THE ROYAL VISIT
In the month of June, the students of Pratiksha Nagar BMC School were paid a royal visit by 35 British Royal Navy officers who had come to volunteer at the school. Armed with a positive attitude and their skills, the volunteers painted the school, fixed up the playing equipment for the children and also gifted the school a water purifier for safe drinking water. In the evening, the volunteers spent some quality time interacting and playing sports with the students. However, the highlight for the kids in all of this was the England Football Jerseys they received at the end of the day!
The royal visit didn't end there as the next day, 30 students were invited to visit the British Royal Navy SHIP- HMS Daring. The got to learn about the different aspects of the ship and also meet members of the crew. For most of the students, this was their first time aboard a ship and they made the most of the opportunity.
CHIP would like to thank Ms. Allison Chambers of the British High Commission, Rev. Charles of HMS Daring , Wishing Well and all the volunteers for making this possible. We really appreciate your help and look forward to your continued support.
Sports Meet At Prateeksha Nagar School
With the academic session coming to a close and the End-of-the-Year Exams approaching, a Sports Meet was organized from the 8-22nd of February, for the students of Prateeksha Nagar BMC School.
CHIP has always worked towards over-all development of children. The Sports Day, organized by CHIP, was one such initiative to strike a balance between scholastic and non-scholastic activities. As expected, the turnout was large with around 400 students participating in the various events through the course of the day. While the winners took home prizes, the food goodies were for everyone and no one left without a smile.
Events like these teach more than we realize and are given lesser credit than they deserve. Throughout, the spirit of competition was never overtaken by sense of fun.
We thank all our volunteers who took time out to help make all this possible.
WHEN WE PAINTED THE TOWN RED
On 15th January, along with noted celebrities, 40,000 odd runners and amidst the mélange of colors the CHIP runners in red with their lively gait struck out from a distance.
CHIP, Mumbai once again made its presence felt in a large way at the SCMM 2012 with a team of over 200 enthusiastic runners. Their buoyant strides fused with the beats of the Dhol further charged up the early Sunday morning.
Months of planning, weeks of overtime, in fact waking up hours before the usual for the Dream run all seemed well worth the toil. In the midst of the Marathon, all NGO's danced together and all participants cheered on, all chasms ceased to exist. Everyone there stood for a cause, a cause close to each ones heart.
This year's Marathon was CHIP's single largest fundraising event to date. It was an incredible day for our organization and entire CHIP family.
We thank each and every one who united with CHIP for the cause of quality education, the cause we at CHIP, Children in progress, strongly believe in.
Thank you for walking that extra mile Every Step Matters
CAREER FAIR 2012
Students are often unaware of the career alternatives, and options available to them after class 10. Keeping this in mind and taking forward our programme 'Tutoring and remedial support' for class 9& 10 students, CHIP along with Shri lalchand hirachand premier trust organized a Career Fair at Tata Compound BMC school.
The Career Fair on 31st January, 2012 was a CHIP initiative to bring to the BMC students an opportunity to speak to industry representatives and learn first-hand about what lies ahead. Disha Counselling Centre provided a brief overview of the career paths of conventional and vocational courses students could opt for. Unconventional paths like a career in sports, acting and other film related options were promoted and spoken about by industry specialists in great detail. The Indian Coast Guard presented the option of serving the nation directly after 10th as well as graduation. CHIP also tied up with various technical institutes, who provide ITI courses, foundations that provide scholarships to meritorious students and other NGOs that provide vocational skill training.
The Career Fair wasn't aimed at being just an enlightening experience, but a motivational, enriching one. It was aimed at ensuring self-reliance. It was aimed at making a lasting impact.
Music and Dance Workshop- Communicating without language…
The students at Prateeksha Nagar BMC School were thrilled at witnessing yet another splendid music and dance workshop conducted by Josh Massad and Penelope Armstead-Williams from World Through Music. The World Through Music program seeks to explore and develop the universal language of music as an educational and healing tool for people around the world. The program is a unique fusion of Indian, American and African classical music and dance.
Both Penelope and Josh do not speak Hindi , but are able to comunicate with children from all parts of the country through the meduim of dance and music .
