On 15th August 2018, India celebrated 72 years of achieving Independence. For every Indian, it is the day when we acknowledge contribution of our country’s freedom fighters, and observe the glory of the motherland.
To commemorate the occasion, all the project locations of Deepalaya celebrated Independence Day 2018 with zeal and patriotic fervor. Tricolours flaunted everywhere, and in the hearts of the child and staff members. At most of the locations, students presented some patriotic poems and songs, speech, etc. to suit the occasion. While different types of activities were conducted at different locations, one thing was common—a never-ending spirit of patriotism.
We present you the glimpses of the celebrations through the picture collage below.
August 14th was not just another day at Deepalaya School campus situated in Deepalaya Gram, Gusbethi. A group of nine students from Keio University, Japan paid a courtesy visit to the school on the day.
A small “earth breaking ceremony” was arranged at DSG premises to start construction of the remaining portion of the new school building. Mr. A J Philip, Secretary and CE, Deepalaya; Mr. John Verghese, Director Finance; and Mr. Kuriyan Behanan, Manager Administration, was present on the occasion. The presence the Japanese students added colour to function. All the guests and dignitaries as well as the principal DSG dug the shovel into the ground as a ceremonial gesture on this auspicious occasion. This was followed by a prayer and short speeches by the guests. Sweets were distributed to all at the end of the function.
The Japanese students, who had reached India the same day in the morning and travelled to our Gusbethi School, were given a very warm welcome by the staff and students of Deepalaya. They interacted with the students of DSG and Deepalaya Children’s Home (DCH) throughout the day and mingled with them in various types of activities. They were very happy to learn about Indian culture, festivals, and how the school students actively participated in celebrations throughout the year.
Hariyali Teej, also known as Sharvan Teej, was being celebrated on August 13th and 14th this year. To mark the occasion, Deepalaya School, Gusbethi had organized various competitions/activities that included kite making, card-making, mehandi designing, swing decoration, and poster-making. The school premises were indeed abuzz with activities. Students in four groups participated in the poster making competition and showcased their artwork around the theme “sacrifices towards Independence’ (as India’s Independence Day was also approaching). Around 104 students participated in the competition from which best posters were selected by the Japanese students visiting the campus and Mr. A J Philip. Students also made beautiful kites, cards and mehandi designs. The aim of the competitions was to validate and foster creativity of the students. The best kites, mehandi designs and cards were selected and awarded.
Deepalaya was presented the prestigious Delhi NGO’s Leadership Award 2017 for its constant commitment towards driving positive social change. The Delhi NGOs Leadership Awards, curated by World CSR Day and World Sustainability Congress, and endorsed by CMO Asia, recognizes best practices and leaders in the NGO sector who have contributed value and powered social change as a strategic tool for sustainable growth. Shri A J Philip, Secretary & CE, Deepalaya received the award and the certificate of honour recently at an impressive awards ceremony held at Vivanta by Taj, Ambassador, New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri A J Philip said, “I am extremely happy and proud to receive this award which validates Deepalaya’s immense contribution and efforts in the field of social work. I would like to underline that being listed among the torchbearers of excellence in the NGO sector is not an easy task, and all such recognitions are attributable to a team effort. This recognition in particular is a result of the dedication my colleagues have shown in implementing various CSR programmes on behalf of corporates in the recent past.”
The criteria evaluated for choosing the award winners at this event included incorporating ethical values and developing responsible community leaders, involvement in empowering communities and protection of the environment, building collaborate relationships, effective and sustainable mobilization of resources in support of program and projects, demonstration of efficient management of financial and human resources, good governance practices, transparency and accountability, and so on.
Hand washing is an effective measure to prevent the transmission of many infectious diseases. Keeping our hands clean is an important step to avoid getting sick and spreading germs. In view of this, eight student volunteers of Apeejay School, Sheikh Sarai’s Interact Club and their teacher Mrs. Urvashi Narang visited Ramditti J. R. Narang Deepalaya Learning Centre on 2nd August to conduct an interesting and informative “Hand Washing Awareness Programme”.
