What are some of the things that have become possible for you to do since you started the website and the OMBC community on Facebook which may not have been possible otherwise?
Since I founded Ovenderful and then OMBC, there are many things that I started doing which I think would have been very difficult to do without strong community support. Many things have been possible due to these two aspects of my life.
I delivered a TEDx talk that helped me to raise awareness about veganism because I was doing a lot of vegan baking even in 2015-16 through Ovenderful. The Bakestreat Program helped us on OMBC cover 10,000 at least, in 2016 within a span of 6 months from July to December, through our healthy bakes. We have taken healthy bakes to elder care homes as well as children’s homes such as Vishwas Home, MathrushreeManovikas Kendra, Shiv Shakthi and Cheshire Old Age home. Bakers have managed distribution for the pourakarmikas who clean our streets. Covered street children and Homeless people at RainBasera – Night Shelter in Delhi.
Bakers who could not do it collectively distributed healthy bakes to anyone around them who needed a bit of joy or holiday cheer – house help, security guards, housekeeping staff, vegetable vendors, auto drivers and even our streeties! Infact we even covered shelter homes, centres for the homeless and elder care in US and the UK too through our Bake a Sunshine Cake initiative.
In 2018, the Government of Karnataka chose to collaborate with the community, for a key online contest run-up event as part of the International Millets Fair 2018 to promote use of healthy millets in bakes.
One of the most significant achievements would be our training of the girls who were rescued by The Freedom Project India, from sex trade and human trafficking. We helped the NGO through training these girls on healthy baking and they are now on their feet in terms of running it as a baking cooperative which supports them in their decision to start their lives afresh.