The under-served community is the least served and the most neglected, particularly children, who apart from the right to quality education also have the right to good health. Under Project Aarogyam, we organise immunization camps regularly in collaboration with Max India Foundation to fulfill this goal. The most recent one entailed vaccinatnation against Diptheria and Tetanus.
Science can be fun and interesting! Our kids watched in awe at different experiments combining dry ice, soap solution and water. The result was magical. This amazing workshop was conducted by Wonderlab, who made sure that the children do not remain just mute spectators but participated in this scintillating display.
A smile can be contagious. It created a ripple effect at Swabalamban when toys were dustributed to all the children by volunteers of Toybank.org, a toy charity which works to provide joy to scores of the under served children who don’t have access to the play things. These toys were collected, sorted and wrapped by the students of Shriram Millennium School, Noida.
Happy hands creating happy art with clay and origami
Change cannot happen overnight and neither be restricted to one community alone. As Max Depree said,”We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.”
It is very important for an NGO to reach out to as many under served communities as possible with an intent to help them evolve.
Swabalamban recently organised a personal hygiene workshop for the women and adolescent girls of Begumpur slums in collaboration with Oxigen Wallets and Servants of the People Society.
The idea was to undertake an open conversation about mentsruation which revolves around notions of dirt, taboos and restrictions and is still hidden by an overall silence.
Proudly showcasing the works of the budding young artists of Swabalamban.
‘Summer in Delhi can be quite excruciating. What better way to keep them indoors than indulging them in art and craft activities which can be both mentally and creatively stimulating. Givinng them a break from monotony is an added bonus.
Swabalamban has initiated this activity into its curriculum with the help of a professional painter who will work with these children in various mediums including clay-modelling.’
‘There is nothing more important and critical to a child than quality education and good health. It gains more significance in the case of the under served children who are the most neglected in the these two areas.
Swabalamban with the unflinching support of Max India Foundation has been able to immunize score of these children against various diseases. The second leg of the Hepatitis B immunization camp was held at Swabalamban centre where 50 children overcame their fear of the “injection” to get vaccinated.’
‘Education and exposure is the best gift that can be given to the under served children. Swabalamban is committed to giving them experiences that build up their confidence and self esteem.
The young boys of our centre partcipated in the Inter Agency Sports & Cultural Meet organised by the Department of Social Work, Jamia Milia Islamia. Judging from the expression on their faces, they enjoyed this engagement a lot.’
‘In order to enhance the aspirational value in the under served children, Swabalamban organised a visit to the Mother Dairy plant in Patparganj in Delhi. These children get few such opportunities as well as exposure. Bringing them face to face with some of these might shape up their sensibilities and future.
At the plant, they received information about every aspect of its functioning right from milk collection to its processing and distribution. They were also given a live demonstration of the tests undertaken to check for adulterated milk.
Their day was made when they were treated to chilled and yummy treats from the Mother Dairy booth inside the campus.’
‘Coming together for a cause
Next time you see an impessionable young boy in a tea shop diligently going about his job, stop and think where did he come from?
There are young girls brought from remote villages to work as domestic helps with affluent families. Do we give a damn about the circumstances or coercesion they must have been subjected to?
There are thousands of such stories which don’t get our attention or are plainly dismissed as inconsequential.
“Ek Shunya Nau Chaar” chose to deal with the issue of human trafficking in a hard-hitting street play in the slum cluster of Begumpur in Malviya Nagar on March 8, 2017. Written, directed and performed by the talented and spirited actors of The Dramatics Society of The Lady Shri Ram College, it gave a human face to an inhuman issue.’
‘Celebrating the festival of colours through a riot of colourful imagery by the young artists of Swabalamban. They can do wonders if given an opportunity to express themselves through visualisation and stimulation.’
‘Swabalamban organised a session on menstrual hygiene and practices, still a taboo and much ignored subject for its girl beneficiaries and their mothers. The session was put together by Goonj NJPC (Not Just A Piece of Cloth) Project. For most of the girls present there, the open and free environment drew out various questions, reactions and opinions on the issue which is discussed in hushed tones in their houses. It was a no holds barred discussion without anyone feeling pressured or being judgemental.’
‘Spreading happiness increases it manifold and worth remembering too. The children of Swabalamban as well as the team from Max Life Insurance both had a great time interacting with each other recently at our centre. All the children drew from their inferences and created colourful artworks on Holi. The employee engagement was a part of Max Life Insurance’s Pehal and Live Out Ur Dreams (LOUD) initiative.’
‘Swabalamban starts 2017 on a great note with a free eye check-up camp in collaboration with Oxigen Services India. Free eye drops and spectacles were distributed to the children and people of the community. Some severe cases were referred to Lions Eye Hospital in New Friends Colony where free surgery would be undertaken. Over 200 beneficiaries got benefitted from this camp.’
Swabalamban children got creative to make balloon lamps, greeting cards, string decorations with support and guidance from the employees of Jones Lang LaSalle, Gurgaon, who visited our centre on November 19 as part of their employee engagement program. All the children had a great time learning and attempting something new. Their beaming faces say it all.
It was quite a memorable and special Children’s Day on November 14 for the 106 young beneficiaries of Swabalamban NGO when they visited Kidzania in Noida.
The excitement and happiness was palpable on their faces which burst into broad grins and animated chatter after reaching their destination. The place was beyond their imagination and expectation as was evident from their vociferous reactions.
