Even though the infrastructure development in our ERC is yet to be complete, various training programs are going on with Prof. Thomas Thevara as its Director. Student groups from different parts of Kerala are arriving here to attend the residential camps designed to attract them to become the volunteers of Environment Protection. This center can cater the training programs for 200 persons at a time with residential accommodation for 100 persons. The building is constructed with the partial financial support under the Grass Root Grant assistance Project of Government of Japan for Rs. 34 Lakhs. We have already spent 60 lakhs rupees for this building, the balance 26 lakhs rupees from OISCA South India sources. We are planning to conduct various training programs for youth in India and abroad in this center.
HGDP, SOOTP and HTHP are some of the prestigious project implemented by
OISCA along with CFP in schools and Colleges. We successfully
completed The Herbal Garden Development Project supported by National
Medicinal Plants Board Department of AYUSH, Govt. of India in 262
schools in Kerala. When we started this project in 2006 after a close
observation Govt. of Kerala entrusted OISCA to implement a similar
project SOOT in another 300 schools for State Medicinal Plants Board.
Now this project also has been successfully implemented in 317 schools.
NMPB sanctioned another project to implement the program in 300 more
school. This project named as Herbal Tree for Health is showing
tremendous growth in 374 schools.
We have also implemented Amla project of National Amla Mission to propagate Amala (Nelli) by planting hybrid variety plants in association with schools and other local NGOs. We are entrusted to do this project in Kasargod, Kozhikode, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam Districts. Next year we are starting Home Herbal Garden project with the support of NMGB
OISCA South India is implementing IDU and Migrants Suraksha Projects with the financial and technical support of Kerala State AIDS Control Society's (KSACS) HIV intervention program among the injection Drug Users (IDUs) and Migrants especially labours, drivers etc. in Calicut district. Injection Drug Users are highly vulnerable to blood born infections, particularly HIV, HCV and HBV. National HIV sentinel surveillance study among the IDU's in Calicut showed the HIV prevalence among them getting doubled into 6.2% in just one year. On the other hand Migrants are more dangerous as they will be the easy prey to this dreaded decease.
As recognition of the various road safety programs of OISCA, Government of India provided OISCA with an Ambulance and a crane to help the people who meet with accidents in roads. The Ambulance is stationed at Calicut and the Crane at Wayanad.
This is a project supported by Karnataka Forest Department under their KSFMBC project aided by JBIC. An agreement was signed between OISCA and Karnataka Government and as per the same OISCA selected 200 schools in Bangalore Urban, Rural, Ramnagara and Mysore districts to implement the Children’s Forest Program and established Love Green Clubs. OISCA coordinated all these activities and conducted various environment awareness programs. Ultimately 20,000 trees will grow under this project. The project is for 3 years, the LOVE GREEN CLUBS established under CFP will take care of the future maintenance of these micro urban plantations after the project period.
This is a project supported by Karnataka Forest Department under their KSFMBC project aided by JBIC. An agreement was signed between OISCA and Karnataka Government and as per the same OISCA selected 200 schools in Bangalore Urban, Rural, Ramnagara and Mysore districts to implement the Children's Forest Program and established Love Green Clubs. OISCA coordinated all these activities and conducted various environment awareness programs. Ultimately 20,000 trees will grow under this project. The project is for 3 years, the LOVE GREEN CLUBS established under CFP will take care of the future maintenance of these micro urban plantations after the project period.
KPMG an international corporate giant approached us to extend our cooperation to utilize their environment protection fund purposefully. This project is to plant 100 seedlings in each of the selected 20 schools in Bangalore and 4 schools in Hyderabad. Planting was completed with the active involvement of KPMG staff and OISCA members at Bangalore and Hyderabad.
The three year forestation Project at Mysore with the financial support of Toshiba Corporation Tokyo, Japan has been successfully completed. The project was implemented in 10 selected educational institutions of JSS Mahavidya Peetha, Myore. As agreed in the project proposal JSS management extended all support to plant 40,000 saplings. More than 6000 students from these institutions were actively involved in this planting program. This project was coordinated by Dr. Tippeyswamy the President OISCA Mysore and Karnataka. The International conference on Climate change and Sustainable Development, held at Mysore was the ultimate result of this healthy tie-up between OISCA and JSS.
