'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India

 
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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
Sep 7, 2012

An update report from field

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
Jun 11, 2012

Let's know our rights & duties!!!

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
May 15, 2012

Activities for children during summer holidays

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
Feb 24, 2012

Joy of Learning Science

A Trip to the Universe
A Trip to the Universe

 

Dear Donors & supporters ,

Greetings from IDEA !

We are happy to present a report from the field to update you on the progress of our project. IDEA recently celebrated its 10th Foundation Day. We organized many programs for the children , parents and teachers during the months of January and February 2012. A brief description of some of the  programs is  given below :

‘  Joy of learning Science’ 

 This year we have selected ‘  Joy of learning Science’  as the theme of our Foundation day celebration.   The objective was  to popularize Science education and  to create awareness & generate interest amongst the school going underprivileged children in science and the role science plays in our everyday life.

1. Science workshop

  Around 40 beneficiary children got a chance to attend a Science workshop. These children have come up with many interesting science projects for display. Two interns – Aakash & Suchitra from a famous Business school in Mumbai guided the children in making and presenting the projects they have made. Many volunteers were also actively involved in helping the children in the Science projects.

 Children got an opportunity to display the project they have made and explain it to people during our foundation day event. This gave wider exposure to these marginalized children.

2. Multi –media presentation & talk on Science.

We organized interactive sessions for children with three eminent scientistsDr. Prakash Tupe , Dr. A.A. Natu ( IISER,Pune) & Dr. Mukund Deshpande ( NCL, Pune)  on 5th Feb 2012.

Around 70  beneficiary  children attended the program . Dr. A.A. Natu  spoke to children on the influence of nature on discoveries and inventions. Dr. Mukund Deshpande gave a very informative session on ‘Microorganisms-Friends & Foes’. Dr. Prakash Tupe- another well known Scientist held a session on astronomy-‘ A Trip to the universe’ .

 These sessions were supported by Powerpoint presentation & video clips and were very interesting . It  was a first time experience for  the  underprivileged  children to learn from such experts and to interact with them .

An interactive session for parents & teachers.

 As part of our education program for the parents as well as teachers, we have organized a talk from Dr. H. V. Sardesai a well known medical practitioner and orator on their role in the overall development of the child on 11th Feb. 2012. He said all children are capable of attaining highest position in life as they have the potential .  But parents & teachers have to play a important role in exposing the hidden talents in children. The child should feel interested & happy to do things. For this a good physical & mental  health is  important. He gave excellent tips to the parents and teachers on how to engage a child to be interested in creative work and utilize his / her full potential.

The curiosity & confidence of the child should be developed by answering the child’s queries. The emotional development and its management should be done skillfully to make the child a good balanced person in today’s world.

The talk was followed by a question and answer session . The main focus was how to use science and technology for the positive development of children.   

 Celebration  time for young mothers !

We organize programs and activities for parents, especially young mothers to get them involved in the developmental programs we organize for children.

Recently , we have organized a fun filled day for young mothers to celebrate a  traditional custom – “Haldi Kumkum”   on   the occasion of  Makar Sankranti festival.  Haldi Kumkum ceremony  serves as  a platform for  women to meet  and  wish each other for a blissful married life by applying Haldi ( turmeric) &  Kumkum ( a red  coloured powder))  on each other’s forehead.

We used this platform to give an opportunity for the poor mothers who are working as maid servants, rag pickers & casual laborers  to participate in some fun games. Around 45 ladies came together &  spent a few hours of relaxation. They got opportunity to play different games. They enjoyed & had spirit to win. The winners were given prizes.

Once again we wish to convey our sincere thanks to you all for your generous donation to this project. We request for your continued support .

 

Science project display
Science project display
Seeking blessings of Goddess Saraswati
Seeking blessings of Goddess Saraswati
Talk on role of parents & teachers
Talk on role of parents & teachers
Felicitating achievers
Felicitating achievers
Fun games for Women
Fun games for Women

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Project Leader

Dr.Usha Pillai

Director
Pune, Maharashtra India

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