Dec 28, 2018

Karm Marg, Newsletter July to September 2018

Solar System
Solar System

Karm Marg now has uninterrupted Power supply

There was such joyful awe in the voices of the children when they called me this morning. They'd called to say thank you. The reason being that it was the first time they had slept peacefully the whole night, under a fan. For over two decades now, we had all spent hot, sultry days and nights without electricity and now all because of the solar power system installed by Somfy Foundation, we had most of the time continuous power supply. 

At that moment, I realized that this was something extraordinary. The children had experienced what most of us take for granted.

This project started in April when the team from Somfy Foundation India visited Karm Marg under their CSR project and felt the need of put a solar system keeping in mind the shoddy supply of power in our part of rural Faridabad.

Somfy Foundation, thank you so much for the comfort you had given to the children and the staff of Karm Marg.

Teaching Fellowship 2018

Artreach India selects an NGO every year to give their children exposure and on hand experience in different forms of art and this year they selectedKarmMarg. On the 29th of July, they started this project and held their first workshop with us.

Their main aim is to work with a group of twenty children between the ages 14 to 18 (all of whom have some artistic inclination, some of whom wish to pursue art-related careers) selected by the NGO, for ten months. The artist introduces the children to art by an engaging and meaningful program of planned workshops and field trips, which culminates in an exhibition and publication at the end of a period of ten months. Beyond the teaching of technical skills and insight into art history and aesthetics the artist encourages the children to use art as a tool for the critical exploration of the world and encourages each one of them to find an individual expressive voice. 

 Sheru the Dog

Our beloved Sheru (our four-legged family member) left us in end of September. He came to us because the area he was living became a threat to his life as some of the humans started mistrusting him and thought he was a threat to them. One of our kind friends rescued him and requested us to give him shelter. With lots of love and care, he started trusting humans again and showed his love and affection for all the children and other members of Karm Marg. He became our best buddy and lived with us for more than 10 years.

Sheru you will be missed for the unconditional love and affection you gave us.

 Some stories of the quarter

We started our Airtel Delhi Half Marathon fundraising program with great enthusiasm. The marathon which is scheduled to take place on the 21st of October has been a good platform for us to raise funds and make people aware of our project. We started planning our strategy as to how we were going to approach our current donors and friends to donate and to help us spread the word which would enable us to connect with more people who’d like to support our project.

Friendship day was celebrated with a showcase of the summer theatre workshop. The play talked about the shortage of water and how to preserve it and also talked about becoming a friend with our mother nature.

Communication classes for sign language are going quite well and most of the children and staff have started communicating using sign language. Thanks a lot, Oshin Dhawan, for your hard work and teaching us a new way to communicate. The children are really enjoying using this and it’s much easier for them to communicate with our four family members who are deaf.

To celebrate the festival of Rakhi, all the children made some beautiful Rakhi’s by themselves and tied them to each other as well as the dogs and trees....even the rooster had one.

Interns Garima and Shikha joined Jugaad to get exposure about how production units work. They also learned how to design new products with waste materials.

Jugaad

It was that time of the year when we develop our new product and sample for buyers and upcoming bazaars. We also got busy making a new catalog and the marketing and promotion of our product range.

Conducted a series of workshop for the rural women and girl to trained them in stitching and paper bag making skill, so they can join the income generation program and become self-reliant.

On Rakhi Festival our women group produced a range of handmade Rakhi’s made out of waste cloth, which was quite popular.

Jugaad participates in Dastkar nature bazar which was held in Bangalore in the month of August. It was not as good as we anticipated as sale point, which makes us rethink about participating and showcasing our product in the different exhibition as it is not profitable anymore.

Art Reach India conducting workshop
Art Reach India conducting workshop
Sheru the dog
Sheru the dog
Communication Class
Communication Class
Rakhi Festival Celebration
Rakhi Festival Celebration
Skill Training for rural women and girl
Skill Training for rural women and girl
New product sample
New product sample
Hand made Rakhi made out of waste cloth
Hand made Rakhi made out of waste cloth
Solar system pics
Solar system pics

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Oct 2, 2018

Karm Marg, Newsletter April to June 2018

Children with New Lockers
Children with New Lockers

Karm Marg Quarterly Newsletter - April to June 2018

Success Story:

Interacting with children and youth with disabilities, we always felt a need for enhancing communication skill, so that as a community, we can understand them better. So, we initiated weekly communications training workshops to help facilitate this, with the help of Ms. Oshin Dhawan, who is a specialist communication trainer. It has been so wonderful to see how all the children, youth and staff of Karm Marg are now learning and expressing their feeling through different signs. It has helped open communication channels with our special needs youth and between ourselves too. It's made us realize how spoken language shouldn't be a barrier to communication and also that the onus to make it equal for all is on us, the majority, to learn new skills to accommodate those with limited ones.

Among other news, Sapna topped her school and graduated with very good marks in her 12th Boards and has got admission to pursue her Bachelor's degree. Her aim is to join the IPS (Indian Police Service).

