222 Can be squeezed, stretched, twisted or pinched; adds some fun and color to their day.

 

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Can be squeezed, stretched, twisted or pinched; adds some fun and color to their day.

 

Thank you Anu, for providing therapy putty (for children to work with) to a bunch of children (at ADAPT school) who are dealing with their CP (cerebral palsy) condition;

CP affects their ability to do daily living tasks, simple for us to achieve, like feeding themselves, dressing, self-care and handwriting.

 

Therapy putty is nontoxic, clean & non-oily therapy putty, leaves no colour or residue on the patient’s hands and it won’t fragment, separate or stick to skin. It is designed to meet a wide range of hand / arm strengthening needs, putty can be squeezed, stretched, twisted or pinched. Each color-coded putty has a different consistency ranging from super soft for strengthening the weakest grasp to extra-firm for developing a stronger grip.

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221 – Our attitude towards others will reflect/define our experiences with them.

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Vicky Darji – (21, graduate in History, visually impaired, Blind)
 
“The most challenges we ‘blind’ people face in Mumbai is negotiating crowded places. However, people are by and large good and helpful. I have realised, if we have a positive outlook towards life and people, we will find life and people are by and large good and helpful towards us. Our attitude towards others will reflect/define our experiences with them.”
 
Vicky is blind since birth. He resides at Mumbai Central with his two siblings and parents. When I went to meet him at Victoria Memorial school for the Blind at Tardeo, his mother had accompanied him and she accompanies him to school daily. Seeing them approach from a distance I could see they shared a very good friendship, they were chatting with each other happily while she led him to school for his computer literacy course.
 
Vicky is fond of Maratha history, from the six subjects he has studied in history. I asked him why he liked it the most, he replied – “Because I could understand it easily.” I prodded him further, -hat other things in life, about our lives, has he understood as easily/fast as his favorite subject Maratha history?
 
Vicky replied – “Maine toh life mein ek cheez aasani se seekhi hai, ki humme life mein adjust karna chahiye. I have understood this aspect of our lives easily, that we have to adjust in life to get along happily. Especially when it comes to family. A good thing about my family is that they have never made me feel I am in any way different from them, or abnormal. They have always encouraged me.”
 
Moreover, he told me, considering the blind navigate the world by feeling/sensing things with their sense of touch, the people they become very close to they can recognise by simply touching their hands or face. And the person he has held the hand most and felt the face of most often, and loves to, is his Mumma, Mother; He addresses his mother as ‘Mumma”.
 
Vicky – “The most challenges we blind people face in Mumbai is at crowded places. It becomes very hard for us to navigate crowds. But people are by and large helpful in Mumbai, moreover, its not that people are less or more helpful anywhere else, but I think we have to have a positive outlook towards life and people and I believe if we have that then life and people are by and large good and helpful. Our attitude towards others defines our experiences with them.”
 
Last, but not the least, before we parted I asked him to name me three things/people he would love to see first, if by medicine or miracle he can get his sight.
He replied, “1) First, and naturally so, I would like to see my mom and dad; 2) Then I want to see all those people who have encouraged me, supported me in my goals and ambitions, like my teachers, friends, strangers; 3) I want to see legendary singer Mohammad Rafi; 4) Natural places like the village environment, where there is open land.
Another thing I have realised, …. I believe that people are by and large good and helpful. If we have a positive outlook towards life and people, we will find life and people are by and large good and helpful towards us. Our attitude towards others will reflect/define our experiences with them.”
 
Thank you dear Suman, Ritu, Akshita, Ankita, Priyanka, Amit/Priyanka, Niraj, Minnie, Brijesh, Sabira, Laila, Siddharth, me 😊 for assisting yet another visually impaired person receive a government (and corporate world) recognized certification in computer literacy.
 
(The government recognised MS-CIT ‘computer training’ course for visually impaired is conducted at The Victoria Memorial School for the Blind, Tardeo. (www.mkcl.org/msciti / http://mscit.mkcl.org/index.php/course-syllabus)
 
We decided to teach computers to the visually impaired, so that they can navigate the online world (a world they cannot navigate with their sense of touch) with the help of a software that narrates to them in audio all the text matter that appears on the screen/monitor they working on. It will help them get better jobs.
 
