Eye screening camps in rural areas are valuable initiatives that VSN aimed to provide essential eye care services to underserved communities after the pandemic Covid which has been a big threat in the lives of the poor community. These camps help to identify and address vision problems, promote eye health, and facilitate early detection and treatment of eye conditions. VSN with the support of Bhumika eye hospital organized an eye screening camp for the children of the rural schools of the peripheral rural areas and based on the screening results, identified individuals who require further evaluation or treatments and also diagnosed with refractive errors, VSN arranged and support for a selection of appropriate eyeglasses and medications.
In order to foster a culture of caring & sharing and encourage child welfare in the region, VSN organizes Annual “Shishu Kalyan Pratiyogita” every year, which has seen an increasing number of participants year after year. VSN hosted the final contest of the second phase of 9th Rural ‘Shishu Kalyan Pratiyogita’ on March 03, 2020 to pursue a community of healthy children around us.
VSN monitored the physical and psychosomatic responses to assess a wholesome growth in a child. Over the years the number of participating babies has been rising steadily. This year participation touched a new high with 420 babies competing the coveted prize. After stiff competition 56 babies made it to final round. The contestants were judged on several criteria such as; health, weight, growth, psychosomatic responses etc. Dr. Arabinda Panda of Joda Town was invited to preside over the Shishu Kalyan Pratiyogita who judged the children from 0-3 years and also their mothers. The best in each category were awarded by VSN.
It was a special occasion for Vidya Shakti Niyas when Mrs Ruchi Narendran visited the charitable organization on 17th May 2016. Mrs Narendran was joined by Mrs Deshpande, Mrs Patnaik along with Mrs Rosalie Mishra, Secretary (VSN), several volunteers and officials of CSR department, on a visit to the adopted village of Panchananpur.
Mrs Narendran was pleased to see the festive spirit of the village as they welcomed their special guest with traditional music & dance, in native attire and custom. Mrs Narendran inaugurated the newly constructed boundary wall of Panchananpur UP High School, a center of education for nearby children. She witnessed a rural medical camp nearby, conducted regularly as a part of VSN health initiative for the rural poor. The guests planted banana saplings in a cultivation plot, along with villagers. Vidya Shakti Niyas distributed water filters to the villagers during the occasion. Mrs Narendran also visited a new rice flake machine, installed by Maa Mangala Self Help Group, with assistance from VSN.
Mrs Narendran spent quite some time at the village observing various initiatives by Vidya Shakti Niyas. She appreciated the efforts put in by the volunteers in the journey to make Panchananpur a ‘model village’ in the state.
Vidya Shakti Niyas has been conducting health awareness programs for the rural community. Some conducted recently are;
- A Quiz on Mother, Child Care and Family Planning for the ladies of Panchananpur & Anseikala villages.
- Preventive Measures and Cure of Sun Stroke attended by women from Panchananpur and Anseikala.
- How to Prepare ORS at Home amongst the ladies of Panchananpur and Anseikala.
- A Quiz on Home Safety, participated by the ladies from Lahanda and Mutuda villages.
The above programs were highly successful which is evident in the number of people turning out and participating in the above events.