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Nirmaan Organization

We have only one passion, The rise of a great Nation

"Bhaiyya!"

"Anna!"

'Great' is an understatement for the feeling when being addressed this way by twenty enthusiastic kids, as they run towards you, their hands extended for a high five. Sometimes, a seven year old girl hugs you out of excitement. Such has been the bonding between us and the kids of Zari. Unlike other members, I joined Nirmaan in my second semester. Back at home, I have a close friend - a slum dweller. We shared a similar childhood; we played cricket all day long and went to our respective schools. He was in class 8 when I was in class 7. Where are we now? I https://www.viagrasansordonnancefr.com/viagra-en-ligne/ worked my way through the rat race of Indian education to get admitted to one of the best colleges in the country with a branch of my choice and he is struggling with his class 12 examinations after having failed thrice. Now I’m academically older. How, though? He’s intelligent too. It turns out that his parents had already planned his future. I’m still wondering whether to buy a Harry Potter or Batman tee, and he has a wife and a job at a construction site! It was then that I started believing that we must inspire young minds from the very beginning and teach them how education plays a huge role in life. Nirmaan was the perfect platform and I am glad that I took that call.

My induction into Nirmaan was unconventional. I was interviewed by the then President, Dilip Ramesh, and seniors in other verticals. After a month of rotation between each vertical, I had the liberty of choosing my own. I was firm in my decision. It absolutely had to be Teach Zari; it was the very reason that had prompted me to join Nirmaan.

My first class was so memorable. It felt really good when the kids acknowledged our effort and reciprocated our love. They were excited, and became even more so, when I spoke to them in Kannada (common in Zari). And boy, was I relieved to speak that language after struggling with Hindi on campus. I was sent to teach them mathematics, but they insisted on learning English. Their thirst for learning new things, and learning every single day, baffled me. When I was their age, “no homework” meant “have fun” and “read chapter 7” meant “no homework”. But these kids? They wouldn’t take no homework for an answer. They wouldn’t let me leave the room without assigning them something to work on. Another memorable incident was when a second standard girl thanked me for teaching her and gave me the gift of an origami rose. On Independence day, we organized several activities, giving diaries as prizes, which later ended up in the hands of every kid who managed to wet his/her eye for not getting it. After a session of hugs, high fives, and distribution of chocolates, we headed back to campus, a morning well spent.

I’ve just started my journey, but I have learned a lot. Learning is a two-way process. I’ve learned that in every nook and corner of the country, there is a desire to learn, which most of us are oblivious to. There are Einsteins in the shadows, waiting to be discovered. I've learned that social service is not all about earning karma points, it’s about self-satisfaction and mental tranquility too. I also learned that when a seven year old girl tells you that she forgot her sandals and demands a ride home on your shoulders, you just can’t escape those innocent puppy eyes. On a more serious note, I feel that Nirmaan is a great initiative and I’m happy to be a part of it. I look forward to more such memorable days.

 

Sooraj Kamath

It was late September in 2014. We were visiting Fr. Agnel’s orphanage as a part of the Joy of Giving Week celebrations and there was excitement in the air as we boarded the bus with everyone looking forward to meet the kids. As we reached the orphanage, we found the kids waiting expectantly, their jubilant faces beaming at us as they saw us coming from across the football field. The plans for the day included a collage competition and a football rematch from last year when the kids had recorded a comprehensive victory. The kids divided themselves into groups: some chose to play football, some basketball, some went for collage and some chose just to sit and interact. I played football for a while and then went and sat next to my friend who was talking to kids. She was looking at the collage one of the kids, who was around 8, had made and was complimenting his work. She asked him how he had managed to make such a beautiful picture and he replied “My mother taught me how to.” It took a moment for the significance of that statement to sink in. viagra pas cher inde lille I was left dumbstruck for a while. This memory is going to stay with me for a long time. It was one of those moments which gives you a new perspective on life. I felt grateful for all that I have. I have a newfound respect for people who were handed the short end of the stick by life and had to battle great odds. The delight etched on their faces is still vivid in my memory. The happiness we can bring to people by taking out a small amount of time from our lives continues to amaze me.

Sukirt Thakur

It was certainly not the first time I had entered a slum, but this was a special one probably because the people here knew that education was not something that could be ignored.

It was in the first week of August that I joined this one club that was technically not a club, but a social organization having a pan-India presence with corporates backing it.  This was the first time that I was involved with an NGO, I had earlier taken part in small scale social services but this was different, partly because this was going to be my first club experience after joining college and probably because this was going to be my first interaction with individuals who were determined to contribute to their capacity. This organization had a name which it truly deserved because of its pursuit of ‘Change’, Nirmaan.

