Gandhi Jayanthi Celebrated Throughout LEAD Locations

Posted on Thursday, October 03, 2013 by LEAD

Gandhi Jayanthi is a national holiday celebrated to the occasion of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, one of India’s most prominent freedom fighters.  To honor Gandhi and his contributions to society, LEADers throughout all of the locations took it upon themselves to carry out initiatives in their communities.

Eight initiatives took place in Belgaum.  LEADers from all Belgaum colleges participated, and the initiatives benefitted 3,000 people across the city.

Chants of “Go crazy for green, go green, go green!” and “Mahilao mat daro, hum tumhare saath sai” reached the ears of thousands of Belgaum residents on Gandhi Jayanthi.  GIT LEAD Cell collaborated with SGBIT LEAD Cell, KLECET, and LEAD Belgaum to take over the city of Belgaum and celebrate Gandhi Jayanthi in a unique and awesome way.  The students organized a bicycle rally to address and spread awareness for pressing social issues such as environmental pollution and women empowerment.  The “Blue Army” set to the streets with their bicycles and high energy, and rallied throughout the city streets.  

To spread the message of protecting against environmental pollution, students brought 200 plant saplings and planted them in different places.  To communicate the message of women empowerment, the students incorporated the participation of many women in the rally.

The rally was a huge success and the students were appreciated by the Belgaum community for their commitment to and passion for improving society.  

LEADers Sagar and Shivaprasad, and their team members Sanket, Yash, namrata, Sanskriti, Shamanth, Soundarya, and Anjrudh visited the Prajwal Organization, a child rehabilitation center for rescued children from child labor, to have an interaction with the children.  The LEADers showed a video about our planet, Pole to Pole, to the children.  The children were amazed to see the many kinds of animals that are living all around the world.  After the video, the LEADers interacted with the children and asked them to showcase their different talents.  The children enjoyed singing, dancing, and mimicry acts, and the LEADers were quite impressed by the children’s many skills.  Afterwards, the LEADers engaged the children in a creativity session where they taught them how to make different clay models.  The day ended with a fun, three legged race.  

The LEADers commented that everyone really enjoyed the experience.  The children kept asking them, “When will you all come again?”

Usually, Gandhi Jayanthi celebrations are conducted in schools and colleges.  While these celebrations are beneficial, a significant amount of the population gets left out.  LEADers Abhishek, Sandeepkumar, Mahedevayya, Somashekar, Raju, Krishna, and Kaveri of SGBIT, Belgaum celebrated Gandhi Jayanthi with auto rickshaw drivers.  The students went to the rickshaw stand in the heart of the city near Channamma Circle and spoke to the auto drivers about non-violent principles, and encouraged the auto drivers to continue spreading those important principles.  The auto drivers were happy that the
students thought of them on this special day and chose to celebrate with them.

 LEADers Basavaraj, Anam, and Akshay of SGBIT, Belgaum, conducted a Gandhi Jayanti Celebration in Ankur School, a school for special needs children.  22 children attended the function. Among the 22 children present, four of the children gave speeches and two children sung a song.  It was a memorable day for all the LEADers and children who participated. 

LEADers Kavya, Kartik Patil, Charvi, A Adarsh, Mayur, Ramya. , Aishwarya . Sumit . Rashmi . Sagar. Arshiya. Keerti . Shabnam and Shrujana of SGBIT, Belgaum, celebrated Gandhi Jayanthi with the people of the Vantmoori slum area by distributing snacks to the area residents and spreading awareness about the importance of water in maintaining hygiene.  


LEADer Rajeshwari from SDMCET, Dharwad, organized Gandhi Jayanthi and Lal Bahadur Shastri Jayanthi celebrations at Santrupti Mess to commemorate the national leaders and to set an example for society about the importance of national festivals and holidays.  The program was presided by Dr. S. Mohan Kumar (Principal, SDMCET), Professor Sunil Honnungar (LEAD Faculty Coordinator), and Mr. Yuvraj (Hostel manager).  The event consisted of songs and speeches presented by SDM LEADers. 

Anjuman Arts and Science College LEADer Shameedali and his team celebrated Gandhi Jayanthi with deaf and dumb children, a well as an old age home.  They played different games with the deaf and dumb students and taught them creativity, and they gifted handmade greetings cards and fruits to the people of the old age home.

LEADer Noorahemed from Anjuman Arts and Science College celebrated Gandhi Jayanthi by "following Bapu's footstep" or rather, by enhancing their educational experience by respecting their educational environment.  The team cleaned the college campus, and even involved children from a local school in the cleaning to pass and promote the message.  

KLEIT LEADer Vadiraj and his team members celebrated “ahimsa diwas” throughout Hubli.  As Gandhi was a strick vegetarian himself for relgious and moral reasons, the KLEIT team decided to honor Gandhi by spreading vegetarianism in different parts of Hubli.  After receiving permission and support from the police department, the KLEIT team roamed around the city and convinced 60 meat shops and two meat markets to close business for the day.  

LEADer Krupa from GMIT College, Davangere, organized an essay writing competition to help young orphan grils improve their writing skills and reflect about the importance of Gandhi Jayanthi.  30 girls participated in the competition.  Their participation led them to think differently and express their ideas through the power of words.  

LEADer Sandeep of GMIT had always wanted to do something to honor Gandhi.  After joining LEAD, he finally got the chance.  He visited all of the classes at his college and collected notebooks from his fellow students to donate to school children in Harihar.  Sandeep’s initiative was successful in celebrating Gandhi’s life and concern for society.  

LEADer Swaroop (LEAD Student Coordinator, GMIT College), organized an eye testing and general check up for 105 physically challenged students or Asha Kirana Trust, Davangere.  Swaroop invited the Dristi Group to conduct the eye testing camp, as well as general physicians to check the health statuses of the children. 

"Cut a tree, cut a tree and there will be no more left to see...!" With this thing in mind, Gadag LEADers took initiative to plant trees throughout developing areas of the city.  With the help and support of the R.F. Officer from the Forestry Department, Bindkadakatti, the students collected 100 plants of different types and planted them throughout developing areas of the city.

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