What is a foot square of knitted wool worth? Maybe not much you may think.
But we thought otherwise, such squares when stitched together became blankets. And these blankets aren’t the result of one person making all the squares. We had innumerable volunteers from different parts of the country, from children to senior citizens who contributed towards this drive. From a family, who’s three generations got together to senior citizens, all found this activity to be the most enjoyable and exciting; all for a purpose.
A volunteer, Surbhi Sinha, a senior citizen from Delhi, wrote to us saying, “An Inch of Warmth is a great idea and I salute this initiative. We may not be able to make a big blanket but to contribute according to your own ability feels lovely. I recognised my squares on the completed blanket and I plan to do more – as there are no deadlines, it’s a long winter and many more people in need.” She continues to knit squares even now. There are many such heart warming testimonials from volunteers who also found knitting to be therapeutic.
Through our initiative we were able to create six blankets which were eventually donated to a marginalised group of people being taken care by St Stephans Hospital Community program at Sunder Nagri, Delhi. We are definitely motivated to aim for many more in the near future.
We agree that a foot square of knitted wool, may not have much value on its own, but now the value that’s created out of such squares is; Priceless. With the request of all volunteers involved in this we are now continuing this drive, making it an ongoing collaborative drive because all the smiles are totally worth it.
2020 has been a turning point for humanity. The year that experienced an unprecedented pandemic no one was prepared for. Undoubtedly, it has taken a toll on many lives in various forms, in the extremity of which many lost their lives.
In a situation where so many people are feeling helpless and hopeless, is there anything that we can do in our capacity, we wondered. And then came the idea of #aninchofwarmth. An all inclusive drive which includes people of all ages and the specially abled group of people that we have been associated with since a few years.
A simple idea, where all you need to do is knit wool or crochet, into a 12″ by 12″ inch square of any color and drop it at our collection points located in Delhi and Gurgaon. For people who are not from these cities, we encouraged them to courier it to us.
These squares, after being stitched into a blanket by the specially abled group of people at Avacayam will then be distributed to the underprivileged.
It’s a drive to encourage all the talented people who love to knit, to come together and spread some cheer in a not so cheerful environment. Some warmth to people who don’t have anything to keep them warm. Some excitement to the ones who will stitch these colorful pieces together. And an opportunity to contribute to the society and the environment which we sometimes feel is far reaching.
An idea which has already had its initial ripple effects of reaching 7 cities in India and we are very close to completing our first blanket too.
Bottomline is, let’s change the equation from being receivers to being givers. The times are tough for everyone but there is always something one can give back or share.
Some areas of underdeveloped and developing countries still do not have access to electricity. Lighting up homes is not only cumbersome but also hazardous to health. People have to travel long distances to collect dry sticks and buy kerosene to burn lamps.
As a solution to this painful problem which the poor face, Mejino, an engineer, innovated this absolutely brilliant lamp which can run for 8 hours, with salt and water! Yes, all you need is one glass of water and two tablespoons of salt. And if you happen to live by the ocean, voila! you just use the ocean water!
We do hope this impressive innovation in alternate energy brings respite to people for whom access to electricity is luxury.
There are numerous artists whose work of art is inspirational and people spend hours in art galleries to analyze and admire their paintings and sculptures. We do the same thing, just that we particularly appreciate artists like Haroshi, from Japan, who create artwork from discarded materials. Haroshi’s passion to upcycle discarded skateboards into intricate work of art emerged from his infatuation for skateboards in his early teens.
The work of art speaks for itself, the complex, yet immaculate finish has left us in awe. If more artists emerge like him, who can convert waste into the extraordinary, the world will become a more beautiful place, aesthetically and environmentally.
It’s our endeavor to come up with innovative ways to contribute to the environment and reduce the carbon footprint as much as we possibly can at our level. Not only that, our focus is also on employment generation for the urban poor women. Starting with a small group, we have been able to enhance the livelihood of 6 such women directly, who are the sole bread earners of their families and indirectly many more. Our goal is definitely much larger though, as the saying goes ‘every drop in the ocean counts’, we live by that rule and feel that every life that we are able to touch is important. With the kind of support our regular clients give us, no, not charity, but by buying the products that these women make we have been able to sustain our growth so far.
Being an environmentally conscious organization, we also ensure that the products that we design are either upcycled, recycled or eco-friendly. The idea is to increase hand prints and reduce carbon footprints with a dual pronged approach.
Our brand new product, the Upcycled Gift Wrapping Paper, is one such product which all of us have simply fallen in love with. The girls enjoy making them and feel super excited with each paper that they so lovingly hand print. And we, with equal passion show them off to our customers and as expected, they love them too!
How did you find them, do let us know and we will happily pass on your message to these adorable girls :).
To begin the year with zest and a strong determination to persevere with earth friendly creativity, that is the goal :). A serious effort to make a huge jump in 2015. With the support of all the environment lovers of course :). Let’s bring it on! 🙂