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MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Delhi

MAD-a-log II

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 09

 

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INDEX

EDITORIAL

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FEATURE STORY: STAR KIDS!

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IT’S RAINING TALENT! - AN ARTICLE

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WHAT’S UP IN MAD?

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WHAT’S UP IN MAD DELHI?

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TEAM PROFILES!

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CONTACT US!

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“Yeah dude, someone needs to Bring in the GOSSIP” - MAD PR Team
“Yeah dude, someone needs to
Bring in the GOSSIP”
- MAD PR Team

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T E R N O V E M B E R - D E C E

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FEATURE STORY: STAR KIDS!!

star of the month

Covered by Vrinda and Samridhi

NAME: MUNNA

AGE: 13 YEARS

CENTER: ARYA ANATHALAYA

FRIENDS: AMIT, DHARMENDRA, VIKRAM

LIKES TO EAT: MATAR PANEER

FAVORITE COLOUR: YELLOW!

FAVORITE ANIMAL: MONKEY

FAVORITE SONG: UD JAA KAALE KAWA

FAVORITE PLACE: MUMBAI

FAVORITE SONG: UD JAA KAALE KAWA FAVORITE PLACE: MUMBAI Munna is shy, quiet and yet endearingly

Munna is shy, quiet and yet endearingly sweet. Having lost his father at the tender age of 2, the only family he had left was his mother and elder brother. Though reluctant to send her son away, Munna’s mother had dreams of a future, and life, very different from what she knew she could provide him; and thus came one of the most difficult decisions of her life- sending him to Arya Anathalaya, New Delhi. Munna misses her dearly, but knows in his heart that with the education here, all his mother’s dreams can come true. He is in fact so dedicated, that within 2 months of his being a part of the MADD family he has become the class topper, and consistently performs very well in all his subjects. So much so, that from being the quiet, shy boy, he has become the star student of the month’.

After a little prodding, Munna soon opened up and shared with us the innocence mixed with a tinge of mischief that makes him just like any other kid his age, and yet a very special child prodigy at the Arya Anathalaya.

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FEATURE STORY: STAR KIDS!! AN INTERVIEW WITH THE STAR!

Thoughts about being the topper of the class: My Mummy will be very happy. All my friends are also very intelligent. But I am very happy because Vrinda di is taking my in- terview as I am the topper.

(Ahem…sounds like an award winning speech… acting all modest ;) … but it actually suits

him because nothing has really changed for him after topping. He is as sincere and teach-

able as before)

Ambition: To become a pilot in the Indian Airlines. I will have to study a lot for that. I did not study at home. So mummy sent me here. I like studying now. (He better take us for a free ride :P)

Hobbies: Singing. At home no one said good things when I sang. Here my friends really like my singing. My teachers too. I take part in competitions. I feel very good when peo- ple clap after my song. (His ‘sapera’ voice added a lot to our ‘animals’ lesson)

About Family: My home is in Uttam Nagar. Mummy and bhaiya live there. Mummy loves me a lot. I love mummy too. I want to meet her but she cannot come here. She wants me to become a big man. My brother is a painter. He works and so does not get time to meet me. I can’t go home to meet them. (Seeing his wet eyes, we had to stop the interview here for a while)

About Arya Anathalaya: My hostel is very good. There are so many children. There are many sirs and madams. My hostel has very wise children and I have many friends too.

Experiences with MADD: My friends told me that sirs and madams come here to teach English and they are good teachers. I like English. So I also came for classes. I know so many new words now and I can speak English. And I like didis and bhaiyas very much. (He has said good things about us so we like him ;) )

Best Advice Received: Mummy said, “Work hard, study well aur humara naam raushan karna

One person, dead or alive, you wish to meet: Mummy

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FEATURE STORY: STAR KIDS!!

B E R 2 0 0 9 FEATURE STORY: STAR KIDS!! We know life has big

We know life has big things in store for Munna, and the student volunteers at MADD, along with his mother’s quiet support and encouragement is the little push he needs.

