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Hunger in times of Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdown have caused widespread devastation on several levels. The poor and the downtrodden in Dharavi in Mumbai, Asia’s most densely populated slum are affected severely. Not only are they at the highest risk of contacting the virus but also faced with hunger. Their livelihoods have been shattered and they have no means to support themselves. They are unable to have even one proper square meal a day.

AAF has been unswervingly engaged with taking proactive measures for residents of Dharavi.  Anu has joined forces with Acorn Foundation that is providing meals and essentials support to such families in Dharavi. They are inviting people to lend a helping hand by contributing to meal packets that are distributed among the hapless people there.

The kit comprises wheat flour, rice, three types of pulses, turmeric, chilli and spices packets, edible oil, onions and potatoes as well as bathing and detergent soaps and toothpaste.

  • Donation of INR 650 feeds a family of five people for a week
  • And a donation of INR 1,300 feeds a family of five for 15 days.

A contribution of either would go a long way in helping the helpless battle hunger and despair.

 

 

 

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Help Mental Health Awareness

Help Mental Health Awareness

Let’s catch the problem at the bud – Part of our education system
Mental Health Awareness programmes in schools are the need of the hour as we see that the persistent and disabling nature of psychiatric stigma has led to the establishment of global programmes to challenge the negative stereotypes and discriminatory responses that generate social disability, but these initiatives are rarely evaluated or even recognised. We have seen, through Anufunyoga the effectiveness of school-based interventions with young people aged 12-16 aimed at increasing mental health literacy and challenging negative stereotypes associated with severe mental illness has had a largely successful result.
Awareness about mental health is crucial AAF work relentlessly to develop it. We celebrate events like Mental Health Awareness Month which provides a timely reminder that mental health is essential and that those living with mental health issues are deserving of care, understanding, compassion, and pathways to hope, healing, recovery, and fulfilment.

Types of mental illness
– mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder)
– anxiety disorders.
– personality disorders.
– psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia)
– eating disorders.
– trauma-related disorders (such as post-traumatic stress disorder)
– substance abuse disorders

We have seen that shows that short educational workshops can produce positive change in young people’s views of mental illness. However, more robust evaluations are needed to assess the long-term impact of both short and integrated whole school approaches to increasing mental health literacy across the globe.
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Help Live The New Normal