Soon after a 3 stage induction, an introductory group meeting and a memorable outing to Arambol, we had more meetings. Boring? Nah. From finding solutions to real-life problems faced by the slum community to building a rapport with the club seniors, these meetings had everything. Two weeks later, we finally chose the verticals we wanted to work for. It was Knowledge operations for me because I was really keen on teaching and well, interacting with the people of the slum community more often. The other verticals which included Health operations and Employment operations had equally fascinating tasks at hand which some of the other inductees chose to join. Just a couple of days later, we had a Knowledge operations meeting where we were inducted into the more specific projects, Teach Zari, Shiksha and Career counselling. I was initially reluctant to choose my present project, Teach Zari due to concerns of time constraint. In hindsight, this was probably the best decision I made regarding my role in Nirmaan.

A week later, I get a, now familiar, message on my phone from the project lead of my vertical “Are you free to go for today’s class?” It was an ecstatic ‘Yes’ and it comes back to the point with which I started this experience. This was a slum that was different, not because of the local community which defined dynamism or because of the ultra-energetic children who welcomed you with a slew of high-fives and handshakes but because they valued education. Having studied in a proper school, I never truly understood the rants about our education system. Dealing with kids who face problems of half taught concepts to under motivation, I saw an education system which needed an overhaul which of course is a different story, something I might write about in my later posts. Nevertheless, the enthusiasm that these kids showed towards learning was palpable. Though we met with some really concerning attendance during the middle of the semester, a gripping street play and a lively teacher’s day celebration helped in some spectacular spurt in attendance. The first kid I taught was this 5th grader, Pankaj around whom the later part of the semester revolved. From preparing him for a scholarship exam we believed he could crack to running around collecting forms and signatures, we at Teach Zari are hopeful of him as the cliché goes “coming out with flying colours”.

A fantastic team of inspired individuals lead by Mohit and Ankur, the team of 15 or so comprises of Chandrahas, Tushar, Drishti, Gauri, Siddhi, Arushi, Madhukar, Srishti, Juhi, Neeti, Shardool, Sudhindra and of course me. Looking forward to writing more articles for this incredible organization and club,

Signing off

Snehith Alapati

Motivation is an abstruse notion. Motivation can neither be derived nor can it be conjured, it can only be drawn upon and dawned upon. Many people are motivated by a laureate, by a book or by a role model. On the other hand  sometimes all a person requires to be motivated is a soft smile, a tinkering thought or someone’s arms wide open; the little things.

I’ve often been questioned on my motivation to teach these students. People find this act noble yet perplexing. They figure it’s for the bigger picture, they figure it’s for the greater good but for me rather I’ve had different reasons. In response I have always said the same thing, I’ve told them that it’s the little things.  It’s their bright faces masked with curiosity when they enter class even after a long school day . It’s the distinct way they call out ‘Didi! Didi!’ when they think they’ve solved a question. It’s the way their eager eyes twinkle when they’ve finally understood a baffling math concept. It’s the way they offer to pacify the other children so that I can continue teaching. It’s the way they beckon me to come tomorrow to teach them again.  It’s the conviction they have with their answers though it is wrong.  It’s the way they wish me happiness for the forth coming festivals.

There are so many ways the kids make my day brighter, my day more nourishing.  It’s these imperceptible quirks that fabricate my reason, my motivation.

Tulasi Ravindran

 

Republic Day this year was very special for me. Usually every year, I would go to school in the morning for the flag hoisting ceremony, then come home and watch the Republic Day parade on TV.

 

However, this year, I shared the joy of celebrating Republic Day with around 300 kids from two schools in Zari. Kids of all ages participated in the Republic Day celebrations with a lot of enthusiasm. Our objective, on behalf of Nirmaan, was to make these kids’ Republic Day special. The end was result was a wonderful Republic Day for the kids and the Nirmaan volunteers.

 

We started our celebrations at the Government School in Zari, near the temple. The kids were painting Indian flags with finger paint. We joined in and in the end, paint covered hands and smiles filled the classroom.

 

We then went to SYSM school in Zari. Thanks to our projects Shiksha and Teach Zari, many of the kids there knew our volunteers well. After a round of “hi bhaiyya” and “hi didi”, we taught the younger kids how to make beautiful little things with colored paper, with the help of origami techniques. What was initially a stack of colored paper, magically transformed into flowers and butterflies, and the children’s spirits bloomed.

 

With the older kids (Stds. 8-10), we had a quiz on general knowledge and history of Goa. They enjoyed participating in the quiz and had a lot of fun in the learning process as well. Next, we showed the older kids some videos about communal harmony, patriotism, and of course our marvelous Republic Day parade. They were completely engrossed in the videos, and by the end of the video session, the big smiles on the kids’ faces were enough proof for us that we had done a great job on Republic Day. We distributed bananas to all the kids at the school. Finally, when it was time to leave, there was another wave of “bye bhaiyya”s and “bye didi”s.

