New Delhi, Volume XV No. 3, July - Sept 2007
Deepalaya Hosts World Forum
Cultural Feast for the Delegates
Over 250 delegates from USA, Australia, UK, Philippines, Canada, West Indies, Finland, Germany, South Africa and Indonesia participated in the 18th ‘World Forum 2007’, an annual event of the International Forum for Child Welfare (IFCW) which was hosted this year by Deepalaya. The co-host was Indian Alliance for Child Rights (IACR) and the conference theme was “Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and their Implications for Children”. The three day conference from 22 August to August 24, 2007 took place at Hotel Intercontinental, New Delhi.
An international dialogue to promote and defend children’s entitlements is important with many economies in transition. The Forum provided an opportunity for activists, opinion makers, policy planners and others to share their experiences in their countries. The cross fertilization of ideas will have a positive impact.
The Chief Guest, Dr. Shantha Sinha, Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, highlighted the importance of embedding the MDG’s in the rights-based perspective of childrenand the goal was to see that all children must be without hunger, ill-health and malnutrition.
Cultural programs by Deepalaya students and an Odissi dance performance by Ms. Sharon Lowen and her students added further colour to the Forum. The delegates also visited the projects. A Declaration was adopted at the end which emphasized on information exchange, partnering with all stakeholders to plan and implement the set targets, lobbying and advocacy. Proceedings of the three day sessions are available on DVD. Those interested may please order with a DD for Rs. 150.
Nursing the Japanese Way
Shinnyo-en of Tokyo, Japan signed a MOU with Deepalaya on 10th September, instituting the “Shinnyo-en Deepalaya Scholarship Program”. The memorandum was signed by Shri T.K.Mathew and Mr. Syuichi Arai of Shinnyo-en and will provide a scholarship fund to the tune of 300,000 Yens (approximately One Lakh Rupees) every year for three years so that two girls can do the nursing course. The qualifying two girl students should have passed XII grade and be above 16 years of age.
Ms. Indu Bala, the first recipient of the Scholarship
The first recipient of the scholarship is Ms. Indu Bala, a student of Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extension. Her father, a farmer in the village, has a monthly income of Rs. 2500. Her mother is a homemaker. She has a younger brother who goes to school and an elder sister who has completed Class X. The paternal aunt saw the plight of the family during a visit and decided to bring Indu Bala to Delhi. She felt this would lessen the financial strain on the family as well as enable Indu Bala to complete higher studies.
In April 2007, Indu completed Class XII through NIOS, scoring 46%. The Principal informs that though Indu Bala has not been a topper in academics, she had a strong determination to take up the calling of a nurse. The lack of medical facilities in her village and the subsequentsufferings of the people led her to choose this vocation. Indu Bala has now been enrolled in the 3-year General Nursing and Midwifery course at SOS Nursing College, Faridabad. Four Deepalaya students are already enrolled at the College and are being sponsored by The Dewan Foundation, UK.
Deepalaya is highly indebted to all supporters who are joining hands and creating better opportunities for the children. With the support of many more such Friends we definitely look forward to many more Joans of Arc blossoming.
HSBC Future First Grant Awarded
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) has decided to support Deepalaya’s project titled “Integrated Education Programme in Patpar Ganj Slum in East Delhi, India” through Future First by donating a sum of Rs.9, 45,200/- for the year 2007-2008. Future First is a five year initiative at HSBC that is committed to investing in the education and skill training of a large number of children in need around the world.
Deepalaya will utilize the grant to improve the quality of education imparted to a group of children and they will be ultimately mainstreamed into the formal system of education. HSBC employees will volunteer their time and be involved in the project.
It is a matter of pride for us to know that from among the hundreds of applications, Deepalaya appeared in the first lot of 19 short-listed and recommended to the HSBC Global Education Trust, and we emerged as one of the final six organizations selected.
Annual Day Celebrations
On September 29th the sun shone bright as Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extension celebrated its Annual Day. Year 2007 is special as Independent India celebrates her 60th year of Independence and Deepalaya commemorated this on its Annual day. The India that shines has made notable progress in the field of Science, and Information Technology. However, much of India is plagued by illiteracy, poverty and ill health. Deepalaya has identified the pivotal role of education and has been imparting quality education to the under privileged children, especially the girls.
The program started with the lighting of the lamp by the Chief Guest Mr. Subhash Khuntia, Jt. Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, GOI, Mr. K.V. Thomas, Mrs. Mary Mathew, Usha Pramodan (a parent) and Rajni, a Deepalaya student. Rtn. T.K. Mathew, welcomed everyone and talked about Deepalaya’s journey, its achievements. The Principal, Ms. Shikha Pal gave a power point presentation of all the activities during the year 2006-07. Neetu, who had just returned from Namibia related her experiences eloquently. The entire day’s cultural program was suffused with patriotic theme. Awards for academic excellence were also given away on the occasion.
The Chief Guest, Mr. Khuntia, spoke about Deepalaya as a unique school. He said that it was high time we understood the transformative and equalizing role of education. He congratulated Deepalaya teachers and students for their high level of motivation. He praised all the award winners and urged all the children to perform well as each had the potential to win in life.
Rotarian Mr. Sawhney, expressed the sentiment beautifully when he said that the experience of coming to Deepalaya school was as elevating as going to a Gurudwara - a place of worship.
There has been a highly appreciative letter from Mrs. Indira Narain, a donor, which is attached to this Newsletter.