THE NEW NORMAL: HOW LIFE HAS CHANGED DUE TO COVID-19 Tips for coping with mental health during coronavirus COVID-19 anxiety worry, unpredictability. Change is difficult to adjust to and especially when it rips apart all our lifestyles, belief systems and any kind of certainty we could have had about the way we live and the place we live in. Over the past few months, we’ve experienced an unprecedented shift in our way of life due to COVID-19. Pre-pandemic, where a trip to do a weekly grocery shop, seems like an adventure of its own! Before we know it, we’ve (reluctantly) let go of our old normal and now settling into what seems to be our new normal. And who knows if this has come to stay. With the fundamental shifts in our life here are some tips on how to adjust to the New Normal. ACCEPTANCE: ALLOW YOURSELF TO GRIEVE THE “OLD” NORMAL It is very human to miss the old ways it is easy to feel a sense of loss. Throw in a pandemic, along with changes to routines and plans for the weeks and months ahead in 2020, and it’s more important than ever to acknowledge the challenges and difficulties that we face in light of COVID-19. Yes, there will be denial, anger, maybe even depression and acceptance, as we pivot and adjust to our new normal (whatever form it may take). But it’s important to give yourself time to grieve what you have lost. Once you’ve allowed yourself to grieve, there will be more space to start embracing your New Normal. YOGA LIFESTYLE – CREATE A NEW ROUTINE If you have been thinking to start yoga this is the opportune time to adapt to a yoga lifestyle. Make a routine. Having a routine can help create some sense of normalcy during the time of chaos, so get creative so that you can continue on in some way: No longer able to go to the gym? Go online with home-based programs that can be done with little or no equipment. Start with some yoga stretching, twisting and turning, Adarak and natural herbal tea are great to protect yourself. Missing your coffee at work? Make your own at home (latte art optional), and be sure to enjoy it mindfully before checking your emails. If you Cannot connect on regular brunch catch-ups at your local with friends you can connect via Zoom. Above all, be flexible when it comes to finding your new routine…let’s remember that these are challenging times and maybe here to stay for a while. WRITING: JOURNAL YOUR EXPERIENCE A great help is your confessional diary about your experience – be it your thoughts, feelings, what you’ve done, anything! – can be quite therapeutic and a great chronicle to look back on long after COVID-19 has passed. Whilst a default during these times may be to focus on the coronavirus chaos, do record things that makes you feel better by taking a gratitude approach (see the prompts in Point 1 in this article). GRATITUDE: INNER SPACE IN THE EXTERNAL Mostly at home With much of your life now happening between four walls, having a designated space at home to work or study or meditate can help maintain boundaries between work and play. Take it one step further and dress to get into the right frame of mind…it can be challenging to whip up the motivation to meet a deadline when you’re in your pyjamas the entire day. STAY IN TOUCH I find I am connecting more at this time. Social distancing does not mean social disconnecting In the new normal you can still connect with family and friends – just in different ways! It does take a bit of creativity though when we can’t do a lot of the things that we previously did. INNER JOY INNER PEACE: POSITIVE VIBES ONLY Keep smiling l8ke I am making it w habit to smile behind the mask. Celebrate anything that puts a smile on your face, large or small. Made a nice cup of tea this morning? Great! Walked your dog today? Awesome! Saw a funny meme on social media? Go ahead and chuckle! I found Positive Psychology can help you find the feel-good factor during these challenging times? TAKE IT EASY TAKE A BREAK Enjoying the silence could be a tricky thing but hey! Worth a try. You are allowed to take things one moment at a time! We may not know what the next minute, or even the next hour, will bring. Set yourself a realistic goal and allow yourself to adjust it when you need to. Remind yourself that we’re currently living in extraordinary times, so give yourself some grace during moments like these: With everyone at home now it may be more difficult to keep the house tidy, so adjusting expectations about housekeeping may be more helpful rather than stressing out about having to clean every minute. Between working from home, homeschooling the kids, and doing continuous food preparation throughout the day, there may be days when you have no energy left to cook dinner. So consider ordering takeaway (and support your local café or restaurant!) or Ireheating some frozen food. Now is the time to be human and to ask for help.YKe it easy takes it at a time. Some tips that can help you stay afloat in these challenging times.

 

 

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Help hunger in pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdown have caused widespread devastation on several levels. The poor and the downtrodden in Dharavi in Mumbai, Asia’s most densely populated slum are affected severely. Not only are they at the highest risk of contacting the virus but also faced with hunger. Their livelihoods have been shattered and they have no means to support themselves. They are unable to have even one proper square meal a day.

AAF has been unswervingly engaged with taking proactive measures for residents of Dharavi.  Anu has joined forces with Acorn Foundation that is providing meals and essentials support to such families in Dharavi. They are inviting people to lend a helping hand by contributing to meal packets that are distributed among the hapless people there.

The kit comprises wheat flour, rice, three types of pulses, turmeric, chilli and spices packets, edible oil, onions and potatoes as well as bathing and detergent soaps and toothpaste.

  • Donation of INR 650 feeds a family of five people for a week
  • And a donation of INR 1,300 feeds a family of five for 15 days.

A contribution of either would go a long way in helping the helpless battle hunger and despair.

 

 

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Women Empowerment from Livelihood

AAF (Anu Aggarwal Foundation) focuses on

  • Empowering women through Promotion and development of traditional arts, handicraft and textile weaving.
  • Bringing Corporate social responsibility funding for AAF Resource Center.
  • AAF Resource centre to train the Master Artisans of different clusters.

 (Proposal Link)

Vision:

AAF is a social business venture committed to the promotion of a just and equitable society and to the goal of enabling individuals to live a life of dignity and respect.

Mission:

AAF will develop goods, services, and markets to promote sustainable livelihoods for those in need and will invest in other development organizations that advance human rights for all—particularly women and children.

