'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India

 
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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

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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
Jilebi eating competition
Jilebi eating competition

Dear Donors & Supporters ,

We are thankful for your donation and support for our project.

We are delighted to share some of the important activities we have held under our project’ Holistic Development for 300 Poor Kids in India’.

  • Ø  Pre and post tests in Study centers:
    • o   In our study centers we focus on improving the basic learning skills of children . Every  year we do conduct  pre & post tests to assess the achievement levels of the beneficiary children. The result has been very encouraging to continue the work we do with slight modification to improve the activity . Apart from the improvement in academics our children showed remarkable increase in their all round development.
  • Ø  Academic result :
    • o   The academic result was also very encouraging for us. The overall result is as mentioned below:-

14.3 % children secured marks between 91-100%,

19.2%children scored marks between 81-90%,

26.2% children scored marks between 71-80%,

14.1% children scored marks  between 61-70 %,

16.3% children scored marks between 51-60% and

9.4%secured marks between 41-50% .

  • Ø  Aid distribution:
    • o   Consistently for the third year , Sevasahayog an NGO in Pune  supported IDEA by providing School bag , notebooks and stationary . The volunteers- busy professionals- make it a point to meet the children, interact and motivate them to do well in studies as well as to be good citizens . Similarly a CSR initiative of an IT company too supported IDEA with school materials. This enabled us to provide School materials all the 408 children attending our study centers.
  • Ø  Annual Felicitation Programme:
    • o   Every year  we felicitate our children for their remarkable progress in studies, sports / arts. We also look forward for the felicitation program as a platform to express our sincere thanks to our supporters as well . We awarded  Systems Plus volunteers as ‘ Best Corporate volunteer’ , Dr. Hansa as ‘ Best Individual Volunteer’, Aakash  & Mugda as ‘ Best Interns’ , Savita as ‘ Best teacher-IDEA’ , Vilas & Sandhya as ‘ Best community supporters”  and  felicitated a few motivated parents and school teachers.
  • Ø  Independence Day celebrations :
    • o   IDEA foundation celebrated 15th August, our 66th Independence Day in all the study centres. In one location at Gopal Vasti, Hadapsar, the celebration was held with lots of enthusiasm and spirit with the involvement of the volunteers from Systems Plus – an IT company and active participation of the  people from the community. IDEA’s social workers Sunita & Kanchan arranged the programme in association with Mr. Vilas Jadhav from Gopal Vasti. The activity started at 11am by National anthem. After that there were various fun games, picture colouring competition for 1st & 2nd std children and drawing competition for 3rd to 7th children. The children participated with full enthusiasm. After that there was prize distribution for winners. The children also received gifts and snacks, sponsored by Systems Plus. The programme was enjoyed not only by the children but the social workers, volunteers and community people. 
  • Ø    Entry level activities in a few  rural areas.
    • o   IDEA started many initiatives in a few rural areas in Haveli  & Bhor  Talukas  in Pune.
    • o   In Mandvi & Sangrun in Haveli Talukas, we are focusing on Early Childhood Care & Education ( ECCE) and enhancing the quality of primary education in a few Govt schools. We have  distributed school materials and held a drawing , flower bouquet making and elocution competitions for children in the primary schools in these locations  as our entry level activities.   
  • Ø  An  exposure visit with a difference-  visit to a special school
    • o   With the twin intention of celebrating Rakshabandhan with special need children and sensitising our sponsored children on the difficulties faced by their mentally challenged friends , we had organized a program in association with Jeevanjyot- a special school.
    • o   The school authorities gave warm welcome to the children and IDEA staff. The founder trustee gave an overview of Jeevan Jyot School. The special friends performed a drill while the children from IDEA performed a prayer and later on tied ‘ rakhis’, they have made for their special brothers. The ceremony was very warm & touchy. They also distributed sweets to their brothers. 

An Appeal :- 

Dear donors, we express our sincere thanks to you for supporting this project.

We need regular funds as we have started work in a few rural areas in Haveli & Bhor  Taluka in Pune, in addition to the slums in Pune city.

 Our beneficiary coverage during FY 2011-12 & our target for FY 2012-13 are :- 

Coverage during 2011-12s:-

1.      Children – 5000

2.      Youth – 1000

3.      Women – 1000

4.      Population coverage - 80,000. 

Target for FY  2012-13 :-

1.      Children – 7000                      

2.      Youth – 1500

3.      Women – 1500

4.      Population coverage - 200,000.

 

Happy Independence day
Happy Independence day
Drawing competition
Drawing competition
A volunteer with children
A volunteer with children
Visit to a special school
Visit to a special school
Rakhis for brothers
Rakhis for brothers
Group song by kids
Group song by kids

Dear friends and donors !

Greetings!

We are here again with a detailed report of a recently held activity  co-ordinated and organized  by iVolunteer - another NGO for IDEA  ,as IDEA staff are busy with collecting examination results , counseling students and at the same time distributing school materials to students ! This is a vivid illustration of the power  and beauty of ‘ Networking’ in Social field !

Theme Event Report: let’s know our rights & duties!!!

Location: IDEA study center located at ARAI Road, Kelewadi, Pune

 Beneficiaries:25children (8 – 14 years of age). These children are studying in government schools and are also enrolled with IDEA for additional guidance in their studies.

 Objective:

  • · To conduct a movie screening followed by an awareness workshop for the students.
  • · The workshop aimed at creating awareness among school going children about their Human Rights and rights & duties as children.

