3 Simple Ways You Can Help Kerala

Kerala is a beautiful state in the south of India, which attracts thousands of tourists every year. However, the paradisiac region is currently under red alert due to severe flooding, as a result of the unexpected high rainfall during Monsoon 2018.

Monsoon in Southern India usually kills hundreds of lives annually, Kerala usually being the most affected region. But this year brought the worst floods since 1924.

Considered as a ‘calamity of severe nature’, clogged rivers and deforestation are being regarded as the major reasons for the intensive devastation of the state.

The floods started mid-June and hit 12 of the 14 districts of Kerala. So far, the estimated damage they created revolves around 20,000 Crores!

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The death toll is on a constant rise and it breaks our heart to mention these statistics.

But we’re not here only to discuss the problem.

We’re the youth that builds a nation, and the youth that saves it.

We need to accept the fact that it’s our actions that influence our Mother Nature to respond to them. Our daily habits collectively define the attitude of a generation. And it’s about time that we become a good one, a responsible one.

In moments like these, when a calamity hits hard, we must stick together as Team India, as the leaders who care.

It’s time to become a human and focus on the solutions.

Here are 3 ways you can turn your empathy into tangible help for the people who desperately need it, in Kerala.

1. Make a monetary donation to the Government of Kerala

The Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund by Government of Kerala is an online portal wherein virtual transactions can be made directly to the state.

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The portal shows the real yet deadly situation of the state, promises transparency of the usage of funds and mentions links to more Payment Gateway options for the donation in detail.

2. Donate things that can matter to them

What you might not really need right now is what they might need to survive. Any contribution matters when people are struggling to live.

The network of AIESEC India is currently facilitating donations of clothes, essentials, food and other crucial items which may mean the world to the people who’re suffering.

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Our donation points are present in 25+ cities throughout the nation. You can get in touch with the offices by finding their contact information here.

3. Spread the word and encourage others

Be empathetic and spread awareness about the issue. The likelihood of someone to take an action is higher when a close one approaches them, anytime, over reading texts.

Every benefaction matters, since unconditional help will always find its way to return to you in a good way.

The world, and currently, the God’s own country, needs more people who are kind and who wish to do some good. We can make our existence useful and meaningful by helping.

 

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A healthy, aware and accountable youth defines a similar nation.

This is one of the reasons why United Nations laid down Sustainable Development Goals, for a world that breathes well!

Hence, we as the citizens, or rather the nation builders, need to constantly educate ourselves on how our little behaviours or actions are impacting the earth. Only by that we’ll stop doing what we shouldn’t and start doing what the hour demands.

To everyone in Kerala, we are with you!

 

If you wish to have a hands-on experience in helping people, you may like to know more about our volunteer opportunities.

You can teach kids, contribute to an environmental issue or even help an NGO to raise funds. Learn more about it at aiesec.in.


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Vanyashree Chaudhary is a light-hearted Journalism student from Delhi. She’s crazy about her love for graphic designing, Oreo shakes and Daft Punk. Find her the happiest while she’s traveling!

When will the world wake up to freedom —from pollution?

“Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… These are one and the same fight.

We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.”

– Ban Ki-moon

We cannot deny the fact that our environment is subject to constant change.

With the change of conditions, it is necessary to become more aware of the tremendous problems encircling our habitat. And as inhabitants of this planet, we have to be aware of the various types of environmental issues that the world is defying. Pollution and global warming, for instance, are some major issue today and they have become an inseparable part of our livelihoods.

Our planet is gradually warming up. And apart from this, several other environmental problems are coming forth. Every now and then, people all around the globe are tormented by old and new effects of these problems. While some of these problems are small, several others are drastically affecting our planet.

We are on the brink of tremendous environmental crisis.  We, humans, have been contaminating the air, land, and water of our planet. Exploiting its resources and scattering tons and tons of waste.

Human being’s excessive greed to live a life full of luxury is making people blind to the consequences of this extravagance. If the massive exploitation of earth’s resources is not minimized, the earth will not at all be a favourable place to live in for our future generations.

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Where are our actions leading us?

Among the most dangerous results of environmental pollution, global warming tops the list.

This is expected to change the climate of several places, giving rise to lack of rainfall, reduction in the number of rainforests, unfavourable living conditions, and malnutrition. Moreover, with the rate at which new buildings are constructed all over the world, soon we will be left with very scarce space for growing food crops for all.

As an outcome of water pollution, 1.7 billion people cannot afford clean drinking water.

Polluted air is causing all sorts of breathing problems and giving rise to new types of incurable cancers.

Pollution is also making life miserable for wild animals and birds.

