‘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 Interview
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Written test for students
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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.

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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!

A 2 day program for school students in a corporate!

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.

The different programs includes Communication workshop, Public Speaking through Skit, Tangram, Presentation skills through poster making, Career Guidance program, Science is Fun, Power of Internet, Logical thinking workshops and a magic show. This is the first time all these children are visiting a corporate office. We got great feedback from all students for this event.

Below is the picture journey of this event:

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All students are provided with breakfast, lunch and snacks for all 2 days.
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We had ice breaking games with all students before the start of the event.
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Communication Workshop for students. Students are taught about importance of communication, challenges with miscommunication etc through various games.

Students are divided in to groups and each group is given a story. The students need to read the story and perform it as a skit on stage.

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Students Preparing for Skit.
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Students performing skit on Stage.
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Students performing skit on Stage.
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We conducted Tangram workshop for all students where they built various shapes using the Tangram kit that we provided to them. Tangram is a Chinese geometrical puzzle consisting of a square cut into seven pieces which can be arranged to make various other shapes.

Last event of Day-1 is ‘Presentation Skills through Poster Making’. The students are divided into groups and each group is given a topic. The students need to make a poster on the given topic and present about the topic in front of the judges.

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A student presenting his poster on stage.
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The team who made the better poster and made a good presentation was awarded with a prize.
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Day-2 started with ‘Career Guidance’ session by Mathivanan who has done many career guidance session in the past. He explained students on how to choose a career and what students need to do to choose a career of their choice.
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A student asking a question during the ‘Career Guidance’ session.
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We had ‘Science is Fun’ Session where our trainer Mani demonstrated various Science activities related to Sound and Air Pressure.
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We also distributed materials to all children to conduct Science experiments along with the trainer during the session. A student testing the ‘Mouth Organ’ which he just created.
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We conducted a session called ‘Power of Internet’ to introduce ‘Internet’ to Students. We explained about Google, Wikipedia, online banking, online shopping to students. A volunteer introduces ‘Google Maps’ to students.
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We conducted a logical thinking session for students where students were challenged with different puzzles. The student who answers the puzzle correctly received an instant prize.

Thanks to Gamesa for giving Team Everest an opportunity to do these sessions for students. Team Everest would be happy to partner with different corporates to do many such CSR (Corporate Social Responsbility) events for school students. Feel free to reach out to us at info@teameverestindia.org or +91 89399 12365.

Happy Volunteering!

Smile 100 – What’s happening with the 100 kids now?

In 2015, Team Everest launched ‘Smile 100’ scholarship program in Arni, Tiruvannamalai District, Tamilnadu which is 150 Kms from Chennai. It’s an initiative where we selected 100 parentless and single parented kids between LKG to 8th standard from Arni, admitted them in a better school and sponsored for their education.

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.

Why we Launched Smile 100?

The below video explains why we launched this scholarship program. The stories of the kids in the below video are true stories of our Smile 100 Children:

How we selected students for Smile 100?

Check out below video to know how we selected the 100 students:

What happened in First Year of Smile 100?

You can check out the various initiatives we conducted for Smile 100 students during the first year through our Smile 100 2016 Annual Report. Check it out here – www.bit.ly/smile100annualreport2016

Smile 100 between June 2016 to Nov 2016:

So, here is an update on ‘Smile 100’ between June-2016 and Nov 2016:

Annual Day - Every year we celebrate our annual day to kick start the academic year for Smile 100 students by providing the necessary school kit which includes school nag, lunch box and other stationary items.
Smile 100 Annual Day – Every year we celebrate our annual day to kick start the academic year for Smile 100 students by providing the necessary school kit which includes school nag, lunch box and other stationary items.

 

Daily Evening Tuition - Smile 100 kids coming straight from school to attend daily evening tuition classes.
Daily Evening Tuition – Smile 100 kids coming straight from school to attend daily evening tuition classes.