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220 – Stationery for a school on wheels – ek chalta phirta school.

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Stationery for a school on wheels : Door Step School. Ek chalta phirta school 🙂

Five bright-yellow painted buses that double as daily classes – that travel daily to locations at Jogeshwari East (Below Thackrey Flyover), Crawford Market, Wadi Bunder, Faras Street, Khadak Pada, Mandala.

Door Step School provides education and support to the often-forgotten children of pavement dwellers, slum dwellers, construction site families and many other underprivileged families. Many of these children are not enrolled in school and have limited access to books and a place to study. Additionally, many children drop out of school to work or care for younger children. With neither support nor resources at home some children also suffer from very low learning levels. They are trying to bridge this big gap by bringing basic education to the “door steps” of underprivileged children.

Door Step School was established in Mumbai, India in 1988 and later expanded to Pune in 1993. http://www.doorstepschool.org/pune/

Padhega India toh aage badhega India.

Thank you Ankita Shah Kailas Nagaokar and FM Rainblow 107.1 FM RJs Aashna Bhatia Aneesh Dighe Girija Iyer Milee Ravin Chauhan Shivkumar Singh RJ Shweta Shweta Sharma Sonali Chandan Naphade Vaishali Vishal Parikh Zubin Nalawalla

 


Thank you Vaishali for bringing the RJs from your radio station together on one platform for one cause.

 

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217 – Seniors’ Day Out To The Movies

 

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Seniors’ Day Out To The Movies

A NGO based in Pune sometimes takes residents of some old age homes in Pune (Punyadham, Abalmaya, Matoshree) for movies… films the seniors are keen to watch. This time, the NGO took the seniors for ‘Raazi’ as they were keen to see it.

Some of these old age homes also house seniors who were found homless on streets; and Punyadham also organises weddings of their senior inmates who do not have a living life-partner so that they can live the rest of their lives with life-companions.

The seniors are looked after on their day out to the movies just as we would had we taken our elders to the movies…. just like our parents or uncles and aunts would take us for movies when we were children.

We believe, when our parents, uncles, aunts become old, and turn into the children we once were, it’s pay back time for us. Such trips to the movies, now and then, also helps the seniors get over some of the loneliness they go through living away from old friends and family.

Their message to us post their movie trip:
“…. everything was well-coordinated and planned, the seniors enjoyed and it was a memorable evening for all of us! Everyone was cheerful and ‘Raazi’ by the end of ‘Raazi’.”

Thank you Archana Bhatnagar and Devamitra Panda and Priyanka Chaturvedi(and Mukul Madhav Foundation www.mmpc.in/Rita Hinduja-Chhabria for sponsoring these old age home seniors’ day out to the movies.

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215 – Menstrupedia comic book session

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Educators conducting a workshop in menstruation and hygiene, and breaking the myths about the same, at Pali Chimbai School, Bandra west. Thank you Archana Karode from Assema Trust for coordinating these workshops at schools under your jurisdiction and beyond our reach, with upper primary section girls and mothers with practical demonstrations and videos.

(These sessions have been a great help to sensitize the mothers and girl students on menstrual hygiene related issues. Few mothers too shared feedback during the sessions on this subject that was crucial for all of us participating. Thank you to your friend Priyanka too for this opportunity.- Archana)

Thank you Priyanka Chaturvedi​ and Advait for gifting these significant workshops to underprivileged schools in Bandra, Santacruz and Juhu.

Menstrupedia is a comic book about menstruation created by Aditi Gupta (Author) and Tuhin Paul (Author, Illustrator). http://menstrupedia.com/blog/

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214 – A little stream can go a long way.

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Ajit Kumar Jha
 
Jha lives in Mumbai, he was once employed with a top courier company, which shut down due to labor-union issues.
 
Fear and anxiety of joblessness and a family to support, Jha decided to become an independent courier-delivery person, due to the change in his employment circumstances – it would secure him a livelihood and help him earn a better income if he worked for more than one employer.
 
