Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fabric Painting Session

Check this link:

This happened on Wednesday 27th April from 6-8pm.... Special Thanks to our Gansoli center volunteer Jyoti Madam for her initiative and other volunteers - Kartha madam, Saroj Madam, Anu for assisting her...  "This is just the beginning !! I have many more things in my mind for these kids..Will try to make this summer one of their most memorable ones.. ", says the over-enthusiastic lady... ;-)

Thanks & Regards

Rupesh S Gesota
LEAD Foundation

"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop"..... Mother Teresa

Friday, April 15, 2011

Sandoz spread smiles to the children of LEAD

Hello friends,

Its always been a pleasure having the Kalwa unit of Sandoz Ltd. & its enthusiastic & kind-hearted employees, standing by our side. By allowing LEAD to put up the candles' stall in their premises during the Christmas, providing the calcium tonics for our kids, and even making financial as well as in-kind donations, Sandoz has always demonstrated its sensitivity & strong support towards the social cause.

This year too, as a part of their world-wide community week celebrations, a team of 11 members from Sandoz visited the Airoli centre of LEAD on 15th April 2011. The team was led by Dr. Critian Hatschke. Our volunteer Mrs. Kartha received the team, while soon our other volunteers Archana, Shilpa Madam, Ashwini & Balan Madam joined the group. Kids introduced themselves & then performed some prayers & songs.

Dr. Chrition Hatschke's and Dr. Manjeet Singh's kind words boosted our moral.It was so heartwarming to see that company is spending productive time for the social cause. Every team member was very interactive with the kids as well as with the volunteers. The atmosphere was so cheerful & lively, that we could hardly realize the power-failure during the entire event.

Sandoz team esp. Mrs. Meena Bhoasale did mention that our kids look healthier than last year, this positive remark was very encouraging for us. Though our daily serving of home-made breakfast/snacks is yielding the fruits, but a good amount of credit also goes to the Calcium tonics supplied by Sandoz for our kids & even  our dedicated volunteers who never fail to give this dose to our children after their sessions.

As a token of their appreciation team gave lot of food items ( Dhokla, Jalebi, cake, cream biscuits ) Health supplements (calcium, vitamin tonics & tablets) as well as health drink (Bournvita powder) to the children of LEAD. It was so kind & humble of them to understand our fiscal challenges & hence make a cash donation of Rs.15,000/- for our cause. We assure them that all these contributions will definitely go long way in enriching the lives of these lesser mortals.

We are surely looking forward to a greater & long-term association with Sandoz Ltd., Kalwa. like their team members coming down to our center and conducting some academic/extra-curricular sessions/ workshops with our children, encouraging them through sports, playing board-games, etc.

Thank You Sandoz team, for spreading the smiles !! ;-))

Also please find attached a brief report from Sandoz side about this visit...

And here is the Link of the Event Snaps:

Thanks & Regards


LEAD Foundation

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Lavadi vist two - Youth Motivation And SURPRISE!!! :)

Hello Friends,

It was a fine early morning when we started the day at 6.30 in the morning on 9th of April 2011. The day was beautiful to begin with and continued to get even better till the end. Rupesh, along with other volunteers Sunita and Vinita planned to visit Lavadi, The agenda for the day being as mentioned below-

·         To find out the learning levels of English of children from grades one to four.
·         To motivate and self organize the youth of the village to participate in betterment of the existing education system.
·         To assign simple responsibilities to the youth.
·         To gain an insight of the issues faced by the school teacher.
·         To identify the talents and interests of the children and plan for further training to enhance their potentials.
·         And a hidden agenda – SURPRISE! J

Taking the train to Badlapur via Dadar we coordinated the train timings and met at Badlapur station by 9.30. While waiting for Sunita who took a bus ride from Ambernath to Badlapur, we had a cuppa hot tea and some refreshments.

As soon as Sunita arrived, we headed to the ST bus depot to get the next bus to Lavadi which was at 10.40. Every minute was important as the teachers were going to be available only till 12.00. Unanimously we boarded into a Chakda to reach the village at the earliest; only to be kept on wait again because the 6-seater, according to the driver, was still empty (with only 10 in it then!! ) We decided to pay for the couple of vacant seats and the Tum-tum finally kicked off!!

Reaching the village we got off the Chakda, mobbed by a group of children getting in the same chakda as we. The ashram school children were now on vacation and happy to go home for a holiday. Chirpy bubbly chuckles and giggles all around sounded noisily melodious!