 

Serving Snacks- Kids help among themselves to serve the snacks everyday after coming from the school. Special thanks to all the volunteers who have contributed for the snacks on their Birthdays or special days. You can also contribute INR 1000 for one day evening snacks to our kids at www.teameverestindia.org/donate (http://www.teameverestindia.org/donate)
Serving Snacks- Kids help among themselves to serve the snacks everyday after coming from the school. Special thanks to all the volunteers who have contributed for the snacks on their Birthdays or special days.

 

Focused Learning - This year we have started Focused Learning concept during evening tuition hours where each staff select slow learners and help them to improve their learning levels.
Focused Learning – This year we have started Focused Learning concept during evening tuition hours where each staff select slow learners and help them to improve their learning levels.

 

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.
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.

 

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.
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.

 

Capacity Building Workshop for Students - Mohan, Lead of Vivekananda Youth Club, Arni, took Capacity building workshop for our Student Commandos. He is also helping us to get volunteers from college for regular events.
Capacity Building Workshop for Students – Mohan, Lead of Vivekananda Youth Club, Arni, took Capacity building workshop for our Student Commandos. He is also helping us to get volunteers from college for regular events.

 

Surprise tour to Amrithi Garden- We took 30 of our Smile 100 kids to a surprise outing to a forest garden to make their day more memorable.
Surprise tour to Amrithi Garden- We took 30 of our Smile 100 kids to a surprise outing to a forest garden to make their day more memorable.

 

Monthly Birthday Celebration - Smile 100 Kids started celebrating the B'days of their fellows on last friday of every month with Cake Cutting and Gifts Distribution.
Monthly Birthday Celebration – Smile 100 Kids started celebrating the B’days of their fellows on last friday of every month with Cake Cutting and Gifts Distribution.

 

Jayasree Classical Dance Peformance - One of our students Jayasree, self learned classical dancer, was invited for the special performance at Santhanas Beauty Parlor Arni, Anniversary celebration.
Jayasree Classical Dance Peformance – One of our students Jayasree, self learned classical dancer, was invited for the special performance at Santhanas Beauty Parlor Arni, Anniversary celebration.

 

Sports practice as part of No Book Day- From this year onwards we exclusively made one day as a No Book Day to provide them with an opportunity to learn new skills such as Games, Sports, Arts & Crafts etc
No Book Day – From this year onwards we exclusively made one day as a No Book Day to provide them with an opportunity to learn new skills such as Games, Sports, Arts & Crafts etc

 

Rakhi for Police and Doctors - For the first time our Smile 100 Kids prepared the hand made Rakhis and tied to Police Officers and Doctors who serve the people through out their lives. Small token of appreciation from our kids to real heroes.
Rakhi for Police and Doctors – For the first time our Smile 100 Kids prepared the hand made Rakhis and tied to Police Officers and Doctors who serve the people through out their lives. Small token of appreciation from our kids to real heroes.

 

Quarterly Camp with Arts & Crafts - With the help of Trainers our smile 100 kids learned Quilling, Silk Thread Bangles and Ear ring making, Emboss Painting, Jewellery Painting.
Quarterly Camp with Arts & Crafts – With the help of Trainers our smile 100 kids learned Quilling, Silk Thread Bangles and Ear ring making, Emboss Painting, Jewellery Painting.

 

Saraswathi Pooja by lighting Education Lamp - Kids celebrated Saraswathi Puja by lighting the lamp of education
Saraswathi Pooja by lighting Education Lamp – Kids celebrated Saraswathi Puja by lighting the lamp of education

 

Dasara Golu - Our smile 100 kids brought dolls to Everest Office in Arni and set up Golu as part of Dasara Celebrations.
Dasara Golu – Our smile 100 kids brought dolls to Everest Office in Arni and set up Golu as part of Dasara Celebrations.

 

Diwali Celebrations - All our Smile 100 Kids and Parents got their Diwali Dresses with the help of donors which have lighted up the occasion by smiles. In total, we donated 206 dresses.
Diwali Celebrations – All our Smile 100 Kids and Parents got their Diwali Dresses with the help of donors which have lighted up the occasion by smiles. In total, we donated 206 dresses.

