Saturday, May 27, 2006

Chinnarangala 4,5,6

Action continues. The children still come to school. They run around.... fight or climb trees...... and when tired stop, sit, listen to the teacher - write/paint. Thats children, at their very best!

With each passing saturday, I take out my camera less often. The kids & their actions are no more novelties ;-))

We have had good support from other groups.

Firstly, it was the Reuters gang...they came...they saw...they played.....and left behind a lot of crayons/books/stationaries and hazzar clothes for the kids. This coupled with the cloth collection, we had from other donors was distributed 2 weeks back. Except for a few kids, almost everybody got 1/2 clothes. Somehow, more of girl clothes than boyz.

Texas Instruments had a cloth drive as part of their Annual day. And, passed them to us. Here, we had clothes of all ages, and in the children category have ended up with clothes for very young girls & babies.

Then entered FSL India, and after a good look-around, they were clear 'bout what to do....A medical camp.....and a day of funNGames.

So, last saturday was medical camp. Dr Anand lead. It was over 40 kids .....most of them very diagnoised with some hygine related disorders. Each kid got a toothbrush/paste/soap and some multi-vitamin be given along with their lunch at school........and ofcourse, the prescribed medicine. Lotz of very young girls were crying & totally uncomfortable in seeing a doctor. My job was to talk to them...get their names....and their ages....had to guess majorly. And their sex....had some problems with some kids with long hair. You think...itz a girl...until they announce their names.....and you look startled......then ask the kids around...'Hey, is this a boy!'...YES, they declare....I take their word. The camp went eventless until a 4 year old girl slapped me for pestering for her name!!! The other volunteers took the weight, height, pulse & temperature. And, the enthusiastic doctor did the final honours. Lot of Telugu speaking one of the teachers had to translate. Pretty good medical camp. The doc came back after a few days with the prescribed medicine & passed them on with neccessary instructions.

And that afternoon, we had one of our expert volunteer joinig us. Meet Mr. Chaitanya, a 12th std student, he was keen on contributing. And, he came up with Charcoal painting. Kids were guided into drawing a house, trees, clouds etc. And, then using charcoal on it. I had never seen such stuff before. The kids got going.....once they get in...itz tough to stop them.....they draw...they paint/color....and then most of them get so carried away they color/draw all over the place ;-)

Today...the FSL gang came carrying in lot of things.....a crayon box/pencil/drawing book for each kid. And, 2 footballs......and hold ur breath....2 cricket bats...stumps...3 tennis balls.....the kids were overjoyed.....they have been pestering me for cricket bats for weeks now.....I had been they were maha-thrilled. They somehow think I am behind it ;-))

So, we started with the painting session....the kids soon settled down to it....and furiously got going.....they crayoned colorfully. Some of the volunteers drew pictures/scenes for them to color up. And, met up with Pooja....a volunteer with FSL...a 2nd year BBM student......she zapped me with her push....asking those searching/uncomfortable questions. She wanted that proactive approach. And, as we parted, she said 'Once, you come to volunteer, you should not stand and laze around......start doing things'! thats volunteerism for me ;-)

Yes...we got the kids to kick the football......the kids chased the ball like mad.

Guyz...thats how Chinnarangalla is progressing, we are seeing a good turn out, after 6 weeks too. And, hope to get them to continue with the regular school. We have a couple of saturdays to go, interested, join us.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Lucent's Volunteers' Day at R.T Nagar

This Saturday witnessed a memorable event for the children of the Government Urdu Model Primary School, N.S Lanes R.T Nagar and Vishwalaya, an ashram for orphaned children.

Thanks to the involved volunteering effort from Lucent Technologies in celebration of their Global Volunteering Day.

The volunteers arrived well in time, around 40 of them to help Dream School Foundation's facilitation of this event in the premises of the Urdu school, that DSF has closely worked with for the last two years. The children were there from earlier, expecting a normal day of Summer Camp, that DSF's volunteers have been organizing every Saturday through the holidays. And it seemed like they were pleasantly surprised by the arrangements made, for seating and an addressing system. What followed did not deter the enthusiasm of either the volunteers or the kids, through the stretch of the 5 hour event.