Beneficiaries:

61 children and youth lived at the KM care home
22 youth participated in skill training program
3 youth secured jobs and started living independently
40 local rural women earned through our Income generation program

Our gratitude to all of you, who contributed and supported us to provide opportunities and fulfill the dreams of these children, youth and women, which wouldn't have been possible without this support.

Our Supporters:

'Shobha Singh Public Charitable Trust' generously donated three lakh rupees for new lockers for our 60 children and also helped us rebuild one of our boundary walls which had collapsed during the monsoon which was a big threat for the safety of the care home. We are very grateful to them for coming just at the right opportune moment. The children are super excited to use their new lockers. It's the one thing that's totally their own personal space, for their limited little treasures and belongings.

Taking one step ahead to become more sustainable and eco-friendly, 'Somfy Foundation' has agreed to our proposal to install Solar Power System at Karm Marg as part of their CSR project, Installation will be completed by the end of August. They visited us with their team members and spent a whole day at KM in April. We've had an exchange programme with them, demonstrating the skills we teach our youth and women groups to become sustainable. They tried their hands at different skills like screen printing, paper bag making, jewelry making and vertical kitchen garden plantation. It was a day well enjoyed by both parties.

Main Highlights:

This summer with a big-hearted contribution of ‘Shagun Arora’, all the children and youth went for a summer vacation and enjoyed it immensely. 26 older children went near Manali in Himachal for 6 days to beat the heat. Our dear friends Ayesha and Rahul Ram opened their hearts and their holiday home so we all could stay there and enjoyed the vacation utilizing the funds even more economically. During our stay, we did lots of trekking, meditation, discussions on various topics and tried local food. One of our dear friends, Ms Swati Seth who lives around the area took us on long forest treks to learn about the various local flora of the mountains. We had a lovely experience with using natural material around us to make art in the middle of the jungle. It was truly a wonderful trip which made us to appreciate and become closer to nature.

Our younger kids and children with special needs went to Water Park to beat the heat of summer. They spent the whole day there and thoroughly enjoyed dancing, eating and the many different rides and experiences.

Professional Skill Training & Knowledge Sharing:

Babli, our very own yoga enthusiast, got admission in the world renowned 'Sivananda Yoga Centre' for their foundation yoga course in April. After seeing her dedication and passion, they've offered to provide her full scholarship for their Teacher Training course in Kerala from October 2018. We are so proud of her focus and hope she will soon fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a yoga teacher.

Tara has got admission in Food and Beverage Steward course in Dehradun under PMKVY (Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Yojna) for seven weeks of training.

In June 'Agastya Foundation', an NGO who are well known for their practical knowledge of science, conducted their workshops for our children. They had fun learn through play workshops on skeleton system, 3D model making using paper and match stick, paper cutting activities, thread painting and low-cost model making by using paper, balloons and pipes. Every year they do such interesting workshops with us and it really helps our kid to explore, be creative and improve their knowledge and understanding of science.

Dr.Tanu Shree Singh, our talented author, professor, storyteller friend returned once again to conduct her immensely enjoyable storytelling session which is always a huge hit with our children.

Srikant, a young boy from Manzil NGO, took a theatre workshop for our children and youth during the summer vacations. The pre-discussions revealed the children's concern about the global issue of shortage of water. They were alarmed that India will be running out of potable water by 2025. Working on stories relating to this issue, they will be performing this sketch in the coming quarter.

Three of our older girls showed interest toward learning baking. Our chef and restaurant owner friend, Rangeeta Murada was happy to be a mentor and organized a one-month baking training to these youngsters at her outlet in Rajinder Nagar. They explored making different types of desserts.

Our computer education classes for the young adults are running really well due to the continued enthusiasm of Manish and Sapna from Market Xcel. They have now offered our youth to further learn more skills at their company site. This will help them get a feel of working in a corporate environment too.

Jugaad Skill Training:

This quarter we hosted three girls from a remote area of Mathura (a village in a center part of India) who came to Jugaad Trust to learn basic skills of stitching and designing, to create jewelry and accessories with waste fabric. They will in turn share these skills in their village and help others become economically independent.

Summer Vacation at Mountain
Summer Vacation at Mountain
Communication workshop
Communication workshop
Skill sharing at Jugaad
Skill sharing at Jugaad
Somfy Foundation Visit at KM
Somfy Foundation Visit at KM
Jun 22, 2018

Karm Marg Quarterly Newsletter Jan to March 2018

Supporter
Supporter

Every February, at the start of the year, we get some additional smiles on our faces when we celebrate Karm Marg’s Founders Day on 7th Feb. While celebrating this day, we slow down and analyse how far we have reached and from here where do we want to go. We look at our successes and failures and do some extra planning to be able to provide a better life to the many kids here at KM. We celebrate this day heartily with our friends and our supporters every year.

