September 2009 Newletter!

•October 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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Catalyzing Constructive Change

Summer Camp

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) invited DTE to facilitate summer camps for students of the BMC run Banganga and Tardeo municipal schools in May 2009. The week long camps enabled the students to build self-confidence through a diverse range of workshops that included arts, craft, dance and basic conversational English.

Summer Camp Finale

The Summer camp finale at both the schools were special days. Students showcased their learning to an audience of proud parents and teachers on the last day of the camp.

Education Program

DTE Learning Centre 2

DTE’s dream of a new learning centre finally came true in June 2009. The second DTE centre runs within the Colaba Municipal School, Colaba, Mumbai on weekday mornings from 9:30am to 11:30am. It reaches out to 30 students from standards 5 & 6. The students are part of the school’s Marathi medium wing.
The curriculum focuses on English, Math, Arts and life skills. The students have had an outing to the Prince of Wales Museum as part of their “Know Your City” module.

DTE Learning Centre 2 resonates with fun learning. Some glimpses of the same.

GOALS FOR TERM ONE

DTE learning centre 1 at Cuffe Parade community

English

  • Grammar: Blend sounds and words, magic ‘e’ rule, nouns and their uses.
  • Understand and write simple sentences. Start working on comprehensions by themselves.

Values

  • Focus on responsibility through comprehensions, projects and simply by keeping track of daily task lists.

Life skills: Horticulture

  • Seamus Dilleen, an Irish volunteer, facilitated a horticulture module with the students. The students are growing plants in their respective homes as the practical element of the module.

Art Program

Students at both the learning centers are building their creative skills through the Art program. A module on sketching skills by volunteer Radhika Agarwal created these works.

Performing Arts Event

The Performing Arts Event this year is a musical that aims to sensitize the audience and participating children about the challenges of the differently-abled. Please mark 12th & 13th December 09 on your calendars as show dates. Rehearsals  for the same are being coordinated every weekend at St. Mary’s SSC school, Mazgaon, Mumbai. One of the biggest highlights of the musical is the fact that the ensemble of 50 actors includes children from the following Mumbai based NGOs:

  • Apne Aap
  • Prerna
  • Salam Balak Trust
  • Smile Foundation
  • DTE

We welcome volunteers who could lend their time and skills for the Performing Arts Event.

Livelihoods program

Ernst & Young invited DTE to sell products. This continues to be part of our effort to put community women on the path to self-sufficiency.
We will sell DTE products as part of Diwali sales at various corporates in October 09. The products we have this year are:

  • Gift-wrapping papers
  • Hand-made envelopes
  • Diyas
  • Plants
  • Greeting cards

DTE Appeal

  • We welcome financial assistance. It could be a very small contribution that could sponsor a child’s education/sports gear for a month/year. All donations to DTE are eligible for tax exemption under section 80G of the IT Act, 1961.
  • We are looking for corporate / individual sponsors for the up-coming Performing Arts Day. DTE is open to branding your organization at the event if you so wish.
  • As part of the Joy of Giving Week, DTE shall soon be creating their GiveIndia Online Donation page. We request you to visit it.
  • Over the years we have sold Diwali products at BNP Paribas, KPMG, E&Y, Tata Consultancy Services and Zicom Securities. We welcome invites from your corporate/social circle to set stall  in your vicinity.

Thank You

  • The teams at Apne Aap, Prerna, Salam Balak Trust and Smile Foundation for your continual trust and support.
  • Radhika Agarwal for the on-going weekly Art sessions.
  • Satish Reddy for weekly Math sessions.
  • Ramnath Punja for your faith and generous donation.
  • Sudhir Kapadia for your faith and generous donation.
  • Seamus Dilleen for the horticulture module.
  • The Vocational Training Services team, Limerick, Ireland for your faith and generous donation.

Life should be a journey to fulfillment; not a mere struggle for survival
— Vince Poscente

Do you wish to make a positive impact?
Do you wish for a better world?
Come join the fold
Contact us at dteindia@gmail.com

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April 2009 Newsletter!

•April 5, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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DTE LATA Interactive Games Day

LATA is a DTE platform for children from diverse backgrounds to come together and collectively exhibit their La(tent) Ta(lent).
The second LATA Interactive Games Day was held on 15th Feb 09 at St Mary’s SSC School, Mazgaon.
270 children from eight Mumbai-based NGOs and several volunteers came together to make it a fun learning day.

Feedback

“It was a fantastic event. Perhaps next year, we could have more interactive games with an educational bent. The kids could play games that perhaps strengthen their language skills or alertness or develop their personality.”

– Ameetha Singh, conducts workshops for children.

“In spite of the daunting logistics that go behind inter-mingling kids from different NGOs, the day went off really well.”

