New Delhi -April - June 1996
PAWAN KUMAR, INSPIRATION FOR MANY
Few years from now it was hard to believe that rowdy Pawan Kumar who was pain in the neck for many in Golekuan would grow to be a matured responsible young adult who aspires to be a teacher.
In fact his father Shri Suresh Kumar Pal who is a casual worker in a small scale industry in Okhla today recalls those restless nights, when his only worry washis eldest son, Pawan. There was a time when none of the days passed without hearing baout Pawan picking up a quarrel or eveteasing girls of the area.
But today Pawan's life has changed which doesn't have any trace of his past mischiefs (delinquency). Pawan who had left studies two years back after faring badly in class X is now determined to clear the secondary exams through Open School. Not only does he want to achieve something for his own self, but he is also a non-formal education instructor in Deepalaya's Golekuan Project, teaching those children whose parents can't afford tuition.
One could see the determination in his eyes when with a smile he said "I would like to be a teacher and wojld help my deprived brethren". In his words by doing so he would contribute only in a small way, to what Deepalaya has doen for him. While having an informal chat with him one could hardly stop laughing, when he was narrating how he used to tease, pass comments and whistle at the girls. But now he contemplates and has realised those were the valuable days when he could have concentrated on his studies. But envertheless it is never too late when it comes to taking a right step. Today he has grown to be much sober youth who thinks twice about the outcome while taking any step. This is perhaps the best thing that has happened after he came in contact with Deepalaya. Mr.Pradeep Kumar who officiates the developmental activities at Golekuan said, "when we think of any programme be it sanitation drive or total literacy drive or a cultural programme or a cricket match we cannot think without Pawan now".
Pawan is also quite popular among the youngesters at Golekuan and he is the President of Bal Mandal. When we asked Pawan, who was his role model? spontaneous reply was matinee idol Amitabh Bacchan.
This eighteeen year old boy, spends his evenings taking tuitions and lends a helping hand to his father to support a family of five. There are countless numbers of Youths like Pawan who just needs a little support and care to grow as a responsible citizen of tomorrow.
Women Entrepreneurship and Latest Technology Exposition
Deepalaya had a rare honour of participating in this years prestigious Wealth '96, organised in conjunction with Wisitex '96, International Exhibition and symposium held at Pragati Maidan (New Delhi) from 7-13 February '96. Deepalaya was represented by women folks from Pushpanjali Samiti, Kartik Samiti and Akshya Group all from Raghubir Nagar Project.
Exhibition gave the participants from Deepalaya an opportunity not only to display their products which included pickles, file folders and embroidery, but also gave the participants an opportunity to improve their entrepreneurship skills.
WALL PAINTINGS BY AUSTRALIAN STUDENTS
It was an attempt to initiate exchange of art and culture with members of the Australian group from Sydney University coming up with beautiful piece of wall paintings reflecting the rich flora and fauna of the Australian Continent and some symbols of Aborginal art forms.
Children from Deepalaya were seen taking keen interest in the works of art, and felt they can also do their bit by adding some Indian Folk art forms. Now the Dome shaped enterance walls of Deepalaya School presents beautiful images of elephants, Kangaroos and Butterflies in glowing shades.
REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMME
In the month of April, Deepalaya Plan Project organised five day long training programme in Raghubir Nagar Project for the women in 'Reproductive Health Education' with Centre for Growth Alternatives.
Main aim behind the programme was to educate women from the community on the subjects ranging from Hygiene and Nutrition for women, Prenatal & Inter-natal care, post-natal & child care, family planning, STD/AIDS and other common Diseases. Nearly 150 women were benefitted through the programme, and in the process they also identified 25 women among the participants for 'Training of Trainers programme' who will be conducting independently many such programmes in days to come in various projects catered by Deepalaya.
ALL INDIA UNSESCO TEST
This year yet again children from Deepalaya did well in All India UNESCO Test organised by USO House (Lodhi Road). The test which is held at All India level attracts some of the prestigious schools from the country. The test aims at inculcating general awareness about UN & UNESCO and its role in promoting World Peace & Development.
Deepalaya was represented by 35 childfren, all of them cleared the test, one of the participant Subhash Bharash who studies in VII std in Deepalaya School bagged rpestigious 4th position (at all India level) in pre-senior group which made everyone in Deepalaya proud of his achievement.
It was time for celebration at Deepalaya school again when results of All India G.K. test was declared in March. All the 32 children in pre-senior age group (12-14) and 43 children in Junior level got through with flying colours.
VISITORS FROM BANGLADESH
Deepalaya Golekuan Project hosted Bangladeshi delegates on 26th of March, who were on a day long visit to see total literacy Programme conducted by Deepalaya.
Delegates had word of appreciation for the people centred developmental activities where literacy is part of life and development. Delegates had an opportunity to interact with Mahila Sabha, which comprises of ladies from 175 literate families, who get together from time to time to discuss steps to be taken to spread literacy in the community. Delegates also had a question and answer session with the members of Mahila Sabha.
At the end of the day delegates from Bangladesh had lot to learn from the experience and were quite enthusiastic to take up similar programmes for achieving total literacy in their own country.
PICNIC TIME FOR THE TINY TOTS OF DEEPALAYA SCHOOL
After hectic study schedules it was time for some pure fun for the children of Deepalaya school. In fact, it was annual picnic time for 700 children and venue was sprawling lawns of beautiful Jamali Kamali which has some past relics of pre-mughal and Mughal India. The picnic was not only sheer fun time but also gave the children an insight into pre-historic India. Children from the senior classes were seen closely studying the old mosques of Jamali Kamali, and younger ones were seen with their teachers trying to develop colour concept while watching flowers of different colours and shades.
The picnic was able to draw out the best qualities of the children, they showed wonderful sense of discipline, qualities of leadership, spirit of togetherness and above all learnt to live in harmony with the nature. Mr.M.L.Dewan, Director Cleaner Delhi Training Centre Rotary Club of Delhi South Metropolitan shared some moments with our children.