On 7th Feb 2018, we completed 21 years of Karm Marg’s journey and celebrated this day with our long term supporters and well-wishers. Our dear friend Steve from Scomi came to spend this day with us from Amsterdam. Mahima, Geetanjali, Meeta and Preeti also joined us. Our youngsters prepared a small performance on old classic songs which made the day truly memorable for us. Jana and Melanie, our volunteers from Germany, baked a special cake for all of us.

We sincerely thank everyone who has supported us in this long journey. It would be difficult to name everyone, but without their constant support and trust none of this would be possible. We are so lucky to have people that have placed their trust in us and have provided us with constant support, resources and financial aid.

Main Highlight
As you all know we, at Karm Marg, have been very concerned about environmental issues from the very beginning.  In this quarter we hosted a three day residential workshop, in collaboration with Creativity adda, shikshantar.org/innovations-shiksha/creativity-adda (alternative learning project) on the concept of waste management. Three main issues that were our primary focus were discussed with the kids.
1. Zero waste living - How to live life without generating any waste.
2. Minimising waste generation.
3. Waste recycle and product making.

So the idea behind the Jugaad meet was to spread awareness amongst the younger generation about waste management and how we can practice reducing waste by recycling and re-using it. We worked with waste materials like old clothes, rags, plastic bottles, glass bottles, rubber tires and tried to recycle them and make them useful in one way or another. We also conducted workshops on composting, vertical gardens, jewellery designing out of waste cloths, smokeless chulha (Clay stove) making and shared creative ideas on how to turn waste materials into a product that is saleable.

Supporter
Heartfelt thanks to everyone for supporting us in this quarter. Every single penny and the tiniest bit of help makes a big change in the lives of the children at Karm Marg..

Thanks to Taj Vivanta for arranging a special meal for our kids on the occasion of New Year.
Thanks a lot Anshika, Dipti , Dr.Shweta, Dr.Sagar Gupta, Mr. Mohan and Mr.Krishan for donating soaps, stationary, shoes and dry rations.

And thanks a lot to One World Association, Nidhi Chopra, Vasudha Dalmai, Simon Chambers, Damandeep Ahluwalia, Jaideep Mehta, Dr. Sweta Gupta, Indu Mittal, Rajiv Lal, Inder Raj Sehgal and Promila Sharma for supporting us financially.

Volunteer’s
Two girls from Germany, Jana and Melanie came to KM as volunteers. They stayed with us for 3 months and did a lot of fruitful work with the children. They designed different activities and games for the kids to enhance their knowledge and abilities and also helped the kids pick up basic English and computer skills. At the end of their volunteering they were almost a part of the Karm Marg family. Both their moms also took the time to come visit KM and really loved it and felt proud of their daughter’s hard work.

Please find their report in the link here - C:\Users\PC\Desktop\Report 2018.docx

We had one more volunteer, Lucy, from England who came through Art Reach India www.artreachindia.org/ and being an art student she completed a wall art painting with the kids at KM.

Exchange Program
In the month of January, Partishtha (a non-government organization) from Dehradun (Uttarakhand) visited KM along with their students and mentor. This ngo works with kids from the slums in Dehradun and helps them in their studies and conducts an after school program. They wanted to visit KM to learn how to live responsibly in a community and learn ways with which you can take care of the environment. They stayed with us for 5 days. They also participated in our skill training project Jugaad and learned how to design products using waste as material.

Festival Celebration
Holi is the most loved festival at KM, All the alumni and friends come together to celebrate Holi at our campus. This time we celebrated Holi in a different manner by making our own colours using dried flowers and natural pigments. We also cooked sweets at Karm Marg itself rather than buying them from shops.

Our dance group prepared a beautiful performance on save the environment and presented it at Pravah Music for Harmony programme at Dilli Haat and received lots of praise. https://www.eventshigh.com › Delhi › Arts and culture › Music for Harmony 2018

Visitors Jugaad
David and Christian from Shared Earth, a UK based fair trade organization, https://www.sharedearth.co.uk/ which has been working with us and purchasing Jugaad products to sell in UK for over a decade now, visited Jugaad on how to further develop KM and made plans on how they can support the kids home. They planned to order more products to sell and are going to write a special article about Jugaad and KM in their catalogue so people know about us and purchase more Jugaad products to support the cause. They also joined us for the festivities of Holi and celebrated the day with us.

Peter Eicher, a long time buyer of the Jugaad newspaper bags also visited us with his son Lukas and celebrated Holi with us.

On 15th January Somar, a regular buyer of Jugaad products visited KM along with his family. He sells Jugaad News paper bags in Australia.

Jugaad also participated in the Jaipur literature festival in the month of January to show case and sell our products

Children performance on annual day
Children performance on annual day
Holi celebration with Peter, David and Christian
Holi celebration with Peter, David and Christian
Lucy Volunteer from Art reach
Lucy Volunteer from Art reach
Volunteers
Volunteers
Main Highlight
Main Highlight
 
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