Events & Programs by Maitri

Newpaper Collection Drive 1 st Oct 2017

Maitri raises funds for all programs from people through various ways. ‘रद्दीतून सद्दी’ i.e. ‘Fund Raising through Old News Paper’ is one of such fund-raising activity by which anyone can participate and contribute. Maitri has raised more than 20 L through old newspaper in past 12 years.

We had a big drive of Newspaper collection on 2nd Oct 2016 in which we had approached around 110 housing societies in Pune. The appeal was to donate household Newspaper collection for a month to Maitri. We collected it on 2nd Oct and raised approximately 2.5 L by selling it.Hear more details from Maharashtra Darpan News Channel https://youtu.be/3mSlgchWc58

Few societies showed interest to donate Raddi every month. As of now 15 societies are contributing regularly every month in this activity.

Like last year we are going to do Raddi Collection on 1st Oct Sunday as Melghat Fund Raising activity. Last year we approached nearly 110 housing societies. We have started communication with those again. We need volunteers for this activity at various locations? Would you like to become a volunteer?

Do you want to start Raddi Collection in your housing society?

Run for Maitri.....

Harshad Pendse from Pune, a dedicated Marathon runner and a sensitive volunteer of Maitri since 2011. This year he thought of a very innovative idea for raising fund for Melghat work. He made an appeal on Facebook and Mayboli about it. Sharing his own words.

I have registered myself for "Khardung La challenge" (72 km) which is scheduled on 9th Sep 2017 at Ladakh. I am dedicating this run to Maitri, an NGO that works in Melghat a tribal area in Amaravati district of Maharashtra. Maitri is in need for funds to keep their programs in hand operational. I have personally visited Melghat while volunteering for Maitri and appeal all of you to donate generously for the nobel cause. I intend to have minimum 72 donors who will donate minimum 1000 rupees to Maitri.....

So far 70 plus people have responded to his appeal and the total donation to Maitri through his drive has reached Rs 1.5 lakh plus. Harshad, "Maitri" is proud of volunteers like you !

Dhadak Mohim 2017

Dhadak Mohim in 2017 started from 22nd Jul.

"Dhadak Mohim is a life time experience for us" - this is the first sentence we hear from Dhadak Mohim volunteer.

Remote villages in Melghat, volunteers coming from many odd places all over Maharashtra, the green and calm nature....

Working with people who have different culture, who speak different language, who have different beliefs than yours.....

Visiting each household, giving medicines, doing councelling and so many things which one has never done before....

One can write many lines on these 7 days but when you experience it yourself then only you will get the real insight. So be part of it by joining as volunteer for this year. Read out https://dhadakmohim.wordpress.com for more details.

 

Anand Melava - Melghat

For past 3 years we are conducting "आनंद मेळावा" i.e. Diwali Workshop in Melghat. Nearly 200 children from 10 villages between 6 to 11 age group participate in this. Shool children from Pune/Mumbai, their parents and some teachers go to Melghat as volunteers to conduct this workshop.

"Learing should be a fun and also enlighten life" - Under this principle, we conduct many parallel and supporting activities with ZP school children of Melghat. This Diwali workshop is one of such activities. The workshop consists of various art & craft activities (drawing, painiting, origami), educational games, songs, short plays, pappet shows, simple experiments in science, collage work, outdoor games and many more....

The workshop is conducted at two places at a time for 4 to 5 days. The day starts at 9 with breafast with children followed by some educational games then creating art session followed by lunch, drama/ plays, songs and ends at 5 on ground. Last day, we decorate the workshop place with various artfacts made by children during workshop.

Many friends and well wisher provide food grains, money, donations in kind for this workshop. Every year it get imense energy and encouragement from this workshop. Would you like to experience it? Come to Melghat after this Diwali.

Our Language, Our Books and Our Library

In Melghat like tribal areas, children and teachers always face problem related to understanding of language. Geographically Melghat is in Maharashtra hence Marathi is the medium of teaching in the schools. All the prescribed books are in state language-Marathi, but mother tongue of ‘Korku’ tribe is ‘Korku’ named language without script. They do speak in Hindi as their neighbouring state is Madhya Pradesh. It becomes very difficult for the children in primary schools to understand and learn new language in the very beginning of school. Children do not get attracted towards books and do not take any interest in reading the books. Learning unknown language in Schools, and going through, or observing irrelevant pictures and topics is boring for them. If they see or even listen to stories based on their day to day routine, pictures drawn and sketches based on festivals, forest or animals then they can easily relate to their own experiences.

The book full of pictures and drawings, easy to understand even at primary level, was not available. Up to 2014 a single- bilingual book was not available for the children in Melghat. (Marathi and Korku) Mulgami publication, under the guidance of acclaimed Consultant in Education, Ms. Varsha Saharabuddhe, with the help of Tata Trust, prepared few books for Bhill and Pawra’s of Nadurbar district.

