Projects 2016 - 2017 / Events

  1. Visit by Andrea Sinnot, SI of Amounderness
  2. International Women's Day - Panvel
  3. International Women's Day - Chembur
  4. Community Service Day
  5. Fellowship Meet at Lonanvla
  6. New Friendship link with SI of El, Cerrito, San Francisco
  7. Building Toilets Project
  8. Visit of SIGBI Friendship Link Coordinator, Zarreen Babu
  9. SNEHA Santacruz Project
  10. SNEHA Govandi Project
  11. World Aids Day
  12. Rasayani Skill Development Program
  13. Project with Sadhana Vidyalaya for the Deaf
  14. Hosting of NASI meet & Installation Ceremony-3
  15. Hosting of NASI meet & Installation Ceremony-2
  16. Hosting of NASI meet & Installation Ceremony -1
  17. Visit of Jill Lane, Friendship Link Co-ordinator of SI Plymouth
  18. Kidz Carnival
  19. International Day of the girl child
  20. Joy of Giving Project, Panvel
  21. Joy of Giving Project 2016- Chembur
  22. Fistful of Grains
  23. Adult Literacy Programme 2016-17
  24. International Youth Day
  25. Dr. Daphne Pillai was awarded the SAVVY HONOURS CELEBRATING SUCCESS AWARD
  26. World Environment Day
  27. International Yoga Day
  28. Annual General Meeting

Visit of Jill Lane, Friendship Link Co-ordinator of SI Plymouth

Jill Lane, Friendship Link Co-ordinator of SI Plymouth visited the members of SIBC on 15th Novemebr 2016.
Founder President Daphne Pillai, President Celina Joy, President Elect Yvette Lee, and ten other members were present to welcome Jill. Yvette gave a presentation on the Programme Action work of the Club. A short video about female infanticide, released on the occasion of International Day of the Girl Child was also shown.
Jill showed some maps and pictures to describe Plymouth, and then talked about SI Plymouth and District and some of the Programme Action work done over recent years. A photo of the 1931 insignia brought a gasp of admiration, and great interest was shown in the ‘He Loves Me/Loves Me Not bookmarks. Jill then presented some books about Plymouth and some photos of SI Plymouth activities.
members also presented Jill a jute bag celebrating 40 years of Soroptimism in India which contained some reports and a copy of EduNation – book written by Dr K M Vasudevan Pillai,Founder of Mahatma Education Society.
It was a wonderful meetig with a promise to work on joint projects in the near future.

Visit by Andrea Sinnot, SI of Amounderness

Andrea Sinnott of SI Amounderness, who is based in Preston, UK visited SIBC on 31st March 2017. It was a very interactive and informative session. Andrea was very impressed by our work and projects that we undertook. She also expressed her desire to co-support one of our projects.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Lata Krishnan, President NASI, Dr. Sunita Wadikar, Dr. Reni Francis, Dr. Sunita Jain, Ms. Mamta Patil, Ms. Yvette Lee, Ms. Swasti Dhar and Ms. Preeti Pawar. SIBC members presented her with a coffee mug as a token of love.

International Day of the girl child

A short movie was made to create awareness on the widespread social issue of Female Foeticide. The movie was released on International Day of girl child on 11th October 2016.

Visit of SIGBI Friendship Link Coordinator, Zarreen Babu

Ms. Zarreen Babu, SIGBI Friendship Link Coordinator, visited the members of SIBC Club on 9th December 2016. The discussion veered around the various activities and joint projects that can be done with the clubs that has friendship links with each other. Members of SIBC shared the details about the various visits from the Clubs that had friendship links with SIBC. Dr. Daphne Pillai, Dr. Lata Menon, Dr. Celina Joy, Ms. Mamta Patil, Ms. Yvette Lee, Dr. Lata Krishnan and Susanna Cherian were present for the meeting.