– Zainab Jawadwala, student.

“I loved it. It was brilliant. Even the food was good.”
– Kunal Mithrill, photographer.

Partner Organizations:

Apne Aap
Bal Anand Foundation
Door Step School
Prerna

Salaam Balak Trust
Smile Foundation
Sujaya Foundation

Education Program

A PEEK AT OUR LAST TERM

Vocabulary

  • This term we focused on building the kids’ vocabulary. We taught them a whole range of new words that are in everyday usage.
  • To ensure learning is fun, we made them play a lot of word-building games e.g. dog-and-the-bone and dumb charades.
  • The kids created a small book on themselves and their world based on their new language skills.
  • Finally, it was time to take the test in mock reality. Our kids conducted mock interviews pretending to be singers, bankers and even policemen!

OUR ANNUAL REPORT CARD

At the annual examination this year, our students were tested for English language skills*.

Here’s how they fared:
Number of students    Percentage
10                        Above 75 %
7                         Between 50 % – 75 %
5                         Between 35 % – 50 %
4                         Scope for massive improvement 

*Assessment sheet attached.
In the next academic year, we intend to expand assessment    segments. We would love to hear your thoughts.

Upcoming Events

SUMMER CAMP

Exams are just over and the vacations are about to begin. Now that the summer break is here, it’s time to take up a hobby and learn something fun. That’s what we intend to do with 110 children from a Municipal school!

DTE’s summer camp is a playground of fun learning. For a week, these children will be taught basic spoken English and engaged in art, craft and dance activities. At the end of the week, they will have a chance to showcase their talent at the summer camp close out. Be there!
Venue: Banganga Municipal School, Malabar Hill.
Dates: 20th April to 25th April, 09.
Time: 2 pm to 5 pm.

CAREER ALIGNMENT PROGRAMME (CAP)

DTE kick-starts the Career Alignment Programme (CAP) for students on the threshold of entering college. This year, we begin with 25 students from Colaba Municipal School. The program aims to improve:

  • Awareness of career options.
  • Basic spoken English.
  • Ability to manage life skills.

ASAP

Adopt a Sapling (ASAP) is a DTE initiative that encourages all to actively engage in environmental action. Seeds collected over the summer will be planted in pots and put up for adoption. DTE will scan a rural India destination to plant the saplings. We are scanning individuals and educational institutions that can adopt the saplings. Would you be interested in going green?

Thank you

  • The teams at Apne Aap, Bal Anand Foundation, Door Step School, Prerna, Salaam Balak Trust, Smile Foundation and Sujaya Foundation for your trust in DTE.
  • Krutika Shah  and Tripti Sanghvi for books.
  • Simran and Karan Sanghvi and Knita Rao for books, sports shoes and bags.
  • Ameetha Singh, Arvind Tayde, Cadbury India Ltd, Gouri Nagjee, Hitesh Siraj, Kirthna and Rana Punja, Pravin Sanghvi, Ramnath Punja, Shrenik Shah and Sudhir Kapadia for financial assistance.
  • Sheetal Shah for training women of the Livelihood program.
  • Radhika Agarwal for her on-going weekly Art class.
  • All Interactive Games Day coordinators (you know who you are) for your love and faith in DTE.

DTE Appeal

  • We welcome financial assistance. It could be a very small contribution that could sponsor a child’s education for a month/year.
  • We continue to welcome customized orders for pouches, hand bags and paper bags. The products are made by women that are part of the Livelihoods program.

I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it.
— Gale Sayers

Do you wish to make a positive impact?
Do you wish for a better world?
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February 2009 Newletter!

•January 27, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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Newsletter 3, February 09

The last few months have been particularly challenging for all of us at DTE. Thank you to all those that provided valuable suggestions for the challenges we have been grappling with.

Education Program:

Our Study Diary
Solar System:

  • We learned the definition of solar system and its constituents.
  • With the assistance of two balls and a candle we understood how an eclipse happens. It is just a scientific thing, nothing superstitious!
  • We learned the difference between a spacecraft and a satellite. Some of us want to be astronauts when we grow up!
  • Did you know? It’s day in India and night in America simply because the earth takes 24 hours to complete a rotation.

Vocabulary:

  • Didis and Bhaiyas taught us vocabulary through word association, memory game and facilitated antakshri with words.

Rhyming words:

  • This was really fun.
  • We learned that rhyming words are words that have similar end sounds. It has nothing to do with spellings.

Developing a questioning mind:

  • We learned to ask each other questions and even answer them ourselves. We were not at ease with interviewing.
  • We exercised our brains to think harder by playing guessing games. We guessed names of animals and things.

Name-Place-Animal Things:

  • It’s such a fun game. Additionally, it also taught us names of places and animals that we didn’t know about.
  • Did you know? Ibis is a long-legged wading bird in Greece!

