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Social work, humanitarian & charity activities

Social work, humanitarian & charity activities

SOCIAL AND HUMANITARIAN WORK ALL OVER THE WORLD IN COMMUNITIES

WHERE I TRAVELLED DURING THE “AROUND THE WORLD ON BICYCLE TOUR FOR HIV / AIDS AWARENESS

AND SEMINARS ON INDIAN CULTURE” PROGRAMME 2004 – 2020

In all the countries I travel by during my “Around the World on Bicycle Tour for HIV/AIDS Awareness Programme & Presentation of Indian Culture” I get involved in social and charity work. Inspiration for my mission came to me at the age of 14 when I read an article entitled “AIDS is deadlier than cancer”. It was about a homeless person who was laid down ion front of the Medical College of Calcutta, abandoned by his villagers and left to die alone. It made a huge impact on me afterwards and I started asking my teachers in school HIV/AIDS, but they could not give me any answers at all. As a consequence, 2 years later I decided to to get specialty training at W.B.S.A.C.S. (West Bengal State AIDS Control Society) and begin awareness campaign about HIV/AIDS starting with educating my own teachers. AIDS-related stigma and lack of knowledge about this deadly yet preventable disease motivated me the most. My mission spread first to people from my village, then my country and now it is a global campaign. 

COUNTRY / REGION

YEARS

PERIOD

DESCRIPTION

ASIA  
INDIA 1997 – 1999 730 days Charity work for Champa Mohila Society, West Bengal, an NGO dealing with orphans and women education and self help group. My work consisted of teaching painting and drama, organizing cultural events (reference letter from Project Director).
2001-2002 365days Sundarban Hazi Desarat College, West Bengal – General Secretary and then Cultural Secretary (Reference letter from Sundarban Hazi Desarat Principal Nikhil Datta)
2003 – 2004 180 days Charity work for West Bengal State AIDS Prevention and Control Society, a regional state AIDS control society N.A.C.O. (National Aids Control Organizations) in India – HIV/AIDS prevention workshops and seminars in different provinces in West Bengal (reference letter from the Project Director Suresh Kumar)
June 2004 15 days Sikkim State AIDS Control Society (Gangtock, Changu, Peling) – N.A.C.O. (National Aids Control Organizations) – charity work – HIV/AIDS prevention workshops and seminars in different provinces in Sikkim state (reference letter from the Project Director)
NEPAL June 2004 15 days Birgang, Nepalgang, Katmandu, Pokra, -educational and cultural exchange for students and youth in schools, colleges, universities and HIV/AIDS awareness programme. Also participative observation regarding pilgrimage at Lord Pashupati’s temples in Katmandu, Pokra and Nepalgang.
BHUTAN July 2004 12 days Phunshiling – educational and cultural exchange for students and youth schools, colleges, universities and HIV/AIDS awareness programme
INDIA July 2004 30 days Assam State AIDS Control Society – N.A.C.O. (National Aids Control Organizations) in Guahathi, Shilchor, Korimgong, Hailakanti – charity work – HIV/AIDS prevention workshops and seminars (reference letter from the Project Director, Chief Minister and Governor)
August 2004 20 days Manipur State AIDS Control Society, N.A.C.O. (National Aids Control Organizations) in Imphal, Singhart, Singal – charity work – HIV/AIDS prevention workshops and seminars (awareness program together with five NGOs) (reference letter from the Project Director and State Governor)
MYANMAR / BURMA Sept 2004 15 days Yangun – educational and cultural exchange for students and youth schools, colleges, universities and HIV/AIDS awareness programme – Reference letter from State Governor.
THAILAND Sept. 2004 15 days Bangkok – educational and cultural exchange for students and youth schools, colleges, universities and HIV/AIDS awareness programme (reference letter from State Governor)
MALAYESIA Sept. 2004 15 days Educational and cultural exchange for students and youth schools, colleges, universities and HIV/AIDS awareness programme (reference letter from State Governors)
INDONESIA October 2004 15 days Educational and cultural exchange for students and youth schools, colleges, universities and HIV/AIDS awareness programme (reference letter from State Governors)
INDIA November 2004 25 days Mizoram State AIDS Control Society N.A.C.O. (National Aids Control Organizations) in Aizol – Bengali Association and AIDS Control Society cooperation for HIV/AIDS awareness and tribal education (Munda tribe, Ho tribe) (reference letter from the Project Director and State Governor)
December 2004 20 days Meghalaya State AIDS Control Society, N.A.C.O. (National Aids Control Organizations) – Seminars for HIV/AIDS awareness for prevention and control with NGOs and local community (reference letter from the Project Director, Chief Minister and Governor)
December 2004   Tripura, Women College, Agartala, Bir Bikram Mémorial College, Government of India, Agartala;
January 2005   Lakshadeep
February 2005   Union Territory
March 2005   Uttarpradesh
April 2005   Uttaranchal
May 2005   Hariyana
June 2005   Maharashtra
July 2005   Nagaland
August 2005   Arunachal Pradesh
September 2005   Bihar
Nov. 2005 30 days Orissa State AIDS Control Society, N.A.C.O. (National Aids Control Organizations) in Karnataka – seminars for HIV/AIDS awareness for prevention and control with NGOs and local community (reference letter from the Project Director, Chief Minister and Governor) and charity work giving yoga demonstration for HIV positive children
Dec. 2005 30 days Andrapradesh State AIDS Control Society – seminars for HIV/AIDS awareness for prevention and control with NGOs and local community (reference letter from the Project Director). I also worked in Sports Council of Andhra Pradesh for sports promotion (reference letter from Sports Minister, Chief Minister and Governor)
January 2006 30 days Tamilnadu State AIDS Control Society – seminars for HIV/AIDS awareness for prevention and control with NGOs and local community (reference letter from the Project Director). Partnership with tourism development corporations promoting  HIV/AIDS awareness programme (reference letter from Project Director of Tourism Corporation and Tourism Minister of Tamilnadu State, Health Minister and Governor)
SRI LANKA March – April 2006 30 days Sri Lanka AIDS – charity work, giving seminars and working with tourism development corporation of Sri Lanka to promote HIV/AIDS awareness program for students and prostitute community (reference letter from Health Minister, Colombo Governor, Kurnagal Governor, Ratnapura Governor)
INDIA May – June 2006 60 days Tribal Community Programme (Jarwa Tribe); Bengali Community Programme in Andaman & Nicobor island – HIV Awareness Programme project, seminars for promotion among students.
July 2006 30 days Kerala State AIDS Control Society and Sports Council, charity work for sports and health promotion among students and NGOs dealing with HIV positive persons (recommendation letter from the Minister of Sports, Minister of Health, Chief Minister and Governor)
August 2006 15 days Karnataka State AIDS Control Society–– working with students and NGOs for  HIV/AIDS awareness programme (reference letter from AIDS Control Society Project Director, Health Minister, Governor)
September 2006 33 days Gujarat State AIDS Control Society  – working with students and NGOs for  HIV/AIDS awareness programme (reference letter from AIDS Control Society Project Director, Governor)
Oct. 2006 – January  2007 40 days Delhi State AIDS Control Society – working with students and NGOs for  HIV/AIDS awareness programme (reference letter from AIDS Control Society Project Director, Health Minister, Governor)
February 2007   Chandigarh and Punjab State AIDS Control Society – working with students and NGOs for  HIV/AIDS awareness programme (reference letter from AIDS Control Society Project Director, Health Minister, Governor)
     
