Sunshine Society distributed ration kits to 80 families amidst the ongoing Covid 19 crisis. This 8th cycle of distribution brought relief to few families who were in need of the same. Thus, when we choose to help others, we are helping ourself #Touch1LifeInYourLife #TheSunshiner #SmallJoysOfLife
May 22nd 2020, Sunshine Society did the dry ration distribution once again. This is our 7th distribution. As usual the members and well-wishers got together to provide some relief to the families of our children living in Barola and Hoshiyarpur. The distribution was carried out in Alok Vihar 1 and Alok Vihar 2. This time 135 dry ration packets containing the following were distributed:
1.Atta 5 Kg
2. Rice 4 Kg
3. Oil 1 kg
4. Dal - 1/2 kg - arhar
5. Dal - 1/2 kg - chana
6. Masale - 3 pkts
7. Salt - 1 kg
8. Soap - 1 no
During these difficult times of Covid 19, where lockdown is the norm, the parents of our Sunshine children and their neighbours, who depended on daily earnings, were badly hit.
On one hand we are trying to instill in them the value of being self sufficient, on the other hand we realize how difficult it is for them when there is no source of earning at home. In most homes, both parents work and sustain their household and we try and take on the responsibility of education. The fathers mostly employed as masons, carpenters, painters, cleaners suddenly saw their daily income stop. When we first started the distribution on April 12, there were very few of our children who said they needed help. Others hoped that the lockdown will open soon and things will be better. Some more children came forward on April 18, our second distribution. This time they also brought forward the plight of their neighbors and hoped that we could help them too. Sunshine Society is an NGO where people come together to make a difference in the place they live. We asked for a little help and we were overwhelmed by the response. We also realized that there were still many who needed the ration and then we got the support from SBI life… 500 ration sets with the following:
1.Atta 5 Kg
2. Rice 4 Kg
3. Oil 1 kg
4. Dal - 1/2 kg - arhar
5. Dal - 1/2 kg - chana
6. Masale - 3 pkts
7. Salt - 1 kg
8. Soap - 1 no
SBI life is also sponsoring the education of eight Sunshine children and they realised the hardship that all our children may be facing. They approached us to facilitate the distribution to our children and also volunteered to distribute.
Regional Manager Debabrata Panini and Regional Manager Sunil Pandey helped distribute the ration sets to the children.
Extending help to 500 families is a big difference… Our children and their neighbours have extended their thank you’s and we share this with you all…
Thank you Vinodji, SHO Dharmendraji, Sub Inspecter Deepakji, Sub Inspector Sohanveerji, Pankajji and Raghav. Thank you to all the volunteers(our children) who helped us prepare the list and distribute maintaining the social distancing.
On April 25th, we were able to do 5th distribution! We were able to do this is because of the enormous support and the amazing people we have connected with. the distribution today was for the people who were recommended by our Sunshine children.
The people who have come together to ensure that people around do not go hungry are:
Dr. Tripathi, OSD Noida Authority, Sanjay 24 Mantra (distributed over 100 sets for Sunshine Children), Ravi Kumar from Setu Foundation (60 amazing sets), Ajay and other residents of Mahagun Maple(25 sets), Abha, Abhishek, Ajay Chaturvedi, Akansha, Akhilesh Agarwal, Amit Kumar Singh, Amrinder Singh, Anushree, Archana Sharma, Ashok Parashar, Balajee Venkatesh, Daisy, Deepti Kaur, Dr S N Sharan, Gurpreet, Harpreet, Hemant Ahuja, Kanchan Ji, Kiran, Kshitij Tayal, Maneesh Kumar Parnami, Manisha Handa, Manjari Agnihotri, Meenakshi Tyagi, Meera Kaushiva, Mahendra Singh, Mohini Grover, Nandita Ahuja, Neha Kaushik, Nidhi Narang, Nirmal Mohanty, Pamita Walia, Peeyush Srivastava, Pragya, Pushpa Gupta, Rajeev Bhalla, Rajesh Nayyar, Rashmi Gaur, Reeta Aneja, Ritudeep, Sandeep Ahuja, Shantini, Sheetal Buddhiraja, Shikha Sinha, Shilpa Gupta, Shrish Agrahar, Sunil Agarwal, Sunil Arora, Surabhi, Suruchi Sharan, Sushama, Vidya Akkireddy and Vini Agarwal.
