Books never die

Let’s live inspired by the meaningful words of Mahatma Gandhi; “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

 

The Year of Zayed is a great opportunity for us to learn about the life of the exemplary leader Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. I am truly inspired by the founding father’s commitment to the nation, humanity and environment, which has led me to follow in his footsteps by taking the initiative to continually achieve my goal of creating a positive impact on the world in any way possible.

 

While we students spend our vacation in many different ways, I thought of making mine a memorable one. While visiting my friend’s place in our community, I observed that a lot of used school books are being deposited in the recycle bins.

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The very fact that our old books, that lie unused at home and are being thrown away, could actually impart knowledge that is ever so crucial to someone in need, provoked me to initiate a book donation drive through which many would be benefitted. I also saw this as a chance to help the less fortunate, especially in the spirit of Christmas and New Year.

 

The book donation drive was initiated with the aim of bringing joy and happiness to the hearts of as many children as possible by providing them with reading material that will help them gain knowledge while having fun. We, the volunteers of student group “We Care”, hosted this campaign out of our strong beliefs that are in line with our commitment to the environment and society.

 

At the same time, re-using these books is a great way to tremendously reduce the carbon footprint, since tons of printed paper is not being wasted and consequently, trees will be saved.

 

We collected various old yet useable books of several genres such as novels, encyclopaedias and textbooks from our friends and neighbours. After collecting, sorting and arranging what we received, we donated around 400 books to the Emirates Red Crescent organisation, where they will be distributed to children in need in different parts of the world, giving these books a new life. We believe that our efforts will bear fruit when the books reach their new readers and brighten up their world.

 

Gaining knowledge and learning new things starts from reading and we are very proud to be part of an initiative to show our support for the people in need. With such donations, we want to inspire generosity for the greater good of mankind.

 

We were impressed with the overwhelming response and contributions from our neighbours and friends. This proved to me that everyone is willing to help in whichever way possible. It is very heartening to know that people are so quick and eager to reach out a helping hand to donate for a common cause. It instils a sense of responsibility and faith towards the society we live in. We are delighted that we are able to act as a channel for people to show their benevolence and touch so many lives.

 

Ria Menon, a student of Dubai, who participated in the drive said: “Many people around the world do not have access to books and education, so it feels good to know that someone somewhere would have benefitted from the books that we donated. This was a small opportunity by which I could give back to society and I look forward to being part of many more such opportunities in the future.”

 

Manoj Manikandan, another Dubai-based student and participant said: “I was very excited to donate books to ones who need them the most. We should try to donate as much as we can. I am happy to be a part of this good deed. I would like to thank all the donors and the Emirates Red Crescent society for making this possible. I hope our books will help the needy ones and be of use to them.”

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I thank everyone who generously contributed to our book donation drive in the spirit of giving without whom this event would not have been possible.

 

Through these efforts, I wish to inspire those around me to think and act with humanity and kindness for the underprivileged just like Shaikh Zayed. We must all unite to bring about a constructive change in our society by any means possible, be it big or small.

Let’s live inspired by the meaningful words of Mahatma Gandhi; “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

 

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With love,

Adithiyan Rajan

 

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Reaffirming our faith and support for humanitarians around the world

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is – ‘What are you doing for others?

Around the world, conflict is taking a massive toll on people’s lives. Every day, humanitarian aid workers help millions of people, regardless of who they are and where they are. So, for this year’s World Humanitarian Day, which was marked on August 19, we decided to take up an initiative just to make a small difference.

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To reaffirm our support for aid workers and civilians, we organised a clothes donation drive where we collected old clothes, shoes, blankets and pillow covers from our friends and neighbours for an entire month. We asked them to donate used clothes and fabrics, which were in good condition, and to extend a little love by putting in the effort to wash, iron and fold them. As soon as we collected a large number of clothes, all the donations were handed over to the Emirates Red Crescent in Dubai.

These items will then be distributed to less privileged people and refugees in countries across the region. We believe this will be of help to them. We only wish to put in our maximum efforts to support and strengthen refugees and embolden humanitarian workers.

Tharian John, a student based in Dubai, who participated in the event, said: “We must know the importance of human lives and how we can support people through such activities. The UAE has opened various doors for us individuals to help these innocent civilians and we, as responsible human beings, must utilise it. We must help our society in any way possible.”

World Humanitarian Day is a global celebration of people helping others. Service to humanity has become an absolute necessity. It brings hope and life to everyone.

Furthermore, the year 2018 was declared the Year of Zayed, which compels us to emulate the great leader and founding father of the UAE and follow in his footsteps.

Nimisha Ajaykumar, another student based in Dubai, said: “You have two hands. One to help yourself and the second to help others. There are so many people in this world who are less fortunate than us. We have the opportunity to give back to society through volunteering and donating. It is a truly satisfying experience and we feel blissful when we realise that our things will benefit the ones who receive it. Only by giving are you able to receive more than you actually have.”

