'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India

Feb 10, 2014


Engrossed in their favorite stories
Engrossed in their favorite stories

Dear Donor,

Greetings from IDEA!

Reading opens doors to endless possibilities and so we wanted to inculcate this habit in our Study Centre children from a young age. The main aim behind starting the Study Centres is enhancing basic learning skills- Reading, Listening & Comprehension of all children so that they have a strong academic foundation. We conduct some activities especially to generate in children a love for reading. After their regular studies, children at Study centres are encouraged to read story books in groups which is followed by discussions, role playing games or essay writing.

LIBRARY IN A KIT- Portable Library just for kids

All Study Centres are equipped with mini portable Libraries which have books sorted according to grades. The Library has both English and Marathi (local language) books.  Children are issued new books every week which they read in groups.

In the group each child takes turns reading a story, this improves attention span and confidence while making the reading activity a little more fun. After a story is over the children share what they have learned and the teacher explains the moral message at the end. This improves comprehension skills of the children.

Once in every month the children put a play enacting their favorite stories. They love dressing up as their favorite characters and they always have an audience! This activity has improved the basic learning skills to a great extent. Their vocabulary has expanded and scores in school exams have improved too.

We thank Pratham books for donating these Library kits, there is no better gift to give to child than a book.

LEARNING to respect all RELIGIONS while improving learning skills

In association with BHASHA which literally means LANGUAGE in Marathi (local language), a weekly activity oriented session on reading, enacting and craft work is implemented in our study centers.This  is a unique activity for children which aims at improving their language skills also educates them about the significance of celebrating different festivals, events of National importance and International days.

Important festivals of all religions and states of India like Diwali, Christmas and Eid and also days of national & international importance in each month are celebrated according to their unique customs. The teacher then explains the importance of these events and the purpose behind why they the celebrated. The teacher uses special teaching material designed specifically for primary school children.

The children then perform plays and dances based on the festivals of that month. Recently on the occasion of World Literacy Day, the children from all study centres got together to make stick puppets. They even put up a lively and spirited show on “Importance of Education”. We are happy to share the pictures with you all.

This activity is one of a kind as the kids not only get to hear amazing stories and celebrations but also get an education in secularism and an appreciation for different communities and religions. Days of National importance like Independence day and Republic day instill a sense of national pride while different state festivals make them more secular and we hope more tolerant of the diversity of this country in the future.

Thank you Dear Donor, it is because of you these kids have a new book in their hands and a new word on their lips. We request you to show your consistent support in  enabling us to create opportunities for needy tiny tots!






Library in a kit for tribal kids at Kasurdi
Library in a kit for tribal kids at Kasurdi
Reading in a group, so much fun!
Reading in a group, so much fun!
kids creating a colourful collage.
kids creating a colourful collage.
With their favorite character, Paplu- the giant.
With their favorite character, Paplu- the giant.
The stage is set for the best puppet show in town.
The stage is set for the best puppet show in town.
Dec 23, 2013

Get Set Go...

A close Finish
A close Finish

Dear Donor,

Christmas Greetings from IDEA!

            Exams are over and winter is here - a perfect time to go out and play and play is what they did. In our Holistic Development programme there is emphasis on sports and physical activity along with educational activities so we encourage children to take up a sport as sports instill many good qualities like team spirit, leadership qualities and confidence plus the benefits of fitness and good health.

Athletic Event enjoyed:

            Recently a media company organized a national level athletic event for school children. 20 children from IDEA participated in various running races. It was a good experience for them to compete and interact with children from other backgrounds. We were very happy to see that even without any coaching, the kids put up a tough fight. Every year we organize sports meets and many kids also participate in marathons and sports competitions. One of these sports enthusiasts is Swati who is a budding sports star and we are happy to share her story…

Swati - an athlete in the making:

            Swati got associated with IDEA when she was in 6th Std. She has been under different IDEA projects like learning centers, sponsorship program and vocational training course. Swati continued attending our study centre till 10th std as there was lot of disturbance in her small single room house which made studying impossible for her. Her father is jobless and mother works as domestic help. Because of sponsorship support, Swati could continue her schooling and scored 68% in 10th board exam.  In the mean time she also completed a 6 months basic nursing course conducted under IDEA’s vocational training programme and also took a part time job for a few months to support her family.