Community Service Day

The members of SIBC participated in Community Service Day organised by Mahatma Education Society's Pillai Group of Institutions on the 21st of January, 2017. This unique community service program helps in fostering a spirit of giving among students and young people.
Ms. Barbara Lanier, Founder Region Parliamentarian and Former President of SI El, Cerrito, San Francisco was the Chief Guest for the event.
SIBC members wholeheartedly volunteered and participated in the fun activities organised for around 750 members from various orphanages, old age home, tribal children etc.
The event was co-ordinated by SIBC members Dr. Celina Joy and Ms. Yvette Lee.

International Women's Day - Chembur

Members of Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur celebrated International Women's Day on 8th March 2017, with the students of the Adult Literacy Drive 2016-17. It was a proud moment when the "Certificates of Achievement" were distributed to twenty seven women who were trained in spoken and functional English and basic beautician skills.
Classes were conducted by SIBC members twice a week every month from August 2016 to February 2017. The modules were based on the need assessment done in the month of July 2016. The target population of this project was women from the surrounding areas who have either missed out on their first chance of learning or those who did not know or did not have the courage to speak in English. Sister Antoinette Araujo, Former Principal of Nirmala Niketan College of Home Science and currently the Director of the College was the Chief Guest for the graduation ceremony.
The programme was attended by the SIBC members as well as the family and children of the Adult Literacy Drive students. Each of the students spoke on how the programme has helped them develop their English skills and confidence.​

SNEHA Santacruz Project

Dr. Betty Sibil and Dr. Celina Joy, members of SIBC, conducted six sessions of the Personal Development Workshop for underprivileged girls at the SNEHA (Society for Nutrition and Health Action) as a part of community service. This project was conducted for the months of August, September and October 2016.
This Personal Development Programme was conducted for the students enrolled for the Nurse Aide Programme at SNEHA Centre at Santacruz. The modules covered were on Spoken English Skills, Grooming and Etiquette, Time and Stress Management, How to write a CV, How to prepare for an interview and How to study. The program was well received by all participants.

International Women's Day - Panvel

SIBC celebrated International Women's Day at the Panvel Campus by felicitating two exemplary women, Ms. Flavia Agnes, co-founder of "Majlis" and Ms. Priti Patkar, founder of "Prerana" with Soroptimist Excellence Awards 2017.

Fellowship Meet at lonavla

Members of SIBC visited a resort in Lonavala for a Fellowship meet on 15th January 2017. About 15 members attended the meet. The members wholehearted participated in all the fun games and exciting activities. It was a beautiful day spent in fellowship and friendship and reinforced the commitment to Soroptimism.

New Friendship link with SI of El, Cerrito, San Francisco

SIBC forged a new friendship link with Soroptimist International of El, Cerrito, San Francisco district Ms. Barbara Lanier, Founder Region Parliamentarian handed the Friendship Link certificate to President Celina Joy on 21st January 2017.
Ms. Barbara also interacted with SIBC members on various occasions over the three days that she spent in Mumbai.

Building Toilets Project in Varavane Ashramshala

SNEHA Govandi Project

Adult Literacy Drive
Personal Development Workshop for SNEHA’s Nurse-Aide Students

Dr. Padma Rangan and Dr. Lata Krishnan conducted Personal Development Workshop under the project (Adult Literacy Drive where they delivered sessions in the Personal Development Workshop for the students enrolled in SNEHA’S Nurse Aide Program. SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action.)The aim of SNEHA is to work for women and girls and to ensure Healthy Women and Children for a Healthy Urban World.

Sessions were conducted on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month during the month's of August, September and October 2016 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Govandi centre. (Below the Mankhurd flyover) Ms. Ujwala Bapat was the Progeram Coordinator.

