|Communication Skills Workshop - Session 1 with Bhumika Anand - Identifying the needs and deciding on the most suitable training modules. Thanks to Bhumika Anand ( an expert in the field of training / communication skills, a passionate being to help someone in need) for the invaluable participation and support in structuring and conducting this session and sessions to come.|
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Our aim as we walked into the classroom filled with about forty tiny tots was to give them one day of joy. Without wasting much time, we got into our job. First was a crafts workshop conducted by our volunteer for the day Somava Mandal. They were divided into groups of 5 and were taught easy ways to make multicolored greeting cards using color papers. This was the first time that the they were working with color papers and they turned out to be quick learners.
At the end of the hour each group had come up with a unique and colorful greeting card, which were all put up together in the class room.
This was followed by stationary distribution. Each student was given books, pencil boxes and crayons. The surprise and the smile that the gifts brought to the faces of the children was unfathomable; It would add a dash of fun to their summer holidays, it seemed to indicate.
Tired from all the activity through the morning, the children were then treated to some sumptuous snacks. The event ended with a lot of cheer and joy and not to forget a group photograph.
Volunteer Testimonial : This was an overwhelming experience. To see their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn was heartwarming. I am looking forward to working with underprivileged children more often- Somava Mandal
Saturday, March 19, 2011
but we have great fun and learning
The first school theater experience was introduced to school children with the screening of the animated movie "Babmi" narrating a wonderful story of life in the woods, the movie is thought provoking and helps children understand how life in the forest is for the animals.
"Bambi" and Kids
by these two angel heart teachers every day
We soon started distributing learning materials like colors, books, writing pads, stationary items, sports items etc to the students; and their faces brightened with gleaming smiles.
Their joy was infectious, we soqn saw ourselves participating in their activities, while having a whole lot of fun. We then gave them the task of creating a model of their village. And we were pleasantly surprised with what they came up with.
Our village, our life
We also joined them in creating learning materials like number dices, play cards, coloring cards, alphabets among others.
Learning is so much fun
Ending the day with a bunch of smiles
Our first project was at the Govt. Lower primary school Indranagar, Bangarpet. We realized early on that aids from corporate and NGOs easily reach the govt schools in the cities but it’s to these remote schools towards which helping hands almost never stretch.
This is a small school with 28 students. The students are a part of a small village where most of the families make their living as day laborers and farmers. The school is far from being a favorable environment to learn and grow. Some basic amenities that we take for granted, like benches and shelves, bathrooms and libraries are missing. Though the students come from very poor backgrounds, we soon found out soon, that it has in no way deterred their enthusiasm to learn.
Out of money, but not out of smiles
pirits and the children rejoiced over their achievements and celebrated their success with colors. And we packed up we knew that we were going back with a whole lot of memories and bags full of smiles.
Day filled with colors
How you can help
You can help them by providing them the following:
• Extra pair of uniforms
• Slippers/shoes to wear
• Notebooks and stationary for the coming academic year
You can also volunteer to meet and spend time with these students and conduct workshop in painting, music, crafts etc.
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if any of this project interests you.
At the Vedic foundation, we believe that quality education and overall development of children across socio economic classes will truly change the face of the world. In keeping with our mission, we, in our own humble way, are reaching out to underprivileged children and helping them in need. Most of our initiatives involve helping students in govt and unaided schools have a better educational experience. Some of our recent initiatives include providing learning material to school children, funds for improving educational infrastructure, assistance with teaching, supplying food in schools that are not covered by the mid-day meal scheme, giving clothing, slippers and other supplies to the deprived students and helping schools establish good library facilities among others.
We also want our initiatives to spread its wings to involve the underprivileged elderly, helping them live a life of dignity, love and independence. We would like to undertake projects that, for example, will provide the grey citizens with health care assistance, financial support, companionship and basic amenities like food, shelter, clothes etc.
The Right Push
Our efforts take shape with the contributions and support from several people including school teachers, volunteers and other NGOs involved in similar work. Our start has been modest, but we hope and pray that our grit and your support will take these initiatives a long way and that we are able to make a difference in the lives of the deserved.
This blogs will, very modestly, reflect the projects that we have been involved in. But we must add that they can never come close to the real experience of meeting these children and elderly, helping them in need, enjoying their company, and watching them smile.
Feel free to contact us at email@example.com if any of these projects interests you.