Friday, 26 October 2012
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
On 30th September 2012, 30 Goal Champions and Goal stars participated in Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. It was organised from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, at 8:45 A.M. in the morning of last sunday of the month.
The girls all decked up in Blue or red Goal kits were marching ahead in the troupe. The group represented Naz and Goal By demonstrating self defence techniques on stage. On the run up to the starting line, girls shouted slogans like- "Hamme Naz Hai, Hum Goal Hain", "Hala Bol Hala Bol, Goal Goal Goal", "HIV ko bhagana Hai, India ko Bachana Hain."
Vicky Roy hails from Purulia in West Bengal. He ran away from home in 1999 at the age of 11 years, and hitched a train ride to Delhi. He joined a pack of children living off the streets, and earned a meal by collecting discarded plastic bottles. After six months of almost daily abuse, he left the railway station, and went to work in a street food stall (Dhabha). Here he washed dishes, and was given food in return.
An open door
A former member from our partner organisation, the Salaam Balak Trust, found him and opened a door to a better life. The Trust encouraged him to take up the Award Programme. He did so, and studied photograpy for his Skills section. His talent for taking photographs was soon noticed and he was sent to the Triveni Kala Sangam for training. He studied under British photographer Dixie Benjamin, and is currently an apprentice with Delhi based photographer Anay Mann. Vicky has had a solo exhibition of his work at the Experimental Art Gallery of the India Habitat Centre, Delhi, and has also exhibited in the UK.
Vicky grabbed the opportunities offered by Award in India. In a recent interview with the BBC ‘s Alice Beer, he spoke of the support and warm encouragement he got in taking photography as a Skill, and how Award expeditions opened his eyes to a world beyond the mean streets. Vicky partnered a blind participant from Blind Boy’s Academy in Narendrapur, Kolkata during Residential Projects. He had to explain nature to his partner as they walked, and was amazed at this new way of looking at things. He watched these visually handicapped young people stride ahead in confidence, and realized they were role models to village families who hid their sightless children in the dark corners of their homes.
Vicky says, “Without the challenge of the Award, I would still be washing dishes. Today, my eyes are open to the endless possibilities that life offers. The Award has given me the confidence to grab my opportunities.” Vicky Roy, Gold Award holder & international photographer.
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Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Does God play dice with the universe? According to Professor Stephen Hawking, a world renowned physicist; not only does He play dice with universe but is an inveterate gambler. Taking this statement to its logical conclusion and applying it to our everyday world it is then possible to explain the anomalies which we see all around us.
All living beings are an integral part of this universe, formed from the remnants of dying stars. A throw of the die would seem to explain whether you are born a pauper or with a silver spoon in your mouth; whether you are born completely healthy or with a life threatening genetic defect. The latter applies to my good friend Gaurav who was tragically born with a progressive genetic disorder also known as “Friedreich’s ataxia”. This disorder suddenly and without warning surfaced when he was just 30 years old.
I first met Gaurav through the IAYP program at a noble institution for the physically and mentally challenged. It was heart wrenching to see a young and spirited soul trapped in a progressively degenerating body – a genetic defect that was slowly yet inevitably curving his spine and wasting away his body. I was told that this disorder did not have a cure yet.
We struck up a close bond and his demeanor towards me was that of an elder brother. On my weekly visits to see Gaurav I would perform physiotherapy on him under a doctor’s supervision. Even though Gaurav knows the full extent of his condition and the inevitable conclusion, yet he remains cheerful and hopeful despite the daunting odds. Such was his indomitable spirit that I instantly became a fan of him.
Gaurav is a movie buff and is interested in anything to do with Bollywood. On my weekly visits we would share our life experiences with each other. He would even give me tips on some of my science subjects since he holds a Bachelor of Science degree. At times I download movies and songs for him which he plays on his mobile phone.
I pray to God that by some miracle he would become better. But I also have another perspective on this matter. People like Gaurav have been randomly chosen in the process sparing us. They are the shining beacons of every nation. Let us count our blessings and spare them a thought – perhaps even whisper a little prayer for them. As playback singer Phil Collins succinctly put it, “Oh! think twice, its just another day for you and me in paradise...”
Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi
They worked on four different areas, skills, service, physical recreation & adventurous journey each given equal weightage and opportunity for the holistic wellbeing of the participant.
Mr Sellers said the team which received the award seemed to be highly motivated and the award would drive them to achieve push their motivation to ace the next level.
S. Malathi, a class 12 student, who received the silver award said she got involved in beach cleaning and turtle walk, besides creating awareness to pave way for ambulance on roads. “These activities fetched me the award and I aspire to better to get the gold award soon,“ she said.
Thursday, 4 October 2012
Surabhi Vaidya is one of the most energetic and promising interns at the National Award Authority office. The entire team at the office congratulates her for completing one year with the Award.
Over the course of one year she has worked assuming various roles - as a Volunteer, Mentor, Communications Intern, Programme Intern, Trainer, and Award Leader. She has worked closely with the Programme and the Communications team and has also helped in designing as well as conducting Training workshops for Award Leaders, YES Managers, and Volunteers.
Having true leadership qualities, she was selected to attend the Training for Trainers workshop held in Manila in February 2012 and was also selected to represent IAYP India at the recently held Spiti Annual Gold Solar Project in June 2012 in Spiti Valley.
When asked about her experience, Surabhi exclaims: "The Award has not only taught me how to challenge myself at every step in my life, but has also given me the confidence to stand in front of a group of people and express myself. Today, it is one of the best platforms young people have, to develop themselves and their skill set. It has truly been a major catalyst to get me where I am today. And I will always be thankful to the Award for making me what I am today."
"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." - Jawaharlal Nehru.
The silver aspirants of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme experienced the joys of community living in the camp at Bittangala on 15th and 16th September, 2012. A group of 40 members accompanied by 5 teachers - Mr. Satish, Mr. Vijay, Mrs. Teena Machaiah, Mrs. Vinutha Bopanna and Mrs. Krithika Devata enthusiastically participated in the camp activities organised in the pristine lap of nature.
The expedition included trekking in the forest confines, where the group spent two nights. Besides cooking their own food, there were exciting adventures activities such as Rock Rappeling, Zip Line Crossing, Jumer Hang, Monkey Crawling, X Target Reach, Rope Walk and team building activities.
This camp played a vital role in unearthing the skills of students and taught them valuable lessons about teamwork, self reliance, perseverance, sharing and the joys of simple living. We owe our debt of gratitude to Mr. Chengappa, Honorary Secretary and Col. Bharath, Vice President (Administration) of Coorg Institute of Adventure Sports for all their help and support for the success of this camp.
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Wednesday, 3 October 2012
Vol IV, Issue 159 The Award Weekly 03 October 2012
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