Beyond Indo-Pak border | Killing two birds with one stone | Gems of Deepalaya
"Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding" - Albert Einstein
Beyond Indo-Pak border
One advantage that our Alumni, who study in the US through our CCIP program get an opportunity to build relations with people from different corners of the world, including Pakistan. The US Embassy is carrying on this program in 12 countries. The students are asked to go through extensive interviews and written test before enrolling into the program.
After completion of their education in the US, the alumni are given an opportunity to meet during different programmes organized by the US embassy. The embassies in India and Pakistan organized a Skype session for Alumni of the CCIP programme on 7th October 2015. Ravi Pahuja from Deepalaya attended the session and met some of his old Indian friends and those from Pakistan on Skype.
The session started with an introduction and welcome speech from Ms. Erin from the US embassy in Pakistan with fond memories of her visit to India. Her Indian counterpart Mr. Mathews, then discussed about the last Google hangout session held during September.
Thereafter, all the participants were asked to give their opinion about what they thought about the second country and what kind of myths exist in the mind of people residing in one country about the other. Participants from the second country were asked to burst those myths. Some of them were really interesting. Thereafter, all the participants gave ideas on how relations between both the countries can be improved. Some suggested social media can help in bridging the gap while others thought of tying the knot with music and cricket.
The session ended with a lot of positive energy from both the sides and a resolution to ignore the thoughts promoted by administrative and extremist groups in both the countries.
Killing two birds with one stone
Children residing at Deepalaya Childrens' home took oath on 2nd October 2015 to clean their surroundings. Mr. John Rameson, the project in charge, urged the children to stand up for the values promoted by the Father of Nation. Thereafter, members of the internal Children Welfare Committee divided the children into seven groups. Each group comprised of 10 to 12 children with one staff. Azmatullah, the boy in charge of gardening, instructed them to go in different parts of the premises and announced that the first two groups, which clean the campus, will be given prizes. Abbas and Mr. Rajesh (agricultural staff) were asked to judge and announce the winner.
Children worked wholeheartedly and cleaned the campus. The winning groups were given prizes. The idea was to kill two birds with one stone – sensitizing the children about promoting cleanliness in a fun-filled manner.
Gems of Deepalaya
Of late, the District counsel for Child welfare organized different competitive activities for the children at Sardar Gurmukh Singh Memorial School, Nuh. Our children got an opportunity to participate in the district level competition. Even though the competition was held during 17th to 19th October, 2015 prizes were distributed on 10th November 2015, in the presence of Additional District Commissioner, District child Protection Officer (DCPO) and other guests from Development for Children and Women Organisation (DCWO) and Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS). Children made us proud by winning different positions.