Women’s Livelihood Program:

A natural extension of the Women’s Literacy Program was a livelihoods program.
With training inputs from DTE volunteers Radhika Agarwal and Arpita Shah, the DTE women made carry bags, pouches and envelopes. The process had all the ingredients of success and failure of a first attempt. The biggest success of this program, Reshma Ansari a member of the program managed sales stalls all by herself . Products made by the women were sold at corporate offices in Mumbai.

Sports Program

The Sports Program is facilitated on the grounds of St Mary’s School every Saturday evening. It includes football, frisbee and traditional Indian sports like kho-kho. Girls on the field giving it all they have and fighting to win is a sight to behold.

Outing

We visited the Mahim Nature Park to understand environmental challenges. A guided tour unraveled the beauty of the park . The park officials facilitated games that brought forth diverse aspects of nature conservation.
Back at the centre Vishwajeet bhaiya continued the chain by bringing plants to the centre. He facilitated a series of sessions centered around nature, forms of pollution and the need for forestation. Each one of the kids now a nurtures a plant in their home.

Thank You

Renu Reddy for educational material.
St. Mary’s SSC School for allowing us access to their grounds every Saturday.
Abhijat Sanghvi for logistical support.
Naina Sharma for educational books.
Karthik Raman, Roopal Shah and Surya Kalra for learning resources.
Sachi Maniar for outreach.
Radhika Agarwal for creativity sessions and for training women.
Bharti Shah for stationery.
Falgunni Sanghvi for helping with product sales.
Arpita Shah for training women.
Adore Charities, BNP Paribas, Zicom Securities, TCS and KPMG for hosting DTE product sales.

Future programs

Please note 15th Feb 09 is DTE’s second Interactive Games Day. 250+ children from seven Mumbai based organizations will be participating. Come join the fun. If you wish to volunteer please write to us at dteindia@gmail.com by 11th Feb 09.

We are looking for volunteers for the Sports program. Every Saturday from 4pm to 7pm children congregate at the St. Mary’s SSC School, Mazgaon for fun filled and high energy sports sessions.

We welcome orders/sales outlets for the following DTE products
Potted plants
Pouches
Paper bags

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
—Khalil Gibran.

Do you wish to make a positive impact?
Do you wish for a better world?
Come join the fold
Contact us at dteindia@gmail.com

Thank You!

•October 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment
  • The teams at Bal Anand Foundation, Door Step, Prerna, Smile Foundation & Sujaya Foundation for your trust in DTE. 
  • Ravibhaiya from Manzil, Delhi for educational CDs. 
  • Soam Restaurant, Babulnath and Mocha for food and snacks for the LATA Interactive Games Day.
  • BNP, Vibro Power, Mr Sathya Prasad Rai, Ms Shalini Punja, Mr Ranajoy Punja, Mr Kapadia and Ms Roomi for financial support. 
  • Ramamurthy family (Peripa!!) from SODEWS, Vellore, Tamil Nadu for your guidance. 
  • All Interactive Games Day Coordinators (you know who you are) for your love and your faith in DTE. 

Coming Up

•October 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment
  • LATA Performing Arts Day (April 24, 2008)
  • Remedial Math Program
  • Health Program
  • Sports Program

We encourage you to ask details about each of the above. 

Thank You!

•October 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment
  • Radhika Agarwal, Niyati Shah, Bhavini Jhaveri, Natasha Kewalramani and Dev Mehta for assisting on the Performing Arts Day. 
  • Jonas Pariente, Mathias Mangin and Krishnakumar Menon for capturing the magic of the Performing Arts Day on camera. 
  • Renuka Jhaveri for ensuring no stomach was empty on the Performing Arts Day. 
  • Daryl Sheldon from Seventy Seven Entertainment Pvt. Ltd for the booming sound system on the Performing Arts Day.
  • Rohan Jasani for nurturing passion and sharing skills from the dance floor. 
  • Karthik Raman for recommending educational resources. 
  • Adrian Glynn for a guitar the youth cherish, but more importantly for teaching them the finer nuances of producing beautiful music.
  • Seema and Chirag Mehta for choosing to celebrate the first birthday of their son Dhrishaan with the DTE children. 
  • Parul Shah for a computer.
  • Ketan Sanghvi for technical support.
  • Chandaramji School for space. 
  • Godrej Industries for raincoats. 

DTE appeal

•October 18, 2008 • Leave a Comment

We have a team member who is interested in using gardening skills to raise funds for DTE in Mumbai. You can:

  • Order plants that will be delivered;
  • Sign up for the plants on rotation option. DTE will provide a set of plants and substitute them every three months.

To know more mail us at dteindia@gmail.com