On 14th September 2019, Somaiya Nursing College in Sion, Mumbai invited MOHAN Foundation to conduct a volunteer training workshop for about 40 II year nursing students with the help of Mrs Sonali Sangurkar.
The Angels of Change workshop, supported by SBI Foundation, started at 10 AM in the morning and Mrs Sonali Sangurkar introduced Dr Jimmy Gupta and Mr Akash Salve to the students as resource persons who would be conducting the workshop.
Dr Jimmy started the session by introducing MOHAN Foundation, its mission, vision and activities. She then familiarized students about the workshop and discussed what is expected of the students from this particular workshop. She also briefed on the ways in which students can collaborate to support the noble cause of organ donation.
Mr Akash Salve handled the second session, a mind mapping activity and asked students to discuss all the positive and negative thoughts coming to their minds related to organ donation. This activity helped clear the doubts students had and also helped them share their thoughts without hesitation.
Next session was conducted by Dr. Jimmy on the concepts of organ and tissue donation. She explained the types of death viz. cardiac and brain death and the organs and tissues that can be donated. She elaborated the procedure for bone donation which was an unfamiliar topic for the group. She also described how skin and eye donation can happen even at homes which caught the attention of the crowd and everybody started asking queries related to tissue donation that were answered promptly. She also briefed about the organs that can be donated in case of brain death and the number of lives that can be saved by giving the examples of successful transplant stories, articles and news about green corridor which was somewhat familiar to the students. Mr Akash then discussed the religious barrier and myths related to organ donation.
As the students became aware of the whole process of organ donation an activity that involved writing a thank you letter to donors from the perspective of a recipient was organised. Many students participated in this activity and wrote heart touching letters which were read out later. Following a short lunch break, groups were formed for role play activities to understand the process flow of organ donation in hospitals.
Lastly Ms Radhika Joshi shared her personal story of her relative who had passed away due to renal failure about a year ago waiting for a kidney and explained the importance of organ donation to the students. The students were invited to speak about the whole process of organ donation and share their feedback about the workshop. About 37 students attended the workshop and about 35 of them pledged their organs.
MOHAN Foundation is thankful to all the dignitaries including the Principal Mrs Avani Oke, Vice Principal Mrs Jayshree Rajesh Salvi and Mrs Sonali Sangurkar for the opportunity to conduct an Angels of Change workshop on organ donation for the students.