Voice of Navkshitij: October 14
From The President’s Desk
Diwali made doubly sweet
It was a wonderful Diwalifor all of us. We got a well-deserved holiday and we are back to work withrenewed vigour and enthusiasm.
Before Diwali, we were busypreparing products for the stalls, which peak during Navratri and Diwali. Weall worked very hard. We put up stalls at many corporate houses. Sometimes weput up as many as five stalls at different locations on the same day. Ofcourse, we are very happy that many corporates are coming forward to give usthe opportunity to showcase our products.
At Navkshitij, we makepaper lanterns, candles, jewellery, greeting cards, envelopes, handmade paperbags and delicious Delicacy chocolates. Our Friends help us to make theproducts. This activity gives our Friends a good daily routine and a greatfeeling of self-worth.
Every month, our Friendsget a “salary” for their contribution at the workshop. Everyone gets veryexcited on “salary” day. They sign or put their thumb impression and collecttheir “salary”. It is a very nominal amount. The important point is that goingto work and getting paid like their siblings, our Friends feel like adults(which they are by physical age). When they get this feeling, they startbehaving like a grown up person.
Orders for our productsserve two purposes – it gives our Friends a structured routine for the day andthe money from the sale of our products helps meet a portion of our monthlyexpenses.
Our Delicacy chocolates area hot product. At our well-established chocolate unit, we can make 100 kg ofchocolates every month. We are fortunate to have enthusiastic staff members wholike to take up challenges and see them to completion. Wehope to get regular orders for making chocolates and become self-sustainable.
A special salute toour Chocolate unit team
Anuradha Munde is the head of the chocolateunit. There are five Friends in her team – Sushama, Raj, Sunita, Manali andKunal. They have bonded well as a team and have a special equation withAnuradha. This year, they proved that mentally challenged friends also have asense of responsibility and commitment.
This Diwali, we got many orders for chocolatesduring Diwali. Many of them came just before Diwali. During the week precedingDiwali, the workload was extremely heavy. We needed to prepare chocolates forstalls and for corporate orders. Some of us – not attached to the chocolateunit – decided to lend a hand.
One day, after the regular working hours, we toldour Friends to take rest and assured them that we would continue to make thechocolates and complete the orders. Believe it or not, they flatly refused toleave before the orders were completed. They all stayed up until midnight andhelped us complete the work. We made the chocolates, packed them as perrequirements and labelled them. Their commitment and sense of responsibilitywas amazing. The best part was that they completed the job happily, withoutcomplaining.
I would like to recall one more incident. Thisyear, there were electricity problems at Marunji. We had to make complete a 48kg order and deliver it at 10 a.m. the next day. It was already past five inthe evening. Given the frequent power failure, we were at our wit’s end. I toldAnuradha that it would be wrong not to honour commitments and that we shouldnot set a bad precedent. She understood the situation and appreciated the needto go beyond the regular boundary. I suggested that we could go to my place andwork through the night. She agreed and we all worked till 4 a.m. to completethe order. Asha, Divekar maushi and I helped Anuradha to complete this ordersuccessfully.
Wesalute team leader Anuradha and Friends Sushama, Raj, Sunita, Manali and Kunalfor their amazing commitment.
- November 1: Navkshitij reopensafter Diwali holidays
- November 3 to 7: Participation inWeltwarts International Partner Conference in Nagpur
- November 12: Traffic AwarenessProgram
- November 19, 20: Trip to Alibaug
- October 1: Traffic AwarenessProgramme
- October 2: Street Play andWalkathon from Fergusson College Road Sambhaji Park
- October 3: Dassera celebrations
- October 4: Volunteer from Germanyarrives for a one-year stint at Navkshitij
- October 7: Kojagiri Poornimacelebrations
- October 17: Diwali party for ourFriends
- October 18: Meeting with parents
- October 19–31: Diwali vacation
Navkshitij now needs:
- 6 Standing Fans – Approximate cost Rs. 2,500 each
- 2 Wall Clocks – Approximate costRs. 400 each
- 2 Showcases – Rs. 1,500 each
- 24 CFL Bulbs – Approximate costRs. 175 each
- 24 Night Lamps – Approximate cost Rs. 150 each
- 3 Medium Sized Mirrors –Approximate cost Rs. 250 each
- 3 Big Sized Mirrors – Approximatecost Rs. 450 each
- 6 Locks –Approximate cost Rs. 300each
- 1 Barber’s Chair – Approximate cost Rs. 4000
- 25T-Shirts for Trekking(Staff) – Approximate cost Rs. 350 each
Thank you from Navkshitij to:
- Mr. Nikhil Aina
- Mr. Vinod K.Mhetre
- Mr. RachanRajesh Panche
- Ms. KhushbuParihariya
- Ms. ShivadasDevika
- Dr. Bhushan A. Bari
- Fiserv IndiaPvt Ltd
- Mr. Vinod MohanChainani
- EmcurePharmaceuticals Limited
- Ms. VaidehiPatankar
- Rotary Club ofPune Central
- Ms. Neelima Patwardhan
- Ms. WagleNandini Vaman
- Ms. ManjariDhanesh Shah
- Dr. RajeevPoonam Devgun
- Ms. ShashiHashu Daswani
- Mr. Shafakat
- Indira Institute of Management
- Ms. Devendra Peshave
- Mr. Deepak Gupta
- Ms. Anjali Jaywant
- Ms. Anjali Bhagat
- Ms. Hira Kelshikar
- SankalpConsumer Products Pvt Ltd
- Capgemini India, EmcurePharmaceuticals Limited, Fiserv, KPIT Cummins, Infosys Ltd, Suzlon, NitorInfotech, Rotary Club of Poona West, Tata Communications, L&T Infotech,Praj Industries Ltd., Lokmanya Multipurpose Co-op. Society Ltd.( forfacilitating stalls)
(A monthly newsletterpublished by Dr. Neelima Desai and edited by Kanaka Cadambi on behalf ofNavkshitij)