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Nov 26, 2018

Change your words, Change your life

Small hand prints but bid aspirations
Small hand prints but bid aspirations

Dear Maitri friends,

Working with children is one of the most rewarding things we can do. They immediately return it with the most heart-melting smile. And its always a fact there is always so much more to learn from children than to teach.cIn the last quarter, we continued to hold After-school classes for children from low-income communities in two co-locations. The students we have are aged five to sixteen. Our teachers are able to give them individual attention, which they don’t normally get in school because of bigger size of the classes. Our overall goal is to enhance their understanding, better their academic performance and enrich their holistic development. The last quarter was full of activities and celebrations and children had exposure to a variety of other activities contributing to their holistic growth.

"Celebrations help us learn collectively"

This quarter children have celebrated Gandhi Jayanti, Dusshera, Teacher's Day and Children's Day. On Gandhi jayanti, Students participated in a cleanliness drive and promoted " Swach Bharat"/ Clean India campaign.

India celebrates the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on November 14, as Children's Day. This day serves as a reminder to each and every one of us, to renew our commitment to the welfare of children and teach them to live by their Chacha Nehru's standards and example. Students of our AfterSchool programme observed the day by watching inspirational videos, and sharing their aspirations. Maitri is grateful to our teachers who come up with creative and fun ways of learning. For them, every activity is an opportunity to reach out to a child left behind. Children were involved in hand print art activities. The hand prints might be small, but their dreams are large. There could be no better tribute then drawing our beloved Chacha Nehru

"One book, One Pen, One Child can change the world"

You will be happy to know that now; the children of our AfterSchool Programme have a library with different set of books and board games. The students were always curious and were impatiently waiting for the inauguration. On the day of Children's Day and Teacher's Day each student narrated a story they have learnt from the newly inagurated library for the children.

 "Change your words, Change your life"

Children of our After School supportive programme celebrate Diwali with beautiful art & crafts, decorations which brings their creativity to grow. We change students’ beliefs about their abilities before they can change their words. Teachers at Maitrigram understand that it’s not enough to simply tell students to repeat the mantra. It doesn’t address their beliefs about themselves. When the student says "This is too hard", the teachers make it an effort to inculcate the belief that "they can do it" and they work along with the child.

 Such celebrations and activities are crucial for the overall development of a child.  Surprisingly, Children of Maitrigram have rather added new feathers to the spirit of these celebrations. You have helped us provide such a space to the children of Maitrigram. 


Thank you for all your support

Change your words, Change your life
Change your words, Change your life
Diwali Celebrations
Diwali Celebrations
Art and Craft
Art and Craft
Childrens Day- Chacha Nehru on Paper
Childrens Day- Chacha Nehru on Paper
Nov 5, 2018

Dignity and Respect In Death

Maitri will miss you.
Maitri will miss you.

 Dear Maitri Friend, 

Thank you for your continued support to MaitriGhar, the old age home for widows in Vrindavan and Radhakund.  Through your act of kindness, we are able to ensure care and support for the abandoned, ageing and destitute widow mothers with shelter, food, clothing, and healthcare. As a result of clean and hygienic Home where they live, destitute when they came, widows now have a home, for life, where they are looked after as mothers and provided with everything that they should ideally have had in their own family home, meals, clothing and healthcare.

The project has successfully uplifted and transformed lives of more than 300 widow mothers. Having all documentations and identification, helps them achieve citizenship rights. It also promotes a sense of identity and self-confidence. Most of the widow mothers have lived in harsh and vulnerable conditions, poverty and neglect throughout their lives, which has direct bearing on their health. From poor eyesight to bad stomach ulcer, diabetes to paralytic stroke, they face a range of health problems. Maitri’s timely intervention helps their health condition from deteriorating. We hope that with your support, these widow mothers will continue to rekindle their integrity, dignity and respect.

 Dignity and Respect in Death.

In this last quarter we lost two of our widow mothers. Maitri fulfills cremations and funeral rites in compliance with religious tradition and beliefs as desired by every widow mother. Their families have abandoned most widow mothers. While suffering from ill health and lack of access to health care, the real indignity faced, was dying when no one cares for you. Maitri tries the best to initiate communications with family members. It’s heartbreaking when family members or children wont even visit on death of their own mother. As caregivers, loosing a member of Maitrighar is the most heartfelt sorrow. Yet Maitri do not send her with sadness but celebrate her age, patience, tenacity, will to survive and desire to live with dignity with joy. The body is but an outer covering for the soul. The reality is the soul, which never dies, but changes form. So we know in some way the departed will always be around us. We grieve because we are deprived of a loved one; the sense of loss is profound. When our beloved one left us forever, then we have nothing to do but pray for them.