Now we are in the era of the unprecedented and unknown. What we know for certain is that this intensity, variability and ferocity of weird environmental conditions will get worse. We are the cause and the victims of the world falling apart.

Where Do We Go From Here?

World today is living on the edge of disappearance, due to pollution.

If travelling in time was possible, then we could have seen some extraordinary views. Like a fresh painting of Monalisa, or the mesmerizing Eiffel Tower, or white marbles of the Taj Mahal.

Don’t we all want to live in a place where we feel safe and secure? Don’t we want to live a happy and healthy life?

The answer is, definitely, “yes”. The change starts with us, and is not that difficult!

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Most people think going green is a challenging task, but everything is easier when you really want to make a difference and induce a change. What you do daily can bring a big difference between preserving the environment and destroying it.

Taking care of the planet, it’s more than a responsibility. It’s a privilege.

Here are 3 changes you can do to reduce pollution and preserve the environment.

1.Going Green In House

Here are some low-stress steps to adapt in the house to create a healthier home, and lower your monthly bills to boot :

– Close the running tap water, when not needed. By this way, it is estimated every home can save more than a gallon of water!

– Only use the dishwasher when it’s full. Try to avoid using it more often, for every single plate.

– Turn off all lights during the daytime. Besides saving energy and money, it is good to open windows and screens to let sunlight in and fill the house with warmth. After all, sunlight is essential for the body in the form of vitamin A.

– Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out. They last more and are more ecological.

– Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. Not only is bottled water expensive, but it generates large amounts of container waste.

– Unplug appliances when you’re not using them. Or, use a “smart” power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts “phantom” or “vampire” energy use.

– Wash clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 85 per cent of the energy used to machine-wash clothes goes to heating the water.

– Avoid throwing plastic away: reuse it as much as possible!

– Switch off the AC and open some windows when you’re not in the room.

2. Less gas = less pollution + more money (and better health!)

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Making simple changes can go a long way to help create a greener planet (and saving money).

– Walk or bike to work. This saves on gas and parking costs while improving your cardiovascular health and reducing your risk of obesity.

– Consider telecommuting, if you live far from your work. Or move closer. Even if this means paying more rent, it could save you money in the long term.

– Carpooling or vehicle pooling can save the environment from three or four times the pollution. Carpooling can be done with friends, neighbours, or relatives working in the same direction as yours, not necessarily the same company.

3. Recycling and Reusing

Do you want to prevent the creation of waste at the source? Here’s how you can contribute in making a sustainable change :

– Give away unwanted or unusable materials to service organizations is a better way to start going green. They’ll have a good use for it, and you won’t add to any trash.

– Reusing the furniture would save some extra money spent on newer furniture. For example, one can remodel a table by adding sheets of wood to it and create his own wardrobe.

– Keep a reusable water bottle with you at all times, preferably aluminium rather than plastic.

– Recycling paper, plastics, glass and metals could also be done. Do some research on local trash pickup service, or even start an initiative in your building.

– Instead of simply throwing older items, one can use his creativity in recreating the essence out of them. For example, the older screen cloth could be stitched with flat sheets and made as curtains or cloth piece covering the shades of the lamp. They are easy and cheap in terms of interior decorating materials.

The change starts with you!

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Probably no one can change the earth, but if we all work together and choose to make the right change, we can make our planet a better home. Earth needs immediate help and our daily choices matter.

While we can’t be perfect, we can be more conscious global citizens. So, what will you do today, to help make this earth a cleaner and greener place to live in? Share with us!

Do you want to go deeper into the changes and get a hands-on experience? Find your opportunity to impact sustainability at aiesec.in

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Studying bachelor’s in biotechnology, Aayushi is a really passionate person, who loves to read and travel. She believes people, places, and stories have the power to change anyone and help them understand the purpose of life.

How You Can Make a Difference in Vietnam by Working as a Volunteer

One of the things Millennials care about the most is bringing about a positive change in the world. Working as a volunteer could be one of the most rewarding things you do in college. While volunteering is always fulfilling, volunteering in a new country opens up the doors to a unique experience. Some of the reasons to volunteer abroad include the rare opportunity to learn about different cultures and come into contact with people you would never otherwise meet. Among the many countries that students can volunteer in, Vietnam definitely tops the list. Vietnam is one of the most beautiful countries in Asia where you can meet some truly inspirational people. However, it is also a country that is still dealing with poverty, gender issues and the aftereffects of war. If you are looking for a volunteering experience where you can make a genuine impact, here are a few reasons why you should choose Vietnam.

