Voice of Navkshitij: October 2017
From the President’s desk
We regret to announce the sad demise of our Adventure Club member, Mr Manoj Bhagwat, on October 30. He organised several memorable treks for us, both within and outside Maharashtra, along with Mr Rajabhau Patankar. Our association with him spans seven treasurable years. In his passing away, Navkshitij has a lost a very valuable friend and supporter.
For our monthly trek, we went to Neelkantheshwar on December 23. After a long time, I accompanied the Friends and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for me. I was full of admiration for the way the old timers have trained themselves to climb carefully and at the same time enjoy the beautiful scenery around. Friends from the Day School and Day Workshop and our Autistic Friends went to Okayama Friendship Garden in Pune. It was a good change for them.
Music, drama, Diwali dhamaka… that was October for us
We did many interesting things in October. To start with we organised the 9th edition of our Street Play and Walkathon on October 2. We started the Walkathon from Fergusson College and concluded it in front of Sambhaji Park on Jangali Maharaj Road. At three places, our Friends performed a Street Play on the topic, Taking Care of the Environment. The editor of Sakal, Shashikant Sutar, inaugurated the event. Students from Indira School of Business Studies, Tathwade, were the volunteers for the event. We are grateful to the students and Professor Mangesh Dande for their regular support.
On October 5, we held the 10th Natyamahotsav, an interschool drama competition for special friends, at Bharat Natya Mandir. Special friends from eight schools and five workshops participated. What was noteworthy was that participants from faraway places like Latur and Ichalkaranji also came all the way to Pune to participate in the competition. All of them performed with great zest and enthusiasm. The editor of Lokmat, Mr. Vijay Baviskar was chief guest for the event. Mr. Prakash Parakhi and Mrs. Deepali Nirgudkar were the judges for the competition. Mr. Bipin Sangale anchored the event, which was sponsored by Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd. We thank each of them and the Navkshitij team without whose selfless efforts it is not possible to host such events year after year.
It was a walk down memory lane, on October 14, when Resonance Recording Studio organised Diwali Pahat at our Marunji premises. Preeti Chavan, Tejas Chavan and team entertained our Friends and their families singing old and new Hindi and Marathi songs. It was a real treat for all of us. This year, Diwali vacation was short, just for a week. Around 18 to 20 special friends stayed at Navkshitij during Diwali, with some of my colleagues. Many kind-hearted souls visited Navkshitij with sweets, fruits and crackers and ensured there was never a dull moment for the Friends and colleagues who remained at Navkshitij. We ended October on a special note. Friends Giriraj Dhekane and Kunal Shewade, accompanied by our Workshop Manager Mr Santosh Munde, participated in a Self-Advocacy Training programme in Ahmedabad, on October 25 and 26. This is the first time that Navkshitij Friends are participating in such an event.
There’s so much positive energy here
Since three months, I am living at Navkshitij. It is a short time but the special friends are already a big part of my life in India. India. The country of colours and smells. There are so many differences between India and Germany. The traffic here, for example, is very thick. At the beginning of my volunteering year here, it was so exciting just to cross the road. The landscape is another favourite in India, it is so beautiful! It feels perfect to live at Navkshitij because it’s near wonderful mountains. Navkshitij is a great place to live in. It is in a little village where everybody knows each other. The special friends are making me so happy. I think nobody can be in a bad mood if he spends time with them because they have so much positive energy. At the beginning of my time in India, it was not easy to handle many situations. The local language, for example. Since three months I am learning Marathi and it’s going to get better. Navkshitij is also my place to work. Most of the time I stay at the Day School where I help to create the school lessons. A real everyday life doesn’t exist here because the days are very individual. The school is like a kindergarten. A lot of art and playing. The children practice fine motor skills like making a chain. I enjoy my time here because I like working with children a lot. I have two little siblings and I know the importance of a good childhood. It is very interesting and enriching to work with mentally challenged children and to understand them. In this short time, I learned a lot about others and myself. I have learned to be happy about the little things in life, whether a smile or a funny moment at work. Sometimes I am very happy just having electricity. Overall, I am so happy to be a part of Navkshitij : By Linn Maria Bergmann, Resident volunteer from Germany
- November 4: Group Birthday Celebration of Special Friends
- November15: Traffic Awareness Program
- November25: Monthly Trek
- October 2: Street Play and Walkathon
- October 5: Drama Competition (Natya Mahotsav); Kojagiri Purnima
- October 13: Parents’ Meeting (Day Care School); Diwali Party
- October 14: Diwali Pahat; Staff Meeting
- October 15 to 22: Diwali holidays for staff members
- October 25, 26: Participation in Self-Advocacy Training Programme in Ahmedabad
- October 30: Day School, Autism Centre & Day Workshop reopen
Thank you from Navkshitij to:
- Mr. Abhay Khanapure
- Lions Club of Pune
- Kokate Talim Mandal Trust, Pashan Village
- M/S Emcure Pharmaceutical Ltd.
- M/S Flextronics Tech [India] PVT .LTD
- M/S Innovation Transformation Pvt.
- Mr. Amit Mishra
- Dr. Sucheta Sathe
- Mr. Umesh Sakhare
- Mr. Shanakar Jategoankar
- Ms Neha and Mr Abhishek Agarwal
- Mr. Krushna Buchade
- Resonance Recording Studio, Pune.
- Indira School of Business Studies
- Dr. Rohini Kathawate
Navkshitij now needs:
- 2 Radio + Tape recorder with USB jack – Approximate cost Rs 6,000
- 25 Electric Vibrating Toothbrush (Chargeable) – Approximate cost Rs 11,250
- 1 Portable Sound System – Approximate cost Rs 20,000
- Annual Sponsorship for one residential Friend – Rs 96,000
- Sponsorship for 4 Day School students – Rs. 18,000 per month
- Sponsorship for Annual High Altitude trekking for Friend Kishor Jagtap – Rs. 13,000
- 2 Volleyballs – Approximate cost Rs 2200
- 2 Cricket bats – Approximate cost Rs 1800
- 12 Tennis balls – Approximate cost Rs 400
(A monthly newsletter published by Dr. Neelima Desai and edited by Kanaka Cadambi on behalf of Navkshitij)