Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas 2009 at LEAD

Having missed the Children's day celebrations at LEAD, Christmas celebrations had been on my mind for long. And I haven’t been so excited about this festival ever before…

Friday, December 25, 2009

Our trip to Korum Mall for Christmas


Thanks Richa for sharing the event....
It really made us feel the part of this fun-drive.....

I felt so disappointed when children,while departing, asked me from the bus windows, "Sir, aaap nahin aa rahe hain ? ", "Sir, plz chalo naaa !! "

Friday, December 18, 2009

Visit to Fire Brigade

It was the amazing day when we all visited to fire bridgade. All LEAD children were so much enthusiastic and very eager to see firebriged office.

Firebriged office permitted us to visit on 17th December 2009 and agreed to help us in providing knowledge about their work to our children. The basic aim of the visit was that our children should know about the social services available in the society.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Visit to Railway station

Transportation is one of the basic needs in today’s world & hence we thought that our LEAD children should know these public services like railway, bus etc. So we visited the railway station as railway system is one of the heart lines of Mumbai.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sports Day

It was the dream day of all LEAD children when for the first time they were finding themselves playing and competing with one another with fun. It was nothing but the “SPORTS DAY” of LEAD children. All children were waiting too long for such a day.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Children's Day Celebrations

Dhan Te Nan..!!!

This year's Children's Day arrived with a bang!! Never had I been so excited about 14th of November till this year.. After all the dicussions about the planning, arguments about the events & suggestions about the snacks, here we were... enjoying the day with all our kids!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Diwali Dhamaka

18th OCTOBER 2009….. Diwali Celebrations at “Lead-Airoli”

Well After weeks of online deliberations and discussion around Diwali with or without Crackers…… the d-day was here……. Sunday, the 18th… volunteers were asked to be present by 2.30 PM…… there was work allocation which had happened the previous day with specific responsibilities being assigned to respective volunteers…..

Monday, October 5, 2009

Gandhi Jayanti celebrations

On the eve of today i.e. 2nd October i.e. GANDHI JAYANTI. Children’s learned about MAHATMA GANDHI & also some values & the principles practised by him throughout his life. They felt the change & that thrust to come to LEAD when all the volunteers were there for the support & care for them, who were actively involved in all the activities organised for the children’s in-order to make them understand the importance of this day.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Navratri Celebrations with Pantaloon



Today was the day when we saw the divine smiles on the faces of the children for the 1st time, faces which were out of their homes, out of Airoli; where they experienced the other colours of the life; experience, which has provided more exposure to them; experience, which we believe will remain atleast till we live.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Independence Day celebrations

Hey friends…

Firstly congratulations to all of us!! With our country firmly forging ahead into her 63rd year of independence & dignity, LEAD too completes its exciting journey of 365 days steadily circumventing all the challenges on its way. And this achievement is a no trifle as it’s blended with our professional schedules as well as personal & family commitments!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Going for Greener Tomorrow

Hi friends...
This is Rupesh, part of LEAD team who particpated in this Green-gang along with Arth..
JD has almost took my words ;-) So hardly left to say anything..
But will surely mention about the profound happiness we experienced not just because of this plantation drive but also because we got to meet & interact with another like-minded volunteer group who too belives in 'Being the change to see the change'.....
Environment education also forms an imp. part of the entire education and we have been mulling over this since we started LEAD....Frankly, it could not have been better than this--I am sure, the best part that all of us would agree is that we all could also inculcate the importance of greenary/ climate in the young impressionable minds of our children... Though we could involve only 6 of them in this event, but we are soon going to assign these leaders the responsibility of taking this initiave forward in their  unhygienic surroundings...involving the entire 40+ enthusiastic & energetic young, watch out for this exciting space.....
Not to mention the trip was excellently planned---logistics, snacks, everything ...JD, Harshal, Jigar, HP, Avita, Gauri, Arun & all -- great team-work....!!!  Also you will be happy to know that all the balance idlis (almost 30-40) were given to our children for the entire community...
Have uploaded some snaps in our picasa albums... Here is the link--
Eagerly looking forward to particpate with Arth in more exciting events in future....

Cheers !!!

On 7/13/09, Jaydeep Dhamecha <> wrote:
Arth: Go green with Hariyali!

