Project #7584

'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India

by Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All ( IDEA)
General Medical check-up
General Medical check-up

Dear friends ,

Greetings from IDEA !

We are here again with  some of the activities held under the project during the last three months. 

General Health check up  and Anemia detection  

A general health check up for all children and Hemoglobin (HB) testing to identify anemia among adolescent girls were done in March 2014. This was done in collaboration with the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS)- a Government programme  and a Hospital. It was an eye opener for us to know that 72% girls who were examined were detected with anemia ; another 22% were with borderline anemia and only 6% girls were not anemic . We provided them with Iron and folic acid tablets and with multivitamin syrup as prescribed by Doctor.

IDEA has intervened at the right time and is providing medical help and nutritional guidance for the long term effect. An awareness session on anemia and nutrition was held on 18th April 2014. The session included discussion on eating habits, causes and symptoms of anemia and how to overcome it by following a balanced diet chart. A iron rich recipes were taught the adolescent girls and a few parents . A wise counseling of incorporating atleast three colored foods daily in the meal was given.    

Children’s Event ( BALMELAVA)  with a difference!

On26thApril, Saturday 2014 around 150 children from 7 study centres all over Pune gathered at   a school  for the annual Balmelava . This time it was planned in a very careful manner so that each child get an opportunity to take part based on his or her talent , be it a dance , drawing , a skit , role of a teacher , compeering skill etc . They , under the guidance of  volunteers and the centre teachers started the preparation for the Balmelava  immediately after their annual school exam. Children from each center selected an Indian state of their choice ; collected information  on the  uniqueness of these states , agriculture, occupation, famous places, personalities , culture and tradition of that particular state and made a presentation  through Skits , exhibition, dance  & songs of the state  . Each team worked hard to be the Best!   Priti one of our bright sponsored child did an excellent compeering!!!

After lunch, the children enjoyed a puppet show  & a session on creative  drawing .

Childhood returned to Asha  (Name changed)

Asha is attending the study centre of IDEA since last five years when she was in 1st Std. She was a weak, shy and quiet girl who lost her father at that time. Her performance was below average in studies. She was not interested in studies and was slow in writing. The centre teacher gave individual attention to her to cope with the studies. Gradually Asha  started showing some improvement. But it was noticed by the teacher and the social worker that her mother was gender biased. She was favouring her son, Bhushan who is clever boy. She often used to praise him and criticized Asha on her poor academic performance . She started taking Asha with her to help her in her work as a maid servant , telling “ what is the use of spending money on educating her if she  is not good in studies “ . Her this attitude further worsened her performance in studies resulting in losing her interest in studies further. 

The issue was discussed with her mother by our Social Workers . She was counseled and parenting tips were given to her while dealing with Asha. She cooperated with the social worker. Now she does not take Asha along with her to work & does not criticize her ; instead started motivating her.  Guidance & counseling efforts by teacher and the Social Worker to the mother and the mothers’ change of attitude towards Asha brought a remarkable change in her. She started participating in centre activities. Asha very confidently presented science experiment in the exhibition organized at her centre on National Science Day. Her interest & performance in studies have also increased . 

This is an example where timely counseling can bring a huge difference in transforming the life of a child.

We thank Global Giving & the donors for making funds available for us to conduct the activities under the project .

Haemoglobin detection
Haemoglobin detection
The organising Team- Medical Camp
The organising Team- Medical Camp
Children's Event
Creative Drawing
Creative Drawing
Asha with her brother
Asha with her brother
Engrossed in their favorite stories
Engrossed in their favorite stories

Dear Donor,

Greetings from IDEA!

Reading opens doors to endless possibilities and so we wanted to inculcate this habit in our Study Centre children from a young age. The main aim behind starting the Study Centres is enhancing basic learning skills- Reading, Listening & Comprehension of all children so that they have a strong academic foundation. We conduct some activities especially to generate in children a love for reading. After their regular studies, children at Study centres are encouraged to read story books in groups which is followed by discussions, role playing games or essay writing.

LIBRARY IN A KIT- Portable Library just for kids

All Study Centres are equipped with mini portable Libraries which have books sorted according to grades. The Library has both English and Marathi (local language) books.  Children are issued new books every week which they read in groups.

In the group each child takes turns reading a story, this improves attention span and confidence while making the reading activity a little more fun. After a story is over the children share what they have learned and the teacher explains the moral message at the end. This improves comprehension skills of the children.