Experience Vietnam’s Growth First Hand

Vietnam is at a very interesting point in its history where the country’s GDP is growing at a faster rate than ever before. But while the number of people living in poverty has gone down significantly over the years, Vietnam still has a long way to go. As a volunteer in Vietnam, you will have the chance to witness Vietnam’s growth for yourself and play an important role in its development. While conditions are slowly improving, a lot of Vietnam’s economically disadvantaged need better living conditions, education and vocational training. When you work as a volunteer here, you can do your bit to contribute to these needs and leave an impact on its people.

Support the Women of Vietnam

 The women in Vietnam are some of the most resilient, inspirational people you will ever meet. Undoubtedly, Vietnam’s women are the backbone of the country’s growth. Almost two-thirds of the women are actively involved in the country’s economy. However, most of their contribution isn’t recognized, with an astounding 80% disparity in the gender wage gap. Social prejudices also hamper many women from getting a proper education or a good job. Many women in Vietnam face the brunt of domestic violence and sexual assault. As a volunteer in Vietnam, you can help counsel to these women, help them rebuild their lives after a trauma and offer to educate them for a better tomorrow.

 Help Educate Vietnam’s Next Generation

 Children hold the key to Vietnam’s growth because they will make up the country’s future leaders and workforce. Educating its children is the only sure way for Vietnam to speed up its economic growth and development. Yet, education remains a distant dream for many children in Vietnam. As formal education (especially education in English) is expensive, many families below the poverty line cannot afford to pay for it. This is where volunteers can really make a difference. By working with young children and imparting good quality education to them, you are playing an integral role in the development of Vietnam.

 Provide Vocational Training for the Poor

 Due to Vietnam’s continuing economic disparity, not everyone has been able to reap the benefits of development. Many teenagers and young adults in Vietnam continue to live on the streets as they do not have sufficient skills to earn a proper income. As a volunteer, you can do your part to alleviate their condition by providing invaluable vocational training to them. Vocational training provides important skill sets, making it easier for them to gain employment. This ensures that they can earn a sufficient income and build a better life for themselves.

Save Endangered Species

 Vietnam has a rich, diverse variety of flora and fauna, making it every wildlife enthusiast’s dream come true. However, many of these species are under threat from deforestation, poachers and illegal trade. By volunteering with Vietnam’s wildlife organisations, you can play an integral role in the rescue and rehabilitation of several endangered animals. You can also gain an insight into Vietnam’s conservation efforts and the problems they face in maintaining their biodiversity. If you have always wanted to do your bit for the voiceless, volunteering with Vietnam’s wildlife organisations will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

Vietnam is set apart by its rich history and cultural heritage. This beautiful country is full of breathtaking sites to see and delicious food to eat. Do your bit to give back to Vietnam with a meaningful volunteering program. Vietnam is also one of the countries which have an easy visa process for Indians. Visit AIESEC to learn more about our Global Volunteer Program and how you can make an impact in over 25 countries, including Vietnam.

Contribute to SDG by volunteering in these 6 projects today

Contribute to SDG by volunteering in these 6 projects today

According to United Nations Volunteerism Toolkit

“By mobilizing capacities and extending the reach of action, volunteers can facilitate and support people’s engagement in planning, implementing and monitoring the SDGs, bridging social capital and strengthening social cohesion.”

When the Sustainable Development Goals were launched at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, they signalled a very bold commitment to the people and the planet and were inclusive of a universal effort to fight for equality , defeat injustice and tackle climate change by 2030.

The  Sustainable Development Goals ( Global goals ) , were a call for volunteers to be the vehicles  that drove sustainable development.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development explicitly explains the importance of multi- dimensional partnerships and Volunteer groups that are needed as the most powerful means of implementation.

“ Volunteers Are The Stakeholders To Achieve The 17 SDGs.”  Because , it is impossible to achieve these goals without a population of young , courageous individuals, who are engaged at all stages, at all levels and at all times.  

Volunteering creates a strong ripple effect, which is exactly what we need to spread the awareness about these Goals and then to bring this knowledge to collective actions.

HERE is how AIESEC wishes to contribute to this mission, and some SDG projects across the Globe powered by AIESEC  that are available for volunteering Today.

 

 

  1. CHANCE GIVER

         Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City

This project aims to work for SDG 4- Quality Education.

(  By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development. )

This Project aims  to bridge the educational gap between the countryside and urban youth of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. These outskirt learners have limited or no access to communicative English, the need to learn which is becoming a necessity in this developing country.

The Volunteers work in a Pagoda which offers a platform to people of all age groups to learn different languages and communication skills through practical sessions, lectures, activities and creating interactive sessions among the class. It also includes the merger of education and cultural awareness through interactions planned in this particular manner. The Volunteers work in groups and close interactions with the students help them to build a strong community.  

