Back to School – Creating 100 Smiles

Thanks to all the donors who donated for Team Everest ‘Back to School’ campaign. With the funds raised, we were able to get two new set of uniforms, new school shoes, socks, slippers, sports uniform to 100 parentless and single parented kids who are part of Team Everest Smile 100 Scholarship Program.

What is ‘Smile 100’?

Smile 100 is a Scholarship Program for 100 Parentless & Single Parented kids who are from a place called ‘Arni’ in Tiruvannamalai Dt (150 Kms or 3 Hours drive from Chennai, Tamilnadu, India).

We sponsor the school fees for all 100 children, provide free evening tuition for them and conduct various extracurricular activities likes Winter, Summer camps, games day on weekends, art day and much more.

The Motive behind Smile 100 is to provide quality education to students who could not afford it. Our goal is to sponsor them till they finish formal education and help them become entrepreneurs or find a job for themselves.

Check out the below video to know the background of students whom we selected for Smile 100. All the stories in the below animation video are true stories of our Smile 100 Kids:

The journey of Smile 100:

It took us 98 days to identify these 100 students. Watch our 7 mins video to know the journey of Smile 100. You will get to know how we selected students for Smile100, various verification process we did and the testimonial from parents.

 

Back to School:

Providing uniforms and other basic items required to go to school is one of the recurring expenses for Team Everest every year. This year, we decided to fund raise from our volunteers to meet these expenses. Hence we launched ‘Back to School Campaign’ – www.bit.ly/everestb2s

 Thanks to all the volunteers with whose support we able to get two new set of uniforms, new school shoes, socks, slippers, sports uniform for all students.

Here are some pictures of our kids with their new uniform and shoes:

Thanks to all the volunteers who made this possible.

To know more about various Team Everest activities, please visit our website – www.teameverest.ngo

Help Required:

Snacks/Lunch for Smile 100 Kids: If you wish to offer, snacks (Rs 1000) or Lunch (Rs 3000) to our Smile 100 kids, click here.

Educational Fees Support: It Costs us Rs 40,000 per year to educate 1 student in Smile 100. The cost involves, School fees, Book Fees, Tuition Cost, Stationary Cost and extracurricular activities cost throughout the year. You can either make a full donation or partial donation. A monthly or Yearly donation is accepted as well. A Minimum contribution is Rs 2500 per year or Rs 200 per month.

If you are interested in helping, please WhatsApp to +91 89399 12365.

Thank you once again to all the volunteers who supported us in our ‘Back to School’ Campaign. Keep supporting.

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10 Ways we made a difference in June 2017

Dear friends,

Here is a gist of various activities that Team Everest did in June-2017. Thank you for your support!

School Reopened for Smile 100 kids:

School reopened for Smile 100 kids after their summer vacation on June 7 for the academic year 2017-2018. Smile 100 is an initiative of Team Everest NGO where we sponsor the education of 100 parentless and single-parented kids.

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16 Students join CBSE School:

Team Everest NGO has identified 16 students from rural areas who have got free CBSE education along with Hostel facilities this year. 14 of them are parentless or single-parented kids. Quality education along with good accommodation and food will be of great help to them. Thanks to Shree Sankalpa school in Chennai for supporting their education!

 

‘I am the Change’ Scholarship Program:

Team Everest NGO has selected 31 parentless, single parented students this year and sponsored them for their undergraduate degree as part of our ‘I am the Change’ Scholarship program.

Through this scholarship program, every student will get up to Rs 30,000 per year, 100 hours of training and internship to sharpen their skills.

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Scholars Selected Through Radio City FM Event:

Team Everest NGO  have selected 3 girl students who attended the Radio City ‘Plus-2 ku Next’ event in Chennai. We will be providing Scholarship to complete their UG degree as part of Team Everest ‘I am the Change Scholarship Program’.

