SR initiative, they have launched their a+ initiative in association with Nature Foundation (India).
The inauguration was done by lighting the ceremonial lamp by Ms. Singh of Aircel, Mr. Rajesh Dokwal, chairman, Nature Foundation (India), Mr. Rajeev Sharma, chairman empower Ms. Brinda Malhotra, head CSR , Aircel and Puja, a student of the school.
The initiative aims at equipping the students with employable computer skills. For this. they have roped in M/S empower, who will provide trainers and will also help in getting employment to these students. They have already provided such employment to ten students at their Sangam Vihar facility.
In order to facilitate identification of the project area, Aircel approached Nature Foundation (India), a leading NGO of the NCR region. The NGO is already working towards providing free primary education to the children of migrant construction laborers in NOIDA.
Mr. Rajeev Sharma, chairman, ‘empower’ advised that they have a lot of ready vacancies for such students. Ms. Singh of Aircel advised that Aircel has provided 15 computer systems complete with UPS and other hardware and the curriculum has been set in a manner which will help the students to get jobs quickly. She further advised that this facility is being provided free of cost.
Mr. Rakesh Khatri, Executive director, Nature Foundation India advised that the center would have not been possible without the active positive support of Sh. Jyoti Prasad. DIOS, NOIDA and Dr. Puran Singh, principal of the school.
Sh. Rajesh Dokwal, chairman, Nature Foundation India advised that the Foundation has been rendering the service to marginalized people through its programme, “GYAN KIRAN” where free education is provided to the children of migrant construction laborers.
Mr. Abhishek, of AIRCEL advised that the plan is to train and place in jobs at least 480 students within one year.
EPS 2010- Environment from Problems to Solutions, CIET, Rajpura- 20th-21st October 2010
Department of Applied Sciences, Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology, Rajpura in association with Nature Foundation (India) and C4 (Chitkara Campus Club) organised a 2 day workshop EPS 2010 on the theme of Environment- from Problems to Solutions on 20th and 21st October 2010. The workshop was the first ever of its kind in the region being hosted at such a scale.
The workshop was declared open by Mrs. Mantri, Director Academic Affairs and Dr. I S Sandhu, Principal of the Institution on the morning of 20th October 2010. With a formal inauguration with lighting of the lamp, the stage was left open to Nature Foundation (India) to conduct the events of the workshop. The workshop was divided over a span of 2 days, the first day being with the delegates from various industries, faculty members of various Universities and schools and Colleges comprising a number of over 70.
Two eminent personalities in the field of environment, Dr. D Chakraborthy and Nipun Kaushik were invited to the panel to conduct the session with the participating delegates. The workshop was initiated with an Interactive Session where Dr. Chakraborthy, Senior Scientist, Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, Govt. of India spoke to the participants on the Management and Conservation of Water. He explained in great details the problem which is being faced by the water and how management becomes very important. This was followed by an Interactive Presentation by Nipun Kaushik, a noted environmentalist and an author to various acclaimed articles and a book spoke on New Age Strategies to reduce Carbon Footprints. He spoke on the activities of the humans which has been affecting the ecology and environment and how each one of us can reduce our individual carbon footprints in order to save our environment.
The Interactive Session was followed by a Broadcasting a few documentary movies which were well received by the audience they being very interestingly putting the message across. The Nature Foundation (India) an NGO working extensively on conservation and preservation of environment introduced the concept of Tree Canopy Water Harvesting Structure in the Institution and it was vowed by all the participants that they will implement the innovative method in atleast one tree in the near future.
The second day of the workshop that is on 21st October 2010 though consisted of the same subjects to be covered but were put more interestingly and innovatively as the audience consisted of the students from the host as well as various other institutions comprising a total audience to over 100. An activity was also conducted with the participating students in which they were divided in various groups and they had to come out with innovative solutions to the problem of water crisis and increasing carbon footprints at the individual level.
The workshop was concluded on the second day with a vote of thanks by Wing Cdr R S Gill, Director Administration, CIET. Dr. Charu Khosla, Convenor of the Organising Committee played a very important role in facilitating the successful conduction of the 2 day workshop.
State Rounds- National Wild Wisdom Quiz- 9th October, 2010
The City Rounds consisted of an Elimination Rounds through which 5 Best teams out of the participating teams were selected for the Main Quiz. The Quiz consisted of 5 Rounds, the first being the General Rounds, 2nd being the Choose out of Different Topics, 3rd being the Visual Rounds, 4th being the Audio Round and the last round being Rapid Fire Round.
The State Round for Uttar Pradesh was hosted in Dewan Public School, Meerut where all the 6 teams qualified collected. The session was declared open by Sh. H M Rout, Principal, Dewan Public School. Sh. S K Upadhyay, General Manager, Forest Corporation, Western Uttar Pradesh graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Sh. Rajesh Dokwal, Chairman, Nature Foundation (India) was the Chair of the Session.