The volunteers interacted with the students of class I, II as well as with the boys and girls of the remedial unit at the center. They explained the importance of hand wash before eating, after visiting toilet, and after handling dirty substances. They emphasized that proper hand washing is not just a quick rinse of our hands; it requires approximately 20 seconds and we should use soap.
Hand washing involves five simple steps i.e. wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry. It is important to wash front and back of our palm, around tips of fingers, fingernails, and the web. They demonstrated all this with the help of hand-made charts, etc. Later on, the volunteers also distributed soaps among Deepalaya’s students. The session proved to be effective in improving awareness among students regarding hand hygiene. Next day, we came to know that many children had shared the information with their parents, friends and relatives. The same programme was repeated a week later on 9th August at the centre.
Apart from providing computer training, personality development classes, etc. to groom students, Deepalaya VTCs also organize sports and other youth welfare activities inside the communities, so as to help students learn some essential life skills, and most importantly, sportsman spirit.
On 10th August 2018, Deepalaya Vocational Training Centre, Sanjay Colony organized a small “Kabbadi tournament” for its students at Andheri Pitch, near Kalkaji Depot. There were three teams: Team A, Team B and Team C, with each team consisting of seven players. The competition was neck-to –neck as all the players tried their level best to beat the other. Students also learnt the significance of teamwork and co-operation through these matches. In the end, Team C emerged as the winner.
A Kho-kho competition was also organized on the same day. There were two teams; the first team was led by Ms. Aarti and the second team was led by Ms. Sunita. The teams were mixed groups of boys and girls. The first game between was a tie. So winners were decided by playing a final match in which the team led by Ms. Aarti was declared as the winner.
In the end, refreshments were served for the students who participated in the competition. It was a rejuvenating experience for the students and the staff. The students requested Deepalaya staff to organize such competitions often. Apart from the VTC staff, Ms. Tanushree Roy Chowdhary and Mr. Abraham Chacko from Deepalaya Learning Centre, Sanjay Colony was present to encourage the students.
Deepalaya School, Gusbethi is one of the two formal schools of Deepalaya, recognized by the Haryana Board of School Education (HBSE). The annual investiture ceremony at Deepalaya School, Gusbethi for the academic session 2018-19 was held on 7th August 2018. The event was presided over by the principal of the school, and was conducted with high degree of earnestness and passion.
The entire ceremony signified the reliance and confidence that the school entrusts to the newly elected office bearers of the “students’ council” (consisting of the head boy, head girl, deputy head boy/girl, house captains, and sports captains). Donning the mettle of accountability, the students pledged to conduct their duties with utmost sincerity.
The principal reminded the students that by assuming responsibilities and bestowing it in best of their abilities would create better citizens for the years to come. The students’ council took the pledge to uphold Deepalaya’s motto ‘Enabling Self Reliance’ with loyalty, truth and esteem. The members of the newly elected students’ council were honoured by the principal, headmaster, Mr. Ajay Gupta, Mr. Shiju Mammen, Mr. Rahul and few senior teachers.
It is not uncommon that we witness visitors from various companies at our education centers across Delhi-NCR. Around 15 people from Dun & Bradstreet Information Services India Pvt. Ltd. (MNC dealing in data and analytics solutions and products) had visited Deepalaya Learning Centre, Sanjay Colony on 19th June. On that day, besides eatable and gifts, they also gave 45 stationery sets which consisted of pens, pencils, erasers, and sharpeners. Since it was difficult to distribute 45 sets amongst all the students enrolled at the centre, we decided to give the gifts to those who have registered maximum attendance in their classes.
On 2nd August 2018, during the morning assembly at DLCSC, 15 students from classes UGK to II were given pencil sets, and 9 students from tuition classes were given pen sets based on their attendance and performance in the class. The students who come in the afternoon batch were given the items in their respective classes. The idea was to encourage and motivate all the students to come regularly to the centre. All students were very happy to receive the prizes.