 

The experience as a whole was very enriching. What started out as a day of giving, proved to be more about sharing as not only did I learn a lot from this exposure, it was also a joyous experience which painted a smile on my heart, and all those around me. The event was very gratifying, in the sense that it helped me feel more responsible and mature as a citizen.

 

Interacting with the kids, celebrating a festival together, there is no joy in the world that parallels this. I am proud to be a part of Nirmaan, where we think of others before ourselves, and have loads of fun in the process.

 

Ashwini Patil

 

We all had the pleasure on Monday, 21st January 2013 of hearing what Mr Parasuraman; Director at UNESCO and former Education Minister, Mauritius had to tell us about the journey of his life and also on how the youth of today should be keenly focussed on their future and serve humanity. The talk was organised by Nirmaan in collaboration with Matrix. It was a really enriching experience for us students to hear from one the great achievers and social workers of today.

                As goes his life story, he was born in a poor family in Mauritius, and learned things the hard way. He gave credit to his teachers who gave him tuitions for free when he could not afford to pay them. He insisted that it is very important that we seek our parents’ and our teachers’ blessings each time we set on doing something new, because it clears many of the hurdles we might face. He also told us about the power of God and meditation- whenever he comes to India he goes to his hometown in Tamil Nadu to pay tribute to where his forefathers lived. He also draws inspiration from Gandhi and his ideals.

                As a politician, he emphasised that anyone who joins it should have a clear conscience and should be looking to serve the people. On being asked about how politicians in India handle things, he commented that working only for some time before and after the period of elections is a completely dishonest practice and anybody in position should work tirelessly at all times. That is the secret, he tells, of him being in power as the Education Minister for almost 13 years. He also urged us to be good judges of what is good and what is bad, and that nobody can corrupt us without our permission. We should therefore, vote only on the basis of performance and not anything else.

                After serving in the government, he felt it was time to give back something to humanity. So he founded the Global Rainbow Foundation, which focuses on empowering people with disabilities. It has a seven-pronged action plan, analogous to the seven rainbow colours, and they are mainly aimed at training the disabled to become self-dependent. He finds it very satisfying and emotionally touching to bring a ray of hope to somebody’s life. A student asked if it would be better for us students as contributors to society to join politics or go for NGOs, to which he said that actions with good intent will be fruitful no matter where you are.            

                Thus, his talk really made us think about giving back to our people once we are on our feet. He really made us think about our role and responsibilities as the youth of our country and citizens of this world. 

GreenBasics is a Non-Profit Organisation with a vision to provide comprehensive solutions for agriculture and thus, making it more sustainable. It accomplishes this through seed processing units, farm machinery and other extension services. Greenbasics is offering services to the farmers in 40 villages in Andhra Pradesh.

Ramana Killi, founder and consultant, GreenBasics is a graduate from TISS, Mumbai and is now implementing two projects under the CSR of Goa Shipyard Ltd. The projects involve introduction of farm integration methods in Canconna Taluk, with the objective of increasing the produce and promotion of group dairy farming model in Sattari Taluk.

Nirmaan Goa, will cooperate with GreenBasics in implementing both the projects. Four volunteers from Nirmaan will work with the project Managers of each of the projects. Volunteers will not only benefit from the exposure to these grassroots projects, but also from their participation in fieldwork such as community profiling of the target project areas.

We look forward to this symbiotic alliance and wish our volunteers Aniket Mane, Harith msr, Rohit Kadam and Akshay Bharadwaj good luck for this new assignment.

For more information on GreenBasics, please visit, http://www.greenbasics.org/

During the last academic semester, Nirmaan - Goa has gone beyond their own projects and has taken every oppurtunity to serve the community. The goa chapter has taken the initiative to bring together all the NGOs at Goa through NGO Confluence 2012. The volunteers have always taken an extra step in taking their projects forward. The amazing efforts taken by the previous team in driving the organisation towards the vision of Nirmaan will be cherished as well as remembered. The following is the summary of activities that Nirmaan Goa has done during the period Jan - May 2012. 

In case you face trouble viewing the above flash, please go through the abridged version of the same in this PDF -> Summary of Activities @ Nirmaan Goa. Jan - May 2012

 

The All Goa NGO Confluence 2012 is a platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences between different NGOs, diverse experts, and organizations working on sustainable societies. The event shall play host to more than 50 NGOs in Goa, students, professionals and CSR Cells of Companies.

More details - http://www.nirmaan.org/ngo-confluence-2012/index.html

Joy of Giving Week: A Week of Philanthropy celebrated across all chapters of Nirmaan! At Goa the prominent events were Cloth Collection Drive, performances in the auditorium for children, visits to old age and orphanages, Meal of Joy.

Waves Stall: An annual exhibition of products made by the women who were trained by Nirmaan. This exhibition takes place during Waves: the annual cultural festival of BITS Goa.

?Blood Donation Camp:  An annual blood donation camp organized by Nirmaan in BITS Campus, often this event sees a huge turnout of blood donors among the students

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