The quiz was conducted in 6 Rounds and went on for 4 hours. All the teams being best from their cities prove their worth by remaining in the close competition till the end of the quiz. The audience was also well involved in the quiz with over 60 questions for Audiences. Huge prizes were sought for that day with the Best Team winning prizes of over Rs. 4000 in total, the runner ups winning prizes worth over Rs. 3000 and the total worth of prizes for the 2nd runner ups was over Rs. 2000.
DAV Public School, Ghaziabad were the winners of the State Rounds after facing a tough and close competition. The team consisted of Varun Rathore and Yeshika Sharma and was coached by Mrs. Sunita Madaan, senior Biology Teacher in the School. The team has qualified for the National Rounds for the National Wild Wisdom Quiz and would compete against teams coming from 13 other states of India on 12th November 2010 in Delhi.
Nipun Kaushik was the quiz master for the 4 rounds and conducted the quiz very effectively and keeping the tempo of the event throughout. Animesh Kapoor, Environmental Expert and Quiz Arbitrator played an important role in making the event a success by giving various interesting inputs at various occasions. He also assisted the Quiz Master in conducting the Tie Breaker for the Rounds.
Ghaziabad City Rounds- National Wild Wisdom Quiz- 8th Oct, 2010
The City Round for the Ghaziabad was hosted by Ch. Chabil Das Public School on 8th October 2010 and 14 schools participated from around the city. Sh Y P S Malik, District Forest Officer, Ghaziabad was the Chief Guest for the day and Sh. Brij Gupta, Manager of the host school was the Chair of the Session with Sh Rakesh Khatri, Executive Director, Nature Foundation (India) as the Guest of Honour. The two schools which qualified for the State Round were D AV Public School and Gurukul- the School, Ghaziabad.
Muzaffarnagar City Rounds- National Wild Wisdom Quiz- 15th Sept, 2010
The City Round for Muzaffarnagar was hosted by S D Public School on 15th September 2010 and 9 schools from around the city participated in the quiz. Sh. Kamlesh Kumar, Chief Development Officer, Muzaffarnagar was the Chief Guest and Dr. Ishwar Chandra, a very popular pediatrician and a nature lover was the Guest of Honour and Mrs. Chanchal Saxena, Principal of the Host School chaired the session. Stepping Stone School and Holy Angels Convent School qualified for the State Rounds.
Meerut City Rounds- National Wild Wisdom Quiz, 9th September 2010
The City Round for Meerut was organized on 9th September 2010 in City Vocational Public School, Meerut Cantt. Meerut and 12 schools participated from the city. After an interesting quiz which went on for almost 2 hours was enjoyed by the students thoroughly other than the participants due to good number of Audience Questions. Sh. Lalit Verma, District Forest Officer of Meerut graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and Mrs. Anita Rana, Director, Janhit Foundation was the Guest of Honour. Sh. Prem Mehta, Principal, City Vocational Public School chaired the session for the day. Dewan Public School and Shanti Niketan Vidyapeeth were the two best teams who qualified for the State Rounds.
Workshop on Water Conservation, Bharatpur, 31st July to 2nd August 2010
Nature Foundation (India) in association with WWF India organised a Workshop on Water Conservation in Kaledeo Bird Sanctuary, Bharatpur. Over 200 children from 14 villages participated in a 4 day workshop. These children have been chosen by the associates running Water School regularly conducting classes for these participating children on water conservation regularly.
The children from the rural background were to be reintroduced to the water harvesting techniques which were used in their area in olden days successfully. These included the water harvesting structures of Tanka and Kui and other similar structures which were very popular earlier but now have lost their importance with modern architecture in place.
During the four day workshop, a group of around 50 students were invited each day.
The workshop started with an Interaction with the students where two experts on water conservation methods interacted with the students. This was thoroughly enjoyed by the children as the things discussed related to their living style and activities which they do involve themselves in everyday life. The Interactive session was focussed on the need, methods and impact of Water Conservation.
The interactive session was followed by a screening of 3 documentary movies on water conservation. The documentary movies were in Hindi suiting to their need and two of them were animated movies explaining the need and method of rain water harvesting in simple language targeted at the age group similar to the participating children.
After the documentary movies they were introduced to an innovative idea of rain water harvesting called Tree Canopy Water Harvesting Technique. The children were taught to construct the Tree Canopy Structure and were also explained with the working methodology of the same.
