Coach Ujjwal from Share FC interacting with participants during a session
GFF Helps India has been working in the area of sports for children and youths since its inception. Mr. Joe Fisher, the former GFF Helps India Representative during 2018 coached some young people of Chibbo village on Football. Last year when the pandemic hit the world and there were lockdowns everywhere, Joe came forward to encourage the children and young football enthusiasts of Kalimpong through online sessions.
The Kalimpong NGO Network (KANGON) which is a consort of all the NGOs registered in Kalimpong, organized a private paid vaccination camp on the 21st of July and 2nd August 2021, for the concerned residents of Kalimpong town. This vaccination drive was organized by Kalimpong Covid 19 Support Team (of KANGON) in association with Medica North Bengal clinic. This camp was held in Rockvale Academy, 9th mile Kalimpong and was inaugurated by the Superintendent of Police Mr. Pai.
The superintendent of Police visiting the registration counter
The registrants noting down the required details
The drive commenced a week in advance with the registration process with the setting up of 4 registration counters. In order to provide ease, the first 300 registrants were given a subsidy of Rs. 180 by Kalimpong Covid 19 Support Team, while the rest had to pay the full amount of Rs. 780.
In total, 640 individuals from Kalimpong above 18 years were vaccinated by 10 professional nurses of Medica North Bengal Clinic. While majority of the individuals received their first jab of Covishield, there were few who had come for their second vaccination.
Elderly citizens were jabbed in their respective cars
After receiving the jab, the individuals were taken to an observation room
Most of the NGOs took active part in the vaccination drive and were assigned duties, which ensured smooth implementation of the programme. GFF Helps India Representatives took the charge of the registration process while the members of SOGG Bong, Chibbo and Pudung villages actively volunteered in logistics and photo documentation.
Volunteers from SOGG Bong, Chibbo and Pudung taking the concerned individuals for the vaccination.
Several booths were set up to ensure the safety of everyone
Joe FisherVACCINATION DRIVE WITH KALIMPONG NGO NETWORK (KANGON)
It’s been a year since the virus has blanketed the world. Covid-19 has affected individuals of every race, class, color, religion, gender and the like. While we await the development of an efficacious vaccine, it is important to boost the immune system- an important option to tackle the disease. Studies have shown that people who eat well balanced diet tend to be healthier. More than 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates said: “Letfood be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Consuming fruits and vegetables that are loaded with vitamins, minerals and other compounds puts one at lower risk of chronic illness and infectious diseases. Maintaining good nutritional status can help fight against the virus. Immune health can be obtained and maintained by following a healthy diet as well as regular exercise.
Willyn CarrascalVegetable Garden Project: Prize Distribution
The knowledge of basic first aid is crucial as it helps to save lives while promoting healthy, secure and safer environment. We never know when an injury may happen to us or the people around us. Knowledge about basic first aid is thus very helpful to take care of critical situations. This training session will be useful to not only the trainees but the society as well.
It gives us an immense pleasure to share with you an overview of the GFF Helps Project India in the year 2020. This year has been an unusual one for the entire world and I believe we are all being able to adapt the new normal. As Sir Owen wrote in one of the key mission statements “To give hope where there is despair”, we GFF HELPS India team, have been putting our best foot forward to help the individuals and communities at large in this time of turmoil we all have been in, with the pandemic taking its toll all around the world.
Willyn Carrascal2020 END OF THE YEAR REVIEW – GFF HELPS India
The Indian Government has provided numerous schemes for its citizens in the past and present. There are schemes that benefit all groups of people and categories especially the marginalised like the Women, Elderly, Children, and Persons with Disability, Schedule Casts and Schedule Tribes. Although there being many beneficial schemes, people of Kalimpong hills lack knowledge about it. Thus, they have not been availing those schemes which are meant for them and could be of a great help in their daily lives.
Willyn CarrascalRaising Awareness on Government Schemes in India
Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) is an agricultural department of the government of India, the department is situated in various parts of the country which focuses on the rural agriculture. In Kalimpong the Kendra has been working since 1993 looking after the two districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong and is known as “Darjeeling Krishi Vigyan Kendra”.
Willyn CarrascalTraining and Sapling Distribution with Krishi Vigyan Kendra
Like in many parts of the world, football is one of the most captivating sports in the hills of Kalimpong. Every child has played football once during their childhood but due to lack of proper guidance and motivation, many of them are unable to pursue their goal in the field of sports. Especially during the COVID19 lockdown the children were not able to go to school and play their loved sports with their friends.
In India, the whole trajectory of the Covid19 infection is moving upwards more sharply. Recognising the importance of diet in maintaining immunity, we at GFF HELPS India started a Vegetable Garden Project, drawing inspiration from GFF HELPS Philippines’ project.
Willyn CarrascalStarting the ‘Vegetable Garden Project’ in India
Apart from taking nutritious food, physical activity is very important in order to stay healthy. Yoga being a practice for physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing was originated in the ancient India. It is one of the ways to stay healthy during the times of COVID19. Children normally have an active life than most of the adults but given the situation in this pandemic, even the students are not as active as they used to be
during the pre-COVID19 era. They are now forced to stay indoors and there is not much movement in their daily lives.
Willyn CarrascalYoga and Evening Walks for Boosting Immunity in India