Your support gives us encouragement to ensure that the ration sets reach where they are most required.
Sunshine society with the help of Setu foundation distributed 60 big Ration kits to the families of Sunshine Society children staying in village Hoshiyarpur.
The kit contained the following:
Rice - 10 Kg
Atta - 10 Kg
Sugar - 1 Kg
Salt - 1 Pkt
Dalia - 1 Pkt
Chole - 2 Kg
Dal - 1 Kg
Cooking Oil - 1 Lt.
Masale - 2 Pkts
Sanitary napkin - 1 Pkts
Onion - 3 Kg
Potato - 3 Kg
Soap - 1 bar
Face mask - 1
The kit is very comprehensive and will surely bring relief to the families who are dependant on daily income and are finding it very difficult to make the ends meet in this time of lockdown.
The distribution was done keeping social distancing and all other relevant precautions in mind.Everyone was asked to wear face masks and carry their own bags to reduce plastic waste.
It was a respite to see another 60 families going back with enough food and a sigh of relief.
When the children we support start thinking about their neighbours and people in distress, then we know that we are forming a good chain.
When Noida Authority and 24 Mantra distributed ration to our children, we got a lot of thank you messages. Along with the messages came pleas saying that their neighbours do not have anything to eat and if we could do something for them.
We were touched and happy that our efforts to educate them are bearing fruit. Over the years, we have realised that whenever we ask for funds to carry out work during difficult times, there are scores of people who come forward to help and most of the times we overflow with help.
This time was no different. Within 24 hours of circulating our message for help, we received an overwhelming support and we collected approximately ₹1,18,000.
We distributed 147 sets today in village Barola. There are a few referred families which we couldn’t reach and will do so in the coming days.
Many thanks to Vinod Agarwal, Pankaj Jha, Police team of sector 49 and to all our contributors and well-wishers.
Let’s form our good chain bigger and let’s pledge to continue to educate…
Sunshine Society’s children’s families had started feeling the pinch of lockdown. With no money and hence no ration, the parents, mostly daily wagers were worried at the start of the month for not having any money or possibility of any further earnings. The way people came forward to offer help by way of cash/financial was incredible. Our main issue was to honour the lockdown and ensure that the distance was maintained. After the Noida Authority, came help from Sresta Organics, which comes as a brand name 24 Mantra, who without blinking, promised help of as many packets as needed. We shared the remaining children list with them and the ration reached the children!
Their thank you messages are heart melting.
As soon as the the April month started, our children started calling us with problems of no food at home. There were many of them with parents working as mason, painter, carpenter or daily wagers. Some parents working in Delhi could not go to collect their wages and some could not collect in Noida. Some children don’t have whatsapp facility so Paytm and any other digital platform is not a possibility. Parents themselves in most cases illiterate.
We so wanted to distribute the ration but also did not want to jeopardise the current isolation/lockdown.
We contacted the OSD Dr. Avinash Tripathi and shared with him the list of our children along with their phone numbers and then we waited. Nothing happened the next day but today(which is the day after) I have been continuously getting calls from our children thanking us for the ration they received!
The Noida Authority and specially the OSD Dr. Tripathi’s team, systematically called up our children and handed them each a bag of ration containing Atta, Rice, Kale Chane, Arhar dal, Sugar, Salt, 4 pkts of masala, oil and a soap bar.
We are so thankful to the team for providing relief to our children in these tough times. As I understand, the team is working tirelessly to provide food packets, and ration to those in need.
Sunshine Society salutes this team and pledge any kind of assistance that they may need.
A healthy body houses a healthy mind. With this principle, Sunshine Society ensures that periodic health check up is conducted for their children.
After the last health check up conducted by NOFAA along with Dr. Renu Verma of Sangat Pangat,( http://www.sunshinesociety.in/activities-miscellaneous/life-on-wheels
) Sunshine Society conducted a follow up health check up camp on December 15, 2019.
