Eco-friendly stoves make women happy

All the 10 tribal families at Sindalachiwadi ­village in Raigad district of  Maharashtra are happy that they don’t have to suffer a daily ordeal while preparing meals in their mud huts. With their new biomass, smokeless stoves donated by RAC Panvel Elite, RID 3131, “cooking has become easy and painless for us. Also, the cooking time is reduced by around 40–50 minutes. With mud chullahs we were exposed to ­excessive smoke, suffered from frequent cough and eye irritation,” says Pallavi (35).Also, that chullah had to be fed with firewood from tree branches, and this resulted in shrinking green cover in their village.

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Interactors make adults literate

Manju, Babita, Gudiya, Hema, Rakhi and Kajal are happy that they can now read Hindi dailies, sign their names, and transact business (buying and selling) without help from others. These six middle-aged women employed as domestic helpers, shop assistants and doing unskilled work at Naukuchiatal, a hill station near Nainital, have completed their two-month Adult Literacy Programme (ALP) conducted by the Interactors of RC Nainital, RID 3110. All of them wrote the exam formulated by the Rotary India Literacy Mission, and got their certificates.

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A medical camp near Salem

Over 400 people benefitted from a one-day medical camp organised by RC Elampillai, RID 2982, at ­Elampillai, a town near Salem, Tamil Nadu. The camp comprised diagnosis and treatment for eyes, ENT, varicose veins, and joint and shoulder. Cataract surgeries were performed for 200 people and physiotherapy sessions were scheduled for over 90 individuals with joint and shoulder issues, said club president Obuli Venkatesh.

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Rotary Flower Show in Coimbatore

Six Rotary clubs — RCs ­Coimbatore Town, Downtown, Uptown, Texcity, ­Centennial and ­Thondamuthur, RID 3201 — collaborated with the Tamil Nadu Agriculture University to organise a three-day Covai Flower Show at the 23-acre Botanical Gardens in Coimbatore. It was inaugurated by Agriculture minister M R K ­Panneerselvam and minister for Urban Development S Muthuswamy. Over 4 lakh people visited the show, said project chairman C Nagaraj. The district’s impactful service projects were prominently displayed on giant LED screens across the garden. The district is planning to organise a similar show in January 2025, said event secretary A Godwin. DG T R Vijayakumar presented the Rotary Vocational Excellence Award to the university vice chancellor V Geethalakshmi.

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RC Jammu Stars helps autism clinic

When the Department of Paediatrics, in partnership with the NGO Children in India, recently started an Autism Clinic at the government SMGS Hospital in Jammu to offer a range of services to children with autism and their families, the Rotary Club of Jammu Stars, RI District 3070, happily pitched in with some colourful, modern play equipment that was required for training and therapy for these children.

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