We were happy to fulfill what we had endeavoured to do – give them a once-in-a-lifetime experience they would cherish for at least some time.
This outing wouldn’t have been possible without the unflinching support of Makemytrip.com who generously provided us with four AC coaches and Kidzania who provided us with heavily discounted tickets as well as free meal vouchers of Dunkin Donuts. We simply cannot thank them enough.
For most of the children, it was another first in the shape of mouth-watering burgers and donuts.
It was an overwhelming feeling to experience a riot of emotions writ large on these children’s faces. This is what we want to make happen again and again
Just because a child’s parents are poor or uneducated is no reason to deprive the child of basic human rights to health care, education and proper nutrition.
— Marian Wright Edelman
Taking a cue from these inspiring words, Swabalamban and Max India Foundation organised an MMR immunization camp at Swabalamban on August 3, 2016. It is a continuation of our efforts to give the marginalised community quality healthcare as well as a sense of inclusion. In the first leg of this camp, approximately 84 children were vaccinated for prevention against Mumps, Measles and Rubella (German measles). We are simply overwhelmed by the tremendous support we have received from Max India Foundation without whom these camps couldn’t have been possible.
Swabalamban NGO organised an eye check-up camp in collaboration with Oxigen Services India Pvt Ltd on June 23, 2016, at its centre. More than 150 people comprising of children, women and men belonging to the disadvantaged sections of the community got their eyes examined as well as received free eye-drops and spectacles. A few senior citizens present in the camp were recommended cataract operation to be undertaken at Lions Eye Hospital free-of-cost.
The third leg of the anti-typhoid immunization camp was organised at Swabalamban centre with the kind support of Max India Foundation on JUne 16,2016. Till date, 233 children residing in various slum clusters around Malviya Nagar have received the vaccination. More such camps are in the offing to complete the process of vaccination against other diseases as well.
World Environment Day on June 5 is United Nations most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of environment. Swabalamban children too pitched in with their thoughts on the burgeoning problem through somesensible drawings. Also, a few of our children went to Hotel Eros to plant some saplings along with the staff to send a strong message on saving the environment.
Jungle Book Special
Saturday, May 28, was a memorable day for the boisterous children of Swabalamban as they got to meet Mowgli, Sher Khan and company from “Jungle Book”at a special screening at PVR Saket. The excitement was palpable as most of them had never been to a cinema hall before and the thought of sitting inside cool environs was enough to send them into a tizzy. “Ma’am wahan par AC hoga na”, “Aap mujhe chhod toh nahin jaaoge”, “Main toh subah paanch bage hi uth jaaoonga”, were some of the reactions we received while sharing this news with them. This extraordinary experience was organised by Ankit Agarwal, one of our most passionate and committed volunteers who also distributed stationary items and chocolates to the happy kids. The icing on the cake was receiving colourful gift hampers from PVR Cinemas.
Swabalamban organised a finger puppet making workshop in collaboration with Jan Madhyam. It was their first brush with this medium and the excitement as well as commotion it created was the best reaction we could get. After all, this is what we work for – creating happy and smiling faces around us. The team from Jan Madhyan skillfully guided the children on the said chore and they carefully followed each and every instruction to create beautiful butterflies and parrots which could be easily manipulated by their fingers and hands.
“No one ever forgets a toy that made him or her supremely happy as a child, even if that toy is replaced by one like it that is much nicer.” These lines by Stephen King justify a universal truth that there is no better friend for a child than toys. They provide entertainment, and at the same time, fulfill an educational role. Swabalamban realises the significance of the toys/games in the lives of children to intermittently organise distribution drives in collaboration with various charities. We organised one recently at our centre with the children bursting into squeals of joy and excitement at the sight of colourful array of toys. The happiness writ large on their faces is why we love to do what we do.
Photographs of distribution of banana under our nutrition program. photographs of distribution of assortment of revri, mongfali, popcorn, til and murmura ladoo in a packet on the eve of MAKAR SANKRANTI.
Photographs of dance class
Distribution of Woolen Clothes to our Children with Support of Goonj.
literacy Day Triveni 2015
Swabalamban had organized singing class for children.
Children of Swabalamban participated in the poster competition organized by Hotel Eros at their premises.
The Delhi IIT Chapter of AISEC was instrumental in placing Estefania Fuentes Lopez from Spain, Sesna Bet Neneghel from Brazil, Fatma Selin Neneghel and Zeynep from Turkey, Bita Saghaeian from Iran as volunteers with SWABALAMBAN. These volunteers will interact with the children everyday and give them a taste of their ethos and culture apart from helping in building their creative skills, language barrier notwithstanding.
It was time for the SWABALAMBAN children to do an encore and visit Red Rose Public School. It was an amazing experience for the children to be a part of the school for a day and brought back some beautiful memories from there along with the love and affection of the teachers and the students.
Distribution of clothes to the children of various age-groups at SWABALAMBAN donated by sundry people residing around the centre.
SWABALAMBAN conducted an LIC seminar at its centre recently for the parents of the children associated with it. The idea was to give them an understanding of the policies suitable to their needs and the benefits of investing in one.
Children of Swabalamban at Hotel Eros where they had a gala time doing yoga, dance, quiz, singing songs and eating scrumptious spread of goodies. We tender heartfelt thanks to the employees of the esteemed hotel for supporting these youngsters.