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Youth services Minister launches Savera Charitable Trust in Punjab

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Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi

Savera Charitable Trust, a non-profit organisation was launched today by Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, Cabinet Minister for Sports and Youth Services & NRI Affairs, Government of Punjab at the India International Centre. However, the Trust has been working in rural areas for the last 15 years, especially in Ferozepur of Punjab.

The Trust aims to address issues of wellness, women & child, the environment through sustainable and impactful work. Savera has always believed in the fusion of the power of ideas, power of sustainable collaborative outreach programs and the power of awareness to build a unified, progressive and rational India.

Raghumit Singh Sodhi, the Managing Trustee of Savera, said, “Our initiatives in rural wellness and community development, aiding medical urgencies, providing vocational training, blood donation camps, assisting and showcasing the work of rural artisans in Punjab have made a huge impact in the communities we serve. Now we are taking our activities nationwide under four new verticals: Wellness, Environment Sustainability, Young India and Woman & Child. We have started Savera to do that little good and address the evils of today for a better tomorrow.”

Feed or Bleed India, a short film by Susheel Jangira on menstrual awareness and use of sanitary napkins was screened on the sidelines of the event. A panel discussion on ‘Sustainable Actions for an Impactful Change’ was conducted post the movie screening. The panel discussion saw the participation of Shazia Ilmi, Dr Samir Parikh, Arvind Uppal, Sonu Bhasin, Neeraj Sharan and Sohail Madan.

Dr Samir Parikh, Director of Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis National Mental Health Programme and Member, Board of Advisors, Savera Charitable Trust, during the session said that the trust would be focusing on creating awareness about issues that are still considered taboo and strive to help the underprivileged and rural sections of the society in achieving wellness. Further, the efforts will be on taking initiatives that are holistic and focus on a healthy mind that can reside in a healthy body. The work by the Trust will not only help in making individuals healthy physically but also mentally and emotionally.

Savera advisory board includes personalities like Lieutenant General Vijay Singh, Vinod Kumar Duggal, Dr Samir Parikh, Neetu Mehta, Arvind Uppal, Sonu Bhasin, Neeraj Sharan, Namrata Bali, and Anirudh Taparia.

Savera works on four verticals including Wellness, Environment Sustainability, Young India, and Women & Child.

Wellness: In this vertical, Savera strives to help the underprivileged and rural sections of the society in achieving wellness through various initiatives that are holistic, focusing on a healthy mind that can reside in a healthy body.

Environment Sustainability: This section lay emphasis on co-existing with the environment and focus on actions that lead to sustainable changes. The Trust will work towards creating a safe environment by influencing positive change in behaviour patterns by educating the people living in rural areas and around valuable ecosystems to secure resources, wildlife, and wetlands.

Young India: As the name suggests, this vertical focus on the enhancing power of the youth by honing their skills through volunteer programmes, awareness programmes, and skill development programmes.

Woman & Child: One of the most important sections and yet vulnerable part of the socio-economic pool is women and children. Programmes by Savera will address health and gender equity, provide opportunities that develop skills and knowledge. The Trust will work towards improving maternal and infant health and more.

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