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

Excellence Isn’t Achieved Alone!

“A gold medal is a wonderful thing. But if you're not enough without it, you'll never be enough with it” Deepalaya with its work for more than three decades has undeniably proved to be an epitome of excellence providing an overall development for the underprivileged. The true example of the efforts of the Team Deepalaya can be figured out through the confidence sparkling from the students of Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extension who recently took part in the Schools Sports day on 11th February, 2010. Instilled with a spirit of sportsmanship and full enthusiasm, it was indeed a special day for the proud staff and students of the school, as this was the first Sports Day celebrated after the School received provisional recognition from the Government of India. The occasion was graced by Ms. Sudha Parthasarathy (Executive Director, Deepalaya) and Mr. Chackochen (Manager, Deepalaya) and Mrs. Chackochen, who took part in the inaugural race, along with the Principal, Ms Anita Sawhney, to boost the confidence of the students. “Ae maalik tere bande hum...” echoed in the sports field as the children started the day with with the prayer song seeking strength from the almighty. It was followed by a vibrant Rajasthani dance which was presented by a group of girls from the School, drawing huge applause from the guests. The sheer sight to remember was the well coordinated March past by the students of all four houses, matching their steps to the beats of the drums. Colored flags and white margins gave the playground added to the feel of the day which was also reflected on the enthusiastic faces of all the students. The first half of the day was for primary section. The tiny tots of the school enjoyed fun races like Eat the Biscuit race, Pluck the Tail race, Rabbit race, Lemon and Spoon race, three legged race, etc. Looking cute with tiny tails on the backs, their confidence level betrayed their timid appearance. On the other hand, the senior students took part in various flat races like 50 M, 200 M, 400 M, 800 M Races, Relay races, Hurdle race, Long jump, etc., amidst strong uproars from the audience, cheering for their respective houses. Even the microphone drowned in the loud cheers of the students. Not just the students even the staff had a gala time taking part in the ‘Tug-of –war’ and 50 M races. The day ended with the prize distribution to the winners. The tiny-tots could not hold their smile and proudly posed in front of the cameras holding their certificates. But, more than anything, it was the ‘Sportsman Spirit’ that indeed made the students stand out. After all, the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.

Send feedback/suggestions to pooja@deepalaya.org By- Pooja Sikka (Officer- Media Coordinator & Content Development) & Punya Srivastava (Content Developer)

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