Taking inspiration and help from the same resource, “MAITRI” brought in a set of three books of nine stories in Marathi and Korku.  At the time Diwali vacation, books were distributed to all the Children in the camp, their reactions and expressions were very special. Looking at the enthusiastic welcome for the books, thought of bringing many bilingual books for them is very necessary. But there is limitation of funds for publishing more such books.

Along with the bilingual books, idea of ‘Book Bank’ has been implemented in five villages. Volunteers of ‘Mayboli’ and few volunteers from Mumbai helped for Book Bank. A Box full of books and few periodicals has been made available for children and youngsters. These books are in Marathi -Hindi and English. Our local worker known as ‘Gavmitra’ maintains a record of books. The next step is towards weekly book reading in the group. The idea is, in that group, younger children in the village will listen to stories read or told for them by elder children. Eventually they will discuss news items from the newspapers and thus ‘culture of reading’ can be inculcated.

100 Days School

"100 Days school" is a symbolic concept used in education. Many a times running a regular school becomes difficult. But children at particular age can pick up certain abilities and then continue their formal education in lesser time. Concept of school for 100 days, has been initiated particularly for the children of migrant workers like sugarcane cutters or for the children of brick kiln workers. In village Padsare in district Raigad, a 100 day’s school was opened. In the premises of various Sugarcane factories, “Sakharshala” named schools were opened for the children of sugarcane cutters in Maharashtra. That experiment was conducted by Jnana Prabodhini Pune. On similar basis, “MAITRI"volunteers decided to run a 100 day’s school for children in Melghat.

Many children are unable to go to school, or drop out of school due to various reasons. For them bringing back to school is very difficult task. “MAITRI” volunteers came across many such school drop outs in Melghat and decided to bring them back to main stream education through 100 days school. With the help of volunteers, one residential 100 day’s school was started in Melghat. In village Chilhati in Melghat, MAITRI runs a training centre and office. For 32 Girls and 10 Boys the school was started on 10 December 2011 to 3 March 2012.Total 42 children were between the age group of 8 to 12 years.

42 children were placed in 4 different groups depending upon their language and mathematical abilities. The aim was to teach basic concepts of language and mathematics. With the help of many teachers curriculum was designed. Training for the volunteers going for 100 day’s school was organised. It was regarding content and methods of teaching. Every week 4 to 5 volunteers were going to Melghat and stayed there with children. Two workers were full timers and coordinated the activity.

Total 52 volunteers ranging from 18 to 62 years with different educational backgrounds, self employed and even professionals, businessmen, house wives worked as teachers. They have contributed for their travel and stay in Melghat and have contributed with their skills and time, a very valuable resource.

Being a residential school, morning to night timetable and activities were well chalked out and even shared with all the volunteers. Routine was set with healthy habits and even nutritious food was provided at fixed intervals. Creative activities, sports, songs and story-telling sessions were planned. After every 15 days children were send home for holiday.

Learning for children:

After 100 Day’s School- learning for “MAITRI”

It was very difficult while running the residential school even for 100 days. But more difficult task was future of education of these children. 40 children needed help to take admissions in Ashram School (residential school) and “Maitri” to review their progress from time to time was the learning for the team of volunteers engaged in the activity.

Based on above learning “MAITRI-School” was the activity designed and conducted for Melghat-Education.

Educational Aids Making Workshop - Maitri & TIETO

२०१२ मध्ये सप्टेंबर महिन्याच्या प्रारंभी पुण्यातील Tieto या कंपनीच्या लोकांबरोबर "मैत्री"ने एक वेगळा उपक्रम केला. या कंपनीतील  "श्री हर्षल असलेकर" हे आपले स्वयंसेवक आहेत. मंगळवार बैठकीत कमला नेहरू उद्यानात आले असताना त्यांनी सांगितले की त्याच्या कंपनीमधील ६०-७० जणांचा गट मैत्रीकरता काही मदत करू इच्छितो.  नुसती आर्थिक मदत करण्यापेक्षा काही काम करण्यात त्यांना विशेष रस होता. त्यादृष्टीने एक दिवसात काय करता येईल असा विचार करताना एक कल्पना पुढे आली की आपण शैक्षणिक साधने या गटाच्या मदतीने बनवू शकतो ज्यांचा "मैत्री शाळा" उपक्रमात उपयोग करता येईल.
शनिवार १ सप्टेंबर २०१२ या दिवशी सकाळी ९:३० ते दुपारी ४:०० अशी ही कार्यशाळा आपण घेतली. मैत्रीच्या वतीने अश्विनी धर्माधिकारी व शोभा केळकर यांनी कार्यशाळेची आखणी केली होती. भाषा व गणित यामधील मूलभूत कौशल्ये शिकवण्याकरता खालील साधने आपण या कार्यशाळेत बनवली.

