May 31, 2017

Project Report: January to March 2017

Theatre skit performed by our kids.jpg
Theatre skit performed by our kids.jpg
In February this year Karm Marg completed 20 years!! The new year began with much excitement with the planning and preparation in full swing for the celebration scheduled for the 4th of February, which was now just around the corner. Sending invitations, arranging the caterers, getting the lighting and decoration sorted...all of this was happening with great gusto. The kids were putting all their energies in their theatre and dance practices with utmost excitement and enthusiasm. We had received confirmations from many of our supporters, friends and well wishers. Our friends from SCOMI, our oldest supporters from Netherlands were all flying in specially with their extended family just for this occasion. Given they are 80+ now and keeping unwell, it may have been their last visit given the rigour of traveling across the world. So we were very keen to make it as special as possible. SCOMI donated an additional 3000 Euros they fundraised to help celebrate the event and token appreciation amount to the staff. Mukti Foundation too donated an additional 1000 GBP they raised to mark our 20th year. We are always grateful to all our donors who went out of their way do an extra something and there were many like our CA who sponsored our food for the evening and our alumni who took charge and cooked for all 200 guests.

Given how dirty some areas near our home were becoming due to garbage being dumped by villagers, we decided to start the new year with a new mission. Discussions ensued with the children on the importance of garbage segregation. These led to suggestions that separate dustbins should be kept for vegetables waste, cooked food, plastic, glass, clothes and shoes. Their ideas were appreciated and put into action from the very next day. 

In this quarter one of our young adults, Sapna who is studying in class 11th, took the initiative to help other children in their studies. She helped the students who were taking their board exams in their exam preparation. Tara, one of the students being helped by Sapna, passed class 10th after struggling for two years. She got good grades and the results indicated the success of our Buddy system of the seniors helping the juniors with their education issues. We are proud of our in-house mentors like Sapna.


Among the younger kids, Neelam helped other younger kids in their studies. It is a very good feeling when such buddy-mentorships systems work so well. They give a lot of confidence to the mentors as well as create positive role models for other children too. It helps in creating closer bonds and mutual respect among them as well.


Success Story

Beena* was brought to us by her father at the age of 3 in the year 2000, along with her two elder sisters. When she came to us she was sufferings from acute malnutrition. Most of the day, she sat in a corner silently, rarely talked or expressed herself. It was very difficult for us to understand and communicate with her. She barely ever smiled. It took us almost two years of dedicated counselling to get her out of the trauma and open up. 


She started going to school and completed her primary schooling. While conducting many different workshops for our children, we noticed that she loved doing yoga. She was a natural and took a deep interest in practicing it and was totally self motivated. She learnt from volunteers and then through online tutorials on her own. We sent her for training at a well known yoga centre, Studio Abhyas in Delhi to learn yoga. She did 4 month training under the guidance of Sunaina. Now she enjoys taking regular sessions with children at the home under adult guidance and supervision. She is keen to pursue teaching of Yoga as her career. She is also learning contemporary and Chau dance at Sutra Studio in Faridabad from a trained dance professional, Himani Sharma.We are planning to enroll her into a formal yoga teaching certificate course as soon as she passes her Class XII exams and becomes eligible for it. We wish her bright future ahead. 

Happenings at Karm Marg Home

On 2nd January, Taj Vivanta Hotel, Surajkund, as part of their CSR initiative, provided lunch for children and staff to celebrate the New Year, as they do every year. This year they set up a live food station. Their kitchen staff, head chef and GM were also present. Our children loved the food.

On 27th January, the internationally acclaimed movie on women’s empowerment, ‘Parched’ was screened at Karm Marg for our local village women. The director of the movie Ms Leena Yadav was also present with a French TV news crew. After the movie there was a discussion with the women and they were also interviewed. All the women loved the movie and appreciated the director work. They were very vocal with their responses and reactions. We realised that women across the world, divided by class, race, economic status ultimately have to face very similar issues because of patriarchy and social norms. Only the degrees change.


On 4th of February, we celebrated Karm Marg 20th birthday. Many of Karm Marg’s old friends, funders and alumni attended the beautifully organised entertainment program by the children. It was a truly emotional experience for all. It brought a lots of tears along with a lot of love and joy to all hearts that have connected with us over the last two decades.


