'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India

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
Jun 3, 2013

Global Giving Donor Marisa visits IDEA

Marisa appeciating children
Marisa appeciating children's art

Dear friends and donors !


We are here again with an update from the field. This time we would like to present a brief report on the visit of a Global Giving Donor to IDEA and a case study on the impact of your donation in giving access to Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE)  to poor children  .


On 28 March 2013 , Marisa Rawlins from UK  visited IDEA’s office in Pune . She has been a consistent supporter of IDEA since many years . We explained her about IDEA’s Projects & Programs in general and the Global Giving project ‘Holistic Development for 300 Poor Kids in India,  in particular . She appreciated us and was very pleased to see how children are benefitting from the donations received from Global Giving ., especially how IDEA could help poor children access to Early Childhood Education in a  remotely located slum in Pune .  She was so impressed with this new center and suggested us to present the CASE STUDY of this particular project  in the quarterly feedback report  to Global Giving / the Donors.     


Access to Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) for poor children


While working in Ramnagar- a thickly populated slum in Pune, IDEA came to know about KhanVasti, an extended part of Ramnagar but situated on the hilly area. A survey  was done in that area where the total population is approx. 2000. 32% children were identified in the age group of 3-5 yrs but only 34% children in this age group attended the private or the govt. preschool which were at a distance of 2 KM from this slum. The private preschool was charging an yearly fee of approx Rs. 900/. The parents also found it difficult to carry children or make them walk as their houses are on the hilly area. Though there is a norm to have a  Preschool or  anganwadi within the habitation of such a cluster ,it was absent.  So most of the parents preferred to enroll their children directly in grade 1 , rather than in preschool. Our experience shows that chances of children with no preschool background dropping out of school are more than that of with preschool background.  So IDEA took the initiative to start a preschool in the locality, otherwise they would be deprived of this education which is important to prepare the child for the formal schooling.

Routine Schedule

 There are 30 children in the age group of 3-5 yrs regularly attending the preschool started in June 2012. It is conducted every day between 10.30 am to 12.30 pm except on Sundays. Here they learn good habits, songs, poems, stories, coloring & pasting for their intellectual as well as the motor skills development, eye hand coordination & concentration . Nutritious snacks are provided every day. All important religious & national festivals are celebrated in the center.

After intervention

The children are regular to the preschool. Average 95% attendance is there every month. The parents are happy as their children are able to attend the preschool in the community itself. It is accessible for parents and their children . The center is very popular in the locality that 11 children from other far off area too now attend this preschool. Shifa is one of the child who is glad to attend IDEA’s center. The parents of Anjum, Afrin Kaif feel proud that their children are able to recite poems, alphabets, numbers etc. Children enthusiastically participate in all activities.

Minakshi, the mother of 3 children -Om, Jay and Jagdish- say, she is able to go for work without any tension as her two tiny tots  attend IDEA’s play & learn center . She works as a maid servant in 3 houses. She says her elder two sons never went to preschool and were directly enrolled in 1st std, so they lag behind in studies.

Anjum’s mother says that earlier Anjum used to play and wander in the community. Now she is happy to attend the center. She wakes up in time and is behind her mother to get her ready for the pre- school. She is one of the brightest children in the center. The preschool has channelized her talents at the right age.

 15 children who were attending this Preschool have been  now enrolled in grade 1 and will attend a school  in June 2013. 

 Thank you note from IDEA and an Appeal for support :

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



Marisa with IDEA staff
Marisa with IDEA staff
Pre-school activity
Pre-school activity
Children enjoying snacks
Children enjoying snacks
Outdoor games
Outdoor games
Learning Alphabets
Learning Alphabets
Mar 13, 2013

An update on the activities under the project

Children's Event

Dear Donors & Supporters ,

Greetings from IDEA  Team.

We are happy to present another report on the programmes and activities under the project. Before that we would like to update you about the programmes and projects of our organization.

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 like Global Fund for Children ( GFC) , Sir Peter  Ustinov Foundation ( SPUF), Volkart Foundation  . Corporate associated with us include Symantec , Persistent , Vodafone , Systems Plus etc .

Due to this support , IDEA could expand its programmes and activities to many villages and Govt schools in Haveli & Bhor blocks in Pune districts, Maharashtra state in addition to our work in Pune city. However our focus remains the same-  minimizing school drop-out amongst the marginalized children by adopting a holistic approach & creating  a ‘ second chance ‘ to the drop out youth.   

