(Period May, 2014 to August, 2014)
Greetings from Mitr – A Friend Indeed!
The beginning of a long journey – Our activities so far:
1. ‘Spread the Love’:
This initiative is for children who have been abandoned or orphaned and are waiting to be placed with their adoptive families. As the name suggests, the main objective of this initiative was to shower children with love and help them feel special. This was achieved through listening attentively to what the children had to say in addition to storytelling, recitation, art, craft, and playtime.
– at Shreevatsa, SOFOSH –
A 10 day camp was held at Shreevatsa on the Sassoon Hospital premises from the 5th of May, 2014 to 16th May, 2014. The special activities here included sporting activities, pottery and the experience of spending a night in a tent.
– at Arun Aashray
A 3 day workshop that was held at Arun Aashray, Wadki from the 13th of May, 2014 to the 15th of May, 2014.
2. World Thalassemia Day Celebrations:
On the 8th of May, 2014 Mitr organised a fun-filled morning, complete with a magic show, drawing competition, mehendi and tattoos for children with Thalassemia, who visit Sassoon Hospital regularly for blood transfusions. The main objective of this activity was to give the children a positive outlook, enabling them to associate their visits to the hospital with more than just tiring, painful transfusions.
3. Patient Welfare:
Following the World Thalassemia Day celebrations, Ravi and Sangita Agarwal – parents of our volunteer Tanuj Agarwal, made a generous contribution of Rs.11,000/- (Rupees Eleven Thousand only) towards the iron chelation therapy needed by Trupti Parmeshwar Kadam. Trupti is an eight year old with Thalassemia who visits Sassoon Hospital regularly for her blood transfusions. She is from Sortapwadi in Haveli Taluka in Pune District. Her father is a daily wages labourer, her mother works on a farm and she has an elder sister studying in class 4.
4. Summer Camp at TMCP Kondwa:
From the 20th to the 23rd of May, 2014 Mitr conducted a 4 day Summer Camp for the children at the labour camp situated at Kondwa, managed by Tara Mobile Creches Pune. The children enjoyed activities such as craft, pottery, dance and games. Confidence building through creativity and social interaction was the focus of this initiative, in addition to giving the children a chance to be a part of a summer camp – an activity that many children their age were probably enjoying.
5. Visit to Season’s Mall, Magarpatta:
On the 24th and 25th of May 2014, children from TMCP’s Phursungi and Magarpatta centres respectively made their way to Seasons Mall to be a part of the Kiddo Fest that was in session, in collaboration with Flawless Dance Academy. This event proved to be extremely beneficial because it not only gave the children exposure to visiting a mall and participating in creative activities, but also gave them a certain amount of self-confidence, in having participated in a dance sequence at a public location.
6. Vascon Murthy Foundation’s Summer Camp:
The 29th of May, 2014 was busy and challenging for Mitr with the day-long activity marathon that was conducted for 50 children of construction workers, as part of the Vascon Murthy Foundation’s Annual Camp. Once done with the arts and crafts sessions, the children had a blast, learning to dance to the tune of Yo Yo Honey Singh’s foot tapping numbers from dance professionals – Arun and Sonali of Flawless Dance Academy
7. Origami and Recitation at Sant Gadge Maharaj Vidyalay:
On the 28th of June, 2014, Mitr conducted a session at the Sant Gadge Maharaj Vidyalay located at South Main Road, Koregaon Park. This is a Marathi medium school that caters to underprivileged children. The students of class 1 made origami trees and flowers with great enthusiasm while the babies of the school enjoyed interacting with our volunteers and reciting poems and singing action songs.
On the 5th of July, 2014, Mitr conducted an origami workshop at the Tara Mobile Creches Pune’s centre at Magarpatta for the children of construction workers. In addition to ensuring that the kids were satisfied with their artwork, every volunteer made sure that each child was happy and encouraged, this being the most important objective of our session.
9. Awareness session at Connecting…NGO for our volunteers:
On the 8th of July, 2014, thirteen Mitr volunteers attended an awareness session for the prevention of suicides conducted by ‘Connecting…NGO’ located on the campus of the Sardar Dastur Girls High School, near SGS Mall, in Pune. The session was truly informative and it helped clear a lot of myths revolving around suicides. It also left the participants better equipped to handle related situations that could pop up in their day-to-day lives.
10. Social awareness skit for prevention of suicides:
Expression through drama being one of Mitr’s objectives, a number of teenagers who are a part of Mitr’s ‘Agent of Change’ programme participated in the skit titled ‘Reach out and speak up! You are not alone!’ that aptly depicted the pressure faced by a large number of people, especially teenagers, causing them to contemplate suicide. Through their powerful performance, these youngsters reached out to the masses with a clear message ‘Life is precious! Don’t bottle up your feelings, don’t suffer in silence! Reach out and speak up before it’s too late!’
11. Spoken English and Life Skills Classes:
Mitr’s Spoken English and Life Skills Classes aim at developing confidence as well as communication skills and encouraging talent among underprivileged children. At present, this weekly session is being conducted at three TMCP centres around Pune, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. every Saturday with approximately 75 children of migrant workers attending class every week. The sessions at Magarpatta began on the 26th of July 2014, at Kondwa on the 2nd of August 2014 and at Kharadi on the 23rd of August 2014. The volunteers involved in this initiative include Candice Pereira, Esther Lobo, Summer Jacobs, Rian Khorana, Saakshi Patil, Reva Baniya and Anushka Iyer.
Wishing you all good health, happiness and prosperity and looking forward to a long association with each one of you!
The Mitr Team