One of the deceased was born in 24 Parganas. Her father worked on the fields. She was one of two siblings, a son and a daughter. Neither of them got educated because of their poor financial situation. At the age of 15, she married a 25 year old man in North 24 Parganas. Her husband worked on the fields. When one of her sons was 22, he left home. Last month, She was critically ill and admitted in a hospital. She has been living in Maitrighar since 2014. She passed away last October because of a heart attack. Increasingly frail and weak with ageing, she was always stronger in spirit. She was a loving person and has been staying in Maitrighar since a long time. She has touched so many hearts and the pain of loosing a mother cannot be described. We at Maitri will miss her and treasure her memories. She wanted balloons when she went. And she got them.

 Health as a priority

There's nothing more important than good health - that's our principal capital asset . The health of Maiyyas as they are lovingly called, is of paramount importance in Maitri Ghar Ashram. Most widow mothers are ailing and above the age of 60. They suffer from various illnesses due to old age and neglect by family before they came to the ashram. Apart from the health camps and regular visits of the doctor, on an average 100 widows are taken to the hospital every month for various medical referrals and procedures Apollo Hospital from Delhi and Delhi Commonwealth association held a multispecialty health camp at MaitriGhar in Vrindavan for the widow mothers of Vrindavan and Radhakund to screen them for breast cancer, Gynae, dental, eye, General, orthopaedic etc. and give medicine.

 Your contribution ensures that the widow mothers live in and die with identity, dignity and respect. Thank you for being our pillar of strength! We wish you lots of love and laughter with your loved ones.

Rest in Peace
Rest in Peace
May your soul rest on peace.
May your soul rest on peace.
Dignity and Respect in Death
Dignity and Respect in Death
Health is a priority to Maitri
Health is a priority to Maitri
Multi speciality Health Camp
Multi speciality Health Camp
Aug 27, 2018

One book, one pen, one child, can change the world

A word after a word after a word...is power
A word after a word after a word...is power

Dear Maitri Friend,


It has been an exciting quarter for our Afterschool Programme. we continued to hold After-school classes for children from low-income communities in two co-locations. The students we have are aged five to sixteen. Our teachers are able to give them individual attention, which they don’t normally get in school because of bigger size of the classes. Our overall goal is to enhance their understanding, better their academic performance and enrich their holistic development.

One book, One Pen, One Child can change the world

You will be happy to know that now; the children of our AfterSchool Programme have a library with different set of books and board games. The students were always curious and were impatiently waiting for the inauguration. The children along with boys of the Doon School performed enthusiastically in the inauguration function 

Students will be taken to the library once week, so they can practice English and expand their vocabulary. Students will be allowed to read the books in the library for an hour after which the students will be taken to their respective classes. Students were eagerly wait to explore the book in the library. They have shown a lot of enthusiasm to read the books in the library. 

A Talent Show 

A Talent show was organized by a Maitri intern from the University of Utah, United States at Maitrigram ARD school. She conducted the talent show on 27 th of July, which was the last day of her internship at school. All the students participated in the talent show by engaging in different activities like dancing,
singing, drawing and reciting a poem. At the end of the talent show, all the students received a certificate of achievement for their effort. 

Celebrations

Yoga Day Celebration : Yoga Day is used to celebrate to make the people to get them every kind of knowledge and information about the facts and effects of Yoga on the health of the people. Yoga gives the people much more calmness and peace with lots of Confidence and Courage to the people by which they can do many of the activities in a better way.  On the International Yoga Day, June 21, Maitri hosted a 2 hour children’s yoga celebration in the Maitri School twenty underprivileged children attended the program. Every child participated in this event with great excitement and the event was really helpful for all the participants. Certificates were also given to all the participants of Yoga Day Celebration.

Celebration of Birthday: Nehansh is a student who celebrated his birthday with other students at Maitrigram on 14 th of July by cutting the cake and distributing gifts to the students. Nehansh came to Maitrigram with his family and friends. Our students had a great time interacting with Nehansh and his family. Students at Maitrigram appreciated the gifts and cake. Komal and Pallivi (students at Maitrigram) had their birthday on 14 th of July as well. Komal and Pallavi enjoyed celebrating their birthday along with Nehansh. Students from Maitrigram thanked Nehansh and his family  and gifted him a handmade birthday card.

Celebration of Independence Day: All children of Maitrigram gathered together to celebrate Independence day. Our children performed skits promoting tolerance and solidarity. Our children also took part in dance performances organized by another intern placed from the University of Utah.

Sam(name changed) is a 13 years old student also is studying in class 8. Originally from Jharkhand, he comes from a modest household where his father is a driver and mother is a housewife. His parent’s ambition for a better education on for their son saw brought him to Delhi. He has been a part of Maitri since last 2 years. His teachers have noticed his hard work and sincere nature. His grades have also improved and been consistent since the time he has joined. He has also been awarded with a scholarship along with uniform, a School bag, books and pen, Maitri believes that one book, one pen, one child can change the world.

Such celebrations and activities are crucial for the overall development of a child.  Surprisingly, Children of Maitrigram have rather added new feathers to the spirit of these celebrations. You have helped us provide such a space to the children of Maitrigram. 

Thank you for all your support .

Library
Library
birthday celebration
birthday celebration
independence day
independence day
Celebrations
Celebrations
 
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