Nov 9, 2017

Marginalized Tiny Tots Celebrate Diwali with Pomp

Our Tiny Tots Reciting Rhymes
Our Tiny Tots Reciting Rhymes

Seasons Greetings to you and your family members, from team Freedom For You

Early education not only imparts basic education but also helps the child in becoming humane, compassionate and caring personality and be an active team player helping him lead a successful contributing citizen in the nation building process.

Thanks to your generous donations for giving this vital Early Education to the rag-pickers/daily labourers children,  2 - 5 years and championing our CAUSE, "LightUp Lives - Provide Early Edcn for 75 marginalized children" amongst your like-minded kith and kin.

The brand new spacious play school in our Child Learning Center “Bal Niketan Vidyalaya” is functioning well and there are about 55 children in the age group of 2 - 5years, as on date. More are expected to join when their parents return from the season for harvesting of crops in their home town 500-700 miles away.  During the last quarter, children have been taught rhymes, alphabets, introduction to counting & identifying basic numbers, to recite numbers up to 100, basic education in spoken lingo, group play and games.

Extended monsoon this year didn’t play havoc in the slum areas where our school is Child Learning Center is located; Besides new center is robust and sturdy and didn’t affect the regular classes. Mid-day meals are being served regularly to the children.

A few corporates visited our playschool during the festival months of Sept and Oct 2017 & have taken up our proposal to fund a part of the project cost originally planned to be raised through GlobalGiving donations fully, part of which generous donors like you, have contributed. We are hopeful we would be able to conclude this planned project successfully by Dec 2017.

A few officials from the local branch of Federal Bank, one of the oldest private sector banks in India, visited our play school on the eve of Diwali, the festival of lights, widely celebrated in our country and the Indian diaspora throughout the world, by distributing sweets, lighting sparklers etc.

A handful of Officials from the Corporate Office of an Insurance Company, distributed new clothes, gift hampers comprising dry fruits, cakes, chocolates, snacks etc. to all our tiny-tots who rejoiced the gifts, hitherto not seen by them. All the employees of this Insurance Company had pooled up their individual contributions during the DAAN UTSAV Celebration, which is the JOY of Giving Week, celebrated from Oct 2 to Oct 8, every year throughout India. (Please see the attached photos).

Our NGO Freedom For You also conducted last week an annual CSR program of FREE Prosthetic Legs ie., Jaipur Foot, Calipers etc to Differently abled persons/Physically Challenged Persons (PCPs) all over India. Over 304 PCPs benefited from this 4 days camp between Oct 31 and Nov 3, 2017 in Navi Mumbai. Over the  the last several years, these camps have been conducted by the American MNC sponsors and last seven years our NGO has been the implementing partner for this CSR activity. Over 50000 PCPs have benefited till date. 

Monthly recurring donations always help smaller projects like that of ours with monthly expense budget for meeting the operational overheads. We URGE YOU to contribute smaller amounts in recurring monthly donations & this would go a long way to meeting the increasing operating costs.

Freedom For You, is very happy and proud to inform you that our prestigious Champion Level PLATINUM Seal Certification from GUIDESTAR INDIA, is valid upto March 2018. GuideStar India is the third party rating that carries out cum due-diligence on all aspects of the management of the Non-profits in India.

The PLATINUM SEAL awarded to us signifies ‘adoption of comprehensive Transparency, Accountability, Good Governance procedures by our NGO, with exemplary level of public disclosure’. This is the third consecutive year we have received this certification since inception of these awards by GuideStar India. Only 14 NGOs in India have received this prestigious PLATINUM certification, till date and we are the first among the first batch of Non-profits to be evaluated and awarded such a prestigious Seal. 

We reiterate that we were awarded "BEST SOCIAL ORGANIZATION-2017 in Navi Mumbai on May 1, 2017, and in addition we were recipients of  two badges from Global Giving for distinguished achievement during 2016, namely, GlobalGiving "TOP RANKED" Organization -2016 & GlobalGiving "VETTED" organization – 2016.

These awards/recognitions/certificates etc strengthens our belief in our mission, systems and processes and are a passion-booster to not only our staff but also to all our esteemed stake-holders/ associates, primarily donors like you who have the very comfort of having contributed to a CAUSE represeneted by a "RATED" NGO, rated by third party independent reputed agencies in the world.

Our Humble Appeal....... from team Freedom For You!!

Be our 'Champion' and promote our CAUSE with your like-minded friends and relatives; Your generous contributions for this noble project can be made here.