Once in every month the children put a play enacting their favorite stories. They love dressing up as their favorite characters and they always have an audience! This activity has improved the basic learning skills to a great extent. Their vocabulary has expanded and scores in school exams have improved too.

We thank Pratham books for donating these Library kits, there is no better gift to give to child than a book.

LEARNING to respect all RELIGIONS while improving learning skills

In association with BHASHA which literally means LANGUAGE in Marathi (local language), a weekly activity oriented session on reading, enacting and craft work is implemented in our study centers.This  is a unique activity for children which aims at improving their language skills also educates them about the significance of celebrating different festivals, events of National importance and International days.

Important festivals of all religions and states of India like Diwali, Christmas and Eid and also days of national & international importance in each month are celebrated according to their unique customs. The teacher then explains the importance of these events and the purpose behind why they the celebrated. The teacher uses special teaching material designed specifically for primary school children.

The children then perform plays and dances based on the festivals of that month. Recently on the occasion of World Literacy Day, the children from all study centres got together to make stick puppets. They even put up a lively and spirited show on “Importance of Education”. We are happy to share the pictures with you all.

This activity is one of a kind as the kids not only get to hear amazing stories and celebrations but also get an education in secularism and an appreciation for different communities and religions. Days of National importance like Independence day and Republic day instill a sense of national pride while different state festivals make them more secular and we hope more tolerant of the diversity of this country in the future.

Thank you Dear Donor, it is because of you these kids have a new book in their hands and a new word on their lips. We request you to show your consistent support in  enabling us to create opportunities for needy tiny tots!






Library in a kit for tribal kids at Kasurdi
Library in a kit for tribal kids at Kasurdi
Reading in a group, so much fun!
Reading in a group, so much fun!
kids creating a colourful collage.
kids creating a colourful collage.
With their favorite character, Paplu- the giant.
With their favorite character, Paplu- the giant.
The stage is set for the best puppet show in town.
The stage is set for the best puppet show in town.
A close Finish
A close Finish

Dear Donor,

Christmas Greetings from IDEA!

            Exams are over and winter is here - a perfect time to go out and play and play is what they did. In our Holistic Development programme there is emphasis on sports and physical activity along with educational activities so we encourage children to take up a sport as sports instill many good qualities like team spirit, leadership qualities and confidence plus the benefits of fitness and good health.

Athletic Event enjoyed:

            Recently a media company organized a national level athletic event for school children. 20 children from IDEA participated in various running races. It was a good experience for them to compete and interact with children from other backgrounds. We were very happy to see that even without any coaching, the kids put up a tough fight. Every year we organize sports meets and many kids also participate in marathons and sports competitions. One of these sports enthusiasts is Swati who is a budding sports star and we are happy to share her story…

Swati - an athlete in the making:

            Swati got associated with IDEA when she was in 6th Std. She has been under different IDEA projects like learning centers, sponsorship program and vocational training course. Swati continued attending our study centre till 10th std as there was lot of disturbance in her small single room house which made studying impossible for her. Her father is jobless and mother works as domestic help. Because of sponsorship support, Swati could continue her schooling and scored 68% in 10th board exam.  In the mean time she also completed a 6 months basic nursing course conducted under IDEA’s vocational training programme and also took a part time job for a few months to support her family.

            Now she is pursuing graduation in Commerce stream. In college she got interested in the game of Kabbadi which is an old Indian sport. She is showing all signs of an athlete in the making with her good performances and winning laurels for her college Kabbadi team. Swati is now a national level Kabbadi player which is a matter of pride for us and is still associated with IDEA’s youth groups and helps conduct games and activities for IDEA’s young children. She frequently helps other children and her mentors from IDEA. Her helping nature is appreciated by all. Swati is currently sweating it out for a national level sports competition representing her club. IDEA wishes her good luck!

        Please continue supporting Swati and her friends who are at the most important time of their lives.

Get Set Go
Get Set Go
Proudly showing their certificates
Proudly showing their certificates
Swati- our sports star
Swati- our sports star

Dear Donors,

Warm Greetings from IDEA!

Another wonderful year is coming to an end, this year we took our project “HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT FOR POOR KIDS” to another level. Our holistic approach towards minimizing school drop-out amongst the marginalized children is appreciated by many sponsors and supporters like you including international & national foundations and Corporates. Due to this support, IDEA could expand its programmes and activities to many villages and Govt schools in Pune district.  

