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CSR Initiatives & Social Contribution
Message from the President
Whistling Woods International draws immense pride in the fact that our students, faculty and staff are passionate about helping the community and working towards making our world a better place. CSR initiatives and social responsibility is an essential part of our vision at WWI. As Asia’s largest Film, Communication & Creative Arts institute situated in the heart of Mumbai, WWI has a key role in the social welfare of the city and an ethical responsibility towards our environment.
As part of their academic journey with us, students are encouraged to not limit their learnings to their curriculum, but much more. Being future filmmakers and media professionals, they have the power to reflect their responsibilities through socially relevant content.
From woman empowerment to child welfare, organ & blood donation to drug abuse, tree plantation drive to clean India campaign, gender sensitisation to educating the underprivileged students, it is admirable to see WWI students, faculty and staff synergize to address social issues put together campaigns for several noble causes. The various CSR initiatives enlighten students & staff to be responsible and global citizens of the world at large.
Whistling Woods International, through its course of operation for the past decade, has proudly associated with several NGOs, namely, Salaam Baalak Trust & VIDYA Mumbai - VIDYA Integrated Development for Youth and Adults to offer scholarship to underprivileged students who are extremely passionate about making their careers in the media and entertainment industry. The institute has also partnered with initiatives like, Laadli - A Population First Initiative, creating awareness about gender equality, women empowerment, female foeticide and cherishing every child; KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, sensitising the larger public about LGBT issues and Be The Change - Varija Life Initiative, spreading awareness about the abilities of the physically & mentally differently abled individuals and including them in the mainstream society. WWI has been conducting various workshops, at regular intervals, for NGO children to make them well-equipped to face life at large. Apart, from associating with NGOs & social initiatives, WWI also involves in giving back to the society and mother nature through drives like Blood & Organ Donation and Clean India Campaign, respectively.
President Meghna Ghai Puri believes “There is no doubt that doing something socially responsible takes great commitment and we at WWI have a great opportunity to create a very socially aware institute and socially conscious graduates. The media of cinema is after all, an extremely powerful media. Many filmmakers have used the power of cinema to tackle some extremely relevant issues. The encouraging trend though is that today, several filmmakers are using a powerful social issue and making films that are seen by millions thus creating a large awareness of these issues and encouraging the media to discuss them. The latest being Guneet Monga’s oscar winning documentary from India called ‘Period’. We are proud of our filmmakers & professionals who take being socially responsible seriously.”
Bag-making workshop for underprivileged women from Meher Roshani Foundation, was conducted by WWI School of Fashion on April 5, 2019. In the workshop they learned making different variation of bags which are useful in our daily errands.
Tie & Dye Workshop for underprivileged women from the NGO- VIDYA Integrated Development for Youth and Adults, Mumbai, was conducted by WWI School of Fashion on March 2, 2019. We believe that women across India could be educated and empowered to meet their daily necessities by learning an art form as well as learning the art to commercialise the same. In the same spirit, these aspects were taught in the workshop.
The students from Whistling Woods International School of Design volunteered for an initiative conceived by Artist and Social Worker, Rouble Nagi, called ‘Misaal Mumbai’ on January 31, 2019 held at Reti Bunder, Mumbra. The students had the privilege to connect with the community and interact with various residents as well as people who made their living within the slum. They created engaging visuals that uplifted the surroundings and gave it a new life.
WWI hosted the 6th Annual New Year Party for the Kids and Staff of Meher Roshani Foundation, on January 19, 2019. Students of WWI conducted various art and craft workshops for the kids.
Whistling Woods International hosted the VIDYA Pomegranate Reading Wings Finale on December 14, 2018 in the campus. "Reading Hats 2018" was a culmination of a teachers' capacity building program VIDYA, Mumbai, the event included book readings and enactments, and skits by our children, youth, and teachers.
Whistling Woods International in association with Alzheimer’s & Related Disorders Society Of India (Ardsi) Mumbai Chapter, hosted a session on Elderly Care by Mrs. Vidya Shenoy.
Whistling Woods International conducted a Donation Drive for Kerala flood relief in association with GOONJ
Whistling Woods International staff and students led and executed a cleanliness drive at Vasai Fort. WWI associated with Durgveer Pratishthan for this cleanliness drive.
Scholarship provided by Whistling Woods International (WWI) and Motion Picture Association (MPA) on September 29, 2018 was awarded to Ms. Jyoti More from Salaam Baalak Trust.
Whistling Woods International, awarded Mr. Sanjay Khade and Mr. Abhishek Gupta, students from NGO, VIDYA - Integrated Development for Youth and Adults, Mumbai with Subhash Ghai Vidya Daan Scholarship, on September 29, 2018.
Workshop was conducted for kids from various NGOs during Celebrate Cinema 2018 on September 28, 2018. The kids belonged to Salaam Baalak Trust, Vidya, Dhai Akshar and Aseema Charitable Trust. The workshops were conducted by:
Acting workshop- Sonali Bharadwaj
Painting workshop- Dnyaneshwar Jagdale
Dance workshop- Terence Lewis Academy's Instructors
School of Music students performed for the Victoria Memorial School for the Blind on September 21, 2018. This was conducted on occasion of World Alzheimer's Day 2018, in association with Alzheimer’s & Related Disorders Society Of India (Ardsi) Mumbai Chapter.
Masterclass was conducted on awareness regarding dementia & active ageing by Vidya Shenoy. Vidya Shenoy is the Secretary General of Alzheimer's & Related Disorders Society of India and Honorary Secretary of its Mumbai Chapter.
An Eco-friendly Ganesha Idol Making Workshop for kids from Meher Roshani Foundation was conducted.
Stop motion animation workshop was conducted for kids of Dhai Akshar Educational Trust (a Mumbai based NGO)
WWI School of Music students performed at Café Arpan on September 4, 2018, at an event organized by Alzheimer’s & Related Disorders Society of India (ARDSI) Mumbai Chapter.
Versova Beach Cleaning Drive in association with Afroz Shah was conducted in the months of August & September, 2018.
The Students from School of Music performed at Smriti Vishvam Dementia Daycare Centre, Dadar on 21st August 2018. The “Smriti Vishvam: Universe of Memory” is the only specialised Dementia Daycare centre in Mumbai where people affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia are given complementary therapies on a one-to-one basis.
Acting & Filmmaking Workshop was conducted for kids from Hamara Foundation and Aseema Charitable Trust on July 28, 2018.
Acting & Filmmaking Workshop was conducted for kids from Vidya and Salaam Baalak Trust on July 21, 2018.
Food Donation Drive at Sneha Sadan was conducted by Whistling Woods International on July 21, 2018.
Workshop for kids from a Mumbai based NGO – Sakhi was conducted on July 14, 2018. The aim of this event was to find the hidden talent in a child who comes from a less fortunate background and give a livelihood in the field of Media and Entertainment Industry. These workshops were conducted by two of our eminent faculty Nivedita Bhargava and Rabiya Nazki, covering the important elements of filmmaking like writing, acting and shooting a short film, based on skills set of each child.
Students of Whistling Woods International made a video clip on Tree Plantation for the Government of Maharashtra.
Whistling Woods International hosted Christmas Celebrations for kids from Mehere Roshani Foundation on December 27, 2017.
Fellowship of the Physically Handicapped (FPH) visited Whistling Woods International on February 22, 2017.
WWI hosted a Panel Discussion in association with Varija Life on February 17, 2017.