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.

Diwali 2016 – A day to remember

Dear Volunteers,

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.

We raised Rs 1 Lakh through donations from volunteers for this initiative. Thank to all of them who made a contribution!!

 

Kids and Parents who came for Diwali Celebration event with their new dresses!!
Kids and Parents who came for Diwali Celebration event with their new dresses!!

 

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Kids and Parents gathered for Diwali Celebration.. A group Picture

 

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Mr.Sivakumar with his 3 daughters. The kids lost her mother because of cancer. Pooja, the eldest of all from 9th std takes care of cooking in home. All 3 kids are sponsored by Team Everest for their education through our Smile 100 scholarship program.

 

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Amutha Aunty sells milk on the roads. She lost her husband many years back. Diwali is the only time where her kids get new dresses.

 

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Subashini and Yamini from UKG lost their mother at a very young age. It is their father who take care of these angels.

 

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The kids father passed away and mother is differently abled. The grandmother takes care of the kids.

 

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Jayashree lost both her parents and it is her grandmother who takes care of Jayashree. Her grandmother earns Rs 50 per day by working as a daily wage.

 

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Suganya and Karthikeyan lost their mother in a fire accident. Their father committed suicide. Both the kids are taken care by their grandmother.

 

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Anwar Basha of UKG lost his father at young age. Her young mother takes care of him and her sister.

 

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We ended the Diwali celebration with lunch for all students and parents. We also distributed lunch to homeless people in the town on that day!

All the students are sponsored by Team Everest for their education under our Team Everest Smile 100 initiative. We are sponsoring the complete education of 100 parentless and single-parented kids. To know more about Smile 100 initiative, check the below video:

If you want to sponsor partially or fully, monthly or early for the education of these kids, mail to info@teameverestindia.org or whatsapp to +91 89399 12365.

Keep making a difference!

Seeding Hopes and Dreams!

For a Child, giving dreams and hope are the biggest gifts you can ever give.

We want every child to dream big.

We want to every child to carry hope with them.

We want children to prepare and practise harder.

Put those work ethic in practice.

We want children to compete with full sportsmanship.

We want children to taste victory and failure as both are a crucial component of the human life.

We want children to just forget to compete and just give their best.

We want children to just enjoy the day.

We want children to go as a little better and improved human being.

That’s why we had Team Everest Child Fest event!

Child Fest is an annual initiative of Team Everest where we bring students from various villages to showcase their talent. The idea behind ChildFest is to encourage every child to participate and give them a platform to show what they have in them.

300+ students from 10 villages practices hard for more than 45 days to participate in Child Fest.

Last week, 323 students from 10 villages of Tiruvannamalai District, Tamilnadu came to a common venue to participate in Child Fest. They are from 4th to 8th standard students. At that age, I never participated in any such competitions. In fact, no one motivated or encouraged me to participate in events.

During my school days, I never participated in any competition. The teachers picked the bright students. They picked those who sing well, those who dance well, and those who draw well. Though it is an open to all competition, it is never open to all. It is open only to what they call as “Talented”!

Whereas, I’m a poor singer, pathetic dancer and I draw only when I’m forced to. I never got an opportunity to participate. No teacher encouraged me to participate. Even, I had very little personal motivation due to fear of failure. We think of our friends who will make fun of us when we fail. I never got any prize by participating in an extracurricular activity during my school days.

But, I felt education system need not work that way! The role of education should be to make a poor student an average student, convert an average student to better student and a better student to awesome student. Unfortunately, today our education system give space only to the top performing students.

That’s exactly we wanted to break through ‘Child Fest’. We want Child Fest to be a children festival, where every child can participate irrespective of the fear of failure. Every child is trained before the event on their choice of competition and allowed to participate in Child Fest. When they win, they get a prize and championship points for their village.When they fail, they get something more precious – How to handle failure, learn from it and improve further.

For us, Child Fest is not about winning. It is about participating. When a Child wins, they carry the hope that they can be successful in life. When a child loses, they carry dreams that they should win next year. The child practices more, improve themselves and come back stronger next year.

Child Fest is not just an event. It is a memory for many. At Child Fest, we seed hope and dreams. Let it blossom and make this world more beautiful.

Let’s keep making a difference. Happy Volunteering!!

To volunteer with Team Everest in your city, whatsapp with your name and city to +91 8939912365.

Picture Journey of Child Fest 2016

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Drawing Competition in progress!
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The winners of Story Telling!
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The Championship awards.. For many villages, it is the first time, they win any prizes!
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Am I looking beautiful? A Child getting ready for dance!
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We practised enough to give a mindblowing performance! And, yes they did it!
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Dancing for first time on Stage!

 

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Child Fest Audience. More than 500 people attended Child Fest!

To volunteer with Team Everest in your city, whatsapp with your name and city to +91 8939912365.