteers for the day. They were engaged in planting 200 saplings, pebble painting and photography competition.

3M Volunteers deliver impactful message on waste management

By Reena Pillai
3M India employees volunteered at GPHS Koodlu, a government school near Anekal by organizing an awareness program mainly on pollution and waste segregation as part their CSR Volunteering initiative on 23th November, 2016.
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Excited students pose for the shutterbug
The awareness program covered various topics like segregation of waste, types of pollution, effects of pollution on air, water and soil and health and hygiene.
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Students practicing deep breathing before the commencement of the session by the volunteers
Students from class 6th, 7th and 8th standard received the easy and practical instruction along with demonstration on the above mentioned topics.
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Volunteers putting up charts for easy reference for the students
Two sets of dustbins totaling six in number in Blue, Red and Purple colors were handed over to the school to practice segregation of waste. This was also done to build a sense of ownership and responsibility among the children.
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3M volunteers demonstrate segregation of waste
The team also gave the students a compost pot to manage the school’s wet waste which in turn could be used as manure for their plants. One of the volunteers Geeta spoke about the ill-effects of spitting in public spaces as numerous diseases can be transmitted though saliva.
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Along with segregation of waste, students were also taught about composting and given a clay pot to practice the same
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Geeta talks about the ill-effects of spitting in public spaces
Suparno Hazra, Technical Project Manager – Commercialization of 3M India and a volunteer said, “We express our sincere thanks to United Way Bengaluru for helping us with the CSR activity at the Government High School, Koodlu. The whole team had a great experience that day, interacting with the kids. We were skeptical about the whole program initially, but we were overwhelmed to see the participation from the students and teachers as well. The kids were really bright, courteous and disciplined. For those few hours we were also taken back to our school days, where we had our share of fun and learning.”
He added, “We would definitely want to be engaged with the school in future, and see that we contribute a little to their development. We would also want to see that the practices we initiated are being followed by them”.
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3M India volunteers in front of the Mobile Science lab
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Children receive juice and biscuits from 3M India volunteers
United Way Bengaluru with the support of 3M India is working with Agastya International on instilling curiosity among children through the mobile Science Lab and the Lab on Bike programs in Anekal, Karnataka and Ranjangaon, Maharashtra reaching out to  74 schools and benefiting nearly 5000 students.

Nearly 560 people participate in UWBe health camp in Mahaura, Bihar

By Reena Pillai
United Way Bengaluru in association with GE Loco and implementing partner Nari Gunjan successfully organized a free health camp on 18th November, 2016, in Marhaura, 200 kms from Patna, Bihar.
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Various scenes from the free health camp organized in Marhaura, near Patna, Bihar
Organized at the Referral Hospital, around 600 people turned up of which 560 of them registered at the camp. People from five villages namely Tejpurva, Talpuraina, Mirzapur, Piapurva and Israuli attended the camp. Free first aid kits were distributed to the first 300 people.
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Padmashree Sr Sudha Varghese from Nari Gunjan (center) flanked by other dignitaries on the dais
For the first time, all the seven doctors from Referral Hospital came together to provide free health check-up for the people and support the camp. This included two lady doctors and three nurses exclusively worked with women and children. Routine health check- up like checking the BP, sugar, thyroid and others were conducted.
Padmashree Sr Sudha Varghese from Nari Gunjan said, “For many of them this camp was their first experience.  The women were given a separate orientation on general health and gynecological issues . They were happy to learn about ways on tackling anemia and malnutrition among children and women . Several elderly people suffered from vision problem. They were glad to learn that there was an eye camp organized separately as well.”
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An elderly person undergoing a health check-up
The Rashtya Bal Sastya (RBS) Team took the responsibility of checking every person’s height, weight and other parameters.
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Awareness program organised exclusively for women by anganwadi workers
Aganwadi workers (ANMs) conducted awareness sessions on various issues like vaccination, personal hygiene, nutrition, briefing on various health schemes provided by the government etc.
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Continuous auto rickshaw canvasing was undertaken
To garner a favorable response for the free health camp, the volunteers of Nari Gunjan distributed tokens to most families across five villages and undertook auto rickshaw canvassing where repeated announcements were made urging people to make use of this facility. Street plays were organized on health issues in all four villages. In addition, pamphlets were distributed and banners were displayed at prominent locations.

