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Internship Experience

My name is Dipanwita Samanta. I am a student of Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM). I did my internship with Treasures of Innocence in June- July 2021. The idea behind choosing Treasures of Innocence was to get a chance to learn about those children who are underprivileged and struggle for a better life. 

My experience at Treasures of Innocence was an extremely enriching one. I had no previous experience in this field. So on the first day I had no clue as to what needs to be done. Then I came across my mentor at Treasures of Innocence who briefed me about the organization and the areas they are working on. To my surprise I actually found out a ground to go ahead with this new journey.

Here I was assigned with a project on Physical Well Being. There was three major areas of work: General Physical Awareness , telemedicine and COVID Awareness and Vaccination Programme. At the beginning I was given the responsibility of only 12 children, but gradually I got the responsibility of all children. It was indeed a different kind of experience for me as the internship was the first of its kind for me.

Treasures of Innocence has taught me how to value things in life and find happiness in every little thing. The experience of working here has made me a better person with a broader perspective towards people and also towards myself. I am very grateful for my guide for her guidance and constant support. I would like to thank my guide, the staff and all the children for making my experience so special.

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My enriching experience at Treasures of Innocence

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I am Sukanya Mukherjee, currently pursuing MSW (Master of Social Welfare) from IISWBM (Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management). I have done my summer internship at Treasures of Innocence arranged by my college in the month of May, June, and July. My journey with Treasures of Innocence has been overwhelming and yet fruitful. I would like to express my gratitude to Rani ma’am for helping me with her suggestions and guidance.

Working at Treasures of Innocence & being a part of making their report was an enriching experience, and I was able to show my capabilities and knowledge towards the assigned work. I gained a lot of perspectives and also understood that how important it is to raise the children and hone their individual skills. I also learned how to manage time even in a critical situation. I have gathered a lot of knowledge about Treasures of Innocence as well as other organizations, & came across stories of their efforts and success in overcoming.

In the beginning, it was quite difficult for me to cope up with the speed and time management and my knowledge was a bit poor about the professional field but with time all the problems turn into achievements. Interning at Treasures of Innocence is not entirely a social responsibility but helped me spade various skills. Along with creating mental health awareness for children, this internship helped me gain knowledge in things that are so common yet easily ignored. ToI works for their children and is always on the run to bring up new ideas in engaging with them and helping them learn to be responsible. While making posters and designing the Snake and Ladder educational board game, I came across stories of the children’s efforts and success in overcoming their self-consciousness and insecurities. The children are always attentively and professionally assisted by the facilitators at ToI. I have also worked with their children over the phone calls to understand their mental health during this lockdown due to the pandemic. It was an amazing experience to work with them and I also came to know that in each child lies a genius.

TOI is a which has taught me a lot of things through this summer internship. The work culture in this organization is very good and I learned a lot about time management. I am expressing my gratitude to Rani ma’am for constantly guiding and correcting me. I hope everything I have learned here will surely help me in the future. I’m grateful to have been a part of the organization and contributed to their noble cause.

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My Journey with Treasures of Innocence

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My name is Niharika Chatterjee, currently pursuing Master’s in Social Welfare from Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM).

I worked on the field of Child education and TLM development. TLM basically stands for Teaching and Learning Materials. Under TLM, I had the opportunity to design activity books for the children. One of the prior segments of children’s development is problem solving skill. Children need to acquire problem solving skills in order to thrive in any setting. One of the easiest ways to achieve this is through activities books that help them develop these types of skills.

The Activity book serves as a vital tool for this purpose. The various activities incorporated in this book is entirely for the children to grasp different concepts more vividly, adding into both creativity and knowledge.  This particular Activity book will further help in improving concentration, Hand-Eye Coordination, sense of personal accomplishment, improved comprehension skills. Not only does it serve as a boredom buster without technology, but also adds up to the knowledge bucket of kids. Different set of activities tend to provide different benefits. It provides an interactive content so as to the children can respond with full attention. The best part is that they keep the kids engaged allowing the parents to relax for a while. Activity book has been an excellent way to keep kids engaged for a long time. Filled with puzzles, mazes, math quizzes, colouring quests and many more activities, this book is a favourite for all the right reasons. When kids are faced with a brainteaser, they push themselves to solve it, and that’s what opens up their minds to creative thinking. This activity book does just that for kids and is filled with brainteasers across categories which, in turn, help kids enhance their skills of critical thinking, problem solving and overcoming challenges.

Let’s just say that, while getting involved in the process of creating different activities for children, I have learnt 2 major things, they are- number 1-Time management and number 2- Stress management. These two things have subconsciously motivated me to keep on improvising my work., and my enthusiasm to make the work a bit better. I came across some amazing people here, and got to know about their work, mechanism that has made me even more curious to know about the rest of the sphere. Most importantly in conclusion I would just like to mention that, I didn’t find my internship monotonous and boring. We always had something or the other to challenge and that kept every one of us going.

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My 1 month journey with Treasures of Innocence

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I am Disha Das, a student of BSW (Bachelor in Social Work). I am in the 6th semester of VSSW (Vidyasagar School of Social Work). I have been doing my Internship with Treasures of Innocence (ToI) from 5th April’2021 till 30th April’2021.

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It has been a short but inspiring journey with ToI. I have got many opportunities to groom myself and implement my knowledge in practical fields during this journey. Yes, it is true that during this brief journey, I had to face many problems such as difficulties in transportation facilities due to the pandemic situation, in communicating with the beneficiaries, i.e. the underprivileged children, etc. But I have worked with other NGOs earlier and faced many challenges there too. And that is quite normal. Every social worker has to face different challenges and learn to overcome adversities. I have also learned these things under the supervision of Rani Bhowani Madam at ToI. She helped us a lot in our projects and assignments, guided us in every single moment with her valuable advice. I have learned to arrange a campaign for a cause, got opportunities to develop my skills in content writing, teaching children of different ages, fieldwork, etc. Altogether, it has been a positive journey for me, working with ToI and its members, along with my fellow interns. I am thankful to ToI for giving me such an opportunity to learn, perform and develop myself.

