16th, 17th & 18th November 2016
Wellness Program for Safai Karmacharis of MCGM - Nov 2016
Divyaj Foundation was created with a view to reach out to the marginalised citizens of society, to engage and empower them and to add quality contributions to their lives. We aim to develop facilities in the areas of education, finance, medicine, work skills, better living conditions and nutrition without any discrimination pertaining to location, caste, age or gender.
To fulfil our motto of bettering the lives of people in the marginalized sections of society, we launched our maiden project – a Wellness Program for the Safai Karmachari of the MCGM’s Solid Waste Management Department to motivate them and to show appreciation for their hard work. This 3-day program began on 16th November 2016 and concluded on 18th November 2016. The venue for this inaugural event was the Office of the Education Officer situated in Dadar, Mumbai.
Various dignitaries made their presence and support felt during the 3-day program which saw burgeoning participation by more than 200 Safai Karmachari. The dignitaries included Mr. Ajoy Mehta – Hon. Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Mrs. Amruta Fadnavis – Banker, singer, social worker and Advisor of the Divyaj Foundation, Mrs. Juhi Chawla and Dr. T. P. Lahane – Dean J. J. Hospital, Mumbai. Members of the Foundation who kicked-off the maiden program included Mr. Sampath Iyer – Managing trustee, Mrs. Pallavi Shrivastava – Trustee, Dr. Mickey Mehta – Holistic Health Guru, Mr. Kavin Shah – State Secretary, BJP and Mrs. Rajalakshmi Iyer – Core member.
Day 1 of the program started with the Lighting of the Lamp ceremony to establish Divyaj Foundation’s foray as a universal symbol of truth, knowledge, and understanding. This was followed by introductions and a thorough medical check-up including various medical tests to understand and assist the Safai Karmachari with various health standards. Many essential medicines were also distributed to the Safai Karmachari by the hospital with arrangements made by Divyaj Foundation.
The remaining two days of the program featured a 360° approach to wellness, specifically mental health by way of meditation conducted by our Core member Mrs. Rajalakshmi Iyer and physical health by way of counselling and yoga sessions for 3-4 hours which was conducted by Dr. Mickey Mehta and his team.
Day 2 of the program began with Dr. Mickey Mehta’s session on holistic health, well-being, wellness, and fitness, which was extremely well-received. This was followed by a nutrition and diet counselling session with Ms. Kanchan from Dr. Mickey Mehta’s team in which the importance of good nutrition was referenced and techniques imparted to improve the attendees’ overall diet. Another session on identification of food adulteration and consumer awareness was presented by Mr. Gajanan Patil.
Day 3 of the program featured sessions on personality development and financial literacy which were extremely well-received. Various medical personnel like skin specialty doctors, Ophthalmologists and Ayurveda specialists like Dr. Omkar addressed existing medical conditions and imparted medical guidance to avoid future health issues. Affordable medical programs were discussed and designed in accordance with market availability to make the attendees self-sufficient in maintaining healthy lifestyles.
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Divyaj Foundation’s Managing trustee Mr. Sampath Iyer presented an extremely well-received session on Financial Discipline and Ms. Minal Kulkarni tackled a session on Personality Development. This maiden event marked the first of many fulfilling ventures by the Divyaj Foundation for years to come.