Student Led Initiatives
NMS Congratulates Prisha Poddar and Dev Sajnani for founding Carbonet: An Initiative to Reduce Carbon Footprints.
Prisha Poddar and Dev Sajnani have developed a digital carbon footprint calculator to raise awareness about daily emissions caused by each one of us through internet usage. One person’s daily digital activities produce 414 kgs of carbon dioxide every year. Our use of digital technologies contributes to 3.7 % of global CO2 emissions, which has a bigger impact on global warming than the entire aviation industry. It’s time to respect the initiative of these young minds and reduce our carbon footprint. Visit Carbonet.in to read posts on sustainability. They also interviewed the founders of environmental organizations like Carbonfil and Only Planet on their podcast Carbonet. They have organized sessions and campaigns to enlighten the members of the community about this cause.
The purpose of Project Kitaab is to foster foundational literacy by addressing the lack of libraries in rural areas of India. Most rural schools operate on low-budget, and generally don’t have libraries. Young minds in remote regions must have access to multilingual books. All underprivileged children cannot afford to go to school. Some children may have access to schools, but still remain confined to their curriculum. Project Kitaab plans to identify book deserts and provide resources to children in those areas through book donations. Our students—Aryan Chordia, Lavanya Maheshwari, Urvi Gaur, Vardhman Luniya, Dev Sajnani, Vedang Jain, Navya Bhardwaj —procured 400 books through Pratham Books’ campaign and funds in the first phase. Later, 500 books were collected with the assistance of the NMS community. A library was also set up at Hathi Gaon by Amber Palace and Fort.
COMIC BOOK: GET VACCINATED, DITCH THE VIRUS
Pakin Pongpaiboon and Ananya Solanki co-created the comic book to promote COVID-19 vaccination. Since there is a lack of awareness about vaccination in rural areas, this short comic book in Hindi language was the best way to reach the public. Pakin Pongpaiboon prepared the illustrations for the comic book, “Teeka Lagwaye, Corona Bhagayen” meaning Get Vaccinated, Ditch the Virus and Ananya Solanki wrote the story for the comic book in Hindi. The use of engaging visuals and storyline presented in the comic book is an example of multimedia communication. The comic book has two puppets who talk about the death of a puppet master in the nearby village due to Covid-19. Simple dialogue facilitated understanding of vaccine and the Covid protocols while resolving myths and other misunderstandings.
Nisha Pathak founded Planting Hopes. She started growing commonly used vegetables such as onions, tomatoes and then her family also got involved. Later, she grew a variety of plants like bottle gourd, pumpkin, spinach etc. She donated these vegetables to underprivileged communities. The Changemakers Project awarded her $1150 to fund her initiative. She impacted the life of 200 people by distributing over 400 kgs produce grown in four different lands. She started Microtopia, the second phase of Planting Hope, wherein Navya Bhardwaj also joined hands with her and distributed 300 Drumstick Plants aka Miracle Tree. Since microgreens are easy to grow and harvest, she conducted microgreens workshops for about 50 underprivileged women, who learned about sustainability. Her aim was to promote sustainability and women empowerment. Visit the website for more info: http://plantinghopes.in/
PAINT FOR LIFE
Pakin Pakin Pongpaiboon, Nisha Pathak, Ananya Solanki, and Navya Bhardwaj initiated Paint for Life. They came to know that the women cleaning staff is uneducated, which propelled these students to bring a change in their life. Pakin planned and curated the painting workshops for these women. Nisha, Ananya and Navya helped him execute the lesson plan. They started with simple art and ended with Mandala Art. Since art gives voice to the voiceless, it is important for these women to have this skill to express themselves. Visit the website for more information about this project: http://paintforlife.in/
Project Bawri is an initiative by our students—Manya Jain, Sarvagya Jain, and Krrish Jain. Since ancient times Rajasthan has been known for conserving water through stepwells due to it’s dry climate. Those techniques need to be revived. The objective of Project Bawri is to help people who are experiencing water scarcity in the Booj village through the reconstruction of stepwells, particularly Booj Bawri. Another objective is to conserve water and educate people about the same. Moreover, it’s important to spread awareness about the fading stepwells. Our students have raised Rs. 15000 through Milap for this project. Visit the website for more information: https://projectbawri.wixsite.com/projectbawri
