Samaritans is the social initiatives club of MDI Gurgaon. The vision of the club is to harness the management acumen of ManDevIans in making a difference to the society. We aim at inculcating a culture of social responsibility among aspiring managers of today through various events within MDI as well as by working with NGOs and corporate on significant projects.
Activities conducted during Lockdown (April 2020-May 2021):
Ration distribution for Construction workers (April-May) During Lockdown 1.0, when many of the workers unfortunately lost their sources of earnings due to pause on all economic activities, we took the initiative to conduct an online donation drive collecting funds from the students and faculty of MDI for some construction workers. This was done to provide them with a basic ration kit. The donation collected was used to provide support in form of enough ration for 29 construction workers’ families.
Outreach partners for Pride Circle (June) Pride circle is a leading consultancy company which provides job related consultancy and recruitment opportunities for candidates belonging to LGBTQ+ community. In the month of June, which is celebrated as the Pride month across the globe, Samaritans signed up as an outreach partner for #21DaysAllyChallenge organised by Pride Circle. Our work was not just limited to promotion of competition, but also included encouragement of participation from the institute and social branding of the competition. We saw huge participation from the institution as well as otherwise.
Strong Against COVID Week (24th August-28th August 2020) A week-long event that included creating awareness and sensitivity among people in times of COVID through social media posts and emails. In an attempt to help people in improving their lifestyle and mindset, we propagated the advantages of home remedies, simple exercises that can be done at home, myths vs facts, positivity and optimism, inspirational and motivational information online.
Push your Limits Competition (24th August-28th August 2020) As part of Strong against COVID week, we organised a “Push your limits” challenge and launched it as a competition for the students and faculty. It challenged them with a daily exercise task to be completed and submitted to the team. We recorded huge participation and received immense support for this. At the end of the week, we announced 2 winners for the challenge.
Teacher’s Day, Thank you Professor (5th September 2020) A new initiative was launched this year to celebrate the contribution of our professors to our lives. On account of Teacher’s Day, we collected responses from the current 2nd year students and shared the same with respective professors in form of a card over mail. We got a very good response from the students and many professors shared their blessings and kind words for the batch.
NGO marathon days (25th-27th September) It is always a good idea to be someone’s reason of smile. Even though we are at our homes we decided to conduct e-visits to NGOs this year. Students from the batch organised and participated in online visits to 5 NGOs /Orphanages /Old age homes during these 3 days. We conducted a Zoom meeting with these institutions which were spread across the country and received immense participation from the first-year students.
Plant at Home drive (21st -24th September) Each year, Samaritans, conducts a plantation drive at campus. This year as we were away from our campus, we decided to conduct a similar drive but at our home. Students planted seeds and saplings in their home kitchen gardens or in earthen pots for their balconies. We saw an enthusiastic participation from students and shared their pictures on our social media.
Reaching out to children of Human Hope Foundation (21st-22nd November) As a part of our Children’s Day celebration, this year we interacted with the children of Human Hope Foundation virtually. It began with getting to know them, their dreams and passions, and proceeded to fun games involving music, Pictionary and word play. Their spontaneity and wit enthralled us. With an aim to guide them in the right direction, we closed the session with an educational video to help them choose the right path. Samaritans also distributed gift kits to the children which included story books, colours and cream rolls.
Launch of 'Athenaeum of Knowledge' (19th November) A new initiative in the form of a repository was launched with links to blogs, e-books, websites, podcasts and YouTube channels for a variety of topics. This covered a wide range of topics, from the creative arts like dance and music, to science subjects. We saw participation from students in large numbers, which will also help in breaking the ice between those with common interests.
Kindness week (25th-30th December): On the occasion of Christmas and New Year, this year Samaritans planned Kindness Week (an initiative to celebrate and encourage kindness) which covered 6 events/activities across 6 days. The week started with “Being Santa” for the kids of Human Hope Foundation, sending them gifts and conducting an engaging art and craft session with them, followed by the “Joy never gets Old” event where Samaritans virtually visited the Tollygunge Home in Kolkata and distributed ration to support the old age home. This was followed by the “Love yourself and being kind to others” event, where the team shared informative videos on topics like importance of health, nutrition and inner happiness. On the 4th day, with the help of Being Social NGO, the team hosted “Honor Her” for creating menstrual awareness among underprivileged women. Day 5 saw Samaritans celebrating diversity by providing the Transgender community a platform to share their stories. The final day was a day of gratitude where students, faculty and staff were encouraged to communicate what they were grateful for.
Story-book sessions (Weekends November’20-April’21): Samaritans had distributed storybooks to children of Human Hope Foundation, and since then regularly hosted sessions for the students. These sessions were interactive, where the children were asked to read a passage from the book and communicate their understanding and takeaways, helping them improve their vocabulary as well as comprehension skills.
Imperium (20th-22nd February, 2021): For Imperium, Samaritans successfully conducted 4 activities over three days. We began with “Manage Right”, which was an educational lecture for the transgender community who were taught marketing and entrepreneurship. Day 2 saw two engaging activities, Say it like you meme it to promote awareness about social stigmas, and CSR Tambola to create awareness about CSR performed by various companies. We ended Imperium with our flagship event on the final day, Beyond Karma, a case study competition based on social issues.
13. Aarohan Week (5th -10th March, 2021): Samaritans successfully completed the activities for Aarohan Week '21 spreading awareness about various causes. The Tree of life Workshop was conducted to help students from Human Hope Foundation NGO understand the importance of introspection and Samaritans distributed stationery to carry this out. On day 2, a Waste to Wonder workshop cum competition was conducted to spread a message of recycling and sustainability amongst the youth. This was followed by She is Strength, a Breast Cancer Awareness workshop for the students of MAD(Make a Difference) NGO in Maharashtra. Throughout the week, Create an Impact, an awareness program towards good health was ongoing. Samaritans saw a donation of around INR3000 by using the Impact App, where participants just had to walk/run and that would generate money for charity. In order to create empathy towards the stray, Samaritans encouraged students to Feed The Stray by launching a challenge on Instagram. In order to spread awareness about social entrepreneurship among the youth, the SocioPATH Competition was launched in collaboration with MILE. We finally concluded Aarohan Week by creating awareness about Leprosy and donating items of general use to Nav Jeevan Kusht Ashram, and also gathered some information from the residents and doctors and tried to bust myths over our social handle.