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Anbu Suvar optimising utility of ‘waste

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Materials that are otherwise relegated as waste in households and end up in garbage bins are now finding their way to the ‘Wall of Kindness’ (Anbu Suvar), unveiled in the city recently by Tiruchi Corporation.

Much to the relief of the civic authorities, residents are responding enthusiastically to the initiative conceptualised as a platform for optimising utility of old dresses, notebooks, foot wear, and other material.

Anbu Suvar is being experimented successfully at the K. Abishekapuram zonal office. Under the initiative, residents wishing to engage in charity are dropping the materials that they do not require, but will be of use to others.

Ever since Anbu Suvar was opened, it has been witnessing a steady stream of donors. The visitors bring old dress materials and footwear and drop them on the shelves. The dress materials, in fact, are coming in bulk to such an extent that they have to be placed on the floors.

According to an official, Anbu Suvar receives an average of 50 to 60 donors daily.

It has so far received more than 2,000 garments since it was inaugurated in the last week of December.

Likewise, residents of urban slums walk in to collect the materials that suit them. In fact, the receivers are lesser in number compared to givers. The materials handed over by the donors are piling up, but the shelves are insufficient to store them. “A proper management system should be set up in place to display the materials suitably,” said P. Kannan of Kumaran Nagar, who brought five old dresses to Anbu Suvar.



source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/anbu-suvar-optimising-utility-of-waste/article22394779.ece


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Celebration with a humane touch

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The dawn of 2018 saw city police personnel commencing their work with a humane touch. Deviating from the customary practice of calling on their higher-ups to greet them on the New Year day, the men in uniform instead spent time with senior citizens in old age homes, persons with disabilities and minors housed in Children’s Homes prior to kick-starting their regular duties.

The brief visit by the men in khaki indeed came as a pleasant surprise on day one of the New Year for the elders spending the fag end of their lives in old age homes situated across the city. The novel idea of making police personnel spend some time with elders, minors and persons with disabilities at the start of the New Year came from the Commissioner of Police A. Amalraj.

The Commissioner himself led his team by paying a visit to one of the children’s home and an old age home in the city and interacting with the elders and children. Police sources said the old age homes, those meant for persons with disabilities and the Children’s Homes were identified within the city limits.

A plan was subsequently drawn up as per which officers were nominated to visit old age homes, children’s home and those meant for persons with disabilities. Officers from the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police to Inspectors of Police were assigned specific places they had visit before starting their regular work schedule.

Every Assistant Commissioner of Police went with a team of police personnel attached to the particular range the nominated old age home/ children home.

“It was a pleasant surprise for the elders when our team stepped inside an old age home where about 65 senior citizens have been accommodated. The elders really felt delighted when our team spent some useful time with each one of them”, said a senior police officer. “We could see their heart filled with joy in that 30 minute interaction”, the officer said adding that the police team equally felt content and satisfying.

The team gave away fruits to every senior citizen and sweet box from their personal contribution.

The elders who felt lonely profusely thanked us for having met and spent time with them, the officer added.

Another team spent about two hours in a children’s home in the city presenting the kids with cake, notebooks, pencil and sweets. The children felt extremely elated interacting with us and we too felt equally happy spending time with them, said a woman Police Inspector.

“The whole idea was to make the police personnel begin their work with a humane approach on the New Year Day and spend some time with the elders and children which would make them feel happy and reassured,” said Mr. Amalraj.

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Abhyasa Kendra opens production unit

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Abhyasa Kendra, a school for children with special needs in Srirangam run by the Chennai-based Kinchitkaram Trust, recently inaugurated a small production unit to manufacture eco-friendly areca fibre plates and packaged spice mixes that will be operated completely by its students.

A total of 28 young adults with special needs underwent vocational training for over a year ahead of the formal opening of the unit on December 14. The plates produced by the unit are priced at Rs. 5, while spice mixes cost Rs. 80 per 250 gm.

“The making of spice mixes involve processes such as grinding and mixing which helps in improving the fine and gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination of individuals with special needs. The plate-making helps to improve their proprioception, leg strength and motor skills,” said a note from the Kendra.

Vedic scholar Velukkudi Sri U. Ve Krishnan Swami guides the Kinchitkaram Trust. Abhyasa Kendra was established in Srirangam in October 2015.

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Wall of happiness inaugurated in Trichy

Bridging the haves and have-nots, the wall of happiness, an initiative by Trichy City Corporation (TCC) with an objective to reuse the gently used products was thrown open for public on Saturday.

The wall of happiness is a platform for good Samaritans to place both their used and unused products but strictly in a good state on the shelves established in the wall so that needy people from underprivileged families can pick up the stuffs for their use.
Established in Allithurai road close to the Amma Canteen near K Abishekapuram zonal office of Trichy Corporation, provisions for as many as 18 shelves have been made in the wall of happiness running for 25 feet in length.

Corporation officials said that the wall of happiness besides promoting brotherhood in the city may also bring down the quantity of reusable products heading to scrap and bins. "Residents instead of throwing products of good quality such as cloths and footwear can make use of the wall of happiness.

The gently used products once placed in the wall can be picked by the needy people for whom the products will mean a lot," Corporation Commissioner N Ravichandran said while inaugurating the wall of happiness.

Trichy Corporation has made it clear that no food products should be placed in the shelves of wall as the compromises in quality of food items with or without the knowledge of donor might affect the people using the wall.

Civic body after opening the facility appealed to the denizens to donate books and toys good in quality in large for making a difference in the life of underprivileged children. As the wall has been established close to the zonal office of the civic body in Allithurai road adjacent to Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital, corporation officials said that the security guards in the corporation office would additionally guard the wall of happiness.

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