 

Eye Glasses for Students and Parents through Red Cross - 20 of Smile 100 Parents and Kids got their eye glasses based on the eye camp observations conducted with the help of Red Cross.
Eye Glasses for Students and Parents through Red Cross – 20 of Smile 100 Parents and Kids got their eye glasses based on the eye camp observations conducted with the help of Red Cross.

 

Children's Day Celebrations - We have celebrated children's day by conducting book balance and rabbit jump for all our students. All the winners were awarded with School Bag, Coloring Books and Stationary Kits.
Children’s Day Celebrations – We have celebrated children’s day by conducting book balance and rabbit jump for all our students. All the winners were awarded with School Bag, Coloring Books and Stationary Kits.

 

Smile 100 Kids trains other students - Team Everest runs free study centers in 10 villages in and around Arni. Our Smile 100 Kids visited all these study centers and trained them for the 'Child fest' event which is the Annual Inter Study Center Cultural event conducted by Team Everest.
Smile 100 Kids trains other students – Team Everest runs free study centers in 10 villages in and around Arni. Our Smile 100 Kids visited all these study centers and trained them for the ‘Child fest’ event which is the Annual Inter Study Center Cultural event conducted by Team Everest.

 

Gifts from First Data - For the first time all our smile 100 kids received the gifts as per their wish through First Data Company, Chennai. Thank you First Data for spreading smiles!
Gifts from First Data – For the first time all our smile 100 kids received the gifts as per their wish through First Data Company, Chennai. Thank you First Data for spreading smiles!

 

Clean Arni Rally - Our smile 100 kids' school organized clean Arni rally to create awareness about cleanliness.
Clean Arni Rally – Our smile 100 kids’ school organized clean Arni rally to create awareness about cleanliness.

 

Vocational Training for Parents - 20 of our smile 100 kids parents got trained in Tailoring and got sewing machines which helps them to create self employability from home.
Vocational Training for Parents – 20 of our smile 100 kids parents got trained in Tailoring and got sewing machines which helps them to create self-employability from home.

 

College Interns to teach kids - College volunteers are helping our smile 100 kids in their regular teaching through internship
College Interns to teach kids – College volunteers are helping our smile 100 kids in their regular teaching through internship

 

Vinayaka Chathurthi Celebs by Clay Ganesha Idle Making - For the first time most of our smile 100 kids learned to make clay Ganesha and celebrated the festival with their creation at home.
Vinayaka Chathurthi Celebs by Clay Ganesha Idle Making – For the first time most of our smile 100 kids learned to make clay Ganesha and celebrated the festival with their creation at home.

 

Daan Utsav by Smile 100 Kids & Parents - Our Smile 100 kids and their parents celebrated Daan Utsav, Joy of giving week, from Oct 2nd to 8th by giving fruits to strangers
Daan Utsav by Smile 100 Kids & Parents – Our Smile 100 kids and their parents celebrated Daan Utsav, Joy of giving week, from Oct 2nd to 8th by giving fruits to strangers

Would you like to support our ‘Smile 100’ initiative? – Mail to info@teameverestindia.org or Whatsapp to +91 89399 12365. We look forward for your support to make a difference to these 100 kids.

Happy Volunteering!

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!

10 years* not Out…

I could not believe that it has been 10 years. Yes, Team Everest was started in 2006.

I still remember those days. I’m fresh from college. I joined a corporate after getting placed through Campus placement. The date is Aug 21, 2006. After working for 10 days, on Aug 31, 2006 I got my first salary.

3 of my of friends and I decided to donate part of the salary for a social cause. We collected Rs 4000, purchased stationary items, uniforms and distributed it to students in a Government school in a small village. That was the first activity of Team Everest. There is no stopping after that!

It’s been 10 years now. 9500+ volunteers, 6 Cities touching the lives of thousands of students.