MAKKALA HABBA –  Of traditional games and leisure pastimes

By Reena Pillai
The two – day Children’s carnival Makkala Habba – 2016 organized by United Way Bengaluru in association with the Department of Women and Child Development, (DWCD) Government of Karnataka and Vidyaranya, an NGO concluded on a high note with nearly 15,000 adults and children having the time of their lives as they participated in a number of fun traditional games and activities.
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Our volunteer Abhinav at the Born Learning stall demonstrates the catapult to a child
As part of the Government’s Children’s Day program, Makkala Habba recreated the traditional lifestyle, pastimes and sentiments for the people of Bengaluru in Cubbon Park, behind the library, on the 13th and 14th of November, 2016.
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The traditional entrance at the Makkala Habba – 2016
Shrimati Umashree Minister for Women and Child department and Kannada and Culture and Shri NA Harris, MLA Shantinagar Constituency were the chief guests on the first day. Both dignitaries tried all the traditional games and activities.
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Shrimati Umashree, Minister for Department of Women and Child Development at the Born Learning Stall encouraging a child to complete a ladder activity.
Many adults were thrilled that they got the chance to play traditional games like Lagori, Buguri (top spinning) Gilli Dandu, Chatara billu (catapult), Chowka bara, Chinni Mane, Cycle tyre race, Pagade, Skipping, Kunte Pille (hopscotch), Ane Kallu, Pachchi, Cup and ball, Kavade aata which they grew up playing, while the children got a glimpse of the exciting traditional games their parents used to play.
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A mother and her daughter enjoy a traditional Mysore tonga ride
Pottery making, basket weaving, brick making, ragi grinding, churning of buttermilk were some of the other traditional activities both adults and children watched and also participated in.
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A stunning display of mallakamba, traditional acrobatics
Bullock cart rides, tonga ride, storytelling by grandmothers, skating on coconut palms, painting on leaf, gangettu, mallagamba and Kushti were other exciting activities which were the highlights of this event.
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Children enjoy a ride in a bullock cart
People also got to savor traditional food like akki roti (rice roti), ragi mudde (ragi balls) with sap saru (gravy with green), holige (traditional sweeten roti), rasam (spicy broth) made in rustic style which brought back fond memories among the adults and created new ones for the children.
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A food stall offering authentic traditional cuisine
Mr. Manish Michael, Executive Director of United Way Bengaluru said, “Urban children who are busy with modern way of life have absolutely no or very little exposure to the traditional life.  Most of these experiences be it food, games, crafts or occupations can enable children to have a deeper understanding of the rich, vibrant and vast culture of India. Through this event we aim to connect every child back to its roots to enable them to embrace and cherish the past of their elders, parents, friends, community.”
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A child eagerly tries her hand at pottery
Anand Babu who visited Makkala Habba with his daughter was ecstatic with the vast display of traditional games and activities. He said, “It was really a fantastic experience. I stepped back into my childhood and that moment cannot be forgotten. My daughter Harini who is 12 years old too enjoyed a lot and was glad to know that I knew how to play all the games. She participated in them and also took home a clay pot which she made.”
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An ecstatic Anand Babu and his daughter Harini at Makkala Habba
He added, “It is indeed sad that our lives have become so mechanical and void without these fun games. Our children have missed out on most of these games.”
Traditional lifestyle is deeply embedded in being in touch with nature and such perspective shows how one should respect and protect nature
Mr. MC Ramesh, General Secretary of Vidyaranya said, “Following the success of Makkala Habba last year, the government invited Vidyaranya and United Way Bengaluru to promote this concept for the children of Bangalore. We are extremely proud that this year too we received such a resounding response from nearly 15,000 people. They couldn’t get enough of all the traditional and fun activities that were offered. With such encouragement, we wish they incorporate these fun activities in their day to day lives.”
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A child tries her hand at grinding ragi in a stone mill
Sachin Sanap, Senior Staff engineer who originally hails from Pune and is living in Bengaluru for the past 4 years visited Makkala Habba with his wife and two children was delighted with the experience. He said, “We are absolutely stunned to see that the basic traditional games like gilli dandu, spinning of top, seven stones remain the same in various parts of the country though their names may differ. For us it was an awesome experience to live back our childhood and we want our children to learn these games again”.

