EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL 

Swabalamban has never made any distiction between children on account of caste, creed, religion or for that matter area. It is small organisation but with a big heart. We have extended our compassion to 75 toddlers in a “balwadi” whose innocence and smiles take our breath away every time we visit them. Recently, we distributed wax crayons which got them so excited, happy that they put in a request for chocolates and juices for our next visit.

GENEROSITY KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES 

October and November have been the most exciting months for our children as they underwent so many new experiences in terms of visiting never-seen-before places and receiving many things which can be used by them.
We deeply appreciate the kindness of Silver Skills which sent so many gifts for the kids. The attached pix are an ample proof of it.

FIVE-STAR EXPERIENCE 

Children had so much to share when they came back from spending a fun-filled day at HOTEL EROS.
It was a day of many firsts for them – be it soaking in its spectacular ambience or donning chef hats or eating a lavish spread. Everyone had the time of their lives.
Our hearfelt thanks to HOTEL EROS for making Children’s Day so memorable.

Healthy children means happy faces. Keeping this in mind, Max India Foundation distributed Horlicks Jars to children to nourish their physical being. A great initiative indeed!


Committed Towards the Community
Swabalamban works for the betterment of the under-served beneficiaries both young and old. We always strive to extend our initiatives to other areas as well.


Swabalamban organised an eye-check up camp at Basti Vikas Kendra in collaboration with Oxigen Wallets. Around 180 people,including the toddlers of an aanganwadi housed there, got their eyes examined as well as received free eye-drops. The more critical cases were referrred to a private hospital near Ashram where the surgical procedures will be carried out free-of-cost. Spectacles and Vitamin A tablets were also distributed to those in need.

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.’

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‘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

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Celebrating the spirit of Indian Independence
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
— Viktor E. Frankl
Taking a cue from the above quote, we chose our response a long time back — to give our beneficiaries what they rightfully deserve, help them become better individuals free from any prejudices.
What better way to salute and celebrate this spirit than August 15, 2016, which Swabalamban celebrated with great fervour with the wholehearted participation of our children and staff as well as our esteemed guests from Oxigen Services.

The main highlight of the celebration was a thought-provoking puppet show sponsored by Max India Foundation on our responsibilty as a socially conscious citizens contributing to the development of the society. Children found life-like puppets quite endearing. A well syncronised dance performance by young budding dancers of Swabalamban on the song Ashaayein from the movie “Iqbal” took the Independence Day celebrations to another level.

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.


Swabalamban organised an immunization camp in collaboration with Max India Foundation for our beneficiaries. Children and adults received anti-typhoid vaccination and though it couldn’t be termed an agreeable experience for the children, they still braved the prick and the pain to smile about it afterwards. The team from Max India Foundation also distributed Frooti and cream biscuits to bring a certain sweetness to the camp.

“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.


Swabalamban children undertook their first ever ride in comfortable  AC buses to National Rail Museum, Nehru Memorial and Planetarium recently, courtesy the support extended by a corporate house. The happiness and excitement writ large on their faces, as seen in these photographs, aptly conveys the sentiments.

Women and young girls undertaking stitching and designing training, as part of Swabalamban’s project Roshni, went on a field trip to Janmadhyam in Delhi. The aim of this exercise was to expand their vision, confidence and self-esteem as they live an invisible existence. We wanted to give them an opportunity to interact with their counterparts sharing the same challenges as them yet still striving to find a footing.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
The students at Swabalamban have proved that no dream is impossible to achieve, with their outstanding academic result. After an entire academic session filled with rigorous study schedules, the students with their high levels of dedication and commitment have passed their examinations with flying colors. The students have shown remarkable results in all subjects, showing their talents across all fields of study. Not only have they been excellent at extra co-curricular activities like dancing, painting, singing but also have outshined themselves by delivering grades that have made everyone around them very proud. Students across all classes have worked extremely hard by putting in extra efforts and double the practice specially during examination time, which reflects in their bright result.
The teachers at Swabalamban have also put in extra hours by putting together work sheets, exercises and material which the students have used to pull up their scores and go that extra mile to make the most of their potentials.  In this process, they have excelled in the most important lesson, which is to ‘learn’ and to choose ‘education’ as the path to their success.

Workshop on Robots with Robodude Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

“I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.”
– Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
This is the message Swabalamban wanted to send across to the girls and women residing in one of the slum clusters of Malviya Nagar in collaboration with the boisterous and prolific actors of LSR Dramatics Society on March 8, International Women’s Day. Addressing the issue of gender inequality through a thought-provoking and engaging street play Sun, TuRehne De, they made an effective impact on the community present there. Their play reflected the lives and language of the ordinary women who continue to play second fiddle in the deeply patriarchal Indian society and do not have a right to formulate any opinion or air their grievances. This play gave a voice to the issues consistently faced by marginalised women who have given up on finding a solution to their problems. We are also thankful to Mr Kuljeet Singh, eminent theatre personality, English professor and Director of Atelier Theatre Group, who was instrumental in connecting Swabalamban to the amazing group of LSR Dramatics Society. This play was a part of Atelier’s ACT Season 9 organised in February this year.

Chocos Distribution

Swabalamban organised a children’s theatre workshop in collaboration with Bookaroo, an organisation celebrating children’s literature, through their outreach programme, Bookaroo In The City. The workshop was conducted by Kshitish Padhy, a comic book scriptwriter who has worked on various genres like mythology, superhero fantasy, teen fiction and fiction for young adults. He has won the nest Mythology Scriptwriter Award at Comic Fest 2013. Our children throughly enjoyed this unique experience as is seen in the pictures. We will continue to organise such workshops in the future to give them more exposure and develop self-confidence.

Toys Distribution By Toy Charity

Swabalamban Organised A Nutrition Workshop for Its Beneficiaries Which Was Conducted By Neelanjana Singh, A Noted Nutritionist Attached To Heinz Nutrition Foundation India. She Spoke Tat Length About Eating The Right Kind Of Food Cooked In Right Vessels. She Also Answered Various Queries Put Up By Both Parents & Children On The Importance Of Both Wholesome And Nutrition Meals.

Distribution of sweets, pencil box, pen sets, chips, colours, sketch pen to our children.

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

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Swabalamban had organized singing class for children.


Children of Swabalamban participated in the poster competition organized by Hotel Eros at their premises.