Voice of Navkshitij: September 2017
Rotarians, Thanks for the Magic!
IT was a very special September for us at Navkshitij. On Tuesday, September 26, the Rotary Club of Poona Airport planned a special event for the girls. They came with saris, a make-up artist and a hair stylist to do a make-over for the girls. The girls and women were, of course, thrilled. They enjoyed getting dressed up and being the centre of attention. All of them looked so pretty. The event helped make Navratri 2017 a very special festival for them. We thank Rotarian Yasmin Gojer for the thoughtful gesture and taking the initiative to organise this session.
This year, we had a parents’ meeting on September 16 to discuss the new vacation pattern with them. We have decided not to have a compulsory vacation during Diwali since there are a few Friends who are unable to go home for various reasons. They feel lonely and miss it when their friends are away for long. Now, it has been decided that those who want to take the Friends home for Diwali may do so but for one week only. We are grateful to the parents for understanding and supporting our decision.
Music, drama, Diwali dhamaka… that was October for us
Mahesh Professional Forum, PCMC, invited our Friends for an evening of music and dance, titled Retro to Metro, at the Ramakrishna More auditorium, on September 9. Our Friends enjoyed the music and the snacks provided.
This year, Dassera brought a special gift for Navkshitij. Rotary International District 3131 gave us Tata Magic, a 4-wheeler passenger vehicle. Rotary Club of Pune and Rotary Club of Laxmi Road contributed towards this. We are thankful to all Rotarians, especially DG Abhay Gadgil, the force behind the initiative.
Like every festival season, we are now feverishly completing orders for Daan Utsav, Diwali stalls, and other private orders. The entire staff across Navkshitij and our Friends get together to complete the orders. On behalf of the Navkshitij family, we wish you a very happy, prosperous and safe Diwali.
‘Not aware of Special friends before, now they are ‘special’ to me’
FOR the last three months, I am associated with Navkshitij. It’s very strange to say that before joining Navkshitij, I had never heard or met mentally challenged people. I was completely unaware about special friends. I didn’t know how to communicate with them, understand their emotions and deal with them. But within a short span of time, I successfully made friends and now I can proudly say that Pallavi, Manali, Neha and the others are motivating me. Everyone is special to me now.
I interact with them at the workshop. They surprise me every day with their hidden talents. Some are masters in painting, paper cutting, jewellery making, knitting, dance, mimicry, sports and so on. Even some of us normal people like us can't do all these. Though they are not capable of working independently, still they are very happy.
Whenever I visit the workshop, our Friends welcome me with a smile. Their sense of gratitude has left a deep impression in me. Gratitude may be a strong word but in the case of mentally challenged friends, it can stand for very small things.
I am always surrounded by warmth, respect and the love of our Friends and staff members. Of course, there are unpleasant situations at times; some sad moments too. But our Friends teach us how to move on by accepting things and forgiving themselves and others again and again. They just move on and lead a life filled with love. I feel so honoured to be a part of the Navkshitij family.
By Sayali Waghole, Office Assistant, Navkshitij
- October 2: Street Play and Walkathon
- October 5: Drama Competition (Natya Mahotsav)
- October 5: Kojagiri Purnima
- October 11: Traffic Awareness Program
- October 13: Parents’ Meeting (Day Care School)
- October 14: Staff Meeting
- October 15 to 22: Diwali holidays for staff members
- September 5: Teacher’s Day
- September 6: Traffic Awareness Program at Emcure Chowk
- September 16: Parents’ Meeting
- September 30: Dassera
Navkshitij now needs:
- 2 Radio + Tape recorder with USB jack – Approximate cost Rs 6,000
- 24 LED Bulbs – Approximate cost Rs 4,800
- 2 Garden pipes (100 ft) – Approximate cost Rs 1,400
- 25 Electric Vibrating Toothbrush (Rechargeable) – Approximate cost Rs 11,250
- 1 Inverter battery – Approximate cost Rs 14,000
- 1 Portable Sound System – Approximate cost Rs 20,000
- 1 Garden Bench – Approximate cost Rs 10,000
- 2 Seater Park Swing – Approximate cost Rs 20,000
Thank you from Navkshitij to:
- Mr Abhay Khanapure
- Ms Saroja Balaraman
- M/s Emcure Pharmaceuticals Ltd
- Mr Makarand Date
- Ms Zankhana Mehta
- Ms Kajal Thakar
- Mr Shailesh Amdekar
- Ms Vimla Goyal
- Gen T P Sen
- Mr Akash Kurane
- Ms Leela Kulkarni
- Mr Anand Gotekar
- Ms Kshipra Deshmukh
- Mr Nitin Patel
- M/s Fiserv India Pvt Ltd
(A monthly newsletter published by Dr. Neelima Desai and edited by Kanaka Kadambi)