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October 21, 2009

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October 21, 2009

I am a part of Deepalaya, as a volunteer and supporter. I am carrying forward the legacy of my respected late father-in-law Rear Admiral R. C Bhalla, who has been an integral part and supporter of Deepalaya. He was a highly esteemed and respected pioneer of the Indian Navy. After retirement he examined many ngos almost for a year, before deciding to volunteer with Deepalaya. He was looking for an organisation which was honest, dedicated and believed in transparency, which were also his own strongly held principles. What appealed to him was the honesty, commitment, sincerity and sheer passion of the staff and management of Deepalaya.He spent a lot of time gathering funds, support and volunteers for Deepalaya and successfully so,as people knew well, that he would not be a part of anything which was not honest or sound. It was a project close to his heart and the victorious smiles of the Deepalaya children kept him going. Now I am volunteering for deepalaya, and being a professional in this field of social service (Project Coordinator for Save the Children-UK project on Child Domestic Work for NGO 'Right Track' in Kolkata for 2 years).I am proud to be associated with an organisation that is genuine, focussed and committed to the cause of children specially the Girl Child. Their success speaks for itself,for they have gone into hostile territory where educaton for a girl child was considred a waste of time, and have established such firm roots,with their advocacy, that parents of that same focus group i.e girl child are waiting for their turn to get their daughters admitted, due to lesser space and greater demand. This is a huge victory for Deepalaya providing them impetus to go on. Now they have schools in various locations and Deepalaya High School Kalkaji has recently recieved government recognition. Deepalaya seeks to create sustainability in the community, by encouraging their students to return to serve their community.They are creating first generation learners who are participating in mainstream competitions and winning them in many fields like education, sports, art and craft. Their childrens street theatre group is very inspiring and confident.The Deepalaya Choir Group is very beautiful and had kept Chief minister Shiela Dixit enthralled when she had innagaurated their first performance. Organisations like Deepalaya working steadfastly and passionately ensure that children who come from underprivileged backgrounds will not lack for oppurtunity or support in realising their life goals.The success of Deepalaya is easily reflected in the children of Deepalaya who are happy, confident, goal oriented and are working towards realising their dreams.They are in essence fulfilling the responsibility which actually belongs to our Government of ensuring safety,equal oppurtunity and necessary infrastructure like schools buildings and dedicated staff , for our children.I wish it every success and am proud to be a small part of the Deepalaya family. They can do even better with as much help as they can get and it would be my appeal for citizens to work and contribute to such organisations as much as they can.

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

seeing the level of confidence , security and happiness of the Deepalaya children. Having worked in the field , i know for a fact that only commiitted genuine and hard work can show results like what i see.

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

again my interaction with the children , because they are my specialized feild of work also. They are bright,well looked after are extremely focussed and goal oriented, with a desire to learn and do well.

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

Mrs. Sudha Parthasarthy along with her committed group of teachers, staff members, donors and volunteers. She leads by example and they share a common love and respect for their children, which makes working with them such a pleasure.

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

run better bigger schools,accommodate more children,give them even more oppurtunities, employ more staff.They deserve to have it,as the basic machinery is in place, they can only get bigger and better.With deepalaya the money will reach the children

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 21, 2009

Good - the organization is quite receptive to vulnerable of all sorts. They make their best effort and customise their service as per the need of the prospective beneficiary.

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

The girl I referred today is an enterpreneur and is moving towards self dependance... thats amazing

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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October 21, 2009

It is a great experience with Deepalaya. IT is good institution who provide the better education for the poor students. Deepalaya encourage those student who are actually talented, this school works like a platform for them raise their goal so high in the sky

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Working with Deepalya. It is a very good experience. It is a very good institution who provide opportunity for the weaker section students to get their better education. No doubt, it works as platform for those students who are actually very talented but do not have any helping hand from their parents.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 20, 2009