The volunteers had a fun time with the children, singing, dancing, telling them jokes and closely interacting with them.

The Urdu School Children singing " Hum Honge Kamiyaab!" ...

Lucent's Volunteers singing "We will overcome!" ...

Among the activities suggested by DSF Volunteers for the day, collage - making with small groups of children

and dressing up the kids with news paper, straw, paint and balloons were a big hit.

Our Library and computer facilities at the RT Nagar school, being inaugurated by Rajesh from Lucent. ...

The children of the school and Vishwalaya seemed well-prepared and performed groups songs that captivated the audience with their inherent innocence.

Children from Vishwalaya performing "The vegetable song" ...

In all, everybody present has a good time and lots of fun with children.

And here's testimony :) ...

Thanks to Karthik, for his initiative to help establish a synergy with Lucent that has proved very promising.

My3, Sabu, Thiru, Amit and Swati , you did a great job on organizing the event ...

KSSK, Chilli and Avi... glad you were there .....

On a finishing note....

Our dreams, their right and some of the minds at work ...

Monday, May 08, 2006

Chinnara Angala 3

Chinnara Angala, Chalghatta School May 6th. 30++ kids, 2 teachers, 7 volunteers.

Morning sessions had children enacting stuff. Most of the young kids were shy to speak out and enact things. Children need lot more exposure. And, with we big guyz around, with our high voices wonder how they find us ;-)) And, the vocab we use........becomes very important.

Megha was painting lovely little flowers using the children's fingures. Unfy I didn't capture them. Outside, some games happened. Interesting was Tug-of-war where the boyz shyed away to hold on to the girls ;-) Getting the kids all excited was Vinay with his train......the kids happily ran with the chikubuku train.

The teacher Bhuvaneshwari quickly seized the opportunity, got the train to stop at various stations kannuru(Eye station)...mooguru(Nose station)....kiviyuru(Ear station)....and gave some hygine funda's .

Joining us in the morning were other school DSF chaps Shridhar, Avinash, Vinay & Megha. And, greeting us were lot fewer kids than I am used to. Apparently, the previous day, lot of chaos in the class, so one kid was chided/beaten by a teacher.....he immediately got his 'gang' togather......and lo...they happily marched out of the school ;-)) So....this morning, with poor attendance, the HM had to send a teacher to get the gangsters back!

The kids had their mid-day meals. And, we went out to have our meals. Bad idea. By the time we get back, half the gang had vanished ;-)

With the elder kids, I got to teach/test some maths. Priya & Santhosh were getting the rest on to painting with crayons. Priya drew some fundu outlines, and the kids colored them amazingly.

Nagaraja seems to be highly talented, here are his creations. This is a 'Jeebuba' in the making.

Well, we have just 4 saturdays left, need to get in lot more and newer activities to make school real attractive for kids. Remember, many of these kids will not continue with schooling, so need to make the school, a great place on Earth.

Interested ?, Join us, Saturday's 10:30 am onwards.....

Friday, May 05, 2006

Chinnara Angala 2

Chinnara Angala@ Chalghatta school, April 29th. 60 kids, 4 volunteers.

Rajarshi went to check up other migrant labour sheds with a school inspector. Santosh down with fever, didn't turn up.

The kids got new notebooks, and got to write all that they know, and the new ones got to practise kannada alphabets. Sudhakar & me hung around. Rohit pulled out some disinterested kids. and got them playing games.

Later, the teacher was getting the kids play Dog 'n Bone.....itz a hit game anywhere...... I soon ran out of ideas.......and ended up putting them thru some simple Kalaripayattu jumps, kicks & poses. Here the kids try a peacock stunt.

Terribly short of volunteers, join us on saturdays 10:30am onwards. Clothes & toys badly needed.