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Yoga for Health- Yoga at Home

“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” ― Buddha

During COVID-19 Lockdown, Deepalaya with the help of our supporters and donors continued to teach the children (virtually) to manage their emotions through Art & Craft, Music-Making, acting, games and many more activities that are designed to revolve around Social Emotional Learning and Community Development. 

Since June 21, the International Day of Yoga has been celebrated annually across the world, coinciding with the Summer Solstice each year. This year’s Yoga day is helping us in this fight against this pandemic. The pranayamas help us in building immunity and resolving respiratory illnesses.

Online Yoga class by our teachers for students from Gole Kuan Centre, Okhla Phase-2
Online Yoga class by our teachers for students from Gole Kuan Centre, Okhla Phase-2

As we all know that everyone is operating digitally, in the same way, Deepalaya also running its classes online was on the occasion of International Yoga Day our students are learning #yoga, staying at home by taking part in the activities on #yoga asanas suggested by our teachers through our online classes. Despite the current coronavirus pandemic, their mats are all ready to roll out to bend and twist their bodies from the safety of their homes in complex postures.

On this occasion, they were asked about their emotional well-being and well-being in general, what they understand about these days and given some tasks which they performed effectively. An overwhelmingly positive response was received. 

They expressed their solidarity towards the theme “Yoga for Health – Yoga at Home”, as they truly understand that Yoga plays a crucial role in promoting health in a holistic manner by improving physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Mental Well-being

They also inspired their community to just take a deep breath, stretch and embrace all the positive energy within us. They added that our good health is equally interlinked with our mental well-being. Especially during this pandemic, when coping with all kinds of stress and anxiety is difficult, practising Yoga from home will help us maintain the right balance.

On this day #InternationalYogaday, we would like to thank everyone for becoming a part of a change-makers in our journey and support our students.

Deepalaya wishes you Happy International Day of Yoga!

International Day Against Child Labour

The International Labor Organization has waged a war on child labour around the world since 1919. Yet this year’s World Day against Child Labor looks grim in the face of the world’s current pandemic.

Child labour is a most vital issue; it damages, spoils, destroys and exploits the future of children. Children are the hope of our nation.

Chalk Art by DLCT

Reduced income is the main reason that most children are indulged in child labour because the family is very poor to even afford the basic necessities. Because of the immediate effect of the coronavirus, many people have lost their livelihoods and now the invisible victims, their children have to bear the cost. They will be forced to go to work and support the family instead of going back to school.

These children facing a lack of education and now a danger of being forced into child labour, are also faced with the malnutrition crisis. Millions of these children will also end up losing access to adequate nutrition, which is essential for their survival, physical and mental development if and when forced into child labour. Keeping this in my mind as one of the main reasons, we distributed dry ration kits to the families of our students, so that they do not have to worry about their or their children’s survival in such difficult times.

Say No To Child Labour - a drawing

But with an aim to help these children with quality education, health & nutrition, Deepalaya is working tirelessly and has established a long-lasting dialogue with vulnerable communities across Delhi, Haryana, U.P, Punjab and Uttrakhand to address this issue through spreading awareness about education.

We have been taking active measures to combat child labour. Our donors and supporters have been playing a vital role in the lives of these children in finding a new lease of life. However, it will not be possible without the support of the privileged people of the country.

Deepalaya needs the support of the People with resources to help the worst affected by the pandemic and needs to donate essential support so that we all can bring a brighter future to every child of this country.  

Therefore it is very important for all of us to come together and help the most deprived children. We cannot do it alone, so support Deepalaya’s initiative ‘Mission Salamati’.

Day of Universal Hygiene for the Menstruation

28 May is the Day of Universal Hygiene for the Menstruation. Members of every sector come together every year to host community activities to raise awareness about effective menstrual hygiene management and the effect it can have on the lives of people.

Under the theme ‘Periods in Pandemic’, Deepalaya focuses upon urging the underprivileged girls and providing with critical information about maintaining menstrual hygiene. Due to COVID-19, Deepalaya conducted a webinar entirely online for the first time. As we all know that nowadays situation is stressful which directly affects the menstrual cycle of women and there are so many ways to connect girls and advocate them for better global menstrual hygiene.

When it comes to personal health & hygiene – women are facing the brunt of the lockdown when compared to men. Recent data on the number of menstruating girls and women in India is hard to come by.

Menstruation is a natural part of the cycle of reproduction. However, it remains a taboo in most regions, and is rarely discussed. Keeping the same in mind today, the session was conducted with over 50 girls from our projects. This included simple but rather relevant menstrual hygiene tips, knowledge about my trial process, and an awareness session on various period-attached myths and biases. This has also put a lot of emphasis on sanitation and health management.

We did story telling session with them and sensitized them about all good menstrual hygienic practices such as using sanitary napkins; washing and cleaning; how to dispose of sanitary napkins, followed by period precautions and dietary habits to allow them to lead a healthy reproductive life in the future.

A lively conversation took place and girls asked lots of questions, inquiries and even gave their insights about their menstrual experiences. We discussed the importance of a day like today where it brings out these supposed shameful things out in the public and proves the need to talk about them for better health and safer menstrual experiences of women.

On the occasion of this day Deepalaya understands the important to recognize the rights of all women to be able to access correct and up to date information on MHM procedures and to remove the notion of shame and disgust from such a natural process.

Our staff from project parivartan, Mohali, Punjab also celebrated this day by sending Power Point Presentations and videos to students. They were actively trying to make sure that access to these vital resources: WASH facilities, menstrual hygiene products and information, DO NOT STOP during a pandemic.

It gets even more important to maintain the hygiene level in these tough times, and we are happy to sensitize them online as our girls found it very useful because session addressed so many questions they have during this global crisis.

Pandemic or no pandemic, Deepalaya is continuing to sensitize their students and to reinforce calls for inclusive development this Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020.

How to continue studies in the COVID19 Lockdown?

A girl from class seven solving a math equation as a part of her homework

In the wake of the lockdown to prevent COVID-19 pandemic schools are closed. In fact, they closed a week before the lockdown.

Adopting novel ways to continue with the learning process, our teachers from different locations are using technology to the optimum to keep our students engaged at home so they may learn constructive things.

We are thankful to Chalees Minute School for conducting a skype session with our teachers. Chalees Minute School is an online learning space for middle school students in India to learn math and science in 40 minutes or less. They are aligned with NCERT and CBSE curriculum and present engaging videos, quizzes and images to teach the contents of that chapter.

Our teachers received training on different important teaching tools like pick a way to reach students, involve parents early, and make a time table, work to boost attendance, Plan for the next classes.

How to teach and clear doubts on the phone and in the end to take feedback after every class, to ensure that what they have taught is understood by the students.

The support extended towards them through an informative discussion & storytelling was most fruitful for our teachers. Changing from teaching in the classroom to online education is a change and quite difficult for our teachers and students, no doubt, but with a little work and practice, we can all achieve the versatility and easy access that the students themselves are looking for.

In the end, they also made a WhatsApp group including all our teachers to discuss further plans as communication is essential to maintain the online classes with our teachers and students.

Deepalaya believes that every hand reaching to help the less privileged is making an effort to show in kindness that we are together in these hard times. Thank you for the unflinching support.

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