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Computer For All – Training Program:

Team Everest NGO provides free computer education through its ‘Computer for all’ initiative. Around 30 volunteers joined our orientation program and got trained to teach the kids. These volunteers will be teaching computers to around 200 school students in 7 different centers in Chennai.

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Computer For All – Launch:

Team Everest NGO provides free computer education through its ‘Computer for All’ initiative. We started teaching computers to around 200 kids at 7 different centers at Chennai with the help of 50 volunteers.

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Ramzan Celebration with Smile 100 Kids:

We celebrated Ramzan with our Smile 100 kids. We provided food to all kids and also to the people who are in need as a part of our hunger free Arni project.

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Learning to Code in Native Language:

Being a Computer Science Student, you should really know ‘How to Code’. That’s exactly where Team Everest NGO is trying to help Computer Science students this year. We have partnered with a company called ‘GUVI’ who provides various Tech Lessons as video lessons online and is available in the regional language.

GUVI and Team Everest NGO have selected 30 first year college students this year who will get free access to GUVI online courses and learn to code. For those students, who do not have access to a computer or the Internet, we have also partnered with few corporates to get access to them.

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Paypal Initiative – Wish Rocket :

Remote Car, Teddy bear, Football and much more… 100+ wishes of Team Everest NGO children have been fulfilled by kids of Paypal employees. Paypal put up an innovative ‘Wish Rocket’ in their Chennai office as part of their ‘Paypal Kids at work’ initiative. The gifts received from the ‘Wish Rocket’ has been given to the children in Govt Schools thereby fulfilling their cherished wish.

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Library for 1000 Kids:

With the aim of increasing curiosity of reading among children, Team Everest NGO applied for Pratham books STEM Library grant.

Out of 120 applications received by Pratham, they selected 29 to give away their STEM Library Kit. We have been chosen and offered with 5 sets of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Library kit. Each set will have 125 books on STEM subjects.

With this, around 1000 students will get an opportunity to read the books which they can’t afford to get otherwise. Thank you, Pratham Books.

To Volunteer, sign up here – www.teameverestindia.org/volunteer/ or WhatsApp with your name and E-mail ID to +91 89399 12365.

Happy Volunteering!

10 Corporate and Project Management Lessons from Baahubali-2

About the Author: I’m Karthee Vidya, who loves volunteering and helping children. I have quit my corporate job and doing full-time social work now. Read ‘My Giving Journeyhere.

I’m also the Founder and First Volunteer of Team Everest NGO. We promote volunteering and provide quality education to children who could not afford it. To join as a volunteer, sign up here or WhatsApp with your name to +91 89399 12365.

I love connecting with people.

Let’s be friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

10 Corporate and Project Management Lessons from Baahubali-2

Hi,

As everyone is aware, Baahubali 2 has smashed all movie records in India. It is one of the wonderful creative works of our generation. Just like you, I was also awestruck with the movie. There are many awesome scenes in the movie which makes your jaw drop. Hats off to Rajamouli and his team for this visual treat.

After watching the movie, the logical person inside me spotted few management lessons from the epic story. This blog post is a result of that thought process. Here it is:

Lesson-1

Scene: Devasena practices hard by herself to master Bow & arrow.

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Scene: Devasena acts as a prisoner in Baahubali Part-1 and as a princess in Part-2.

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Scene: Pig Hunting Scene where Baahubali helps Kumaravarma.

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Scene: Devasena replies to the letter from Sivakami.

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Scene: Baahubali kills the person who misbehaved with girls/women.

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Scene: Baahubali is sent out of the palace. He lives with the common man and helps them by making their day to day job easier.

Lesson-7

Scene: Sivakami sends a letter to Devasena asking her to marry her son. She forgets to mention which Son it is!

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Scene: In the Climax, Baahubali will Promise his mother that he will throw the villain in the fire bed before she completes 3 rounds. And, he does it too!

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Scene: Devasena is arrested and handcuffed even before she is proven guilty as per the rules of the kingdom.

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Scene: In the Climax, the head of the statue is washed away in the water and thrown out in a big waterfall.

