From cancer detection and innovative models to recycling coconuts for utensils – the best social stories of the week
Based in Mumbai Sidharth jain and Aasimm Khan has created a mobile application that helps in the early detection of genital cancer. Meanwhile, the founders of Baaya Designs and Thenga are respectively using sustainability in their artwork and utensils.
Seeing the fate of the children of coal miners, Harsh Singh of the Sahadeva Foundation now educates and feeds over 200 children of coal miners in Dhanbad.
On the other hand, Amir Hussein Lone, who lost his arms in a tragic accident, is now the captain of the para-cricket team.
Here are the best social stories of the week:
Sidharth Jain (left) and Aasimm Khan, the two Mumbai-based teenagers who are developing technology for remote diagnosis of skin cancer
What were you doing when you were 17?
Ask Mumbai Teens Sidharth Jain and Aasimm Khan, and you will get a simple answer: create a mobile application that helps in the early detection of genital cancer. Students in class 11 of Jamnabai Narsee International School recently won one of the top prizes at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in the United States.
Their innovation – Remote detection and detection of genital skin cancer (RIDGE) – was awarded the fourth place of the Grand Prix in the biomedical category of the world innovation fair organized each year, “World ISEF Regeneron 2021”.
As the coal capital of India, Dhanbad is home to many coal miners and their families. But, in the Jharia-Dhanbad belt of Jharkhand, most of these families are in dire straits.
For years, 19-year-old Harsh Singh, a resident of Dhanbad, has watched these workers and their struggles make ends meet with their meager daily wages or sell sacks of coal.
It was more heartbreaking to see their children also carrying these bags, he says. Social history.
Harsh then decided to approach the parents and convince them to let their children go to school. He also wanted to make sure they were getting proper meals every day. In 2019, he launched the Sahadeva Foundation with a team of around thirty volunteers.
According to the Handicrafts Development Commissioner, under the Ministry of Textiles, more than 35 traditional trades in India have been identified as endangered. With changing aesthetic sensibilities and the availability of cheaper assembly line alternatives, the demand for traditional crafts has been steadily declining over the years.
Several entrepreneurs and designers have strived to revive these art forms. Among them is Shibani Jain, Founder and CEO, Baaya Design. A graduate of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, Shivani worked as a design manager at Tata Interactive Systems.
Baaya Design was created to offer artisans greater representation. “Art is not well represented, and some of the skills these artisans possess are not well represented,” says Shibani, explaining that while some products have been modernized by design stores, the great variety of talents that exist. in India is underutilized.
How Amir does stick and bowling using his chin and foot
“Twenty-four years ago, when I was eight, I lost both arms in an accident at my father’s sawmill. Today, I am the captain of the Jammu and Kashmir para-cricket team, ”said Amir Hussain Lone, a disabled athlete from the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir.
While many people, including medics and members of the military, played their part in saving Lone’s life, the real credit for his survival must go to his deceased. grandmother, Fazi. After a three-year absence from school, Lone was encouraged by her grandmother to return to school full time.
Learn more about Amir’s inspiring journey.
Maria Kuriakose, founder of Thenga with her father, Kuriakose Varoo
Maria Kuriakose has always wanted to be an entrepreneur. When the lockdown was announced last year, she decided to return to her native Kerala from Mumbai and focus on her dream of starting a ‘business with a cause.
“I’ve always wanted to adopt a more eco-friendly lifestyle,” says Maria, founder of Thenga, a sustainable lifestyle product that recycles coconut waste.
Word ‘thenga‘means coconut in Malayalam and is unique because every part of the coconut palm can be used for something – whatever food, shelter, fuel or storage. The coconut shell is a durable, practical and durable alternative to plastic, especially for making kitchen utensils.
It can also be easily broken down. Unlike steel and plastic cookware, it can be conveniently broken into smaller parts and mixed with the soil.