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His wife Rajshri Sanap, a homemaker added, “After going back home, I’m going to ensure that we teach these games to all the children of our apartment complex. They are really missing out on the fun games like seven stones and others. We didn’t plan this event but we are glad that we landed here”.
A special walkathon to create awareness for children afflicted by diabetes was organized at 8 am and nearly 100 people participated in it including 35 children afflicted by diabetes. A quiz competition on diabetes was held for them and the winners were awarded prizes.
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A walkathon for children afflicted by diabetics was organized
The objective of this event was to increase public awareness about diabetes in children. Knowing about the symptom of type 1 diabetes can be life-saving as early diagnosis helps in better management and prevention of complications.
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As part of the Children’s Day celebrations and to support the Government in providing early childhood education to children studying in anganwadis, United Way Bengaluru showcased its flagship campaign called ‘Born Learning’ which works with children between the ages of 3 and 6 years. This campaign champions the concept of ‘School Readiness’ among anganwadi children.
The stall attracted the maximum number of children for its painting on the leaf activity, followed by the building block activity, ladder climbing, balancing of bean bags on the head and other fun obstacle course activities.
Mr. Manish Michael added, “Through the Born Learning Campaign we are reaching out to nearly 1200 children across 42 anganwadis located in and around Bengaluru. This year, the Born Learning Campaign was declared as the national campaign for all the United Way Chapters in India. In three year’s time our Born Learning Campaign will reach out to over 100,000 children in the age group of 3 – 6 years across seven cities in India to attain holistic development and help them become school ready.”

Xerox Business Services, India volunteering team became ‘Children’ on this Children’s Day

Twelve volunteers from Xerox Business Services, India celebrated Children’s Day with 50 students of Vijayanagara Government Primary School located in Whitefield on Monday, 14th November 2016.
The event was organized by Xerox Business Services along with United Way Bengaluru and Whitefield Rising. The volunteers wonderfully transformed into ‘Children’ as they jointly participated in several fun and educational activities.
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Volunteers from Xerox participate in the morning assembly
The day began with the assembly program where after the prayer and regular announcements, volunteers read news from a vernacular newspaper and shared the day’s news with the children; followed by creative activities
Drawing competition:
Charts and crayons were provided to students to canvas their thoughts and imagination to them. Houses, mountains, Seven Wonders of the World ‘Taj Mahal’ and best of their own school image popped out of their imagination. The colour combinations used depicted their moods on this day, which was outstanding. A box of pencil was also distributed to all as a token of appreciation for the zeal what they showed during participation. They also got the crayons to keep for themselves.
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Volunteers evaluating the drawing competition
Quiz competition:
Children’s knowledge was tested by quizzing them to name our national bird, animal, flower, fruits, etc., we are so proud that our country really has some bright and intelligent brains.
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Children play with a bunch of balloons
Pictionary:
Pictures of famous leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and National Heritage were shown to identify. Competition evolved amongst themselves which unveiled the abundance of knowledge they possess. A copy of Jawaharlal Nehru’s portrait was distributed for them to colour.
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Fun along with learning, with children was also one of our motto. Games including balloon bursting, ball pass, dog & the bone were played which brought smile in their faces and created memories. Talent show and rhyme recital were also a part of the fun activities. They sang, danced and acted to amaze everyone. A tremendous amount of participating spirit was seen.
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Volunteers participate in the fun games
Health talk:
A talk on health and hygiene was delivered. A picture showing on how to clean your hands before and after food and waste management was distributed. As a healthy beginning, Bournvita bottles were distributed to all.
CSR lead Kiran Devaiah, who volunteered on this day said, “We were definitely overwhelmed by the experience. We felt like a kid among the kids! We were transported back to our good old school days. We thoroughly enjoyed and it was a great feeling spending the day with these children. The feel good factor of ‘Back to school days’ overwhelmed all of us”.
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Along with other goodies, a pair of shoes and socks were gifted to children
The day was closed with distribution of student ID cards and pair of shoe and socks to every child. Everyone departed with wonderful memories to cherish.