Objectives of AAF:

  1. To focus on empowering rural communities, especially women, by mobilizing them to be active stakeholders in the process of improving the quality of their lives
  2. AAF initiative is to highlight traditional skills, crafts, and lifestyles of local tribes across India and help them use their age-old tradition to earn a sustainable livelihood, empowering them not only financially, but also bringing them a new status in their families, and therefore, in their communities through promotion and development of traditional arts, handicraft and textile weaving.
  3. To promote the dignity of life through financial and physical security for all, especially women and children, and provide a service that ends poverty and empowers women, artisan entrepreneurs.
  4. To allows the artisans to become independent entrepreneurs, having the possibility to decide where and when they want to work.
  5. To provide them with market linkages. We will market our products globally as well as domestically. For global sales in beginning, we can use our contact and later on we can infuse capital for further growth depending upon the scale.
  6. AAF will aim at safeguarding the independence of local markets simultaneously providing local artisans opportunities to benefit from the market opening instead of becoming a victim of the emerging market imperative.
  7. To provide training with design inputs from the help of designers for the artisans, if needed, on how to homogenize their products so that they may be marketed and sold in the international market. Next, the artisans take their skills home and are able to look after their family and house while earning a living.
  8. Majority of our employees will be women and for that, we can have a threshold % as well. It will help us to understand the sentiments and emotions of the artisans and can directly reach every corner of the cluster.
  9. Expanding Women’s Access to Financial Services will be focused. Women entrepreneurs and employers face significantly greater challenges than men in gaining access to financial services. Access to credit can open up economic opportunities for women, and bank accounts can be a gateway to the use of additional financial services.
  10. The future steps for AAF –initiatives is to keep engaging more and more vulnerable communities in the initiative as well as engaging those artisans, who due to their age are not able to produce anymore, as shareholders of the AAF -initiative. This ensures that the–artisans have financial security for the rest of their life.
  11. Creating AAF Resource centre.

AAF  business initiative mobilizes rural artisans who are located in various different clusters across India, each of the clusters is managed by state partners and local Master Artisans, to help them earn sustainable livelihoods thus preventing the rampant unsafe migration in the region and therefore makes people less vulnerable for human trafficking. Making them independent and financially secure which contribute to their self-esteem and improved the quality of life of their entire family is our motive. 

But this initiative imposes challenges,  a lot of time and resources are required for designers to travel from cluster to cluster to provide training. AAF seeks to create Resource Centres, a hub to train the Master Artisans of different clusters across India to ensure the high quality of the products. Also, the wholesale buyers can collaborate directly with the AAF’s designers and artisans to ensure the fullest satisfaction to the specific requirements. The resources saved by establishing the AAF Resource Centre will be directed to engage more artisans to the business initiative.

AAF recognizes that our business activities have direct and indirect impacts on the societies in which we operate. We endeavour to manage these in a responsible manner, believing that sound and demonstrable performance in relation to corporate social responsibility policies and practices is a fundamental part of not only business success but as well as societal benefits at large.

So CSR fund to be used for AAF Resource Centre would strategically benefit the company as it increases public relations and brand image, achieve CSR goals and also provides its multi-purpose facilities for business conferences, corporate events, official accommodations and employee training and many more.

We would like you to be a part of this humanitarian venture and would be grateful for the support of your company.

Please find attached the proposal, if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

 

 

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Help Livelihood & Environment

AAF  business initiative mobilizes rural artisans, who are located in various different clusters across India while sustaining the environment by engaging naturally grown fibres, products.  Each of these clusters is managed by state partners and local Master Artisans, to help them earn sustainable livelihoods thus preventing the rampant unsafe migration in the region and therefore makes people less vulnerable for human trafficking. Making them independent and financially secure which contribute to their self-esteem and improves the quality of life of their entire family is our motive. AAF initiative is to provide sustainability in their lives, empowering them not only financially, but also bringing them a new status in their families, and therefore, in their communities through promotion and development of traditional arts, handicraft and textile weaving.

 

But this initiative imposes challenges,  a lot of time and resources are required for designers to travel from cluster to cluster to provide training­­. AAF seeks to create a Resource Centre, a hub to train the Master Artisans of different clusters to ensure the high quality of the products. Also, the wholesale buyers can collaborate directly with the designers and artisans to ensure the fullest satisfaction to the specific requirements. The resources saved by establishing the AAF Resource Centre will be directed to engage more artisans to the business initiative.

 

As your business is exponentially growing in every corner of India, the AAF Resource Centre would strategically benefit the company as it increases public relations and brand image, achieve CSR goals and also provides its multi-purpose facilities for your business conferences, corporate events, official accommodations and employee training and many more.