To Volunteer for this opportunity –  Chance Giver Project ( SDG 4 )

 

  1.  MIX FOR BOOST

     Ghana- Madina

This project aims to contribute to SDG 2- ZERO HUNGER.

( By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment )

Mix for Boost requires volunteers to work with small scale farmers in order to maximize food production.  It involves educating the farmers about the sustainable methods of farming and training them on basic knowledge about the same. This is followed up by assisting them in selling their produce and submitting a report at the end of the project.

The project helps to improve the agricultural produce in Ghana , Africa and learn about various opportunities that exist in this field.

To Volunteer For this Opportunity- Mix For Boost

 

  1. iCancerVive

Alexandria, Egypt                                                                                                 

An opportunity to work towards SDG 3- Good Health And Well Being .

( By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.  )

The volunteers work with iCancerVive, an organization in Egypt which works in local hospitals to work and supports children with cancer by helping the foundation to conduct various activities in collaboration with the cancer departments of these hospitals.

The activities involve helping the treatment of cancer patients, providing the kids with psychological support , and provide them with friendly interactive spaces in fun rooms created by the foundation in the hospitals. Other activities include fundraising and awareness campaigns for cancer treatment and helping the hospitals to procure enough drugs  for the  treatment.

To Volunteer for this opportunity – iCancer Vive

 

  1. All For She 1.0

  Ningbo Shi, China                                                                                                 

(By 2030,  End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere | Work For Gender Equality .)

Primarily the volunteers will be working for the awareness of women’s rights and importance of gender equality by teaching in primary schools and communities, and then holding presentations in the community about the same.

Working with different NGOs to help vulnerable girls and women and participating in public talks with students from some universities.

To volunteer for this opportunityAll For She

 

  1. ProJKT: Humaniac

Cikarang Utara, Indonesia

( By 2030, Mobilize and significantly increase financial resources from all sources to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems )

The primary aim of the project is to work for animal welfare, prevention of animal abuse, improve the ironic condition of overpopulated strays, and to increase the strength of Human resources in these animal shelters.

The activities include fund raising activities to support NGO’s financial aids, conducting educational seminars in schools for awareness about animal welfare , helping the NGO with its basic activities like dogs and cats visit, vet visits, shelter cleaning ,  rescuing and adopting.  Also participating in any other campaign o event that the NGO conducts.

To volunteer for this opportunity – Humaniac

 

  1.  Coastal and Turtle Conservation Project – Oceano

         Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

( Sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans )

This project aims to preserve the Coastal areas and marine life of Sri Lanka . It involves visiting and volunteering in turtle hatcheries in Sri Lanka , participating in beach cleanup programs ,  studying about marine ecosystem in sri lanka and implementing findings in the volunteering activities.

To volunteer for this project Oceano


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AIESEC Everyday Leader Series — Everyday Leaders Changing the World. Submit Your Story!

World Peace may just be attainable.

AIESEC Everyday Leader Series — Everyday Leaders Changing the World.

AIESEC Everyday Leader series highlights powerful stories and lessons from thought and everyday leaders from around the world. The stories illustrate on how World Peace may just be attainable through the actions of everyday leaders who are working towards the peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential.

Read the first of the series

Examples of Everyday Leader Stories

How can you participate and contribute your inspiring story for Everyday Leadership?

1. Write an article on Medium.com

2. Include at least one high-quality photo and refine for grammar and spelling

3. Publish and submit your best stories to gordonc@ai.aiesec.org

4. Share it on social media and tag us @AIESEC

Guidelines

  • We will review your story, and contact you for re-publication on our global blog and global social media channels.
  • Stories will be pre-approved before publication, and are subject to editorial modifications to align with the central theme.
  • Not all stories will be accepted for global showcasing, but we encourage you to share your own story with those around you.

An average post on Global AIESEC Facebook for example can attract upwards of 100,000+ users organically. Follow us also on Twitter and LinkedIn

Must-do’s to be qualified

  • One or more clear high-quality impactful photo (we encourage videos too).
  • Clear illustrations about the experience and story free of grammar and spelling errors
  • Include the “date, where, when and how you did it”
  • Craft a compelling story line that showcases what challenges you overcame had to overcome and how you made a difference through the experience
  • Connected to how everyday leaders can change the world and its connection to AIESEC’s mission of peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential.
  • Has a blurb at the end of the article written: “This story was written in contribution to the AIESEC Everyday Leader Series, that showcases stories of everyday leaders who are changing the world. Share your story with the world.