A Gift of Opportunity!

Mahatma Gandhi rightly said, “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” For a differently- abled Shailesh Nirlekar, it is the will that strives him towards his goal of becoming a great chess player. Hailing from a small village in Maharashtra, the 32 year old Nirlekar had been saving money to buy a laptop to fulfil his dream of becoming a Grand Master one day. On the foggy winter evening of 22nd January, 2010, during the Parsvnath International Chess Tournament, Deepalaya gifted Shailesh a Compaq laptop to realise his long lasting dream. Helped by his mother due to the disability to stand up on his feet, Shailesh thanked Deepalaya for giving him the gift of his life which would help him sail across his dreams. He said that he had been saving money to buy a laptop that could aid him in his chess training. He expressed his desire to play for India and win Gold during Olympics. “Main GM ban kar hi dum loonga,” (I will not sit back before I become a Grand Master) was his promise to all those present in the event. Disabled for life, it was his sheer spirit that made him reach the Tournament. During the opening ceremony, Shailesh had mentioned his modest family background to the media. After knowing this fact, Deepalaya came to his rescue and there was not a moment’s delay in taking an action. Present on the closing ceremony the Chief Executive and Secretary of Deepalaya, Rtn. T.K. Matthew wished Shailesh best for his future. His father, Madhukar Nerlikar was very grateful to the Organisation, for all the support bestowed on his son. Mrs. Sarla Nerlikar, the glorified mother, wished to treasure these moments and requested for a photograph with Mr. T. K. Mathew. Following in the shoes of Deepalaya, Mr. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder, Sulabh Sanitation & Reform Movement, who was present on the occasion as a distinguished guest, announced monetary help of Rs. 15,000 per month to Shailesh. Admiring his perseverance for the game, Mr. Pathak said that it is important to nurture such determined youth of the country in every possible way. Deepalaya has once again cemented its commitment of enabling ‘Differently Abled’ people to be self-reliant and enjoy a healthy, dignified and sustainable quality of life. Send Feedback to pooja@deepalaya.org By- Pooja Sikka (Officer- Media Coordinator & Content Developer) & Punya Srivastava, Content Developer

Celebrating Life at Deepalaya !

“My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
so is it now I am a man;
so be it when I shall grow old,
or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
and I could wish my days to be
bound each to each by natural piety”

This poem by William Woodsworth speaks volumes about the joy and innocence that the childhood carries with great élan. The two Schools of Deepalaya located at Sanjay Colony and Gole Kuan were started around twenty years back with a dream of restoring the pleasure of childhood through education.

On a cold winter morning of 8th January, 2010 in the presence of the Chief Guest, Mr. Damanjeet Singh, Past District Governor, District 3010, Rotary International, the children of Deepalaya School Sanjay Colony presented the Annual Day with full zeal and confidence. The highlight of the day was the Wall Magazine named ‘Rainbow’ which was inaugurated by Ms. Sharon Lowen, a renowned Dancer and one of the friends of Deepalaya. She gifted the School with a Webster’s Pocket Reference Library. Mr. Raj Narain, Manager Amway Opportunities, who was also present on this occasion, enthralled after witnessing the performances of the children expressed delightfully, “We are glad to be part of the Deepalaya family”.

Similar event took place on a misty morning of 15th January, 2010 when Deepalaya School, Gole Kuan celebrated its First Annual day after its inception from the past 20 years. It was indeed a great moment for the Principal of the School, Ms. Poonam Thakur who shared the Annual Report of the School with the audience. It was a sight to remember when the audience could not stop clapping during the performances of the children on different dances and songs. The ketchup song dance by the Tiny-tots was the most adorable act.

The Chief Guest, Mr. Sudarshan Aggarwal, Past Rotary International Director was thrilled to see the overwhelming performance of the children especially the confidence with which one of the group performed with their eyes blind-folded. He expressed his gratification by saying, “I am really happy to be here and would like to congratulate the teachers, students for presenting such great performances. I believe the students in this School are getting quality education”. He said that the children are like wet clay; it depends on the teachers on how they mould and shape the children into a perfect structure.

There was a bright spark in the eyes of everybody who was present at the occasion. Adding to the cherry on the cake were plays on saving trees, dance on bollywood songs which made the audience tap their feet continuously. Also the students for their exemplary academic performance throughout the year were awarded. The day concluded with the National Anthem and a vote of thanks by Ms. Sudha Parthasarathy, Executive Director of Deepalaya where she said,” It is because of the parents that Gole Kuan has reached this stature” She congratulated the entire staff of Deepalaya School, Gole Kuan for making the event a success.

Send Feedback at- pooja@deepalaya.org
By- Pooja Sikka, Officer-Media Coordinator and Content Development

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