Hi Arthians,

There is so much that we have taken away from the nature without returning anything. We realize it when we see the impact of it in the form of water shortage, delayed rains, summers getting hotter(even in cities like Mumbai).

Go green is a phrase that we heard when we went for the event, and carried it in our hearts when we returned.

Our appearance may be modest but our spirits certainly reached the sky.
The day of the event was marked with plantation of around 1500 saplings at Bhavale forest land near Kalyan.
This hurricane task was handled by Arth along with the involvement of LEAD members and college students that came there through Hariyali.

Arth again made an impact because of your presence. Thanks to everyone for being a part of this.

Special thanks to Mr. Punam Singavi (President of Hariyali-Thane ) for allowing us to be a part of this drive.

Hope to see you all in our next event!


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

LEAD gets good response from PTI event of NHP School

Hi friends,
It could not have been better than this...Last Saturday, Kailash, Richa, Shefali, Avishkar, Dhaval, HP, Manasi, Archana, Nina & I enetered into the premises of NHP School during their PTI(Parents Teacher Interaction) meet to create an awareness about LEAD. Jay, who attended our Thursday meet to plan out the details, couldnt make up but will be partcipating this saturday meant for the pre-primary sections.
We came to know about the spelling mistake in the meet but due to lack of time & the last minute backing out by the banner guy, we had to resort to pasting the errant word by a small patch. Kailash took extra pains in coordinating with this guy, getting the patch pasted in the banner in the school after his office hours on Friday. Thanks a lot Kailash !!
Special thanks to our NHP School teachers- Nina & Archana- for their commendable efforts & dedication for this event.-- The entire arrangement- putting up banner, our children's drawings, chairs, tables, permissions, giving flier to every teacher in the classroom,  taking 250 xeroxes (for the interested ones) -- everything was superbly handled by them.
We reached there at @ 7.45 am while the parents had already started lobbying. Archana had suggested  a dress code of white & blue .. ya, we did try that & everyone looked really cool..with the beautiful badges prepared by Manasi.
Teachers had carefully chosen the right place for us to grab max. eyeballs. Sensing the null in the first few minutes, the teachers rushed in to encourage us to hold on for some time ;-) And after then, there was no looking back. All of us had spread ourselves in the wide area to address each incoming query. Richa & Manasi smartly moved to the another floor where there were more footfalls. When we saw some parents were starightaway moving down the staircase, we conquered this areas too with the handouts, requesting the parents for their 2 minutes. Kailash, Avishkar & Dhaval handled the parents coming to the stall while I , HP & Shefali took the charge near the staircases. While it was really discouraging when some parents simply ignored us telling they dont have time to listen to us, but then there were also cases wherein people immidiately forked out Rs.100/- notes for us !!!  [Despite requesting them to do so after their visit to our class]..
Then there were issues like many people were intereseted but distance was the issue.."I stay in Mulund. Do you have something similar nearby?"  ;-)  However, it didnt much time for us to weed away such silly excuses by giving the examples of our current dedicated volunteers like Nigar (Ambernath), Rashmi (Chembur), Amit (Dombivli), Rahul (Vashi) & many more from Mulund & Thane. This helped them muster some courage & express their willingness to join us .
Also there weer cases like some people already having some solid social work experince with other similar NGOs, some people associated with other charitable/ religious groups too did express their support...
Archana & Nina introduced us to the managing trustee of the school. He is quite impressed with our work & will soon drop in to our centre. [More programs in pipe line !!! ;-)]
We have got much better response than we had expected. Their contact details have been noted down by us & yesterday Kailash, HP & Avishkar did the most important work of sorting down all the things.. We really need to work fast on that front now to prevent the early drainage of their curiosity & energy levels....
All these ended with some unexpected twist in the climax when I & HP were instructed by a lady to meet in her cabin immidiately. When Nina told us that she is the admisnistrative officer of the school, we could smell the rat in her tone & behaviour towards us. But thank god & Nina-- all went well after our 35 minutes wait outside her cabin..It was 12 & others had already winded up & were waiting for us in the canteen..We passed on some tension to them too ;-) , when the lady came out smilingly , " Why were you standing near the stairs? You can occupy the chairs & have a proper discussion with the parents ! "
Take one good news-- Monday morning , I saw an email with the subject 'An interesetd parent'. Pleasantly shocked, we contacted her, she stays in Mulund & will be joining us twice a week in the afternoon batch meant for Madhuri, Einetti & all...
Much more to come...Lets keep our fingers crossed...
IMP: Friends, we were thinking of skipping the coming pre-primary PTI event on Saturday 18th July 8am-12pm. But our pre-primary NHP School teachers Archana & Nina & even the HM wants us to be present on that day..infact they say this event will garner much greater response than this one..they are expecting a lot from their students' parents... So ... We are doin it !!
I & Kailash are not there, even our teachers will be in their respective classes ...
So, please confirm your partcipation for this event...