To check their understanding of the concept, the students were hence divided in a group of 6-8 students each and were asked to make a model of Tree Canopy Water Harvesting with the help of Thermacol sheets. The aim of this activity was that they could carry the sheets home and show to their family and friends how can they all contribute towards conserving water through a simple method of Tree Canopy Water Harvesting Technique.
The workshop left a meaningful impact on the participating children as they were enthusiastic about learning the new technique of water harvesting which is Tree Canopy Water Harvesting. They also took a vow at the end of the session that they would contribute to the maximum in Conservation of Water. They also took the responsibility of motivating the others to Conserve and protect the important and precious natural resource.
Campaign Initiated to Save Sarus Crane, February 2010
Okhla Bird Sanctuary, NOIDA has celebrated the International Wetland Day on 2nd February 2010 marking the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Protection of Wetlands of International Importance and hosted around 40 students from Delhi Public School, NOIDA. As an extended program, towards a concern for decreasing population of Cranes organised a program towards Conservation of Cranes.
The Sanctuary in association with Nature Foundation (India) invited 3 different schools namely Nehru International Public School, NOIDA; Sarla Devi DAV Public School, NOIDA; and Bal Bhavan Public School, Mayur Vihar Phase-2, Delhi whose 110 students in all benefitted from the program and enjoyed the bird watching.
Mr. Gopi Sundar, a noted environmentalist from Save the Cranes addressed the students on the concern and facilitated them in watching different species which migrate to the Okhla Bird Sanctuary during the winter season. The major birds included Northern Shovelor, Black Coot, Eurasian Vision etc.
Mr. Neeraj Kumar, District Forest Officer, who was also present spoke to children on the importance of wetlands and moreover what is the Forest Department doing towards making the most diverse ecology better and more sustainable in order to attract more and more species in the near future.
Rakesh Khatri, Nipun Kaushik & Animesh Kapoor from Nature Foundation (India) also spoke to the students on the issues of concern for the birds and motivated them towards bird watching to be developed as a habit and hobby.
The experience for the visiting students was nice which was well evident from the requests by them for letting them go into denser parts of the forest in their next visit.
Publication of Reference Guide on Water Conservation, February 2010
Nature Foundation (India) has been actively working towards better and sustainable environment for one and all. In addition to this, it is a firm belief of the organisation as stated by our Chairman that the future generations are the biggest stakeholders in the environmental sweepstakes. On the same lines, the organisation in association with Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, Govt. Of India has undertaken the publication of a Reference Guide aimed at Conservation of Water for young kids in a very innovative fashion.
It accounts for Conservation of Water in Industries, at domestic level, in agriculture etc. It also carried nice water jingles and a quiz on water in order to attract the children towards the same.
The 20 page guide became very popular with the kids and is still is greatly in demand.
International Wetland Day in Okhla Bird Sanctuary, 2nd Febryary, 2010
2nd February marking the foundation of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance in 1971 signed in Ramsar, Iran, hence also popularly known as Ramsar Convention; is celebrated every year as the International Wetland Day. This day aims at protection and conservation of the existing wetlands and thus saving the diverse eco-system associated with them.
On the same, Nature Foundation (India) in association with Okhla Bird Sanctuary, NOIDA invited a group of students from Delhi Public School, NOIDA to visit the sanctuary and enjoybird watching there. A group of 52 students accompanied with 2 teachers came to thesanctuary at 10 am and had the pleasure of watching numerous species of birds enjoying the major wetland stretch in the sanctuary.
Mr. J M Banerjee, Ranger and In-charge of the sanctuary interacted with the students informing them onto the various bird species which come as migratory to the region during the winters. It was interesting to note that over 40 Flamingos have made the wetlands as their permanent home when they used to be migratory in the past. He also informed about the concept of floating island located inside the sanctuary.
Mr. Rakesh Khatri, Executive Director of Nature Foundation (India) informed the students about the diminishing bird population in the urban population. This was very sensitising and this would have certainly created an everlasting impact on the students. Nipun Kaushik from the Nature Foundation (India) and Upma from Wildlife Institute of India involved in a project at the sanctuary facilitated the bird watching telling students about the different birds available during this migratory season.
The visit was concluded with children sketching on the theme of Saving our Wetlands. The visit was highly enjoyed by the students which was clearly evident by the unanimous request for organising similar trips more often.
Workshop organised in NIT, Kurukshetra on
Global Warming and Climate Change, 16th January 2010
Nature Foundation (India), was invited to the National Tech Fest of the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra to conduct a workshop during the 3 day fest. The workshop was conducted by a team of 3 members including Mr. Rakesh Khatri, Mr. Nipun Kaushik & Mr. Animesh Kapoor.
The workshop was on the theme of the ‘Global Warming & Climate Change’. Nipun discussed with an audience of over 100 students about the global environmental concern and the international cooperation which has been building to mitigate the same.
