STEADY Returns | Serving the unserved
“Give your hands to serve and your hearts to love” - Mother Teresa
STEADY Returns – the second innings of Deepalaya and Asian Paints program
The first day of the new innings of the STEADY program started with a fresh zeal and a promise to train the trainees for self-defense on 13.10.2015. The program also aims to give a clear vision in the life of children with career counselling sessions.
The session started with welcome speech by Mr. N N Sharma, Principal of RK Public School, Kasna, Greater Noida. He spoke about importance of self-defense and career counselling sessions. Then Mr. Virender, Assistant Manager Programs, Deepalaya talked about how these sessions will be conducted during this time and some of the students will be selected for another training to train them like professionals. After that Mr. Roy apprised the students and school staff about Deepalaya, Asian Paints and idea behind STEADY program.
On the first day, there were 41 girls for the self-defense session. The trainers from MAAFAI, the agency for providing self-defense training, kicked off the session with warming up exercises like bending of hands, inhaling and exhaling exercise. Thereafter, they taught punching, kicking, attacking and defensive techniques.
It was a pleasure to see children with bright faces and a zeal to learn. Towards the end, children received some refreshments to fill their belly and went to their classes. The session ended with thank you note and a group photo of first session of program STEADY returns. So far, we have given self-defense training sessions to more than 5300 Girls through 3 sessions and 2032 students participated in career counseling sessions.
Serving the unserved, reaching the unreached
Have you ever thought how the flat that you live in and proudly possess was constructed? It took years to evolve into its present shape. You may like to thank the builder without even thinking about the labour who toiled in the sun, during the rain and shivering cold. More than the labour, their children suffered. They might have left their native land in search of jobs but does that mean their children should be deprived of their rights.
When we visited a construction site recently, we were moved by plight of these children. With strong determination we approached ATS greens on Dwarka Expressway for education of these children in their labour camps. They agreed and we decided to reschedule our Education on Wheels program from West Delhi to Dwarka Expressway from 29th September 2015. Since then, our bus has been visiting the sites to teach the children.
The project was formally inaugurated on 28th October 2015 in the presence of Mr. Arun Thakur, General Manager ATS and other senior officials including Mr. T K Mathew, Secretary & CE. The programme started with lighting of lamp by Mr. T K Mathew alongwith representatives of ATS greens and a speech by Mr. P T Varghese.
Thereafter, children sang a few songs on the tunes played by Mr. Himanshu, the music teacher, who visits once a week. Soon the whispers were replaced by the musical notes. It was wonderful to see children sitting together disciplined and neatly dressed. Thereafter, Mr. Arun Thakur and Mr. T K Mathew addressed the parents and the children. The message was loud and clear. There is nothing like gifting education to children for making India's growth sustainable.