 

MAKKALA HABBA –  Revisit your childhood

By Reena Pillai
On the occasion of Children’s Day, United Way Bengaluru in association with the Department of Women and Child Development, (DWCD) Government of Karnataka and Vidyaranya, an NGO will organize the second edition of Makkala Habba, a two-day children’s carnival in Cubbon Park, behind the library, on the 13th and 14th of November, 2016 between 8 am to 7 pm.
As part of the Government’s Children’s Day program, Makkala Habba will recreate the traditional lifestyle, pastimes and sentiments for the people of Bengaluru. Children can play Lagori, Buguri (top spinning ) Goli ( marbles) Gilli Dandu, Chatara billu (catapult), Chowka bara, Chinni Mane, Cycle tyre race, Pagade, Skipping, Kunte Pille (hopscotch), Ane Kallu, Pachchi, Cup and ball, Kavade aata to get a glimpse of the exciting traditional games their parents used to play.
Pottery making, basket weaving, brick making, ragi grinding, churning of buttermilk are some of the many traditional activities both adults and children can watch, enjoy and also partake in.

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Bullock cart rides, tonga ride, storytelling by grandmothers, skating on coconut palms, painting, and exciting cultural performances will be the other highlights of this event.
Mr. Manish Michael, Executive Director of United Way Bengaluru said, “Urban children who are busy with modern way of life have absolutely no or very little exposure to the traditional life.  Most of these experiences be it food, games, crafts or occupations can enable children to have a deeper understanding of the rich, vibrant and vast culture of India.
Through this event the we aim to connect every child back to its roots to enable them to embrace and cherish the past of their elders, parents, friends, community and last but not the least mother earth.”
Traditional lifestyle is deeply embedded in being in touch with nature and such perspective shows how one should respect and protect nature
Mr. MC Ramesh, General Secretary of Vidyaranya said, “Following the success of Halli Habba held in Bangalore two years ago, the government invited Vidyaranya to promote this concept for the children of Bangalore in 2015. It was a great success last year and hence we decided to organize the second edition too. We hope this event resonates with the children of Bengaluru and they feel a sense of pride regarding their traditions and culture. With such encouragement, we wish they incorporate these fun activities in their day to day life.”

Eco- friendly ‘Kere Deepotsava’ celebrations in 3 lakes

By Reena Pillai
Nearly 1000 people in total participated in ‘Kere Deepotsava’, an eco-friendly celebration of the Deepavali festival at three different rejuvenated lakes in Bengaluru city in a span of four days from 26th October to 29th October, 2016.
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Community members light the center lamp
Organised by United Way Bengaluru, BBMP along with the respective community groups comprising of students, homemakers, professional and volunteers, the lakes shone like sparkling jewels when the inner peripheries were combinedly decked with 12,250 earthen diyas.
Kaudenahalli Lake in KR Puram, Uttarahallli Lake in Uttarahalli and Rachenahalli Lake near Hebbal witnessed one of a kind Deepavali celebrations as people gathered to support and pledge the cause of safeguarding the environment