Thanks & Regards

Rupesh S Gesota

On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 9:49 AM, Kailash Chand wrote:
Hi Friends, it was really a nice & challenging experience at NHP. I am sure everyone of us who were there must have a new experience while interacting with parents & all of us must have also felt proud that we were there in such a big school & in a short span of time, we had something really to show them, tell them that we represent LEAD. As I always tell that my two kids are in the same school, I found myself to be more comfortable in sharing our work with teachers & parents. Seeing the confidence level of all of us & the Management of NHP & parents, I am planning to take a leave on this Saturday (if anything urgent is not planned by my boss for me). I would now request you all to be a part of this event, as our NHP teachers are puting a lot of efforts & as Archana madam, Anupa Madam & Nina Madam are from Pre Primary, they will be too happy to bring more parents at our Venue. Believe me it will be really a learning experience for all of us & more for our student Volunteers.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

LEAD starts Bal-Vihar

Hi friends...

Luckily I could atend this session that I was missing since long...
It was just till about 7.15 or so.. But belive me, it was a fantastic journey !!

When I entered the session, the atmospehere was already something very different....

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Medical Camp for children

Hello friends…

This turns up to be one of the most important events for LEAD. Important in two senses: First, of course, the health of our children. And secondly being building up the stronger bond with the families in these communities.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Outing to Thane skit-show & LEAD Awareness

Hi friends,

The subject line might come as a big surprise for many of you…

The main reason keeping this on low key being – it happened almost all of the sudden… & the main reason for this one was not an outing actually, as these were the same plays as those of Vashi ones, but we wished to tap this as a good opportunity to sensitize the masses (audience) about the plight of such children & more importantly our work…

Friday, May 15, 2009

Educational Toys workshop

Loving greeting to u all,

This mail is regarding the workshop on educational toys for our kids:

Last week I spoke to my friend Mrs. Shweta, she was working with us in NHP. Presently she has opened a library for kids dealing with educational toys. She had promised that she will take a workshop for the kids and introduce the toys to them. Unfortunately she was unable to come. So this responsibility came upon my shoulders. Without any planning I was able to take up this workshop for the kids. Good experience and I enjoyed with the kids.
U all must be thking whts this all abt………. right?

Friday, May 8, 2009

Outing to Vashi -- Skits/Show

hi all...

Yesterday we had grrreeaat fun... with the kids at Vishnudas Bhave, Vashi

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Games-Cartons Unleashed !!!

Hello friends...

Yes,,,, finally it happened !!!

The thing that we & our children were desperately waiting for....
Since last Wednesday, I was persuading our children that we will play the Carrom Board on Sunday...
The main reasons for the delays being the required number of volunteers to coordinate with them during this show,...

Friday, May 1, 2009

Acting Class starts in LEAD


This too is one of the things that LEAD was yearning for since its inception....
Thanks to Mr. Sachin from Kalaakar Movement for turning this dream into a reality....

His 2 of the talented senior students began the first session on Friday 1st May at 3pm...Children , unaware of this surprise package, thronged in with their school bags & books ...;-)

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Workshop with LEAD children on Editing/Media


A few weeks ago, I offered to volunteer through Karmayog. I'd mentioned that I live in a distant suburb, that I could not commit to anything long-term or working on a daily basis. But I would still like to offer whatever skills I had to help children, preferably teenagers, and young adults.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

NHP School Teachers speak --

Loving greetings to u all.