I got to meet many amazing individuals in this journey. ‘I’ became obsolete. Its about ‘WE’. Every stranger became a friend. The cause united us. Every time I see smile on a kid face, I always remember that this journey is worth having.

Thank you volunteers. You made this journey possible. Let’s keep it going. More kids are waiting for us.

Let’s give what we have. We are blessed. We are Volunteers!

Happy Volunteering!

P.S: If you wish to volunteer by giving your time or want to donate, whatsapp with your name to +91 89399 12365.

For more details about Team Everest initiatives, check www.teameverestindia.org and www.facebook.com/teameverestindia

A quick peep into our 10th anniversary event:

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Cake cutting by Everest Kids and Volunteers
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Team Everest ‘Chief Rural Officer’ Manikanta Kamatam speaking about all the Team Everest rural initiatives. Team Everest runs 10 free study centers in 10 villages of Tamilnadu, a free computer center, supporting 20 rural schools and Scholarship for 100 parentless and single parented kids.
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Our Special Guest Mr. Venkatraman provides lunch for Re 1 to fincially less previlged people for the past many years. We are happy to invite him on this special occassion.
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Every year, Team Everest awards excellent social workers appreciating their social work. This year, we awarded Mr.Venkatraman for his service excellence. We also handed him a cheque of Rs 10,000 for his social work.
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Team Everest Study Center Students came from their village to Chennai to give a dance performance. They won everyone’s heart with their performance!
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Our fellow, Aman Sharma talking about Team Everest CSR awards on stage. Every year, we award the corporates which supports Team Everest under their CSR programs. (CSR = Corporate Social Responsibility)
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Vinayak Infotech receiving ‘Corporate Champion’ award under the ‘Technology’ Category. They help Team Everest by building, maintaining our website and support all our technical requirements. They are one of our great supporter for the past few years.
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TCS-Maitree team won the ‘Corporate Champion’ award under the ‘Employee Engagement’ category. TCS Volunteers volunteers with various Team Everest activities almost all weekend. Kudos to your passion team!
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‘Innova’ won the ‘Outstanding Corporate Champion-2016’ award. Innova helps Team Everest by providing their corporate space to conduct free computer classes and soft skill training programs. Their employees also  volunteer for Team Everest ‘Digital Literacy’ classes.
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Basilic Fly Studio won the ‘Outstanding Corporate Champion-2016’ award for supporting Team Everest ‘I am the Change Scholarship’ program and sponsoring the fees of our college going students.
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Team Everest fellow Richa Kumar spoke about ‘Help a Kid Read’ (HKR) and ‘Digital Literacy’ programs of Team Everest. We help government school students who struggle to read English at 7th and 8th standard level to read English through our HKR program. Through our digital Literacy programs, we teach basics of computer to underpreviliged children.
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Team Everest fellow Nandhini speaks about ‘I am the Change Scholarship’ program through which Team Everest sponsors the education of 25 parentless, single parented and flood affected students. Apart from sponsoring their education, we also conduct weekend training program to improve their soft skills and English proficiency.
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Our Hyderabad volunteer SreeHarsha won the Team Everest ‘I am the Change-2016’ volunteer award for his extra ordinary volunteer work in Hyderabad for the past 1 year. Though working in a corporate, he organizes and conducts Digital Literacy (Computer) classes on weekends for school students. He mobilizes volunteers for this initiative and taking classes for for the past 1 year. Harsha is a true asset for Team Everest. He is a real change maker. Keep up the work Harsha!
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Finally, I spoke on stage sharing the journey of Team Everest for the past 10 years and thanked the volunteers. I also quoted 2 key initiatives – I am the change Scholarship and Fellowship that we did in 2016. More details about these initiatives in www.iamthechange.in

 

If you wish to volunteer by giving your time or want to donate, whatsapp with your name to +91 89399 12365.

For more details about Team Everest initiatives, check www.teameverestindia.org and www.facebook.com/teameverestindia

****End of Blog Post****The Journey Keeps Going…****

 

 

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.