The purpose of Aarogya Sanrakshan is to provide Medical insurance to people in Rajasthan under schemes like Chiranjeevi Yojana. It’s an initiative by NMS students (Kovidh, Kartikeya and Archit ) who plan to improve the standard of living and bridge income inequality by providing access to health care schemes and insurance to the needy. It also prevents the underprivileged from spending a large sum of money on health care. There are two methods to access healthcare. First, since health insurance is subject to temporal discounting, we implement techniques of behavioural economics to convince people to get health insurance for themselves. Second, we raise money with the help of prosperous families to get health insurance for the underprivileged. For more information, visit the website: http://arogyasanrakshan.com/
When people in India were grappling with the second wave of Covid-19, our student—Ishita Goyal—started the initiative Spirity: Express Your Gratitude. Nisha Pathak, Urvi Gaur and Lakshita Nathawat also helped her with this initiative. Pandemic affected people’s mental health because of the isolation, so practicing gratitude was a way to feel positive. People needed help to cope with stress and grief. The goal was to find ways to practice gratitude, kindness, and mindfulness on a daily basis. People engaged in daily reminders and small yet powerful activities through Instagram page. She ensured that each day could be made manageable and meaningful. Check her Instagram page for more details: https://www.instagram.com/_spirity/
TREES OF NMS
Trees of NMS is Ananya Solanki’s initiative. Her goal is to educate the NMS community about the importance of trees and the need to conserve biodiversity for a sustainable future. The trees on campus have been digitized. The botanical name and properties of each tree is accessible by scanning a unique QR code attached to each tree. It’s easy to know about any tree, which wasn’t the case when Anaya was a child up in the same campus. Visit the website for more info: https://treesofnms.org/
Lavanya Maheshwari and Urvi Gaur co-founded Mentoring Peers: We Rise by Lifting Others. In recent times, there has been great emphasis on holistic development of students. It includes values such as empathy, solidarity, and equality. Also, it’s important to know about social issues—gender inequality, mental health, peer pressure—that people don’t discuss. Most middle school students don’t get a chance to discuss peer pressure with their parents. Hence, they need a mentor and a safe space to open up about bullying or any other negative experiences. The mentors will guide them in advocating for themselves and also enlighten them about their rights. It shapes their mindset early on and enables them to become future leaders, thinkers and change makers. Visit the website for more information: http://mentoringnmspeers.com/
MANTRAKALA COLORING BOOK
This book is a mix of mindfulness and cultural pursuit created by Rakshit Sablawat, Pakin Pongpaiboon, DIvya Aswani and Shridha Rawat. It comprises exquisite drawings of various yantras of Jantar Mantar submitted by the students of Neerja Modi School as part of a drawing competition. The book is not only an attempt to keep the cultural heritage alive, but also offers the reader a rejuvenating mindful colouring experience. This creative book is engaging and challenging for children and de-stressing for adults.
V FOR VACCINE
V forVaccine is an app designed by Ananya Solanki and Pakin Pongpaiboon, who are students at Neerja Modi school, Jaipur. Their goal is to provide reliable information about Covid vaccines through this app. And encourage people to get vaccinated for the welfare of everyone
34 million dreams, 34 million lives, and 34 million people have inspired our name—34 million.org. This initiative of Aryan Luniya, Prisha Poddar, Parikshit Soni, Nirvair Singh Narang and Vedang Jain stemmed from the NMS Microfinance club. The objective of 34million.org is to reduce the number of unemployed people in India i.e., about 34 million. We plan to conduct workshops to help the unemployed or financially weak by making them self-sufficient. They could acquire skills to manufacture their own products and make money by selling those products. We want to locate people in our community who could utilize their passion to create and work on something that would make them self-employed or employable. We hope to empower these people and reduce the number of unemployed people.
