By Jitesh Jaggi - Office Manager and Program Coordinator
We would like to start by thanking you for your continued support for the National Indo-American Museum’s Gandhi Peace Program. The last quarter has been riddled with challenges requiring us to reshape our program and make it accessible to kids in Chicago. As such, we have transitioned the program, if temporarily, to online classes to continue our mission in bringing Gandhi’s message of peace and non-violence to children across Chicago. However, for in-person sessions, we are waiting for Chicago Public Schools to resume classes and allow vendors re-entry into the school system.
Our highlight for the last quarter has been the celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 151st birth anniversary on 2nd October 2020. We were approached by the honorable Consulate General of India in Chicago to collaborate with their special programming that celebrated the contributions of Gandhi. We prepared a YouTube video to reach out to Indians and Americans alike in telling Gandhi’s unique struggle and inspiring story. The video was a success and earned us positive feedback which I’m quoting from Consul General Mr. Ranjit Singh himself, “We appreciate that it involved a great amount of hard work. The program was widely appreciated by viewers. Mr. Jitesh Jaggi and others who were involved in the work did a wonderful job.” In the video, we talked about Gandhiji’s childhood, his realization of the oppression of the British Raj, and his personal experiences leading to the birth of the non-violence movement.
NIAM’s lead instructor for the Gandhi Peace Program, Jitesh Jaggi, has also conducted livestreaming sessions on our Facebook page. This has allowed us to continue the program and spread the message of peace even during the COVID 19 epidemic. Our livestream video has been viewed more than 800 times and has allowed us to reach children beyond Chicago. We are also exploring avenues to train the CPS teachers with our curriculum so they could impart Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings to their students while we await CPS to allow third-party vendors to resume in-class sessions.
In the coming months we will be looking at avenues to raise an additional funding of $10,000 to facilitate our online program. As such, we count on GlobalGiving’s renewed support to get our student outreach program on the ground. We are also in touch with our partnering organization, Communities in Schools (CIS) to get our program in the hands of Chicago Public School students by acting as a link between NIAM and CPS. We will keep you posted as we tread through these uncertain times and streamline our offering to students who need it the most. Thank you.
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