Dr. Atul, and Dr. Ruchi, Pediatrician, gave a thorough check up to our children and also provided them with vitamin D3 and iron supplements. It was a pleasure to see the doctors talking to the children, examining them and motivating the children to study and to keep themselves healthy. Dr. Deepa, Gynecologist, addressed the girls of ages 12 and above and talked to them about hygiene and answered all their questions and counselled them to keep healthy habits. She also gave iron supplements to all the girls.
NOFAA also arranged for Skin and Dental check up by Dr. Lokesh and his team of SDW and eye check up by Vision Plus Eye center.
Dr. Lokesh and his team of SDW clinic examined the children thoroughly of dental and skin ailments and very patiently explained to the children the importance of oral hygiene and how to keep their skin acne free.
The team from Vision plus eye center led by Rohit Khanna, ensured that each child’s eyes are tested properly and notes made for children requiring follow ups.
Each child who attended the camp benefitted from all the doctors consultations. Sunshine Society is committed towards the follow up of the medical advice as given by the doctors and to ensure that the children understand the importance of a healthy body and mind.
The camp led by member Dr. Suchitra Jain and supported by members Nandita, Archana, Ramita, Shalini and Vaishali and supported by Pradeep, Madhulika and Anil.
8th December 2019, was a milestone in the history of Sunshine Society, an NGO working for children & senior citizens when it saw a gush of social coterie at Meghdootam Park in sector 50, Noida singing and dancing to the tune of it’s 7th Annual Event. The event which was organised on the theme “Celebrating Togetherness” reverberated throughout the venue. The MC for the afternoon was Ramita Taneja, Vice President Sunshine Society.The event one of it’s kind saw a mix gathering of children, parents, teachers, elders, sponsors, guests, corporates and team of sunshine intermingling with each other. Member, Shalini Chauhan made all the necessary arrangements and coordinated bringing Sunshine’s Indirapuram children under her personal supervision. Games like tug-o-war were organized for children by B Military Fit (BMF), a noida based fitness organization. Member, Parvinder Singh played fun games with the children. All the children were served home made food packed in reusable tiffin boxes by Vrushali of Mumbai Munchies, Madhu Mittal and their team. The annual event started with sponsor-child meet where the sponsors and children came together and spent time understanding and bonding with each other. The cultural evening commenced with saraswati vandana. Ashish Srivastava, Head-CSR & Corporate Communication, Marelli India shared his experience with Sunshine Society and motivated the children. Mrs. Hemlata, Principal, Rajkiya Balika Inter College, Noida talked about the role of education in one’s life and how Sunshine Society has been able to bring about a considerable change in the society. Vinod Prakash Gupta, Member, Sunshine Society inspired the children with his life’s experiences and motivated them to work hard. Madhu Mittal from Jan Jagran spoke to the audience on the importance of keeping our environment clean. Pankaj Sir from New Golden Public School, Sector 51, Noida spoke to the children on the importance of education. Vaishali Joshi Mehta, Secretary General addressed the gathering and summarized the 6 years journey of Sunshine Society. Few students shared their learning throughout their journey with Sunshine Society. The teachers of Sunshine Society were felicitated for their hard work and untiring efforts. The cultural programs were an eye-opener with kid’s dances on themes like banning plastic, yog for health, himmat aur disha, love you zindagi, dance for fun and a play on “Road accident victim”. The grand finale was an energetic and captivating performance by our senior citizens “Tribute to Sridevi”. Our senior citizen participants Mrs Amrit, Mrs. Asha, Mrs Madhu, Mrs Vijaya Ms Promilla, Ms Somlata, Ms Shakuntala, Mr. Mahender, Mr SK Singh, Mr Gupta, Ms Nandita, Ms Laxmi, Ms Amanpreet and Sunshine children set the stage on fire. Sunshine Society is thankful to all the volunteer teachers who came forward to prepare the children and senior citizens for the cultural program: Amanpreet Kaur, Nisha Acharya, Supriya. Sunshine Society is also thankful to all the sponsors who came forward and supported the event and made it successful.
Sunshine Society stands committed to make the lives of the children and senior citizens better, happy, healthy and dignified.
