The NSS Unit of Al -Ameen College organized a seven day residential camp (SUVARNAM 2019) for both boys and girls at the Christava Mahilalayam higher secondary school, Thottumugham, Aluva. The first day began with an icebreaking session by M.K Rajendran (Gender vishaya Samithi convenor, Kerala Sastra Sahithya Parishath) and the rest of the time was utilized for camp arrangement. The formal inauguration was conducted on the next day were the inauguration was performed by Rameshan (President, Keezhmad Panchayath) and facilitated by CS Jony (Director, Christava Mahilalayam higher secondary school) and Ajithkumar (Kerala Sastra Sahithya Parishath). After the inaugural ceremony, the volunteers cleaned up the school campus.
The afternoon session was a Documentary show along with a seminar on the topic “അദൃശ്യ സാനിധ്യങ്ങളും ബഷീറും: സിനിമ, നോവൽ, വായനക്കാർ”. The resource person for the program was Dr. Sajin PJ (Asst. Professor, Department of English, Al-Ameen College, Edatahla) and he shared his experience as an NSS volunteer. The next session was a street magic, presented by famous magician Ezhupunna Gopinath at Mahilalayam Bridge. The program witnessed indulgence from local people. This session was highly interesting and helps us to understand the science of magic.
The third day started with Yoga practice demonstrated by Ajith (Yoga trainer). Around 9’ o clock, the volunteers started cleaning the star garden. The afternoon session was handled by Chinju Aswathy Rajappan (Kerala state transgender justice board member). The topic was “ലിംഗ പദവിയുടെ രാഷ്ട്രീയം” and brought Trans issues into the discussion by referencing the oppressions faced by them from public.
The next session was a cake making activity by Noorjahan PS (NSS volunteer, II BSC Computer science). Proceeding further, the NSS volunteers engaged in crib making owing to Christmas celebration by decorating the campus with stars and light and also arranged Christmas Carol and cultural programs.
On Wednesday “25/12/2019”, after the yoga practice, volunteers were engaged with garden cleaning and reconstruction of tables and benches with the aid of a carpenter. The afternoon session was dedicated for hands on training on paper, pen and solar glass making, handled by Akila Ashokan, (Student, Sree sankaracharya university, Kalady).
As per the request from the school authority, the NSS unit purchased seven waste bins and placed in various corners since school students were not managing the waste properly. The evening time was utilized for the same and also for magazine work.
The fifth day (26/12/2019), started with the usual yoga practice. Around 9’ o clock, an annular solar eclipse view point was set up at Mahilalayam Bridge and the local community people observed the annular solar eclipse. At the evening, the land prepared by volunteers was used for the cultivation of tapioca stumps. The Volunteers filled the grow bags with mixture of soil, coconut husk compost, organic fertilizers and dry cow dung and also applied Pseudomonas to each grow bagand the inauguration of the grow bag cultivation was done by the principal Prof. Sasidharan MB. The volunteers planted seedlings of lady’s finger, Cabbage, Brinjal, Tomato and Chilly in the grow bags.
On the sixth day, 26/12/2019, the programs started off with yoga practice. The morning session witnessed the volunteer team engaged in cleaning the premises outside the school.
The afternoon session was handled by Mr. A.P. Muralidharan from Kerala Shasthra Sahythya Parishath on the topic “വ്യക്തി, കുടുംബം, സമൂഹം” in which he described about the responsibilities of a person in a society and the remaining time was used for magazine work.
The concluding day of the camp started again with yoga practice and proceeding further, the volunteer team cleaned the frontage and planted herbal plants. After lunch, in the afternoon session the volunteers shared their experiences and also awards were given for the best camper and best worker and finally they cleaned the camp and then dispersed.