Activity:

The event started with a short skit and group song presented by the children . Thereafter, a movie based on human rights was screened .The movie title was “Give me back my childhood”. The movie describes the life of children living on streets and how they are deprived of the basic human rights in our country. The movie mentions the names of each right; the children get deprived of with the flow of the story. It mentions of individuals right to live with dignity, Right to safe and secure environment, right to live with parents, right to education, health services, food, shelter, Right to Equality, Equal treatment before law etc.

 Children enjoyed the movie screening. This was followed by a discussion on their understanding of what human rights are? Then four groups were formed and each group had to present what they understood from the movie and what they consider as their basic rights as humans. They had to use chat paper and sketch pens to present their ideas. They were given half an hour for this task.

 Then each group presented its ideas one by one. Some children used paintings, role plays, pictorial demonstration etc to express their understandings. One of the groups came up with an extempore skit performance based on human rights. This was excellent.

 Post group presentation, the children were explained the basic human rights and how rights are always accompanied by duties.

 Finally at the end of the session, sweets were distributed amongst the children and the session was wrapped up. The kids enjoyed the session and also developed a fair understanding about human rights.

 Accomplishment;

It was a very fun –filled, informative and interactive event. It helped the children to have an understanding of their rights as human beings and how one’s right becomes another person's duty and vice versa.

 For more Photographs:

https://picasaweb.google.com/114875779826607313389/HumanRightsThemeEventJune12012


Thank you note and an Appeal for support :-

 We are very thankful for your support and make an appeal to you to make a donation , if possible on 13th June 2012, so that the impact of your donation will be doubled by a matching donation from  Global Giving on this day !

Energisers
Energisers
Group activity
Group activity
Movie screening
Movie screening
We are a group
We are a group
Volunteers at work
Volunteers at work
Masks made by children
Masks made by children

Dear Donors and supporters,

Greetings from IDEA !

We are thankful for your donation and support for our project . Your sponsored  children are enjoying  their long summer holidays . Some of them have gone to their native village to spend time with their relatives . But there are many children who are not lucky enough to go out of Pune  as their parents can’t afford or their presence is  required in Pune to assist their parents in their work during holidays. Still there are some children who undertake some part time job during summer vacation to meet part of their educational expenses during  the next academic year.

We, at IDEA organise many summer time activities for children- creative workshops, art & craft workshop, exposure visits etc to create opportunities for such children while we are also busy with the preparations for  aid distribution for the next academic year for the children.

Here is a brief report on the summer time activities for the children.

Three day workshop for children in the age group 14 years and above.

  • Career Guidance  sessions  through poster display.  The sessions started with a SWOT (Strength, weaknesses, opportunities and Threats) analysis and focused on goal setting. Information of different streams and vocational courses was explained.
  • Preventive counseling on Addiction

An informative & interactive session on the harmful effects of addiction was conducted for the adolescents by an expert from a well known de-addiction center. The session included a slides show on the hazards of Addiction; the ill effects on physical and psychological health and one’s family were discussed.  He explained how to help the addicted person to wean him away from the vices. Students got an opportunity to clear their doubts on many related aspects.

  • Paper Quelling Activity

The art of Paper quelling was taught to the children. It gave children an opportunity to engage in creativity. The Art needs a lot of concentration and patience. Children learned to make greeting cards with intricate designs of this art.

Activities for children in the age group 10  to 14 years  

  • Story reading and listening

World Book day was celebrated on 5th March 2012 in study centres .The teachers gave information on  the different types of books like-children’s story books, novels, Informative books, text books, historical, mythological, detective books etc. What aspects the students should see before reading books was explained to them like the title of the book, author, edition, price, publication, contents, preface, cover  and back page, other books of same author or publication etc. Children read the books and wrote “Autobiography of a Book” with full of imagination. Library and book reading in groups are activities held on regular basis during holidays. The teacher reads different moral stories to them.

  • Skit making and presentation

As a part of the Employee engagement program of  Tetra Pak an one day fun filled and informative session on  skit making & presentation was held for the children in the age group 10 to 14 years.

 33 selected children from  four  study centers got an opportunity to interact and  learn from  talented employees from Tetra Pak. They  guided the children in planning , preparing and presenting skits  on important  issues like healthy living , dental awareness, de-addiction and environmental protection etc.  The employees complemented the children for their talents and creativeness  & encouraged them to be responsible citizens .All the participants received gifts and snacks packets too from Tetra Pak. 

 This program was organised with the help of  iVolunteer –one of our supporting partner NGO.   

 Summer camp for the tiny tots in the age group 6 to 10 years  

  • Art and craft activity

Different things like craving soap blocks in beautiful designs, paper house, drawing, puppets, masks etc are  some of the activities included in the workshop. Children are enjoying the activity.

  • Playing Educational games

Children are also getting opportunity to attend the center on a regular basis to play different educational games like puzzles, chess, spell well, number games etc.   

Dear donors, this update is incomplete without expressing our sincere thanks to you for supporting this project. On 13th June , Global Giving has planned for a ‘ Bonus Day’ . We request you to make a small donation on 13th June; your donations made of this day will help us to get a matching grant from Global Giving !!!  

 

Paper Art -children
Paper Art -children
Tearcher -on Book Day
Tearcher -on Book Day
Session on de-addiction
Session on de-addiction
Tetra pak employees guiding children
Tetra pak employees guiding children
Tetra Pak Employees with the children
Tetra Pak Employees with the children
Group presentation
Group presentation

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Project Leader

Dr.Usha Pillai

Director
Pune, Maharashtra India

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