 

#Made In India

#handmade

#empowerment

#artisans

#handicrafts

 

 

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Awaken Happiness Wellbeing

How can we define terms such as happiness, wellbeing and quality of life? These are often used interchangeably to talk about what it means to have good psychological or mental health. Happiness is a state of mind, it’s an emotion you experience, and when you feel happy, you know it. The brain chemicals that can drive the sensation, positive emotions of joy are dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins (sometimes referred to as D.O.S.E) and the capsule of inventive medicine Anufunyoga does just that of which Anu takes classes herself. ‘Don’t worry, be happy’ as the song says, juxtaposes the negative emotion of worry and the positive feeling of being happy. This suggests that you need to remove the worry from your life to be happy. However, feeling happy and being happy doesn’t just mean the absence of sadness, worry or poor health – although there’s no doubt that you’re more likely to feel happy when you’re not stressed or anxious and when you feel physically healthy. There are certain activities and approaches that can help you feel happy or happier; one of these is anufunyoga which has shown the release of feel-good hormones called endorphins and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) that can elevate mood and produce a feeling of happiness and wellbeing. Being generous, compassionate, optimistic and appreciating what you have in life may help people feel happier. Planting positive affirmations in a person mind is what is seen to make people feel happiness and joy.

 

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Mental Health….


We come to peoples aid to relieve them of mental, spiritual, physical suffering.

You can t change the world if at all you can change how you look at it. It is not what happens but how we react to it that makes the necessary difference.
Ancient philosophy predicted a fact that is confirmed by Cognitive behavioural therapy today.

But how to do it? The good news is we can train the mind like a horse dealer trains a racehorse and sometimes has to whip the ‘bejeezus’.

We can make friends with the mind. For that relentless attention is required. There are techniques hidden In treasures like diamonds.

They were discovered by the ancient rishi’s or research scientists Many thousands Of years ago. They left them behind in the ancient Texts for their caring love of the generations to come.

I proved they worked when my life was at threat. I had been left to die after medical science abandoned me as a hopeless case. What is, even more, I had lost my mind

I suffered PTSD, amnesia, severe trauma, with the hippocampus in my brain-damaged I had no long term or a short memory. I healed by the power of the mind. Research started here the success of which developed into Anufunypgq.

Mental health is not just stressed it is more than that. I found ways of addressing the human mind through the vast reservoir of Indian spiritual knowledge. Then I found a parallel structure to combat the menace in modern science. Miracle healing occurred.

I offer it today for it is this I was sent back miraculously from the dead. Any age, gender, type, tall, fat, ailing, mentally or physically or emotionally ha something valuable to gain from this.

Try it. Join us. Support us to support those who need it the most. It could have been one of us. These people are a part of us.

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Handicrafts handmade …

Empowering women through Promotion and Development of Traditional Arts, Handicrafts and Textile Weaving


AAF  business initiative mobilizes rural artisans, who are located in various different clusters across India while sustaining the environment by engaging naturally grown fibres, products.  Each of these clusters is managed by state partners and local Master Artisans, to help them earn sustainable livelihoods thus preventing the rampant unsafe migration in the region and therefore makes people less vulnerable for human trafficking. Making them independent and financially secure which contribute to their self-esteem and improves the quality of life of their entire family is our motive. AAF initiative is to provide sustainability in their lives, empowering them not only financially, but also bringing them a new status in their families, and therefore, in their communities through promotion and development of traditional arts, handicraft and textile weaving.

But this initiative imposes challenges, a lot of time and resources are required for designers to travel from cluster to cluster to provide training­­. AAF seeks to create a Resource Centre, a hub to train the Master Artisans of different clusters to ensure the high quality of the products. Also, the wholesale buyers can collaborate directly with the designers and artisans to ensure the fullest satisfaction to the specific requirements. The resources saved by establishing the AAF Resource Centre will be directed to engage more artisans to the business initiative.

As your business is exponentially growing in every corner of India, the AAF Resource Centre would strategically benefit the company as it increases public relations and brand image, achieve CSR goals and also provides its multi-purpose facilities for your business conferences, corporate events, official accommodations and employee training and many more.

We would like you to be a part of this humanitarian venture and would be grateful for the support of your company.

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