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Children were engaged with activities such as painting on leaves and Rangoli designing which enhanced the aesthetics of the venue
Manish Michael, Executive Director of United Way Bengaluru said, “Over the last couple of years, lakes in Bengaluru have been emerging as community spaces. Kere Deepotsava is one such initiative to encourage communities to come together near lakes for festive occasions. Since we also work on rejuvenation of lakes under our ‘Wake the Lake” campaign, there couldn’t be a better venue to enlighten people on eco-friendly celebration of festivals and also highlight the importance of lake conservation.”
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A section of the Rachanahalli Lake decorated with lit earthen diyas
Kere Deepotsava was organised by United Way Bengaluru in these lakes to highlight the need to go back to our roots and celebrate festivals in a responsible and eco-friendly manner, to deepen the community involvement of the people living around these lakes and to celebrate the revival of these lakes which were earlier at the brink of death.
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Shri B.A Basavaraj, MLA KR Puram Vidhana Sabha constituency being felicitated
Shri B.A Basavaraj, MLA KR Puram Vidhana Sabha constituency who was the Chief Guest at the Kaudenahalli Kere Deepotsava said, “I’m extremely glad that United Way Bengaluru, the community group KR Puram Kere mattu Parisara Samrakshana Trust and BBMP have come up with an innovative way to celebrate Deepavali. I definitely support the eco-friendly celebrations and request the entire community to refrain from using crackers which negatively impacts the environment”.
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Community members at the Kaudenahalli Lake light the earthen diyas
The Kaudenahalli Lake was decorated with was over 7000 earthen diyas, the Uttarahalli Lake with 5000, while Rachenahalli Lake was decked with 250 diyas.
M. Krishnappa M.L.A Bengaluru South Constituency, Bengaluru, who was the chief guest at the Uttarahalli Lake event said, “We should celebrate Deepavali with less crackers being burst to reduce noise, air and water pollution. Just like the Uttarahalli Lake, I want to rejuvenate other lakes in my constituency too”.
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Community members gathered in large numbers at the Uttarahalli Lake to celebrate Kere Deepotsava
In all the three events, eco-friendly oil was used which was a blend of five natural oils like Sesame, Neem, Mahua, Castor, and Groundnut. Essential oils like Citronella, Lemongrass and Lavender were added which emitted a heady aroma (which was also very effective in keeping away mosquitoes) when the diyas were lit.
Dr Yellappa Reddy, a noted environmentalist who spoke on two of the three occasions stressed on the importance of celebrating festivals in an eco-friendly manner. He added, “Accordingly to Ayurveda, the traditional natural blend of oil when burned is proven to destroy bacteria and virus which thrive during this season and the smoke emitted also purifies the surrounding air”.
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Dr Yellappa Reddy (left) chief guest at two events urged people to celebrate festivals in a clean and eco-friendly manner
Dr Shoba Anand, Managing Trustee, Jalmitra Trust who was the chief guest for the event said, “I request people to actively participate in community development projects and activities. You need to also support the government and various citizen groups to maintain the environment and keep the surrounding clean. Say no to crackers and celebrate festivals in a clean and green way.” Jalmitra Trust is an active community group which monitors and maintains the Rachenahalli Lake located behind Manyata Tech Park in Bengaluru North.
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A mother demonstrates to her child on how to light a diya at the event in Rachanahalli Lake
The Kaudenahalli Lake, the Uttarahalli Lake and the Rachenahalli Lake was restored by BBMP and United Way Bengaluru has partnered with them to minimise the entry of sewage in the lakes, enhance bio-diversity and encourage community participation under their flagship campaign called ‘Wake the Lake’.
The lakes are monitored by the active community groups like the KR Puram Kere mattu Parisara Samrakshana Trust of Kaudenahalli Lake, The Uttarahalli Maghekere Nadigedharara Vedike (UMNV) of Uttarahalli Lake and Jalmitra Trust of Rachenahalli Lake who were very involved in their lake’s rejuvenation process.
About ‘Wake the Lake’ campaign
Realizing the important role of lakes in Bengaluru, United Way Bengaluru launched “Wake the Lake” campaign in 2011 to support rejuvenation work initiated by the BBMP. Over the years the partnership has resulted in the restoration of 14 lakes in the city which include Kaikondranahalli Lake, Kaudenahalli Lake, Uttarahalli Lake, Saulakere, Kundanahalli Lake and most recently Rachanehalli Lake. The campaign has been instrumental in developing a model to engage Government, corporate houses, volunteers, students and community members towards lake rejuvenation projects in Bengaluru.
About United Way Bengaluru
United Way Bengaluru is an affiliated chapter of United Way Worldwide. It has been actively operational in Bengaluru for the past 8 years. It has partnered with the Government for key projects such as lake rejuvenation called ‘Wake the Lake’ Campaign and working with government anganwadis to build a holistic development for children between the age of 0-6 years under the ‘Born Learning’ Campaign. Its primarily focus areas are education, livelihood, health and environment.
For more information, please contact
Mahesh, Manager-Campaigns–9739059886;
email ID mahesh.hc@uwbengaluru.org
Reena, Manager – Marketing & Communications – 9242788750
email ID reena.pillai@uwbengaluru.org

