Elixir Club, Youth for Cancer Awareness and Prevention
Richa Bajimaya Memorial Foundation is a non-profit NGO working with the vision of “Uniting for a movement against Cancer”.
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Richa Bajimaya Memorial Foundation
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¿Hace cuánto que viene operando tu organización?
Operando entre 1-5 años
La necesidad: ¿Cuál es el problema que tratas de solucionar?
Lack of awareness causes loss of thousands of lives globally to preventable and curable cancer cases. It also determines the way the society perceives cancer and cancer patient. The situation is quite severe in Nepal where more than 40% of the population is illiterate. Even the literate do not possess adequate knowledge about cancer. Most cases reported in hospitals are at advanced stages signifying the lack of awareness and practice regarding–its prevention, early detection and appropriate treatments. Also cancer is often seen with fear and cancer patient with pity.
We aim to disseminate awareness so that people can adopt a more healthy lifestyle and seek appropriate measures ahead of time so that thousands of lives can be saved. We also wish to develop positive attitude towards cancer.
La solución: ¿Cuál es tu solución? Sé específico.
We believe that young children have the power to act as change makers among their peers; in their family, their neighborhood and society as a whole. Hence, this project plans to spread cancer awareness in young students, the makers of the society hence preparing them to combat cancer with the right attitude. The activities include:
• To conduct Awareness campaigns through documentaries, interaction and IEC materials focusing on tobacco, diet and exercise, danger signs of cancer, its prevention, treatment options, attitude towards cancer.
• To conduct different literary events such as arts, drama, essay, speech and debate
• To Train on healthy diet
• To Promote healthy lifestyle through different sport events
• To Mobilization of students to generate awareness in and around the school premises as students are agents of change.
El Modelo: Muéstranos a través de un ejemplo específico cómo tu solución hace una diferencia, incluye tus actividades primarias
The Elixir Club is a model for generating awareness on cancer and encouraging to acquire the healthy lifestyle. The youth at the Elixir Club will get knowledge on the different aspects of cancer and will impart this knowledge to their peers, families, societies and nation as a whole also spreading the positive attitude towards cancer.
Since the last six months, when VS Niketan decided to partner with us against cancer, our Foundation has constantly provided various trainings, information and guidance needed by the team of young students from the school to take a lead in their respective communities.
As part of the project, the students recently decided to take a step towards enforcing the new formulated “Tobacco Control and Regulatory Act, 2068” around their school campus. They interacted with shopkeepers and pedestrians within the 100m radius of the school premises and educated them about the ban of smoking and the sale of tobacco products in public areas.
Our pioneer Elixir Club at Ideal Model School has successfully conducted an Inter School Meet on various literary competitions including 8 schools on the occasion of the World No Tobacco Day 2011. It was a platform where youth addressed their own problems and came up with their own solutions.
All this and so much more make us believe that youth are not the leaders of tomorrow but today itself.
El mercado: ¿Quiénes son tus pares y competidores? Identifica a otros que también estén trabajando para dar respuesta a las necesidades que tú abordas y en qué te diferencias de ellos. ¿Cuáles son los desafíos que estos jugadores podrían representar para tu éxito o crecimiento?
Organizations such as NCRS and NNCTR are also working in the field of cancer mainly focusing on treatment and early detection aspect. They also organise the educative program on cancer on occasion basis.
As a memorial foundation we are a team of devoted individuals, who understand that awareness comes from self realization and it should be a continuous process rather than interval based. Thus, the concept of the elixir club imparting awareness in regular basis via different activities as well as promotion of the positive attitude towards cancer. We mainly believe in active involvement of the receiver rather than participating as audience and the elixir club provides the opportunities and ground for involvement and bringing change in individual as well as social environment.
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Richa Bajimaya Memorial Foundation is a non-profit NGO working with the vision of “Uniting for a movement against Cancer”
Identifica lo que es innovador en tu solución en 1-2 frases cortas. [136 caracteres/25 palabras]
Children and youth are not the target but the most powerful tool for a positive change.
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¿Cuál ha sido el impacto de la solución hasta la fecha?
- More than 4000 students now are aware about cancer and its preventive and curative aspects.
- Eight Schools have opened Elixir clubs paving the way to make their school, families and community aware on cancer.
- Students themselves have begun to initiate awareness programs in their respective communities. Examples can be given of the awareness program carried out by the Elixir Club of V S Niketan on implementation of 'Tobacco Control and Regulatory Act 2068' around school area at Minbhawan and by Elixir club of Occidental Public School at a remote village of Dhading district on the effects of Tobacco use.