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Impact of the pandemic on children’s mental health

All children have within them the potential to be great kids. It’s our job to create a great world where this potential can flourish
Stanley Greenspan

Childhood is all about going to school, making friends, doing homework, playing, jumping, running around, and also growing strong and confident with the love, affection and care of parents and near and dear ones. Every child is the king/queen of his/her own kingdom and they are capable of ruling over it. A child’s mental health is as important as his/her physical wellbeing. As elders, it’s our primary duty to provide them a healthy environment where they can grow as healthy individuals and provide them opportunities to hone their potentials.

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Unfortunately, the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic has severely impacted our livelihood and normal schedules. The imposed lockdown has forced everybody to live like caged birds especially children who love to go to schools, to parks to study, to play, and to make and meet new friends. Most of the children are sitting idle indoor and getting addicted to gadgets like mobile phones, computers, television, or play stations that may cause addiction disorder. They may also experience phases of anxiety, fear, insecurity, irritability, and anger which can sometimes require medical attention.

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It is important to counsel the children and help them children understand that the pandemic will end soon and they will be able to come back to their normal routine soon. It’s crucial to educate them on the dos and don’ts to be done in the current scenario. Keep up a daily routine as far as possible, help them in online classes, and very importantly spend as much time possible with them. As far as possible make them talk to their grandparents and friends through audio/video calls. Avoid any discussion that could make them feel insecure such as talking about the death rate or the number of increased cases in presence of them. And if the fear or anxiety still persists, do not hesitate to consult a mental health professional.

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Written by-Suravita Sen

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Internship Experience of Adrijja Saha

I am Adrijja Saha, currently pursuing Media Science from The Heritage Academy. I did my internship at Treasures of Innocence in the months of June and July. Due to covid situation I was not able to visit the organisation and all the communications were done virtually, yet, I didn’t feel disconnected with the organisation for even a second. I was immensely awestruck and amazed to see how the organization relentlessly tried to reach out to the underprivileged children, helped them with their education and to stay healthy mentally as well as physically. Not only the underprivileged children but Treasures of Innocence also reached out to the people who were in need of basic amenities due to the disastrous cyclone Amphan and provided them with reliefs. The work culture in this organisation is very good and one thing that I learned the best is time management. At the very beginning it was difficult for me to cope with the speed and the amount of work load but with time it became fun and eventually, I started enjoying it. I would like to express my gratitude to Rani ma’am and Mekhla ma’am for constantly guiding and correcting me.

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Internship Experience of Rachana Das

I had been associated with ToI as a part of my Summer Internship Programme arranged by my college IISWBM .  My journey with Treasures of Innocence has been overwhelming. It has shown me the reality of the less-privileged children, their misery, their unfortunate predicament and also unfolded before me their innocent yet resilient fortitude to fight against all odds. While dealing with case studies on children, being part of the making of their report, I came across stories of their innocent efforts and success in overcoming their inhibitions and insecurities, diligently and professionally assisted by the facilitators at ToI. I have gained a lot of perspective and also understood how important it is to bring these children to light and help them hone their individual skills, as they are very capable of becoming equally self-reliant and self-confident adults as any of those children from a privileged background.

In each children lies a genius, be it in any field, and the members of ToI makes sure to bring to surface the potential of individual children through different activities carried out as a part of its different programmes and projects. The positive impact that ToI makes on a section of society with under-privileged children coming from slums, orphanages and childcare homes, in Kolkata and its suburbs, is worth appreciation and it feels great to see that each member continuously works towards the betterment of their endeavour to make a significant impact on this part of society. I’m grateful to be a part of their work on this noble cause of uplifting the lives of these children.

ToI is an organization who have awed me in their tireless working structure that assures a holistic growth in the children, marks their safety and security and thus giving them a better future. I am very grateful to be able to work with team ToI and be closely associated to it as a summer intern. Everything learnt here will surely be of immense help in future in my work field and each moment spent associating with team ToI will be cherished and remembered with a grin.

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Internship Experience of Shree Chakraborty

When one joins an NGO as an intern, the candidate mainly has this in mind that he or she will be fulfilling their roles as a community personnel, ToI have completely disrupted that belief in me. Interning at Treasures of Innocence is not merely a social responsibility but helped me dig various skills. As a virtual summer intern at ToI, it exposed me to such diverse works from managing community to be technologically sound.  Considering the current havoc, we are in right now, alongside with creating awareness for children and their family, this internship helped me gain knowledge in things which are so common yet easily ignored. Supervised by Rani ma’am in every step, the workload seemed very connected to my goal as the mission directed towards a hope for change. ToI works for their children and is always on the run to bring up new ideas in engaging them, benefitting them and help them learn to be proud and responsible. From relief operations; creating awareness measures specific to local needs, to taking care of their physical and mental wellbeing through online activity sheets and tele counselling; giving them chance to beat boredom and advent newer ways to unlearn and learn with the friendship boat, ToI has been working really hard to create a strong virtual ground for their children and it gave young individuals like us the chance to hone our skills and ideas to be more humane and see beyond our own world. The whole team at ToI emphasizes on creating a strong bond within our own colleagues to make us feel together and connected to the one cause we are all working for. This internship experience will always be special and unique to me as it brought me closer to my field of study (MSW) by giving me a clearer sight to the vulnerabilities faced and the role privileged human can play in creating a conscious society.

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