            Now she is pursuing graduation in Commerce stream. In college she got interested in the game of Kabbadi which is an old Indian sport. She is showing all signs of an athlete in the making with her good performances and winning laurels for her college Kabbadi team. Swati is now a national level Kabbadi player which is a matter of pride for us and is still associated with IDEA’s youth groups and helps conduct games and activities for IDEA’s young children. She frequently helps other children and her mentors from IDEA. Her helping nature is appreciated by all. Swati is currently sweating it out for a national level sports competition representing her club. IDEA wishes her good luck!

        Please continue supporting Swati and her friends who are at the most important time of their lives.

Get Set Go
Get Set Go
Proudly showing their certificates
Proudly showing their certificates
Swati- our sports star
Swati- our sports star
Nov 7, 2013



Dear Donors,

Warm Greetings from IDEA!

Another wonderful year is coming to an end, this year we took our project “HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT FOR POOR KIDS” to another level. Our holistic approach towards minimizing school drop-out amongst the marginalized children is appreciated by many sponsors and supporters like you including international & national foundations and Corporates. Due to this support, IDEA could expand its programmes and activities to many villages and Govt schools in Pune district.  

Many volunteers from the corporate field joined us this year and made our events even more successful. Many donors personally visited IDEA’s study centres and were left impressed. Two volunteers from Global Giving U.K, Hannah Sainsbury and Dan also visited IDEA.  It is indeed a satisfying feeling to have more people support our cause.

This year we reached out to 450 little kids through Play and Learn centres, 240 out of school children through our 15 study centres and 710 adolescents through our sponsorship programme.



Play & Learn centres and study centres are running smoothly 6 days a week where we focus on improving basic learning skills (Reading, Writing, English, Marathi and Math) of primary and secondary school children. They are taught in various creative ways to make subjects like Science and Math fun and easy. Regular tests and surprise tests are conducted to check the achievement level. Supporting activities like Science exhibitions, Science Exploratory visits and storytelling sessions were undertaken.


Many activities were carried out this year where children could explore their hidden talents and hobbies. Drawing competitions and Sports competitions were held at all centres. Sessions on paper quelling and clay exploration were carried out for all children. Puppet shows and Educational films were shown which the children enjoyed thoroughly.


Many fun activities were carried out this year like Museum visits and summer camp. A talent exchange programmme was held and FUN GAMES were organized by IDEA’s youth groups. Sessions on Health, Hygiene and Nutrition were held for adolescent kids. Guidance sessions for parents are organized regularly by IDEA’s teachers.

It all because of your contribution friends that we are making many dreams come true. Please continue supporting us.

Our children want to say a big THANK YOU so please watch this video:



Oct 15, 2013


Fun games organized by IDEA
Fun games organized by IDEA's youth groups

Dear friends and donors,

This time of the year is a time of festivals and celebrations in India so we thought of combining learning with some fun activities for all our children.

TALENT EXCHANGE: A visit was arranged for young girls sponsored by IDEA to a Home for visually challenged girls. The aim of this visit was to sensitize the girls to the problems of less fortunate girls of their age. IDEA girls taught them the art of paper quelling and both groups made beautiful greeting cards together. Both groups enjoyed the interaction and we hope that this interaction has enriched them.

FUN GAMES: Innovative and enjoyable games were organized for little children by IDEA’s youth groups (older children who have been sponsored by IDEA for many years). This was a unique child to child interaction which gave an opportunity to the youth groups to show their leadership and event management qualities with the added pleasure of showing their little friends a fun time.  Such one to one interaction is important as it builds interpersonal and leadership skills in children.

MUSEUM VISIT: A visit to a local museum was arranged for high school students to familiarize them with India’s cultural heritage. It was learning plus picnic that the children enjoyed thoroughly.

After all these enjoyable activities it was time to acknowledge the efforts of some deserving students who have, by their sheer grit and determination achieved outstanding success in their 10th standard board exams.

SOMNATH-Our rising star

It is always a pleasure to see your efforts bear fruit and it was indeed a joyous moment to felicitate IDEA foundation’s shinning stars- our achievers for this year. Many children from slums and tribal areas living in squalor and sometimes hostile living conditions have fought many odds stacked against them and have passed their exams with flying colours. Friends, it gives us much joy to introduce one such bright young star- SOMNATH.

Somnath, a poor slum boy lost his father in his early childhood and his mother supports the family by working as a domestic help. Her meager salary could not even provide the family with two square meals let alone books, tuitions and extra classes. He used to work at a bakery to support his mother along with his schooling till he met us, post which he was immediately enrolled at our study centre. Quick learner that he was, he showed promise from the beginning by coming to the study centre regularly, studying hard and participating in all other activities like English enhancing sessions, exposure visits and career guidance workshops. He was also fortunate to get the support of his study centre teachers who personally guided him and continuously motivated him. Their efforts paid off and Somnath scored 83% in his 10th board exams which is an excellent score by any standards. Now Somnath is pursuing Commerce in a good city college and has even bigger dreams for himself and his family.

