Going Green!

“The difference between animals and humans is that animals change themselves for the environment, but humans change the environment for themselves”- Ayn Rand On 27th February, 2010, Dish TV partnered with Deepalaya and launched the campaign to save the environment- ‘PHENK MAT’ at Delhi Haat. The occasion had a kite flying competition symbolizing the aim to reach greater heights towards a cleaner and safer city. For this Deepalaya would be distributing 10,000 bags to the car owners who can keep the waste packets and bottles always in the bag. It was unquestionably a proud moment when the people at Delhi Haat appreciated the efforts of Deepalaya and its tireless efforts towards creating a better place for everyone around. As the name suggests, it is an initiative taken with an aim of reducing the amount of litter thrown from cars. It has been seen that usually we don’t really carry a bag with us while traveling and throw our waste packets on roads (if dustbins are not sighted). It is not just related to littering the roads, but other issues like road rage as well (Imagine driving on a stressful Monday morning in your two wheeler and suddenly this waste chips packet comes from no where on to your face and there you go with that head light gone). Delighted to be associated with Dish TV, Rtn. T. K. Mathew (Chief Executive & Secretary of Deepalaya) said, “We are glad to be associated with this campaign and it is indeed a great step towards making our city clean.” From educating the underprivileged to providing vocational training; from making a health clinic available in the village of Gusbethi to reaching out to the needy through mobile vans; from positive discrimination of girl child to gender resource centers; and now towards aiming for a clean Delhi, Deepalaya has indeed touched every area of concern. It has been more than three decades that the organization has been striving towards the rights of the needy. This time it is the call for making the city cleaner. Although the kite flying competition attracted a lot of youngsters, but the trail of kites depicted at the end of the competition enthralled the entire Delhi Haat. Adding the cherry on the cake on the bright sunny day was the overwhelming performance by the students of Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extension to which the audience couldn’t stop tapping their feet.

Visit- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lfcx3psc0Hk (copy and paste the URL) and witness it yourself. Come forward towards making your city clean. Contact dm@deepalaya.org or call at 011-28525788 and avail the benefit of these environment friendly bags. Send Feedback/Suggestion to pooja@deepalaya.org By- Pooja Sikka, Officer- Media Coordinator & Content Development

Smitten by the Tiny-Tots of Deepalaya!

“The Word Magical does not begin to describe it!” were the words of one of the delegates, describing her interaction with Deepalaya students, Sanjay Colony. 17th February,2010 witnessed a day of Global interaction with Deepalaya School Sanjay Colony welcoming the People to People International delegation, consisting of highly accomplished individuals, all from the United States, and most well placed philanthropists themselves. The delegation was lead by Roberta A. Healey – Chair – Association of Fundraising Professionals, USA. People to People International is dedicated to enhancing cross-cultural communication within each community and across communities and nations. Ms. Sudha Parthasarthy, Executive Director of Deepalaya made a short presentation on the work that the organization has been doing over the years and the delegates were completely enthralled after seeing the film made on Deepalaya which gave them a bird's view of the areas covered by the organization. However, what really took their breath away was the cultural program presented by the students. The program showcased a beautiful mix of Indian and Western culture. It began with a performance by the Hindi choir group, which was followed by a vibrant puppet dance. The program wonderfully blended in western culture with a western dance performance and English Choir singing. The show concluded with a dandiya performance. Mesmerized by the students, the delegates joined into the dandiya dance performance very enthusiastically and danced along with the students. Finally, as a gesture of solidarity, both the U.S. and Indian National Anthems were sung. Delegates also interacted with the students. They were impressed with the high standard of education being imparted in the school. They found that the children scored high on general knowledge and were able to answer their questions on the U.S.A as well as on their favorite subjects. Moreover, looking around the school, the stark difference between the school and its surrounding slum area, pleasantly surprised them. They highly appreciated the safe and happy abode the school has created for the children. As a kind gesture, they granted Deepalaya a one year free Complimentary AFP Global e-Membership. They also donated generously to the organization by way of cash donations, gifts and professional material. It was a truly magical afternoon, which presented an opportunity for not only the visiting delegates to see Deepalaya’s work but also for the students to interact with the delegates and learn a bit more about their culture. It was another step for Deepalaya in its aim for imparting truly high quality education. Send feedback/Suggestion to- pooja@deepalaya.org By- Pooja Sikka, Officer- Media Coordinator & Content Developer & Punya Srivastava , Content Developer

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Global CSR Excellence & Leadership award presented by ABP News to Deepalaya