Puppet shows are a great way to connect with children and teach them to respond appropriately in certain social circumstances. Deepalaya has recently collaborated with “It’s Ok to Talk” (a mental health public engagement initiative by Sangath that runs in partnership with Harvard Medical School) to conduct a series of puppet shows on “mental health awareness” at its various projects on 20th November, 2018 and 22nd November, 2018 at Sanjay Colony and Gole Kuan respectively.
The team from Sangath presented a story of three friends and their encounters with the teacher and parents. One of these children needed help as he was going through a stressed patch of time. It was displayed how his teacher and parents helped him to meet a counselor, talk about his problem and hence move towards resolving the issues.
This was followed by an interactive sessions for students studying in the remedial classes with one of the counsellors Ms. Pallavi. The counselor spoke about the kind of mental stress the students or youngsters usually go through. She urged them to open up in front of parents/teachers and share their problems.
The puppet shows reiterated the message — “the lesser the stress, the longer and happier is the journey of life”. Towards the end, a booklet “Asha aur Ravi ki Man ki Baat” was given to all the participants.
Deepalaya was recently conferred the prestigious Sat Paul Mittal Appreciation Award 2018 in the “Institution” Category for the organization’s “outstanding service to humanity”. The award is instituted by Nehru Sidhant Kender Trust, Ludhiana in the fond memory of its Founder-President, the Late Shri Sat Paul Mittal (visionary parliamentarian, politician and development enthusiast).
Gen. Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff of Indian Army presented the award to Mrs. Jaswant Kaur, Executive Director, Deepalaya (alongside a citation, trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh) at a grand function held at Sat Paul Mittal Memorial School, Ludhiana on 11th November 2018.
Deepalaya believes in all-round development of children. We always encourage co-curricular activities and provide our children with various platforms to showcase their latent talents in a variety of fields. On 28th October 2018, students from three of our project locations—Deepalaya Sanjay Colony, Deepalaya Gole Kuan, and Deepalaya SQEP Project (SDMC Primary School, near Okhla Water Tank) took part in a children’s carnival called “Navoudit”, organized by not-for-profit organization — Youth For Seva. The carnival was organized at the premises of Maitreyi College in New Delhi, with an objective to furbish the cultural and extracurricular talents of children from underprivileged backgrounds and enhance their self-confidence and creative skills by exposing them to a non-judgmental yet competitive atmosphere.
The logistics arrangement was done by Youth For Seva. The students were picked up from the respective projects; they were accompanied by a total of six teachers. When they reached Maiteryi College, the students were amazed to see a huge gathering of around 2000 children who came from various parts of Delhi-NCR to participate in the carnival. For some of our students, it was first time they were witnessing something this big. They enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere to the fullest.
Deepalaya students participated in four competitions — Group Dance, Rangoli Making, Drawing, and Wealth from Waste. Sneha Das from DLCSC won 3rd Prize in drawing competition, Vidya of VIth standard (student of remedial classes at DLCGK) was highly appreciated on stage for the beautiful painting she made. In the Rangoli competition, Priyanka and Khushi from Gole Kuan jointly won 3rd prize for their unique creativity.
While the prize winners were felicitated with medals, all the students who took part in the competitions were given participation certificates. A shield was also awarded to Deepalaya for encouraging kids to participate in the programme. Hereafter, the students were provided with snacks and dropped back to their homes.