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"Pattal Dawat" :) Sponsor food plates for children

by Purkal Youth Development Society
"Pattal Dawat" :) Sponsor food plates for children

It is our belief that good nutrition forms the basis of longer-term health and immunity in children. To ensure this we provide all our children wholesome meals, three times a day with seasonal fruit and a glass of milk in the evening. Our kitchen and dining facilities serve 1800 meals every day, feeding all students (and staff) but as the whole world is facing COVID-19 problems, we are also going through the same challenges, as the School continues to remain closed due to COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Distance Learning

In wake of COVID-19 Government of Uttarakhand shut schools on 13th March 2020. All students were sent home in an orderly manner well before the bigger lockdown commenced.

With the enforcement of the lockdown, schools all over the country started conducting online classes in the best manner possible. It took our efforts, which began on April 12, some time to gain traction as our children have virtually no access to computers and the internet at their homes. In order to facilitate remote teaching, our teachers took up the challenge of reaching the students with the help of mobile phones. Even though teachers encountered daunting challenges with this as well they and the students rose to the occasion and succeeded in carrying on the learning/teaching process remotely in the best possible way. A timetable for remote teaching was specially designed and lesson plans realigned. Learning was imparted using resources like videos, worksheets, virtual flowcharts, URLs, YouTube videos etc.

The lockdown helped elicit the hidden potential, talents and creativity of both our teachers and students. There has been a lot of reflection and experimentation by both, to devise such ways and means of learning/teaching processes that could leave an enduring impression on our students.

COVID-19 Relief

Distance does not prevent us from tracking the wellbeing of our students and their families and helping them in their times of need above and beyond the normal. This, after all, is our ethos as a family-centred and community-based institution and in line with our motto, “Life is for Giving”.

In our own small way, we undertook COVID-19 relief for the families of our needy children. Supported by some generous donors, our staff identified thirty-one families of such students in our neighbouring villages, bought and packed ration kits, and delivered them to each home. Most of these families get their income from daily wages, so their need is likely to continue for some time. We are committed to maintaining our relief efforts for this duration.

Project "Pattal Dawat"

Thanks to your generous support, we have been able to made partitioned food plates available to all our students. The children were really excited to eat in these plates with spoons. We are hoping that over a period of time our students will also inculcate good table manners.

The project is now complete. We welcome you to join us to share a bite with our students in these plates once COVID-19 eases and the School reopens!  

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An Enriching Start of the New Year!

Gujarat Educational Trip 2020


As a part of our holistic care, the Society organises an inter and intra-state educational trip annually. These 15-day trips are conducted during the Summer and Winter vacation break. We have over the years taken students to Odisha, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and others. This year, we organised our annual trip to Gujarat, westernmost state of India. We structured the itinerary around the topics that were the part of the academics of the students.

Through this tour, we were able to educate students in a practical and interesting manner. Something that is seen in reality can be easily perceived than something that we simply read in a book. This enabled us to also attain traits like Personal Development, Deepen Social and Historical Knowledge, Respect for Different Culture and Peer Learning on an individual.

We thank everyone for organising this trip and enabling such a heartening experience for all of us!                                                                         !


The group of 50 students from class 9th and 11th with six teachers left for their much-awaited trip to Gujarat on the evening of January 1, 2020. This was 13-day trip inclusive of travelling to Gujarat and back. They covered three major cities of Gujarat; Ahmedabad, Porbandar and Junagadh.

In these 13 days, students were able to cover a huge number of a topic from their academics which covered majorly History, Economy, Climate and Wildlife and Culture.

This has left a great impact in the minds of our students, where they went without families, with their friends and colleagues, which allowed them to rely on themselves and take responsibility and enjoy the activities of the trip.


Compartment plates and spoons are provided to the students. The students enjoy the delicious food without mixing the Salty foods with sweet foods. Children now do not have to wait for meals or skip them.

A big thank you to all our donors and supporters  :)


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Thank you very much for contributing to this project. Your love, support and trust always motivate us.

Our project is not yet fully funded but we are hopeful! :)

Here is a quarterly summary of events at PYDS:

  • Our sports day event was conducted in the month of September where students showed their sportsman skills through their participation in different games and sports. Kachnar (Red house) won the Best House Trophy for the year 2019-20. 
  • We celebrated the Diwali festival in school through vibrant Rangolis, adorning diyas followed by a meditation session.  
  • The students from classes 9, 10 and 11 got an opportunity to perform two dance forms - Shiv Tandav and Contemporary Dance at The Doon School’s ‘Round Square Pre-Conference Cultural Evening’. The cultural evening witnessed performances by the students from the Doon School and the PYDS Learning Academy. The event was attended by different schools from India and abroad.

We are also happy to share about Sanjana – The recipient of Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange Scholarship

Every year our students apply for the Youth Exchange Opportunity AFS Intercultural Programs under which the students are provided with Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES Program) scholarship. In this, the student lives with a host family, attends an American High School, acquires leadership skills and engages in various activities to learn about U.S. Society and Values. Our students also get a chance to inform Americans about their home country and culture.

For the current academic year, Sanjana from class 11 received the scholarship. She is the daughter of a paralysed father and homemaker mother from a village called Malsi in Dehradun. In 2011, when she joined PYDS, she was an introvert. At present, budding into a confident public speaker and declamatory through Debate Competition, Story-Writing and Field Trips, etc. organised by PYDS. She grew impressively in academics and found her strength in learning English.

Two students from class 10, Meenakshi and Preeti have applied for the AFS program this year.

Here is a video link of Sajana - 

and a short video on our Tinkering Lab that you would like to watch - 


Nowadays, children are busy preparing for the Annual Day. Artists are buzzing creativity, wall art is being revamped, and music sounds across the auditorium through practices.

We are happy to invite you and your family for our Annual Day celebrations on Saturday, 16th November 2019. Look forward to meeting you in this little world that you helped build. :)

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Purkal Youth Development Society

Location: Dehradun, Uttarakhand - India
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @pyds
Project Leader:
G.K Swamy
Dehradun, Uttarakhand India
$934 raised of $1,050 goal
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