We are all successful professionals in our respective domains ONLY because we received the most crucial foundation i.e., early education. YOU HAVE supported these marginalized tiny-tots in getting such an early education too, that will help them become a successful caring citizen.

Please do click on the link above to support, donate and bring ‘light in the lives of these 2-5 years tiny-tots’.

Every contribution and support that you give is big for us. We welcome it, irrespective of it being big or small.

Have a great GIVING TUESDAY, Halloween, and Merry Christmas in advance. 

Looking forward to your continuous patronage !!

Thanks for your generous support & cooperation in the years to come.

Tiny Tots proudly displaying their Gift Hampers
Tiny Tots proudly displaying their Gift Hampers
Playing Diwali Color Sparklers with bank officials
Playing Diwali Color Sparklers with bank officials
Free ProstheticLegs given to304 patients lastweek
Free ProstheticLegs given to304 patients lastweek

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Aug 11, 2017

Marginalized Tiny Tots get a brand New Play School

Tiny Tots from current academic year
Tiny Tots from current academic year

Greetings to you and your family members, from team Freedom For You

Thanks to your generous donations for giving early education to rag-pickers/daily labourers children, we could collect  USD2841 till date as against target of USD7500. We are confident of raising the balance funds through your generous support and request you to champion our CAUSE, "LightUp Lives - Provide Early Edcn for 75 marginalized children" ;

To speed up the donations for this project, since the academic year has already started, we are having  discussions with a few large HNIs/corporate to fund the shortfall in the project. We are hopeful we shall be able to conclude this discussion favorably in the next 4 weeks since it has become imperative now to complete the said project as soon as possible.

Monthly recurring donations always help smaller projects like that of ours with monthly expense budget for meeting the operational overheads. WE WISH YOU to contribute smaller amounts in recurring monthly donations.

Despite the onset of severe early monsoon rains, we could construct a brand new spacious play school in our existing Child Learning Center “Bal Niketan Vidyalaya”in the slums of Rabale, Navi Mumbai, and readied it early this week for part occupation; Now we can boast of two large spacious rooms, each of approx. 20 x 20 sq ft, instead of a small room used by us in the last 2 years, that accommodated all our tinytots in a single class. Now we can segregate these children in two different age groups of 2-3 years and 4-5 years and engage them separately as per their age group and development.

You would be happy to know that we have introduced for the first time play school uniform, shoes, school bag, tiffin box etc, in a formal way only in this academic year, unlike the last 2 years where funds crunch constrained us to spend the limited resources on mid-day meals/staff salaries etc rather than on upkeep expenses. Thanks to GlobalGiving and donors like you, who stood by us in fulfilling our wishes for these marginalized tiny tots. We would be distributing these items FREE of any charge, wrapped inside a school bag to all these children immediately after the interiors/furniture work going on now.

We are also proud to mention that the senior boys and girls of over 5/6 years age-group from the last academic year, have been successfully placed in Class 1, in a neighboring school in the current academic year.

Freedom For You, is very happy and proud to inform you that we have received the most prestigious Champion Level PLATINUM Seal Certification last week from GUIDESTAR INDIA and this is valid upto March 2018. This signifies ‘adoption of comprehensive Transparency, Acountability, Good Governance procedures by our NGO, with exemplary level of public disclosure’. This is the third consecutive year we have received this certification since inception of these awards by GuideStar India. Only 14 NGOs in India have received this prestigious PLATINUM certification, till date.

In the last report we had informed you all that we were awarded "BEST SOCIAL ORGANIZATION-2017 in Navi Mumbai on May 1, 2017, and in addition we are recipients of two badges from GlobalGiving for distinguished achievement during 2016, namely, GlobalGiving "TOP RANKED" Organization -2016 & GlobalGiving "VETTED" organization – 2016.


These awards/recognitions/certificates etc strengthens our belief in our mission, systems and processes and are a passion-booster to not only our staff but also to all our esteemed stake-holders/ associates, primarily donors like you who have supported our CAUSE.

Our Humble Appeal....... from team Freedom For You!!

Be our 'Champion' and promote our CAUSE with your like-minded friends and relatives; Your generous contributions for this noble project can be made here.

We are all successful professionals in our respective domains ONLY because we received the most crucial early education at the right time followed by specialization in our areas of interest. Don’t you like these marginalized children too to get ‘Early Education’ ?

Please do click on the link above to support, donate and bring in ‘light in the lives of these 2-5 years tiny-tots’ by providing the most crucial early education.

Every contribution and support, big or small, are very valuable for us.

Thanks for your generous support & cooperation, looking forward to your continuous patronage !!