From 23rd to 26th March Karm Marg along with NGO’s Creativity Adda from Daryaganj, Delhi and Eco Hut, from Udaipur, co organised and hosted a ‘Jugaad Meet. The idea was to share ideas, resource and best practices on ‘Zero Waste’.  Many individuals and organisations registered and attended the event. A lot of mutual exchange and learning took place.


Deepak, our artist alumni along with our kids, made very interesting wall art outside the  kitchen and office area. It’s brought alive the entire area with it’s colourful energy.


Festivals


On 13th January, the harvest festival Lohri was celebrated at Karm Marg. Children danced and traditional festival food items like peanuts, popcorn etc were distributed amongst them.


On 13th March we celebrated Holi with homemade snacks like gujiya, pakodas and other traditional food. Our old friends, Jiten bhaiya and Deepmala didi along with Veena di also joined in the fun.


Exposure Visit

On 11th February, our young adults went to Surajkund Mela for visit. It was organized by ICDS (Integrated Child Protection Scheme). Children had lots of fun there. They visited stalls of different countries like Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan and Africa and interacted with them and learnt about their culture.      

On 25th February, children went to Digital Mela organized by Prayag at Surajkund. Children were invited to perform a theatre piece and a dance there. The skit based on environmental pollution was really appreciated by the audience.

This year we started an initiative by our volunteer Preeti Agarwal Mehta called '20-20'. To celebrate 20 years of KM, she has taken on a challenge to do 20 mini fundraisers for KM. As part of that, a generous couple decided to urge their family and friends to donate to KM instead of getting gifts for their one year old child on her birthday party. The Bansal family did the same for their mum's 70th birthday. Teenager Mahira Jain, donated all the collection of a bake sale and a games stall at her school fair to us. Many friends donated money to sponsor a KM child, sponsor other needs, celebrate their special occasions like 50th Anniversary, birthdays and children's birthdays with a meal and gifts.

As part of this, on 26th Feb, the artistes- Anuja Jaiman, Valentina Trivedi, Abhinav Sabyasachi and Nicky Chandam from Octave Foundation organised a storytelling event. All the money raised was donated by Octave Foundation to us. Our children also performed a skit and dance  as an opening piece.

Shikha Kumar organised a Magic show, tattoo art and lunch for kids on occasion on her daughter's birthday. She also donated school bags and exam boards for the school going children and perfumes/toiletries for the young adults with special needs. The children were thrilled with their presents and had a great time. She also donated much needed sanitary pads for the older girls.

Visitors

On 11th January, Eva, Josephine and Clara from Mukti Foundation, UK, visited KM. Veena didi showed them around and they were very pleased with what they observed. They were very impressed with how happy the children were. They loved our Jugaad products and bought some bags.


Jugaad- Income Generation Program

Orders and exhibitions kept us busy. Jugaad successfully completed new and regular orders from our clients as well as received very favourable response at the Jaipur Literature Festival stall where we exhibited for the first time and at the prestigious Kala Ghoda Festival in Mumbai.

Rakesh, our Paper Unit head conducted a  workshop for other NGO’s at Khan market. Shabila and Shama went to facilitate a workshop on jewellery in Pravah organized by Pravah.

The young adults are being trained in all the units and are now almost ready to go on a stipend as their skills have really improved a lot.







Parched movie screening with Director Leena Yadav.jpg
Parched movie screening with Director Leena Yadav.jpg
Taj Vivanta CSR Lunch.jpg
Taj Vivanta CSR Lunch.jpg
Wall art by Alumni Deepak and other kids.jpg
Wall art by Alumni Deepak and other kids.jpg
The Team from SCOMI and our local avid supporters.jpg
The Team from SCOMI and our local avid supporters.jpg
Surprise performance by the kids.jpg
Surprise performance by the kids.jpg
Happy faces on our 20th birthday.jpg
Happy faces on our 20th birthday.jpg
Feb 28, 2017

Fwd: Quarterly Report of Karm Marg October-December 2016

Children's Theatrical Play on Environmental Pollution.jpg
Children's Theatrical Play on Environmental Pollution.jpg
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From: "Preeti Agarwal Mehta" <preeti@karmmarg.org>
Date: 28 Feb 2017 10:02 p.m.
Subject: Quarterly Report of Karm Marg October-December 2016
To: <report+10289@globalgiving.org>
Cc: "Veena Lal" <veenachandu@gmail.com>, "Preeti workshop" <preetiworkshop@gmail.com>

*Neeta's Story!