In association with OISCA TOYOMA Chapter and Toyoma Prefature Government, Japan. OISCA South India is establishing CHILDREN'S FOREST PROGRAM at Vijayawada, with the support of ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BOARD
As a follow up to the Nagercoil Tree Planting project at Chungan kadai, Nagarcoil chapter entered in a tie up with ISHA Foundation, a spiritual group of Tamilnadu, to regreen a vast area of waste land adjacent to Ayyapa College hills, which was regreened with the support of Green fund, Japan. So far OISCA and ISHA foundation people were able to extend the plantation to 5 more hectors. Local People and Govt. Authorities of Local administration is cooperating with OISCA in this noble venture. This project is implemented by Mr. D. Ravindran. About 1000 students from different CFP schools are participating in the tree planting festivals every year. This land which was barren eight years ago is now converted into a thick forest and the raising water table in the pond dug at the final stage of the project is visible example for the success of the project
About 700 inmates are living in different institutions at the Social Welfare Complex, Vellimadukunnu, Calicut. Out of this 80 inmates are in the old age home. Most of them are ailing with different deceases also. As a part of the Silver Jubilee Year celebrations, Calicut chapter came forward to develop a herbal plantation in about 2 acres, adjacent to this old age home. About 300 big plants of different medicinal species have already been planted in the 1st phase. We have started to develop this as a herbal park with one thousand trees as a memorial of Silver Jubilee year. The inmates of the institutions are taking keen interest in nursing the trees.
To reduce the power shortage Govt. of Kerala wanted to implement Small Hydel Projects at different sites. Govt. has entrusted OISCA South India for implementing this project at Kozhikode and Wayanad Districts. We have carried out the survey at 124 sites and submitted the report to the Govt. for further actions.
The Children's Forest Program popularly known as CFP, the flag ship project of OISCA which was started along with the formation OISCA 25 years ago is in full-swing in about 1700 schools in South India. Love Green Clubs established in Schools are the basic unit of CFP. Last year we have spread this project to Karnataka state also in large scale. The operation methodology of CFP is very simple. At first we approach the school authorities and make them aware about the importance of OISCA Love Green Clubs. Then we select one teacher as a co-coordinator and 100 interested students as members in the club. Awareness class is given as the first step to make the students conscious about the significance of tree plantation and supply saplings for the plantation. We also encourage children to raise plants nurseries to over come the shortage of seedlings at the time of plantation. The total number of saplings planted, comes around 1, 00,000 every year with the participation of 75,000 students. Different types of educational programs, competitions and distribution of study materials are some methods adopted to make the children own up this noble project. It is estimated that during the last 25 years we have planted more than 24, 00,000 various species of Tree saplings through out South India.
We have been entrusted by Government of Kerala to implement Jalanidhi Project in Different Panchayats.1. Maniyur Grama Panchayat, Kozhikode, Dist. and Chorode Grama Panchayat, Kozhikode dist.Earlier we have very successfully implemented Jalanidhi Projects at Thiravumbadi Panchayat (Kozhikode), Thirunelly Panchayat (Wayanad)and Padnna Panchayat, Kasargode dist. Total amount worth 50 crores were spent for these projects and these projects benefited about 20,000 families.The Projects run by chapters: OISCA Children's Park in the heart of Palakkad. Mr. Nagaishi visited this park this year and released special news with photo about this park in Japanese OISCA bulletin. 2. OISCA Bhavan at Sulthan Bathery, well maintained by Bathery chapter. 3. Implementation of Geriatrics centre of Mattannur Chapter is still in progress. Setting up of a Youth Hostel at Idukki by Idukki chapter is in preliminary stage. 4. Setting up of Community centre at Palakkad of Women chapter is in progress.
The Green Wave is a global biodiversity campaign to educate children and youth, being initiated by Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Environment Program (SCBD). Each year, The Green Wave contributes to worldwide celebrations of the International Day for Biological Diversity, May 22. As a part of CFP activity OISCA South India also actively participated in it during this year too. Though all the schools are on summer vacation 27 schools from various chapters were participated. Children engaged in varieties of environmental programs including nominal planting. Certificates were given to all such schools jointly by UN & OISCA.
These are some of the prestigious projects implemented by OISCA along with CFP in schools and colleges. We successfully completed the Herbal Garden Development Project supported by National Medicinal Plants Board of Department of AYUSH, Govt. of India in 262 schools in Kerala in 2006. Since the project has been successfully implemented, as a mark of appreciation, Govt. of Kerala entrusted OISCA to implement a similar project SOOT in another 300 schools for State Medicinal Plants Board and the same hasbeen successfully implemented in 317 schools. About 4-5 lakhs children are involved in this project and they are growing about 60,000 herbal trees/plants under this project. Various types of awareness programs are carried out in schools, besides nursery raising and mass tree planting. Many of the schools have prepared natural medicines with most of the raw drugs collected from their own plantation. They have studied the recipes from ancient Ayurveda texts to prepare the medicines with the help and guidance of experts.Since all these projects have been successfully implemented, National Amla Mission entrusted OISCA to implement a special project to propagate Amla (Nelli) by planting hybrid variety plants in association with schools and other local NGOs. We have implemented this project in Kasaragod, Kozhikode, Alappuzha and Kottayam Districts. We are indebted to Mr. K.K. Chandran, Mr. Sreekumar Dr. K.S. Rajithan and Mr. O.L Pios for the support and guidance extended to implement this project.