Bonus Lesson

Scene (Baahubali-1): Sivakami sacrifices her life to save Baahubali.

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Hope you enjoyed. Share your favorite lesson in the comment section and remember to share this blog post with your friends.

About the Author: I’m Karthee Vidya, who loves volunteering and helping children. I have quit my corporate job and doing full-time social work now. Read ‘My Giving Journeyhere.

I’m also the Founder and First Volunteer of Team Everest NGO. We promote volunteering and provide quality education to children who could not afford it. To join as a volunteer, sign up here or WhatsApp with your name to +91 89399 12365.

I love connecting with people.

Let’s be friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Note: All pictures used in this blog post is taken from Baahubali official site or from Google Images. The ownership and credits for the pictures belong to respective owners only.

The Poet in me!

Even the subject line of this blog post would trigger a huge laughter from my wife. After all, she is the one who needs to listen to my boring poems (That’s how I call them) :). That’s a different story altogether.

Here, I want to write about my first experience on the poems I wrote.

During my School days, I was very much fascinated by how these poets write those beautiful song lyrics. I thought poets have a special brain which makes them write beautiful poems.

I use to read some of the regional weekly magazines where some of the reader’s poems get published in it. In fact, those readers are also recognized with cash awards for their poems (Mostly Haiku type). It made me realize that ‘Poems’ are not just for ‘Poets’. Even a common man can write it.

So, I thought, why not I try it out. But, you know what. I always felt that I’m a more a logical guy than a creative one.

But being a School student, I was not aware of being logical or being creative. All, I wanted is to write some beautiful poems.

So, I took out my pen and my diary. I choose a silent, private place so that none of my family members figures out what I’m doing, reads my poem, have a great laugh and embarrass me.

I reached my spot. The page is empty. The pen is full of ink. But, the words did not flow. I didn’t know what to write.

Came back home with a failed attempt of becoming a poet. I didn’t give up. I wanted to try some other day.

The next day, I don’t want to fail again. This time, I wrote something on paper. I was very happy. But, the happiness was short lived. I read what I wrote. It didn’t sound like a poem. In fact, it is a ‘Sentence’.

One more day of failed attempt…

I want to be a poet, but words are not just flowing. The creative side of me is just not working.

And, that’s when the ‘Logical Person’ inside me woke up. I started paying close attentions to the poems I read, songs I listen, to figure out some common patterns in the poems.

After reading quite a few poems and listening to songs, I made a discovery.

I figured out two common patterns to write good poems during my school days:

1) You should be in ‘Love’, or you should have a ‘Love’ failure as many songs are written when a hero falls in love or have a breakup 🙂 .

2) To write some good poems, you need to involve ‘Mother Nature’ in it. Yes, I found a pattern that there is some frequent usage of some natural elements like ‘Sky’, ‘Moon’, ‘Star’, ‘Rose’ etc…

I believed, I cracked the code to become a poet.

Option-1 is ruled out as it is too much for a 7th standard school boy to fall in love or have a breakup (At least in the year 1997 in India)

So, I went ahead with Option-2. I listed some of the natural elements on the back of my diary as ‘Key Words’. This is what I wrote:

Sea, Waves Cloud, Rain Mountain, Moon, Flower Breeze

Having found the keywords, I’m now trying to add few more words on the front and back to the keywords to make it a poem.

Viola! When I read them, it sounded like a poem (At least for me). I figured out. The little school going kid has become a poet. His logical brain trumped the creative brain in him. Option-2 is working great for him.

I do not remember what my first poem is. But, I’m sharing some of those poems I wrote during my school days:

Dear Cloud, if you cry farmers get happy. Don’t you have anyone to understand you?

 

Dear breeze, why do you behave like a cyclone to me? Dear Sea, won’t your waves touch me? Dear flower, won’t your fragrance reach me? Dear Cloud, won’t you rain on me? Dear Nature, are you also discriminating by caste and religion?

