Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Collection drive of re-usable items ended

Dear Residents of BM and JP Nagar,

PNLIT thanks you for the donations in kind that you all have so generously made. Special thanks to the BM Mayflower MC for the collection point and to Ms Mercy Kariappa (AG14) and Nupur Jain (A916) for all the help in sorting.

PNLIT has started delivering the items to those who have a use for them.

The following are the beneficiaries till now:

1. Abalashram
Dr D.V.G. Road, Basavanagudi, Bangalore 560004
- orphanage for girls aged about 15-30 years

2. Child Fund Association
SunBeam, 8th Cross Puttenahalli, Bangalore 560078
- orphanage/home for girls aged about 4-18 years

3. Puttenahalli Anganwadi
- children aged about 2-5 years

4. Omashram Old Age Home
#850, 5th A Cross, 11th Main, Vijaya Bank Colony, Bilekahalli, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore- 560 076
- old age home

5. Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged
Hosur Road, Bangalore 560025
- old age home

6. Vatsalya Chartiable Trust
717, 5th Cross, Kalyan Nagar, HRBR 1st Block, Bangalore 560 043
- orphanage for children aged 0 onwards, destitute women also

7. Samiksha Foundation
Koramangala, Bangalore
- Creative Learning Initiative for children with cancer and their caregivers, aged 1-15

8. Miscellaneous workers and their children (e.g. at construction sites, on the road, etc.)

Some more deliveries will be made in the coming days. All these organisations/ people and hundreds of others too are continually in need of different things, so please do get in touch with them should you wish to help.

Please do not leave anything more at the Mayflower reception.

Thanks again,
Arathi Manay
Managing Trustee (PNLIT)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

PNLIT cloth shopping bags in the market

With the ban of thin plastic bags coming into force from today, PNLIT cloth shopping bags are in the market. It is said that one reusable bag eliminates an average of a 1000 plastic bags.

When the ban was first announced a few weeks ago, some of the shops on Puttenahalli Road had approached PNLIT members for the supply of cloth bags that can be sold in their shops. About a year ago, we had tried to get these same shops to encourage cloth bags and give discounts to customers who bring their own bags, with limited success. At that time we had collected a list of suppliers of cloth bags, but we saw this as a good opportunity for PNLIT to create jobs in our vicinity. The idea was to get those who cannot work out of home or those who need extra income to make these bags that can be sold. Also, we decided to avoid synthetic cloth and to use cotton/jute as far as possible (unless we get free cloth from which bags can be made).

Over the last couple of weeks, we shared some bag design options with a few ladies from Puttenahalli. Most of them have their own sewing machines and they made some sample pieces. There are some who do not have machines who want to do this and we are trying to get them donated machines. The bags are made from new cloth, are sturdy with good quality stitching, can be washed and are environmentally friendly.

So we currently have ladies from Puttenahalli, who are happy to be able to work from home and who have started earning income of their own.

As of now Fresh Greens fruit and vegetable shop on Puttenahalli Road has started selling the cloth bags supplied by PNLIT @ Rs 40/-. We have also put posters which are displayed in Fresh Greens shop, informing people about the ban on thin plastic bags and encouraging people to use cloth bags.

We are looking out to spread this cloth bag effort to more outlets and are also exploring more economical cloth procurement options so that cloth bags can be made available at the lowest rate.

We look forward to the support of all JP Nagarites, in helping make our area free of plastic bag litter.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A large flock

With the level of water in the lake dwindling as the summer comes on (no place to swim) and with the trees still saplings (no place to roost), we don't expect to see much wild life at the lake. 

Last evening (1-Mar-11), Prasanna and Arathi, along with a young journalist were at the lake and they spotted quite a large flock of birds. They looked like common coots but could they be a duck species? No one was sure. See the pics - this was as close as we could get them.

Identified as Lesser Whistling Ducks.