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Humble Offering by SAI International

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SAI International distributed food packets in nearby slum areas on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, owing to anticipated cyclone Amphan, amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The representatives of SAI International also counselled the slum dwellers on the importance of adhering to the safety measures as mandated by the Government. They demonstrated the right way of using the mask, on hand washing and using sanitizers.

Basic dry food items like rice, flour, pulses, biscuits, sugar, salt along with soap was gifted to people living in the slums of Bhubaneswar like Nageswar Basti I & II-Sishu Vihar, Jagannath Ambatota Basti, Co-operative Colony, Bagicha Colony and Co-operative Housing Colony-Sailashree Vihar, Chandrasekharpur and Japani Sahoo Colony- Pragati Vihar.

Most of the people residing in slum areas are either daily wage labourers, street vendors or domestic help. The lockdown has drastically affected their income leading to dampened spirits and an unsure future. Adding to their woes, the news of the impending Cyclone Amhan, revived the bitter memories of Cyclone Fani which created havoc during May last year. The SAI International Representatives boosted the morale of the slum dwellers by inspiring them to think positively and be each other’s support during this crucial time.


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SAI International felicitates the Safai Sevaks

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To acknowledge and appreciate the commendable work of the Safai Sevaks during COVID 19 pandemic, SAI International recognised these front line workers on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The Safai Sevaks have been working relentlessly and dedicatedly from doorstep collection of waste to sweeping each and every corner of the street, undeterred by the fear of infection.

SAI International family feels privileged to have gifted a towel each, along with dry food items like flattened rice, sugar, semolina, biscuits and Dettol soap to more than 70 Safai Sevaks of Ward No 6. We humbly salute the services rendered by our BMC Safai Sevaks.

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WE SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY !


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A Token of Appreciation for Odisha Police

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The relentless effort of the Police at this crucial time, to ensure the safety of the people of Odisha is highly commendable. As a token of appreciation and gratitude to the Police, SAI International distributed 500 food packets to the Police personnel stationed in and around areas from Nandankanan to Jayadev Vihar, Acharya Vihar and Vani Vihar. It commenced with distribution at Kalinga Hospital Square on Monday, March 30, 2020.

SAI International has initiated various social connect activities in the wake of COVID 19. As part of that, the distribution of food packets to the Police personnel will continue for a week. Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder and Mentor SAI International expressed his solidarity with the brave Police and said ‘as we grapple with this pandemic and isolate ourselves in the cool comforts of our homes, it is these brave men and women, who are slogging day and night on the road, to minimize the catastrophic spread. A grand salute to our Police force.’

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WITH GRATITUDE !


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SAIoneers celebrate Chief Minister’s birthday at Ashraya Orphanage

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To honour the words of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik to spend quality time with orphans and differently-abled children on his birthday, students of SAI International School visited Ashraya, an organisation for the care and protection of destitute and orphan children on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

The students of SAI International School had a wonderful time interacting with the 45 inmates of the orphanage. SAI students served them lunch with great care and spent some valuable time chit chatting in diversified areas. They learnt about the way of life of the ashram children, their food habits and about their everyday routine. Students also discussed about the importance of education.

Jay Bihari Patnaik, a class VIII student of SAI said that, ‘When I read their everyday menu on the board, I felt so bad. We make great fuss if we don’t get food from KFC, Dominoz or Burger King and these small children have to be content with whatever is given. I have decided to spend my birthday here so that I can treat the children with goodies. Akshat Sankrit, also a student of the same class shared, ‘I must thank our Chief Minister for this wonderful yet selfless idea to celebrate his birthday by gifting smiles to the less privileged children. It is a great lesson for all of us to share our happiness with deprived people, so that our own happiness gets multiplied”.

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The SAI students briefed the ashram children on the purpose of their visit and together celebrated the occasion with great joy.

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WITH LOVE FROM ALL OUR SAIONEERS !


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SAI International Students celebrates Daan Utsav

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It was a joyful time for the 24 students of SAI International School and SAI International Residential School to spend some quality time with the 50 inmates of Swami Bichitrananda Kalyan Ashram, Cuttack on Friday, October 4, 2019. The happiness of the students compounded when they were informed that the Father of the Nation had also spent some time in the Orphanage during his tour to Odisha in June 1925.

The Ashram earns the recognition of being the 2nd Orphanage established in undivided India, the first one being in Lahore, Pakistan. It was established in the year 1925 by Swami Bichitrananda Das, an Advocate and associate of Utkal Gaurav Madhusudan Das. It is also considered as the oldest Orphanage of Independent India. Presently 50 boys in the age group of 5 to 17 years reside in the Orphanage.

Students from both the schools mingled with the inmates, they danced and sang together as well as shared some pleasant experiences, to commemorate the Daan Utsav or Joy of Giving Week. They gifted the children a pouch each called ‘Apna Thaili’, to store their souvenirs. The students were also presented with a towel and some stationery, along with a briefing on the importance of cleanliness.

As part of the ‘100 Library Project’ of SAI International School, the students gifted a library, consisting of an Almirah and some books to the ‘Anathashrama Government Primary School’. The SAI International students also spoke about the significance of book reading and inspired the Ashram children to inculcate the habit at an earliest.

SAI International Education Group celebrates the Joy of Giving Week every year to inculcate the value of compassion and empathy in the students and develop in them an inner urge to render their contribution towards making the society a better place.

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UNTIL NEXT TIME !!!!!