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FEATURE STORY: STAR KIDS!!

star of the month

Covered by Anisha and Khushbu

NAME: MONU AGE: 15 YEARS CENTER: BAL SAHYOG
NAME: MONU
AGE: 15 YEARS
CENTER: BAL SAHYOG

the story of monu

Have you ever wondered what a child faces when he is enslaved in his own house? Where life seems hopeless and time seems to have come to a standstill with no hopes for the future? Such was the horrible and torturous life that 7 year old Monu was living. Being the youngest of 6 children, his parents had no time to attend to his needs as they worked as daily labourers and found it hard to eke out a living in a small village of Haryana. To compound their woes, their eldest son turned to petty crime forcing the family to flee to Delhi in order to escape the constant harassment by the police.

Turning the clock forward - today Monu is a bubbly 15 year old lad with twinkling eyes and a mischievous smile. Spending the last 4 years at ‘Bal Sahyog’ has turned the shy and reclusive child into a confident young boy. Not only has he been excelling in aca- demics, but also in all extracurricular activities. He takes pride in participating in all cultural activities organised by Bal Sahyog/Make A Difference and enthrals the audi- ence with his singing. “No one should ever have to suffer the domestic violence that I had to go through”, he says with tears in his eyes.

After shifting to Delhi, Monu lost his mother and was forced by his brother to stay with him. At the tender age of 7 he was made to do all the household chores under the su- pervision of his ‘bhabhi’. Many a time he was physically abused for small misdemean- ours. One such incident of cruelty grievously hurt his leg resulting in a limp which he

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FEATURE STORY: STAR KIDS!! THE STORY OF MONU

has till date. “My bhabhi used to beat me mercilessly and is responsible for my limp”, he laments. When the barbaric treatment meted out to him became intolerable, Monu fled from his brother’s house without an inkling as to where he was headed. He hopped onto a bus and travelled ticketless as he had no money. Alighting at Kali Mandir, Monu was lost, but he was just happy to get away from the clutches of his tormentors.

A lady selling ‘diyas’ at the Mandir could sense Monu’s plight and offered to give him shelter in return for his assistance in selling diyas. This was the beginning of another cruel chapter in the life of an innocent boy who was all but seven. Monu toiled from dawn to dusk, but his hard work was never appreciated. He received neither love nor any words of appreciation from the lady. After staying with her for 4 years, Monu once again took flight.

After wandering aimlessly around the streets of Delhi, Monu managed to convince a co- conut seller to employ him for a meagre Rs. 500 per month. He was made to work from 4 in the morning till midnight, which hardly gave him the sleep needed by a growing young boy. Dejection and despair filled his heart, but he did not have the courage to leave once again.

Monu had not have envisaged that life could have something better in store for him. A kind soul could see through the suffering of this innocent child and brought him to Bal Sahyog. Initially, Monu found it difficult to adjust to the disciplined life and protected environment prevailing at the shelter home. He had been used to living unrestricted and without any supervision. Just one day was enough to make him run away from the shelter home. However, better sense prevailed and he came back the next day.

Over a period of time, Monu got to make friends at the home and started adjusting to the daily routine. As time passed, his confidence grew he started taking an active part in the day to day routine, as well as in extracurricular activities.

Today, Monu is a confident young boy and a role model to many children at Bal Sahyog. He has a burning desire to become a singer and is working hard towards achieving his goal.

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FEATURE STORY: STAR KIDS!! THE STORY OF MONU

0 0 9 FEATURE STORY: STAR KIDS!! THE STORY OF MONU A little help from Bal

A little help from Bal Sahyog and Make a Difference has gone a long way in altering the path of a sure-shot future felon into that of a responsible citizen of the country.

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IT’S

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TALENT!

R 2 0 0 9 IT’S R A I N I N G TALENT! AS MADSTERS,

AS MADSTERS, WE ARE A GROUP WITH DIVERSE TALENTS AND THIS SECTION SEEKS TO EXPLORE JUST THAT! THE TAL- ENTS OF OUR KIDS AND OUR VOLUNTEERS! OUR FIRST FEA- TURE IN THIS SECTION IS AN ARTICLE BY SHRUTI AMBAST, A DEDICATED MAD DELHI VOLUNTEER, ON HER EXPERIENCE SO FAR. WE ALSO FEATURE A POEM WRITTEN BY UMBERTO MATURANA WHICH IS INSIGHTFUL AND TOUCHING. ENJOY!

