Top-10 Initiatives of Team Everest in 2016

Team Everest (www.teameverestindia.org) is one of the biggest youth run NGO in India with our focus on motivating individuals to volunteer at least once a month (12/365) and make a difference by providing quality education to under privileged children through volunteering.

It’s been 10 years since we have started ‘Team Everest’. Below are the top-10 initiatives of Team Everest in 2016:

Smile 100

Team Everest sponsors the education of 100 parentless and Single parented kids through its ‘Smile 100’ scholarship program in Arni, Tiruvannamalai District, Tamilnadu which is 150 Kms from Chennai.

We do not run a home or orphanage. All 100 children still come from their home. Their complete education is taken care by Team Everest. We also conduct daily tuition for them, provide them every day snacks, lunch on weekends, conduct various camps and extra curricular activities for all the 100 children. Check out the various activities that we do for them here.

Check out below video to know how these students are selected for this scholarship program:

 

I am the Change Scholarship

‘I am the Change Scholarship’ is for parentless and Single parented students in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India who are academically strong and financially weak.

We selected 25 students as our 1st batch of scholars in 2016. All these students are either single parented, parentless or affected by the Chennai floods in 2015.

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Apart from sponsoring their college fees, we also conduct free weekend training program to improve their soft skills and their English Language. Every year, each student undergoes 100 hours of training.

Students are not just beneficiaries. We at Team Everest believe that they are ‘Change agents’ too. Hence, every student who receive the scholarship will also commit to certain number of volunteering hours each month to make a difference in the community they live in.

Check out the below video to know the story of one of our scholar:

Study Centers in 10 Villages

Team Everest runs 10 free evening study centers in 10 villages of Tiruvannamalai District from 2009 onwards. More than 300+ students are benefitting from this free study centers every year. We have appointed teachers in every village who conducts the evening tuition every day.

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On weekends, whenever possible, we bring volunteers from Chennai to teach the students.

 

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Apart from daily tuition, we conduct extra curricular activities on weekends, winter and summer camp for all the students.

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Every year, students are given an opportunity to showcase and grow their talents through ‘Child Fest’ Program. All village students are bought to a common place and participates in various competitions. Student who win gets prizes and their village gets a championship award.

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Free Computer Class – Mom Dad Community Center

Team Everest runs a free computer center in Arni, Tiruvannamalai Dt, Tamilnadu which educates around 500+ Children every year. The center is called as ‘Mom Dad Community Center’.

Many students are not exposed to computers due to lack of computer education in their curriculum. In our center, students are trained on basics of computer including Paint, Microsoft word, excel and powerpoint. Every students undergoes 60 days of computer training.

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End of the training program, we conduct an assessment and certify the students. The students along with the parents are invited for the certification ceremony and we issue certificate to the students.

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 Soft Skill Training Classes

We conduct Free soft skill training classes for College students on weekends. The idea behind these classes is to make college students employable and job ready. Volunteers from various corporates conduct this session for students.

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Digital Literacy

Team Everest conducts free computer classes in 3 schools in Chennai and 1 school in Hyderabad. We use the exisiting school infrastructure to teach computers to students.

We conduct this session for students from 6th to 8th standard. The idea is to expose the students to computers at an yearly stage so that they can choose computer as their career path if they wish.

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Corporate Partnerships

Team Everest partnered with various corporates to execute various educational program for students. Some of them are listed below:

Gamesa Academic Excellence Meet: Team Everest Supported Gamesa in conducting ‘Gamesa Academic Excellence Meet’ for 160 students from 6 schools. All students came to Gamesa office in Chennai to attend this program. It is a 2 day program where we conducted various activity based programs for school students. More details about this event here.

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Paypal ‘Girls in technology’ Program: For Anitha who is studying 7th standard, it is the first time she stepped inside an IT company. 30 more girls students from Chennai Thoraipakkam Government School had a similar experience. Thanks to Paypal ‘Girls in Technology’ program where we took 30 girl students supported by Team Everest to their office and introduced them to various technology. We are happy to introduce the other side of the world to these students!

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iGift by First Data: Imagine someone full fills your wish when you are a child. That’s exactly what the ‘First Data‘ corporate team has done. They collected the wishes from 100 kids who are sponsored by Team Everest for their education. They encouraged their employees to fulfill the wishes of these kids by purchasing the items which the kids wished for. The wishes of students included Remote Car, Chess Board, Cricket Bat etc..

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Diwali – Dress Distribution

Thanks for making this Diwali special to 206 parentless, single-parented kids and financially poor widows. Through Team Everest ‘Diwali for All’ initiative, we bought new dresses for all of them through your donations..

We gave tokens to all of them and they purchased the dresses of their choice from the shop we mentioned. Later, we made the payment to the vendor directly.

Check out more details about this initiative here.

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Kindness Club:

Team Everest launched its first ‘Kindness Club’ in Arni. As part of this initiative, we encourage school students to distribute food packets to homeless and visit old age home on weekends to spend time with the elderly.

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Hunger Free Arni – Our kids own initiative in which they want to see their place with no hunger sufferings is continuing every Sunday to make a difference at Arni. Our Smile 100 kids handover 50 food packets every Sunday to homeless people in Arni.

 

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Old Age Home Visit by Kids Kindness Club – Our kids who own a bicycle formed a Kindness Club to volunteer at various places around Arni. They kick started their activities with Old Age Home Visit to bring smiles.

 Daan Utsav initiatives:

One of the major focus of Team Everest is to promote volunteering in India and motivate every individual to volunteer at least once a month (12/365). There is no better time than doing it during Daan Utsav, India’s giving festival on Oct 2 to Oct 8, 2016.

DaanUtsav, earlier called as Joy of Giving Week (JGW), is India’s very own festival of giving. It aims to spread love, joy and happiness among those who are lesser fortunate than us, and for each one of us to experience the joy in giving. It is like our own Diwali or Independence Day, with a key feature that it celebrates “GIVING”.

We celebrated Daan Utsav by conducting various initiatives:

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Kindness Challenge – Our Volunteers celebrated Daan Utsav, Joy of giving week, from Oct 2nd to 8th by giving fruits to strangers

 

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Corporate Giving Challenge – Stationaries worh Rs 50,000 was collected from 10 corporates and distributed to less privileged children.

 

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Contest for a Cause (C4C) – We conducted C4C with theme as ‘Girl Education’. Roshini of 9th standard won the contest and donated Rs 30,000 to educate girls!

Thanks to all the volunteers who made these initiatives possible.

Do you want to sponsor for some of these initiatives? Make a difference now – www.teameverestindia.org/makeadifference

Want to volunteer for various Team Everest initiatives?  Whatsapp with your ‘Name’, ‘City’ and ‘Email’ to +91 89399 12365.

Let’s make 2017 more impactful. Happy Volunteering!

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