The changing weather patterns and the increase in the global temperature has an everlasting effect on the wildlife population as well. The same was discussed by Animesh Kapoor who has been interacting with the participants on the wildlife issues in various workshops.
The workshop was concluded with a quiz where the students were divided in a group of 3 each and they were to come out of a sustainable solution suggesting positive action towards protection of environment. The students came out with innovative ideas.
The workshop was very popular with the students and it was very well enjoyed by the participants.
NF(I) at the Annual Eco Fair, January 2010
The Annual Eco Fair was hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Govt. of NCT of Delhi on 12-15th January 2010 in the National Bal Bhavan. This is an Annual Meet of all the Eco-Clubs working within different schools located in the National Capital Territory.
Our ‘mool mantra’ that “the present and future young generations are the MAJOR STAKEHOLDERS in the environmental sweepstakes” – motivates us to continuously strive for interacting with the young and sensitise them about environmental issues. It was thus a humble privilege of Nature Foundation (India) to be invited to put up a stall at the Fair in respect to the interaction the organisation has been having with the schools around the region. The stall exhibited the souvenirs of different projects undertaken by the organisation including:
1. Green Umbrella- A school and College Outreach Program on Environmental Issues
2. Bird House- Bring Nature Closer Home
3. Say No to Poly Bags
4. Gyan Kiran- A ray of hope for the underprivileged children.
In this respect various products exhibited at the stall included Green Umbrella, different customized Bird Houses, the alternative Cloth Bag, Calendar published by the organisation etc. The stall was very popular with most of the visitors of the Fair.
The stall was also graced by the visit of Smt Shiela Dixit, Chief Minister, Delhi; Shri Dharmendra Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of NCT of Delhi and many other officials. The stall was also visited by students and teachers of almost 60 schools.
Calendar 2010 by Nature Foundation launched
Nature Foundation (India) is an organisation working for a better and sustainable environment for one and all. We also took up a phenomenal task of imparting education to the underprivileged children who are on the move almost every six months. These are the children of the construction labourers who have migrated majorly from the Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh and have been responsible for most of the construction happening around NOIDA.
To facilitate the provision of education for them, we initiated a program called ‘Gyan Kiran’ almost an year ago under which we collect the children of these labourers in a class room for an hourly session 6 days a week at a time which is convenient to the children.
At Nature Foundation (India), making them literate also included building their personality and thus we have been organising various events for them like Health and Dental Check-up camps, making them celebrate holi with the herbal colours at the Swagatam Apartments, Sector 62, NOIDA.
On the similar lines, we invited Isa Esasi, a visiting tourist from Spain and an artist at heart to organise a workshop with these kids making them feel elated and exhibit their creativity on the drawing sheets depicting various popular festivals of year.
Around 70 children participated with full fervor and sketched various festivities with their interpretation and understanding. The paintings came out so well that it was impossible for us to limit it to our racks. Thus to give it a permanent footing, Shri Rakesh Khatri, Executive Director of the organisation came up with an innovative idea of using these drawings, we came out with a table top calendar, 2010 with the pictures on each page representing the festival during that month.
On 6th January 2010, the calendar was formally launched in a gathering of around 70 people in the presence of a number of children who participated in the workshops and contributed drawings to the calendar.
Shri Saba Karim, Shri Raja Bundela and Shri Salil Chaturvedi graced the occasion with their esteemed presence and formally launched the calendar by unveiling it along with Shri Rajesh Dokwal, Shri Indra Dev and Ms. Ruchi Pugalia.
Shri Saba Karim is a well known former cricketer in the Indian Cricket Team and has proudly represented the country in numerous International Matches.
Shri Raja Bundela is a very well known face in the Bollywood and is presently fighting for the cause of Bundelkhand.
Shri Salil Chaturvedi is not only a TV Actor but also authored various TV Programs and books.
All the guests interacted with the kids about their learning experience during their association with the Gyan Kiran.
Ms. Ruchi Pugalia, without whom the calendar would not have been possible was proudly standing with the masterpiece she has designed using the paintings by the kids.
Shri Rajesh Dokwal, the chairman of the organisation and Shri Indra Dev, the Chief Coordinator also motivated the children.
Ms. Monika Kshatriya, also an ambassador of the Nature Foundation (India) family, coordinated the event in a very interesting way creating a very informal atmosphere.
Green Umbrella on a travelling Spree
Green Umbrella was a project initiated by Nature Foundation (India) as a school outreach program informing and sensitizing the students over the important issues of environment. As the Chairman of the organization, Mr. Rajesh Dokwal says “The students are the major stakeholders of the environmental sweepstakes.”