IDEA’s current programmes & activities are : 

  •  Field studies in urban slums to identify ‘ out of school’ children.
  • ‘ Play and Learn centers ‘ & Study centers in slums to make the early stages of education interesting and to inculcate a regular study habit  in marginalised children.
  •  Sponsorship program to support needy and poor children.
  • Skill Development programs for girls and women for a supplementary income.
  • A facility for imparting Vocational Training especially for drop-out youth to give them ‘a second chance’.
  • “Inclusive Education for Socially Disadvantaged People- India Country Project”- to reduce the number of school drop-outs & to promote enrolment of out of school children in mainstream education through school and community based measures of inclusive education.
  • Adolescent health education for girls.
  • Health monitoring of women above 40 years ( as a support service to parents of our children ).

 Report from the field

 1. Guidance in  Math for high school children.

With the objective to remove the   fear of Math from the mind of children & to  make Mathematics more interesting ,on 12th Jan 2013, a Mathematics workshop was held for 42 students of 8th & 9th Std . With the use of blocks and glasses , the concept of Square, Cube and the algebraic expression was explained to children. Using graph the area of square and rectangle was also taught in a simple way.

Another session was held on   the origin of Mathematics-by a well known teacher and a recipient of Best Teacher award by State Govt. of Maharashtra. 52 children of 9th Std participated attended this session. The session included the beginning  of counting, roman numbers, Invention of Zero and about the famous Indian Mathematicians- Bhaskaracharya and Aryabhata. The children and teachers found it very informative.

    2. Distribution – Festival dress , Shoes & First aid box

Some very needy children under the project were given festival dress , shoes and socks and a first aid box. 

3. Health Check up of Children

A health check up of 153 children from 6-14 years of Ramnagar slum was done on 21st January 2013. It was done with the help of a Nursing college  and Government Doctors. The Nursing students also performed a street play on Health and hygiene.   

All children were provided with de-worming tablets and multi-Vitamin tablets. The height and weight of each child was recorded. 118 children had no problem; 35 were referred to specialists like eye, ENT, and skin. The common problem of wax in ear and dental caries was identified. A dental awareness session was held for children focusing on the dental structure, daily habits of brushing teeth & proper brushing technique.

4. Co-curricular activities 

Children got many opportunities for their all round development through  co-curricular activities. It gives them an opportunity to express their hidden talents and also retain their interest in the program.                                      

    a.       Sports competition

Sports competition for children was held in two areas at Ramnagar, Warje and Shashtrinagar, Kothrud. The competitions held were running race and ball race for 1st & 2nd Std, Lemon & spoon and Book balancing race for 3rd & 4th Std children, Frog Jump  and sack race for 5th,  6th & 7th std and slow cycling for 8th and above children. The children gave their best and were in full enthusiasm. The winners as well as the participants were given prizes.    

b. Hand writing competition .

 Handwriting Competition was held on 4th Feb 2013 in all the centers  

c.        Children’s Fun Fair (Balmelawa)

This was a whole day event held on 10th Feb 2013 in association with IDEA’s Foundation Day.  282 children and 50 volunteers and staff were present. There were 15 groups Dance performances of the children based on the folk dances of Maharashtra State.  Three best prizes were given to the groups.

 After lunch, a film show and slideshow on Wild Life was shown to children. The next session was on Shadow Painting. Children made beautiful drawings.

5. Importance of education through puppet show

 In one of our project area- a very backward & remote slum, a puppet show was organised for children and their parents on the importance of education and parent’s role in educational development of children. The children & parents enjoyed responding to the questions asked by the puppets. 

    6. Participation of volunteers in the program.
  1. ‘Make a Difference’ ( MAD) programme  by HDFC bank employees .Every year one Saturday in the month of February is celebrated by HDFC Bank at all locations involving employees . Three employees –Brijesh Nair, Ajay Sonawane & Manesh Shelar visited IDEA’s office and also two Study centers. They have taken drawing activity for the tiny tots & educational games for the kids attending the study center. It was a fun filled day for the kids & the employees.
  2. The Annual Sports meet & the children’s event ( Balmelawa )  could be organized smoothly due to the involvement of  Volunteers from IT Companies -Systems Plus, Symantec & Persistent- along with IDEA staff.

An appeal  :

While expressing our sincere thanks to you , we request you for your continued support for the smooth implementation of activities under the project.

