How SSCBS Societies helped during Covid
From organizing sessions and plasma donation drives to donating funds to covid projects, SSCBS societies did it all. With everybody doing their bit to help the world during the pandemic, societies also came forth and helped people in their own ways. These efforts to serve the common good are, in a way, a natural extension of what institutions of higher education and student bodies do in good times and in bad.
The members of Yuva, the Entrepreneurship Cell of SSCBS, continued to do what they do best, that is, working along with startups. They helped an early-stage startup raise funds by helping it with its business model, market survey, financials etc. and the remuneration earned was donated for noble causes. At the same time, individual members of Yuva didn’t shy away from contributing money for the cause. Yuva and its members donated a sum of ₹55k for the cause to ongoing covid relief projects carried out by organisations like Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sewa Dal, Covid Seva Kendra, Kailash Sathyarthi (Project Chhaaya) and Save Life Foundation.
180 Degrees Consulting also recognized the dire situation and the tough times that were ahead. They collaborated with Save the Children, India’s leading independent child rights NGO to support the children against the perils that they were facing. Additionally, they organized a webinar, the Public Forum for COVID Updates, which catered to debunking misconceptions and myths related to the disease. The event was chaired by an esteemed panel of medical experts including the president of IMA India and had a turnout of over 1800 people.
There was a drastic shortage of essential life-saving material, one of which was blood plasma, and the Rotaract Club of SSCBS realised it earlier than the others. In alignment with this, they started Project Jeevan, an initiative to generate awareness about Covid-19 amongst the general public. They kickstarted the project by connecting people who were willing to donate plasma to those in dire need of it, by maintaining a regularly updated database. Their team was involved in calling people individually to donate plasma to match COVID recovered individuals with patients who required plasma therapy. In collaboration with Plasmaline, a blood donation centre based in Delhi, they contacted a database of more than 15000 patients and urged them to come forward to donate plasma. The team started conducting tele-consultancy sessions daily in collaboration with Dr. Ojas Ahuja and successfully touched the target of 70+ patients by the end of May, 2021, widening their reach further in the coming months. They also started a series of live sessions with him that were aimed at raising awareness regarding COVID-19 and had a collective reach of over 600 people. They were based on the myths regarding COVID-19, ‘Vaccination’ – its side effects, efficacy, the use of steroids and black fungus and post COVID care. Although the removal of plasma therapy from the Covid-19 management protocols by ICMR caused the plasma donation to come to a halt, they continued with the teleconsultation sessions.
Amidst the pandemonium, Mark-It, the marketing society of SSCBS, strived towards eliminating the hardships faced by people who were in dire need of resources, through donations to organisations like Talent Group, Delhi-6 who were providing COVID relief in and around Old Delhi for single parents, migrant workers, sex workers, and people of many diverse profiles and Sachkhand Foundation which served critical covid patients with hygienic meals free of cost across Delhi. Moreover, they delivered oxygen cylinders and kits to the patients.
Another society, GirlUp Ruhi took the onus of battling the pandemic. Since the society was formed in the lockdown itself, things were somewhat difficult for them. Through the online medium, they collaborated with other GirlUp Clubs and organised webinars to spread awareness.
The biggest highlight of their online activities was their fundraiser, ‘Sukoon’ where they had different artists performing for three days and they managed to raise more than 84k which was donated to Hemkunt Foundation for COVID relief! They did this fundraiser in collaboration with Enactus SSCBS. Along with a fundraiser, members from Ruhi took to online resource verification for a month and worked in shifts of 3 to verify oxygen resources and hospital beds available in Delhi NCR every 3 hours a day.
In collaboration with ISRA, Enactus conducted a series of COVID Consultation webinars to clear the myths around COVID and address common queries. To contribute their bit, they also donated Basera mats to Lakshmibai College which was operating as a covid relief centre.
The activities undertaken by these college societies are highly commendable and it shows what the culture of SSCBS entails and the kind of students it has.