The program was launched formally by Prof. M S Swaminathan, the Founder of Green Revolution in India by signing on the umbrella. The program was envisaged as Green Umbrella as green stands for a cleaner and greener environment and umbrella symbolizes protection, conservation and coming together of like minded individuals.
As the program was launched in the region of Western Uttar Pradesh, the Green Umbrella which is signed by Prof. Swaminathan also was taken and as a token of Association, the Principal of each of the School was requested to sign on the Umbrella. As a consideration, a Certificate of Association was also presented to each of the schools by the organization.
A book published by (Nature Foundation India) titled ‘Avian Friends of Delhi’ was also donated to each of the schools to be placed in their libraries.
In Meerut on 23rd and 26th November 2009
The fine morning of 23rd November 2009 witnessed the Green Umbrella reaching J P Academy, Meerut. The session started with school welcoming the team of Nature Foundation (India) comprising of Mr. Rakesh Khatri, Mr. Nipun Kaushik and Mr. Animesh Kapoor. Lt Col (Retd.) R S Jakher, Principal of the school introducing the team to his students handed it over to the team.
This was followed by an Interactive Session with the students which comprised of a Presentation on Global Warming and Changing Weather Patterns. It was dealt in detail with the causes and impacts of Global Warming. In addition to this, it also discussed as to how an individual can contribute towards saving our planet from this menace. The session was well received by the students and they took an oath to contribute in whatever manner they can towards this cause.
On the morning of 26th November, the team from Nature Foundation (India) with its Green Umbrella reached Dewan Public School, Meerut. The Workshop was conducted with almost 100 children and dealt with subjects like Global Warming and Climate Change. It also dealt in great detail about the impact of pollution on Wildlife and how it is leading towards extinction and endangerment. The session was very interactiveand was well enjoyed not only by the students and teachers but by the team conducting the session also.
The Umbrella with the team reached another institution to interact with the students on the issues of Global Concern with respect to pollution and Natural Disasters increasing due to the inhuman activities. This time it was Translam Academy International, Mawana Road, Meerutwhich had the mascot of Nature Foundation (India) visiting the school. The session was well enjoyed by the students and was very informative.
In Muzaffarnagar on 1st December 2009
The team from Nature Foundation (India) including Mr. Rajesh Dokwal, Mr. Rakesh Khatri, Mr. Nipun Kaushik and Mr. Animesh Kapoor reached Muzaffarnagar with the Green Umbrella at the daybreak on December 1, 2009. The Umbrella was to visit 3 different schools on the same day with hourly session in all the schools. The session comprised of a presentation on Global Warming and Climate Change. This was followed by showing of a few animated documentary films on the subject.
The first school to be covered under the program in Muzaffarnagar was M G Public School. The team was welcomed and was well received. The concluding activity included writing slogans towards minimizing the effect of Global Warming. This was well enjoyed by the students and the slogans exhibited great amount of creativity.
The second school in line was S D Public School. The workshop conducted was attended by the members of the Eco Club of the School. The session was very interactive and was well enjoyed by the audience as well as the team conducting it. The Poem Writing Competition was participated with such engrossed feelings that finding the best three was a very tough task for the members of the jury.
The third school which became a part of the program from the city was G C Public School. The workshop was attended by the students of Class VIII with an attendance of over 100 children. The students participated in the interactive session with full enthusiasm and enjoyed the films and also took the message delivered therein. Thepainting competition for the students was well participated and enjoyed by the students. The students exhibited their creativity onto the drawing sheets on suggesting the ways of lessening the effects of the debacle.
The three best entries from different activities organised with the students were each given a cotton bag which is a part of the ‘Say No to Poly Bags Campaign’ initiated by Nature Foundation (India). This would certainly leave an impact on the students at least to take this positive action of avoid using poly bags.
Mr. Dokwal, the Chairman of the organisation motivated the students for participating in the workshop. He also handed over the Certificate of Association to the Principal of the Participating Schools. Mr. Rakesh Khatri, the Executive Director of the organisation motivated the students on taking positive action towards saving the planet. Nipun Kaushik addressed the issues on causes and impacts of Global Warming and Climate Change. Animesh Kapoor spoke to students on the effects of Global Warming on the Wildlife and how it is leading to its extinction and endangerment.
In Moradabad on 5th December 2009
The team from Nature Foundation (India) including Mr. Rakesh Khatri, Mr. Nipun Kaushik and Mr. Animesh Kapoor reached Moradabad with the Green Umbrella at the daybreak on December 5, 2009. The Umbrella was to visit 3 different schools on the same day with hourly session in all the schools. The session comprised of a presentation on Global Warming and Climate Change. This was followed by showing of a few animated documentary films on the subject.
The first school to be covered under the program in Moradabad was PMS Public School, Moradabad. The team was welcomed and was well received. The concluding activity included painting competition on the theme of minimizing the effect of Global Warming. This was well enjoyed by the students and the drawings exhibited great amount of creativity.
