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Reading Corner at Amader Padakhhep Organisation

There are many schools in our city which do not have access to libraries due to which children miss out on the exposure that reading brings. Treasures of Innocence have taken the initiative to ignite these beautiful minds with varieties of books. Our motive is to provide them the pleasure of reading and the essence of a library. Their desire was to continue their tradition of setting up libraries in schools and shelter homes to encourage children to read, to dive headfirst into the world of fiction, facts and history.

 

On the 15th of May, to forward their initiative of educating children from challenged backgrounds, some members of Treasures of Innocence visited an open shelter for boys in ward 101 under the Amader Padakhhep Organisation.

 

 

 

ToI set up a library in one of their shelter homes. The boys in this shelter home come from various impoverished backgrounds and are varied ages of 6-15. While some come here routinely to spend time, others treat it as an emergency shelter- they come if there is any problem at home.

 

 

We went there at around 11 in the morning and immediately, the children came to greet us. We sat down with them in the room where we would continue the rest of our work and conversed with them. After we all introduced ourselves, they told us a little about themselves as well- their names, where they stayed, what time they wake up at in the morning and what they did before we reached there. Soon we began our work and fittingly started with a devotional dance and song to engage the children’s attention. After that, we encouraged the children to tell us stories and a little boy volunteered to relate the story of ‘The Tortoise and the Heir’. He did not just stop at that, though. He even acted it out with the help of his friends.

 

Then, we took out the wall hanging, the coloured papers, and the cutouts and discussed with the children on what to do, after dividing them into groups of 3. The boys took the various shapes and began drawing and cutting them out however they wanted to stick them on the wall hanging to make them look more interesting. They drew various colourful flowers, birds, balloons, ice-cream etc, with the assistance and supervision of the volunteers. The children managed to produce more than one cut out each.

 

 

We began sticking the shapes on the background, making various sceneries. After that, we gave them the books that we had brought for them. When the wall library was done with the finishing touches, we arranged the books in them with the help of the children.

 

As we got up to leave, we noticed that the children had already started reading the books that we got for them and hoped that they continue to be empowered by the power of reading and education.

Madhubani

Volunteer, Treasures of Innocence

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Life Skill Development Training Program

Life Skill Development Training Program was organized by Treasures of Innocence.

Our destination on 16th April was Khalisakota Adarsha Vidyalaya for Girls in Italgacha. The entire five-member team from Treasures of Innocence arrived on time and was greeted with a warm welcome by the Teacher in charge.

We were asked to make ourselves comfortable in the large hall on the first floor of the school building for the whole day training session. The school building was quite neat and clean and had a beautifully done playground inside the premises. Though the day was hot and sultry the happy smiling faces of the young girls of the ninth and tenth standard could not dampen the team spirit.

The session began with Treasures of Innocence introduction followed by meditation. Subsequent presentations on relevant topics like Power of mind, Animal s and human beings, Health and Hygiene, Social media, Mobile phone usage, Child Abuse, Child trafficking, etc were shown to the girls. There were interactive sessions and several interesting short videos were also shown to the girls. Before the lunch break, the entire group of 120 girls was subdivided into 10 teams and each team was asked to choose a topic on which they would plan and then enact a short play.

The girls seemed to be very excited by this group activity and took a lot of interest in staging the small plays. Post lunch break Treasures of Innocence team made the girls engaged in fun activities and games. The girls responded to these games with a lot of enthusiasm.

Few more socially relevant topics were again discussed like child marriage, What is your Mt Everest, etc. The day ended with lots of cheers from the young audience and it was a sheer joy to watch them sway and dance merrily to the rhythm of music videos playing.

The girls had enjoyed their Life Skill Training Program to the fullest as the joy that shone in their faces made it evident. That was the biggest accolade which the Treasures of Innocence team achieved that day.

Anindita Bishnu

Volunteer, Treasures of Innocence

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আমার চোখে নারী দিবস

আজ 8th March আন্তর্জাতিক নারী দিবস। এই দিনটি নারীদেরকে আলাদা করে সম্মান জানানোর দিন। আমাদের দেশে যেখানে একদিকে কন্যা ভ্রূণ হত্যা করে নারীকে হত্যা করা হচ্ছে বা কোথাও বাল্যবিবাহ দিয়ে নারীদের অনন্ত  সম্ভাবনাকে শেষ করে দেওয়া হচ্ছে, সে দেশে বসে নারী দিবস পালন করতে গিয়ে নিজেকে বড়ই  অপরাধী মনে হয়। আমরাও নারী তাই শিশু হত্যা কিংবা বাল্যবিবাহের বিরূদ্ধে হাত গুটিয়ে বসে থাকাটা নিজেদের কাছেই অসহ্যকর।