Global Giving Bonus Day is just around the corner!  It begins on  March 13, 2013 at 9 am ET and ends at 11:59 pm ET (GMT-5) or until matching funds run out.  On this day Global Giving will match donations  at 30%, up to $1,000 per donor per project.

So please don’t forget to make a donation to our project on this day .


Sports day
Sports day
HDFC Bank volunteers with children
HDFC Bank volunteers with children
Children enjoying a feast
Children enjoying a feast
Drawing session
Drawing session
Puppet show
Puppet show


Dec 5, 2012

Update report & Merry X'mas & Happy New Year

Flash Mob Dance
Flash Mob Dance
Dear  friends
Merry X'mas & Happy New Year from IDEA Team
We are thankful for your donation and support for our project.
We are happy to share an update report on some of the important activities we have held under our project’ Holistic Development for 300 Poor Kids in India’. Corporate volunteers too joined hands with us in planning, organizing and implementing these activities.
1.       Supervised study class .
Ongoing study classes are being held in two slums from the funds received from Global Giving . 
The centers run in two batches-one batch of 1st-4th  Std and other batch of 5th -7th Std. The center begins with prayer and Yoga . Then an informal discussion on current news/monthly theme etc between the teacher and students take place for 5 minutes. The students are split into groups according to their Standards and the study begins.  Apart from their regular studies,  various  games are used for revision and to create interest in students. Passages are given for reading and listening on a regular basis .
The students in the center are taught art and craft to develop their motor skills and to increase and sustain their interest in the studies. The children have done greeting cards, spray painting, flower pots, ceramic pots, thumb printing etc.
2.       Participation in competition .
Children attending study centers are encouraged to take part in various competitions conducted by outside education trust / organizations . Recently   three children -Manasi , Bhushan & Rajesh – participated in an elocution competition held in Pune. Children from many schools and  NGOs took part in the completion. AND ALL THREE CHILDREN represented IDEA won prizes !
3.       Flash Mob Dance.
Amdocs employees & 20 children from IDEA along with Heels academy of dance have performed at two popular malls in Pune  , promoting the cause of IDEA . In addition to the promotion of our NGO, it was a very good experience for our children.  
4.       Exposure visits for children.
Children in the study centers were given opportunities for visiting :-
·         A Botanical Garden-Different species of reptiles, birds, animals of cat family, monkeys , tiger , leopard , Indian Elephant were seen and their habitat, food ,physical structure was known.
·         Visit to Historical place-Kesari Wada in Pune city. Kesari was the Newspaper started by Great freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak. Its working in past and today was described to the children .  To see the process of news paper printing right from gathering information, writing, editing and printing was a new experience for the children.
·         Bank & Post office-Children learnt the functioning of both the important services. 
5.       Dental Awareness and Check Up
Dental Care is always at the bottom in priority. So a Dental awareness and primary check up was held for 1226 children under our programmes. The dentists and students from a dental college gave information about the dental structure, tooth decaying process, ideal way of brushing and dental care. Only 7.6%children were seen to have good oral hygiene. They are rewarded with toothpaste & tooth brush as gifts.68%children had caries & 16%children had yellowish stains on teeth. The children are being treated to avoid further problems.
6.       Programmes by Corporate volunteers
On 26th October, Vodafone held a mug painting activity for children, it was a real fun for children. Children enjoyed interacting with the volunteers and got gifts & snacks.
Shopper’s Stop employees spent some time with our children in a study center located at  Kothrud, Pune. They had fun games, distributed stationary and snacks to the children . Our children had a nice time with them .  
 Systems Plus Limited, Pune arranged a pre Diwali treat for our   children in the study center in Hadapsar , Pune  in their office . The programme included :-  
1.       Kids were presented with a small skit where “importance of study” is portrayed which was welcomed by kids, kids were happy to be in office and big conference room
2.       Kids were given coupons to buy eatable and play games organized for them .. this was enjoyed  most by the kids.
3. Display of craft & art work of children
An Appeal :-
Dear donors, we express our sincere thanks to you for supporting this project. We need regular funds to implement the activities. Throughout the entire month of December, Global Giving is matching all new monthly recurring donations 100% up to $100 per donor. So here is a chance to double the impact of your donation!   
Getting ready for Diwali
Getting ready for Diwali
IDEA children & Amdocs employees
IDEA children & Amdocs employees
Kids at Systems Plus
Kids at Systems Plus
Mug Painting
Mug Painting
Flash Mob Dance
Flash Mob Dance

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Dr.Usha Pillai

Pune, Maharashtra India

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