Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Teach and Reach

Podar International School in collaboration with Indian Development Foundation will be organising `Teach and Reach' programme for the benefit of the children of Vimala Dermatological Centre, a leprosy home in North Mumbai on Saturday, the 1st September 2007 between 9:30 and 10:30 AM at Podar International School campus.

Podar World School teachers trained by International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) will mark this event as Teachers' Day programme which falls a couple of days ahead. The children visiting from the Centre will be given a World Class exposure on teaching techniques as a part of the Teachers' Social Responsibility activity. The modern methods of learning in international school will be a great eye-opener to the underprivileged children of Vimala Centre.

The visiting children will be entertained by the Podar students on various themes of Teacher-student relationship.

Dr. Vandana Lulla, Director of Podar International School and her team will receive the Vimala Centre children and given them an insight into modern education.

Dr. A. R. K. Pillai, Founder President, Indian Development Foundation will lead the children of Vimala Dermatological Centre.

Join hands with IDF to serve the nation at large

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

India @ 60 - Tryst with Destiny

Celebrating 60 years of Independence

Indian Development Foundation and Sarthak Manav Kushthashram celebrated India's 60 years of independence day at various institutions in Jaipur.

Shri Suresh Kaul, President, Sarthak Manav Kushthashram led a team of people and greeted people and children in the following centres.

* Sarthak Manav School, Jhotwara, Jaipur
* Sarthak Manav Kushthashram, Galta Road, Jaipur
* Gandhi Kushthashram, Agra Road, Jaipur
* Navjeevan Kushthashram, Agra Road, Jaipur

Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, National Co-ordinator, IDF led a team of supporters and visited the schools and the centres and wished the children on this auspicious day.

* Tilak Bal Gurukul, Langadiyawas, Ramgarh, Jaipur
* Tilak Bal Gurukul, Papad, Ramgarh, Jaipur
* Tilak Bal Gurukul, Nonpura, Ramgarh, Jaipur
* Ramgarh Re-integration Centre, Ramgarh, Jaipur
Shri Suresh Kaul and Dr. Narayan Iyer hoisted Indian National Flag at the respective centres and explained the children about the importance of the day. A spirit of patriotism and enthusiasm was imbibed among the children as they spoke to them.

Children and leprosy patients received sweets as they celebrated India @ 60.

Children at various centres and Schools had put up cultural events to make the function more colourful and lively.

The villagers appreciated the move of IDF and SMK in bringing education in their area and assured to protect the sanctity of institutions.
Hopes and aspirations that keep us on the move.

IDF - Vivek College NSS Unit celebrate India @ 60

Mumbai University's National Service Scheme students from Vivek College of Commerce joined hands with Indian Development Foundation in celebrating India's 60 years of independence at Vimala Dermatological Centre at north Mumbai.

NSS Co-ordinator Prof. P. Thangadurai led the team to the Centre to interact with the inmates of the Centre and initiate Social Responsibility work in collaboration with IDF. Prof. Thangadurai introduced the students to the IDF and Vimala team.

Dr. A. R. K. Pillai, President of the Foundation spoke on India's independence and the need for the youth to arise and awake to join the development forum.

Mr. Karthick S., Social Entrepreneur of IDF gave a power packed session and empowered the youth instilling social and developmental values in the students. He spoke on the importance of progress and the need to keep pace with the changing world. Students interacted with the faculties and exchanged ideas.

Rev. Sr. Leela and Rev. Sr. Sisily congratulated NSS students and wished them good luck in their social responsibilities.
The event was successfully managed by Mr. Sanjay Waghmare.

Social Awareness Fortnight Launched

St. Thomas School, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, UP lanched a Social Awareness Fortnight on the eve of India Celebrating 60 years of independence.

Hon'ble Mr. Sunil Kumar Sharma, MLA of Ghaziabad and Chief Guest for the Investiture Ceremony inaugurated the Social Awareness Fortnight on 14th August 2007. Mr. Sunil Kumar hoisted the School flag and presented School Badges declaring the team leaders for the event.

The students gave an excellent colourful march past and cheered the guests and audience.

Rev. Fr. Philip, Vicar of St. Thomas Schools, Ghaziabad welcomed the guests and instilled social awarenes moments in the students. Rev. Fr. Philip congratulated the schoolteam and wished them well as they are ready to take up social responsibility for a fortnight.

Guests of Honour - Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, National Co-ordinator of Indian Development Foundation and Major General P. K. Janmeja, VSM, Executive Director, Global Cancer Concern India helped Mrs. Chandrika Kumar, Principal of St. Thomas School in announcing the Social Awareness programmes that will be carried out for a fortnight in the school. Dr. Iyer and Major Janmeja thanked St. Thomas School for identifying their projects in their Social Awareness programmes.