The Diwali Mela@Vivante on Saturday,19th October 2019 saw something amazing this year- the young sunshiners-a group of Vivante kids ran two stalls to raise awareness and funds for Sunshine Society all on their own. A stall for selling diyas painted by the children themselves and some plants and another stall for games were managed for 3 hours by a group of 13 children all working in harmony to divide duties of ushering people, explaining what they are doing, selling and managing records and cash box. They managed a whopping profit of INR 6100/- which goes to Sunshine. Besides supporting the cause they wanted to, you could see how the future citizens of our society can really make a difference and work on things independently with little and right guidance.
There were other games stalls, performances and attractions at the mela which these sunshine volunteers missed happily coz they were so much into what they were doing and had an amazing sense of responsibility. Visitors came in throngs unable to resist this lovely bunch of very young kids( from 6 years to 13 years) proudly managing their stalls with words of praise and encouragement and went away with diyas or plants and surely knowing more about Sunshine Society. This enthusiastic bunch of children were led by Dr Vini Agarwal and had been working hard for last two weeks to learn more about Sunshine, meet,discuss, plan, collect and paint diyas,make paper bags and get ready for the final show. Shuchita Gupta, Jaya Varma and Vidya Akkireddy pitched in to support as and when needed.
The children who worked for the cause are:
Vedika, Shruti, Gaurang, Princy, Sirjan, Neel, Ananya, Reeti, Samaya, Vardha, Nivriti, Shree, Ananya
Children are the greatest imitators. Thus, they should get something great to imitate. What can be better than them getting the wisdom, knowledge and values to experience from our senior citizens. The best way to learn and re-learn!! This is how this noida based NGO, Sunshine Society works. The 6 years old NGO, was started by 11 founders and the team comprises of 17 executive members and 23 members. All the projects of Sunshine Society like education, vocational development, career enhancement, model village program, senior citizen action are centred around the approach “Connecting generations to produce an educated, skilled and a happy future”.
With around 250 children studying in 38 schools associated with Sunshine Society in villages like barola, hoshiyarpur, sadarpur, chalera etc, there are around 200 children in 3 After School Program centres in sector 50 and 51. The education of these children is funded through money generated collectively from raddi collected by 10 residential societies in noida and also through donor support from around 90 sponsors and 7 corporates. Around 80 senior citizens are associated with the NGO with their numbers multiplying fast. Many of them are productively involved in our after school program centres teaching and shaping the future of these children. The idea is to enrich and empower the lives of these seniors.
Keeping in line with this philosophy, Sunshine Society showcased a fundraiser ‘Musical Ramayan' directed by Amanpreet Kaur, on 5th October this year where the participants were seniors, who once again proved that change has nothing to do with numbers but mind. The entire evening was an amalgamation of power, poise and charisma emanating in the form of cosmic vibrations with senior wonder performing on this greatest mythological saga of love, sacrifice and virtue. The show commenced with bhajans in the melodious voice of Swayamsiddha Das & Sarvesh Mehrotra which acted as a prelude to Ramayan. With MC and Executive member Ramita Taneja taking the audience through the journey of Sunshine Society over the years, the stage was set for an exiting journey ahead. The performances were marvellous and spellbinding which left the audience glued to their seats cheering the participants throughout the show.
The senior participants of the show were : Nandita Ahuja, Kiran Goel, Somlata Sharma, Vinod Gupta, Lakshmi, Promila Puri, Vijay Lakshmi, Prof. Kapoor, Alka Kapoor, Savita Bharadwaj, Savitri Bhawnani, Veena Aggarwal, Asha Kurera, Dr. Pushpa Gupta, Manjit Singh, Ved Prakash Aggarwal, Amrit, Vimal Bharadwaj, S.K. Singh, Santosh Arora, Mahendra Singh, Praveen Monga and Vijay Krishnan.
Ananya, Gayatri, Dharam, Sanjay, Rahul, Rupali, Khushboo, Kajal, Chameli, Vishaal, Anjali, Neha, Praveen, Pariksha, Durga, Khushi, Priya, Anita, Vishal Bharti and Pooja were few Sunshine children who also participated in the show. The official photographer for the show was Rajiva Singh.