He needed a little assistance in purchasing a second hand bicycle to begin on this new professional venture. Thank you Asha and Abhay Vakil for helping Jha buy a new bicycle; (Jha contributed half its cost as he was expecting a little ‘assistance’ in buying one, and not a ‘gift’.)
 
Even a little stream can go a long way.
 
And thank you to Kohinoor Cycles (http://kohinoorcyclestores.blogspot.com/) Siddharth Vora (https://www.facebook.com/siddharth.vora.58?fref=ts) for the good service.
 
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Sr. No. 210 Outstanding humans. ‭Sangita Mandal.

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Outstanding humans.

‭Sangita Mandal.

Sangita has shared her two houses in Kolkata to care for the abandoned elderly people and the homeless. She has dedicated both properties to house those who don’t have anyone to house them.

Friends Of Kolkata’s Elderly www.foke.in

Thank you Picto Writ for contributing to her social cause.

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Respect. At Least Ten Times More.

Respect. At Least Ten Times More.

I visited an education institution last week for a talk about the non-profit work we attempt to achieve now and then (reference Bicycle Angels) with the help of some friends and acquaintances (I also spoke of the social services work done in rural Maharastra by a NGO based in Pune, #MukulMadhavFoundation I have been a small part of on a few ocassions) ….

When the session opened up for questions from students, the very first one I was asked was, “… so, with all this experience behind you of personally interacting with quite a many benefeciaries, and seeing other NGOs work, what have you learnt most about them, the beneficiaries of assistance?”

My reply, “The so called street people, destitutes, or lower middle class, or under privileaged beneficiaries we have reached out to, with the help of many people, has naturally taught me many lessons.
One which comes to mind instantly is that when we assisted these people, in our own tiny ways, most of them treated our assistance as ‘respect’, and not as charity; and their respect for us may have been at least ten times more than my respect for them.”

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209 “My happiest day in life will be on April 1st 2018, …..” – Aarti. Aarti (24) and Akshada (18) Visually impaired students.

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“My happiest day in life will be on April 1st 2018, …..” – Aarti.

 

Aarti (24) and Akshada (18)
Visually impaired students.

 

Aarti (partially blind since childhood) lives at Vakola and is studying Computer Literacy at Victoria Memorial School for the Blind, Tardeo. She is a graduate from Ruia college. Her father passed away in 2013. Her younger brother is a graduate too and her mother is a homemaker. They are surviving on their father’s pension. She has two older sisters, both are married and one of them lives with Aarti and family at Vakola. Aarti has given banking exams and is awaiting the results, they will arrive in April.

 

When Aarti arrived at Victoria Memorial School to meet me, she was late by about 20-25 minutes. She was sweating profusely and looked anxious and troubled that she had made me, her benefactor, wait. Because the first words she said on meeting me was “‘sorry’, main late ho gayi. Aap ko intezaar karna padha.”

 

Even her classmate Akshada (19) (completely blind since childhood) who had arrived from Thane to meet me got late by about 25-30 mins and apologised immediately on meeting me.

 

I told them I enjoyed a hot-hot coffee in an AC room with four fans running at full speed in a 100 years old beautiful heritage structure school building and I even had their tutor Sonal chatting with me about life in general, so I did not mind their delay. Aarti laughed, she was now at ease and after that she was her normal self – cheerful. She maintained her cheerful frame of mind through our brief conversation.

 

Akshada (19) lives at Thane with her family. (I think, if I am not mistaken, even her younger brother is visually impaired.) She is 12th standard pass. Her father is currently not employed because of a medical condition. They are being supported financially by her grandmother.

 

Akshada was very nervous speaking to me, and for some reason I feel I failed to make her feel at ease during our conversation. Akshada’s family is being supported by her maternal grandmother’s pension.

 

I asked Aarti, what about our city would she like to improve, considering she has to negotiate her way in partial darkness since birth. She said, “The BMC should ensure there are no ditches, uneven surfaces on the footpaths. I once tripped and fell because my foot landed in a ditch. And she gave me pearls of smiles. No self-pity, no anger at anyone.

 

I asked Aarti, when has life been the hardest and most challenging for her. She replied, “Jab papa guzar gaye. When papa passed away. In 2013.”