Thank you dear friends it’s because of well wishers like you, children living a hopeless life can now dream and hope again.

Please take a look at our Annual report:


Visit to a museum-a learning experience
Visit to a museum-a learning experience
Somnath- an inspiration for all
Somnath- an inspiration for all
Aug 29, 2013

Co-curricular activities for children

A Child appreciating her Clay model
A Child appreciating her Clay model

Dear friends and donors !


We take pleasure to update you with a few  activities held in the field . The two volunteers of Global Giving from U.K Hannah Sainsbury and Dan visited IDEA twice to study the Girl Effect project and the Holistic Development project. They understood the program in details by  visiting  the field activities to understand the program and the approach. They were happy with the progress of the project.   IDEA has provided the sponsored and the study center children with the necessary school kit like school bag, notebooks and stationary in the beginning of the academic year in June 13.

Creative Learning in  study centers

IDEA runs 23 learning centers in 14 slums from Pune city and Bhor taluka, Pune district to support the academic as well as overall development of the child. These classes are held daily two hours catering 3 to 14 years of age. The focus is to help children to have a strong foundation  in Marathi (local language), Maths and English. We have introduced ongoing Science activity twice in a month for children from grade 5 to 7 and Art activities are held once in a week to retain the interest of the students in the class. We are presenting a brief report on the activities:

  1. 1.       Science –a creative and fun activity!

   Usually children find it difficult to remember the science terms. The concepts are not clear. So we took up an innovative way to teach science. They are taught to make games, toys and then the scientific principle behind it is explained to them.  In the last few sessions we have taught the children to make a simple bottle rocket using the principle of Air pressure, a game based on the friction, a polythene parachute applying the gravitational force and a rattle using the magnet. The children were so excited .  

We got a wonderful feed back from a few children that they teach the same to their siblings or peers. Teaching makes them more perfect. A science competition based on their learning is planned in February2014. Children will receive exciting prizes!         

  1. 2.       Clay Art-Exploring creativity

IDEA planned the theme of CLAY ART in the month of August.  Each study center has chosen one theme like fruits/vegetables/animals/toys etc.  


  1. 1.       To explore the art.
  2. 2.       To develop concentration
  3. 3.       To develop motor skills
  4. 4.       To vent out the emotions
  5. 5.       Team building.  

The children learnt right from the mixing of the clay, giving shapes, finishing and coloring the model. The joy has no bounds after making a model on their own.  A few elder children are taught the art. They will be the trainers for other centers.     

  1. 3.       Guidance to Parents on Adolescent issues.  

Our team of social workers is regularly in contact with children and their parents. They identified the need to guide the parents of the adolescents. A counselor cum psychologist held a session for the parents on understanding the changes in this stage and the communication of the parents with them. The session started with introduction and the most common dialogues between the parents and the child. The counselor quoted a  few examples of such dialogues seen in the families. This made mothers feel comfortable & relate the problem as in their family. The mistakes made by parents sometimes lead to so called “Problems” of the child. The most common problem is “Children watch TV for long time and do not study”. The mother has inculcated this habit unknowingly. The child when young is told to watch TV so that he /she are not a hurdle to her while working. The same child gets habituated to TV and watches it for long hours in his teenage and then this becomes a problem.  

The parents slowly opened up and asked questions to the counselor on the current problems they are facing.  The social workers were facilitating the group. The questions raised by parents were about the dressing style, spending too much time with friends, talking arrogantly to parents, overreacting etc. The parents felt a great support as they got guidance to their problems.  Mrs. Asha mother of three children said, she will definitely give an ear and try to be a friend of her children. Mrs. Dhanashree who used to be worried on the increased irritability observed in her daughter, was confused how to deal with it and often had clashes with her. She said,”My tension has reduced. I was scared to share my problem with others from the community. I am happy to get Guidance from right person “   

Thank you note from IDEA :-

On behalf of the children and their parents we are very thankful to you for your donation and looking for your continued support!

Hannah & Dan with children
Hannah & Dan with children
Guidance for parents
Guidance for parents
Dan from the UK observing a  science class
Dan from the UK observing a science class

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Dr.Usha Pillai

Pune, Maharashtra India

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