Sushma Grover, Social Entrepreneur,District Chairman Inner Wheel Club, Dist 309, in an exclusive interview with Hello Mumbai News Correspondent, Neha Singh shares her vivid experience and humanitarian work amid Covid-19 pandemic lockdown
Excerpts of the interview:
Neha Singh: Hi Mam, Welcome to Hello Mumbai News. Hope you are safe and sound and doing fine. At first we congratulate you for being the District Chairman of district 309. We request you to please share your vision and plans for 2020-21 for the development of your District.
Sushma Grover: Neha, thanks for your greetings. Frankly speaking, our aim is to achieve the goal of the Association :HOPE and to Lead The Change”.
H-Health and hygiene
O-Old People and Orphans
With Women empowerment being our main goal, we shall also focus on all the afore-mentioned agendas.
Neha Singh: Mam, could you please highlight something about charity and social work carried out by you apmid lockdown.
Sushma Grover: Well, the Covid-19 has shaken the mankind and we are yet to recover from it. There are many Corona warriors who helped in containing the spread of the Pandemic and not to forget our frontline healthcare workers who have been taking care and curing thousands of patients.
Amid the Pandemic, 200 PPE kits, more than 5000 masks and sanitizers were distributed in the cities and the hospitals by different clubs. The very essential medical equipments were distributed to the hospitals who lacked the adequate number of them.
In order to honour the doctors for their tireless efforts, we marked the “Doctor’s Day” by making slides to pay our respects and promoting it on social media. While we honoured all the doctors, we ensured to honour at least the ones who are all Inner Wheel members.
Apart from the covid situation, we regularly organised Blood Donation Camp, health check up camps and provided monetary assistance to those in need of further medical care. We also set up Water coolers in the Government Hospitals.
To promote awareness about health issues besides covid, stress was laid on the maternal and child healthcare: by teaching mothers effective breastfeeding techniques and encouraging personal hygiene.
Keeping in mind the Covid precautions, we distributed baby kits, gift hampers for the mothers, sanitary napkins, and hygiene kits. Monetary assistance was given to the needy girls for their marriages and donations were made out to the orphanages and old age homes.
To facilitate online education, smart phones were given to needy children.
Besides distributing Masks with Inner Wheel logo, even Dustbins with logo of Inner Wheel were installed at various places.
2500 Trees were planted under Inner wheel Forests too.
Neha Singh: Mam, What type of Challenges you have faced during this lockdown?
Sushma Grover: Well, prior to lockdown, we executed all our projects physically, by visiting all the areas personally and doing the needful. But now we weren’t left with much options. So instead of being disheartened, we were shown the path of light by our Association President Vasudhaa Chandrachud ji who promoted this year’s virtual meets. Carrying the baton forward, we, in our district, organised all our meetings virtually and planned the projects accordingly keeping the mandatory covid guidelines and everyone’s safety in mind. This all provided a great moral boost among all the members and hence they all keep coming up with innovative project ideas. I just had to instil the confidence in them and reassure them to keep working for the noble cause of service to humanity.
Neha Singh: Mam, Can you please share your lockdown experience with us?
Sushma Grover: Honestly, to begin with, it was a little scary to carry out projects that won’t compromise anyone’s health by going out, but we started in a small magnitude, i.e. finding the people around us in need, be it our domestic help and their families and then slowly finding out more people who were in need of basic necessities.
We started by distributing ration kits to progressing to distribution of covid essentials.
Now that we are well aware of the guidelines, we work in small groups to minimize covid exposure to carry out our projects for the betterment of the society.
Neha Singh: Mam, can you give some information about your district, how many clubs come under you and how many states and cities are there?
Sushma Grover: Well, District 309 covers a vast area geographically, compromising the states- Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana that further contain 27 clubs in total.
Neha Singh: Mam are you confident that all the service projects will succeed during the tough time?
Sushma Grover: Yes, absolutely, the responses and results that we have achieved after carrying out the projects are positive. We shall strive to serve the society by all the means and ways we can.
7.Neha Singh: Mam, do you want to make any appeal to our viewers?
Sushma Grover: My foremost message is to focus on selfcare. In order to serve to society we have to keep ourselves healthy and safe. Carry out noble deeds, be it small or big, just ensure to give your hundred percent in whatever you do. As far as this pandemic is concerned, do not panic as “This too shall pass”. Till then Stay Healthy; Stay Safe.
Neha Singh: Mam, thank you so much for giving your precious and valuable time to us.
Sushma Grover: It’s my pleasure Neha. It’s always nice to share a part of what we do here at Inner Wheel because Inner Wheel is my love and passion. Thank you for the interview.
Brief Introduction of Sushma Grover:
Affectionate and cheerful, Sushma Grover is a Horticulturalist and an Agriculturist by profession.
She is the Charter President of IWC Goniana Midtown. She held the position of Presidentship consecutively for 2 years and got the best President award. She completed all the posts in District Executive Committee. She has hosted various dist functions. She has attended all the association triennials, South Asia rally and IIW convention. Sushma is among all her family members, Paul Harris Fellow in the Rotary International. She is a proud wife of Rtn Harmeet Singh Grover who has been in Rotary for the last 30 years.
She was a national level volleyball player. She has hobbles of exercise, yoga and enjoys folk dance. She loves to travel to new places and make new friends. So Inner Wheel helped her to fulfill her dreams.
She has been stressing on the following agendas in form of her projects:
1. Educating The Needy Children /Promoting Literacy
2. Financial Aid In Marriages Of Underprivileged Girls
3. Vocational Training
4. Adopted Primary Schools
5. Medical Camps
6. Distribution Of Woollens and Shoes
7. Environment Enthusiast
8. Polio Elimination
9. Maternity Care
News Correspondent: Neha Singh
News Edit by K.V.Raman