সেই সমাজের মধ্যেই আমরা সকলে এক হয়েছি Treasures of Innocence এর ছাতার তলায়।  এই organisation গরীব বাচ্চাদের সার্বিক উন্ননয়নের লক্ষ্যে কাজ করে চলেছে বিগত পাঁচ বছর ধরে। সেখানে আমারা গরীব বাচ্চাদের নিজের পায়ে দাঁড়ানোর জন্য বিভিন্ন training দিয়ে থাকি। এই organisation এ ছেলে-মেয়ের মধ্যে ভেদাভেদ না করে এগিয়ে যেতে শেখানো হয়।

 

আজ নারী দিবসে আমি এই organisation এর একজন কর্মী হিসেবে চাইবো যাতে এই organisation আরো কিছু ভালো কাজ করতে পারে যাতে আমরা সামাজিক দায়বদ্ধতাকে স্বীকার  করে সমাজের জন্য বিশেষ করে মেয়েদের জন্য আরো কিছু করতে পারি।

মেখলা ব্যানার্জী

Team Member,

Treasures of Innocence

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আমার চোখে Treasures of Innocence

 

বিবেকানন্দ বলেছিলেন যে, “গীতা পাঠের থেকে মাঠে গিয়ে ফুটবল খেলা অনেক ভাল”…

তাই পুঁথিগত শিক্ষার সহিত খেলাধুলা, শরীরচর্চাতেও মনোযোগী হওয়া উচিত। একটি শিশু যখন জন্মগ্রহণ করে তখন সে সামান্য মানুষ রূপেই জন্মগ্রহণ করে, কিন্তু সেই শিশুটিই পারে একদিন সামান্য থেকে অসামান্য হয়ে উঠতে। Treasure of Innocence সেই সমস্ত শিশুদের অসামান্য হয়ে উঠতে সাহায্য করছে,তাদের মনোবল বাড়াতে সাহায্য করছে, যারা সমাজ থেকে বিচ্ছিন্ন, যারা বঞ্চিত, আপনাদের কথায় ‘গরিব’। প্রদীপের আলোতে চারদিক আলোকিত হলেও আমরা জানি প্রদীপের তলাতেই থাকে অন্ধকার। তাই, Treasures of Innocence জোনাকি হয়ে তার ক্ষুদ্র প্রয়াস নিয়ে মহৎ উদ্দেশ্য সাধনের জন্য সেই প্রদীপের নিচের অন্ধকার মোচনে সদা সচেষ্ট।

 

 

বিগত কয়েক বছর ধরে তারা তাদের বার্ষিক অনুষ্ঠান “Catch Them Young Inter-School Meet” এর আয়োজন করে আসছেন। কোলকাতা ও তার আশেপাশের ১০ টি বিদ্যালয় এই অনুষ্ঠানে অংশগ্রহণ করেন। বছরের মাঝামাঝি পঞ্চম থেকে অষ্টম শ্রেণীর ছাত্র ছাত্রীদের মধ্যে থেকে পড়াশুনা ও অঙ্কনের প্রতিযোগিতার উপর নির্ভর করে বেছে নেওয়া হয় ইন্টারস্কুল টপারদের, তারাও পুরস্কৃত হয় এই মঞ্চে।

 

এই বছরের অনুষ্ঠানের মূল ভাবনা ছিল “শিশুর অধিকার”। এই ভাবনা কে মাথায় রেখে সমাজের চলমান সমস্যার উপর ভিত্তি করে আয়োজন করা হয়েছিল নাট্য প্রতিযোগিতা, যা একাধারে ছাত্রছাত্রী ও দর্শকদের সচেতন হতে সাহায্য করে। এই বিদ্যালয়গুলি থেকে শিশুরা আবার Quiz Competition আর Talent Hunt এ অংশগ্রহণ করে তাদের অসাধারণ প্রতিভার পরিচয় দেন।

 

 

Treasure of Innocence এখানে কান্ডারীর ভূমিকায় অবতীর্ণ। নৌকার পাল তুলে ছেড়ে দিলে সেই নৌকা হাওয়ার বেগে চলবে ঠিকই কিন্তু তার দিকভ্রষ্ট হয়ে যাবে । Treasure of Innocence এখানে নিজে হাল ধরে নৌকার শিশুদের তাদের গন্তব্যের দিকে, তাঁদের উজ্জ্বল ভবিষ্যতের দিকে এগিয়ে যেতে সাহায্য করে চলেছে প্রতিনিয়ত।

 

 