 

Claim the branches called ‘Failures’, to eat the fruits called ‘Success’.

Option-2 worked for few days and the poems dried out sooner. I felt that ‘Option-1’ has more potential to deliver an infinite number of poems. But ‘Love’ is so complex than poems for a guy like me. But, I need a girl for whom I can write poems.

I’m very fond of having an elder sister during my school days. I’m only blessed with an elder brother and not a sister. To my agony, a majority of my friends had an elder sister. When many of my friends were looking for girlfriends, I was looking out for an elder sister. To my luck, I found one.

Now, I have a person for whom I can write poems for. More importantly, I have got my first reader for my poems.

Here are some poems that I wrote for my sister. When I read them now, some are so funny and some of them are too good even now 🙂

If she comes along with angels around, people will ask who is that beautiful girl?

 

Dear flowers did you learn to laugh looking at my sister? She doesn’t fade, but why you do?

I am not a natural poet. It’s not my hobby too. I just wrote few out of my excitement. I stopped writing poems after my school days. I didn’t write any after that. I do not know why I don’t write them. I write blog posts. But, not poems. Sometimes, I write one liner quotes that strike my mind on my Evernote. That’s all.

After many years, I figured out something about poems. Poems are not creative magical lines. They are not logical blocks of words.

Poems are emotions.

Poems are written to express an emotion.

To tell something more beautifully.

I understood poems are words with souls. You don’t need any special skills to become a poet. You just need to feel, enjoy each and every moment of your life. The poems are just hidden in the nook and corner of such moments.

All you need to do is,

Live your life like a POEM.

And, the world one day will say ‘Once, there lived a great POET…’.

An inspiring Banyan Tree..

On the way to my meeting venue, I saw a Banyan tree with a message board in front of it.

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I’m sharing the message written in front of this tree below:

“This 70 year old banyan tree was transplanted from Padiri Village, located 60Km from here. The branches were chopped and the tree was uprooted to make way for putting up a structure in the village. Even in the uprooted condition, the tree showed no sign of giving up and started bearing green shoots giving signal it wants to live.

Six months after it was chopped, the rehabilitated tree was transplanted in the present upright position. It has started growing again giving the message

“NEVER GIVE UP”

After reading the message, I was dumbstruck. Someone has put great efforts to transport and maintain this tree with the only intention to motivate others.

Wow! Hats off to that person and their attitude. What a nice innovative way to motivate someone.

I wonder how this world would look like if we often see these kinds of inspiring things in our day to day life.

Thanks to the tree for inspiring me and to the person who wants to motivate others. This world is beautiful because of people like him and stories like this. – KartheeVidya Volunteer

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P.S-1: If you are in Chennai and wish to see this tree, you can visit ‘Estancia Township’ in Guduvanchery.

P.S-2: If you would like to volunteer with Team Everest India NGO to educate children by giving time or money, whatsapp with your name to +91 89399 12365. Keep making this world beautiful!

‘I am the Change’ Scholarship

Team Everest have launched ‘I am the Change’ Scholarship program during the Everest 9th anniversary on October, 2015.

‘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. The selection process involved the following steps:

  1. Receiving application from students
  2. Written test
  3. Student Interview
  4. Parent Interview
  5. Home Visit
  6. Final Round of Interview
  7. Student Selection
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Student and Parent Orientation about ‘I am the Change Scholarship’

The selected students are invited for a ‘Award Ceremony’ where scholarship is distributed to all students.

It Costs Rs 35,000 per student per year. The student can claim this scholarship for any of their expenses which includes College fees, Exam Fees, Lab Fees, Book Fees, Hostel Fees, Mess Fees, Transport Cost and any other educational expenses.

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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.

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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:

Thanks to all the donors who made this initiative possible.

We are planning to support 75 more students in 2017 through this ‘I am the Change’ Schoalrship. If you are interested to make a one time or monthly donation, click here.

Let’s keep making a difference. It’s our duty to help such deserving students to complete their graduation.

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!