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Priya Tiwari - Primary Short-listed Nominee - Social Volunteer Awards 2021

I am Priya, I am in final year of bachelor of law. I have been working towards betterment of my community since 2017. At the beginning I just work whatever came in front of me, I learned now I choose which has most impact on society, like we recently worked on waste management because it also provided us great resources as well as dealt with problem of pollution and public health. My biggest achievement I consider is tuberculosis elimination program. I myself have Tuberculosis for more than 3 years, and then I happen to know in the process of medication there are many unseen issues that we started working on. Poverty was another issue that was pressing future growth of our next generation, though we as students could not find funding from outer sources but we, yet somehow we managed to sustain poor families in our community during covid lockdown. We are also teaching teachers in our community how to teach online in this covid pandemic. Right now we are working to manage to have electricity, so we can do other works like agriculture and students can study all those things are dependent on electricity, so now it has become our main focus.


VOLUNTEERING FOR ME

To be precise, volunteering or social work for is making impact in the society that we live in any way possible with whatever resources and information we have


VOLUNTEERING JOURNEY

I have been volunteering since last 3 years in my college. Mostly it has been food providing. After it has become to help other NGOs to sustain. My inspiration was that it is basic human need, if that is satisfied then we can think of improving our life and lifestyle and other works. So we were always focused to fulfill the basic needs first that is food shelter and education.


VOLUNTEERING STORY

One thing I should mention here that as being a woman we are never allowed to do social work or any other socializing activities. Even our education never has given any importance. But still I wanted to do, so I am doing what I can do for example, I can not appear in social events, but I can organise and manage people to do the events. I was not allowed to participate in social work, so I did other work like funding, managing, social media almost entire work except working on field. So I may not be able to serve food to people, but I did manage to get food to all of them, I may not have beautiful pictures of doing waste management activities, but I did mobilize the whole team who organised those events. So my experience might not be very similar to other applicants, but I am always open and looking to learn more from wherever I can.


PROJECT Zero Tuberculosis Initiative


ORGANISATION

Our community


MISSION & VISION

Our work is local, which means area based, we are recognising the issues which needs our urgent attention, and after that we work on it. Currently, there was high increase in death of people caused by tuberculosis, so we are working on that, our mission is until the cases of tuberculosis decreases by 50% then we will move to other issues pertaining in our community.


PROJECT DESCRIPTION

We talked to doctors why we see tuberculosis spreading more in women all those things and make those things available to our community members through Facebook and WhatsApp group. And we provided free medication to poor people, we organised events in different places, we also contacted to patients and tried to record their stories, so other people learn from that, but there was social stigma and people were not ready to share even a picture many women even do not go to doctor, but we did get the data and from this only project 264 cases were registered and took proper medication for 6 months. And they are aware that they need to make proper distance, so other family members do not get infected. Though our target was achieved as covid pandemic had impacted our lives immensely and online events couldn't do much work in a village where electricity is itself the biggest scarcity.


LENGTH OF SERVICE

3 months


ROLE IN PROJECT

I was team leader, as being a women I was not allowed to go outside but I did funding, managing, coordinating and making it possible during covid lockdown. I had learned many skills from Coursera like infographics, content writing, communication in globalisated world, project managing etc, so all these courses helped me to do something which not even a man has done in our society. This has huge impact on my personal development. I spoke to many international organisations to find funding, and convincing people to work in lockdown had improved my personality as a team leader. I learned computer skills email writing all these little things has major role in completion of any project.


IMPACT OF PROJECT

  • More tuberculosis awareness.

  • We did it during covid pandemic, so we were also able to work for covid awareness guidelines.

  • More than 264 case has been registered.

  • provided free medicines to poor people.

  • More awareness in women.


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

  • GOAL 1: No Poverty

  • GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

  • GOAL 5: Gender Equality


ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Certificate and recognition to all the social work.

  • Accepted in Fishbowl challenge

  • Selected for United people global leadership programme

  • Opportunity to speak in other NGOs.

  • Great academics record.

  • Winner in essay competitions.

  • Selected as wedu rising star.

  • Selected for peace first project.

  • Award from member of parliament for academics.


FUTURE PLANS

My goal to besides having my own NGO that works in legal and education filed, I will also work on connecting NGOs in same SDG goals, because that creates big impact with same resources. They can help each other in many ways. Another thing might be bringing more international philanthropist to help us increase our standard of social work.


REFERENCE:

https://m.facebook.com/ourcommunitty/?ref=bookmarks


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