Ever since, we started Deepalaya SQEP project, we have endeavored to engage with the community at different levels. One of these engagement activities includes the monthly nutrition camp with the mothers. The idea is to help them in understanding the need for a healthy and nutritious diet, using ingredients that are readily available at home. The mothers over these last few months have attended 5 such sessions and have found them really beneficial.
Last month, the nutrition camp was organized on 30th October with 29 mothers. The footfall was less as most of the people had gone to their villages for Chhath Puja. The event started with a brief introduction about what they will learn from the session. They were told how they can make their day-to-day food interesting and motivate their children to eat home-cooked food. The importance of different nutrients and specially calcium was discussed along with the rich sources and deficiency diseases.
Thereafter, they were asked to help Ms. Sadhna Jha for making Paushtik Besan Laddoos and Badam Milk. Later on, both the dishes were distributed amongst the ladies. Most of them agreed that these recipes are neither costly nor difficult to make. The dishes are also helpful for lactating mothers and fulfil their special nutritional needs like protein and calcium were. After the sessions all of them were given packets of roasted chana and copy of recipe.
Libraries serve as gateway to the world of knowledge and communities need libraries to thrive. With this in mind, a new library was inaugurated at Deepalaya Gole Kuan centre for the children and people living in that community on 28th October 2017. It will connect children with books and take them to a new world of possibilities.
The library was formally inaugurated by Shri VP Joy, IAS. Commissioner Provident Fund in the presence of Mr. Chackochan, President, Deepalaya, Mr. AJ Philip, Secretary & C.E., Deepalaya, Board members – Mr. T M Abraham, Ms. Leena George, Dr. Annie Mathew and Ms. Rajini Thomson, Gole Kuan staff, students and community. Ms. Mridula, Mr. Michael, Ms. Rike and Ms. Swati Janu, the architects were also present on the occasion. The cultural program was started with lighting of the lamp followed by felicitation of people who have contributed their time and effort for bringing up this library. Thereafter, Mr. A J Philip, secretary & Chief Executive, Deepalaya welcomed the guests. The students of Deepalaya Gole kuan learning centre presented a welcome song. Three students spoke about their favourite book. This was followed by motivational speech by Dr. V P Joy, IAS, who attributed Kerala’s achievements in the field of education to the strong library movement in the state. He gave a book to the library. A few students, who had read more than 10 books in less than two months since the library has become operational, were rewarded with a book. This included a two-year old kid, Raghav, who, visits the library every day without fail. Thereafter, the students presented a beautiful dance.
Ms. Jaswant Kaur gave vote of thanks to the distinguished guests and people who were involved in setting up this library.
Shinnyo En Japan visited Deepalaya learning centre
On 23rd October a team from Shinnyo En Japan visited the Center. The group has Dinesh Jaggi (Interpreter), Mr. Junichi Kitamura (Representative of Shinnyo-en team), Mr. Yoji Koyama (member of Shinnyo-en team), Mr. Hirohide Kijima (new member of Shinnyo-en team), Mr. Yuji Yamamoto (new member of Shinnyo-en team) and Mr. Naoya Sugazawa (member of Shinnyo-en team). Shinnyo En Japan has been supporting and giving scholarships, to two students of Deepalaya every year for nursing. The scholarship program started way back in 2007. Over these years, 16 girls have either become nurses or are studying to fulfill their dream of becoming a nurse and serve the community. This year the scholarship program was extended for supporting the education of three girls, who wanted to do dialysis technician course through the Government of India skill development program.
They all were happy to interact with the 9 girls who came to meet and speak to the team members who have helped them in shaping their future. They spoke about their achievements, dreams and aspirations. They also shared their problems about the college exam being delayed since -India Medical Council took over the administrative work of the medical and nursing colleges of India. There was also a delay in getting the Diploma after completing the course. The older nurses were asked to share their learnings and messages to the younger students aspiring to be nurses. Tannu working in Max Saket Hospital told her juniors to study smartly. This appealed to the team.
The students were told about the founder of Shinnyo and how through the temple contribution, they are able to help girls and other who are needy throughout the world. The Girls were told to go out into the world and help others who are in need. In this way they can spread the message of love and be of help to humanity.
The girls presented cards to the team and also brought Diwali sweets for the members to show their love and gratitude.
The team was then taken to Tech Mahindra Foundation Smart Academy in Kingsway Camp to meet and see the Institute where the girls had been enrolled to study the dialysis course. The visit went off well and the team was satisfied with the visit.
The words in the visitor’s book read thus, “We are really happy to be here today. All grantees look grateful for our scholarship and being full of hope. Hopefully our Founder’s loving kindness will bless them toward future. And Hopefully Deepalaya will be successful toward future. Thank you.”
To create awareness amongst children on importance of clean drinking water, sanitation and for promoting healthy hygiene practices, Ms. Sakshi Gaba and Mr. Pradeep Kumar along with three interns – Ms. Avineet, Ms. Kavaya and Mr. Naveen conducted a workshop on water, sanitation and Hygiene at VTC Dwarka, Sec- 15, Kakrola on 11th October, 2017. 16 students falling in the age group of 10 to 18 years from the Vocational training centre participated in the workshop. It started with a short introduction about the need and importance of keeping our surroundings clean. To ensure that the workshop does not become monotonous, the students were asked to answer a few questions. The idea was to understand what they know about Sanitation & Hygiene. After the discussion the students were asked to fill a short questionnaire regarding their routine and to identify unhealthy practices that they follow. Thereafter, an animated short film was shown to make them aware about the epidemic diseases that may spread in case proper hygiene is not maintained.
