Voice of Navkshitij February 2021
From The President’s Desk
(A monthly newsletter published since April 2012by Dr. Neelima Desai and edited by Kanaka Cadambi on behalf of Navkshitij)
From Top: Solar panel and light at Marunji; Owner of Shravani Hotel, Mr. Navnath Bhor,and his family membersplanting a sapling;Window curtains made from paper straws
Portable solar lights for every residential block
WEhad a good month. Early in the month, on February 5, we had a combined party to celebratethe birthdays of all February-born Friends.
This month, we installed portable solar lights in each of the residential blocks at both Marunji and Asawali. This is a big blessing. It will help reduce all associated running costs. This project was funded bySaba Software Pvt. Ltd. We express our heartfelt thanks to Mr. Makarand Mane, Product Manager, and Mr. Avtar Singh, Manager, Global Product Support,for facilitating this.
Supported by Fiserv's Joy of Giving programme, United Way Mumbai, funded the purchase of sports and education kits to be distributed to our Friends. The sports kit included bats, balls, badminton rackets, shuttlecocks, and carom boards while the education kits included raw materials for the workshop, colour pencils, crayons, and drawingbooks.
Mr. Navnath Bhor, the owner of Shravani Hotel, Pune, visited Navkshitij with his family members, on February 23, and expressed the desire to plant some saplings at Marunji. They had brought with them nine fruit-bearing, flower-bearing and garden plants, which they planted in the premises. We thank Mr Bhor and his family members for this thoughtful gesture.
We had our Sports Day on February 27. Friends, staff and families of staff participated enthusiastically in this monthly event. This time, our Friends played Ball & Bucket, In the pond-On the bank, and Frog Jump while the children of our resident staff members participated in Three-legged Race, Lemon & Spoon Race and other such good old races. We had vada pavand sweet lassi at the end of the session.
For the first time, we asked the first runners-up to felicitate the winners. They felt so good and happy doing this. This way, they not only learn how to lose gracefully but also how to celebrate another person’s win.
On February 28, a team of volunteers from Urmee, a Pune-based NGO, visited Marunji and donated groceries under the CSR program of Tech Mahindra. Volunteers from Tech Mahindra’s CSR team were also present on the occasion. We received 100 kilos of sugar, 75 kilos of cooking oil, and 210 kilos of wheat flour. The team also donated new T-shirts. We thank the team from Urmee and the CSR team of Tech Mahindra for their generous gesture. Take care, stay safe.*
Special Friends get excited to learn new activities
Ijoined Navkshitij in September 2018 as a Special Educator and Workshop Coordinator. It was my second job in the field of rehabilitation of mentally challenged people after completing my D.Ed (MR).
Special Educators and other staff members of Navkshitijtake lots of efforts and implement various activities to bring special friends into mainstream society. We educate them, train them and improve their capacity. They get confidence about doing the given task like making products at the workshop.
At Navkshitij workshop, we make various products such as chocolates, candles, paper lanterns, natural Holi colors from used temple flowers. But due to the pandemic COVID-19, we are not getting many orders and we are unable to set-up stalls outside. At this point, I came up with an idea of making show pieces from old newspapers.
We are now training special friends to make straws using old newspaper and from that we are making various products like pen stands, wall frames, photo frames, window curtains etc. Special Friends like making straw from newspapers. It’s something new for them. They get excited whenever they learn something new. It gives immense happiness to special friends. Personally, I like this activity a lot. Sometimes I watch videos on YouTube about this and boost my creativity. This is a totally error-free and experiment-based activity. One can create such beautiful products from old newspapers. It is a low-cost easy to create activity.
By Mr. Eknath Doiwad, Special Educator, Navkshitij
Top: A sample of a greeting card madeat Navkshitij Workshop;
Centre and Bottom: Natural Holi Color made by the special friends at Navkshitij.
Thank you from Navkshitij to:
- Mr.Rasiklal Soni
- Mr.Makarand Date
- Mrs.Poonam J. Kale
- Mr.Siddharth Satpute
- Mr.Rajendra Patil
- Mr.Shardul Fadanavis
- Mr.Ajay Banarji
- Mrs.Seema Joshi
- Nitor Infotech Pvt. Ltd.
- Mr.Sandeep Singh Parihar
- SABA Software Pvt Ltd
- Mr.Dhirendra Trivedi
- Mr.Satish Trivedi
- Mr.Nitin Patel
- Mr.Anand Gothekar
- Mrs. Shashi Vyas
- March 11: Mahashivratri
- March 13: Special Friends’ birthday party
- March 28: Holi
- March 29: Dhulawad and Rangpanchami
- February5: Birthday of Special Friends
- February 27: Sports Day
Left: Distribution of Sports Kits at Aswali; Right: Distribution of Education Kits at Marunji
Sports Day events: Children of staff (left); Resident Girls (Right)
Left: Friend Rajesh JKain (in orange shirt) taking a PT session at Asawali; Right: Game of cricket for the staff.
Navkshitij Now Needs
- 1 HP Water Pump –Approximate Cost Rs. 4,500
- Two Cricket Kits(Bats, Ball & Stamps) –Approximate Cost Rs 8,000
- 4 Volleyballs–Approximate Cost Rs 2,000
- 1 Volleyball Net –Approximate Cost Rs 1200
- 2 Cricket Nets–Approximate Cost Rs 4,500
- Ice-cream party –Approximate Cost Rs. 4000