The event Sponsors are:
Anmol Biscuits, Quint Consulting Services and Bapuna Group.
Hament Ahuja, Vikram Singh Arora, Aanchal Kochhar and Harpreet Kandra
Please see below for the wonderful photographs clicked by Rajiva Singh and enjoy the recordings done by Abhimanyu of Proshoots Production.
Sunshine Society presents Musical Ramayan- A saga of love, sacrifice & virtue retold by Senior Citizens on 5th October 2019. Donor passes go Live ...Block your seat now!! Save the date and come watch the senior wonder performing for a cause to raise funds for the NGO
All donations can be made by cheque or net transfer in the name of Sunshine Society with the below details:
Account Name : SUNSHINE SOCIETY
Account No. 33154921307
Bank Name : SBI (State Bank of India)
Bank Branch : Sector 51, Noida
IFSC Code : SBIN00016739
"A dream doesn't become reality through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hard work"
This is what our children do at our After School Study Program - turn their dreams into reality. In its 6th year now, Sunshine Society presented awards to the children for their academicexcellence.
The amazing teachers, who come to teach our children ensure that the number of children achieving success and joining college increases by the year.
The classes started by Sh. Vinod Prakash Gupta 11 years ago continues to motivate and ensure that the children get educated and are able to reach their potential.
The Chief guest Sh. Vimal Sharma, President, RWA sector 50 and the Guest of honour Rear Admiral Dr. S Kulshreshtha, working Chairman of the Meghdootam senior citizn forum, along with Sh. V.P. Gupta gave away the prizes to the children who secured academic excellence in their respective classes. The children got lots of prizes along with the cheques of 2000 and 1100 all sponsored by our very own Sh.Narayan Dutt Tiwari.
The Children spoke about their dreams and thanked their wonderful teachers who continuously encourage them to study hard and complete their education.
The children thanked Their Gupta sir, Pradeep sir, Jain sir, Pawan sir, Rosy ma'am, Renu ma'am, Sudha ma'am, Wrinda ma'am, Mahender sir, Anjali ma’am, Madhu ma'am, Pankaj sir, Sangeeta ma'am, Madhulika ma'am, Kamal ma'am and all teachers who come to teach them from time to time.
As enabled citizens, who understand the importance of education, everyone agreed that it is our duty to ensure that all children should be given an opportunity to study and reach their potential.
Sh. Vimal Sharma and Rear Admiral Dr. S Kulshreshtha addressed the children motivating them to study and stay fit. Sh. V.P. Gupta thanked the audience for their presence and pledged to continue to ensure that children are given an opportunity to study.
The program ended with the children watching a movie Kung Fu Panda.
Some glimpses of the ceremony:
a mobile OPD ambulance service for not so privileged, ideated by Dr. Renu Verma and team, coordinated by Mr. Vinod Agarwal from NOFAA, organized a Health Camp for the children of Sunshine Society today, 31st May at Alok Vihar 1, sector 50, Noida from 10.30 am. The doctors team comprised of Dr. Amita, Dr. Jindal and Dr. Renu Verma.
More than 70 children could benefit from this camp.
In addition, Sunshine Society also organized a Clothes Distribution drive for these children. Volunteers Niya, Risa and Jahnavi sorted and helped in the distribution of the clothes.
Our English workshop teachers, Iram and Priyanka were there throughout the camp to manage the children. The waiting time was constructively utilized by a quick recap of whatever the children have studied since the beginning of the workshop.
Sunshine Society is grateful to the team of doctors and support staff of Life on wheels, NOFAA and all the volunteers who managed to take time out and be part of this wonderful cause in this scorching heat and F-3 Alok Vihar 1 for their support in organizing this camp.
Sunshine Society feels privileged to receive Award of Appreciation from NOFAA (Noida Federation Of Apartment Owners Associations) in recognition of *superior performance, extraordinary service and dedication for social work*
Sunshine Society feels proud to share this recognition with all our sponsors, supporters, volunteers, teachers, mentors, members, senior citizens, children, parents, well wishers and all those who are and have been connected with us in any and every way.
We pledge to remain committed and work towards betterment with the same zeal & dedication
Thank you everyone for your love and trust.