The staff then gave a presentation on some do’s and don’ts so that they can keep their local and public places clean and protect the environment. They were also given a few tips for maintaining their personal hygiene.
Towards the end, the students pledged to keep their surroundings clean and inculcate the healthy habits in their routine followed by light refreshment.
Diwali was celebrated at all the locations with a lot of enthusiasm. Children decorated their classes with paper diyas, Rangoli and pledged to stay away from crackers. Here are a few snippets:
Ramditi J R Narang Deepalaya Learning Centre: A week-long celebrations took place in Ramditi J. R. Narang Deepalaya Learning Centre (RJRND) at Sheikh Sarai, from 12th to 18th October through various activities. The topic of discussion in the morning assemblies were related to the upcoming festivals like Dhanteras, Chhoti Diwali, Diwali, Govardhan Puja and Bhai Duj. Different charts were prepared and displayed in the assembly area. Children actively participated in class activities like drawing and coloring of Diya as well as Diya painting. A group of volunteers (girls of class IXth to XIth standard) from the Interact Club of A.P.J. School, Sheikh Sarai branch, interacted with the children of class I, II and ASHA unit on 12th of October and shared some class activities like paper folding and drawing.
A special assembly was conducted on the occasion of Chhoti Diwali with great enthusiasm, prior to the much awaited festival of lights, Diwali, on 18th October, 2017.The assembly area was decorated with small little clay lamps or diyas which symbolically represents the part of sunlight or the source of energy for all living being. Floors were decorated with Rangolis of different creative patterns. This day became more special and brighter for RJRND team when our Secretary and CE of Deepalaya Mr. A. J. Philip visited the center alongwith his grandsons in the morning. He presented a nice pack of gift on behalf of Deepalaya to every staff.
The assembly started at around 9:30 am. Mrs. Yogmaya, the class teacher of class I, informed the audience about the festival and its mythological significance which marks the goodness over evil. Students of LKG to Class I, ASHA girls and remedial unit recited different poems on this festive occasion. Each class was represented by the respective class teacher viz., Ms Jyoti, Mrs Renu, Ms. Anchla, Ms Swati, Mrs. Sadhna R., Mrs. Sumanlata and Ms. Fatima. The class II students performed a skit with full vigor and zeal on ‘Green Diwali’ as directed by their class teacher Mrs. Sukla Das. The audience put their hands together to cheer the participants. Light refreshments were distributed among the students and staff of the learning centre.
Class wise drawing competition was held on 16th October. This assembly was clubbed with drawing-competition prize distribution ceremony. Mr. A. J. Philip congratulated the winners and all the participants while distributing the prizes (drawing books and crayons). He wished all a bright and prosperous Diwali and requested the students to have eco friendly Diwali. The assembly came to an end with vote of thanks from the headmistress Dr. Sangita Sen. She thanked Mr. Philip for his support and for visiting the learning centre along with his grandchildren despite his busy schedule. She also thanked the whole team of RJRND for their hard work. The assembly was culminated with the national anthem.
Deepalaya Learning Center, Gole Kuan: 18th October was a special day for the students & staff of DLCGK, when they celebrated DIWALI –“The festival of lights” enthusiastically by performing various activities. They were well informed about the festival & why it is celebrated all over the country. Students prepared banners/posters, wrote slogans emphasizing celebration of “Clean/Green & Eco Friendly Diwali’’. They tried to convey the message among students/community people to celebrate pollution free Diwali, not to burn crackers. It was a small attempt to make each one aware how to save our environment by celebrating Diwali with diyas & candles. With the banners/ slogans students walked in & around the surroundings with their teachers, they tried to convince the people to celebrate this Diwali only with diyas, candles, rangolis etc. Beside all these small kids made drawing on Diwali. Students from both morning/afternoon shifts decorated the centers with colorful diyas, prepared beautiful rangolis. They enjoyed the day. Office rooms/Class rooms were also decorated. Teachers distributed small gifts among students to encourage their spirit.
Deepalaya SQEP Project: In line with other centers and schools, the students studying in SDMC School at Okhla water sewage treatment plant decorated their school with diyas, jhoomers etc. made by them with paper. They decorated and painted diyas. The students were informed about the importance of the festival in the assembly. They also made rangoli in their classes. At around 12 o’clock, students moved out of the school with banners and posters, making people aware about the adverse affects of crackers on environment. They emphasized on celebrating a crackers-free Diwali. Towards the end of the day, they were given refreshment
Deepalaya Children’s home: Diwali was celebrated at Deepalaya Children’s home on 19th Oct, 2017. All the children’s were excited and was dressed up for the occasion. They greeted each other with happiness and joy and decorated the home with lamps and Rangoli. A small cultural programme was also organized by children. Children presented different dance forms, sang songs etc. A singing competition was also organized and the first prize was won by Sumant and 2nd prize was won by Parveen, students studying in Xth and VIIIth standard respectively. We were able to make out the inner talent that our children possess from the art work and cultural presentations. The highlight of the evening was the presence of 6 alumni of Deepalaya Children’s home. They shared their fond memories about Deepalaya. Towards the end, children were served refreshments.