কে বলতে পারে যে এই সমস্ত শিশুরাই ভবিষ্যতে ডাক্তার, শিক্ষক, নৃত্য শিল্পী কিংবা গায়ক হবে না। এই অনুষ্ঠানে উপস্থিত ছিলেন সমাজের বিভিন্ন শ্রেনীর সনামধন্য মানুষজন, তাদের উজ্জ্বল উপস্থিতি অনুষ্ঠানটিকে আরও প্রাণবন্ত করে তুলেছিল। আমার দৃঢ় বিশ্বাস যে, এই অনুষ্ঠানে উপস্থিত প্রত্যেকটি মানুষের অন্তরের মনিকোঠা স্পর্শ করে গেছে ছোটো ছোটো ভাইবোনদের সুপ্ত প্রতিভা।

 

যতই দামী সোনার খাঁচায় আটকে পাখি পোষা হোকনা কেন ,পাখি যদি ডানা মেলে উড়তে না পারে তাহলে সেই পাখি তার জীবনের সারমর্ম অনুভব করতেই পারে না। Treasure of Innocence শৈশবের সেই পাখিদের আকাশে ডানা মেলে ওড়ার জন্য মঞ্চ গড়ে দিতে সদা উদগ্রীব। তাদের মূল মন্ত্র: আগে ভালো মানুষ হও কারণ,  আজকের শিশুরাই ভবিষ্যতে সমাজের চালিকা শক্তি হবে।

 

আর তাদের সাথে পথ চলতে পেরে আমিও গর্বিত। আমি Treasure of Innocence এর সাথে যুক্ত সমস্ত মানুষকে ধন্যবাদ জানানোর সাথে সাথে সমাজের বাকি সকল সুভবুদ্ধি সম্পন্ন মানুষদের অনুরোধ করব, আপনারাও এদের পাশে এসে দাঁড়ান কারণ, বিন্দু বিন্দু জলকনা ই একদিন সিন্ধুর আকার নেবে যা সমাজের সেই সমস্ত মানুষের কাজে লাগবে যাদের সত্যিই আপনাদের সাহায্যের দরকার।

এখানে আরও একটি জিনিস চাক্ষুস করলাম যে  কি ভাবে নারীশক্তির অদম্য ইচ্ছা একটি বার্ষিক অনুষ্ঠান সহ সারা বছরের শিক্ষা ও সেবামূলক কাজকর্মকে এগিয়ে নিয়ে যাচ্ছে আলোর দিকে।

আমি Treasure of Innocence এর সমস্ত মানুষকে জানাই আমার অন্তরের মনিকোঠা থেকে সেলাম ও প্রনাম।

 

–গোলক দেবনাথ (ভলান্টিয়ার)

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5 tips to protect you from depression

 

Depression affects one out of five Indians and is becoming increasingly more common. While a lot of this has to do with ubiquitous and unavoidable factors such as stress, fast paced lives and changing value systems, there are a few factors which can be modified with a little effort, to promote one’s mental health and protect oneself from depression.

 

  1. Eat right : A proper diet can go a long way in protecting one from depression. A hearty breakfast is extremely important.
  2. Sleep in plenty :Sleeping for at least 6-8 hours per day is essential to keep up the body and mind’s defenses against all sorts of ill effects.
  3. Exercise : Exercise generates endorphins (the natural feel-good chemicals manufactured by our brain) and can serve to ward off depression.
  4. Be a little selfish : Everyday, do at least one activity that you enjoy, purely for the pleasure you derive out of it.
  5. Reflect: Every night, before sleeping, try and recall at least one strength/virtue you exhibited through your actions in the past 24 hours. If you can’t, make sure you work towards changing that answer tomorrow.

 

Remember, depression is not a matter of choice. Happiness is. 

 

– Sradhanjali Dasgupta.

 

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It is time to end child labour

 

When I was growing up, in the Seventies, one of my closest friends was Gudiya. Gudiya was 9 years old, had bright eyes, and worked at a neighbour’s place. She washed dishes, wiped floors, and looked after the baby in the house. In return, she was given shelter and food. That was considered enough for the little girl from a remote Bihar village. Gudiya was not the only one of her kind. Those days, children working as domestic help was very common. There seemed to be an endless supply of children from villages near and far, ready to be pressed into service.

 

Gudiya grew up without education and, when she turned 16, ran away with a man four years her older. I had drifted apart from her by that time as studies took up more time. Yet I remember being saddened by her disappearance and wondering what would happen to her. I never met Gudiya again.

 

Child labour is the greatest evil within our society. It exposes little children to exploitation and abuse, snatching away their childhood. But what is worse is our apathy towards this evil practice, and at times, even tacit approval of it. Even if we are vocal about children employed in factories and sweatshops, we maintain silence about those working in roadside tea-stalls and in our homes. According to Census 2011, there are 8.22 million child labourers in India, aged between 5 and 14. If you count till 19 years of age, the figure shoots up to 35.4 million. These are big numbers, which point to our failure as a society to prevent child labour.

