Saluting a brave attempt.

The capacity to recognize hidden/latent abilities is something which is rare. However, Deepalaya can boast about the abundance of this characteristic and a living example is the District Games held in association with the Special Olympics Bharat (New Delhi) on the 1st and 2nd of December at Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extension, as a commemoration of the ‘Disability Day’ observed worldwide on the 3rd of December. Ten schools from across NCR participated in the event- CASP Plan, Nav Prabhat, NIMH Model Special School, Akriti School (Faridabad) and HCRA, just to name a few. The athletic meet started with a march past by the children, followed by a torch run which symbolized their undying and blazing desire to meet the challenges of life. The Special Olympics flag was thereafter hoisted by the students. All the students and educators then took an oath- “Let me to win. If not let me to make a brave attempt.” Rtn. T.K. Mathew, Chief Executive and Secretary of Deepalaya inaugurated the ceremony with words of encouragement in his address to the special children, “All of you have a lot of power and I want the whole world to know about it and identify it. You will get several pedestals to prove it, one of them being these District Games.” A sunny day on a winter morning of 2nd December and a huge playground with children lined up for a series of competitions offered a perfect environment for sports. After the first day of assessment and formation of groups as per the abilities of these children, it was time to contest and engage in fun. The kids were assisted by their teachers and well trained coaches from ‘Special Olympics Bharat, New Delhi.’ There were various competitions like Bocce, 10 metre and 25 metre assisted walk, 25 metre and 50 metre race, soft ball throw, tennis ball throw and shot-put throw. Each participant was awarded with a reward regardless of the performance in the activity. This was a gesture to encourage the kids and to boost up their confidence to perform even better. The Programme Coordinator of Deepalaya’s Special Unit, Sangeeta said, “It was a golden opportunity to organize these District Games with the Special Olympics Bharat where special kids from NCR got a platform to display their abilities. This is an acknowledgement of their special skills and talent.” To keep the athletes full of vigor- energy drinks and refreshments were provided, followed by a prize distribution ceremony. Two Canadian delegates were the guests of honour for the day. Georgia who is sponsoring two students of RJRN Deepalaya School said, “I was delighted to see the smiles on the faces of these children. Despite several disadvantages they seem to take everything in stride and bond with each other so well. All the credits go to their educators and trainers who have worked hard to create an amiable environment for them. Community sports increase their level of interaction with the society at large”.

Ten years of enlightening lives- Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extension.

“The woods are lovely, dark and deep
But I have many promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep…and miles to go before I sleep.”

Deepalaya promises never to sleep on this unending journey of transforming lives and widening the spectrum of education to those sections of the society that continue to linger in the darkness of ignorance. This promise is witnessing the light of the day in the form of Deepalaya School Kalkaji Extension, which celebrated its tenth Annual Day on 26th and 27th November 2009. This year there was more than one reason to rejoice in the wake of the school getting recognition from the Department of Education, Government of India after a relentless struggle for years. The students of class Xth would appear for their CBSE Board examination in the month of March.

A warm acknowledgement of Deepalaya’s work surged through the words of our Chief Guest Prof. Kiran Walia, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of NCT of Delhi who said, “Deepalaya has shown us the light,” while addressing a huge bunch of students, teachers, parents and management of Deepalaya on the occasion of the Annual Day. She even applauded the school’s efforts in promoting greenery and winning the Gobar Times Award three times in the row. She made a special mention of the Deepalaya-FADA collaboration for imparting education to girl children.

The day started with the lamp lighting ceremony, followed by a welcome dance and the mission song of Deepalaya. The students exhibited the various facets of their talents with dance, drama, music and other cultural activities. It was a delight to watch the children perform with confidence and energy. Speaking with pride and exuberance on this occasion an emotional Rtn. T.K. Mathew, Founder Member, Secretary and Chief Executive of Deepalaya said; “We started with three people and now we are four hundred!” The function included an award ceremony where students were awarded for their exemplary performance in different areas across the previous academic session.

The commemoration continued the next day with much more zeal when the stage was garlanded with the performances by the tiny-tots of the school. Students from L.K.G to IVth standard presented their skill set. Young girls anchored the show in fluent diction and Preeti Aarti’s singing left the audience in awe. Priyanka Verma from Oriflame, the guest of honor for the day said, “At Oriflame we look forward to empower women and thus I request all parents to motivate their children especially girl child towards a multi-faceted development.” The unique aspect of this annual day was that each student of the school was involved in the event in one or the other manner. The Annual report was presented by Ms. Anita Sawhney, Principal, Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extension on both the days of the event. Executive Director of Deepalaya, Miss Sudha Parthasarathy closed the event with a vote of thanks, extending her warm wishes to the organizers and the audience.

’He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying’- these words of the philosopher Nietzsche are closely incorporated in the curriculum of Deepalaya which teaches these children how to take those first hesitant infantile steps and then muster up the courage to tread across the expedition of life.




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