CELEBRATING RAKSHA BANDHAN…. Nurturing Relationships
It was a day filled with emotions, when both, brothers from Aakaar & Umang and sisters from Ankur-Asmita got together to celebrate their day of bonding and love.
The celebration took place at Aakaar, Khandala, where an entire day’s programme was planned by both the centres. A variety of sweets were prepared by the girls from Ankur-Asmita for their brothers who greeted them big smiles and warmth. The programme included tying ‘rakhis’ to all the brothers who in turn gifted their sisters with goodies. In addition, the programme also included dances, music and a delicious non vegetarian spread prepared by the Aakaar team. A short nature trail was also planned where all the children accompanied by the staff, were taken out to experience the waterfall nearby. The girls were mighty thrilled to have seen the much heard of ‘waterfall’.
This indeed made the entire day more memorable and significantly marked one of our many efforts to establish a life-long nurturing relationship between all the brothers and sisters.
CELEBRATING UMANG’S 10th YEAR!
One of CCDT’s Residential Care Programmes (RCPs) named ‘Umang’ successfully completed 10 years on 21st June, 2015. On this special occasion, the youth of Umang and staff members spent half a day with the community children at the Maitree Project. The day began with a movie screened on the Maitree Project, followed by a discussion with the child leaders of ‘Nanhi Mutthi’ and last but not the least, a walk around the community. The time spent between both projects was truly an enriching experience.
COMMUNITY LUNCH AT MAITREE III
Project Maitree III works in Nalasopara (Patkalpada, Bhimnagar and Pachamba) where children come together for different activities like; cleaning the surroundings, conducting rallies for a cause, organizing poster exhibitions and also celebrating different festivals. So this time, they decided to organize Community lunch with other children.
For this event Maitree children first conducted a preparation meeting with parents and children in the community, where they decided the place, menu and date for the community lunch. The parents liked the idea and some of them decided to participate and support the children by giving them free tents, vessels, and water for this event.
Children divided their roles and responsibilities for this event and prepared invitation cards. They cleaned the place for the event, built the tent, collected wood for cooking, and made stove from bricks. Children cut the vegetables, cooked food for others. Older children took responsibility of serving food to others. Children came together and shared their meals (mixed khichidi) with each other. After the food they performed dance, sang songs, and interacted with non Maitree children.
Eating together helps in building relationships with each other and creates bonding; it also teaches us sharing is caring. The concept of family got changed and grown with this event. Now the children feel whole community is their home and family. 77 Maitree children (34 boys, 43 girls) and 30 non Maitree children participated in this event.
GUNVATI KAPOOR FOUNDATION CAMP- 2015
A 5 day in-house camp was conducted at Ashray by a Non-Profit Organization named ‘Gunvati Kapoor Foundation’. The Foundation in-tandem with RCP conducted the theme based camp focusing on ‘Health & Hygiene’ of children between 6 yrs to 11 yrs and 12 yrs to 14 yrs. The camp was conducted into 2 separate groups according to the age and was full of activities, quizzes, art and presentations to introduce children to the importance of keeping the self clean and eating right at the right time. The camp aimed at making the children more aware of their bodies and the need to keep it clean and fit. The children were observed to share a lot of inputs known to them on the topic and confidently presented themselves in front of their peers and staff.
Release of the Module of- Aao Baat Karein
Committed Communities Development Trust (CCDT) as part of the Forum on Child Protection and HIV developed the Module “Aao Baat Karein” for Empowering Adolescents who are infected or affected by HIV. The module was released on 14th May 2015 by Dr. Shobana Tehra, Joint Director (Basic Services Dept.), MSACS and Rajeshwari Chandrasekar, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Maharashtra. The development and publication of this module has been supported by UNICEF, Maharashtra.
This module is for the adolescents in the age group of 12 -19 years, infected or affected by HIV. The module is developed with the spirit of 'celebrating adolescence' through the combined synergies between the facilitators and the learners. The module is a powerful tool that will help facilitate the process of empowerment of adolescents encouraging them to explore and express themselves effectively for living a fulfilling and dignified life.
MAGIC BUS SUMMER CAMP - 2015
It was the second consecutive year that the Residential Care Programme (RCP) tied up with the Magic Bus Center to organize and conduct a residential Summer Camp for 3 days for the children. The camp was held for children between 10 years and 20 years of age with the objective to ‘enhance Soft Skills’. The camp took place in Karjat on 5th, 6th and 7th May, 2015. The children were given exposure to a combination of organized activities along with free time in the evenings to play a sport of their choice. The activities included rappelling, wall-climbing and a series of other creative activities with the intention to build on the Soft skills of the children.
Throughout the camp the children received individual attention from the instructors assigned to their group and were given various opportunities to exhibit their talent, creative thinking and unleash their energy productively.
Deliberation towards Safe Cities for Children
As part of Child Protection and Building Safe Communities program, CCDT had organised a day long deliberation on Towards Safe Cities for Children on 28th April, 15 in collaboration with its consortium partners UNICEF, Pratham and Yuva. The deliberation focused on understanding and exploring various initiatives on prevention and response related to child protection, empowerment of children, safe communities for children and also the available systems and services for child protection. The heads of various organisations like Aangan Trust, Akshara, Magic Bus and various eminent personalities in the field of child protection expressed their views and opinions through panel discussions and also during reflective sessions. Representatives of Department of Women and Child Development and Maharashtra State Child Protection Society were also part of the discussions.
This deliberation marks the first step by all like minded organisations towards making Mumbai a safe city for children.
Mini-Marathon at Yeoor
Shubh Aarambh hosted mini marathon in Yeoor on 12th April with 155 children between the age group of 7 to 18 years. The atmosphere at Thane Municipal School where all the participants had gathered was full of energy and enthusiasm. The bib was something that children were wearing for the first time and hence added to their excitement. The marathon flagged off at 8:30 in the morning and covered 2.5 km distance from Patil Pada to Pandit School. Children enjoyed the event and completed the run in lesser time than expected.
The event was well supported by the local leaders who were present for medal distribution ceremony. The first 20 children who completed the run were awarded with medals with the hands of their own local leaders. Other children were also given the medals through their Community Youth Leaders. It was a reward for participation and not for winning.
Tarangan Sports Week
Sports have always been an essential component of overall development hence a week long sports and tournaments were organized at Tarangan for Maitree-1 children groups. The children desired about weeklong merriment through sports and different activities during their summer vacations. From 20th April to 24th April ’15 tournaments and championships such as cricket, box cricket, carrom, kabaddi and badminton were organized in Tarangan. The week didn’t just adhere to physical fitness but also mental strength and creativity. The children were involved in activities such as poster making and debate. During poster making competition they all had put their imagination on the paper and drew topics such as water, child, Maitree, Tarangan, etc. Area leaders and CCDT level leaders played a vital role by being part of the discipline committee, facilitating activities and also co-judging the event with the team members. The week started as well as ended on a high note. All the winning teams and runner-ups were distributed medals and trophies to boost their confidence. During the closing ceremony volunteers were invited and felicitated as well for their cooperation. Ms. Kalpana Gaikwad (Child Protection Committee) and Mr. Kiran More were invited as the chief guests to felicitate the children and also to keep their spirits high. This whole week, 275 children enthusiastically participated in all the activities in Tarangan Sports Week.
Ready, steady and fly- CCDT at the Mumbai Marathon, January 2015
We have participated in the ‘Dream Run’ category in the Mumbai marathon held on 18th January 2015. It is really amazing to see so many people out on street cheering the runners and we are grateful to be a part of such a memorable event. We are very thankful to all participants who ran for our cause.