Voice of Navksjitij: August 2017
From The President’s Desk
August, the month of festivals
August was the month of festivals. We celebrated Rakshabandhan with the tying of the Rakhi and feasting on the traditional sweet Narali Bhat at lunch. On Friendship Day, volunteers from the Rotaract Club of Pune Sports City, led by Dr. Viraj, spent a few hours with our Friends. It was a fun-filled and happy day for everyone at Navkshitij. The warmth and kindness exuded by Dr. Viraj and team were very touching. We thank you, Dr Viraj. On Independence Day, August 15, we had a flag hoisting ceremony followed by a picnic to Kasarsai dam, near Marunji. This year, we were fortunate to have Mr Anand Thatte, President, Federation of Retired Employees (Bank of Maharashtra) and a few of his friends for the flag hoisting. Bank of Maharashtra has been supporting us for the past seven years. After the flag hoisting ceremony, we went on a picnic to Kasarsai, where our Friends enjoyed thoroughly.
We celebrated Dahi Handi with our Day School children, and Friends from the Autism Unit and Workshop Unit. It was first big celebration for the Day School children and they were very excited.
This year, for Ganapati, we brought plain Ganapati idols to be painted and decorated by our Friends. It was a new experience though a difficult one, but our Friends enjoyed it. All my colleagues helped them. Various Rotary Clubs from Pune city bought the Ganapati idols from us. We appreciate the efforts of Rotarians Subodh Malpani and Vivek Kulkarni who supported this project.
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.
Our Friends went on a Monsoon trek to Naneghat. Volunteers from Fiserv helped our Friends complete the trek. We are grateful to Fiserv for their sustained support. Volunteers from Friends of Waldorf Education, Laura and Marie, completed their volunteering and returned to Germany. We were impressed with their selfless contribution towards the betterment of our Friends. Linn and Anna have come to take their place and will be here for a year. We thank Friends of Waldorf Education for their support to Navkshitij through sending us volunteers from Germany year after year.
Our Friends have started preparation and practice for the Street Play and Natyamahotsav, which are slated for October.
Saying goodbye to Navkshitij, my second home
Working as a volunteer at Navkshitij for almost one year, I have had many experiences and it is hard to put everything into words. I can remember my first day at Navkshitij very clearly, the warm welcome by the special friends, the questions everyone asked me about me and my family and the load of names I tried to remember somehow.
At first I didn't really feel at home here. Everything was completely different from my life in Germany. I always lived with my family. But after a few weeks I had a new, big family at Navkshitij. There were the girls, who were like small sisters to me and Kaku who was like a grandmother to me. Also, I had never had any language issues at home, but after a while I learned how to communicate by learning some Marathi words and using body language. My new home became familiar quickly and I learned so many new things.
I learned about Indian culture and celebrated many Hindu festivals at Navkshitij. I learned about Indian food and tried many different dishes. Very importantly, I learned how to work with mentally challenged people.
Even though my working routine was the same every day, it never got boring. To see the different moods of the special friends every day was very interesting. Of course that was very hard and challenging. I always felt joyful working with them. I went trekking once a month with Navkshitij, which was a nice change for all of us and showed us the beautiful nature of India.
After one year full of excitement and experiences, it feels wrong to go back to Germany, but I know that I'm always welcome at my second home and that my second family, Navkshitij, will always welcome me with open arms again!
By Resident volunteer from Germany, Marie Selina Eggert
- September 5: Teacher’s day
- September 6: Traffic Awareness Programme
- September 16: Parents’ Meeting
- September 20: Exchange Program at Gharkul and Adhar, Nashik
- September 23: Monthly Trek
- September 30: Dassera
- August 6: Friendship Day
- August 7: Rakshabandhan
- August 15: Independence Day
- August 16: Dahi Handi
- August 25: Ganesh Chaturthi
- August 26: Monthly trek to Naneghat, Junnar.
- August 29: Ganesh Visarjan
Navkshitij now needs:
- 2 Extra Large cotton mat (Sataranji) – Approximate cost Rs 8,000
- 1 Garden Bench – Approximate cost Rs 10,000
- 2-Seater Park Swing – Approximate cost Rs 20,000
- 2 Radio + Tape recorder with USB jack – Approximate cost Rs 6,000
Thank you from Navkshitij to:
- · Mr. Abhay Khanapure
- Mr. & Mrs. D Costa
- Mr. Nester Stephen
- M/s We Kare Society
- Mr. Abhay Khanapure
- Mr. Velis Bhushan Eknath
- Mr. Sagar Ranjit Ogale
- M/s Flextronics Tech. (India) Pvt. Ltd.
- Mr. Nitin Patel
- Mr. Rahul Srivastav
- Mr. Krupasindhu Muduli
- Mr. Pradeep Bhawalkar
- Mr. Nachiket Bhatkar
(A monthly newsletter published by Dr. Neelima Desai and edited by Kanaka Kadambi)