August – The Month Gone by in our Gurgaon centers

Month – August 2017 
Zone – Gurgaon 
1. HEALTH CHECK UP CAMPS: Secretary Operations- Mr. Akhil Mahajan
Health check-up camp was organized at 2 center’s(Sikanderpur and Sec 57 center) in the month of August. 55 students were covered at Sikanderpur center and 13 students were covered at Sec 57 center. Tablet for worm infection was given to each student. Basic health check-up was done of all students and if any student was found having an issue, it was noted for further action. Local people from slums also came from treatment/awareness.
-Akhil Mahajan
2. Sec 57 Centre : Centre Head – Mrs. Anju Pandey
The August month was both eventful and challenging for all of us at our center, sector-57. During the first week, when few families began to shift from the area, the number of children coming to the center drastically came down! After waiting for two days for things to normalize, we decided to visit the remaining families. It was then we found out that they feel unsafe walking down to the park, their center! We counseled the parents and the children for this. We suggested them for taking turns to drop their kids and come to the class together in a group. To our surprise the very next day the class strength was back up!
To celebrate our Independence Day, we had organized a sports day where every child participated. It was so heartwarming to see their enthusiasm! They sportingly learned and played new games, races, learned motivational song etc. To mark this auspicious day, we held another eventful activity day where kids made the National flag, talked about how to keep their surroundings clean, learned about their freedom fighters, sang and danced on patriotic songs.
During this month, one of our challenges was to conduct regular classes when the rains were pouring. To tackle this, our team members came out with a brilliant solution. They spoke to the lady caretaker of a nearby unoccupied apartment, for conducting the classes during rain and heat. She happily agreed as her child, Naman, was also coming to us.
It is rightly said: Where there is a will, there is a way!!

Last but not the least, Rakshabandhan festival was celebrated by making Rakhi by all the children.

I want to give credit to our very desirous and buoyant team who inspire the people around them!!
Anju Pandey

3. Sohna Road Centre: Centre Head- Mrs. Sapna Tyagi 

“Strength and growth come only through constant efforts and struggle.”
As there are a lot of students at Sohna Road Center it was too difficult to manage and teach them properly. So as discussed with Varun we decided to split classes on alternate days. But this was likely to cause the students irregular. Now it the challenge to regularize and discipline them. But with our constant efforts, they are coming back on the track.
Students who were not going to school also required to be admitted. Some of them didn’t have birth certificates so I went to the mini-secretariat for the affidavit and talked to Education officer also. Three students were unable to purchase books and uniform so for two students Gaurav Ji advocate arranged a donation of Rs 4000.  For the third one, our Volunteer Smeeta Basak purchased all the books.
Our Volunteer Vaishali Ahuja also donated 40 notebooks. Snacks and fruits distribution was done by Dr.  Satish Chandra and Saumya Bansal. Our Volunteer Siddharth shah arranged 5 big size whiteboards and water bottles from his office.
Independence day was celebrated. Apart from the cultural program, our students played a drama on girls education.
This is how our august month was.
Thanks, everyone for your time and support.
Sapna Tyagi
4. Sikandarpur Centre: Centre Head – Mrs. Rupali Paranjape
As monsoon is at its peak, it was a challenge to conduct regular classes. The month of monsoon sees some important festivals and events. However, with the support of enthusiastic volunteers, we could manage to celebrate Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan at the center. Both festivals were celebrated with religious zeal and fervour. Children had an opportunity to show their creativity thru making Rakhi’s and Indian flag which truly made these events more unique.
We also conducted our first health check-up session at our center in August month.
It’s been almost a year I am visiting this centre and share a great bonding not only with the children but also with the people residing in neighbourhood. We are thankful to Mr. Virendra Yadav who allowed us to run the school in the temple premises. Also a big thank you to Reena and her family to allow us to keep all the required stuff,  at their small and cozy home, we are using on a daily basis. Special thanks to all priceless volunteers for their constant support in every possible way.
Rupali Paranjape

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