Voice of Navkshitij: March 2019
From The President’s Desk
Scoring a few firsts
We took one important step this month. We partnered with Fire and Security Association of India (FSAI) for a marathon that they conducted on March 3. In another first, a separate category was created for special friends to participate in the marathon, this year. There was good response from parents and schools for special friends. Special friends participated in the marathon with great enthusiasm. We are grateful to the FSAI team for giving us this opportunity and express our special thanks to volunteer Rameshwar who worked sincerely to ensure that the event is successful.
This year, on International Women’s Day, which is observed on March 8, employees from Wipro felicitated all the women caregivers from Navkshitij. It was a beautiful thought to felicitate these women who are doing such wonderful work at the grassroots level, ensuring good quality life for special women. Every day, I salute these strong women who do their work with a smile on their faces and with a lot of empathy.
We celebrated Holi, the festival of colours with natural colours. We are thankful to the team of volunteers from Emcure Pharmaceuticals for making Holi special each year for our friends. This year, for the first time, we put up stalls to sell natural colours at corporate houses. Our Friends enjoy making the natural colour. We collect flowers from the temple, sort it, cut it, and separate the seeds for making seed balls and waste products to make compost. We dry the cut petals in the sunlight and powder it in a grinder to get natural powder with a natural fragrance. We were overwhelmed by the response that we got for natural colours and natural compost.
On March 23, our Friends went on a trek to Ghorawadeshwar, with volunteers from Fiserv. Our Friends eagerly look forward to the trek each month. Friends attending the Day School, Workshop and the Autism unit went to Thergaon Boat Club, Pune on March 15 March. As summer sets in, our Friends look forward to ice cream parties. The first party was on March 28, on the lawns at Navkshitij. Our colleagues came to the party with their children. Visha Bhayee from EverythingMind conducted another workshop on communications. It was a great interactive session. We express our thanks to her.
The impact of pure happiness
ON March 15, it was a colourful and memorable day for the Friends from Day School, Workshop and Autism Centre. Our Founder Director Dr. Neelima Desai organized a whole day picnic in Thergaon for everyone. There were many activities like boating, Hula Hoops, slide, and swings. The area was surrounded by greenery and pleasant air. There was also a lake, Pawna Lake.
Bhakti played in the sand. Swara, Ashwin, Soham, and Shraddha enjoyed rides on the merry-go-around. Yash was swinging with full enthusiasm. Then they all washed their hands and sat to enjoy a lunch of chapatti, dal, pulav, and paneer sabji. After lunch and a short rest, we played Mazya aai ch patra haravla. After that, we played Passing the Ball. At that time, a strange thing happened. A boy who never speaks, said, “Toilet jana hai.” He spoke a full sentence. At first, even he was shocked and scared. But he slowly relaxed. Later, we ate ice cream and left Thergaon at 4.30 p.m. The children formed a single line and walked to the bus. We didn’t have to tell them to form a line and walk to the bus. Both incidents opened my eyes. I learnt there are many things these children will do when they are very happy. I sincerely hope there are many more such activities that will give great happiness to these special people.
By Shivali Patil, Head, Day School, Navkshitij
- April 6: Gudi Padwa celebrations
- April 9: Agro Tourism – An outing
- April 18: Annual Shopping at the mall
- April 23: Annual medical check-up by a team of doctors from Birla Hospital
- April 20: Meeting with parents
- April 27: Trekking in Marunji jungle
- March 4: Mahashivratri
- March 20: Holi
- March 22: Celebrated Dhulavad & Rangpanchami with a team of volunteers from Emcure Pharmaceuticals
- March 23: Trek to Ghorawadeshwar
Thank you from Navkshitij to:
- Mr Makrand Date
- Mr Abhay Khanapure
- Mr Nachiketas Bhatkar
- Fiserv India Pvt Ltd
- A Four Technologies Pvt Ltd
- Rajendra Mehrotra
- Flextronics Technologies India Pvt Ltd
- Trimurti Fabricators Pvt Ltd
- Wipro Acs Pvt Ltd
- Mrs Sweety Mittal
- Mr Ravindra Kulkarni
- Nvidia Graphics Pvt Ltd
- Sumangala R Kothalkar
- UPS Logistics Pvt Ltd
- Mr Kamlesh Ashoklal Bhalgat
- Mr Sampat Shelke
Navkshitij Now Needs:
- 2 Sewing Machines
- 200 kg Wheat flour
- 150 kg Rice
- 4 (15-kg) jars Groundnut oil
- 1 Bicycle
- 50 kg Sugar
(A monthly newsletter published by Dr. Neelima Desai and edited by Kanaka Kadambi on behalf of Navkshitij)