Rajagopalan Sir - Everytime I talk to him, I come away with a light feeling. I would not have been surprised if he was on the stage at the annual day, shaking the legs with the children. Almost twice my age, he has never 'adviced' me or saye or the other 'kids' :) - he easily connected with all the volunteers and won our respect and admiration, just for this. His flair for writing , wit and energy filled emails / puzzles keeps the Deepam mailing lists alive
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
It was a joy to watch the children enjoy the Deepam Annual Day. Almost all of them seemed like natural performers on the stage. Thanks to all the volunteers for making this a memorable experience for the children.
Leeba - First one to show up at the 'party' . She got us answers to some difficult questions - Right from the start, she took on the job of helping identify venue / chief guests / making other arrangements, besides helping out the VRS team to put up the show.
Basu - Has always been a solid support at Deepam. This time too, he ran the show behind-the-scenes and ensured things happened.
Archana - Wherever she is, she contributes to Deepam. Despite living in Poland, She co-ordinated - designed / ensured the certificates , medals were available for the event, well in advance !
Priya / Radhika / Other KCG College students - Talented bunch from the KCG College. Their consistent efforts at Deepam is really an example for college children. On the annual day, they entertained all of us with their music. Thanks!
Vandhana - New to deepam - yet got into "action mode" along with Archana to get the medals / certificates were ready, much before the event. Thanks!
Our Guests Murali / Illayaraja from Sevalaya - Thanks for sharing your stories and being with us on this day. The children connected with your speech and was motivating for them.
Orderyourchoice.com - Thanks for supporting the event. Gladly offered to sponsor, on hearing about annual day.
Roopa / Swapnil / Sriram / Mahesh - Thanks for supporting the event with your generous contributions. The best part was all it took was an email about the event and they gladly responded on their own :)
Hotbreads - Our 'food partner' - they provided snacks for all of us. They were feasted on by all of us, hungry ones!
Yashwant - Took on the role of MC, this year too. Kept everyone engaged . He also brought in a humourist-friend, who kept us light and laughing with his mimicry
Sriram / Noopuran / Pradyot / Anupama - The photographers for the event. Sure made us all feel 'big' on stage . Thanks for capturing the moments!
The centre teams and Children ( so many to mention here ) - Going by what we saw on the day, it was clear that every centre had put in a lot of effort to put up the show. Many hours had gone into re-hearsing and getting 'ready' for the day. Despite a volunteer effort, it was heartening to see the effort to make the show as professional as possible - the ideas / the 'props' / the execution was just awesome. Thanks a lot friends, you deserve the most special thanks !
Deepam Team !
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Deepam turns 3 this April and we are getting together to celebrate the best year we had, till date. As always, this event is focussed on the children - they will perform on the stage for us. We will also felicitate the teachers ( Volunteer - Teachers ) who have been mentoring them through this year.
Venue : Bapalal Bhavan , #15 ,1st Seaward Road, Valmiki Nagar ,Thiruvanmiyur
Date : 19th March, Saturday , 2011
Time : 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
We request your presence for this event, to be with the children and support Deepam.
All are invited.
Posted by Karthikeyan (KK) at 9:22 AM
Friday, March 11, 2011
A small dream we had 3 years ago , is now a reality - ALL Deepam centres will have computers and internet from next academic year !
The shipment from HP arrived a few days ago - The HP grant of 20 laptops , a printer / scanner / copier ( all in one ) , 20+ inch monitor was delivered.
The laptops are some of the latest ones in the market - has an i7 processor, rotating screen with touch sensor and importantly, will last close to 9 hours on full charge ( HP has given heavy duty batteries too !! )
Monday, March 7, 2011
Deepam 3rd Anniversary Celebration is on 19th March ( Saturday ). We will have events / performances by the children , followed by certificate / medal distribution to the children.
We are looking for sponsors / Donors for this event - The donation / sponsorship will be used for
- Certificates / Medals for children - 15k
- Transportation of children from school to event venue / back - 10k
- Food / Snacks -5k
- Venue cost - 5k
- Misc ( audio / projectors etc ) - 5k
The contributions could be any amount. Please mail firstname.lastname@example.org , if you are interested in contributing for this event.