City-based NGO Meshaan Foundation celebrated its foundation day with fervour at Tagore Theatre, Chandigarh, by committing itself to further strengthen and expand its activities for social causes.
Chief Guest Rajesh Jogpal, IAS, Registrar Cooperative Societies, Haryana, lighted the lamp to begin the celebration. Special guests of honour included actress-cum-social activist Deepali Rajput and ex-RJ turned actor-film writer Manav Anand Ahuja. The other guests present were RJ Geet, RJ Jassi, and RJ Gagan.
A nukkad natak on water conservation and an eight-minute long feature film directed by Samar Manhotra based on menstrual hygiene management made under the aegis of Meshaan Foundation’ were the highlights of the event.
Film on Menstrual Hygiene
Talking to media persons, Dr Prabhjot Guron Bajju, Founder-Director, Meshaan Foundation, said, “The Meshaan Foundation has been spreading awareness about menstruation health management and safe disposal of sanitary pads for which we have been organising sessions under the menstruation health campaign”.
“In keeping with our vision to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene, we have supported the making of a film named PEST on the same subject,” says Dr Bajju.
Manav Anand Ahuja, the writer, co-producer and lead actor of the educational film PEST based on menstrual hygiene awareness said, “We wanted to educate particularly ‘men’ about menstrual aspects of women through this movie. The reason for this is that during school days’ boys are kept away from menstrual education, while special lectures are given only to girl students. We aim to bridge the gap and educate men about what sort of pain women go through during their menstrual cycles,” said Ahuja.
Meanwhile, a cultural dance performance by MA Dance Academy, Panchkula enlivened the occasion. All the volunteers and supporters of Meshaan Foundation were felicitated by the chief guest and guests of honour.
Meshaan Foundation’s Sphere of Work
The NGO Meshaan Foundation has been working on various socially beneficial projects like self-defence workshops for girls in government girls’ schools, among NCC girl cadets, plantation drives, etc. The NGO is also working on a plastic free project, and has started plantation drives to increase the participation of youngsters in safeguarding the environment.
A herbal garden was recently established at Government Modern Senior Secondary School(GMSSS), Sec 38 W, Dadu Majra Colony (DMC) by Meshaan Foundation. Moreover, the NGO also creates small shelters to fulfil the need for water of community animals and birds during the harsh summers. It keeps donating clothes and medicines to underprivileged people from time to time.