The eager commitment of people, who came together to thank society through such a noble cause, was simply exciting and overwhelming. I would like to thank everyone who generously donated their clothes to make this event a success.

We were amazed by the enthusiastic response and generous contributions. People realised the value of the things we often take for granted and how priceless it could be for others. It is truly heartwarming to bring smiles to the faces of those who are in need. This proves our solidarity and commitment to aid workers and refugees worldwide.

As the leader of India’s nonviolent independence movement, Mahatma Gandhi, once said: “The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others”.

I understand and reaffirm that happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give. Our goal is to rebuild faith in humanity and in the hearts of refugees and as many people as we can with our humble initiatives. We also wish to inspire everyone to do their bit to help others and our planet. Let’s all continue to work in order to map a better future for everyone.

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With love,

Adithiyan Rajan

World Heritage Day

The UAE, has more than 3,100 historic buildings – 600 in Abu Dhabi, 550 in Dubai, 600 in Sharjah, 50 in Ajman, 150 in Umm Al Quwain, 550 in Fujairah and 600 in Ras Al Khaimah. Al Ain was the first Emirati archaeological site to be included on the World Heritage Site list.

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Every year on 18 April, ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) celebrates the International Day for Monuments and Sites, popularly called World Heritage Day. This year the theme is ‘Heritage for Generations’. World Heritage Day is all about raising awareness of the importance of protecting and preserving various sites around the world that have achieved world heritage status.

Cultural heritage often brings to mind artifacts (paintings, drawings, prints, mosaics, sculptures), historical monuments and buildings, as well as archaeological sites. But cultural heritage is not just a set of cultural objects or traditions from the past, the concept of cultural heritage is wider, it has gradually grown to include all evidence of human creativity and expression: photographs, documents, books and manuscripts, and instruments. Today, towns, underwater heritage, and the natural environment are also considered part of cultural heritage since communities identify themselves with the natural landscape.

We often hear about the importance of cultural heritage. But what is cultural heritage?

“Heritage” is something that is inherited, passed down from previous generations. In the case of “cultural heritage”, the heritage doesn’t consist of money or property, but of culture, values and traditions. Cultural heritage implies a shared bond, our belonging to a community. It represents our history and our identity; our bond to the past, to our present, and the future.

Sadly, cultural heritage and the natural heritage are increasingly threatened with destruction by traditional causes of decay and by changing social and economic conditions.

All people make their contribution to the culture of the world. That’s why it’s important to respect and safeguard all cultural heritages, through national laws and international treaties. Illicit trafficking of artifacts and cultural objects, pillaging of archaeological sites, and destruction of historical buildings and monuments cause irreparable damage to the cultural heritage of a country.

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With Love,

Adithiyan Rajan

Share the Warmth

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” —Mahatma Gandhi

 

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No one has ever become poor by giving. They only become happier

 

The Year of Giving (in the UAE) was a golden opportunity for all of us to truly realize the depth and meaning of giving. The year may have come to an end, but the practice of giving should continue. A group of students from different schools worked on environmental, social and voluntary events through the year. But, with the new year, we thought of doing something different and brought the ‘Share the Warmth’ initiative to life where we focus on donating blankets to the needy.

We chose blankets in particular because of its immense value to the needy in the winter. The idea of donating blankets originated from one of my own unforgettable experiences. While I was on a trip, I saw some workers shivering in the cold because of the unexpected change in the weather. I immediately thought of helping such people and ‘Share the Warmth’ with blankets.

We got together and gathered as many blankets as we could, thanks to our friends and neighbors, who appreciated and supported our objective to extend a helping hand to all those in need. After collecting, we donated them to the Al Ihsan Charity Association in Ajman, a humanitarian organization through which the donations will reach those in need.

Meghana Senthil Kumar, a student from Sharjah and a participant of the event, said: “While donating, in general, is a substantial requisite, donating blankets, in particular, is donating warmth, something that one cannot usually give to other people. The initiative was to donate blankets, both for protection against the cold this winter and spread warmth to many hearts with the beginning of another new year”.

Through this initiative, I believe to have inspired the minds of the participants as well as readers to contribute their bit with generosity and benevolence towards the betterment of the world.

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With love,

Adithiyan Rajan

Donating unused medicines to help the less fortunate

Many countries are suffering from various natural disasters, due to which people are being deprived of basic needs, such as food, clothing and shelter. Even medicines have a place in this list and it is alarming how many medicines go to waste on a daily basis.

I noticed this when I had to clean my house this summer and found that a lot of unused medicines were reaching their expiry date and would soon be disposed of. On the other hand, there may be millions worldwide who do not have access to basic medication. Wastage of medicine not only leads to abuse of medical insurance claims but as an environmentalist, I believe careless disposal of excess medicine poses a serious threat to the environment and damages local ecosystems.