July 2007 20 days Himachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society – working with students and NGOs for  HIV/AIDS awareness programme (reference letter from AIDS Control Society Project Director, Health Minister, Governor)
August 2007   Jammu & Kashmir, Letter from Addl Deputy Commissioner, Ganderbal, Kargil;
BANGLADESH May 2007   Faridpur
TIBET Oct. – Nov. 2007   Lhassa – Tibet tribal community Tibetan and Indian cultural exchange and HIV/AIDS awareness programme for schools and colleges
AFGHANISTAN Dec 2007 – January 2008 31 days Kazi Charity Society, Kabul, Afghanistan – on a project with this society we organized the medical camp for general medical check-up for disenteria. Partnership with Sports Minister for youth and sports promotion and HIV/AIDS awareness  (letter from Sports Minister)
TAJIKISTAN February 2008 30 days Indian Community work, Dushanbe.
UZBEKISTAN March – April 2008 60 days Indian cultural Community, Taskent.
KAZAKHSTAN May 2008 30 days Kazak health community, Astana.
AZERBAIDJAN June 2008 15 days Indian community work, Baku.
GEORGIA June, July  2008; Oct –February 2008 90 days Vivekananda International Charitable Society Promotion, work with schools, colleges and universities.
EUROPE  
TURKEY August – September 2008 50 days Seminar on HIV/AIDS, different NGOs and schools, colleges and universities (in 12 provinces).
BULGARIA March 2009 30 days Vivekananda International Charitable Society Promotion, work with schools, colleges and universities in eight provinces.
MACEDONIA April 2009 30 days Gypsy and Roma People Reabilitation Society – work  with Municipal Corporation.
GREECE May – June 2009 45 days Community work with NGO in Greece, institution seminar for HIV/AIDS and Indian culture, yoga demonstration with student
ITALY August – September 2009 45 days Indian community work for society and cultural promotion.
CROATIA Oct 2009 30 days Institution visit seminar on HIV/AIDS and yoga demonstration.
SLOVENIA November 2009 20 days Indian-Slovenian Society work, yoga demonstration.
AUSTRIA November 2009 20 days Institution seminar on HIV/AIDS,  Indian community work.
HUNGARY December 2009 15 days Government HIV/AIDS project work.
SERBIA December 2009 20 days Rotary community work with Rotaract & Interact in different institution.
BOSNIA January 2010 15 days Factory Arcellor Mittal Company – charity work with workers.
BULGARIA February 2010 24 days Charity work – yoga demonstration for Yogananda Foundation, Sofia
ROMANIA March 2010 30 days Seminars on HIV/AIDS prevention and Indian culture at British School, American School, International School, Bucharest University and Indian community; volunteer work with Gypsy and disadvantaged children at Murialdo Foundation.

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