“The thought that someone far away is caring for us and helping us in carving a promising future for ourselves and our families is so empowering. Your help is deeply admirable. Thank You from the bottom of our heart.”
~Pardada Pardadi Girls
Setting the 100% benchmark!
Following last year’s trend, this year too, there was 100% pass percentage in 10th & 12th grade. 36 girls from 10th & 28 girls from 12th sat for U.P state board examinations this year. 27 Girls from 10th & 36 from 12th secured first division (60%). Girls are thrilled and excited with their results. The ecstatic bunch is ready to make a mark in their lives.
The maximum percentage scored by the girls last year was 68%. This year we are up by 6%. Manisha is this year's 12th grade topper with 74.4%. She will be joining Pardada Pardadi gang in NTTF, Bangalore soon to pursue a diploma course in Computer Applications.
Voicing the Change
The GLP panel consists of 15 members from diverse socio-cultural background, who have been living in poverty and had experienced extreme marginalization. All the panelists presented their responses and recommendations on the post-2015 global development framework (post MDG’S). All the panellists presented their responses and recommendations on the post-2015 global development framework (post MDG’S). A copy of the report will be presented to the government.
She dreams of becoming a computer engineer and wants to set up her own business to help other girls who want to study. Pinki envisions a world which is free from poverty and discriminative practices towards girls and boys.
Serving the community
Pardada Pardadi in collaboration with International Medical Relief (IMR) organized a week long rural health camp in 6 villages of Anupshahr held from 23rd -28th June this year. The camp was a huge success! Over 60 volunteers including PPES’ staff, senior students and girls pursuing nursing course participated in the camp. It was a great learning opportunity for the girls to apply their nursing knowledge in the real world.
Youth Festival: Celebrating and Saluting Young Talent
The event witnessed healthy exchange of ideas/learnings through debates, extempore, painting/poster making competitions and mono- acting performances done by the students.
Besides the competitions, there were games, workshops and field trips for the participants. Ms. Taruna from Pardada Pardadi spoke to the girls about Human Rights while Ms. Mitra from J.P.Vidya Mandir taught the girls the use of appliqué work in Handicraft. Issues such as Dowry and the increased use of Mobile Phones were well depicted in the Mono-acting competition. The event concluded on an enthusiastic note with a promise to return next year.
Independence Day Celebrations
The 67th Independence Day celebrations kicked off with full fervour and patriotic feeling at the school. The function started with the hoisting of the flag within the school premises, followed by group song and dance performances by the girls. Distribution of traditional Indian sweets concluded the day on a promising and sweet note.
Same day, 50 students (10th -12th grade) joined hands with 450 other students and participated in a march Celebrating the Independence Day. Over 500 students from 10-12 government/private schools participated in the rally. Two of Pardada Pardadi girls- Manisha (12th grade) and Shivani (10th grade)were felicitated for securing top positions in UP board Exmainations.
Your thoughtfulness has enabled these girls to dream big and lead a better life. It is wonderful to have you with us as a part of PPES family.
THANK YOU for being there with us and supporting our endeavours in every possible way!
We hope that one day it will be possible for you to visit the Pardada Pardadi and interact directly with the girls and the community. We will be sharing regular updates about all the exciting things happening in the lives of our girls!
To make direct donations you can also visit us at- www.education4change.org
Love and warm greetings from all of us at Pardada Pardadi :)
International Women’s Day celebration, Melanie’s Theatre Classes, Queen’s College ‘Paint the tree’ initiative, opening up of a new ‘Health centre’, School Exchange visit by Mount Madonna School … Wow! the school kept buzzing with so many interesting activities.
Pardada Pardadi 8th graders along with Rikki Asher (Art Faculty, Queens College) and team participated in a unique ‘Paint the tree’ initiative. As part of the initiative the girls painted symbolic imageries on trees to spread the message of ‘do not cut trees’.
During the process girls learnt to make stencils and were also given an understanding of how “art can be used as a powerful means of personal expression” and how “artists make public art to communicate and support a message or a cause”.
A total of 10 trees were painted at the school compound by the girls. For painting, mixes of natural and artificial paints were used toensure that paintings do not wither away with the changing climate.
International Women’s Day was celebrated with vigour at the school on the Eighth of March. Cricket, kite flying and dancing were some of the activities that filled the grounds from corner to corner.Popcorn and Candy Floss were in constant supply (and demand!) as was the colourful bouncy castle, which almost contended with the sea of colours that the girls and teachers brought with them, dressed in beautiful Saris and Shalwar Kameez’.
The day’s activities were interspersed by a fantastic programme prepared by volunteers, girls and staff alike. Girls from all standards created a play that discussed issue of a wedding dowry, while girls from the Call Centre programme spent the week prior working with Melanie Closs, a volunteer from The Other Side company in NewYork, creating a play that revolved around a woman’s right to an education.
The girls, who began the programme only three months ago, performed the entire piece in English – and portrayed issues close to their hearts, such as the power that is gained through a strong education and employment, and the effects this can have on confidence, and the message they are able to take home to their villages and families, allowing them to develop too.
Melanie caused much excitement when she took to the stage with her Ukele, and Palka Gupta, another volunteer from New York, also entertained the girls with a beautifully executed traditional Indian dance.
Every performance was strong and dynamic, and illustrated the girls’ understanding of the empowerment they so rightly deserve.
THANK YOU for making all this happen! Stay connected for more updates straight from the school.
In all these 13 years, Pardada Pardadi has expanded it realm, so has its students, staff, programmes and needs.
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Thank you for your continued support to our project ‘Educate & Empower 525 rural girls (Anupshahr, India)!
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Many thanks for making 2013 a special year!
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