*(name changed to protect the identity)

Neeta came to Karm Marg along with her elder sister in 2006. She was about 8 years old. She belonged to a poor Muslim family. Her mother was the sole breadwinner. Living in an area which was unsafe for children to be on their own while she was at work, she had brought them to us so that they could be safe, get a good education and have a brighter future than what she could ever provide. 

Neeta's sister was older and was very interested in academics. Neeta was bright too but with a mind of her own. Starting school from the nursery, she was always more interested in creative things. Dance, theatre and craft, was what really made her happy.

After middle school she decided to give up formal education in favour of vocational training. She is currently appearing for the 10th grade exams through the National Open School, NIOS. She is under vocational training at our income generation unit, Jugaad with our organisation's founder Veena and other trainers. Along with designing she is also being given training in production, stock keeping, quality control, marketing and sales.

Immensely creative, she has taken full advantage of the various creative workshop we organise from time to time. An excellent dancer/choreographer and actor, she is a gifted designer. Working on a basket weaving workshop by INTACH with a weed called 'Jalkumbhi', she thought out of the box and designed a beautiful pair of earrings which were then put into production and now is one of our best selling designs. She took on the rakhi designing project under the guidance of her mentors and came up with beautiful designs well liked by our customers. She also took on overseeing the production as part of the training. She is almost done with the in house training and as she turns 18 we are looking for avenues for further training for her.

She is interested in working in the community and training other girls and women in designing and creating such products. We are pretty sure, with her enthusiasm, dedication and flair for design she will soon be very successful in starting up her own entrepreneurial venture.

Main Highlights this Quarter

This quarter we helped the government agencies restore 16 children to their homes. We provided 22 youngsters skill training. Out of these, 3 full time and 14 part time in house at Jugaad and 5 externally, through our network of friends. Including the kids placed with us for short term care, this quarter, we were full up to our capacity with 60 children staying, studying and training with us. 

In November, we organized a 3 day Life Skill Training workshop for 10th grade students of the local senior secondary school along with our partner organisation Modicare. Some themes that were taken up were: growing up, responsible sexual behaviour, HIV/AIDS child sexual abuse , POCSO act, internet use and misuse, peer pressure/ bullying, drug /substance abuse, gender sensitisation and a special session on good touch, bad touch. Most of these issues are key issues faced by and affecting these children on a daily basis. 

The workshop was very well received. The children were very happy as they found a safe platform to ask questions and clear doubts that they couldn't ask anywhere else. We plan on continuing this project for other grades and other schools in the area.

Our library project brought books and associated storytelling and art activities to 150 children around our rural area. 

Festivals and Celebration

This quarter brings many occasions to celebrate. Staring with festivals like Dushehra, Diwali, Eid and Christmas. Being a multicultural organisations, we make sure each festival is celebrated with as much gusto and the children learn about various cultures, religious practices along with their historical and mythological significance. 


On 26th November, some of our older kids along with staff attended the Unlearning Unconference at Prakriti school, Noida .There was exposure to so many activities like dance therapy, community filmmaking, storytelling, film screening, meditation etc. There were stalls set up also to explore alternate ideas like organic farming, pottery, healing, e-waste products etc. Jugaad also put up stall there to showcase its products. It was an eye opener in terms of many areas which they hadn't had any exposure to. They gained insight and ideas that they would like to implement in their everyday life and as a community.


December brought in great excitement as we geared up towards a creative performance on the 31st of December at Kisan Haat. A few local residents organise a big mela/fair with performances, games and food stalls, gifts, music etc for children from a few NGOs. It's a day full of fun which the kids look forward to all year.

Our children performed four dance pieces under Himani Sharma who runs a dance and Yoga studio in Faridabad. She volunteered to train our children and get them ready for our 20th year celebration in February. This was a curtain raiser. Our kids got an applause that lasted a few minutes as their skill and grace were way beyond their years. The younger kids also performed a very adorable dance number which enthralled the audience with its cuteness.

Along with the dances, our children performed a play on the theme of the environment pollution which was extremely well received for not only it's story and acting, but also for the amazing props which the children made themselves.

Our alumni Deepak, who has now graduated from the Modinagar College of Art came back to conduct various workshops with our kids They made some beautiful murals using traditional technique of using cow dung too along with other painted work on the external walls.