This Project is funded by State Medicinal Plants Board and Sir Syed College Taliparamba is supporting OISCA in the implementation. Sacred Groves are the forest left untouched by local people due to some religious belief. We have successfully implemented the project in three Groves at Kannur district.The main activities includes Biodiversity studies, constructing medicinal plant jaiva veli, cleaning up of ponds and wells, awareness campaigns etc. About 1000 medicinal plants were planted as bio fence. More than 40 species of medicinally important plants are preserved in each grove.
Some of the OISCA chapters have undertaken a unique program called 'Save River' from its present deteriorating condition. They are planting thousands of trees on the banks of the river from its origin. Students from different schools and colleges are participating in these projects.
OISCA Chapters are also implementing mangrove forestation activities. Hundreds of college students under the able guidance of Chapter officials are participating in this novel project in different areas of Kerala.
Ministry of Textiles, Government of India selected OISCA International, South India Chapter to implement AHVY in 'Mural style fabric painting craft' at Kozhikode Corporation, in the state of Kerala. We executed the AHVY scheme in 35 Self Help Groups consisting of 20 artisans in each group with a total of 700 artisans from 12 villages in Kozhikode Corporation. Self Help Group provide a social support system, The beneficiaries of all SHGs under these project get free training in mural style fabric painting, better wages through market of finished project, educational scholarship for their children, health and accidental insurance, and above all, other financial help through bank under subsidized schemes. OISCA have now 1600 certified artisans. Some of our artisan's names were recommended for National Awards
We have conducted 'Nai Roshini' - Leadership training for Minority Women - Project of Ministry of Minority Affairs Govt of India.Leadership development, Rights of Women, Home Management, Family Welfare, Communicable dieses, Organic farming for safe food, Life skills, Stress Management & Conflict resolution Skill & Entrepreneurship development, Self & Wage employment, Role of women in Panchayathiraj, Information technology in daily life and Use of internet, Services of Akshaya Centers, Financial literacy & banking, Skill development loan schemes & various credit facilities of Banks, Health & Hygiene, Childhood illness, Safe drinking water & Water conservation, Domestic & Solid waste management, Services of various departments, Right to Information, etc were the other classes taken by eminent faculties from various departments and agencies.
This program has been initiated to disseminate the Children's Forest Program and to nurture those who work for OISCA. We are carrying out this program with the intent to create friendly relations among the nations concerned. The International Foundation for Cultural Harmony and OISCA Academy is sponsoring this program. 35 students have been selected and sent to OISCA Academy for plus two courses till this date. All expenses including airfare, tuition fees, accommodation etc were borne by OISCA. In the reporting year Ms. Megha Geo from Navodaya vidhyalaya, Idukki dist.has successfully completed and returned from Japan. Mr. Siva Srikrishna of Sathya Sai Vidhyapeeth, Koilandi, and Ms Nazila NazerKollam got selection for IEEP for the coming academic year. Mr. Atsuo Sugahara, Manager of OISCA academy and Mr. Nagai were visited Calicut to select students for IEEP during December.
OISCA Women's Forums are working since 1992 with the main objective to ensure participation of women in its activities. The Forum actively participates and supports the activities of OISCA and conducts seminars and workshops on various topics related to women. Classes are also conducted in Handicrafts, Toys making, Fabric Painting, Glass Painting, Ornament Designing etc. on holidays and vacations. They are also conducting various empowerment programes for tribes in tribal belts.Many chapters have their own OISCA Kalakshetram, an OISCA School for the Fine Arts to provide training on Classical music, Instrumental music, Classical dance, Mural Painting, etc. The school also holds special vacation classes and stage programs to encourage children in various fields of Fine Arts.
Focus on youth has been a major policy of OISCA since its inception. This led to the formation of youth forums. All the projects are supported by the youth forum members and on their own also they have been conducting various programs for career guidance, youth empowerment, soft skill developments etc.
For the past eleven years, OISCA South India has been conducting Top teens, a contest to identify and honor young talents. The contest is held at three levels consisting of a preliminary round, a district round and a state round. This year's Top teens contest began with the preliminary written test held at various centers in South India on August 13th 2016. The test was of 90 minutes duration and had 150 objective type questions. Thousands of students participated in the competition. Palakkad chapter got 1st and Vadakara 2nd in enrolling maximum number of students for the contest. Valuation of the answer papers was done at Chapter level and the district level competitions were held at the district headquarters. Three boys and three girls were selected from each district for the final competition. The Grand Finale of the Top Teens was held at OISCA Youth Centre, Calicut, with a whole day of tests and exercises in different aspects like public speaking, memory skill, creativity etc.The winners : Boys Section: 1st Mr. Alwin T. Sunny, St. Thomas HSS, Kannur, 2. Mr. Charles Varghese, Navodaya School, Wayanad, 3. Mr. Pranav S, TKM High school, Kollam, Girls section: 1. Ms. Dona Sabu, MSTR Reymond School, Chempanoda, Calicut, 2. Ms. Nazila Nazer, TKM HSS, Kollam, 3. Ms. Adira Dinesh NP, THSS, Edapal, Malappuram.