The afternoon sun lights the narrow alleys and pathways of a settlement in Ghevra village. At this time of the day, the area looks rather deserted easily masking the crowdedness that resides. Clothes are hung out to dry and their shadows dance in the path. This is just another field trip for a group of students at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce looking forward to make a ‚Äòchange‚Äô.
Change is ambiguous and relative. But should be measured in terms of potential and sustainability, believes the team of Enactus DCAC. This comes out in the projects, the undergraduates have been giving their¬† after-college hours to the place where¬†kindness is the essence, where social change is the motto and where every number is a life being made different.
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“Be the change you wish to see in the world”¬† Isn’t it a absurd that we,7 billion people are living together on the same planet, yet¬† turn our back on thousands, maybe millions of people who need us. What change we could be? The young and enthusiastic individuals of Enactus DCAC asked themselves and felt blue. So with our ambition and desire to work for the betterment of the society, they organized themselves to work towards a common goal- To be the change! The passionate and zealous individuals of Enactus DCAC overcame the barriers of resistance and ended the separation of Corporate, governments and NGOs. Collaboration exploded, help¬†emerged and the whirlpool of togetherness led to the successful launch of two projects- Project Adhikaar and Project Taaleem which were aimed creating a sustainable business model keeping in mind the social economical and environmental aspects. ¬†
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of‚Äã ‚Äãenergy,‚Äã ‚Äãcreativity‚Äã ‚Äãand‚Äã ‚Äãwillingness‚Äã ‚Äãto‚Äã ‚Äãbring‚Äã ‚Äãchange,‚Äã ‚Äãtied‚Äã ‚Äãtogether.
The closest our rushed lives allow us to¬† become conscious of the realities of most rural and many urban women, is reading a newspaper article filled with statistics and questions.
The power of entrepreneurial action is not limited to profit-making. These students are working to sensitise womenfolk to break the boundaries that have been dictated by outdated gender roles. The idea is to provide the underprivileged women with e-rickshaws and e-bikes as means of sustainable income, with the objective of empowering women to become self-dependent and the bread earners for their families.¬†
She shut her mouth, when she was denied economic freedom. She lost herself to the men who inhumanly harassed her in the bus. She was trapped in the fetters of ‘You are just a woman’. But it’s our right-our ‘Adhikaar’, to not let all those voices pull us down. With this in mind, project Adhikaar aims to empower women and to smirk on those who mocked women and their driving. With its women drivers, we aim to break the centric of¬†largely male dominated transport sector and make our women feel safe with letting other women take the lead in the transport sector. It also focuses on making women financially independent so they can stand on their own legs. With every #metoo story, it inspires other women to speak up against all those who have silenced them, but at the same time, it breaks our heart to ask¬†how many more? By pooling the transport sector with women drivers, we wish to not only break the stereotypes but make the roads safer for all those women who have been at the whims of men who control the transport sector. With that being said, we believe that a woman empowers woman and our project is inspiring thousands of other women to crush the patriarchy. Moreover, the utilization of E-Rickshaws which are eco friendly ensures that we run along the lines of Sustainable Development.¬†
Having one’s own livelihood creates a sense of pride and self-respect in marginalised women. So far, these volunteers of Enactus DCAC have been able to impact 52 lives.
These women now know their worth and certainly will never be exploited by the society in any way.¬†
Now their children can get a quality education and have a better hand at life. Most importantly, now there persists a smile of satisfaction on their faces!¬†
But this is not it.¬†
In their Project Taaleem, these students decided to revolutionise the lives of the extremely miserable section of our society ie. refugees!¬†
Refugees are people who leave their homes in order to seek safety, or refuge. People become refugees to flee violence, economic disparity, repression, natural disasters, and other harsh living and working conditions. For those flocking to India, the hope is none. The absence of government support makes this vulnerable community, even more susceptible, with the absence of basic human rights and most of all absence of humanity from us. Primary enrolment rates of refugees stand at just 61%, compared with 95% globally. This leaves a gruelling gap. Refugees are left to fend for themselves, with no identity cards issued by the Indian government, it’s impossible for them to access government services. With little or no education, refugees are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty and are thus drawn towards anti-social activities.¬†
Pertaining to primary education and healthcare, there is a lack of a sustainable model that prevents refugee children from getting the best of education. Thus, Enactus DCAC recognized their position to bring a change, to explore the unexplored, to revitalize the untapped potential and¬†to understand that the world needs us.¬†The students of Enactus DCAC pledged to do their bit to combat one of the biggest problems facing the world at this instance- The Refugee Crisis
The passionate and zealous individuals of Enactus DCAC overcame the barriers of resistance and ended the separation of Corporate, Governments and NGOs. Collaboration exploded, help¬†emerged and the whirlpool of togetherness led to the successful launch of Project Taleem-to provide access to quality primary education for the refugee community. They pioneered a community driven model to revolutionize the primary education sphere for the refugee community, using an Active Story Based Curriculum, specifically designed for the community that also leverages the latest innovations in learning.
Their model follows a systematic step by step approach, where they first conduct a baseline analysis of the learning levels of the children in refugee camps. Since these kids have not been to school due to their forced displacement, they still have huge learning gaps. An 8 year old child is not even able to perform basic arithmetic. To maximize the impact of their teaching methodology, they group children on the basis of their learning levels instead of their ages, thereby bringing a quantifiable impact on their learning outcomes. The curriculum is co- designed by their NGO partners, specializing in the field of education. Once the curriculum is designed, they identify an entrepreneur who shall also be the educator from the community itself & trained in the requisite curriculum as well as provide financial literacy to her/him.
So why Enactus?
“When you work from a position of entitlement, it is not a favour you are doing to the society, it’s an onus for the favour society has entitled you with”¬† Truth being said, we at Enactus recognize our position to bring a change, to explore the unexplored, to revitalize the untapped potential and¬† to understand that the world needs us. We strive to uplift the underprivileged, to stand in solidarity with those who have been violated, to give power to break the stereotypes and to crush the binaries just to make a difference of being different.¬†
The turnout rates are disappointing in some areas and encouraging in others, but patience and dedication are keys to change. After all, as the leading social entrepreneur Bill Drayton¬† said ‚ÄúSocial entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.‚Äù
These young and enthusiastic students made a pledge to prevent apathy and insensitivity from writing the darkest chapter of human history, to represent 22 million stories waiting to be told and to bring light and hope.
So why not Enactus?