The World Through Music workshop provided the children with the magical experience of unification through music exposing them to different world cultures, languages and music. The sessions focussed on developing and experincing internal rhythm , combining sounds to compliment each other and co-operation among peers.
By the end of the 2-day workshop, the children were humming traditional songs from different parts of the globe and songs and looking forward to another workshop by them. We are extremely grateful to Josh and Penelope for conducting such an extraordinary music and dance workshops for our children.
SUMMER FUN AT CHIP, MUMBAI
Every year during the summer vacations, CHIP organizes a holiday camp for students from BMC schools. This year too over 150 students attended the Summer Holiday Camp conducted at the Pratiksha Nagar and Sanyas Ashram School. It was 2 weeks of non-stop fun and learning for the children.
The whole idea of the camp was to engage students in constructive learning activities and let the children enjoy in an environment, which they normally wouldn't have gotten to.
This year at the summer camp we included football and basket ball coaching for the children, teaching them the techniques of the game as well as the importance of sportsmanship. The children were also exposed to various workshops such as dance , martial arts , theathre and art At the end of the camp the children were given an opportunity to showcase all they had learnt and received gifts for their exceptional participation.
On behalf of all the staff and children involved at CHIP-SUMMER CAMP 2011, we would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers whose time and effort made the children's Summer Camp truly memorable!
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Shine On- Mumbai's very own NGO Fest
Walt Disney once said: 'Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.'
Keeping this in mind, CHIP took an initiative and undertook a unique collaboration with three other organizations Mumbai Mobile Creches (Working with construction workers children), Nanhi Kali (For the girl child) and The Education Audiology and Research Society (EAR) Society for Hearing Impaired Infants and Children.
Though the four beneficiary NGOs target different children, they united for this unique opportunity to work towards improving the lives of children. A 10-day festival called Shine On was started which covered various events across the city. The primary aim of the festival was to raise awareness for the problems faced by children from underserved and challenged backgrounds and to raise much needed funds in to help our respective causes.
The festival started with a 4-day photography/art workshop for approximately 40 children from our NGOs. This culminated in an art exhibition at Hacienda Art Gallery. The highlight of the festival was three shows of an adaptation of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys". Centered on the theme of education, there was a panel discussion held at Jnanapravaha on Greg Mortenson's path breaking book "Three Cups of Tea " . There was also a reading of the children's version of the same book at a workshop called "Listen to the Wind".
All the events were very well received and we thank you most sincerely for your generous support. On behalf of the children we would like to thank all the donors, sponsors, volunteers and every one who was an integral part of the event.
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Standard Chartered 2011 Mumbai Marathon
As every year, Mumbai woke up to a beautiful Sunday morning to participate in another spectacular marathon sponsored by Standard Chartered. On 16th January, 2011 CHIP Mumbai joined thousands of Mumbaikars in one of the biggest events held in the city. Approximately 200 runners pledged their support to our cause of providing quality education for all children studying in BMC schools.
The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon is one of the biggest fund raising events and is the perfect opportunity for increasing visibility and awareness for CHIP and its cause. Corporate teams and their employees were among the many that rooted for CHIP this year. We are thankful to ESSAR, DBS Bank, Pradhan Dental Center, Mustang and the many volunteers who supported us in this noble cause and we look forward to your support for another splendid marathon next year and the years to come.
Republic Day Celebrations with CHIP-FUN & FAIR
CHIP celebrated Republic Day this year with children from Prateeksha Nagar BMC School, Oshiwara, Jogeshwari (W). CHIP decided to turn the day into an exciting and fun-filled event for the students. Starting off with Flag Hoisting at 8.00 a.m., the students enjoyed different games and fun activities like golf, basketball, hoopla, face painting, knocking the cups and excitingly watched a magic show. Children enjoyed the entire program thoroughly, specially the Moon Walker and munched away at the snacks like popcorn and candy floss. We also rewarded meritorious students by giving them certificate of Achievement and prizes in accordance with their academic performance.
We were delighted to have a few staff members from Premiere Automobiles participate in the festivities with the children. Our friends who came from France to volunteer with CHIP were also actively involved in all the activities. We are extremely grateful to Shri Lalchand Hirachand Premiere Trust who sponsored this event and supported us in our endeavor.
