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January 17, 2010

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January 17, 2010

My experience interning with Deepalaya's gender equity and microfinancing program redefined my views on development aid in India. Although I had very limited Hindi language ability, simply being in the presence of the Deepalaya workers as they communicated with the women in the program was more than enough to understand the impact of what they were doing. I was impressed at the patience that the Deepalaya workers exhibited and the fact that they had gained such a huge amount of trust from the women. Indeed, it was because of this trust that the women were even willing to try the program. And more than anything, seeing firsthand that Deepalaya was trying to help these women help themselves was incredible, because I could understand that the impact of their work would go beyond the present moment and influence the future lives of these women and their families.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it gave me the opportunity to see a side of India that I never would have understood otherwise. Because of that, I have a better understanding of the entire country and the different experiences that encompass "life in India."

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I had better language abilities so that I could fully understand the conversations around me instead of being related the content by my friend and fellow intern. At times, I almost felt like I was a hindrance to the program because I could only listen.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

November 17, 2009

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November 17, 2009

I was astounded at the breadth of the work that Deepalaya does and very impressed with the quality. They are a bright dedicated group very motivated in up-lifting the down-trodden of Delhi. We were delighted to provide interested staff and teachers with free training in the Transcendental Meditation technique of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. They experienced the great value this would have for themselves and for the children and others they are helping. We hope to be able to offer this program more broadly in their organisation so that their efforts will meet with even greater success.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my visits to their schools and headquarters

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Arrange for more of our teachers to be available to more of their people.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

personal interactions with the teachers staff and administrators.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

genuinely dedicated and hard-working

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make an even bigger difference in the lives of so many.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time there!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The need to change the inner state of the individuals that they are trying to help. Consciousness is the determiner of thinking and feeling, which is only then the determiner of action. Raising consciousness then, is the highest priority.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Mr. T. K. Mathew is an exemplary leader

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 17, 2009

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November 17, 2009

It is a privelege to endorse and celebrate the work of Deepalaya. As the Past President of the International Forum for Child Welfare, I have had the opportunity to visit a number of programs that are operated by this outstanding organization. Serving the needs of some of Dehli's most needy children and youth is something that Deepalaya excels at. Their educational and school based programs have given these individuals an opporunity to break the cycle of disadvantage by acquiring new skills and experience. Deepalaya has provided social, recreational and creative outlets for children and youth who have been deprived of these opportunities within the community. With their residential programs they have provided the essentials of daily living and life skills support for those children who have no family connections. On the prevention and advocacy front, Deepalaya has not only addressed the needs of children within India, but they have worked in close partnership with other global NGO's and they have also successfully addressed the plight of disadvantaged children worldwide through their affiliation with the United Nations. Their staff are highly skilled and committed and their Chief Executive, T.K. Mathew, is highly regarded internationally. In relation to other organizations that do similar work with children and youth in other parts of the world, Deepaplay has established itself as a global leader and innovator.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a variety of ways. Most significantly, with its educational and school based programs it has provided life chances for those who would not have had them.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional in thier committment to the work and very open to providing assistance and support to those who need them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

apply the formula that thye have so successfully implemented across other communities and disadvantaged popultaions, worldwide.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 1, 2009

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November 1, 2009

My experience with Deepalaya has been as an Academic researching and teaching in the area of Human Rights Academician. Of the many NGO’s that I’ve interacted with, Deepalaya’s focus- girl child, street child and disabled child is in itself remarkable and unique. The Disabled or the differently abled child is the niche area of Deepalaya and has been dealt with understanding and compassion towards capacity building and empowerment. The latter is the constructive sustainable dimension of the work as it’s subtext says “Enabling Self Reliance” and needs to be endorsed by the larger community in any which way possible.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the areas of differently abled, health and Vocational Training

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

organisation is the capacity building initiative of the diffrently abled children. The growth in confidence and self reliance of the children is heartening. But most important is it’s sust

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

well intensioned & competent

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

turn the story of Education, health, the differently abled, women to complete self reliance & confidence from within.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to give the organisation. But I would like to remedy that and start by sending Masters Human Rights students as Interns to learn and be part of a great cause.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finances & sustainable help- economic, physical & cohesive

One thing I'd also say is that...