Remembering The Teacher
The taught teacher
September 5th saw the students of Deepalaya Schools donning the mantle of teachers as they celebrated Teachers Day. The students meticulously prepared cards for all teachers, displaying their respect and affection. Senior students dressed as teachers handled the classes– thereby giving vent to their aspirations to become teachers themselves. The highlight of the day was a cultural program organized by the students.
Rtn. T.K. Mathew
Rtn. T.K. Mathew, Secretary & Chief Executive of Deepalaya received the ‘Manava Sewa Award’ on 29th August. The Award has been instituted by the Mar Thoma Church and is awarded annually “to renowned people for their outstanding contributions to the Society, especially in Socio-Economic-Religious fields”. Every Deepalayan is proud of yet another feather in ‘Deepalaya’s Cap’.
Colveta/DIDI Fashion B.V, a retail company in ladies fashion, has entered into an agreement with Deepalaya for supporting the education of 100 girl children for a period of four years (primary school level). They have extended support to the tune of Rs. 10 lakhs per year. The project is being implemented at the Deepalaya School, Gusbethi (Haryana). Deepalaya is grateful to Mr. Ashok Rana an ex-employee who referred us to Colveta.
Imbibing Life Saving Skills
A training program on Medical Aid was conducted for high school students by the Embassy of Israel and Ritanjali, an NGO in collaboration with Palestenstein Institute for Research in August. 30 students (both boys and girls) from Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extension attended. The topics covered included infant and adult resuscitation, hemorrhage control and medical dressing. On the final day handling of burns, animal stings and bites, fractures etc were also covered. An overview of the entire training program was also done.
Knowledge Through Newspapers
Regular school curriculum does not have general knowledge and current developments built into it. To raise the awareness level of the events taking place around the world as well as to make the reading an enjoyable habit, students of Deepalaya Schools, have been encouraged to subscribe to the Hindustan Times and Times of India. The Schools have been receiving the curriculum support package which is adding value and a new dimension to classroom teaching.
In the last issue of Deepalaya News we had referred to “UTI Foundation” and their contribution of Rs.1.26 crores. The correct reading is “UTI Bank Foundation” and the amount is Rs. 1.89 crores. We regret the errors.
Netball takes Neetu to Namibia
Naz Foundation has been conducting netball practice and leadership program since 2006 for Deepalaya’s girl children. They have played matches with NGO Aligaon and a team from Standard Chartered. The girls showed that they had picked up the nuances of the game well by beating both the opponents. The crowning glory was that extrovert Neetu was selected to participate in the conference on “Sports for Development” at Namibia from 18-21 September 2007. Neetu has been with Deepalaya since LKG. Her father is petty shop keeper and her mother a housewife. She has four sisters and a brother. Her parents have been very cooperative from the beginning and Neetu has a very good rapport with the teachers. She has completed XII and a 6 months’ course in Computer Hardware and is currently doing advanced software from Vocational Training Centre, Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extn. She is a responsible girl and very good at Rangoli.
Marathon effort against HIV
On 28th October, 2007 Deepalaya would be participating in the Vodafone Delhi Half Marathon for the cause of “HIV & Children”, an issue that warrants immediate response. Deepalaya would endeavor to raise a large sum of money through this event so that it can contribute to the mitigation of this problem.
Deepalaya participated in this event in 2005 for the cause of “Girl Child” raising over 11 lacs. This was utilized in enhancing the enrolment rate of the girl child in Deepalaya schools to reach 52%. In 2006 the cause was for “Differently Abled” children and the Rs. 6.5 lakhs raised was used for Special Education, Counselling, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Referral Services and Aids & Appliances to 269 differently abled children.
Recognizing the scourge that HIV is and the way it wrecks children’s lives, Deepalaya is determined to eradicate it. Deepalaya exhorts socially responsible individuals and institutions to lend a helping hand to this venture. Interested persons are welcome to utilize the coupons attached or log on to www.deepalaya.org.
Letter to the Editor
I have volunteered with Deepalaya for almost 11 months, and I have to admit that it has been a very rewarding experience for me. The friendly atmosphere among the colleagues in the Human Resource Centre, Janakpuri and the dedication of all employees in the main office as well as in the project locations are clear indicators of the great work that Deepalaya is doing.
When working on promotional material or other publications, each smile of the children on the pictures reminded me of the good impact Deepalaya’s work has had on the lives of the marginalized and underprivileged.
In the coming years I look forward to see Deepalaya’s continued service to the marginalized while improving its internal processes, so that new projects and possible donors can get together easily and quickly.
All in all working at Deepalaya was an interesting and educating experience worth remembering. Thank You for the opportunity.
I wish Deepalaya and its contributors all the best for the future.
Björn Klose, Germany
Alumni in the Spotlight
I am Vivek Kumar, aged 20, and my father Shri Vishal Singh is a tailor and mother a home maker. We migrated to Delhi from U.P. for a better life. My father’s income is just Rs. 3000 per month, but he has been able to educate his children well. I am the eldest and have passed the Senior Secondary School Examination (Commerce Stream) with 70%. It is unthinkable that I would have completed school without the help given me by the remedial centre of Deepalaya. I want to become a MBA. After completing the Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) at the Jamia Hamdard University, which was sponsored by Deepalaya, I am pursuing the Master of International Business course there.
My interests are many and I want to improve my English speaking skills and do a computer course. I have attended an adult education program and was a member of the Science Club at Deepalaya. I have represented Deepalaya in a cricket match and I cherish the memory. I am lucky to get a sponsor like Shri. Jyoti Sagar who has supported my higher education. I am determined to put in the hard work so that I can realize my dream.
I owe my achievements to Deepalaya, which has given me a new lease of life. My perception towards life, society and environment has changed for the better after my association with Deepalaya.
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