Greetings from IDEA!
Holistic development encompasses development of intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potentials of the child. We try to touch some of those aspects of development by creating various opportunities for the children in our projects. Exposure visit was one such effort.
Science Day: 28th February is celebrated as National Science Day in India to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect by Indian physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman. Students of the schools and colleges demonstrate various science projects as well as national and state science institutions demonstrate their research. This time we selected children from far off places and took them on a science ride in IUCAA. IUCAA is the Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, and is housed in University of Pune. It is one of the best institutions in the country for pure science and it opens its door for public only on science day as part of science popularization program. So we did not lose the opportunity. 21 children got to see Science Toys Demonstrations, Poster Presentations, screening of scientific films, Scientific Models and models exhibition. They were very happy to see the renowned institute. The interesting part of such events is to get an opportunity to interact with scientists through question and answer sessions. They got to know the ongoing research and contemporary work in the institute in a simplified language.
Enhancing English class: Most of the children in Lamanvasti and Shevkar vasti are from Marathi medium schools or lower English medium schools. They lack skills in English language mainly in reading and writing. Majority of them find difficulties in comprehension. There was a constant demand from these children to send a teacher for filling the gap. And we were fortunate to have about 4 post graduate students to teach the same. In Shevkar vasti, the class was conducted in an open terrace due to lack of space in the community. In Lamanvasti, we used a local temple for the class. The class continued for two months. 24 students in Shevkar vasti and 20 students in Lamanvasti were regular for this class. Within a span of two months, following topics were covered depending upon children’s age and need: alphabets, pronunciation, vowels, essay writing, sentence construction, sentence correction, grammar, punctuation, noun, verbs, adverbs, direct and indirect speech, adjectives, active voice and passive voice, leaflet writing, report writing, paragraph writing, degree of comparison, making newspaper advertisement and letter writing.
Challenges faced: Children’s pronunciation is influenced by their mother tongue. Practice is the only remedy to overcome this difficulty and we plan to concentrate on the same in the next phase. All these children are from a different age group which made it difficult to plan the study session. We had to make small groups for teaching sessions relevant to their age group.
Feedback from Divya who conducted a class in Lamanvasti:
“The knowledge that we gain throughout our lives serves a purpose when you give it to someone else and especially those who are deprived of it. It was an amazing experience teaching the kids of Lamanwasti Spoken English. These children are bright minded and if properly mentored, can achieve heights in their professional life. I thank IDEA for giving me this opportunity of interacting with these little angels and making me more socially aware. I would be happy to help these kids when and if back to Pune.”
Children and their parents were thankful for sending a resource person to far off places like Lamanvasti. They actually planned a send off for the teachers on the last day and surprised them with a gift as well. What you give comes back to you! Thank you donors for supporting our cause. We look forward to your generous support so that we can continue with our mission.
Wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Our mission is to create equal opportunities to underprivileged sections of society for their all round development.’
Here is an attempt to bring underprivileged children in mainstream and provide them maximum opportunities just as any middle class child has an easy access to.
Film screening: movies can have a positive influence on children. It plays a critical role in creating political and social awareness. Children also learn values by observing good role models in the film. And most importantly, young generation is easily attracted by media. Therefore we planned to use films to educate children and create awareness. Recently, we screened a Marathi movie called ‘Rege’ for the teenagers. It talks about how vulnerable today’s youngsters are, how they get attracted to the glamour of underworld and eventually get trapped in the evils of it. This was very relevant to the environment children observe
Children are exposed to diverse culture outside their slums because of media. Our resource person understood this very well and took them on an environmental ride through films and dialogue on tree plantation, ground water and consumption of water. These films threw light on the present status of river pollution and tree cutting. Children have not seen water shortage because they live in a city which has ample water. Watching a film on ground water was an eye opener for children. We were overwhelmed by the feedback we received from them. It was definitely one step forward to become a responsible citizen.
Thank you donors for creating such wonderful opportunities for these children. It is certainly an essential part of education. Wish you all a very happy and healthy new year. Please continue your support to bring many needy and deserving children in the mainstream.
Warm greetings from IDEA!
IDEA’s learning centers are full of activities from past 2-3 months. It is a festive season and children are taking full advantage to learn through fun. A brief on those activities:
Rakshabandhan is a celebration of a relation of a brother and sister. Sisters tie the silk thread called Rakhi on their brother's wrist and pray for their well being and brothers promise to take care of their sisters. Children in our study centers learned to make Rakhi from scratch and tied them to each other. Poster making competition on gender equality was also held on the same day with a participation of 60 girls and boys from 2 communities. At the end, an expert from Bhaashaa conducted an interesting session involving all the children. Bhaashaa is a non-profit organization which promotes preservation, expression and dissemination of the greatest possible number of languages and dialect.
World literacy day: IDEA children from all the centers participated in a nationwide campaign called ‘One story one day’ by Pratham books on world literacy day. Same story was read in all the centers. Pratham is an Indian brand of non-profit publisher of story books for children.
Sandwich making: Employees from Tata-Trent volunteered to teach sandwich making to children in one of our centers. Children were thrilled to do it by hand. They also taught greeting card making to our children.
Bhondala:Girls from those 3 centers assembled to play bhondla (dance in a circle) while singing traditional songs. In ancient days, women had very little liberty to move out of the houses. Due to lack of technological revolution, women remained busy finishing the tight schedule of household core. Hence festivals dominated by community activity like Bhondla were essential to vent out the stressed emotions. It was the right chance for them to mix with other women for sharing their minds. Today, it has become a fun activity for the girls. Children also used this opportunity to organize a rally in the community with a message on gender equality.