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MY EXPERIENCE OF THE

M B E R 2 0 0 9 MY EXPERIENCE OF THE Mad ness By Shruti
M B E R 2 0 0 9 MY EXPERIENCE OF THE Mad ness By Shruti

Madness

By Shruti Ambast

The first time I saw the MAD syllabus, I was a little skeptical. Surely, it was too simplistic, too disconnected and quite a bit out of context? Of course the heads of our MAD team assured us that the syllabus had been designed specifi- cally for our purpose, and was indeed good enough. So I went ahead, like all the other vol- unteers, and began to teach. The classroom ex- perience was new and stimulating. The chil- dren at Arya Anathalaya were so happy to see us that it felt like a personal treat just to be there. Once the teaching commenced, I began to realize how hard it was for these children to grasp basic words and concepts. They strug- gled to give the answer to ‘How old are you?’, or to recite the spelling of ‘postman’. Sometimes, while teaching, I felt like we were talking to a blank wall.

while teaching, I felt like we were talking to a blank wall. One of my friends

One of my friends in college is taking an add- on course in Spanish. Chatting with her one day, I asked her how the lessons were planned, and what she had learned so far. She told me that the first thing she had been taught in Spanish was Como te llamas?, meaning ‘What is your name?’, followed by Que tal?, which means ‘How are you?’. Next, she had learned the Spanish alphabet and the conjuga- tion of the verb ‘to be’. After this, she was

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taught the translation of nationalities and profes- sions. I was struck by the almost uncanny parallel between her lessons and the ones we were teaching. Learning a new language from scratch is no mean feat, be it English for these underprivileged kids or Spanish for an undergraduate!

Teaching itself is no mean feat, as I’ve come to real- ize. But the importance of education cannot be overemphasized. Interacting with these kids makes me appreciate my own education more and more, and makes me almost impatient to share whatever I have learnt in all these years. It also makes me pon- der on certain shortcomings in my schooling, which I believe are ubiquitous in India. Needless to say, we focus too much on rote learning and too little on application. The maddening competitive-exam cul- ture is taking a heavy toll on students, with so many being driven to commit suicide. There needs to be more room for students to discover and showcase their creativity. Also, the scope of assessment needs to become more holistic.

As teachers now, we can see clearly how effective different teaching techniques are. In my class, for instance, the kids don’t take too well to reciting the spellings of one, two, three, but they sure love to count when we play the rain game that Vasudha (my co-volunteer) has taught them. I’ve also real- ized the usefulness of the Multiple Intelligences the story we were told about at the workshop the re- sponse of different kids to different tactics is becom- ing perceptible now. The syllabus, if supplemented with a few original games and ideas, should suffice, especially if all of us remain patient and motivated.

In conclusion, here’s a poem written by Chilean bi- ologist Umberto Maturana, that was recently com- mended by former president, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. I find it helps to put things into perspective.

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D E C E M B E R 2 0 0 9 A Student’s Prayer By

A Student’s Prayer

By Umberto Maturana

Don't impose on me what you know, I want to explore the un- known And be the source of my own discoveries. Let the known be my libera- tion, not my slavery. The world of your truth can be my limitation; Your wisdom my negation. Don't instruct me; let's walk together. Let my riches begin where your ends.

Show me so that I can stand On your shoulders. Reveal yourself so that I can be Something different.

You believe that every hu- man being Can love and create. I understand, then, your fear When I ask you to live ac- cording to your wisdom.

You will not know who I am By listening to yourself. Don't instruct me; let me be. Your failure is that I be identical to you.

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know who I am By listening to yourself. Don't instruct me; let me be. Your failure
 

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WHATSUP

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MAD HAS A PATRON!!!!

R 2 0 0 9 WHATS UP IN MAD ? MAD HAS A PATRON!!!! Here’s some
R 2 0 0 9 WHATS UP IN MAD ? MAD HAS A PATRON!!!! Here’s some

Here’s some great news! MAD is partnering with zoho.com as our major donor for this year. Zoho.com will be MAD's Patron for this academic year. As Patron, they are supporting us by funding 50% of our National budget. The national budget goes to- wards three costs: developing the syllabus, development cost of web application and administrative cost of national office. This is great because: It covers a significant part of our national budget, being associated with a corporate establishment give us credibility and other corporates will be more confident about funding us.

As Patron, they get the following:

They will be featured on our website as our Patrons. Their logo will be put up on our website and they will have a page dedicated to them. There will also be a link to their website. In addition, they will be featured in every corporate and college presentation made by us. Their logo will be included in all MAD collaterals including posters, fea- tures, newsletters and memorabilia.