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. - Henry Ford

As this is my first mail I would like to introduce myself
I am Ms. Archana Sharma working in New Horizon Public School Penguin Kids as a Pre- primary teacher.
Last month when Rupesh and Kailash had come to school to talk to us about LEAD and the kids. We were all very much impressed and were eagerly waiting to make the best use of this opportunity.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Deeper interactions with Sector-3

Hello friends,

Wanted to share the experience of our latest visit to Sec-3 slum. As we all are aware of; sec-3 issues were widely discussed among all of us for last two weeks. I was really very eager to go there to meet those people.

So Nazia n I made a plan to go there in the eve. Fortunately Rupesh also joined us. As we were heading to sec-3, Rupesh felt like to visit our old tuition place on the way. There we met a guy (sorry I don’t remember his name) who runs a dance and drama classes there.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Rescue Laxmi -- Sector-3 --

Hey Guys,

Just wanted to share a simple but a heart clinching story about Lakshmi...

Yesterday evening while classes were going on Rupesh called and asked me, Amit, Nigaar & Reena to meet him near Datta Medhe College as he wanted us to visit Sec 3 slums.....

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Sector-3 slams & stuns LEAD

Hi friends

yesterday night again I headed for our new Sector-3 families & was stunned by some of the following incidents:

1) There is a family with 2 children --- Reshma(10 yrs),Mukesh (12)..

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Life without Light..

Dear All,

On Monday I, Nigar & Amit had a new experience which we want to share with you all.
As usual we went for class. We met Rupesh at Thane Station He told us that today we all will be going for field work means we will make a visit to slum. We will meet our children’s parents & have a word with them.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I am back again...

Hi LEADers,

I had to take break from all LEAD related activities for past few months due to some personal reasons; however being a part of the LEAD family, I was updated with all news related to our project. I visited our tuition place (near gaav-devi mandir, Airoli) yesterday.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Visit to our Sector-17 slum-community

Hi friends...

Kailash & I visited our Sector-17 Slums on Monday 8.30 pm & this was almost after a month or may be more. But the smiles & respect, with which we were greeted, easily pacified the guilty feelings engrossed in our minds. Anjali’s family, LEAD’s main strength (our elder students Ashok, Vinod all belong to same family), is going to their native for a week but assured us that they will be back in a week.

LEAD adopts New slum-community

Hi Everyone,

Sunday was really good for LEAD, for two reasons:

1) we volunteers( around 11 of us) had met at our place expecting few people from a trust, who were coming in to guide us and give few precious suggestion on how to get in the required funds and also on how to sustain those funds in long run, unfortunately for us they couldn't make it and inturn they called up and apologized that they can not make it as they were held up in some work, but we didnt want to miss this opportunity ( because it is very rare that most of the volunteers were present on the same day under one roof).

Thursday, March 26, 2009

LEAD's first income...

Hello friends…

This is to share some very exciting & encouraging news with all of you…

Last Friday i.e on 27th March, one of our volunteers Richa visited my college – Vidyalankar Institute of Technology in Wadala as a guest speaker from an NGO to deliver a speech on Women Empowerment.

Sounds strange, doesn’t it?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Holi Celebrations

Hello friends…

I am sure all of you had a great colorful Holi…

It gives me great pleasure sharing with you, the delightful Holi experience we had with our children in LEAD…

Here are the snaps:

Monday, February 23, 2009

Mahashivratri Pooja at our new study-centre

Hello friends,,

Do watch the beautiful snaps of our children offering their prayers during the small pooja organised in our newly procured study-centre on the auspicious day of MahaShivratrti...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Picnic to Circus

Hello friends…

I am sure all of you must be anxiously waiting for the snaps of our circus party….And here are they:
The photos by themselves narrate the entire story but for those who couldn’t make it for this, let me give you a brief account of this trip.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Republic Day celebrations

Hello friends,

It gives me great pleasure in writing down the report of our Republic Day celebrations at LEAD. For those who couldn't make up for this event esp. Nazia, Prachi, Kaustubh, Shila, Narendra, Beena, HP, Krishna, Saroj teacher & Jagtap teacher—I will try my best to make you part of this party.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Application to NMMC

Date: 21 Jan 2009

Mr. Datatraya Naghre,

Subject: Application for the allotment of place for community service (social work)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Dinner Party with Saroja's family

Hi friends,

Let me first begin with some good news…

LEAD has now established its web-identity. In addition to our photo-uploads on