Daan Utsav (Joy of Giving Week): Daan utsav is a celebration of giving. This year IDEA’s participation was in collaboration with Prorigo Software Pvt. Ltd., Marriott, Symbiosis Institute of Telecom Management and Tata Communications. The activities undertaken were sandwich making, dance performance, talent exchange with mentally challenged, wish tree, exhibition cum sale of products made by underprivileged women (beneficiaries of skill development program of IDEA). We were overwhelmed by the response from volunteers, corporate, NGOs and individuals.
Thank you all of you for your continuous support. You are an encouragement to keep our spirit alive and reach out to many more children. Thank you for reading this. We are delighted to see your participation in some or the other way.
Dear donors and supporters,
Greetings from IDEA!
First week of June means reopening of schools and of course, arrival of Monsoon in India!
School kit distribution
In 2nd week of June, 450 students received a school kit through IDEA. Children are so excited to get to use new bags, notebooks,uniform or civil dress, shoes and study material.
As mentioned, schools and rains both commence together in India. Unfortunately this year, monsoon did not turn up on time and water shortage became a burning issue here. Therefore, IDEA decided to participate in the ‘World Environment Day’ by creating awareness on environment issues.
As part of that program a poster competition was conducted for the children to make them think about their contribution towards healthy environment and act wisely in daily life. 20 children participated in this activity and the themes for making posters were noise pollution, global warming, air pollution, save the earth and save the tree.
Children divided themselves in 5 groups, made amazing posters and presented the theme they had selected. They discussed various ways of minimizing environment pollution and promised to make an effort for environment friendly lifestyle. They also promised to be watchful and create awareness in their family and neighborhood.
Save water campaign by children
As part of the environmental activities, a street play was performed in the community by children themselves. It was organized purposely on a famous pilgrimage day called ‘Aashadhi Ekadashi’. This 800 year old tradition breaks the barriers of caste, creed, rich and poor. Our children in learning center decided to replicate that pilgrimage through various activities. It was a great opportunity to raise consciousness about a critical issue of use of water. So they organized a campaign on ‘Save Water’ in their community. In most of the slums, there is a common tap through which people fetch water. Having an access to adequate water becomes very difficult due to long queue, irregularity, wastage and shortage of water. Students in IDEA learning center presented local issues relating to tap water with a clear message- ‘Save Water’. All of them were draped in traditional attire and participated in a procession within their community. The procession started from IDEA learning center and passed through the community with an appeal ‘Save Water’ for the community residents. Street play was enacted while the procession took a break. The campaign ended with children performing traditional folk dance called ‘Fugdi’ in front of IDEA learning center. Cheers to all those kids. What an IDEA to combine devotion to find solution!
Thank you donors for reading this. It was only because of your support we have reached here. We look forward to your continued support.
Dear friends ,
Greetings from IDEA !
We are here again with some of the activities held under the project during the last three months.
General Health check up and Anemia detection
A general health check up for all children and Hemoglobin (HB) testing to identify anemia among adolescent girls were done in March 2014. This was done in collaboration with the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS)- a Government programme and a Hospital. It was an eye opener for us to know that 72% girls who were examined were detected with anemia ; another 22% were with borderline anemia and only 6% girls were not anemic . We provided them with Iron and folic acid tablets and with multivitamin syrup as prescribed by Doctor.
IDEA has intervened at the right time and is providing medical help and nutritional guidance for the long term effect. An awareness session on anemia and nutrition was held on 18th April 2014. The session included discussion on eating habits, causes and symptoms of anemia and how to overcome it by following a balanced diet chart. A iron rich recipes were taught the adolescent girls and a few parents . A wise counseling of incorporating atleast three colored foods daily in the meal was given.
Children’s Event ( BALMELAVA) with a difference!
On26thApril, Saturday 2014 around 150 children from 7 study centres all over Pune gathered at a school for the annual Balmelava . This time it was planned in a very careful manner so that each child get an opportunity to take part based on his or her talent , be it a dance , drawing , a skit , role of a teacher , compeering skill etc . They , under the guidance of volunteers and the centre teachers started the preparation for the Balmelava immediately after their annual school exam. Children from each center selected an Indian state of their choice ; collected information on the uniqueness of these states , agriculture, occupation, famous places, personalities , culture and tradition of that particular state and made a presentation through Skits , exhibition, dance & songs of the state . Each team worked hard to be the Best! Priti one of our bright sponsored child did an excellent compeering!!!
After lunch, the children enjoyed a puppet show & a session on creative drawing .
Childhood returned to Asha (Name changed)
Asha is attending the study centre of IDEA since last five years when she was in 1st Std. She was a weak, shy and quiet girl who lost her father at that time. Her performance was below average in studies. She was not interested in studies and was slow in writing. The centre teacher gave individual attention to her to cope with the studies. Gradually Asha started showing some improvement. But it was noticed by the teacher and the social worker that her mother was gender biased. She was favouring her son, Bhushan who is clever boy. She often used to praise him and criticized Asha on her poor academic performance . She started taking Asha with her to help her in her work as a maid servant , telling “ what is the use of spending money on educating her if she is not good in studies “ . Her this attitude further worsened her performance in studies resulting in losing her interest in studies further.
The issue was discussed with her mother by our Social Workers . She was counseled and parenting tips were given to her while dealing with Asha. She cooperated with the social worker. Now she does not take Asha along with her to work & does not criticize her ; instead started motivating her. Guidance & counseling efforts by teacher and the Social Worker to the mother and the mothers’ change of attitude towards Asha brought a remarkable change in her. She started participating in centre activities. Asha very confidently presented science experiment in the exhibition organized at her centre on National Science Day. Her interest & performance in studies have also increased .
This is an example where timely counseling can bring a huge difference in transforming the life of a child.
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