For the first time, on 27-28 August 2014 SPARC participated in Asia NGO exhibition organized by “Live week Business” at World Trade Center, Mumbai. It gave NGOs and corporate a platform to engage with an objective to take NGO mandate and work with large body of corporate and establish tie-ups with them.
SPARC showcased its work in developing community capacity through area resource centers, surveys and enumerations, saving groups and housing and infrastructural projects. The focus was on Sanitation with the theme ‘STOP OPEN DEFECATION’ thus showcasing new designs prepared by Architect Rahul Mehrotra and team (RMA) towards building more efficient community toilet blocks.
About 65 NGOs and 6 to 8 Large Corporate industries participated in this exhibition. During the exhibition there was also a conference where speakers from Large Corporate and Foundation like MAX India Foundation, Swades Foundation, Sum Foundation, Jindal Steel and Power ltd. TERI etc. spoke on different themes such as integrated community development into business model, corporate community investment, CSR and sustainable development .There was also a panel discussion on Business and Stakeholder Engagement towards shared value and Social Investments. The conference was mainly for Corporate and didn’t find any representation from grass root organizations in any of the panels or discussions.
About 60 to 80 individuals visited SPARC’s booth.
MEMORABLE FEEDBACK FROM VISITORS
Dr. D C Huz, Wockhardt “Super Work”
Asma Kathiwalla, Thomson Reuters Foundation “Great Work Hope to work with you soon”
Ankita Yadav “Doing good work and helping people to meet their basic needs”
Susaana Chenar, Gunj “Hope to work together”
Shalini Suhalka, BOSCH “All the best for your Work”
--By Monali Waghmare