Many volunteers from the corporate field joined us this year and made our events even more successful. Many donors personally visited IDEA’s study centres and were left impressed. Two volunteers from Global Giving U.K, Hannah Sainsbury and Dan also visited IDEA.  It is indeed a satisfying feeling to have more people support our cause.

This year we reached out to 450 little kids through Play and Learn centres, 240 out of school children through our 15 study centres and 710 adolescents through our sponsorship programme.



Play & Learn centres and study centres are running smoothly 6 days a week where we focus on improving basic learning skills (Reading, Writing, English, Marathi and Math) of primary and secondary school children. They are taught in various creative ways to make subjects like Science and Math fun and easy. Regular tests and surprise tests are conducted to check the achievement level. Supporting activities like Science exhibitions, Science Exploratory visits and storytelling sessions were undertaken.


Many activities were carried out this year where children could explore their hidden talents and hobbies. Drawing competitions and Sports competitions were held at all centres. Sessions on paper quelling and clay exploration were carried out for all children. Puppet shows and Educational films were shown which the children enjoyed thoroughly.


Many fun activities were carried out this year like Museum visits and summer camp. A talent exchange programmme was held and FUN GAMES were organized by IDEA’s youth groups. Sessions on Health, Hygiene and Nutrition were held for adolescent kids. Guidance sessions for parents are organized regularly by IDEA’s teachers.

It all because of your contribution friends that we are making many dreams come true. Please continue supporting us.

Our children want to say a big THANK YOU so please watch this video:


Fun games organized by IDEA
Fun games organized by IDEA's youth groups

Dear friends and donors,

This time of the year is a time of festivals and celebrations in India so we thought of combining learning with some fun activities for all our children.

TALENT EXCHANGE: A visit was arranged for young girls sponsored by IDEA to a Home for visually challenged girls. The aim of this visit was to sensitize the girls to the problems of less fortunate girls of their age. IDEA girls taught them the art of paper quelling and both groups made beautiful greeting cards together. Both groups enjoyed the interaction and we hope that this interaction has enriched them.

FUN GAMES: Innovative and enjoyable games were organized for little children by IDEA’s youth groups (older children who have been sponsored by IDEA for many years). This was a unique child to child interaction which gave an opportunity to the youth groups to show their leadership and event management qualities with the added pleasure of showing their little friends a fun time.  Such one to one interaction is important as it builds interpersonal and leadership skills in children.

MUSEUM VISIT: A visit to a local museum was arranged for high school students to familiarize them with India’s cultural heritage. It was learning plus picnic that the children enjoyed thoroughly.

After all these enjoyable activities it was time to acknowledge the efforts of some deserving students who have, by their sheer grit and determination achieved outstanding success in their 10th standard board exams.

SOMNATH-Our rising star

It is always a pleasure to see your efforts bear fruit and it was indeed a joyous moment to felicitate IDEA foundation’s shinning stars- our achievers for this year. Many children from slums and tribal areas living in squalor and sometimes hostile living conditions have fought many odds stacked against them and have passed their exams with flying colours. Friends, it gives us much joy to introduce one such bright young star- SOMNATH.

Somnath, a poor slum boy lost his father in his early childhood and his mother supports the family by working as a domestic help. Her meager salary could not even provide the family with two square meals let alone books, tuitions and extra classes. He used to work at a bakery to support his mother along with his schooling till he met us, post which he was immediately enrolled at our study centre. Quick learner that he was, he showed promise from the beginning by coming to the study centre regularly, studying hard and participating in all other activities like English enhancing sessions, exposure visits and career guidance workshops. He was also fortunate to get the support of his study centre teachers who personally guided him and continuously motivated him. Their efforts paid off and Somnath scored 83% in his 10th board exams which is an excellent score by any standards. Now Somnath is pursuing Commerce in a good city college and has even bigger dreams for himself and his family.

Thank you dear friends it’s because of well wishers like you, children living a hopeless life can now dream and hope again.

Please take a look at our Annual report:

Visit to a museum-a learning experience
Visit to a museum-a learning experience
Somnath- an inspiration for all
Somnath- an inspiration for all

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Project Leader:
Dr.Usha Pillai
Pune, Maharashtra India
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