Eco-friendly Kere Deepotsava at Kaudenahalli Lake

United Way Bengaluru in association with KR Puram Kere mattu Parisara Samrakshana Trust and BBMP are organizing an eco- friendly Deepavali celebrations at Kaudenahalli Lake, ITI Layout, KR Puram on Wednesday, 26th October, 2016 between 4 and 6pm.
To highlight the need to go back to our roots and celebrate festivals in a responsible and eco-friendly manner, United Way Bengaluru along with the community member will deck the complete periphery of the lake with earthen lamps. The spectacular row of sparkling diyas around the lake is aimed to create a heightened visual appeal and will leaving a lasting impression on one’s mind.
The chief Guests for the event are Shrimati G.Padmavathi, Honourable Mayor Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagala Palike; Shri B.A Basavaraj, MLA KR Puram Vidhana Sabha constituency; Shrimati Padmavati Srinivas, Corporator -Ward 26; Shri Somashekar, Chief Engineer of Lakes and B. V Satish, Chief Engineer Vigilance.
On the occasion Manish Michael, Executive Director of United Way Bengaluru said, “Over the last couple of years, lakes in Bengaluru have been emerging as community spaces. Kere Deepotsava is one such initiative to encourage communities to come together near lakes for festive occasions. Since we also work on rejuvenation of lakes under our ‘Wake the Lake” campaign, there couldn’t be a better venue to enlighten people on eco-friendly celebration of festivals and also highlight the importance of lake conversation.”
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For this occasion, eco-friendly oil will be used which is blend of 5 natural oils like Sesame, Neem, Mahua, Castor, and Groundnut. Essential oils like Citronella, Lemongrass and Lavender will be added to impart a heady aroma (which is also very effective in keeping away mosquitoes) when the diyas are lit. Accordingly to Ayurveda, this traditional natural blend of oil when burned is proven to destroy bacteria and virus which thrive during this season and the smoke emitted also purifies the surrounding air.
The Kaudenahalli Lake was restored by BBMP and United Way Bengaluru has partnered with them to minimise the entry of sewage at the lake, enhance bio-diversity and encourage community participation under their flagship campaign called ‘Wake the Lake’.
It is monitored by the robust KR Puram Kere mattu Parisara Samrakshana Trust, the local community group which was very involved in the entire lake rejuvenation process.
Narayanappa, President of KR Puram Kere mattu Parisara Samrakshana Trust said, “Community event such as the Kere Deepotsava is a platform to bring together community members, government and other stakeholders to celebrate the revival of Kaudenahalli Lake and also educate people on eco-friendly practices. It is also an occasion to spread awareness on the importance of saving our natural resources especially like lakes and ponds”.
Popular RJ Raaj from Red FM will be the MC for the event. Painting on leaves for children, rangoli competition for women and other fun activities will also be organised.
About United Way Bengaluru
United Way Bengaluru is an affiliated chapter of United Way Worldwide. It has been actively operational in Bengaluru for the past 8 years. It has partnered with the Government for key projects such as lake rejuvenation called ‘Wake the Lake’ Campaign and working with government anganwadis to build a holistic development for children between the age of 0-6 years under the ‘Born Learning’ Campaign. Its primarily focus areas are education, livelihood, health and environment.
For more information, please contact
Mahesh, Manager – Campaigns – 9739059886
Reena, Manager – Marketing & Communications – 9242788750