The following modules were taught:
  • Spoken English Skills- Communication (1 hour at the beginning of every module)
  • How to study (Module II)
  • Grooming & Etiquette (Module III)
  • Time & Stress Management (Module IV)
  • How to write a CV (Module V)
  • How to prepare for an interview (Module VI)
  • Revision and Practical sessions (Module VII)
  • Twenty-five students participated in workshop organized at the Govandi Centre. Each student was given a100 pages long book, a ball pen and a Hindi to English dictionary. The course content for the Personal Development workshop was designed by Dr. Lata Krishnan and delivered to the students by Dr. Padma Rangan and Dr. Lata Krishnan using various methods of teaching such as dramatization, role play, games,group discussions, presentations and worksheet writing.

    Teaching and empowering young girls and enabling them with skills to become good Nurse-aides was a gratifying experiences for Dr. Padma Rangan and Dr. Lata Krishnan. The SNEHA center appreciated this contribution with a ‘thank you card.’

World Aids Day

SIBC in association with Pillai College of Education and Research, New Panvel performed street plays to create aids awareness among people in New Panvel and neighbouring areas.
SIBC in collaboration with Pillai College of Education & Research, Chembur organized AIDS Awareness workshop to create a sense of awareness among the students and also to sensitize them on the alarmingly increasing cases of AIDS in the world and our duties and responsibilities as global citizens to spread awareness to the masses on the same.
A short film was screened for students on AIDS and a talk was organised by Dr Shankar Chawla,(Practicing Homeopath) to sensitize them and create awareness about the signs and symptoms, modes of transmission etc, followed by a round of discussion and sharing of knowledge and experiences from the students.

Project with Sadhana Vidyalaya for the Deaf

The students of Sadhana Vidyalaya for the Deaf were taken for an educational excursion on 19th December 2016 to the Zoo, Aquarium and Hanging Gardens. 40 children and 12 teachers participated. It was a day of fun and learning. Yummy snack boxes were handed out to all of them. SIBC also handed over a cheque for the academic fees of a girl child that we have been sponsoring for the last few years.

Rasayani Skill Development Program 2016-17

Dr. Daphne Pillai and Dr. Celina Joy conducted a session on specific conversation related to each of their professions at the Pillai Skill Development Institute on 30th December 2016
Sessions are conducted every Tuesday and Thursday by Dr. Daphne Pillai, Dr. Lata Menon, Dr. Celina Joy, Smita Dalvi and Sussana Cherian

Hosting of NASI meet & Installation Ceremony - Installations

Hosting of NASI meet & Installation Ceremony - Fellowship Night

Hosting of NASI meet & Installation Ceremony - Executive Meeting

Kidz Carnival

On the occasion of Children’s Day Celebration held on 14th Nov, 2016 ,edukidz INTERNATIONAL School, Daycare centre and Evening activity centre , Tilak Nagar, in association with Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur organised ‘kidz Carnival’ to serve 25 orphanage children from Manav Jeevan Seva Trust, Ghatkopar. Numerous fun filled activities were organised to bring about joy and togetherness in our small little way. Dr.Daphne Pillai, founder President of SIBC handed over useful goody bags to the children. Mrs. Sheetal Wadikar actively involved the shining stars with many games and dance activities. Children went back with fond memories and smile on their face.
The carnival was open for young and old people who enjoyed food stalls with mouth watering goodies, rides, pottery, game stalls, kids’ accessories and many more activities. Mr. Kiran Shirwalkar, President of New Vision Foundation was actively involved in the functioning of the carnival. Parents and well wishers congratulated the leaders of the school Dr. Sunita Jain and Ms. Namita Kafaliya to organise the event in an organised manner. Tilak Nagar became a happening place with crowds pouring in large numbers.

