The second Angels of Change Program in the year of 2018 was conducted for the students of Visual Communication Department of SDNB Vaishnav College for Women, Chrompet on 10th February 2018 at 10 AM in MOHAN Foundation Chennai. 12 students took part in this Volunteer Training Program.
Dr. Hemal Kanvinde, Quality Assurance Officer started the training program with introduction on MOHAN Foundation followed by a quick review of the contents of the Angels of Change Manual and DVD which were given to all volunteers. She then started with the concepts of Organ Donation. She explained in detail for the need of Organ Donation, Drain Death and Donor Card. The students were asked to practice taking an online survey, register as donors, like the MOHAN Foundation Facebook page and join the Angels of Change Forum.
This was followed by a small discussion on how and type of public awareness for the target audience was done. The students were then divided into groups such as events group, public awareness group and survey groups. The survey groups were asked to take a survey with auto rickshaw people and nearby shop vendors. The events group were asked to plan an event on organ donation, and the public education group learnt how to speak in public with the help of a presentation. Mr. Siva Shankar then took a session to gauge their understanding of the topic and showed them methods of craeting awareness using booklets, stickers, posters etc.
The session then continued with the volunteers reading the “Stories of Hope” and viewing a heart recipient video. The students then wrote a thank you letter to a donor family.
Ms. Sujatha Niranjan, MIS Manager MOHAN Foundation explained the role of a transplant coordinator to the volunteers. She used various case studies to explain the complexities during a donation.
Each group then presented their work – like giving a short information on what they are planning to do in their college by events group; the survey explained what happened while approaching a person for answering a survey and some students practiced public speaking in front of others.
The students have planned a mime on Organ Donation, they practiced during the session. The session ended with individual photos holding the placards supporting organ donation and group photo with MOHAN Foundation Staff.