B.PAC with UWBe, Australian Direct Aid launch Safety Program

Let’s keep an eye on each other
We are a billion eyes
It takes all of us
Bangalore Political Action Committee (B.PAC) in partnership with United Way of Bengaluru and Australian Direct Aid (an Australian Consulate Sponsored Initiative) launched the B.SAFE: ‘A Billion Eyes’ program on 13th October, 2016 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road to create safe spaces in school and build ‘Safety Network for Women’ from specific socio economic group. These initiatives will be implemented with support of B.CLIP (Civic Leadership incubator Program) leaders.
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Safety of Women and Children is one of the key issues facing us all. Governments, both Central and State have introduced laws, such as POCSO and POSH to enable a safe environment for our children and women. The Karnataka Government has gone one step further and introduced a Child Protection Policy for schools. However, the challenge on this issue is to build greater awareness, create larger community engagement and ensure implementation of these policies and laws, to truly guarantee a safe environment for women and children.
Child Safety: The program shall work with twenty Government schools across the city to implement the child protection policy by setting up child protection committee in school, conducting sensitization and training program for school teaching, non-teaching staff and parents and self-awareness workshops for students. The program shall implement preventive and pre-emptive measures such as setting up Meena Club (educational clubs set up  by UNICEF) and fixing complaint/suggestion box in schools along with safety charts.
Women Safety: The programs shall build awareness among women on personal safety, economic empowerment, rights, law & health. Further, few women from these groups shall be identified for an intense paralegal training. The trained paralegals can help and support other women from their community in need of assistance. This will correspondingly have a resonating effect in their community by creating and empowering more voices to speak out against harassment.
Further the program shall also run outreach campaign to encourage bystander intervention to spread the message ‘It Takes All of Us’ to create a safe environment for women and children.
Revathy Ashok, CEO & Managing Trustee, B.PAC. BPAC  said, “This is an important milestone in our B.SAFE agenda on safety of women and children and we thank Australia Aid and United Way of Bengaluru for their support . We have around 150 civic leaders across 108 wards of Bengaluru and they will be driving the program”.
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Ms. Revathy Ashok, CEO & Managing Trustee, B.PAC welcomed the audience and shared about various B.SAFE initiatives and milestones towards creating safety of women and children.
Speaking during the launch of this Partnership Program, Mr Sean Kelly, Australia’s Consul-General in India said he is delighted with this opportunity to roll this program and would look forward to continue the association with Bengaluru city. Mr V.S. Ugrappa, MLC, who chaired a committee for Management of Crimes against women and children, GOK  shared briefly his findings and said “The change should start from each one of us.”
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Mr Sean Kelly, Australia’s Consul-General for South India said he is delighted with this opportunity to roll this program and would look forward to continue the association with Bengaluru city.
Chitra Talwar, As Director, B.SAFE shared the details of the partner program and moderated the panel discussion comprising of experts who have worked closely and tirelessly with Governments and various organisations, including B.PAC for the cause of Safety of Children and Women. The panel members included Nina Nayak, former chairperson KSPCR, Suchitra Rao, Consultant UNICEF, Narmada Anand, Direcot (ICPS), Department of women and child, Government of Karnataka, Rupande Padiki, Founder PNP group and Ashok G.V Partner, TMT Law.
The panel members comprising of experts, agreed that policies and laws exist, its the implementation and enforcement that needs attention and a community led safety mindset will go a long way in ensuring a safer environment for our women and children.
B.PAC showcased two of their own ground initiative projects Green & Safe School executed in Palace Guttahalli Govvernmen primary school, Malleshwaram and Happy Routes to School in Sanjaynagar.
B.PAC, through this partnership program will reach out to build a model solution of safe space for children at schools and enable a safety network for women from identified socio economic group. B.PAC is thankful to the Australian Consul General Mr Sean Kelly for this partnership program on safety.
About B.SAFE: Through its B.SAFE initiative for women and children, B.PAC is working in the areas of Safety in Public Spaces, Safety at the Work Place and Safety in Schools and Advocacy in Bangalore City. It strongly recommends the implementation of a zero- tolerance program using the tools of education, social sanction, public shaming, speedy police and judicial action and timely provision of safety related infrastructure equally. The program seeks to address several critical issues such as measures for prevention of violence, emergency response mechanism and understanding the judicial redressal system in case of an untoward incident.