Joy of Giving Project,Panvel

Joy of Giving Project 2016- Chembur

The members of SIBC organized a Jumble Sale at the Pillai Campus at Chembur from the 6th to 8th of October 2016 to celebrate the Joy of Giving Week to raise funds to support the various charitable activities conducted by the Association.
This year too; the SIBC members collected used clothes, shoes, jewelry, curtains, and other household articles and put it up for sale at very marginal prices of Rs. 10 to Rs. 100 per item. More than 500 people from the nearby poor localities visited the Campus and took maximum benefit from this Sale.
Visitors were excited about purchasing well-maintained, used clothes, home articles, jewelry, shoes, bags and toys. The air was filled with excitement and hearts filled with the joy of giving. This event was co-ordinated by Dr. Sunita Wadikar, Ms. Annamma Paul, Ms. Mamta Patil & Ms. Preeti Pawar.

SIBC in association with Pillai College of Education & Research, Chembur conducted the project 'Fistful of Grain' on the 10th of October, 2016.

The project aimed in providing grains such as (rice and dal) to the underprivileged section in our society. The beneficiaries of this project were the inmates of an NGO- Access Life in Deonar, who were undergoing treatment for cancer, so the grains collected have been able to provide for their meals for more than a week.
The project was undertaken by the B. Ed students who contributed money for the same. To maintain the uniformity of grains the money was collected and accordingly the grains were purchased. The students offered a Fistful of Grains which was then handed over to Access Life.
The inmates were given money which they would use for the conveyance to the Cancer hospital as there was a special vehicle for commuting these patients to the hospital.
This is the second year that SIBC in association with PCER has undertaken this project. The impact of this project is to imbibe social values especially for those disadvantaged who have been battling for a better living. The students were deeply moved by the struggle that young children were facing, being a source of support and well being was of prime importance.
The students were oriented about the various projects of SIBC. The NASI Extension Officer, Dr. Sunita Wadikar, invited students to be the young members of SIBC. The SIBC - IPP Dr. Reni Francis addressed the students about SIBC, projects undertaken by SIBC in catering to the societal needs, and Project Fistful of Grains. She introduced the members, Ms. Annamma Paul- Friendship Link Co-Ordinator, Ms. Yvette Lee - President Elect, Ms. Preeti Pawar- Secretary, Dr. Sunita Jain, Ms. Swasti Dhar- members of SIBC. Ms. Yvette Lee emphasised the contribution of SIBC in the society and thanked the students for their support, Ms. Swasti Dhar spoke about Access Life and the impact of project Fistful of Grains.
Thus the project Fistful of Grains was indeed a huge success.


SIBC organised a fellowship meet for the participants of the "Adult Literacy Drive" at an Adventure Learning Camp on 18th March 2017. The young ladies enthusiastically participated in the adventure activities of rappelling, rock climbing and dunk tank. They actively participated in the various games organised.They also enjoyed themselves at the rain dance after which sumptuous food was served to them. All in all it was a day that helped the students to renew their friendship and bonding with each other. The event was coordinated by SIBC members Preeti Pawar and Yvette Lee.

Session conducted by Ms. Namrata Saxena

Session conducted by Ms. Mamta Patil

Session conducted by Ms. Yvette Lee

Session conducted by Ms. Annamma Paul

Grammar and Motivational Sessions conducted by Mrs. Seeta Desai. The ladies enjoyed the session and applauded for the same.

Christmas Celebration

Students of the Adult Literacy Drive celebrated Christmas by performing a Play called "Have you Seen Christmas". They also sang Christmas carols and danced on many songs. The students truly enjoyed performing to a huge audience. Their performance was highly appreciated by the audience and members of SIBC.

Session conducted by Mamta Patil on Conversations while giving and asking for advice.

Students of the Adult Literacy Drive celebrated Christmas by performing a Play called "Have you Seen Christmas". They also sang Christmas carols and danced on many songs. The students truly enjoyed performing to a huge audience. Their performance was highly appreciated by the audience and members of SIBC.

Preparation for skit for Christmas

Session conducted by Preeti Pawar on formation of simple sentences

Diwali party

Week 14

Street play on social awareness

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 9

The session was conducted by Ms. Mamta Patil on the use of this, that, these and those.