The second school in line was Springfields College. The workshop conducted was attended by the members of the students of Class VIII. The session was very interactive and was well enjoyed by the audience as well as the team conducting it.
The Poetry Writing Competition was participated with such engrossed feelings that finding the best three was a very tough task for the members of the jury.
The third school which became a part of the program from the city was Delhi Public School, Moradabad. The workshop was attended by the students of Class X with an attendance of over 100 children. The students participated in the interactive session with full enthusiasm and enjoyed the films and also took the message delivered therein. The painting competition for the students was well participated and enjoyed by the students. The students exhibited their creativity onto the drawing sheets on suggesting the ways of lessening the effects of the debacle.
The three best entries from different activities organised with the students were each given a cotton bag which is a part of the ‘Say No to Poly Bags Campaign’ initiated by Nature Foundation (India). This would certainly leave an impact on the students at least to take this positive action of avoid using poly bags.
Mr. Rakesh Khatri, the Executive Director handed over the Certificate of Association to the Principal of the Participating Schools. He also motivated the students on taking positive action towards saving the planet. Nipun Kaushik addressed the issues on causes and impacts of Global Warming and Climate Change. Animesh Kapoor spoke to students on the effects of Global Warming on the Wildlife and how it is leading to its extinction and endangerment.
Workshop on Bird House in Ryan International School, Delhi, 19th November 2009
Nature Foundation (India) in its pursuit of bringing the feel of nature closer to children organised a workshop at Ryan International School, Mayur Vihar- Phase 3, Delhi on 19th November 2009. A two hour session with about 100 students consisted of an interactive session, an audio-visual quiz, films on birds and Poster Making.
The Interactive Session included a presentation on 10 most common birds of Delhi, their description, diet and reproduction patterns and was well conducted by Nipun Kaushik & Rakesh Khatri. It also included an introduction to the Bird Sanctuaries in India and the birds which inhabit these when they migrate to India. India is a safe haven for over 100 species which fly into the country. The queries put up by the students were interesting as well as varied and were satisfied.
The visual quiz included identifying the birds from silhouettes. The activity was well enjoyed by the students. The audio quiz included the recognition of birds through their voices.
The films projected included films on Lyrebird, the bird which can imitate a lot of sounds, was immensely enjoyed by the audience; also a film onHouse Sparrow was shown along with the efforts put in by Mumbaikars towards saving of Sparrows by installing Bird Houses.
The Workshop was concluded with Poster Making, where students were to make sketches of anything related to ‘birds’. All the participants were awarded a Certificate of Participation. The creativity of the children was massively exhibited developing their thought process.
The posters of 6 students were recognized for Citation in the name of Chairman, Nature Foundation (India). They were Sourav, Swastik Nagar, Vinay, Poornima, Shagun Shrikant and Nidhi of Class VIII.
The Workshop was extremely popular with the students and would have surely left an impact on the attendance.
A book published by Nature Foundation (India) titled ‘Avian Friends of Delhi’ was donated to the school to be placed in the library.
Workshop on Bird House in Bharti Public School, Delhi, 12th November 2009
Nature Foundation (India) in its pursuit of bringing the feel of nature closer to children organised a workshop inBharti Public School, Mayur Vihar- Phase 3, Delhi on 12th November 2009. A two hour session with about 100 students consisted of an interactive session, an audio-visual quiz, films on birds and a Poster Making Competition.
The Interactive Session included a presentation on 10 most common birds of Delhi, their description, diet and reproduction patterns and was well conducted by Nipun Kaushik & Rakesh Khatri. It also included an outlook into theBird Sanctuaries in India and the birds which inhabit there also get shelter when they migrate to India. India is a safe haven for over 100 species which fly into the country. The queries put up by the students were interesting and were satisfied.
The visual quiz included the pictures hinting to different birds. The activity was well enjoyed by the students. Theaudio quiz included the recognition of birds through their voices.
The films broadcast included films on Lyrebird which was immensely enjoyed by the audience; also a film on sparrow was shown along with the efforts put in by Mumbaikars towards saving of Sparrows by installing Bird Houses.
The Workshop was concluded with Poster Making, where students were to make sketches of anything related to bird. All the participants were awarded a Certificate of Participation. The creativity of the children was massively exhibited developing their thought process. The paintings of 6 students were recognized for Citation in the name of Chairman, Nature Foundation (India). They were Sourav, Swastik Nagar, Vinay, Poornima, Shagun Shrikant and Nidhi of Class VIII.
The Workshop was extremely popular with the students and would have surely left an impact on the attendance.