 

I have heard many argue that child labour actually helps families climb out of poverty and the earnings ensure a better life for the children themselves. That is an ill-informed argument. The earnings are so meagre, and are often absent, supplemented by food and shelter, that these are of no help and merely propagate the cycle of poverty. As it is, most are employed in “family enterprises” or households, where the payment is missing or, at best, poor.

 

The silver lining here is that there has been a gradual reduction in child labour in India over the past decade or two. I can see much less Gudiyas in homes around me, at least in Kolkata. Children and adolescents should be spending their time playing and studying in schools. We as a nation and as a society should ensure that. It is time we acknowledge child labour as a problem and end the vicious cycle of exploitation.

 

 

– Mitul Sarkar

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When you are in conflict with your child

Teenage is awkward as well as fascinating period for both youngsters and parents. It is a period of transition. Rapid Physical, physiological and psychological changes occur during this period. Teenagers seek autonomy, to establish identities of their own and their own value system.

 

PSYCHOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF TEENAGERS:

  • Question everything
  • Challenging, rebelliousness behaviors
  • Need for independence – preferences and choices in dress, daily routines, friends, food, leisure time activities
  • Moody
  • Concerns – emerging sexuality, self-image, self-identity, living up to expectations
  • Aspirations – education, career etc
  • Peer group identity
  • Open to community, media, influences
  • Hero worship

 

NEEDS OF TEENAGERS:

  • For a secure family base
  • Supporting, understanding and trusting adults
  • Healthy peer groups
  • Need for achievement
  • Need for appreciation
  • For privacy

 

POSITIVE PARENTING TIPS:

NURTURE – by being supportive, warm and encouraging.

DISCIPLINE – by teaching how to behave, set and enforce limits, and monitor behavior.

RESPECT- by encouraging teens to develop their own opinions and beliefs, model civility and allow privacy.

 

 

WHEN IN CONFLICT WITH YOUR TEEN?

  1. Don’t engage in “power struggles” that is about how to think, and who is right.
  2. Focus on the important issues of health and safety.
  3. Model the language and tone of voice you expect from your teen.
  4. Stay calm and remember you are in charge – You are the adult.
  5. Be realistic about how your teen acts – they simply don’t have the skills and experience you have in dealing with disagreements.
  6. Find ways to say “YES” as well as “no”. Look for common ground where you and your teen agree.
  7. Don’t forget your sense of humor – it’s your best tool for putting issues in perspective.
  8. Friends are very important to teens, parents need to balance family time and their teen’s time with friends.

Sradhanjali Dasgupta

Volunteer / Treasures of Innocence

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MY EXPERIENCE WITH TREASURES OF INNOCENCE

 

It has been quite a while that I am involved in voluntary activities with underprivileged children here in Mexico. But getting such a scope in your own country means something rewarding to one’s heart and soul.

This summer we were traveling to Kolkata, so thought it was a good opportunity to get acquainted with the methodologies there and learning in a different environment. Moreover, for my son, it would be a cross-cultural experience. My sincere thanks to Rani for giving us this opportunity.

 

 

Along with ToI we visited four schools in both north and south Kolkata. These schools mainly have slum and street children (girls) as their students. Some are boarders and others, day scholars.

 

 

That which has attracted me the most is the program design by ToI (especially Rani). The program is extensive but very compact. It covers a wide variety, from health and hygiene to adolescence problems and control, women empowerment that includes developing consensus against child marriage, the importance of girl child in our society and need for their financial independence. The beauty of the programme lies in the way these messages are being spread. ToI educates beautifully through skits, extempore, videos, games, activities so as to make the sessions more interactive.

 

Side by side competitions are floated for assessment and hence enhancement of academic abilities and intrinsic talents. Prizes comprise of items catering to basic needs, for example, toothpaste, soap, sanitary napkins and so on.

 

 

To conclude it would be an injustice if I do not say that ToI is really a breakthrough from the traditional old-school methods of imparting knowledge to those hapless cross-sections of the society and their overall development who otherwise could never have afforded this type of modern form of interactive learning adhering to international standards. My personal appeal to all those who had the scope to get associated with ToI and those who intend to be in near future is to generate funds for ToI, which may be the personal contribution and raising funds within your own community to keep this noble service going. In doing so many of us would at least directly or indirectly contribute towards upliftment of our society.  And what else can be better than serving our own people, because serving mankind is serving God.

 

Thanks, Treasures of Innocence.

Sarbari Basu, Mexico

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