Economatrix is a student-led organization that organizes policymaking competitions, economania quizzes, blog competitions, and expert-held content sessions on economic and environmental policy. The initiative by NMS students Kaustubh Jain and Kovidh Dhediya aims to inform more people about the recent developments in these fields, and create interest in the intersection between economics and public policy.
Chasing Equity is an initiative by the students of NMS—Kaustubh Jain, Dev Sajnani, and Pakin Pongpaiboon. It is a not-for-profit organization that aims to raise awareness about gender inequality in sports and empower female athletes. Through the website and Instagram page, they have reached out to over 10,000 people about the various disadvantages and stereotypes athletes have to face on a daily basis. They have conducted research on provisions the government has made for these athletes, and they are also developing a mobile application to foster an inclusive community.
BOOK VENDING MACHINE
The book vending machine is an idea to inculcate the value of reading in the upcoming generation. Being more adept to unconventional ways, the students realized that there should be something new and different to attract children and inculcate reading habit in them. Thus, to make the process of book supply interactive and exciting for children Dev Sajnani, Rakshit Sablawat, Yashda Gupta & Archit Pathak thought that this idea was worth exploring. They worked on this project as a team.
Vending machines are generally used to fetch snacks, but the same mechanism has been applied to books.
HUMANS OF NMS
Humans of NMS is an effort to observe people and pay gratitude to them who have been with NMS for years or decades. People and their stories often go unnoticed. Hence, we decided to share stories of our very own people who have invested themselves for the welfare of the NMS community.
NMS Literary Fiesta was the first children’s literature festival. It was a two-day virtual event held on 23rd - 24th July, 2021. The goal was to explore and appreciate literature, theatre, improv, art, and design. The event divided into two categories--Panel talks and Workshops. More than 150 students from grade 8th – 11th comprised the audience. Six acclaimed authors of children’s literature and 26 student panelists came together to make the festival a success. Panelists were from eleven different schools, ten different cities and three different countries.
Aryan Luniya, Prisha Poddar, and Vedang Jain initiated AlterEco to tackle issues like-female empowerment, carbon offset, and inclusivity through sustainable products.
AlterEco focuses on sustainable and eco friendly products that aren’t harsh on the environment, and on promoting conscious consumerism. Created with a simple mission of making it quick, easy and affordable to use our purchasing power for good, AlterEco has over 10 brands selling a range of 300+ products on their website.
THE YOUNG ENTREPRENUER SOCIETY
Launched by Aryan Luniya and Nirvair Narang, The Young Entrepreneur Society was designed to encourage entrepreneurship, meaningful discussions, and networking spirit. Through conferences and discussions in the forum, YES strives to build a strong base for future entrepreneurs. The YES Movement, an offshoot that bridges the gap between volunteers and our 23 partner organizations, encourages social entrepreneurship and drives society towards a positive change. The team, consisting of Prisha Poddar, Vedang Jain, Vardhman Lunia, Aryan Chordia, Pakin, Aditya Dogra, Dev Sajnani, and Saivedant, has vastly contributed to the entrepreneurial spirit at YES.
Teachlyne is an initiative that aims to help make teachers’ lives easier during this pandemic. It is a one stop platform where teachers can come together to discuss problems and solutions, access a library of specifically catered resources, attend interactive webinars and find a similar community of teachers.
Shaurya and kavita developed a online portal Infhelp to facilitate the donation for covid-19. They amplified the requests of the people asking for donations by partnering up with influencers. Furthering their support, they raised funds in association with swasth organisation for donation of oxygen concentrators. Their efforts were praised and supported by nachiket mor (national head of bill and melinda gates foundation)
Ray of hope
Ananya Solanki, Ishita Goyal and Urvi Gaur organised a spectacular online music concert ‘A ray of Hope’ to raise funds for Covid relief. The event saw the participation of over 80 students from class 5 to class 12. The concert became a night to reunite and find solace in music in uncertain times. With the combined efforts of the students, the participants, and the supporting staff, the concert raised more than 80k; all of which was donated to the Hemkunt Foundation.