 

UWBe on a mission to make Bengaluru a city of ideal lakes

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By Reena Pillai
United Way Bengaluru’s flagship campaign ‘Wake the Lake’ not only champions for the restoration, revival and rejuvenation of all dying lakes but we are also on a mission to make them all ideal lakes. So what would an ideal lake look like for a city like Bengaluru?
After working on the rejuvenation of 14 lakes, United Way Bengaluru has defined certain parameters which when exits in totality in a lake can be deemed as an ideal lake.
They have been listed below:
Channel for sewage free water: Installation of a zero energy STP with low maintenance is one of the ways to ensure sewage free water. The treated water then flows into the lake through the inlet.
Inlet: Where clean or treated water flows into the lake.
Outlet: Path for excess water to flow out to the next lake.
Security cabin: Round the clock security arrangements to prevent miscreants from trespassing
Kalyani (stepped tank for idol immersion): For eco-friendly celebration of festivals.
Fenced boundary: The lake must have both inner fencing for safety of the people and outer fencing to demark the lake boundary.
Indigenous trees and plants: Planting a wide variety of indigenous trees and plants to attract wide variety of birds, prevent soil erosion and also help in regulating the micro-climate.
Gardens/ Parks: Space for both adults and children to relax and play
Safe ecosystem for small animals and birds: Flowering and fruiting trees to attract a wide variety of birds and small animals and insects
Wetlands: Thriving wetlands that support life and remove effluents from water naturally
Regular Desilting: Desilting and dredging activities when undertaken responsibly without damaging the delicate eco-system of the lake ensures clean and large holding capacity of water.
Island: Island with robust growth of trees and greenery to support the nesting of birds without human disturbances or intrusion.
Children’s Play Park: An exclusive area for children to play, interact and socialize.
Active community and ownership: A vibrant local lake group which monitors the health of the lake and makes it a community hub for walking, jogging, conducting various awareness programs and workshops.
Government support and active corporate partnership: To ensure Intelligent and systematic governing of the lake for its survival.
Agree with us or not? Want to add another category? Then write to us at info@bengaluru.org.
Want to be part of our ‘Wake the Lake’ campaign? Call us on 080 4090 6345 or email us at info@bengaluru.org.  Let us join hands and work together to make all our city lakes an ideal lake.
Read United Way Bengaluru’s concise report titled ‘Unite for Lakes, Save Bengaluru’ on a survey undertaken on 200 lakes. You can download it  here  UWB Lakes Report v2.0 (1).