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‘Adopt A School Programme’ of SAI International organise Health Camps @ Sri Harsha Memorial School for the Deaf

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At SAI International, we believe in providing complete hand-holding support to lesser privileged schools locally, in an attempt to elevate their quality of education as well as school-wide development. Since the year 2010, SAI has adopted schools for bringing about this holistic development. These Schools are adopted to address a gamut of issues over a period of time. Selection of school is based off of location and evident need of each institution.

The areas include : Infrastructure Development, Teachers Training, Skill enhancement of students, Youth Leadership Development, Health, Safety and Security.

SAIONEERS took this programme froward  with a focus on Health in 2019 and conducted a two day Health Camp  @ Sri Harsha Memorial School for the Deaf. The camps were completely designed by the students including creation of the teaching modules and selection of how the topic would be presented. The girls chose to present using Graphs and live demonstrations. This was tricky because it made them use more sign language when presenting.

As you can see our SAIONEERS caught on quickly. The girls from Sri Harsha Memorial even taught our girls about a home remedy they use instead of pharmaceutical medicines for menstrual cramping.  The session was extremely successful. It was such a delight to see the barrier of

SAIONEERS held a separate Camp for the Boys of Sri Harsha Memorial. Discussions on personal  hygiene and keeping your surroundings clean and safe. The boys presentation was more video and pictures that were shown through a projector on to a white board. After each concept time was taken to discuss making sure they Deaf students understood. One of the Teachers from the Deaf school remaining  in the room at all times helping transl;ate when necessary.

The sessions ended with a silent clap and a bunch of Smiles!!!!

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SAI International School contributes to CM Relief Fund for Fani affected

 

Students of SAI International School made a humble offering to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund on Thursday, May 16, 2019, to render contribution for the people affected by the severe cyclonic storm, Fani. The students of the School presented a cheque of Rs. Five lakhs to Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik at the Chief Minister’s Office led by Dr. Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Chairman, SAI International.

Earlier, SAI International organised a Community feeding at Chigrortola slum, Patia in Bhubaneswar where around 1000 inhabitants were served with healthy food, followed by clean drinking water on a daily basis, till normalcy was restored in the area.


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Community Meal for Cyclone Fani Victims

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SAI International lends support to the Cyclone affected

SAI International started a humble offering initiative for the cyclone affected people of Chigrortola slum near the OTV Office, Bhubaneswar on Friday, May 10, 2019. The severe cyclonic storm Fani which left a trail of devastation in most parts of Odisha has also badly paralysed the capital city of Bhubaneswar.

Around 650 people residing in the area were served with lunch, followed by clean drinking water through community kitchen. The lunch programme continued till normalcy was restored in the area. The enthusiastic students and staff of SAI International selflessly and whole heartedly served the people with great care and enthusiasm. The young SAIoneers were deeply touched by the plight of the slum dwellers. The inhabitants of the slum, especially the women and children expressed their happiness for the timely help.

LENDING A HELPING HAND EVERYWHERE WE GO!!!


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International Day of Service @ Missionaries of Charity

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International Day of Service was celebrated by Senior Going Global Club and Kids For Peace Chapter of SAI International School at the Missionaries of Charity – Mother Teresa Center. A small group of students spent the morning passing out snacks and juice to the elderly, physically and mentally challenged residents.

Afterward they spent time speaking, laughing, singing and even dancing. It was truly a heartwarming way to spend the morning in the service of others. Dancing was by far the favourite activity. Both the students and the elderly danced with big smiles from ear to ear. Even “Rangabhati” was sang vigorously as most the residents knew the song by heart.

They also donated nonperishable items like biscuits and crackers along with much need toiletries.

Visiting this place is both happy and sad at the same time, torn between smiles and the feeling that these people are left with no one. Hats off the the MTC Sisters who sacrifice daily to provide their minute by minute needs.

International Day of Services is a SAIONEER favourite. The thrill of stepping out of your regular routine to help another human being is one we all love.

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Let’s end with the words of Mother Teresa herself “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

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JOY OF GIVING @ VRIDDHI SOAP VOCATIONAL CENTER

IMG_2155Celebrating Joy of Giving – As part of the celebration of Joy of Giving Week or Daan Utsav, twenty students and three Teacher-Coordinators of SAI International School visited ‘Vriddhi’, a vocational centre for Special Needs People. Organised by The Going Global Club, Interact Club  and Kids for Peace Chapter of the school, students went with a mission to upgrade the soap making process of the Vriddhi Soap Making Vocational Center while sharing time and some smiles.

The inmates of Vriddhi are involved in soap making, which is a few months old Startup. To help them leverage their activity, students of SAI conducted a training session covering hygiene issues like use of latex gloves, hair nets, aprons etc…

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They also provided the organization with a Storage bucket, gloves, hairnets, aprons to help them maintain the hygiene level while making soaps. SAIoneers also learnt to make soaps, getting involved in the 5-step process of soap making, working hand in hand with the inmates of Vriddhi.

A small community library was also donated to the organisation under the 100 Library Project of SAI to help the new friends enhance their learning horizon. A story telling session was organised, songs were shares and all the children sang and danced to their heart’s content.

SAIONEERs also took some time to interact and share some smiles. Games were played between the students ans Vriddhi participants. SAI believes in not just giving but forming relationships and lasting memories.

The Joy of Giving Week is an event that is observed every year with a lot of enthusiasm, reflecting the spirit of empathy and generosity of the students, teachers and parents alike. This festival of philanthropy held from Oct 2 to 8 every year unites millions of people across the country in celebrating the joyous donation drive. This gives people an opportunity to reach out to less privileged people with their acts and words of kindness.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES AROUND US IS OUR GOAL.

LAUGH DANCE SING !!!!

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