Certificates were awarded to young volunteers of ATS One Hamlet by Sunshine Society on 26th January 2019 as part of the Republic Day celebrations organised by the residents there.
AOH under the leadership of Col. Apurva Tandon, is involved in generating funds for Sunshine by raddi collection which is a monthly exercise and is performed religiously by the volunteers, a team of young children who are tower wise representatives there. With this, ATS One Hamlet is supporting education of around 24 Sunshine children by following this approach.
Sunshine Society salutes the spirit & enthusiasm of these children along with their mentors there who are an inspiration to all of us
On January 4, 2019, massive fire engulfed a slum cluster in Sector 73, Sarfabad, Noida. The cause of the fire not known. More than 200 shanties were burnt to ashes and 1000 people including kids & elders have been left homeless in this biting cold.
Sunshine Society distributed sets containing a bucket and mug (plastic) 2 glasses, 2 plates, 2 katoris, 1 karchi, one water bottle(plastic) & 1 knife to 121 families in sector 73, Sarfabad, Noida (list prepared earlier on the basis of ground survey conducted by Sunshine team) whose jhuggies were burnt down in an accidental fire recently.
The sets distributed today could easily be procured from the generous donations that were received from many citizens who came out to help in this need of hour.
Numerous clothes and utensils were also donated by many residents, which were distributed to the families in Sarfabad during the first visit by Sunshine Team.
Our prayers to all the affected families and our faith in humanity remains strong.
“Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress and working together is success.”
The spirit of celebrating togetherness, sharing happiness with others and spreading joy is the philosophy with which Sunshine Society works…
2ndDecember, 2018 was the day marked to “Celebrate 5 years of Togetherness” at Sunshine Society during the 6thAnnual Event. The vibrant spirit could be seen everywhere with children and seniors enjoying and interacting together. The event which was held in Amphitheatre, Meghdootam Park, Sector 50, Noida became lively with the infectious energy of our member and charming anchor for the day, Ramita Taneja. Her words “Hello Sunshine” echoed everywhere and kept the audience captivated throughout the event.
The event saw participation of more than 500 children and seniors from Noida and Indirapuram. Special thanks to members Shalini Chauhan & Dr. Suchitra Jain who organized and coordinated smooth and safe pick and drop of children and their parents from Indirapuram to the venue in Noida.
The special guest for the event was Dr Ajay Pal Sharma, SSP, Gautam Budh Nagar. Few words from him for the audience left the children motivated to work towards a better future. Sunshine Society is thankful to him for taking time out from his busy schedule and to grace the occasion.
The event kicked off with a welcome note by President , Vidya Akkireddy followed by a short address by Shri V.P.Gupta, children’s favourite and fondly called as Gupta Uncle, teacher & mentor at After school study program at Sector 50, Noida. Sunshine students Aanchal & Akash shared their experiences with the audience and also motivated the children to work hard in order to achieve success. Commander Jaya Varma IN (Retd), Coordinator, Sunshine Society spoke to the children & parents on the importance of discipline and time. Arunima Mehra from Medico Electrodes, our corporate sponsor also addressed the audience.
The event witnessed Sponsor-Child meet and fun games organized by Parvinder Singh and Yugal Kishore Sharma which were a huge hit with children and seniors. The cultural program commenced by seeking blessings of Almighty when children sang a melodious Saraswati Vandana taught by volunteer Shambhavi Mishra, class 11, Amity International School, Noida.
An energetic bhangra performance by Sunshine students of SRM Foundation, sector 51, Hoshiyarpur, Noida marked the beginning of the cultural evening and kept the audience dancing to it’s tune. The other group from same school presented nukkad natak “ladki hi dahej hai” Both the above performances were choreographed by Maninder Sachdev, teacher at After school study centre, SRM Foundation, sector 51, Hoshiyarpur, Noida and volunteer Gagan from Friends Academy of Acting & Dance. The students also presented a patriotic dance performance on song “Vande Matram” choreographed by Soni Chauhan, teacher at SRM Foundation.