Inspection was carried out in December by the government official Ms. Anul Jain from the Haryana Govt, Chairman Mr H.S. Malik  and Ms. Geeta Singh from Child Welfare Committee, Ms. Garima (DCPO) and the Red Cross Society Secretary, Faridabad. Along with inspection, an initial assessment for our application for help with solar lighting was also conducted by them. We hope in the coming year, if we manage to raise funds, we can switch to solar power for at least our lighting needs.  

We look forward to the next quarter as we celebrate our 20th year in February in a big way with most of our alumni, supporters and friends planning to visit us from around the country and the world. 




Visitors having fun with kids at Karm Marg.jpg
Visitors having fun with kids at Karm Marg.jpg
Children's Choreography Dance piece .jpg
Children's Choreography Dance piece .jpg
Making of the Traditional Wall Mural with cow dung.jpg
Making of the Traditional Wall Mural with cow dung.jpg
Life Skill training workshop at local school.jpg
Life Skill training workshop at local school.jpg
Neeta with a happy customer wearing the earings she designed.jpg
Neeta with a happy customer wearing the earings she designed.jpg
Unlearning Unconference stall of Jugaad products.jpg
Unlearning Unconference stall of Jugaad products.jpg
Making effigies for Festival of Dushehra.jpg
Making effigies for Festival of Dushehra.jpg
Dec 2, 2016

Karm Marg Project Report July-September 2016

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Discusion at kiran naddar musium.jpg

Karm Marg runs a full-fledged residential care home in Faridabad, where upto 60 children (4 to 18 years old) are given shelter, nutrition, medical care, education, counselling, extracurricular activities, vocational training, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities since 1997.
Our income generation program creates revenues by making eco-friendly products using mainly waste, re-usable materials. It is sold under the brand name ‘Jugaad’ and the revenue generated helps us meet approximately 50% of our expenses of the children’s home. 

Success Story

Poonam came to Karm Marg at the age of 5 along with two younger sisters in the year 2000. As we interacted with her more, we discovered that she is a slow learner and has a speaking disorder. She was full of anger and resorted to physical violence when others didn’t understand what she wanted to convey. Communication was a huge issue highlighted more by the fact that her IQ pegged at 55.
Along with a lot of love, care and warmth at the home by the caregivers to win her confidence, what worked brilliantly was sending her to a school for children with special needs. First she attended Sahyog Training centre where she learnt how to read and write basics. Meanwhile we discovered that she had a lot of potential in doing methodical repetitive tasks. So we arranged for her vocational training at Shaurya Foundation. She was quick to learn so many things like packaging, candle making and baking. They moved her up to training her in stock taking and sale of products. After a year of training, we were very impressed with the confidence she exhibited along with an inherent leadership quality and thorough management skills.
We sent her for further three month skill training to Very Special Arts India in Vasant Kunj, where she learnt block printing, cloth pasting and news paper bag making. She is currently handling Karm Marg’s new bakery unit. Not the one to stay passive, her interest in a Beautician’s course is now consuming her full time and she is under training one of Karm Marg’s alumni who runs a training centre cum beauty parlour near by. According to her mentor, she is very diligent and has almost learnt waxing, hair massage, manicure, pedicure and facial.         

With all these skills in her kitty, we are sure that she will soon be able to become financially independent. Seeing her progress makes us all really proud of her.  

 

 

Special task 

This whole quarter was busy with receiving and discharging children because of  Muskan Operation 2, which is a focused initiative taken by Govt and Police department to reunite missing children with their families. It was really taxing time for us to deal with so many new children as well as co-ordinate with the government departments and the police at the same time. In July itself, we had to deal with 35 such cases. Most new children placed with us during this operation for short term care came with severe behavioural issues due to emotional and sexual abuse. We were expected to fulfil our duty to provide them emotional security and support as well as find out their family whereabouts. Doing both in such short time, under so much pressure, for so many children was a tough task requiring a lot of skill and emotional strength and a logistical nightmare. But we are proud to report that we successfully managed to restore all the children to their biological families. A lot of learning took place along with the experience that has been an invaluable addition to the care giving and co-ordination skills of the staff. Dealing with the triggering of emotions and the upheaval it brought into the lives of children who are under long term care with us continues. It will take a few months for them to settle down again into a regular rhythm.

