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The First Post

July 22, 2009

The name gives it all…. this is the first post of Pankhudi Hyderadbad.So what better way to begin than to brief all on the blogosphere about the us.

Pankhudi Hyderabad is a group of professionals and students who are volunteering to help make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children. The city of the Nizams has gone a tremendous change since becoming an IT hub. While at one end of the city you will find MNCs and malls mushrooming; while at the other people are deprived even of the basic amenities of living.

The main impact of this social divide is on children who often lose out on opportunities to attain their full potential. Just like a bud does not fully bloom into a beautiful flower if it is not taken care of during its initial stages; these children need special attention as they are growing. Pankhudians believe that we the educated Indians should come forward to help make a difference in the lives of our less fortunate countrymen.

The main motive of this blog is to keep readers informed about our activities so that more and more people can come forward to volunteer and help. Let us all be a part of the change we want to see in our country.

 “They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

The Kickstart

July 20, 2009

A new dawn is waiting for the first rays of sunlight to break.

Pankhudi Kolkata chapter is awaiting its first major initiative in the city of joy. And this is the beginning of reports about the action that has been happening in the background. Although the efforts to put together a chapter started some time back, the first major breakthrough happened when 6 of us (Neeraj, Anurag, Amol, Shashank, Devendra and Gaurav ) met on June 28th at Anurag’s place in Balleygunge. The agenda was to discuss the possibilities of initiatives in Kolkata. We discussed on various possibilities:

  • Trying out a slum initiative like Pune, Mumbai and Delhi chapters
  • Tying up with NGOs for Slum Initiative
  • Divya Drishti initiative

Due to the lack of Bengali Speaking members (only Shashank knew Bengali), we shelved the slum initiative for the time being. Amol shared some valuable insights from his experiences at Pune chapter. Neeraj shared his experiences of Bangalore Chapter with Divya Drishti Initiative.

We decided to act on the list of schools for visually impaired that can be looked upon for starting Divya Drishti initiative in Kolkata.

It was time for action. What followed was continuous exchange of ideas, a welcoming inflow of volunteers, a failed visit and a series of visits that proved to be a silver lining for us as it stands today.

~Contributed by Neeraj

Republic Day Celebration

February 5, 2009


This year’s Republic Day was very eventful and perhaps one of the most memorable one for the Pankhudi family, kids and their parents. A total of almost 130 people, inclusive of Lions Club Members and volunteers had assembled to celebrate the day.

Shahzad started off :)

Shahzad kicked off the event with his introductory speech followed by Saraswati Vandana and lighting of lamps by the guest from Lions Club. The latent talent of public speaking in Wilson and Kalpesh was evident through their bold speech before the public, without looking into the script. It was especially surprising for the volunteers who had given them just 1 hour to prepare and very little coaching.

KalpeshWilsonPriyanka

The confidence imbibed in these kids through Pankhudi classes was clearly reflected in the words of the song ‘Hum Honge Kamyab‘, which they enthusiastically sang. To give the function a patriotic touch, there were songs and dances pertinent to the Republic Day theme. The kids energetically rocked their feet to the tunes of ‘Masti ki Paathshala’ , but vibrations were strong enough to set the volunteers also dancing after the program. Thanks to the volunteers who had ensured that the kids knew the national anthem verbatim and before the function concluded, everyone sang it with full pride.

Des RangeelaPappu can't dance

In order to acknowledge and appreciate their devotion in the class and participation in the function, the kids were gifted geometry boxes, coloring books etc. I guess nothing else could have made their day any brighter.

But there was one thing that everyone including the parents, guests and kids had waited for; the snacks! It was very satiating to have wada pav, frooti and tea after two hours of function.

The Republic day celebration proved to be a blessing as we were able to understand the kids’ talents in a better fashion and facing the audience imparted a “CAN DO” spirit in the kids. Additionally, the parents realized that every volunteer was committed to making their kids happy by making learning fun.


The impact of the function was direct! In the very next class on Saturday, 31st Jan, the attendance of junior batch shot up to roughly 25 kids from barely 10; with a few new faces. I wish the same trend picks up for the seniors.

Hats off to all the Pankhudi volunteers for making the event a grand success! We deeply felt the absence of Swati, Aditi, Pooja, Sonam, Amit, Ashish, Yogesh, Sameeksha, Shivani and all other volunteers and had they been present, the function could have been even more delightful.

UDAAN

October 14, 2008

UDAAN!!!!

A Workshop Cum Way To Learn, Excel and Inculcate

The Thought Of Flying High In Life!

To create an awareness towards science and in general towards studies among children, Udaan- an aerospace group supported by Aerospace department of IIT Bombay conducted a rich workshop for Pankhudi children on Sunday -19th Oct at 2.00pm at Suman Nagar, Mumbai. This was a 4 – 5 hrs totally interactive and learning-cum-fun workshop.