Week 8

The 2nd session of the Beautician course was conducted by Ms. Murshida Kotyad on Day and Night make-up.

Week 7

The session was conducted by Ms. Munawira Pillai on I am ..... and I am good at .....

Week 6

The session was conducted by Ms. Yvette Lee on Use of Prepositions. A revision of all the conversations taught was done.

Week 5 - 1st September 2016

The session was conducted by Dr. Reni and Dr. Sunita Jain on Likes and Dislikes, Describing people and things, Vocabulary - Places in the city.

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Week 4

The next session was conducted on phonic sounds (CH, SH, TH) and pocket size dictionaries were distributed to all the participants. The sessions were conducted by Soroptimist members Munawira Kotyad Pillai and Preeti Pawar.

Week 3 - August 8-12, 2016 - Skill Development

During Week three, skill development sessions (Beauticuan's Course) were conducted for the students. The sessions were co-ordinated and conducted by a professional beautician along with Yvette Lee, Preeeti Pawar and Sheetal Wadikar

Week 2 - August 1-6, 2016

Session 2 was conducted by Soroptimist Namrata Saxena and topics of Conversational English, Greetings and Phonetics were covered.

Week 1 - July 25-30, 2016

Literacy is very important for the socio-economic progress and empowerment for women. To spread this message and build awareness, SIBC launched its flagship project, Adult Literacy Programme, on Wednesday, the 27th of July, 2016. The beneficiaries of the Adult Literacy Programme are illiterate and semi- literate women who belong to the poorer sections of society from the nearby localities of Chembur and Govandi. A need assessment survey was conducted and based on the feedback received, the members of SIBC have sketched out a detailed plan for literacy classes for the period August 2016 to March 2017. Around 120 women attended the session at the Chembur Campus. The sessions will cover Conversational English, Basic Literacy (reading, writing and math) and Skill Development Programmes. The sessions will be held on every Tuesday and Thursday. Soroptimist members Dr. Daphne Pillai, Celina Joy, Preeti Pawar, Yvette Lee, Parveen Arif, Annamma Paul and Reni Francis were present.

Self defence and self protection are an important priority for women. The most common crime to happen to a woman is rape, but it is more about a feeling of dominance from one person over another.

SIBC in association with Chembur English High School on the occasion of International Youth Day on organised a 'Self Defence Workshop' for the girls of Grades 8 to 11 on the 12th of August, 2016. Around 150 girl students attended the workshop.
The resource person for the session was Ms. Ratnadiptee, Director of SciArt Sports and Outplay. She is an International Gold medallist in martial arts and has trained more than 55,000 women since last 20 years. Ms. Ratnadiptee along with her associate Mr. Mangesh Shetye conducted a very interactive and hands-on session with the girls where she taught them basic techniques to handle threat situations like eve-teasing/stalking, groping instances in crowded areas, kidnapping etc.
The session was thoroughly enjoyed by all the students


Dr. Daphne Pillai, was awarded the SAVVY HONOURS CELEBRATING SUCCESS AWARD at a star studded, glittering function at the Taj, Santacruz on 24th July 2016 organised by “Savvy” magazine.
Dr. Pillai, a leading educationist for over 30 years, is the Chairperson of the Management Board, Mahatma Education Society and co-founder of the Pillai Group of Institutions which runs 48 educational institutions where 35000 students study annually. She was felicitated for her contribution to education and especially for her efforts to empower the underprivileged women in society through Adult Literacy Drives and Skill Development Programmes. She firmly believes that “women are naturally empowered as they are the child bearing gender and only need the right environment within which to blossom and it is much our duty and obligation to choose the right environment for ourselves”. She received a trophy and a citation honouring her for her well deserved contribution to society. Dr. Daphne Pillai is also the founder of the Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur, a women’s international organization which works for the welfare of women and works towards “Educating, Empowering and Enabling” women to build better lives for themselves.

