The Ritinjali Newsletter
October 2018
New classrooms for the children at Dalil Ekta
Our centre in Dalil Ekta, Vasant Kunj has some of the brightest, most spunky children we know. When we set out many years ago to run an after-school remedial programme for them, little did we realise how difficult it would be to find (and keep!) a space for learning. Since the settlement they live in is immensely cramped, the team had to resort to creative ways of setting up a classroom. For many years, the children would come to learn in a makeshift classroom under a tree, on a footpath in C-8 Vasant Kunj. (Seen in the picture above)
We were evicted numerous times from the footpath. Classes shifted to a neighbouring park and soon after, to temporary sheds within the slum cluster itself. Neither of the two could be permanent solutions. Meanwhile, there was still no curbing the enthusiasm of the children to learn.

After years of struggling with space and demolition scares, it gives us immense happiness to share pictures of a brand new, fantastic space inside the slum. An effort made possible by the kindness of team Mannat, as well as our student, Abdul Kalam, who was instrumental in getting us the rooms.
The new place comprises two classrooms, as well as ample space outside that converts into a third classroom when required. With mats, fans, drinking water, and numerous teaching and learning resources, we are ecstatic at the transformation and the journey that got us here.

The centre has been set up beautifully by our teacher and volunteers from Ritinjali's ECCE (Early Childhood Care and Education) Vocational Centre. The children love their new rooms! They've followed us cheerfully from one place to another over the years, not once complaining about missing walls or sometimes even a roof. We are incredibly happy to finally be able to create a vibrant learning space they so deserve.
Ritinjali Utsav 2018
October has been filled with colour, energy, and laughter as our children organised fabulous community Utsavs throughout the month! As part of the run-up to the grand Utsav in November each year, our children first put up performances for their families, friends, and the larger community. The community Utsavs provide a platform for children to perform on stage (some for the first time), to showcase their talents and learning throughout the year. The community Utsavs also work as a way to bring an often divided community together, to celebrate their children and support their education.

Celebrations kicked off at our centre in Sector 62, Gurgaon on  22nd October, where the children performed a musical and dramatic narrative on 'The Environment'.
The Utsav travelled to Nathupur Pahari, Gurgaon on 24 October. The children there chose 'Education' as the theme and showcased its importance through song, theatre, and dance.
The Utsav at Nathupur Pahari was made doubly special this year because the mothers in the community performed on stage for the very first time! These incredible women are participants of our Income Generation Programme at the community. It was truly a big moment for eight of them, who fought their own personal and collective battles to be able to dance in public.
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Our children at Kusumpur Pahari, Vasant Vihar took the stage on 26 October, where they delved into the theme of 'Pollution' through drama, song, and dance.
The children at Dalil Ekta, Vasant Kunj closed off festivities with a bang on 30 October. They performed a play based on 'The Why Why Girl' by Mahasweta Devi, as well as song and dance around the themes of the book.
Adventures in Mukteshwar
13 boys from Second Chance School went on an adventure trip to Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand. They enjoyed various adventure activities like trekking, rappelling, rock climbing, archery, and zipline. They also engaged in recreational and rejuvenating things like watching sunrise and sunset views, bonfire at night, kite making and flying. The boys visited a local village and interacted with the families, learned about their life, culture, listened to the local music and songs, and helped them with chores. It was a holistic experience for the boys to see a new place which was so close to nature, different from the city environment. They were also able to challenge their fears and overcome them during the adventure activities.
Kishan, Rakesh, and some art at Pallavanjali Cafe
While some boys were in Mukteshwar, two of our older Second Chance boys, Kishan and Rakesh, were busy with an exciting project of their own. They worked together to paint the walls of the cafe in Pallavanjali School, Gurgaon and completely transformed its look and feel. We hope the teachers and students enjoy the new space!
Session on Breast Cancer Awareness
A session on Breast Cancer Awareness was conducted by a team of two specialist doctors from Narayana Hospital. It was attended by around 30 students from our Skill Development Centre along with Ritinjali team members and volunteers from KPMG. The session was organised by KPMG as their outreach initiative.

Dr. Saphalta, who facilitated the session with Dr. Roshni in support, discussed the biological condition that is called Cancer, its causes, symptoms, risk factors, and treatment at length. The facilitators were able to connect with the participants easily and used contextualised examples to explain concepts. The session was comprehensive and immensely useful for all. Our heartfelt gratitude to the team of doctors for facilitating the session with such ease and comfort among participants, and the KPMG team for taking the initiative, supporting us with ALL arrangements and bringing savoury refreshments for everybody. With this, we now plan to take this initiative to our other communities as well.
Income Generation Programme
This month was eventful for the women in Nathupur  Pahari, Gurgaon as the products made by them were put on sale at various locations. In our quest to empower the women of our community we run an Income Generation Programme to help women become financially stable. They create products such as mufflers, shawls, diaries, coasters, tea napkins, cards, and diyas. All these products become part of the melas and festivals around Diwali and their sale helps the women add to their family income. We put up stalls at three locations this month: two offices of KPMG and the Dainik Bhaskar office -  both locations yielding great sales.
A visit to the Butterfly Park
The children at Nathupur Pahari went for a fun visit to the Butterfly Park in Sector 52, Gurgaon. They were happy to discover a green space in the middle of the bustling city, dedicated to providing a home for over 27 species of butterflies to grow and feed on nectar. Besides admiring the beauty of these winged creatures, the children also learnt how rapid urbanisation has eaten into their natural habitat. It was a day of joy and learning for our children, who enjoyed spending time in nature and learning about butterfly conservation. We thank our partners at the Shiv Nadar School in Gurgaon for making this outing possible.
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