Alternate Carry Bags- Exhibition cum Meeting, Delhi Secretariat, 28th October 2009
With the notification issued by the Hon’ble High Court of Judicature at Delhi in January 2009 banning the use of poly bags in Delhi, the search for a feasible alternative have been on. Moreover Government of NCT of Delhi is willing to make the region polythene free before the commencement of the Commonwealth Games scheduled for 2010 in order to present a magnanimous picture to the world.
On the same lines in order to provide a platform to the manufacturers of the alternative to poly bags that is of jute, cloth and paper bags to interact one on one with the market associations of the Delhi, Ministry of Environment hosted an exhibition cum meet of the Market Associations and Manufacturers at the Auditorium, Delhi Secretariat on 28th October 2009.
Nature Foundation (India) launched a campaign called ‘Say NO to Poly Bags’ and provided the cloth bags to the society as an alternative. Thus we were invited by the Government to put up a stall at the exhibition and showcase our product as we also stand as one of the registered supplier of cloth bags in the market. The initiative was highly appreciated by the attendance. We strive to make the environment a better place to live.
World Water Monitoring Day, 26th October 2009
World Environment Federation, Netherlands and International Water Association, Netherlands with an aim to monitor the quality of water around the world had decided to organise World Water Monitoring Day on 22nd September 2009. To facilitate the monitoring of as many as possible water bodies, the monitoring window has been extended from March 22 to December 31, 2009.
Nature Foundation (India) being an associate in the program organised a workshop with Bal Bhawan Public School, Mayur Vihar- Phase 2, Delhi and facilitated the students of the school organising a visit to the Sanjay Gandhi Lake, Delhi and making them monitor the water on the parameters suggested by the Program which are Temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, pH value and turbidity.
The students were very excited to participate in the program and were shocked to see the pitiful quality of the water of the lake. The following observations have been found after conducting the tests at the lake and the drinking water sample in the school:
Sanjay Gandhi Lake
Temperature (in degree Celsius)
Turbidity (Visibility of the sticker)
pH Value 6-8
Dissolved Oxygen (ppm)
It would surely have an important and everlasting effect on the participating students. At least they have been sensitised enough to value each drop of clean water and commit for maintaining it clean.
Delhi Plant Mela, 8-9th October 2009
Government of NCT of Delhi through its Ministry of Environment hosted a Plant Mela on 8-9th October 2009 at Delli Haat, Pitampura, Delhi. The aim of the exhibition was to bring out innovative ideas to curb the growing challenges of pollution. Nature Foundation (India) being associated with the Department of Environment, Government of NCT of Delhi was invited to put up a stall at the same to exhibit its product launched as a medium to protect and conserve the environment. The stall exhibited ‘bird houses’ and the ‘cloth bags’ which was a part of the ‘Say No to Poly Bags Campaign’ initiated by the Nature Foundation (India).
The stall was one of the major attractions of the mela and was visited by various dignitaries and government official visiting the exhibition. Mr. Dharmendra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Government of NCT, Delhi; Dr. B C Sabata, Senior Scientist, Govt. Of NCT of Delhi, Shri D M Shukla, Chief Conservator Forests, Delhi were few amongst many visiting the stall. They showed keen interest in the programs initiated by the organisation and appreciated the committed effort.
Save the Tiger Rally, 28th July 2009
Nature Foundation (India), an NGO engaged in dissemination of information on Nature and Environment participated in the “Save the Tiger-Rally” hosted by the partner NGO “Delhi Greens” on July 28th 2009 at Teen Murti Bhavan, New Delhi.
Our medium to convey the message an “umbrella” with messages on “SAVE THE TIGER” was well received by the massive audience was autographed by the prominent dignitaries present on the occasion. The audience included a huge strength of students from numerous schools. It is our strong belief that the younger generation is the ‘Highest Stake Holder in the Climate Change Sweep Stakes’, and our message was very well received by the children of various schools who were a part of the rally.
The umbrella was held and autographed by numerous prominent personalities from various spectra of spheres inclusive of Shri Jairam Ramesh, Indian Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment and Forests (MOEF); Shri Salman Khurshid, Minister of State (independent Charge) Corporate Affairs and Minority Affairs); Dr. Karan Singh, an Indian politician, author, diplomat and present titular Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir; Mr. Bittu Sehgal, Editor, “Sanctuary Asia” Magazine;, Govt. of India; Dr. Prannoy Roy Founder and President of New Delhi Television (NDTV); Shri Hemant Kothari, Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT); Mr. Rahul Dravid, Former Captain of Indian Cricket team; Mr. Samir Sinha, Head- Traffic, WWF; Ms. Sanjana Kapoor, an Indian theatre and film personality; Mr. Valmik Thapar, recognized as one of India's most famous wildlife experts and conservationists amongst many.
