This team worked with a public high school in Bangalore. Based on their interactions with the students and staff at the school, they realized that the school’s main issue was the poor condition of the bathroom. Therefore, the team worked to fix repairs and procured new materials to renovate the bathroom. Along with this straightforward solution they also created awareness on the importance of cleanliness and hygiene among the students and ensured sustainability of their project by installing multiple recyclers which would convert food waste into cleaning agents.
This team worked with a children’s home called Sparsha Trust in Bangalore. This group of Grade 9 students worked with a wide range of stakeholders to improve the living condition and enhance the learning opportunities of the 40 students at the center. They supported the center by helping them with their technological and infrastructural issues.
This team worked with an orphanage called “Kritagyata Trust” in Bangalore. While conducting the community needs assessment, they identified three main problems: lack of bathrooms, prevalence of diseases borne by mosquitoes, and a lack of awareness of hygiene among the children. They raised funds and fixed these main issues by working with external contractors to make the infrastructural changes and by spending time with the children in the orphanage in order to initiate a positive behavioral change.
This team worked with Shastri School for the Deaf and Dumb in Bangalore. Upon speaking with the students, teachers and caretakers of the school, the team found that the school needed help with infrastructural support and in procuring some basic necessities, including clean drinking water, benches, and books. Therefore, the team went about raising funds and procuring the materials that the school required to create a better environment so the students could receive a better education.
This team worked with a school called Mathru Educational Trust for the Blind. This school provides free education, vocational training, skill development, living quarters, as well as food to its students. Upon conducting their initial survey, the team found that the students were having the most trouble with grasping math and science concepts. So, they consulted with the teachers at the school and procured learning aids for students with visual impairment.
This team worked with an orphanage for boys called Adarane Charitable Trust. The orphanage houses children aged between 8 and 15 years. The team found that the main problem plaguing the orphanage was lack of affordable healthcare. Children fell ill with common colds and fevers on a regular basis which meant they missed school often. Hence the team sought a sustainable solution and decided to introduce the children to the idea of ‘Ayurveda’- a system of natural healing that has its origins in India’s Vedic culture.
This team worked with Belakku School in Bangalore. The school houses about 100 differently-abled children who have conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism, and learning and speech disabilities. During the team’s community needs assessment, the students learned that the school needs better resources to serve the students. The team decided to raise funds to procure these resources and was able to fundraise INR 1,10,000 to procure audio-visual equipment and specialized chairs for students with cerebral palsy.
This team worked with Pragati School which is a school for children of nomadic parents. The school provides education from grades 1 to 5. When the team found that the school was faced with two big challenges of providing quality education and free meals to students, the team decided to partner with external organizations who would work directly with the school to solve these problems. The team partnered with U&I organization to tackle the issue of quality education, primarily because at the school only had one teacher for all the students. The team partnered with Akshaya Patra to address the additional challenge of bringing free meals to the school.
This team worked with an organization called Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled. It is a not-for-profit which enables people with disabilities keep pace with the rest of the society by providing education, nutritious meals and vocational training. When they surveyed the students, facilitators and caretakers at the organization, the team found that the organization needs support by procuring tools that would enable the students to learn better. Hence the team developed a massive fundraising campaign and procured these tools for the organization.
This team worked with an ashram housing complex of around 90 boys; 50 of whom have mild to severe mental or physical disabilities. Once the team spoke to the caretakers and boys, they found that one of the primary needs at the ashram was to have a proper drainage and plumbing system. Additionally, the need to procure pillows with specialized back and neck support for young men with a physical disability (to help with physiotherapy). Therefore, the team raised money, and first received a commercial level stainless sink system installed to ensure that water would not stagnate and cause mosquito borne disease, which is commonly found with a lack of drainage. The team also partnered with a company to donate high density latex pillows.
This team worked with a public school called Allalasandra Government Primary School. The school has about 400 students and 8 teachers. By talking to the students and teachers, the team found that one of the main challenges was the need for computers for teaching purposes. Hence the team went about writing to various big corporates and multinational companies to partner directly with the school and support them in their technological needs so the school would be supported even after the students had completed their Mission Possible projects.
Conscious of the critical role partnerships play in achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs), this team worked towards creating awareness about the SDGs with corporate organizations. This was done with a view to encourage private companies to disburse their corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds more meaningfully. They supported other Mission Possible groups financially by connecting them to companies that were able to provide financial and technical support.
This team worked with an underresourced government school to address infrastructure and spaces that were vandalized or in need of improvement. They worked towards improving the conditions of the school by installing water dispensers, donating books to the library, getting the water filtration system mended and raising awareness about health and human rights. Their goal was to support quality education by contributing to create and maintain a safe, healthy and positive learning environment for targeted school children.
This team worked towards creating a sustainable model of income generation for Asha Foundation, a center for autistic children. Research has found that repetitive work like block printing is therapeutic for people with autism so they used this knowledge and partnered with experts to monetize this skill for the benefit of these children. The team then worked with 20 young teens at the center to produce block-printed themed tote bags and conducted sales at different locations.
This team worked with teenage girls in Jnana Deepika School to tackle the high instances of anaemia and improve overall health. They created a drink mix which had all the required nutrients to tackle anemia and supplied it to the students’ community. They also built awareness in the community to prevent further incidence of deficiency and taught them to balance their nutrition.
This group worked towards supporting quality education for students at a public school using multisensory learning. They worked with the students of Parikrama Centre for Learning at Sahakarnagar, Bangalore. This school caters to orphaned and abandoned children and children belonging to households whose income is less than INR 3000 per month. They used the method of multisensory learning so the content reaches visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners. They conducted lessons on various topics in science.
This team worked to help improve the infrastructure of an orphanage in Bangalore. The orphanage with 50 children was largely rundown and in need of infrastructural support. They renovated large parts of the orphanage with support from a company sponsor, Gebrit. They also had some hands-on activities with the kids and painted “diyas” or little clay lamps, which they sold to raise money for the orphanage.
This team worked with Angel’s Orphanage in Shivajinagar, Bangalore. During the community needs assessment, the students learned that the orphanage was unable to afford hot water due to high electricity bills. The team decided to address this issue by raising money to provide a water heater.
This team focused on raising awareness about the benefits of terrace gardening. They partnered with experts to conduct terrace gardening workshops to raise awareness on making cities and towns sustainable. They visited apartment complexes and distributed air purifier plants, kitchen herbs and other plants which have medicinal properties.
This group worked on building a library and improving the infrastructure at the Allalsandra Government School. They chose this as their community because of the poor quality of learning and lack of infrastructure in public schools. They got shelves built for the library and donated books, got the kitchen cleaned and installed shelves. They worked towards inculcating a love for reading among students and also to provide them a better learning environment.
This group worked towards creating awareness and took action to reduce human-animal conflicts. They planned to create gardens in the city that would act as false habitats/paths leading animals back into the forests. They set up awareness seminars on preventing and remaining safe during human-animal encounters. They spread safety guidelines created by wildlife experts in apartments and neighborhoods.
Mission Possible students at Vidyashilp Academy worked to improve the quality of education at a school for Sri Lankan refugees. They restored the school library, conducted workshops to improve students’ literacy skills and global awareness, engaged in dialogues about health and hygiene, and coordinated guest lessons delivered by Vidyashilp teachers to provide additional math support for students and teachers. The Mission Possible students contributed to increased engagement in educational activities for students and teachers, as well as greater awareness of and openness about health and hygiene issues!