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Health
4.04.2014 | GMOEA

Health has received the maximum attention through various Health programmes of the Foundation. An effort has been made by the Foundation to reach to all the sections of the society from childhood to elderly.

HEALTH CAMP IN SCHOOLS/ VILLAGES - Foundation conducts health camps in schools on rotational basis covering almost 60 schools from the mining belt. Till date Foundation has conducted 159 camps covering 41752 students.Foundation has spread its activities in almost 60 villages across 4 talukas. Till date Foundation conducted 74 village camps covering 5873 patients and 50 of Pediatric camps covering 3289 children.

MFG also conducts specialized camps like Gynaec camp, Ophthalmic camps, Cataract Detection Camps, Orthopeadic camps, Osteoporosis camps etc. Till date Foundation conducted 5 gynaec camps covering 507 ladies, 7 opthalmic camps covering 319 students, one osteoporosis camp covering 124 patients, 4 orthopeadic camps covering 67 patients, 4 cataract detection camps covering 276 patients.

 

PROJECT DRUSHTI - Under its Project Drushti (Cataract Surgeries) 1508 patients are operated by the team of expert Ophthalmologists either from Goa or from Sankara Netralaya, Chennai at their respective Clinics or at the SMRC, Chicalim.

 

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE - Total of 164 patients have been benefited from the projects wherein MFG provides financial support to the needy for the specialized treatment within or outside the Goa.

 

MATTRUCHAYA SEVA - 25 -  Mattruchaya is one of the well respected organisation working for the welfare of the people especially underprivileged and orphan children. Its wing Mattruchaya Seva - 25 works towards better health facility for the poor of the state. The Foundation has partnered with Mattruchaya Seva - 25 to support the Patient Aid Unit (PAU) at the Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim. The PAU is of great help to the community of the mining belt of Goa but also from other parts of Goa and neighboring states.

Another joint effort, the weekly OPD at Sacordem has been a boon to the village since the closest available health facility is 8 Km away. The Doctor from Mattruchaya Seva 25 provides voluntary services at the OPD every Thursday while the foundation supports by providing free medicines.

 

HELPAGE INDIA - Foundation ha partnered with Helpage India for providing free medical services to elderly people through Mobile Medical Unit which reaches 16 OPS's regularly helping about 1025 patients in the interior areas of mining belt of Goa. The response  to the Helpage Inida's Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) has been tremendous. The partnership is further strengthened by the Foundation with a new MMU commissioned exclusively for the benefit for the community in the mining belt of Goa.  

 

 

Education
4.04.2014 | GMOEA

Proper Education during the early stages of life lays a foundation for further progress in the later stages of life. Sometimes financial constraints become a barrier to educational growth.  Hence the Foundation has in place some educational interventions for the benefit of the local community through Book bank scheme, Teaching quality improvement and Scholarship programme.

1. Scholarship Programme - The Mineral Foundation of Goa has formulated a programme of awarding scholarship to the brilliant, needy students from the mining belt of Goa for their higher education in courses like professional degree, Masters degree, diploma and ITI. The scholarship covers both the tuition and hostel fees of the institution for the entire duration of the course. MFG Scholarship programme started in the academic year 2003-04 and Mineral Foundation has provided scholarships to 211 students so far.

 

MFG Scholars Association (MSA) was formed by the present and past MFG Scholars to promote community service. It is patronized by the Foundation and has undertaken various social activities for schools and the villages from the mining belt of Goa. Every year new scholars join in by paying a nominal membership fee of Rs. 100 per year. The members of the association meet ones or twice a year to update their present status and also discuss their future plans for the betterment of the society. One of the members has also donated a sum of Rs. 10,000.00 to the association and the members of association plan to utilize this amount for education related activities of the Foundation.

2. Teaching Quality Improvement ProgrammeIn an effort to systematically improve the quality of education delivered at the anganwadi centres, the Mineral Foundation of Goa in association with Gomantak Bal Shikshan Parishad facilitated a sustained training of anganwadi teachers. The teachers are given training in the Aurobindo Ashrams’ Integral Education System, an unique and holistic education method that prioritises the development of the childs faculties, cognitive skills and social and emotional attitudes. A mixture of hands on training in various syllabus modules, motivational lectures and follow up monitoring visits are conducted as part of the programme.

Keeping in mind the largely rural and economically challenged profile of the children attending these anganwadis, the overburdened roles of their teachers and the under equipped nature of the child care centres, the program is designed to overcome these challenges and demonstrate that education can be done powerfully, yet simply.

Under this programme, 72 anganwadi teachers, 72 anganwadi helpers and 20 Mukhyasevikas are trained so far. 

3. Book Donation Programme for school students - Mineral Foundaion of Goa initiated Text book donation programme during  the academic year 2001-02 for the poor and needy students studying in the high schools in the mining belt of Goa. The programme continued for 3-4 years but later since Goa Govt. started the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan project wherein they donated text books to all the students, MFG stopped the programme and later started with note book donation to schools. Thousands of students from 60 High schools all over the mining belt were donated note books by Mineral Foundation. But, later Sarva Shiksha abhiyan started donating note books and so the number of note books was surplus in most of the schools. Hence, Mineral Foundation of Goa stopped the Book donation programme from the academic year 2014-15. 

Mining article
6.06.2013 | GMOEA

Mining is the extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the earth from an orebodylodeveinseam, or reef, which forms the mineralized package of economic interest to the miner.

Ores recovered by mining include metalscoal and oil shalegemstoneslimestone, and dimension stonerock salt and potashgravel, and clay. Mining is required to obtain any material that cannot be grown through agricultural processes, or created artificially in a laboratory or factory. Mining in a wider sense includes extraction of any non-renewable resource such as petroleumnatural gas, or even water.

Mining of stone and metal has been done since pre-historic times. Modern mining processes involve prospecting for ore bodies, analysis of the profit potential of a proposed mine, extraction of the desired materials, and final reclamation of the land after the mine is closed.

The nature of mining processes creates a potential negative impact on the environment both during the mining operations and for years after the mine is closed. This impact has led to most of the world's nations adopting regulations to moderate the negative effects of mining operations. Safety has long been a concern as well, and modern practices have improved safety in mines significantly.