NGO Mela was organized at the NMIMS, Mumbai campus on 9th of August, 2016 by The Social Responsibility Forum, NMIMS. The event had a broad scope, as it also involved students and staff from Mithibai College. The main objective of this event was to give NGOs exposure and a platform to spread awareness about their social work. Along with this, they would also get the opportunity to display and sell their products, many of which had been crafted by individuals with special needs or by underprivileged women and children. The preparation for this event started around a month or so in advance, and involved dedicated participation by the entire SRF committee. Planning the event was no easy task, since allocation of work, sponsorship, creative brainstorming and ideation, logistics, and other agenda needed to be handled in a systematic manner. Every member of the committee worked in a united manner in coordinating and communicating with the NGOs. They made sure the NGOs felt welcomed in the campus.
There were 20 participating NGOs and a mind-boggling number of product categories to choose from. Some of the NGOs that took part this year were Shanti Hastkala, Sopan, Women’s India Trust, Aseema, Touching lives and others. The NGOs were from different domains like children’s rights, elderly care, education, women’s rights, nutrition, and more. The NGO Mela took place in two lounges on the NMIMS premises. The lounges were colourfully and innovatively decorated by the SRF team, and had various stalls put up by the NGOs to sell their wares. The products displayed in the stalls included handmade purses and bags, apparel, wooden organizers, environment-friendly diaries, notepads, and notebooks, accessories and jewellery, as well as delicious cakes, muffins, and other food items. There were NGO stalls set up in the Mithibai campus as well.
The event began at 9 am and went on till 6 in the evening. The day went by in a flurry of activity. Instrumental in the success of the event was the whole-hearted participation of NMIMS students in teams
of 2-4 in the contests organized for the day. It was indeed heartening to see such wonderful energy and enthusiasm from the students, especially since it was all for a good cause. The contests for the teams formed by NMIMS students to participate in included “The Mighty Sellers”, “Blitzkrieg”, and “War of the Pitchers”. These mini-events saw students scrambling to be the best and leave behind the rest!
NGO Mela 2016 can be said to have been a grand success as it witnessed a commendable sale of Rs. 1.7 lakhs. The NGO mela has seen an increasing trend in sales dating back from 2011. In 2011, only 8 NGOs participated and the total sales amounted to Rs 35,899. This year, as previously mentioned, it reached a figure of 1.7 lakhs. Most importantly, the event succeeded in sensitizing students and visitors alike to various social issues. And as this was the motive behind the entire event, the Social Responsibility Forum feels gratified that their hard work has borne fruit.