१. डॉमिनो कार्ड - मोजणी, अंकज्ञान याकरता
२. डॉट कार्ड - मोजणी, अंकज्ञान याकरता
३. दशक एकक संकल्पना पत्ते
४. कमी जास्त (फरक) संकल्पना पट्ट्या
५. मूळाक्षर पत्ते
६. शब्द शिड्या
७. बाराखडी चिन्हे
८. चित्र व शब्द जोड पत्ते
९. मूळाक्षर घरे
१०. शब्द पत्ते

मेळघाटातील ३ शाळांना पुरेशी होतील इतकी साधने या दिवशी आपण बनवू शकलो.  
१०० दिवसांच्या शाळेत शिकवण्याकरता गेलेले मयूर भावे, सुनील कुलकर्णी, मधुरा खाडे, प्राची कुलकर्णी, श्रद्धा केळकर आणि विद्या चिकटे मदतीला आले होते. तसेच सचिन पूर्णवेळ आणि वैशाली, मधू काही वेळ मदतीला होते. Tieto कंपनी चे ५० ते ६० जण या कार्यशाळेत सहभागी झाले. काही आपल्या कुटुंबीयांसमवेत आले होते.  अतिशय उत्साहाने, चिकाटीने नवीन कल्पना व सर्जनशीलता वापरून मंडळी दिवसभर काम करत होती.

कार्यशाळा संपताना Tieto मधील श्री मंगेश शिंदे म्हणाले की "खूप दिवसांनी असे काहीतरी हाताने वस्तू बनवण्याचे काम आम्ही केले. मेळघाटातील शैक्षणिक कामात छोट्या स्वरूपात आम्हाला सहभागी होता आले याचा आनंद वाटतो."  अनेकांनी आपल्या भावना व्यक्त करताना म्हटले की मुलांना शिकवण्याकरता ही साधने आम्ही बनवली पण ती बनवत असताना आम्हालाच खूप काही शिकता आले आणि खूप आनंद मिळाला. सुट्टीचा दिवस अशा कामाकरता आपण देवू शकलो याबद्दल खूप समाधान वाटते आहे.

या कार्यशाळेचा संपूर्ण खर्च व साहित्याचा खर्च Tieto ने केला. मेळघाटात चिलाटी येथे मुलांकरता वाचनालय सुरु करण्यासाठी पुस्तके व कपाट यासाठी त्यांनी देणगी दिली. तसेच मैत्रीच्या ग. रा. पालकर शाळेच्या कामासाठीही त्यांनी मदत केली आहे. ९ सप्टेंबर ला या शाळेच्या मुलांना फुलगाव व वढू तुळापुर येथे नेण्याकरता त्यांनी कंपनीची बस दिली होती.

"शैक्षणिक साधने बनवण्याच्या" या कार्यशाळेमुळे "मैत्री" ला लोकांना सहभागी करून घेण्याचा एक नवा मार्ग मिळाला आहे. मेळघाटातील उपक्रमात  सहभागी होवू शकत नसलेल्या अनेकांना यातून कामाची संधी मिळणार आहे.अशा अनेक कार्यशाळा दरवर्षी घेता आल्या तर खूप मदत होईल. याची सुरुवात Tieto कडून झाली याबद्दल हर्षल असलेकर व त्यांच्या सर्व सहकाऱ्यांना मनःपूर्वक धन्यवाद.

Runathon Nigdi, Pune

गेल्या वर्षी म्हणजे १८ डिसेंबर २०१६ या दिवशी रोटरी क्लब ऑफ निगडी तर्फे "रनथॉन ऑफ होप" स्पर्धा जाहीर केली होती. आधीच्या वर्षीप्रमाणे या वेळीही मेळघाटातून १५ जणं हे मॅरेथॉनसाठी आले होते. १० मुलं (वयोगट १८ ते २३), आणि ५ मुली (वयोगट १५ ते २०). यावर्षी पुन्हा त्यांच्या रहाण्याची आणि प्रशिक्षणाची जबाबदारी टाटा मोटर्स ने उचलली त्यांचा सराव, प्रशिक्षण आणि योग्य असा आहार या सर्व गोष्टींची अतिशय उत्तम रितीने व्यवस्था करण्यात आली होती. हे सर्व स्पर्धक आणि त्यांच्या सोबत दोन व्यवस्थापक ६  डिसेंबर ते १९ डिसेंबर २०१६ पर्यंत पुण्यात होते.

रनथॉन स्पर्धा १८ डिसेंबरला सकाळी ६.०० वाजता निगडी प्राधिकरणातील सिटी प्राईड शाळेपासून घेण्यात आली. या मध्ये २१/१०/५/३ किलोमीटर अशा अंतराच्या स्पर्धा घेण्यात आल्या.

यामध्ये ५ किलोमीटरच्या स्पर्धेत कुसुम मावस्करने रौप्यपदक तर किरण भूसुम ने कास्यपदक मिळवले.

३ किलोमीटरच्या स्पर्धेत सुशीला बेठेकरने चौथा तर असाय मावस्कर ने सहावा क्रमांक मिळवला.

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