Green Gala, 20th June 2009
Nature Foundation (India) participated in the GREEN GALA, an exhibition on environment technologies, organized by Advit Foundation on June 20th, 2009.
Our stall was a big attraction and was visited by many dignitaries including but not limited to Mr. Niranjan Khatri, GM Welcome Environ and Mr. Praveen Agarwal, GM, Public affairs and Communications, Coca-Cola.
The Bird House of the Nature Foundation (India) was the star attraction of the evening. Many parents bought the Bird House for their children.
Free Dental Check up Camp, 13th April 2009
Nature Foundation (India) organized a free Dental checkup and awareness camp on 13th April, 2009 at Sector-65, NOIDA.
The beneficiaries of the camp included children of construction labourers who attended the Camp for a comprehensive dental checkup by Dr. Amrita Roy. This was the second camp of this nature organized by Nature Foundation (India).
Dental expert informed children on the need for timely orthodontic treatment. They also appraised the children about information on oral cancer, which is spreading fast in the industrial cities due to rampant use of tobacco, pan masala and other addictions. After comprehensive screening, every children was given a ‘free toothpaste & brush’ by Colgate.
The camp was attended by over 100 children who were benefitted by the same.
Earth Hour, 28th March 2009
The WWF had called upon 60 countries to observe the “Earth-Hour” on 28th March between 8:30 to 9:30 pm at their respective times. The aim was to impress the G-20 summit at London to the growing dangers of Global Warming and take policy initiatives in the appropriate direction.
In India as well, along with many organisations, Nature Foundation (India) an NGO dedicated to these issues participated in the program in the following ways:
2000 e-mails were sent by Nature Foundation (India). The message in the email stressed that the real “Dharma” is to clean the earth of the Carbon emission and that the recipient should forward the mail to all his contacts as a contribution to the cause.
1000 SMSes were sent exhorting the recipient to observe the “EARTH-HOUR” by putting off lights between 8:30 P.M. To 9:30 P.M. ON 28th March 2009.
The thrust of the programme was to sensitize the young generation and for this the message of climate change /Global Warming was conveyed through hand puppets.
The programme was a huge success due to this interesting presentation and the children, young and old enjoyed the programme in rapt attention.
The program was anchored by Ms. Monika Kshatriya, News Reader, INX News and Mr. Animesh Kapoor, who is associated with WWF as an environmental tutor at the green canopy at Delhi CM’s house.
The Chairman of the Foundation Sh. Rajesh Dokwal appreciated the efforts of the RWA and thanked Mr. Deepak Jyoti, Secretary and the other office bearers and residents of the RWA, Mr. Arvind Sharma and Mr. Raman Gupta for taking the lead in organizing the programme and persuading the residents to put off lights during the “EARTH-HOUR”.
Herbal Holi, March 2009
Nature Foundation (India), with its emphasis on conservation of nature organized Holi with Herbal colors at the Su-Swagatam apartments, Sector 62 Noida.
Children of construction labour, who are being imparted education under our Gyan Kiran programme, got a chance to play Holi with the upmarket residents of the society while also promoting use of herbal colors on Holi.
Herbal Gulal packed in aesthetic cotton pouches was lapped up by the residents when they went door to door extolling the virtues of using only herbal colors on Holi.
World Forestry Day at Sarvoday Kanya Vidyalay, Shadikampur, Delhi, 21st March, 2009.
The event was started with drawing competition and the subject was “effect of global warming”. Then the students planted various plants in the school garden and they took the oath to plant trees on regular basis to make environment greener and healthier to breathe in.
The students were introduced to the idea of “conserving life through conserving environment”.
Nature Foundation (India) exhibited a film on Global Warming to sensitize the students about conservation of Nature.
The Foundation’s Executive Director Sh.Rakesh Khatri thanked the Principal Mrs. Veena Bhavnani and her staff for taking the initiative to celebrate the World Forestry Day and thus initializing the idea of conservation in young minds.
He also thanked the Environment Department, Govt. of NCT of Delhi for the World Forestry Day Celebrations.
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Health Check Up Camp organised in association with Lioness Club, Siddhi, Noida, 17th March 2009
The camp was organized at the office of Nature Foundation India at B-23, Sector-65, Noida on 17th March 2009, and more than 150 patients of the poor families inhabiting around the sector involved in construction and other works were benefited.
The Doctors present were eye specialist Dr. P.S. Chanhan, Dental specialist, Dr. Amrita Roy & Dr. Richa child specialist, Dr. Sarla Verma, Gynecologist, Dr. Shweta Mathur & General Physician, Dr. Ajay Sharma. In addition to the Medical Advice on General Hygiene and Cleanliness, free medicines were also distributed to the patients.