About zoho.com: Zoho.com is a suite of award-winning on-line business and per- sonal productivity applications. Customers use Zoho to manage their information, run their business processes and be more productive while at the office or out. They use Zoho software on the web without need for expensive hardware or software. Many Zoho applications are free for individuals and very small companies. To date, Zoho.com has launched 19 different applications from Web Office to CRM, Mail, Reports, and Wikis. Zoho has received numerous awards, including an InfoWorld 2009 "Product of the Year" award, a 2008 PC World "25 Most Innovative Products Award" and a 2007 TechCrunch "Best Enterprise Start-up."

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WE’VE GOT OUR OWN ERP SYSTEM!

0 9 WHATS UP IN MAD ? WE’VE GOT OUR OWN ERP SYSTEM! Attention all Techno

Attention all Techno geeks! MAD has an ERP system of its own! Enterprise Re- source Planning (ERP) is a term usually used in conjunction with ERP software or an ERP system which is intended to manage all the information and func- tions of a business and we have one for ourselves called the MADapp! All Cen- tre and Batch related information can be fed into the system and will be avail- able for use. Information on the different classes that happen in a batch is available in the ERP. After every class, it is the batch heads’ responsibility to mark the attendance. Only after the attendance is marked will the volunteers be able to mark the feedback. Every volunteer has a profile through which she/ he can access the volunteer pool (list of all volunteers along with their contact details), mark attendance for class, confirm their own attendance as well men- tion any substitution, keep a track of their points, access the syllabus, write testimonials and stay in touch with the help of the Shoutouts! One of the cool- est things about MADapp is that it has a profile page for every child that is be- ing taught to maintain a record of their attendance, performance in tests etc. Another amazing feature of this software is that it can generate weekly and monthly reports! It can generate reports on the city’s feedback status, atten- dance status, training status, resource status etc. It couldn't be easier! :)

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You can access MADapp through this link:

www.madapp.makeadiff.in

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WE’VE WON THE KARMAVEER PURASKAAR!

9 WHATS UP IN MAD ? WE’VE WON THE KARMAVEER PURASKAAR! On 26th November 2009, Make
9 WHATS UP IN MAD ? WE’VE WON THE KARMAVEER PURASKAAR! On 26th November 2009, Make

On 26th November 2009, Make A Difference won the prestigious Kar- maveer Puraskaar. Karmaveer Puraskaar is the peoples’ award instituted by iCONGO Confederation of NGOsand KHEMKA Foundation with all other sectors and partners like TISS, BCCI, CMS, NECCI,NASSCOM FOUN- DATION, PHDCCI, FISME, RAI, AIESEC, Open Space, NDTV, Outlook, Asian Age, Business World, Dataquest, Big FM, Tehelka and various other esteemed sectors and organizations. Karmaveer Puraskaar aims to recog- nize the real-life unsung heroes looking to bring about a change through citizen social responsibility. And what sets this award a class apart from all similar awards to individuals is that we knew that this one was for all the MAD volunteers. This was not only a recognition of what we had achieved so far, but was a reminder of the potential change that this organization can bring about. As they say, the journey has only begun…

(Written by Samarth Agarwal)

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WHATSUP

INDELHI?

DELHI IS CELEBRATING CHILDRENS’ DAY!

By Anisha and Arushi

M B E R 2 0 0 9 WHATS UP IN DELHI ? DELHI IS CELEBRATING

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PARTYIN BAL SAHYOG!

The marathon session of revelry started on the 14th at Bal Sahyog:

First on the agenda was a drawing competition where we distributed drawing sheets and crayons to sixty kids (yes we had a full house!!)…The topics given to them were ei-

ther ‘Chacha Nehru’ {it was, after all, his birthday

kids took to the activity with great enthusiasm and it was an absolute delight to see all of them enjoying themselves, submerged in colorful thoughts….The treasure-trove of talent and creativity that lay hidden in these little angels was quite a revelation . After a couple of hours of the fun-filled drawing competition, the first, second and third po- sitions were announced!!