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October 20, 2009

I am a MA BEd & teacher by profession & had left my job long time ago due to my childs illness. Joined Deepalaya after a gap of more than 10 years. Initially I could not believe myself that there exist such a big school named Deepalaya in Kalkaji extension. It was amazing as I could easily settled myself due to the beautiful around me. This school mainly made a big difference in the lives of underprivileged mainly through Education and several other areas of intervention like health care, vocational training, gender equity and women empowerment etc. I grew in strength & participated in various door to door campaign in the jhuggis( delapidated structures ) with the people unaware of the large materialistic society around them. They were told about the impact of eductaion & slowly they started sending their children to us. I was in this branch for an year after which I moved out to Ramditi branch in Sheikh sarai. The atmosphere was very different as school was a single structure comprise of three floors & each class having an area half that of kalkaji extension. I could not imagine that a school can exist. The prayer meetings were conducted at a place hardly 12x 20 feet comprising of 150 children & 12-15 teachers including staffs. But the atmosphere is great as the children are very enthusiastic. The children are so talented that the teachers are also paying the meagre tutuion fees for many a child. I would like to specially mentioned about a child named " Rajni" in class IV who have shared the dias as a comperor. Can Y imagine this girl comepring in English in front of important dignitories including Arch bishop of Delhi, secretary to president of India etc. This girl was moulded by me along with another teacher called Nivedita for the big occasion. Many other notable features are mentioned below A) Our classroom board has been appreciated by many dignitories around the world who keeps coming at regular intervals to watch these children grow. B) The most positive aspect is that the children have started arguing with their parents for coming to school. C) The children have participated in choir competion & have won prizes D) The children are always bubbling inspite of the fact that many of them do their household chores before coming to school where parents are off early to work. E) The children have such high sense of belonging to the school. F) The love & affection can be seen from the beautiful cards at the time of teachers birthdays G) Inspite of the fact that they are optimizing on the needs as per the circumstances, many of them possess exceptional talent but the need of the hour is approptiate fund. Though I joined Deepalaya with a carefree attitude believing that this will be a good pastime. But now having worked with Deepalaya for more than 2 years , I feel that every single prayer along with some seriousness on the part of teacher can certainly help the cause of this poor illfed children & we are fortunate to have a platform called "Deepalaya". My life has turned by 180degrees when I see myself in the mirror. Life is short but I don't repent as I strongly believe that I have done something in the last 2 years compared to my earlier years. I do wish that my association with Deepalaya should never come to an end till the last day of my life. There are so many golden memories that I feel very much honoured to be working with such a great place of work.

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

the last 2 years from the time I joined this organization as teacher after a gap of 10 years. But the fruits of working with such power organization are many & I have shared them with examples in the review

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

A) Need a larger space for the children to expand B) Lot of colourful toys, audio-video clippings due to shortage of funds C) Large playgropund D) More large donors for making the childrens life more meaningful

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

the integrity, healthy & the committed personnel of the teachers, students, principals & the HR group. The group success is strong cohesion due to emrgent need of the society coupled with the tough competitions around the world

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

cohesive & work oriented with a mission to complete targets without worrying for the self. Such devotion can onlycome from the dedication & the truthfulness of the organization & the sense of belongingness.

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

make the life of a all the children associated with Deepalaya

Ways to make it better...

I have enjoyed such wonderful moments in the last 2 years that I feel that without this association, I could not have gained my 180 degree change in my human revolution coupled with the success of the school, students in my last 2 years of this work

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

shortage of funds. With the recessio looming large, lot of donors have left leaving us shirt of funds. But still we are in the lookout with even teachers & staff contributing to a great deal of their energy, zeal along with funding of few students

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

Life is short but each & everyone once think in this direction can make a lot of difference to the suffering of these children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

DEEPALAYA'S work in the field of promoting education of the poor and underpriviledged children and women empowerment is highly commendable.

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

(i)Promoting education of masses; (ii) Empowering Women through Micro Credit (iii)Reducing gender inequity

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

dedicated and disciplined

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

As a newcomer to India, Deepalaya has impressed me with its really impressive and sustainable approach of handling their diversified programmes. Deepalayas success, however, becomes probably most visible through the smiles of the children, living their hostels and who are considering themselves lucky to be in the Deepalaya family.

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

that they have found a way of combining professional due-diligence methods with the necessary human touch and personal involvement.

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

highly professional, very much involved in their projects and also heartwarming and refreshing.

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

tackle the problem of street kids in Delhi so thoroughly, that their plight turns towards a happy end.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

Deepalaya,among all the NGO's ,stands very tall in terms of its commitment to the sectors it functions in.I have been a witness to the unique honest approach pursued by Deepalaya to bring honest reform in its core area of activities. The right path is not always the easy path and Deepalaya has to face enough challenges.Albeit all this what i see is an organization with sound roots,right credentials and a strong will to make impact. Deepalaya has one more disctinct differentiator besides the above mentioned, which is high quality manpower.The human resource at Deepalaya is among the best in the industry. Considering the processes established and refined over the time in Deepalaya,I think the are the most transparent ones in the industry.

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

field locations where i was a testimony to refined processes, great commitment of staff.

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

the best i have ever met.Their undying commitment to the sector is a learning for me.

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

Bring smiles to the faces of thousands more,it works for.I am sure if there is one organization where these 10 million will actually get across to the right quarters ,it will be Deepalaya.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

It is a wonderful experience. Making myself attatch with such an organisation give so much satisfaction in life. It's a wonderful organization as it work for the upliftment of the weaker sections of the society.

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

very helpful staff and volunteers always ready to guide you.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

my one year of experience in working with this organisation has brought lot of learnings for me personally and professionally. i salute the organisation to have mindset of social equality and eagerness to do something for the betterment of us.

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

never say die attitude and always appreciative towards others

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 20, 2009

This NGO is the best NGO in India.Deepalaya is a HOPE for helpless children.It is good for our society.I always with Deepalaya.

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

their passion

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

so kind, helpful and sharp vision for their target.

Ways to make it better...

Deepalaya is the best

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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