I'm sorry that it's been a while since our last update. I'm preparing for my first trip to India with Karuna to actually go and see the projects first-hand. I'm sure that I'll have lots more to share with you when I get back.
In the meantime, here is Deepali's story. You can really see how the project is helping children to build their capacities and confidence:
DEEPALI’S CASE STUDY:
The Last few weeks have been very busy for Deepali in her studies and programs.
In the mid-term examinations she worked very hard and obtained good marks, securing first class.
Deepali got number of prizes in different programmes. Pokhari village, as it’s tradition, celebrated a week long program in which Deepali took part in “Dyaneshwari Reading”. This made her popular in the village and people honoured her by organising a procession for her in their village.
In the neighbouring village Sukewadi, a National Child Training Program was organised. Deepali participated in that program and learnt different songs, plays, stories, participated in the competitions and also won a prize.
Their Child Parliament also organised a fort building competition. By making use of broken bricks and soil, Deepali build a beautiful fort and decorated it using different leaves , card board and other material. In that competition she also got a prize! Not only that, but in the School competition she took part in Kabbadi and Kho-kho ( the local sports) and got the best player award.
These prizes not only increased her joy, happiness and confidence but she became popular among villagers, school mates and children.
Their Child Parliament also organised educational picnics at two places, Sugar Factory and the Imu breeding centre. All children educated themselves about process of Sugar production- right from transportation of sugar cane to packaging of sugar cane.
In her school Deepali gave a lecture to her school mates on Personal Hygiene and Hand Washing. She also informed them about environmental sanitation and the different sickness that occurs due to unhygienic behaviour. At the birth anniversary of Savitribai Phule, the great social worker in Indian Social Development, Deepali gave speech in her school assembly. Her speech was well appreciated by her school teachers and peers.
We can see positive changes in Deepli’s life because she got the opportunity through NISD’S work to grow and develop.
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