This was a memorable Republic Day for the children as well as for us too, because the smiles and the reflections of happiness on the children's face will be remembered by one and all forever and we aim to have many more fun-filled days for the children.
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Art Program- Let the imagination flow...
At CHIP we believe that a child's creativity should not be restricted but rather be allowed to flow freely to give power to his/her imagination. Following this belief, CHIP organized an art program at Prateeksha Nagar School, Oshiwara in Jogeshwari West. The event was held on 4th February 2011 and welcomed over 300 children. The event was buzzing with excitement as the children eagerly discussed on how they would depict the given theme 'Creatures and the Environment under Sea'.
The students of First standard colored the templates given to them with immense concentration whereas the older children were busy drawing and painting their beautiful interpretations of the theme. The given theme also educated them about the animals living in waters in this manner making them appreciate and admire the sea and its elements. Some of the best works of art were awarded prizes and displayed upon the notice boards thereby encouraging the others to observe and learn.
We are extremely grateful to all those who supported us during the event. We thank the CSR team of our sponsoring company, teachers and the numerous volunteers who not only assisted us in providing the materials and snacks but also helped us to make the event a success. We look forward to bring another such event very soon with an even more intriguing theme
CHIP Health Camp
CHIP is committed to improving the lives of hundreds of slum children in Mumbai. We strongly believe that we can achieve our goal if we introduce children to good health care and a quality education from an early age.
Given the high incidence of malnutrition , Vitamin deficiency and Intestinal helminths (worms), in children which results in weakness, stunted physical growth, and a compromised immune system, CHIP in partnership with Bharti AXA General Insurance conducted a health program through its existing CHIP preschool network for approximately 200 children and parents. During the camp students and parents received medical consultations from doctors from Wockhardt Foundation and were provided with medication and multi vitamin. The health program was conducted over a period of two days, covering the 7 Balwadis.At the end of the camp students and parents were given de worming medication and health tonics which were sponsored by Bharti AXA General Insurance
Staff from Bharti AXA General Insurance and Standard Chartered took time from their busy schedules to volunteer at this camp to support this initiative. We would like to thank all those who helped in making this camp a success
Through regular health checks, we plan to track physical and mental growth of our children. Programs in the future will include health and nutrition education for mothers, with the objective of enhancing their childcare capabilities.
We believe that if we are able to provide quality education and health care, a child's right to life, an equal start and an opportunity as a citizen can be assured.
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CHIP Summer Camp, 2010
Every year during the summer holidays, CHIP organizes a summer holiday camp for students from BMC schools, who do not go on vacations. This year too CHIP conducting a summer camp from the 12th - 30th of April. Over 60 students attended the camp over a period of two weeks at the Prateeksha Nagar School. The children were also exposed to dance workshops in various styles, some reflex sharpening judo and a creative unleashing through art. There was also a much-needed health and a recycling workshop. The children took part in a vast array of activities ranging from care giving to stray dogs to priceless stage advice from one of the country's leading actor.
We Sincerely THANK all those who support us in this endeavor by volunteering their time, providing expertise, recourses and materials to carry out the above mentioned activities with the children. Needless to say your generosity let the children enjoy in an environment, which they normally wouldn't have gotten to.
We hope that the CHIP-SUMMER CAMP 2010 has been a blessing to you just as it has been for us.
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I AM : INDIA
Sasha Sicurella, the Education Director at Omi International Arts Center, a non-profit organization in NewYork State, conducted a three day workshop titled "I Am: India" at our Prateeksha Nagar BMC school.
I AM is a project aimed to give underprivileged and/or children living in densely populated regions, hands-on opportunities to explore the notion of individuality through art. Based on the idea of the self-portrait, children were encouraged to create expressive artworks using a variety of media over a three day period. Similar projects have been conducted in New York and Paris.
Sasha is in Mumbai, to work with several Mumbai based NGOs that cater to children from underprivileged backgrounds. The workshop at the CHIP school, was the first in a series of four workshops being conducted around the city.
During the workshop each child created a series of portraits using a high-resolution still camera, tripod, and remote-controlled shutter release. Two additional art activities were also conducted during the session: a photo transfer and coloring project using a self-image, and a self-portrait drawing project. The idea was for each child to gain an understanding of his/her value, potential, and beauty as an individual.
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