- Students conduct regular information sessions, speeches, and articles at their own schools to educate the students and staff.
¿Cuál es tu impacto proyectado para los próximos 1-3 años?
- More students will be made aware about cancer through the 'Awareness and Interaction Program'
- The Elixir Club Network will be expanded to around 15 schools by the end of three years.
- Change in attitude among the youth through activities focused on FCTC, Healthy Diet and Physical Exercise.
- Initiatives such as the one from the students from VS Niketan will be implemented by all the eight current Elixir Clubs.
¿Qué barreras pueden dificultar el éxito de tu proyecto? ¿Cómo planean superarlas?
- The main barrier would be manage the smooth monitoring of the Elixir Clubs. Material development, volunteer management, activities, training of trainee are the major areas which we intend to focus. We have a certain pool of resource people and volunteers who work with us selflessly. However we do need some hired volunteers for the smooth functioning. We tend to overcome this problem through recruiting permanent staffs on hired basis and development of the various tools like the IEC materials which are essential for our endeavor. We only intend to conduct fundraiser activities in regular intervals to meet our financial requirements.
Las iniciativas ganadoras presentan un plan fuerte de cómo van a alcanzar y realizar un seguimiento del crecimiento. Identifica tus metas a seis meses para el crecimiento de tu impacto
Program on FCTC by all the eight Elixir schools --Awareness and Interaction program on cancer to 4 more schools
Identifica tres grandes tareas que tendrás que completar para llegar a las metas de seis meses.
Conduct workshop, develop IEC materials to support the Elixir clubs to enforce “Tobacco Control and Regulatory Act, 2068”
Training of trainee and educative material for conducting focus group discussion on cancer to the faculties at the Elixir Units
Designing the awareness material and conducting training of trainee for conducting program on cancer to at least 4 more schools.
¡Ahora piensa en grande! Identifica tu meta de impacto a 12 meses.
Program on healthy diet & physical exercise and positive attitude towards cancer- elixir club extension at least 2 more schools.
Identifica tres grandes tareas que tendrás que completar para llegar a tu meta de impacto a 12 meses
Training of trainee on healthy diet and healthy lifestyle and conduct program on all the Elixir Schools
Promote various sports events involving the elixir schools
Conducting awareness program followed by orientation and leadership training to all Elixirian in newly established school
Historia de la fundación: Queremos saber acerca del momento en el que hiciste "¡Ajá!". Comparte la historia de dónde y cuándo el/los fundador(es) vio (vieron) el potencial de esta solución para cambiar el mundo.
The self-motivated events conducted by two of the Elixir Clubs made us see the Club as a changemaker. One event was conducted by the Elixir Club of V S Niketan who took initiative in enforcing the 'Tobacco Control and Regulatory Act 2068' in the locality of the school area at Minbhawan, Kathmandu. Another event was conducted by the Elixir Club of Occidental Public School at a remote village of Dhading district. They showed the documentary 'Hunna', produced by the Richa Foundation that talks about the adverse impacts of smoking, and interacted with locals. Two people have given up smoking as an instant result of the program.
The impact caused by these programs made us believe that Elixir Club has the potential to change the world.
Cuéntanos sobre tus alianzas.
We have partnered with different organisations and individuals on various occasions, like Breast Cancer Screen Group for Breast Cancer Awareness Program. Leo Club, Heart Beat, Sangkalpa for Awareness Program on FCTC at Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. Nepal Redcross Society, Rotaract clubs, School of creative communications on blood donation programs. Also with various educational institutions.
Our partners have provided us with logistic and technical support but no financial support. We are in search of financial partner to help us in sustainability of our projects.
¿Qué tipo de equipo (personal, voluntarios, etc.) te asegurará que logres las metas de crecimiento identificadas en la sección de Impacto social/i>?
The team can be categorised as:
i) One Full Time Staff for constant monitoring of the proper functioning of the Clubs.
ii) Eight volunteers to look after each Elixir Club
iii) At least two volunteers to conduct research and development in analysing the data obtained from the awareness program
iv) A team of presenters, especially from the medical background, to conduct awareness programs at the schools.
v) At least two writers focused on documenting and spreading our message to the public via blogs, social media, and newspaper articles.
Por favor, pon en claro las necesidades u ofertas que hayas mencionado anteriormente y/o sugiere categorías de apoyo que no están especificadas en la lista
We have a strong capability of managing efficient resource persons for the successful conduction of programs, but we lack in investment to maintain the costs associated with it. This has never stopped us from achieving any programs till date. However we understand that with this issue out of the problem we will be able to contribute much more.