It is VERY heartening indeed looking at the nature of work and dedication of Deepalaya. It reaffirms one’s faith in humanity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 30, 2009

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October 30, 2009

The dedication of Mr Mathew and the entire staff is so heartening and encouraging. Outstanding. there is a need for many more such organisations that will uplift the society in a sustainable manner.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

interactions during visits

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

good work, achieved silently and in a focussed manner

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely dedicated

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its work

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

October 27, 2009

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October 27, 2009

We have found Deepalaya a very good foundation that strives to help under priviliged children to become independent, self reliant adults by spending received money well. Deepalya is a professional organisation with never forgetting what the core focus should be.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a few ocasions when visiting their projects

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the enthusiasm

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

with their heart on the right place

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

maybe even become self sufficient

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 24, 2009

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October 24, 2009

I have known DEEPALAYA from close quarters since the bigining. It had an humble start with few slum children at Kalkaji. The sincere hardword and dedication of its members and staff and the vision of its leaders have paved the way towards an organisation which it is today. It has done yeomen service in the field of child development. The magnitude of the task undertaken by it is really great and it has brought the fulfilment of several dreams of many downtrodden children who otherwise would never have seen the corridors of education. They really deserve awards and recognition which I am sure will propel them to do greater task in the future.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The children getting the benefit. They are future of our country and giving them a strong foundation will really benefit the future mankind

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 24, 2009

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October 24, 2009

Deepalaya as an organization is very daring to go into places less explored and its a great platform for newcomers to maximize their potential as well as for any professional to work in a way that they never had the liberty for. Ramditti J.R. Narang Deepalaya School, that is run for underprivileged children, gave me the opportunity to be a school counsellor trainee to fulfil my field internship as a part of my curriculum in Masters of Psychology (DU). The staff was very eager to improve in their ways of teaching as well as behavior management in class. The principal, Miss Gitanjali Krishnan, was very encouraging to all the school and staff incl. me to try out methods that could work in the betterment for the school as a whole as well as paying individual attention to its residents. Where a well funded private or public school shudders from providing any kind of Adolescent Education Program, Deepalaya allowed me to deliver important and alarming messages to the students in terms of their safety and self esteem. And what I have personally most liked was that an individual's potential and not just achievements are applauded and encouraged, raising their own expectations from life as well as the will to work hard towards it. The children or the students of the school were the best part of the experience. I connected so well with them and that too, at their level which i found it to be very important. I felt that we shared a genuine relationship and i wasn't just with them because it was a part of my job or they, in their turn, weren't simply just being nice to a school visitor. All in all, a very good learning experience filled with challenges that I think I met with satisfaction and doubts that I overcame with the help and guidance of the school. My understanding of culture and the environment of the 'have nots' had not simply increased but evolved to more accuracy, empathy and belief.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my oratory skills and my ability to gauge into the mindset of people that naturally reveals where they come from. This has, in turn, helped to respect people for their opinions, values and spaces.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

invest a lot more money and time in making a library for students of all the ages that go there as reading is a very important component of learning. Infact, it is the only genuine way to acquire knowledge and understanding of anything!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

interacting with the children and actually having fun with them and learning so much through and from them. They helped me realize things about me that I never knew, like taking workshops in hindi :)

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

varied and knowledgeable in their own individualistic ways. Some of them I shared a great rapport with and learned immensely from them. I admired their kindness and energy!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

spend it relocating to a bigger space, where the students can have a playground and facilities on it to play all kinds of sports. And they can also heavily invest in making a proper library system for both students and teachers with access to internet.

Ways to make it better...

there was more co-operation from the management for the sexuality education program and their conceptualization of sexuality education program more advanced. The latter is also a personal regret because I could have exposed them to the program before!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

greater no. of admissions every year and the school is very tightly spaced. at their level, it is even a good thing as it shows promising signs of development in the section of the society they are catering to. but they have to make space and resources!

One thing I'd also say is that...

it is a school initiated for the girl child yet no special programs are in place for their greater psychological development. in their context, its not just academic or professional achievement but their own attitudes that'll elevate their positions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 23, 2009

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October 23, 2009

Deepalaya is very dear to me through Rtn. T. K. Mathew Sir (i fondly call him as Tambachen) He is not just a member of my Parish, but a rolemodel and inspiration to us. His disciplined, honest and vibrant lifestyle is what attracts me the most. That reflects verymuch in the functioning of Deepalaya and its activities. The level to which it has grown is due to the hard willed committment and Faith in Lord Jesus in bringing out its vision through a great team work spirit among the Deepalaya family. May the Lord bless your more in the furtherance of His Kingdom. Rev. Saji Joseph Vicar, St. Thomas MTC, Karol Bagh.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Participant in programs.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The dedication and committment for the downtrodden.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Fantastic Teamship

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Bring Justice to its Mission

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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One thing I'd also say is that...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 23, 2009

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October 23, 2009

Deepalaya is contributing to various underprivileged sections of the societ under the visionary leadership of Mr Mathew. the organisation is professionally managed and is poised to make greater impact in the years ahead.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional standards are quite high. I have worked with Ms Vasudha Sondhi who is in-charge of HR and program execution, and found their standards quite good.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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