Small children from After school centre, sector 50, Noida presented a dance performance on theme “school chale hum”. A skit was presented by a group of other children from the same After school on the theme “Salute to Mother India”. The skit emphasized our common allegiance to Mother India. It also highlighted the freedom struggle against the British and the valour of our freedom fighters. Both the performances were choreographed by our volunteer Amanpreet Kaur from Mahagun Maestro, Noida and she was assisted by volunteer Himani Gupta from Alok Vihar 2, Noida.
Children from After school centre, sector 51, presented a dance performance on the theme “Save Trees” with melodious and touching lyrics “Na kato mujhe..dukhta hai”. The performance was choreographed by volunteers Jyoti Malik and Nishu Garg from Mahagun Maestro.
The show stopper of the event was a performance by the senior citizens on “Stages of happiness” choreographed by volunteer Amanpreet. The cheerful and amicable spirit of the senior citizens made it impossible for the audience to remain glued to their seats. Cheers and whistles were all that could be heard during the performance. The senior participants were as follows: Amrit Kapoor, Nandita Ahuja, Somlata Sharma, Mohini Joshi, Pramila Puri, Vijaya Lakshmi, Pushpa Gupta, Vijaya Krishnan, Kiran Goel, Santosh Arora, Gangotri Negi, Praveen Monga, Alka Kapoor, VP Gupta, Umesh Kapoor, Savita Bhardwaj, Vimal Bhardwaj and Lakshmi Ishwaran. The seniors once again made us realize how much still remains in their basket of knowledge and wisdom to offer. It is up to the younger generation to benefit from it.
Lot of hard work and dedication had gone in the preparation of all the programmes and the results were quite visible during the Annual Event… with each program well coordinated and choreographed to the best.
When the day is so beautiful and happening… the members are equally excited and they were because came in the Flash mob where they along-with the children danced and rejoiced on the humming beats of “itti si hansi… itti si khushi” and “love you zindagi” encouraging the audience to join in and celebrate the spirit of togetherness!!!
The event concluded with a felicitation ceremony for the teachers at our After school centres who have joined hands with Sunshine in providing education to the children. Gifts were also given to the winners of Insta-Photo contest organized online. The felicitation ceremony was presided by the special guest, Dr Ajay Pal Sharma. A brief vote of thanks was given by Secretary General, Vaishali Joshi Mehta to mark the end of this joyful event.
In the end the children were given return gifts sponsored by Anmol Biscuits and Sanjay Prasad. The sponsors for the event were Ashu Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Deepak Uniyal and Shashi Garg. Juices for children were sponsored by 24 Mantra. Food for children was sponsored by Tarundeep Kharbanda and Shailendra. Gifted for the teachers were sponsored by member Deepak Methi. Sunshine Society is thankful to all the sponsors who came together to make the event a huge success.
Stage & venue decoration was led by member Ramita Taneja who was helped by volunteer Arushi Verma, Sunshine children Krishna, Rishab, Suraj, Arvind, Mukesh, Thakurdeen, Suneel and four volunteers from Hierank Business School. The team was up and about from 8 in the morning to make the place look lively and festive. Volunteers Minaxi Tyagi and Ritushree made eye-catching charts and volunteer Charu was kind enough to give cut-outs for the decoration on the day of event.
The photography credit goes to member Sunil Mehta, who was on his toes throughout the day to cover the entire event.
Sunshine Society is thankful to all the volunteers who came forward right from day one to make the event phenomenal.
Sunshine Society is also thankful to News 1 India and Hindustan Noida City Live for providing coverage to the event.
We do appreciate the value of a moment, but understand the true essence until it becomes a memory. The annual event 2018 will always be cherished by everyone. We will always be grateful to those who have supported us throughout our journey and are helping us in bridging gaps and bringing generations together!!!!
May 27th, almost midnight, a fire raged in the jhuggi cluster located in Village Barola. The reason for the fire is unknown, but the fire razed everything to the ground also damaging a few houses located around.
The people living in the jhuggis ran out, barely saving their lives. Everything else was burnt down. The police came and the fire tenders were able to extinguish the fire but were not able to save anything from the jhuggis.
As told by the resident of a burnt jhuggi, there were a total of 265 jhuggies and all were burnt to the ground.