 

Beneficiaries at a glance

This quarter we had a 100 different children staying at our home in batches. Our direct beneficiaries were 122. And we had 248 indirect beneficiaries. It brings the total number of beneficiaries to 370 children, women and youth. Our efforts to provide more outreach services impacting more people have been bearing fruit.

News from Home

 On 20th July, 20 of our children went to Kiran Nadar Museum to see the wonderful exhibition of Himmat Shah's work organised by Art Reach. All the children were very enthusiastic to see the different forms of art. They also got a chance to do some painting and art work.

 

In August, 10 of our kids went to Creativity Adda (an after school program) in Dariyaganj to participate in Dhamaal Chawkdi program. It is an alternate form of learning, through peer to peer interaction amongst children from various NGOs. Tara and Shama conducted a workshop on ‘Making a Planter’ with plastic bottles and also put up a stall for showcasing Jugaad products.  It was an exciting day for the children as they learnt so many new things there and got the opportunity to participate in many different activities.    

 

All the children visited Neighbourhood Woof, an animal care shelter to celebrate their first anniversary. This NGO is run by Ayesha Christina who has been a supporter of Karm Marg and helps us with all our dog related issues.

 

 

Deepak, our alumni, who has successfully completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree has started taking art class at KM. Children love attending his workshop. Together they have made a beautiful mural on the wall. The way he has honed his talent is an inspiration for the children. 

In September Tanu Shree Singh, another regular supporter conducted a storytelling and greeting card making workshop for all the younger children.

Seven of our older girls performed a theatrical piece in their school under the government’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhaao' campaign. They ideated, wrote, acted and directed it all on their own. Their play received much appreciated by the teachers and local village Sarpanch. 

 

Our resident yoga enthusiast Babli did a Yoga demonstration at her school in the presence of village Sarpanch. They all were very impressed by her yoga skill and she was awarded Rs 500 as a token of their appreciation.

 

 

Skill Training & Alternative Learning  

Two of our young boys Rahul and Abdul had no interest in going to a traditional school. They were becoming withdrawn and disruptive. In spite of being very intelligent, they were absolutely disconnected with the formal way of learning. So once they turned 14, we decided to send them for an alternative learning program. They have been attending Creativity Adda in Daryiganj for three months now. They are learning the art of slow cooking and baking. They are also exploring how to use different kinds of millet flour in everyday cooking to add to the existing nutrition value. The best result has been that they are now enthusiastic about learning again and treat the children at home with whatever they learn there. The kids tasted their first homemade Pizzas and Momos thanks to Abdul. Rahul got the opportunity to a attend a 4 day cooking workshop at Namah resort,Jim Corbett Natinal Park. We are very pleased to see them happy and excited with life again.

Library project 

 

On 20th September we organised a storytelling session titled ‘Swar’, for the local Government Primary School and Paramhansa Sr. Sec. School. The workshop was conducted by Rishabh Mittal a very talented storyteller and theatre artist. Over 200 children were absolutely captivated with his theatrical storytelling style. The language content, the message of self confidence and the discussion post the session made it even more meaningful.

 

 Health Care

On 6th Sept, doctors from the local hospital came to KM to conduct an awareness program on Dengue and Chickengunia. Both these seasonal fevers have been creating havoc around Delhi. They gave good tips and cleared many doubts that our staff had.  

 

Mahua fall sick in the month of July and was diagnosed with Pneumonia. Samadhan was also admitted in AIIMS hospital after being diagnosed with Dengue. Samadhan has fully recovered and Mahua is still under treatment. Fortunately due to timely intervention and natural measures like drinking Giloi concoction, all other children managed to escape unscathed in this epidemic. 

We can now clearly see the benefits of living an alternate lifestyle, growing and using our fresh produce and using traditional natural recipes to booster good health. Living in harmony with nature has been our vision and is immensely satisfying to see it bear such positive and therapeutic results.

Babli performance at School.JPG
Babli performance at School.JPG
Library project Rishabh Story telling.jpg
Library project Rishabh Story telling.jpg
Abdul making momos.jpg
Abdul making momos.jpg
Beti Bachao Beti Padhao event.jpg
Beti Bachao Beti Padhao event.jpg
Poonam on Holi.jpg
Poonam on Holi.jpg
Deepak's Art Mural in KM.jpg
Deepak's Art Mural in KM.jpg
KM youth taking waste material workshop at Creativity adda.jpg
KM youth taking waste material workshop at Creativity adda.jpg
 
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