Udaan Objective: To motivate children towards engineering (not only aerospace) and other technological activities, so that later in the life when the kids meet different people they know something about others’ background, and hence to excel and build their networks.

To know more about please visit:

http://www.aero.iitb.ac.in/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28&Itemid=65

~Pankhudi Objective: We are keen in motivating the kids towards the basic education that they should have in their life. And so by keeping this workshop we can ask them to work sincerely to achieve what they aim to become later in their life.

The Basic structure of the Workshop was like this:

PPT / Video session:

This was a video screening session, where general basic Aero-modeling and mechanics was described. Also they planned to show some videos related to actual flights (like Rocket Launch by NASA, it was just an example not really the same).

Paper Plane workshop:

This was an interactive session, where they taught them how to build paper planes in new innovative ways, and then ask them to make it.

Water Rocket Demonstration:

A Water-Rocket demonstration was held. Basic logic was that, they pressurize air inside a half filled Glass -Bottle (with water) and then release it, this actually rises to a decent enough height.

QA and General Information/ Logic:

Most important session of the event. Here the Udaan team tried to answer their doubts and gave them few (or many) logics or ideas about how to achieve their goals and excel in their life.

After that our kids shared their experiences and gave token of love on behalf of ~Pankhudi..

So, this was All about the workshop. On The Behalf Of ~Pankhudi Mumbai Chapter we thank Udaan for the extraordinary support and enthusiasm for motivating our kids To Join, Participate, Support And Enjoy The New way Of Learning.

Thanks :)

PR – Mumbai.

~Pankhudi Sahayata: Bihar Flood Relief Collection Drive

September 28, 2008

Helping hands are better than praying lips…

Ever wondered how the victims of the horrible floods in Bihar are coping up? You must’ve felt pity for them; you must have prayed for them…And did you ever hope to get a chance to bring solace to these poor lives??? Did you ever hope to do something that could bring their lives back on track???

Well, here is your chance to do a good turn!

We at ~Pankhudi are starting with a Collection Drive for the Bihar Flood Relief Fund. The collection drive will go on from 27th September 2008 – 4th October 2008. At the end of this drive we shall send all the collected material across, to the ones who need it the most..

Remember, the victims need help NOW….So, please do not delay your simple acts of kindness….

You can contribute any of the below mentioned items (in good quality):

Dry ration : Rice, Pulse, Gram, Chiura, Cooking oil, Gud, Sugar, Tea, spices, Biscuits, Namkeen, Packed eatables and Infant Baby’s milk powder.

Utility items : candles & matchbox, torch & batteries, storage & cooking utensils, tarpaulin, feeding bottles, buckets, ropes, Mosquito nets, stoves,

Clothing : large quantity of sarees, bedsheets, shirts, T-shirts, kids clothes, towels, daris & all kind of usable clothing & footwear.

Logistical support :
~ Transport support to reach the material to effected areas
~ Space for collection centers
~ Facilities for local pickups,
~ Volunteers for sorting / packing.

The collection centres where we accept your contributions are listed below.
Collection Centres
Area Centre Contact-Person.
Suman Nagar, Kurla Lions Club, Class room Yogesh 9833004507, Amit- 9987541041, Abhishek -9867710583

If you can convince your organization (schools, colleges, corporate), or a few friends, or just yourself, it is welcome all the same. For the Relief, every small help matters…a lot!!

So let’s all work together and make at least a small positive difference to our distressed brothers and sisters there!

For any queries/more information, Please contact….

Smriti 9819567360, Yogesh 9833004507

~Pankhudi Protsahan Classes

May 18, 2008

Pankhudi’s Mumbai chapter is running slum teaching initiative “Protsahan” at Sumannagar slum in Kurla.

We are targetting to impart english, elementary maths and lifeskills to the slum children. The enrolled students for Protsahan classes are divided in 2 batches: junior batch and senior batch.

The junior batch consists of 35 students who are from class 1- class 5th. This is the main focus category of the children as per Pankuhdi’s goals of Primary education.

The senior batch consists of students from class 5th onwards (uptill 10th). We hold 6 days a week classes in sumanagar at the prmises of Lions Club. The classes timings are 6:30pm -8:30pm. Monday is kept off.

For the protsahan classes, we typically require 3 volunteers per class and we work on a planned weekly schedule. Thus the volunteer requirement is quite high.

The Content cell of Pankhudi Foundation plans to release its much awaited curriculum for the children in the month of June’08. We are looking forward for it.

For more information about Pankhudi’s Mumbai operations, Please mail onto mumbai@pankuhdifoundation.org or contact 9869137059/9930065281.

To join Pankhudi Foundation, visit: http://pankhudifoundation.org/Join.html

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