Refreshments were served shortly after which boosted the kids for the next surprise: a movie screening and post-screening photo-session!!! The kids went wild getting clicked in different poses and with their favourite didi or bhaiya!!!

different poses and with their favourite didi or bhaiya!!! } or ‘Your future profession’. The Children

} or ‘Your future profession’. The

with their favourite didi or bhaiya!!! } or ‘Your future profession’. The Children and volunteers at
Children and volunteers at Bal Sahyog
Children and volunteers
at Bal Sahyog

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PARTYAT

ARYA!

The MAD team at Arya Anathalaya witnessed the most amazing of all times when they celebrated Children’s Day on Sunday in what we call a typically MAD Delhi style. Smiles, eager eyes were all over the place as the kids waited in anticipation of our grand plans and did we live up to it! It began with the screening of the film Dil Bole Hadippa in the morning for the boys. The boys connected instantly with the cricket, the actors, the com- edy and the fun of the film as we soon saw them jumping, laughing, joking and enacting the actors. But the best moment was when the music came on! And the film had plenty to offer in that department. We saw all the barriers of hesitation and shyness break the instant songs started and the rest was a sight to behold! The girls were no less. As morn- ing shaded into the afternoon and the boys all left smiling, the girls came to paint the town red! We got to see some of the coolest dance moves, the grooviest sing-along and all in all a happy mood as the movie rolled on and the excitement of the kids refused to dwindle! The amazing exuberance of the girls and the endearing shyness of the boys plus a pukka Bollywood film and we lived the most fun day of our lives!

Children at Arya
Children at Arya

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PARENTS’ DAY OUT!

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PARENTS’ DAY OUT!

By Ajanta Dutta Roy

It was the simplest of ideas. A flashbulb moment if you will. To think outside the box. To shift the focus a little.

We, as a team, are forever obsessed with our children (and proudly so!!). Yet this time, we decided to look beyond. This was a chance for all those who were behind the scenes to take centre stage. Be it the parents of our volunteers who have supported them in their MAD- Dening journey, the donors and sponsors who keep us going or our well-wishers without whose blessings and support, we would have been just another NGO…

This day was for them. Our very first MADD Parents’ Day Out….

day was for them. Our very first MADD Parents’ Day Out…. It was a hard day’s

It was a hard day’s night….

First things first…the preparations…We wanted to showcase the feats of our brilliant kids and make our well wishers as proud of them as we were. The children were super excited and got down to creating beautiful ‘Welcome’ and ‘Thank You’ cards. At the same time, some others were busy preparing a Christmas carol for all to enjoy and relish…and still others were engaged in putting up a skit and speeches for the audience…

The kids were very particular about putting up the whole show in English so that they could demonstrate the results of all the MAD classes in the last few months…

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PARENTS’ DAY OUT!

M B E R 2 0 0 9 PARENTS’ DAY OUT! Some days just drop in

Some days just drop in on us. Some days are better than others….

Finally, it was December 28 th . It was a bright sunny Sunday. There was a cool breeze out- side and butterflies in the stomach…The excitement was almost tangible…and the kids could not wait to get started….

First on the agenda was the MAD presentation. It gave a brief idea about who we are and what we do…We went over the basic premises of MAD’s existence, the plight of the under- privileged kids across the nation, the need for a respite…our inception and journey so far…

After the presentation, the stars of the show took over!!! One after another, the kids came on and blew the audience away with their brilliant performances….be it a mime skit, the melodious Christmas carol from the little girls or the monologues in English, all the per- formances drew appreciation and a thunder of applause from the enthralled audience…By the end of it, the kids forgot their initial nervousness and started enjoying their perform- ance too!!! So much so, that we saw a double performance of ‘Pappu can’t dance’….Clearly, the day was a huge success…

Some days it all adds up And what you’ve got is enough….

The event was brought to an end by a guided tour across the orphanage….It was our chance to take them across the stairs and desks that become a part of our lives for just 2 hours a week but leave an impact which lasts much longer…

Smells like teen spirit….

This was followed by a feedback session from both the well-wishers and the volunteers, who expressed their experiences and views about MAD. They shared some wonderful memories with all of us and the genuine passion for the organization was palpable from all their voices….It was a truly MADDictive day!!

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2 0 0 9 WHATS UP IN DELHI ? A PICTURE SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS! Volunteers

Volunteers having fun at the Monthly MeetingNovember

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AND WE’VE GOT SO MANY!

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Games, cakes and celebration!

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