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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. Over 31,000 young leaders on 2,400+ campuses across 140+ nations applied to join the Class of 2022.  200+ campuses worldwide (just 8%) were selected to host the 3,000+ Millennium Fellows.



Rajagiri School of Engineering & Technology | Kochi, India | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 3


" " Be the change that you wish to see in this world. These are the words spoken by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as the father of my nation, India. I believe even the smallest of actions or contributions that one makes towards the betterment of their society can spark the onset of a magnificent flame of growth and prosperity within that society. With people from different nations joining hands irrespective of gender, caste, age or any other differences, with one united goal in mind, ie., development that takes place in a sustainable manner, I'm thrilled and proud to be a part of the Millennium Fellowship Programme and hope to be a glimmer of hope for many individuals through this mission. " "

Millennium Fellowship Project: ABHIGYAAN

What’s the life of a child in an orphanage in India like? The child has limited access to resources like food and clothing. He/She has access to education till the age of 14. And then at the age of 18, they are forced to leave their only home to brave the streets.
Tough life? Yes. But what is one thing that can make them headstrong and help them face the challenges of life?
It is developing into a strong personality who has a clear idea of the different aspects of reality and knows how to navigate them. This can only be achieved by being constantly exposed to new ideas and learning about the real world outside.
The main problem that our project tries to address is this: How can we equip the orphans in an orphanage with this sort of knowledge?
We truly believe the best way to tackle this challenge is by giving them access to a wide collection of books. It is the best way for them to escape from their reality and be taken to another person’s story and to live and learn from the characters.

So our project ‘ABHIGYAAN’ (Source of Knowledge in Hindi) aims at collecting books from various schools and distributing them to various orphanages in our district. We plan to host an interschool book drive contest to gamify this process so that the school with the maximum number of books collected will be declared a winner. The collected books will then be transported to various orphanages around our district.
We have divided our project into various milestones. Our initial step is to identify all the orphanages in our district that are deprived of a good collection of books. This might involve going to the orphanages and meeting the authorities. Next, we shall approach one school that is willing to test out our idea. We shall collect the books from the students of the school, transport them, store them, sort them and then distribute them to orphanages based on the need.
Using the experience that we gained from this smaller drive, we plan to go large-scale, namely the interschool contest. But before that, we intend to meet with companies and NGOs that may be interested in sponsoring the campaign and transport costs. Next, we plan to get as many schools as possible in our district to sign up for the contest. The contest will then run for 1 week and a leaderboard will be constantly updated. We also plan to design a scoring sheet that awards points if a minimum number of books in a particular genre is obtained.
The top 3 schools with the maximum number of books will be recognized and declared winners. The books will then be transported and stored in our college, where we will sort them and distribute them to various orphanages that we had previously identified, thus marking our last milestone.
The stories and knowledge gained by one child will often be shared with the rest of the children and this might create a rippling effect. We truly believe the impact created by this initiative is something that will change the lives of the orphans.

About the Millennium Fellow

Niya Bimal, is a bright and enthusiastic student who is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology, Kerala, India. Being an individual pursuing an engineering background, her ambitions are inspired by her vision - to improve human life for the better. Through her project, she wishes to implement the idea of sustainable development through creative approaches, while also aiming to reduce the differences between the privileged and underprivileged of society.
Being extremely passionate about the field of technology, her future aspiration is to be an integral part of this community where she hopes to be a dedicated contributor towards the developments in this field.

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