 

Aarti seemed so goal-centred and content and cheerful through our conversation, I asked her, in her short life of 24 years when has she been the happiest? She said, “I will be happiest ever on April 1st. The Banking exams results will be announced on that day.” And then she gave me yet another pearl of smiles from her.

 

I believe Aarti will score the best marks of her life on April 1st. It will not be a fool’s day for her at least.

 

I was so glad that we got a chance to assist Aarti and Akshada for their computer literacy goals. Because when I asked Akshada, which has been her happiest day in life, she said “It was when I got good marks in the 11th standard.” For both these girls, students, scoring good marks is the epitome of happiness so far. Lots of love and success to both. Beti Padhao, yes.

 

Thank you dear Suman, Ritu, Priyanka, Amit/Priyanka, Laila, Akshita, Ankita, Niraj, Minnie, Brijesh, Sabira, Siddharth, me 😊 for assisting yet another visually impaired person receive a government (and corporate world) recognized certification in computer literacy.

 

(The government recognised MS-CIT ‘computer training’ course for visually impaired is conducted at The Victoria Memorial School for the Blind, Tardeo. (MS-CIT http://www.mkcl.org/msciti / http://mscit.mkcl.org/index.php/course-syllabus)

 

Photos:

Left-Aarti Right-Akshada

 

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Sr No. 208 The Friendly Guide to Periods for Girls, Menstrupedia, the comic book.

 

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The Friendly Guide to Periods for Girls, Menstrupedia, the comic book.

 

I happened to come across this comic book, Menstrupdia, thanks to a radio host friend Anita. She knew I am writing a book on inspiring women and sent me, and my co-author, Laila, an invite to a book launch in which I discovered this gem, a wonderfully fun and informative book created by Aditi Gupta http://menstrupedia.com/blog/

 

This, posted below, was our first rural workshop to educate girls about menstruation, with the help of a ‘comic’ book, Menstrupedia, through storytelling.

 

When we began to buy and distribute these comic books for schools in Mumbai, underprivileged schools, and reached out to people to help us reach such schools, it was Dhwani Doshi who was the first one to reach out to us. She volunteered to take these workshops to some schools within her reach. She has a nose for ‘education’ and on reading about the nature of this informative and myth bursting book she immediately saw the potential in educating girls not as fortunate as herself in knowing what girls and women need to be told/know about menstruation.

 

I had meant to reach out to urban schools in Mumbai, however, Dhwani took it far beyond my own limitations. Thanks to Dhwani, the book has opened up a path forward…not just for her but many girls and schools she reached out to. She briefed the teachers and the girls on how to hold the interactive session with their students with the aid of this book in print and digital form. After which they will list down the gynecological issues the girls face.

 

The English copy of the book handed over by Dhwani to Ms. Reyna Rupani of The School Of Life, a NGO in Juhu Versova Link Road. And through the Rotary Club of Mumbai Coastline Dhwani reached out to a school at Raigad, rural Maharashtra. The photos below are from the Zilla Parishad School at Raigad. Thank you Dhwani.

This was also possible because of the books being donated by Picto Writ. Thank you very much, Picto.

 

And thank you to Priyanka and Advait too, donors of these books that we have distributed to a school and NGO in Pune, run ny Mukul Madhav Foundation, http://www.mmpc.in/

who has gone on to purchase 50-60 copies to distribute to 50-60 rural schools that they cater to in Maharashtra, the initiative being led by Rita Chhabria. Rita has taken a GIANT step forward in this initiative and has told her medical team and professional educators to include boys during these workshops, because it’s not just a ‘men’s’ issue. The first person I know who has thought of including boys in these workshops. Great! Women have always been an integral part of our souls, and boys must be sensitized to this subject at an early age, it will make us men more sensitive beings, I too believe. We will share the feedback we receive from Mukul Madhav’s rural workshops with you in a few weeks, so that we all can get more sensitized to an ‘issue’ that should concern us MEN too.

 

Some people may think, that giving their money for any worthy cause is charity. So is the giving of your time. Money has a immense value, however, time is invaluable. Thanks to people like Dhwani who offer/volunteer their emotions and time to any worthy cause.

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