Sunshine Society went on May 28th to figure out what can be done to provide relief to the affected people. The scene was grim and the temperature was as high as 460 C, the flattened ground was still smoldering and the people had no shelter.
Amongst the sad reality, total destruction, extreme heat and defeated faces, there was a bright spark. Humanity had won and there were so many people who reached the scene immediately providing water, mobile toilets, clothes and a running food bhandara.
We were shocked by the no. of people affected by this tragedy. As per basic calculations, 265 jhuggi with 4 people per jhuggi, comes to 1060 people! We were at a loss to decide what help was to be provided ensuring it reaches all the people. We then contacted the city magistrate to understand the requirement and he gave us an approximate figure of 110 jhuggis.
One thing we understood was that humanity always wins. One message circulated over WhatsApp got us such a tremendous response that we were actually able to plan for all the affected families. Deepak Methi, member Sunshine and a resident of sector 50, donated INR 100,000 and many others contributed to set a pool of amount with which we bought 110 sets of dry ration and 110 sets of bucket, mug and basic utensils. The teams were divided: some collected in cash&cheques, some collected clothes and other utensils and Meena negotiated and got the best rates for the dry ration and bucket/utensils, while sitting in Siliguri!
June 1st, Sunshine team with VP Gupta, Madhu Mittal, Rajesh Shrivastav, Shashi Shrivastav, Archana Chaturvedi, Shaloo Mishra, Kemveer Singh, Abhay, Nitin, Babu, Sumeeta, Prem, Praveen, Manish and Vaishali distributed the sets to all the affected families, going from house to house distributing, validating and comforting the families. There were a lot of people there trying to rebuild their jhuggis but there were also a lot of people who relocated to other areas. It took us almost 5 hours to reach out to families and distribute the sets ensuring that it reaches the affected people.
There were so many other people like us who were distributing the necessities. People who had brought bananas and lassi, people who had brought pans and kadai’s, there were people who were taking turns for bhandara and so on…
The silver lining here is the overwhelming support of the people to help fellow human beings. The people there now have more than they ever had.
We still have a few sets of dry ration and buckets/utensils and people are still contributing clothes. In case anyone comes across family affected by the tragedy who would require the sets, please get in touch with us at email@example.com or leave a message at 9971799601.
We are living amongst great people in a great time!
A promise made in May 2017 was so well kept in March 2018 that the experience will stay on with the children through their lives.
Positive life experiences are not easy to come by. We, at Sunshine Society, strive to ensure that our children get exposed to experiences which make them think on their future life course.
World Bank’s visit on March 29, 2018 was a result of the time spent by the World Bank team in May 2017 http://www.sunshinesociety.in/activities-after-school-study/when-world-bank-came-visiting .
51 Sunshine students and their five coordinators – V.P. Gupta, S.N. Rai, Madhu Mittal, Meenu Agrawal and Mahendra Singh enjoyed a wonderful day out with the World Bank team. The day started with the children excitedly getting on the bus for a whole day spend at the World Bank. The children started their activities with fun ball games at the Lodi gardens. After a drinks and fruit break, they attended the fire safety drill with hands on experience on dousing a fire, session on safety during an earthquake and disaster management. A talk about World Bank by Hisham A. Abdo Kahin, the World Bank’s operation manager, educated the children on the workings of World Bank and how the World Bank brings about a change. With food for thought, the children were also treated to delicious hot lunch. A walk through the World Bank office gave the children an insight of how the offices look like and how people work in offices.
Sessions on safe water and ill effects of unhealthy beverages and a few more activities, the children were happily on their way back totally satisfied in mind and stomach and carried back with them the thoughtful gifts given by the World Bank team.
Many thanks to Arvinder(Ruby) Singh and her team who organized, detailed and coordinated the entire visit.
The children indeed gained a life experience which will motivate them to continue with their studies and aspire for a brighter future.
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Workshop on "Maintaining menstrual hygiene to prevent cancer and other infections" conducted today by Seema Khurana of Oxigen at Alok Vihar 1, Sector 50, Noida.
Overwhelming participation by around 70 maids who raised a lot of questions towards the end which were replied to a great satisfaction.