Thursday, December 30, 2010

The journey of 2010 !

Of all the gifts
You have offered to God,
Your happiness-gift
He treasures most.

 -Sri Chinmoy

And it is this Happiness each one of us strived to make it spread like a flu. 2010 was an year of big change of us as we stepped out of Allahabad and burgeoned to reach places. On this day where we are just a few hours away from the decade switch, we look back on all the smiles we have managed to spread and we find ourselves in paucity of words to express what we feel. Here is a glimpse of our journey in 2010 -

Prayaas Pathshala
Prayaas Pathshala is our evening school operational in Allahabad since 2006. The year saw us graduating around 25 kids in our basic literacy programme and admitting 40 new kids. 5 girls mentored by us managed to clear high school. Along with academics, this was a fun filled year for the kids with drawing competitions, movie screening, campus tours, kho khos, kabaddis, singing and dancing. The celebrations train never halted with republic day, independence day, Holi, Diwali, Foundation day, Sports day, etc. This year the kids also put up a spectacular show on Effervescence stage (the annual fest of IIITA)

Under Asha, we have been supporting mainstream education of kids from financially weak households. We continued supporting 16 kids partially or completely under this programme which includes 7 kids for academic year 2010-11.

Bengaluru - To beat the summer heat, weekend summer camp was organised for HIV+ve kids from Desire Society which included movie screening, painting, music and dance activities.
Allahabad - In association with Victory Arts Foundation, a dance workshop was organised for Prayaas Pathshala kids.
Pune - Remand home kids trained by instructors from Shiamak Davar's Institute for Performing arts enthralled the audience in SDIPA Pune Winter Funk after a15 day long training.

Ayush aims at prevention and cure of diseases and spreading awareness for health and hygiene.
Allahabad - Medical camp was organised in association with Cheshtha for around 120 kids.
Bengaluru - Medical camp for Uttarahali Boys and Girls orphanage was organised, where basic ailments were treated. A dental check up and hemoglobin tests were also performed. Dental treatments were organised of cavities and other problems diagnosed with 38 children. 17 kids were treated for other ailments. In order to take care of hygiene and health, things like mosquito repellent creams, mosquito nets, and towels were donated. For last 3 months, we are also providing daily necessities like milk and soap.
Gurgaon - Woolens donation was organised to prevent winter diseases. 10 kids were donated sweaters, socks and caps. 30 more kids were given caps.

School Kit Donation
150 school kits comprising of school bags, notebooks, compass boxes, pencils, pens and crayon sets were donated across Gurgaon, Jaipur, Bengaluru, Pune and Chennai.

Other Celebrations
Diwali celebrations at Jaipur and Bengaluru
Christmas Celebrations at Gurgaon and Bengaluru

We thank our friends who have been really supportive throughout our journey. It's because of them we have been progressing ahead and ahead. And before we wrap up, we salute our volunteers for the unmatched effort they have been doing consistently.

May God gives us more strength so that we continue spreading smiles.

A very Happy New Year to you all :)

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