Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur was formed to inspire, motivate and guide women to lead their lives with dignity and pride through affirmative action and networking. It has a vision to bring about a positive change in the lives of women and girls through education, empowerment and development of their skills and abilities. The Bombay Chembur Club was founded in 1995, chartered in 1997 and currently has 21 dedicated members who have a common goal of working towards the upliftment of women and the girl child.
The name Soroptimist was coined from the Latin soror meaning sister, and optima meaning best. Soroptimist is perhaps best interpreted as ‘the best for women’. From the founding of the first Soroptimist Club in Oakland, California, in 1921, through to the present day where over 3000 clubs are flourishing throughout the world, Soroptimists have continued to strive to achieve ‘the best for women’ in every sphere of their lives.
Many of the PCER faculty members are active Soroptimists members. They organize and participate in most of the activities undertaken by SIBC. They also hold important posts in the club.
PCER students are also actively involved in many events organized with the SIBC. This instills the value of sharing and caring among the young students. It also gives students opportunity to volunteer and serve for the underprivileged section of the society. This develops empathy, sensitivity, problem solving ability among the students as well as faculty members.
The following table shows the year wise posts held by the PCER faculty members.
|2014-16||Dr. Sunita Wadikar||National Association Soroptimist International Extension Officer|
|2014-16||Dr. Reni Francis||SIBC President|
|2014-16||Ms. Swasti Dhar||SIBC Extension Officer|
|2012-14||Ms. Sunita Jain||SIBC Secretary|
Literacy is very important for the socio-economic progress and empowerment. To spread this message Pillai College of Education and Research in association with Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur conducted sessions which covered Conversational English, basic Literacy (Reading, Writing, Maths) and skill development programmes.
B.Ed. students also created awareness on Environment conservation, educating girl child through street plays.
WDC organized AIDS Awareness workshop on 8th December, 2016. The workshop was organized to create a sense of awareness among the students and also to sensitize them on the alarmingly increasing cases of AIDS in the world and our duties and responsibilities as global citizens to spread awareness to the masses on the same.
A short film was screened for students on AIDS to sensitize them and create awareness about the signs and symptoms, modes of transmission etc., followed by a round of discussion and sharing of knowledge and experiences from the students.
Our guest speaker, Dr. Shankar Chawla, (Practicing Homeopath) gave insights about Aids.
Various competitions were held like the Poster competition, Slogan competition, Campaign, Skits, and Speech etc to sensitize students on AIDS and nurture creativity in them.
Fistful of Grain project was scheduled on 10th October, 2016. It aimed in providing grains such as (rice and dal) to the underprivileged section in our society. The beneficiaries of this project were the inmates of an NGO – Access Life in Deonar, who were undergoing treatment for cancer, so the grains collected have been able to provide for their meals for more than a week.
Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur organized Jumble Sale at the Pillai Campus at Chembur from 15th to 17th October, 2015 to celebrate the Joy of Giving Week.
There was a great sense of satisfaction among the participants having participated in the true spirit of the “Joy of Giving”.
This event was co-ordinated by Dr. Sunita Wadikar and the PCER team.
MES’s Pillai College of Education and Research (PCER), Chembur initiated the project Fistful of Grain in collaboration with Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur on 14th October, 2015.
The Fistful of Grain signifies how the small contribution of every member can collectively contribute largely to eradicate hunger. Dr. Wadikar explained how SIBC had identified the NGO Access Life as the beneficiary for the contribution. Access Life is an NGO which provides free housing, food and travel to and fro to Tata Memorial Hospital to eight children below the age of 10, who are suffering from cancer. This facility is also extended to their parents and thus, at a time, twenty four people are housed with Access Life.
The programme ended with everyone putting a fistful of grain into a jute bag to signify their pledge to end hunger.
Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur in collaboration with SIBC installed a sanitary napkin vending machine for school and college studying in the Chembur campus of Mahatma Education Society. Dr. Daphne Pillai, founder president SIBC, inaugurated the installation of the vending machine. This project was done keeping in mind the accessibility of health and hygiene for women and especially underprivileged girls studying in the Chembur campus. Girls are finding it very useful and handy for them in times of need.
Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur in association with Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur organized Jumble Sale from 7th to 9th October, 2014 to celebrate Joy of Giving week.
The faculty, students of PCER and SIBC members collected used clothes, shoes, jewellery, curtains and other household articles and put it up for sale ata very marginal prices of Rs. 10 to Rs. 100 per item. More than 500 people from the nearby poor localities visited the campus and took maximum benefit from this sale.
The project ‘Adult Literacy Drive ‘was nomin\\\d for the best project award at 80th SIGBI Federation Conference. Prof Reni Francis and Prof. Sunita Jain, faculty of PCER and Soroptimist members, got an opportunity to represent Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur club at Harrogate, London, UK at the conference.
The members also got an opportunity to visit St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School. This gave an insight of how Public schools functions in UK. The infrastructure, curriculum, teachers and students were carefully analyzed which provided good learning.
The visit to Cambridge University was also very enriching. The members met the head of the curriculum coordinators of Cambridge University. This exchange of ideas and views were also very productive.
Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur in association with Pillai College of Education and Research, Chembur empowered economically weaker women sections of nearby area through Adult Literacy Drive. The beneficiaries of the drive were women who were working as domestic help in nearby localities like Chembur, Mankhurd and Gowandi. Dr. Sunita Wadikar spearheaded the nine months program with a team of diligent workers.
The drive was divided in four modules:
- Functional Literacy Skills
- Numerical Skills
- Job Oriented Skills
- Soft Skills