Sunday, September 20, 2009

Visit of Students of Mahindra United World College, Pune
Date: July 23rd, to 25th, 2009

23 students from Mahindra United World College, Pune visited Snehalaya's various projects of Snehalaya. The students are from U.S., U.K., Italy, Germany, Australia and many other parts of world. The exposure visit was organized by Global Leadership Adventures (GLA) and India Educational Tours (IET).

Ms. Annabel Smith, Director of GLA, Mrs. Beulah Kolhatkar, Director of IET and Ms. Sindhu Ramchandran, MUWC, Pune leaded the team of students. The students visited Rehab. Center, Balbhavan, Childline, Snehankur Adoption Center and the Snehjyot Mukta project, working in red light areas of Ahmednagar district.

The students had interacted with the beneficiaries of Snehalaya's various projects. They played with the children. 2-3 children adopted each of them and had a dialogue with the students. The students and beneficiaries created a bond of love between each other.

Dr. Girish Kulkarni and Dr. Marcia Waran discussed about HIV/AIDS with the students. The students asked various questions and tried to know more about stay away from HIV infection. Peer Educators of Snehjyot Mukta Project demonstrated for proper use of condom.
HIV/AIDS is the main theme of exposure visit.

Celebration of Independence Day

Celebration of Independence Day with various programmes

Press Conference:
Various programmes were organized on the occasion of 63rd Independence Day of India. Mr. P.B. Sawant (Former Justice of Supreme Court of India and Ex. Chairman of the 'Press Council of India', presently he presides the 'Lokshasan Andolan', People's Movement against injustice in Maharashtra. He was invited for the programme of Annual Award Distribution Programme. He came one day before to observe the work being done by Snehalaya on 14th, August. The Ahmednagar Press Club invited to discuss with him and organized the Press Conference on the same day more than 50 representative of renowned electronic and print media. He focused on the roles, responsibilities and power of media persons in the development of neglected and deprived people.

Flag hoisting:
Next Day on 15th, August 2009 in the morning at 8.30 am Mr. Sanjay Adhav, the Computer professional from Pune and Mr. Suwalal Shingavi hoisted the national flag. All the students and staff of Snehalaya were present for the programme. The representatives of students addressed the other students and they gave information about sacrifice of several patriotic. Mr. Adhav also addressed the students and advised to concentrate on the studies and be the toppers in the schools. The students demonstrated the skill of Judo and Karate in front of the hon. guests.

Inauguration of I.T. Center:
Snehalaya's new I. T. Center was inaugurated on the occasion of Independence Day at 9.30 am at 'Snehalaya's Center of Hope', Laxmi Karanja, Near Daily Samachar, Anandi Bazar, Ahmednagar.
The center will be beneficial for the most neglected section of the society i.e. the children of prostitutes, children from slums, children from other institutions in which they do not have facilities for computer training for their beneficiaries and unemployed youth. Snehalaya
is taking special efforts for the quality education of these students, this new set up of the well equipped Computer Training Center is ready by the financial support of Edelgive Foundation, Mumbai, Aadhar 4u, The Netherlands and Symantec Pune.

The center will be run under the guidance of expertise of Hope Foundation, Mumbai. The center will provide the course like Information Technology, M.S. Office, Desk Top Publishing, Personality Development and Spoken English to the students in a very nominal cost. The educational games will be available for the children between 10 yrs. to 14 yrs. to be familiar with computer.

Annual Award Distribution Programme:
The important event on the same day was 'Annual Award Distribution Programme', Nine Awards has been distributed by Snehalaya to nine dedicated social worker i.e. Ms. Meghana Kale, Chaturang Pratishthan, Mr. Vasantrao Thakar, Sawali, Pune, Mr. Tushar Ranjankar, Ms. Rujuta Patil, Mr. Dinkar Vaidya, Mrs. Asha Shinde, Dr. Ajit Nawale, Ms. Sujata Dahiphale and Mr. Deelip Gunjal were awarded with Scroll of honor, Shawl, coconut and Rs. 5000 cash by the auspicious hands of Mr. Sawant, Mr. Kisanlal Sarada, the well known industrialist and the social from Nashik, Mr. Vilasji Lamkhade, Sarpanch, Nimbalak Village, Mr. Mamasaheb Kaundinya and Mr. Suvalalji Shingavi. The prominent personalities from all over Maharashtra and Ahmednagar city were present for the programme.

Mr. Kisanlal Sarada has declared donation of Rs. 51,000 and Mr. Kaundinya has donated his new brand Indica Car faor Snehalaya's Snehankur Adoption Center. Mr. P.B. Sawant said in his speech that Snehalaya is really doing a pathfinding work for the socially neglected section of the society, and it's a responsibility of the other community members to enable this section to be in main stream.

Birthday Celebration: The children in Rehab. Center of Snehalaya used to celebrate the birthday commonly on 15th, August. The event has been leaded by the children only. They organized a fun fair and as well as cultural programmes. The delicious food was arranged. At the end of the programme they enjoyed the move 'LOC-Kargil' on this occasion.
9th Shram Sanskar Chhavani (Youth Camp)
(Duration: 5th, to 9th, Sep. 2009)

9th, Shram Sanskar Chhavani has concluded on 9th Sept. 2009. The Youth Camp was started from 5th September 2009 at Snehalaya's Rehabilitation Project at MIDC. 250 students from various colleges were expected but the total no. of participants was 200. The students were from almost all parts of Maharashtra State.

Mr. Vasant Lodha, the social worker in Ahmednagar, Mr. Sanjit Taee, working with Arpan Foundation, U.S. Mr. Sanjay Bandisti, an industrialist and many other imminent personalities were present for an inauguration of the camp. The chief guest hoisted the national flag and gave an oath of national integrity to the participants. Sanjit Tayee said that every individual should do his duty honestly and spend some time for social reformation regularly.

Mr. Tapasvi, the renowned thinker and active social worker discussed with the students about the challenges that India is facing and the role of youth for problem solving. The students also participated in the group discussion on the various burning issues like, dowry, abortion of girl child, corruption, addictions, nuclear family system, terrorism, HIV/AIDS, separation of society in the name of religions and economical condition etc. The participants expressed their feelings regarding above issues and took an oath to contribute for problem solving.

Dr. Prakash Kataria, well-known Medical Professional from Pune, guided the participants to eliminate the bad habits of taking improper food and consuming liquor. He also insisted the students to take exercise regularly because the 'prevention is better than cure'.

Next day Dr. Girish Kulkarni had a dialogue with the participants, he told that, every one has to cross the path of fire and thorns, as well as to swim the opposite direction of river and we can have something special which anyone could not get. Dr. Kulkarni explained the participants, how to take efforts to reach to the success with honesty loyalty.
Prof. Adhav, the thinker and renowned speaker was the chief guest of the concluding ceremony of the Youth Camp on 9th, Sept. 2009. He inspired the youth to start the social projects at their places. Snehalaya is always ready to help those participants for the cause. If the students participated in the Youth Camp can stay away from the illegal
things, addictions, and other social evils, it will be the success of this camp. He appeal the youths to be the proud of nation. The participation certificates have been distributed by the auspicious hand of Prof. Adhav.

Mr. Kanojia, the Yoga Teacher has trained the participants in Yoga. The inspirational films, documentaries were watched by the participants as well as they participated in the cultural programmes held on 8th, Sept. 2000 trees are planted in four days in the premises of Snehalaya. The students has organised street plays in various slums to aware the slum dwellers about education of the children and other issues. At the end of the programme all participants has donated blood to 'Jankalyan Blood Bank'.