World Environment Day

Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur (SIBC) celebrated World Environment Day in collaboration with Mahatma Education Society’s (MES’s) Chembur English High School (CEHS) on 24th June 2016.
On this occasion, the Chairman of MES, respected Dr. K. M. Vasudevan Pillai addressed the students on the key issues related to environment such as pollution and global warming.
School Principal and Soroptimist active member, Mrs. Annamma Paul and members of SIBC handed over the saplings to Green Brigade members of the school.
School science teacher Ms. Farah explained the students about the importance of environment and the measures need to be taken to preserve it, using informative videos.
A drawing competition was held on the topic ‘Trees – Our Best Friends ‘. The occasion was graced by Ms. Sheetal Wadikar, Ms. Preeti Pawar, Ms. Sunita Jain and Ms. Namrata Saxena of SIBC.
The celebration concluded with a pledge to adopt green initiatives to save the Mother Earth.

In another event, edukidz INTERNATIONAL, Tilak Nagar celebrated ‘Environment day’ and ‘Father's day’ on Friday 24th June 2016. Father and child potted their plants together as a mark of their lovely bond in the same way as they would take car eof their plants. Children were excited to speak few words about the plant which created awareness of the different kinds of plants and the importance of a green world.

Report on the celebration of International Day of Yoga on 21st June 2016

Mahatma Education Society's Pillai group of Institutions observed International Day of Yoga in association with Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur, an organization that works for the welfare of women by conducting a yoga session for the underprivileged women who work as helpers at Dr. K M Vasudevan Pillai Campus. Yoga experts from Patanjali Yoga Centre conducted the 90 minute session.
The event was a grand success with around 50 women attending the programme. The yoga experts trained the participants on proper postures and showed simple daily exercises to maintain balance and flexibility. A series of yogasanas and breathing techniques were also demonstrated. The participants appreciated the class and enthusiastically practiced the various exercises.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Daphne Pillai, Chairperson of Mahatma Education Society and Founder President of Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur observed that “We are delighted to provide this opportunity on the occasion of International Yoga Day to build awareness among women to remain fit and lead a healthy lifestyle”.
In the evening, Soroptimist International of Bombay Chembur celebrated the International Day of Yoga with about 164 students of Mahatma Night Degree College of Arts and Commerce, Chembur Mumbai. The objective of this event was to initiate students to yoga and encourage them to make it a way of life for a healthy, peaceful and happy life. Soroptimist International Bombay Chembur Past President Dr. Padma Rangan in her welcome address explained the significance of yoga as it embodies unity of mind and body and is a holistic approach to health and well-being.
The guest of honour, National Association of Soroptimist International of India past President Annette Mascarenhas, spoke about yoga as an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition and how the practice of yoga helped her get back on her feet after a knee operation and cured her of cervical spondylitis. Soroptimsit Annapoorna Patil, the resource person, taught the students Pranayam (breathing exercises) and explained the importance of Pranaym. The students enthusiastically participated in all the exercises. Soroptimist Dr. Lata Krishnan thanked the students and Soroptimists for a wonderful evening of yoga.


SIBC conducted its Annual General Meeting on 23rd April 2016 at its registered office in Chembur. The meeting commenced with the Soroptimist Prayer and Pledge. Namrata Saxena, PAC presented a review of the activities conducted throughout the year 2015-16. This was followed by the annual accounts presentation by Dr. Celina Joy on behalf of Treasurer of SIBC. After this presentation six new members were inducted into the Club with a badge and welcome letter. The next agenda was the elections for 2016-18 which was conducted by Founder President, Dr. Daphne Pillai.

The Executive Committee for the year 2016-18 were elected. Dr. Reni Francis, the immediate past President handed over charge to the new President, Dr. Celina Joy, for the term 2016-18 in the presence of the Founder President, Dr. Daphne Pillai and other members.

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