New premises of our Child Learning Center in slums
New premises of our Child Learning Center in slums
Skirt /shirt top for our Girl Child
Skirt /shirt top for our Girl Child
Half Pant and Shirt for our Boys
Half Pant and Shirt for our Boys
Our School Bag sample
Our School Bag sample
May 15, 2017

Marginalised Children Awaiting Jun17Academic Year

BEST NGO-2017 Award recd by Freedom4U on May1 2017
BEST NGO-2017 Award recd by Freedom4U on May1 2017

Greetings to you and your family members, from team Freedom For You

Thanks to your generous donations for giving early education to rag-pickers/daily labourers children, we could collect  USD2467 till date as against target of USD7500. We are confident of raising the balance funds through your generous support and request you to champion our CAUSE, "LightUp Lives - Provide Early Edcn for 75 marginalized children" ;

Besides WE WISH YOU TOO to JOIN our esteemed list of half-a-dozen regular monthly donors.

Though donations into our project kitty had a tardy progress last quarter, THANKS to GLOBALGIVING timely disbursements every month,  we could place orders with the play equipment vendor to supply couple of playground equipment and school uniform/children shoe suppliers.

We have purposely delayed the delivery & installaion of these play-ground equipment to just about the time the new academic year starts in middle of June 2017, instead of in April2017 when no children would be able to use the same due to summer holidays; Besides the summer has been harsh and severe this year until now;

We had over 63 marginalized children at the end of last academic year, ie, in mid April 2017. Many more are expected to join our play school in the ensuing academic year and our initial survey of the slum area last week gives us a figure of 81 admissions: 45 girls and 36 boys in the age group 2-5 years, beyond our initial target of 75 marginalized children.

We would be introducing for the first time uniforms, shoes, school bags etc, in a formal way in this academic year starting mid June 2017. We would be distributing the same FREE of any charge; Hence we are expecting there would be a surge of admission of tiny-tots in our play school, from many ill-affording parents who are rag-pickers/daily labourers in the neighborhood.

We are aware and prepared to support 85-90 such marginalized children when many of the families, who are mostly nomadic, return by Aug/Sept2017 from their home-towns which are more than 900-1000 kms away. They always expect walk-in admission into our play school even in September, as seen in previous years. Knowing very-well these past trends, we cant refuse admissions to such parents who can ill-afford one square meal per day, let alone education for their child.

We have also helped our senior boys and girls of over 5/6 years age-group to get enrolled successfully in the near by schools in higher classes they belong to as per the govt scheme of 'age-criteria for admissions into different classes'.

Freedom For You, is very happy and proud to inform you that we have been recently awarded "BEST SOCIAL ORGANIZATION-2017 in Navi Mumbai on May 1, 2017 in a grand ceremony in a local auditorium with over 1100 audience, by the jury of Nave Shahar Award Committee; We were awarded a citation, cash prize of Rs 10,000 and a Trophy. A copy of the citation is enclosed for your ready reference.

As you are aware, in Jan 2017 we were awarded  two badges by Global Giving for distinguished achievement during 2016, as under:

  1. GlobalGiving "TOP RANKED" Organization -2016
  2. GlobalGiving "VETTED" organization - 2016

These awards/recognitions strengthens our belief in our mission, systems and processes and are a passion-booster to not only our staff but also to all our esteemed associates and regular donors like you who have supported our CAUSE.


Our Humble Appeal....... from team Freedom For You!!

Be our 'Champion' and promote our CAUSE with your like-minded friends and relatives; Theirs and your generous contributions for this noble project can be made here.


AND BECOME a PROUD monthly donor

Every contribution and support, big or small, are very valuable for us. Please do click on the link above to support, donate and bring in ‘light in the lives of these 2-5 years tiny-tots’ by providing the most crucial early education.

Our new academic year starts in mid June 2017, by which time we need to procure uniforms, school bags, shoes & socks, books etc. Your generous contributions NOW would help us gear up with timely planning and procurement of educational aids for these tiny-tots. We are also talking to a few large donors for completing the target amount of donations for this noble project, and request them to help us complete the fund-raising, whih cannot be delayed beyond mid-June 2017.

Thanks for your generous support & cooperation, looking forward to your continuous patronage !!

Citation "BEST NGO 2017 Award"
Citation "BEST NGO 2017 Award"
Local Newspaper report on the Best NGO Award Page1
Local Newspaper report on the Best NGO Award Page1
Local Newspaper report on the Best NGO Award Page2
Local Newspaper report on the Best NGO Award Page2

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