Great things come from small beginnings. Every small event contributes towards the building of the personality. Such a platform is offered by SCMHRD through S.H.A.P.A.T.H â€“ the social responsibility cell of the college that aims to fight against Human Trafficking. August 31st and September 1st, 2013 saw more than 400 students of management, brimming with energy and infectious enthusiasm trying to educate people about human trafficking and requesting them to extend their precious support in fighting this deep rooted social evil by selling a band to the residents of Pune. These were the students of SCMHRD participating in the large scale social movement of S.H.A.P.A.T.H. , fighting for a cause that was greater than oneself. All this was the part of BAND DRIVE 2013 in which they also got petitions signed to amend Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 (an initiative of ApneAap Worldwide) which are collated and sent across to the President of India. It was a two day event in which SCMHRDians hit the roads, experiencing the ground reality and seizing the opportunity to test their managerial skills to reach as many people as possible with the common purpose of making a conscious effort towards improving the lives of victims of forced prostitution and child labour.
Imagine a talented young girl full of dreams and aspiration who steps out of her cocoon at a tender age with an aim of discovering the world, only to be exploited in a way that even she doesnâ€™t understand completely. Now, how about doing our little bit to help this girl to come out of her tangled mess? You donâ€™t need to spend your entire life for it. You just need to have the drive and initiation to do your tiny bit that contributes to a whole .When we come together, all our efforts to make those tiny impacts compound to create a huge impact. That is what we at S.H.A.P.A.T.H. try to do-give you an opportunity to touch lives and be the change agent for the cause through our BAND DRIVE. The money raised is used to fund our various training and development activities, rehabilitation and repatriation efforts throughout the year like computer training sessions, candle and card making workshops, art therapy sessions, talks from renowned psychologists and prospective income generation activity at the Hadapsar rescue centre and the Mundwa rehabilitation centre. Additionally we also extend logistics support to the Saheli Kitchen foundation in BudhwarPeth, which is the red light area of Pune. The proud part is that every year the amount of money raised increases mutlifold and which in turn helps us to step up our activities. The proceedings are deployed to create sustainable solutions for the women affected by human trafficking and enable them to create a self support system for themselves.
In Pune, BAND DRIVE 2013 evoked an overwhelming response from every nook and corner of the city. The gamut of people ranged from autorickshaw drivers to celebrities like Alia Bhatt and well renowned satirist R.K.Laxman. The event witnessed active and energetic participation from 7 undergraduate colleges as well. Popular dailies hit the newsstands with elaborate news articles, all in praise for the pan-Pune campaign.
This year BAND DRIVE 2013 had a larger reach and had educated about 20,000 people. S.H.A.P.A.T.H. bands on 4700 wrists and 15800 signed petitions project the scale of impact made and indicates the willingness of the denizens of this city to feel and contribute for this sensitive cause. As for us, at the end of the day of the band drive, we were left with mixed emotions, immeasurable satisfaction and lot of introspection.
P.S. We are launching the Mumbai BAND DRIVE soon! Come be a part of the change you want to see around you.