Reaching the unreached

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Contrary to popular belief, many young people today have a strong social conscience and a genuine desire to help those less fortunate. This is borne out by the fact that of all the groups that involve students spending their free time constructively, the most popular and active club in SJCC (St Joseph’s College of Commerce) is CSA (Centre for Social Action) with a membership of over 80 students.

They are drawn together by a common interest in social issues like child labour, women empowerment and problems that marginalised sections of society face. The club is highly proactive and passionate about their agenda which is encapsulated in one succinct sentence. ‘Reaching the unreached in Karnataka.’

“Our club is run by a seven member board elected through a democratic process.The board meets two to three times a week and charts out programmes for the group ranging from cultural activities to fund raisers for causes that we support,” says Alan Prajwal one of the board members.

Neil Lobo, another board member, is very enthusiastic about the activities of the club which are carried out as often as their academic and exam schedules permit.  “We have several programmes a month which vary from visits to orphanages to spending time with the kids there and sharing some goodies with them to home stays in tribal or rural areas,” he says.

“The highlight of our yearly programme is a week long stay in a village adopted by the college. A group of forty students head out and stay in the villager’s  homes. We live with them as they do, become a part of their family and learn a lot in the bargain. It is a greatly enriching and humbling experience for all of us,” says Jemma Saldanha  chairperson of CSA.

Conducting seminars and  raising awareness about pressing social issues like child labour, abortion, treatment of adivasis and similar causes are very much a focus of this active student driven club which enjoys the wholehearted support of the staff and faculty of the college.

“We were born into an unjust society and we are determined not to leave it
as we have found it,” is their motto even as they closely interact and network with similar student based groups across the country.

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