ST. MARK'S MEERA BAGH WORKS FOR A CAUSE
Ms.S.Malik and Ms.M.Parashar, teachers of St. Mark's Sr.Sec.Public School, Meera Bagh, accompanied guests Ms.Cecilia and Ms.Kajsa, from UNIVERSITY WEST SWEDEN to visit SOS Village at Bawana, on 26.2.2011. The guests from Sweden and children of SOS interacted with each other about the curricular and co-curricular activities. The Swedish friends were impressed with the infrastructural facilities of SOS as well as zealous approach of students of St.Mark’s School, Meera Bagh, who have always extended a helping hand to SOS. Finally, after cutting the cakes and distributing chocolates and Pepsi lovingly sent by the senior students of St.Mark’s Meera bagh, they bid adieu to SOS Village inmates with a silent promise to be back again.
SOS Children's Village is an independent, non-governmental international development organisation which has been working to meet the needs and protect the interests and rights of children since 1949. It was founded by Dr. Hermann Gmeiner in Imst, Austria. According to the Financial Times, the 2004 turnover of SOS Children's Villages altogether was US$ 807 million, and it was ranked 33 out of a 100 global NGOs for "global accountability". Its international umbrella SOS-Kinderdorf International was founded in 1960, after national associations had been established in France, Germany and Italy in addition to the original Austrian association.
The organization's work focuses on abandoned, destitute and orphaned children requiring family-based child care. Millions of children worldwide are living without their biological families for a variety of reasons including:
♣ parental separation,
♣ domestic violence and neglect
♣ they have lost their parents due to war or natural catastrophes
♣ disease - including, increasingly, AIDS.
Such children are supported to recover from being emotionally traumatised and to avoid real danger of being isolated, abused, exploited and deprived of their rights.
SOS provides about 50,000 such children and 15,000 young adults with a permanent new family, with a '24 hours a day' new SOS mother to provide family-based care. Typically (in the developing world) about ten children are grouped into a house with an SOS mother and between ten and forty of such houses are grouped together as a "Village" with shared facilities. Family groups once formed are kept together as a priority.
Come let us give a loving home to every child.
Ramakrishna Mission: Sharada Milk Scheme
Ms L Srinivas Of St Mark’s Meera Bagh had the wonderful opportunity to be witnessand contribute to this Noble Cause. The pictures were taken by her.
Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa and Vivekananda Swasthya Pariseva Prakalpa:
The Free Milk Distribution Scheme which was inaugurated on 1st May 2009, gained momentum in course of time when many poor children in the vicinity (age group of 2 to 6 years) and expectant/lactating mothers started taking the benefit of free milk distribution. The number of beneficiary children gradually increased. As on 31st March 2011, as many as 200 children became the beneficiaries of
this scheme per day. Two programs titled Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa and Vivekananda Swasthya Pariseva Prakalpa were also started this year. A total of 450 children (215 boys and 235 girls) were benefitted by these programs. In addition to milk, nutrition in the form of snacks is also provided. Besides, some useful items like tooth brush, tooth paste, school uniforms, pens, exercise books, soaps etc. are also being given every month according to their needs. On some occasions, medical aid is also provided to them.
GOONJ aims to address one of the basic needs of the mankind i.e. clothing out of three i.e. food, shelter and clothing simply by addressing the urban feature of space constraint and consumerism, due to which urban household discard old clothes and other household material.
GOONJ channelises this material to the poorest in the far flung areas of the country, where, it not only fulfills a basic need but also frees up their meagre resources for other more pressing needs.
The thought is very simple and straight. They ask people to give them all such material at their home or in office, which they hardly use. After a rigorous sorting and in a very systemic manner, it goes to needy people in the remotest parts of the country for whom these are very valuable. We collect - A growing child’s old clothes and old toys which are gathering dust in some corner of the house, utensils, clothes, blankets, one side used paper, medicines, stationary, old newspapers, magazines, anything and every thing you don’t feel like throwing away but don’t need any more. We firmly believe that anything can be reused, if we do it systematically and it has a potential to solve a major problem of someone needy.
This year too as in the previous years St Mark’s Meera Bagh extended a helping hand to Muskaan an Ngo which looks after the needs of ‘Gods own children’. The school was venue the for sale of candles, Diyas (earthenware lamps), lanterns, spices, and various other home grown items produced by the inmates of Muskaan. The word Muskaan means Smile and it aims to put a smile on every face which is in need of it. Our school too made an attempt to put a smile on Muskaan’s face. Our students helped them by promoting the sales in a big way.
Muskaan started as an effort to provide opportunities for meaningful education amongst children from deprived background in late 1997. Twenty slum children, working and out of schools, became part of a 2-hour schedule of fun and learning (both ways). The daily interaction with the children and a constant exposure to the hardships the communities and specific groups go through resulted in an increased and a more planned response to other concern areas including education and also the number of children and slums. We are thus today working with over 400 children across 6 slums and with their parents.
by Simran 10B St Mark's Senior Secondary Public School, Meera Bagh, New Delhi, India