Dr. Narayan Iyer presented Certificates to the toppers of the School who excelled in CBSE exams during 2006-07.

The school wore a decorative look to celebrate the 60 years of India's independence.

St.Aloysius School supports IDF

Dr. A. R. K. Pillai addressed the students of St. Aloysius A.I. Hr. Sec. School, Chennai in the morning assembly on 13th August 2007. Dr. Pillai empowered the students and motivated them to take part in social responsibility programme carried out by IDF.

Rev. Sr. Marian, Headmistress and Rev. Sr. Agnela, Correspondent of the School appreciated the work of IDF and exhorted the students to participate in social programmes.
The students came forward to participate in the national movement of developing India.

Mr. C. Chidambaram, Dr. S. Franklin, Mr. S. Sreeram and Dr. Narayan B. Iyer from IDF were present at the event.

Miss Asha Augustine from Class XII proposed a vote of thanks.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Bharat Sevak Samaj Award to Dr. Pillai

Dr. A. R. K. Pillai, Founder President of Indian Development Foundation (formerly Indian Leprosy Foundation) received Bharat Sevak Samaj Award for his dedicated services in the fields of health, education and rural development.

Rajasthan Pradesh Bharat Sevak Samaj organised its 55th Foundation day function at Rajasthan Chamber of Commerce at Jaipur on 11th August 2007. Bharat Sevak Samaj is the first NGO in an independent India which was established under the leadership of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Mr. Gulzarilal Nanda about 55 years ago for the upliftment of the poor and the downtrodden.

Justice Mr. Shivkumar Sharma, Rajasthan High Court, Justice Mr. Prem Shankar Asopa, Rajasthan High Court and Justice Mr. Gopal Lal Gupta, Lokayukta, Rajasthan were the eminent personalities at the function who presented the Award and Citation. Dr. K. L. Jain, Chairman, Jaipur Stock Exchange, Mr. Ganpat Acharya, President of Rajasthan Pradesh BSS and Mr. Suresh Kaul, President, Sarthak Manav Kushthashram also spoke at the function.

Eminent Justices congratulated Dr. Pillai for his dint of hardwork and sacrifice in the field of leprosy elimination programme. They said Dr. Pillai's work in the field of leprosy is a living example of excellence.

Dr. Pillai thanked the people of Rajasthan for their kind and continued support extended for reaching the goal of leprosy elimination. Dr. Pillai also highlighted the work of Sarthak Manav Kushthashram and its close association with IDF. Dr. Pillai quoted, `awards and honours equally belong to my co-workers and schoolteams. I rededicate my service for the welfare of the poor and the needy'.

A large number of prominent citizens of Jaipur felicitated Dr. Pillai.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Good News !

Dear Friends - supporters - well-wishers !

Greetings and good wishes !

Rajasthan Pradesh Bharat Sevak Samaj in their AGM held recently have decided to honour Dr. A. R. K. Pillai, Founder President, Indian Development Foundation with an Award of Excellence for his signal contribution for leprosy elimination work and spreading education among the poor children in India.

The honour will be presented at the 55th Foundation Day function of Bharat Sevak Samaj scheduled on 11th Aug. 2007 at 11:30 AM at Rajasthan Chamber of Commerce Auditorium in Jaipur. The Lokayukta of Rajasthan State will be the Chief Guest. Some Judges of the Rajasthan High Court may also witness the event.

Incidentally Bharat Sevak Samaj was founded by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and nurtured by Mr. Gulzarilal Nanda. BSS work under the guidelines of the Planning commission and UN social service.

Dr. Pillai say, "I shall receive this honour on behalf of all my colleagues and supporters who contributed for the success of work in Rajasthan and elsewhere in India. It is they who deserve this honour".

Incidentally, IDF have been working in Rajasthan in Health and Education fields for the past 15 years. We have a large network of activities in Rajasthan carrying out health awareness programmes in schools.

IDF has 3 village schools named Tilak Bal Gurukul 1,2 &3 at Langadiyawas, Papad and Nonpura villages. Nonpura village school has been inaugurated recently on August 1-2007 .

We seek your understanding, help and blessings more than ever before.

Warm regards,

Dr. Narayan B. Iyer

Saturday, August 4, 2007

70,000 Indian children are battling AIDS

One out of every eight children suffering from HIV/AIDS worldwide are in India.

About 70,000 children below the age of 15 in India are battling the dreaded HIV/AIDS, some who are born with it and others who have got it through blood transfusion, a top health ministry official revealed for the first time in New Delhi on Tuesday.

"There may be 70,000 children infected with HIV in India with nearly 21,000 new infections occurring every year," Health Secretary Naresh Dayal said.