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My friends and I decided to initiate a ‘Medicine Donation Drive’, where each of us collected unused, unexpired medicines from our relatives as well as friends and donated them to the Al Ihsan Charity Association in Ajman. The charity and hospital check the suitability of the medicines and eventually gives it to patients in need, free of cost.

These donations could help reduce people’s financial burden, especially those with chronic diseases who are in need of treatment throughout the year.

We planned this initiative as a part of celebrating Eid in a memorable way, particularly in this ‘Year of Giving’. We plan to conduct such initiatives at regular intervals and hand over these medicines for the benefit of the needy. Through this initiative, I believe a seed of generosity has been planted in the minds of participants as well as readers.

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Adithiyan Rajan

 

Gratitude to the Noble Hearts

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. – Albert Einstein.

After our parents, the people who most significantly impact our lives are our teachers. Teachers’ Day is an occasion to celebrate this unique role that gives the power to shape young minds and thereby the future of a country.

Today, on world teacher’s day, I on behalf of all students around the world, would like to thank our beloved life mentors. There are not enough words to express gratitude for all they do.

 

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As Malala Yousafzai precisely said “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world”, Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions. Our parents are responsible for giving us love and quality care however our teachers are responsible for making whole future bright and successful.
It takes a big heart to help shape little minds. They are the source of inspiration to us which helps us to go ahead and get success. They make us so strong and prepare to withstand any obstacle of the life.
A teacher can be a role model, a saviour, and a friend.

Thank you for empowering youth. Thank you for doing this vital work without any expectation from anyone of us. You deserve much more than we could celebrate you on this one day.

Thanks to all the teachers, of course, the Noble hearts. It’s all your kindness, guidance, patience which gives the young students like myself the confidence and courage to follow our dreams.

We carry what you taught us in our minds, and also in our hearts, for the rest of our lives.

-Adithiyan Rajan

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Begining of a New Hope

An ancient Chinese proverb states: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

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Life is a celebration. Celebrate it. There are various such occasions when we spend time together in rejoicing these moments. One such occasion is the Islamic New Year. We wished to celebrate this Islamic New Year by spreading a wellness message on the needs to give back to the Mother Earth itself.

The Mother Earth provides everything for us to live. In turn, what do we do? Utilize the resources, increase the emissions, deplete the ozone layer and then finally battle with the climate change. The fight against the climate change is not only the responsibility of certain countries, leaders, and corporates. It is a concern and necessity for all of us. Hence it is essential to address this message to everyone.

One of the ways to fight the climate change is to increase the green space in the earth that is by planting more and more trees. This would greatly reduce human impact on the environment when we create such awareness in students and public to know about their responsibilities as a human being on this planet. It is the thought and action of working towards the environment and being eco-friendly which will safeguard the future of our planet than anything else. Accordingly, we organized a plantation program Cedars Jebel Ali International Hospital along with a group of students from various schools.

We believe students are the future. Instilling them with good habits will help secure the future generations.

Participant, Meghana Senthil Kumar, a student from Sharjah said: “This initiative was a gesture of gratitude from us students to our communal and humble abode. By planting these trees, we wished to bring about both a simple solution and awareness regarding the current environmental state. Furthermore, doing so in a hospital, a noble center that safeguards life added more meaning to the occasion and made it more sublime”

I feel each one of us has a responsibility to our planet. We are more aware of what goes on around us. We must apply that knowledge in terms of keeping our world in a better state, towards working for a sustainable future

My idea behind this activity was to generate interest amongst children for the environment and create a sense of responsibility. I feel that planting trees should be part of every school curriculum. Students become aware that they can play a role in protecting the environment through personal involvement.

The trees that were chosen are the Damas trees. The 6 Feet tall Damas trees that were planted are good absorbers of carbon dioxide and are a good source of oxygen. They thrive in desert conditions and grow relatively fast. Water pipelines were installed to ensure the survival of the newly-planted trees. A striking and majestic species, it will be a small step forward to paying back to our home.

Special thanks to Prof. Gunther Kieninger, Medical Director of CEDARS-Jebel Ali International Hospital for inaugurating the event and encouraging the students.

This was just a small initiative to help us remember that we are just borrowing from the world, and must return it to our future exactly how we received it. The predicted end of the world hasn’t come about yet. We can try even now to save it. Let’s change ourselves, then teach our family, friends, relatives, and colleagues and see the difference it makes.

The message destined in all our activities and campaigns aimed at engaging the people to adopt new positive attitudes towards the environment, in order to preserve the resources for our future generations. Therefore, plant your first tree today and nurture it. Do not wait for the time to come or someone else to do it. So if we all together decide that we are going to give our energy and time for this one goal we might still have a chance to save  Mother Earth. Let’s all start today and stand against climate change, together.

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With love,

Adithiyan Rajan