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DEEPALAYA
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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Volunteered in deepalaya home for boys, helping them with their lessons, working on language and evs subjects, spending time with them and hearing their stories!.