According to Arjan De Wagt, a US-based representative of UNICEF, there are around 530,000 HIV infected children worldwide and nearly 15.2 million children are orphaned due to AIDS.

India has so far been surveying the HIV positive population in the 15-59 age group and this is the first time that the government has released data on the HIV positive children population.

Speaking at the launch of the 'Policy Framework for Children and AIDS' Dayal said: "The figure is based on the new estimates of HIV prevalence in India".

Earlier this month, the health ministry had released fresh data that halved the estimates of AIDS prevalence in India - the new data shows that the country is home to 2.5 million AIDS patients as against the previous estimate of 5.2 million.

National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) chief K Sujatha Rao said that the organisation that is part of the ministry now has a record of around 19,000 children.

"We have a record of 19,000 children and are looking out for the rest of these young patients. At present we are giving anti-retroviral doses to 6,500 kids," Rao said.

Elaborating on the measures launched to reduce the number of children being born with HIV infection, Dayal said: "The government is implementing a nationwide programme called Prevention of Parent-to-Child Transmission."

"Since the introduction of this scheme four years ago, we have counselled and tested nearly five million mothers, detected 47,000 HIV positive mothers and provided prophylaxis (treatment for the prevention of a disease) to 20,000 mother-baby pairs," Dayal said.

courtesy : The Hindustan Times

Thursday, August 2, 2007

TBG reported

A noted website serving the Mangaloreans around the world, hosted from Chicago, has always been highlighting IDF work in national interest. They have given a wide coverage to IDF opening `Tilak Bal Gurukul' - a school for the Nonpura villagers in Rajasthan on 01-08-07, in their portal.

IDF thank Mr. Roshan Desouza, Founder & Creator and Mrs. Queenie Mendonca, Managing Editor of the website for their kind and continued support.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Tilak Bal Gurukul inaugurated

The 87th anniversary of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak (23/07/1856- 01/08/1920) was observed by Indian Development Foundation and Sarthak Manav Kushthashram in a fitting manner by opening a village school named `Tilak Bal Gurukul’ for the children in Nonpura village in Ramgarh area of Jaipur on 1st August 2007.

Village schools are the need of the hour and Indian Development Foundation need to be congratulated for opening the school in a backward area like Nonpura, said Mr. Brij Kishore Sharma, MLA – Jaipur Rural, while dedicating the school to the nation. Mr. Brij Kishor Sharma was speaking as the Chief Guest for the function while inaugurating Tilak Bal Gurukul (TBG) at Nonpura.

Education has to percolate into all sections of society and this can be done only by a national NGO like IDF, said Mr. P. D. Singh, Chairman, Tagore Group of Institutions. IDF has been in the forefront of establishing rural-village schools in different parts of India and it is the duty of the every well-to-do citizens to support such noble cause, expressed Mr. P.D. Singh as he was addressing as the Special Guest for the event. He also said that IDF’s role in the improvement of health and education in Rajasthan will be gratefully remembered by the people.

Mr. Suresh Kaul, President, Sarthak Manav Kushtashram outlined the modalities of the TBG and said, partnering with IDF for the national cause will be a trend-setting experience for other states. He thanked IDF for the long association with SMK in health and education field. TBG activities will be supported by IDF while the monitoring part will rest on SMK team. Mr. Suresh Kaul also thanked Club Nomades, a group from France for supporting the infrastructure for TBG including the land and building.

Dr. A. R. K. Pillai, President, Indian Development Foundation congratulated the people of Nonpura for extending their assistance to make this project viable. He hoped that Nonpura model will be extended to other villages in Rajasthan with public support. Providing vocational training and other social activities are on the cards, said Dr. Pillai.

Indian Development Foundation (formerly Indian Leprosy Foundation) is a leading national NGO committed to health, education and rural development in India. Besides leprosy and TB work, IDF has taken up the task of establishment village schools and empowerment classes in India. IDF has so far opened 14 empowerment classes for the underprivileged children and there many more to follow, said Dr. Pillai.

As India is at the verge of celebrating 60 years of Independence, focus on village development is the prime need and this is possible only by bridging the rural-urban divide, expressed Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, National Co-ordinator, IDF.

Mr. Sayed Khan Goodage, Hon. Secretary, Rajasthan Chamber of Commerce and Rotarian President R. P. Batwara, Rotary Club of Jaipur East complimented IDF and SMK for this novel scheme. The District and Panchayat officials of the village attended the function.

Nonpura village was gaily decorated to mark this important event. TBG will mainly focusing be on primary education and the students will be provided free education and with a mid-meal. Reaching these underprivileged children to the top will be the prime motto of TBG.

Mr. V. G. Agochhia, Esst. Officer, SMK proposed a vote of thanks.