Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Miracles happen.....

The Holy Bible says" As a man THINKETH, so is he". Thoughts have invisible powers.  Things happen by Divine Grace 

Do  Miracles happen? Yes, Miracles do happen by Divine Grace! Read this incredible story!

Here is a true life story of  July 2012 ! 

July 2012 -First week brought a group of Principals of schools of Malwani slum to IDF office and they recounted the problems faced by students in not having proper benches and desks - tables and chairs for teachers. The requirements were so large that we in IDF were quite baffled. In just one school itself, the requirement of benches and desks were costing a fortune. Other Principals also related the same story of helplessness.

Most of the  children come from the poorest of the poor families of Malwani slum. Only a token fee  is taken by the schools, anything beyond is unworkable. The schools can't raise the fees even by a rupee, there will be chaos and widespread agony.

We in IDF heard the story with rapt attention, and said that we shall try, it was almost an empty sooth-saying. We wondered how such a massive help can be given to the schools. As the Principals left, we sat in silence and prayed.

Dr Narayan, CEO - IDF recalled later that Bhaktivedanta School in Juhu was likely to shift to a new premises and the Principal Mrs. Armaity Engineer had mentioned about the likely shift during this academic year.  Mrs. Rekha Bajaj, IDF Education Ambassador took up the matter with Mrs. Armaity Engineer and she agreed to donate the entire school furniture for the poor schools in Malwani.  IT WAS TIMELY.

The task of distribution of school furniture to various schools was given to IDF Trustee Rotarian Aunali Rupani who along with Mrs. Rekha Bajaj inspected the materials and made stock of the available school furniture.   God Almighty's hands were visible in this turn of events. Rtn. Aunali Rupani made proper justification in distribution of benches/ desks/ chairs/ boards as per the need of the schools and the same were transported through 5 trucks to 5 different schools in Malwani and the entire operation took 5 hours. There was no loss of time and the action was very quick.

The recipients of school furniture are Gurukul English High School, Holy Mother English School, Sir J.R. High School, Holy Spirit English School and Daya Sagar English School

This help will ensure very comfortable sitting arrangement for 361 students and they are going to bless the Angels for the good help.

The cost of furniture will be a few lakhs of rupees, donated entirely free !

God Almighty sent Angels - Mrs. Armaity Engineer, Mrs. Rekha Bajaj and Rtn Aunali Rupani  - for this benevolent turn of events.

A mere thought of positivism can bring change around.  IDF promotes goodness unlimited and we try to bridge the haves and the have-nots.   What is OLD to you is GOLD to us. 

This is  one of the success stories  that happened during July 2012

A Great Lesson

Learned a great lesson on 'Simple Living and High Thinking' from a Gandhian Fr. Biju P Thomas, Chairman, St. Mary's School, Chandigarh. He is a philosopher, a humanitarian worker and a person who creates a charm when he is talking to youth. He complimented the works IDF is doing for the development of India and promised to support any cause for the development of the country. He congratulated IDF for empowering the youth towards social service. I am obliged by taking his blessings.

A Great Meeting

Great meeting with Earnest Charles Samuel Sir, Principal, Mount Carmel School & Annie Charles Samuel Mam, Secretary and Vice Principal, Mount Carmel School, Chandigarh. Exchanged ideas on how to work in a joint forum so as to change the face of our country from a developing country to a developed one. They both appreciated the social responsibility taken by IDF to develop India and extended their support for IDF. Thanks them for a great meeting.

Saturday, July 28, 2012


IDF join hands with Spreading Smiles team - Dr. Dipti Sanghavi and Dr. Samrat Sabhlok - to create awareness on Cleft Lips and Cleft Palate correction and provide surgery/ correction free of cost to the needy people.

Basic Information :
Facial clefts occurs one in 600 – 800 births.
Every year 35,000 children in India are born with facial clefts.
There are over 10 lakh cases of untreated clefts in India.

IDF team will support Spreading Smiles in reaching out the needy people through health camps and awareness drives.

IDF is committed to bring smiles on million lives.
A smile from a child is packaged sunshine and rainbows.

Dr. Dipti Sanghavi, Dr. Samrat Sabhlok and IDF Social Ambassador Mrs. Neeta Sanghavi visited IDF office on 25-07-2012 and held discussions with Dr. ARK Pillai and Dr. Narayan Iyer.



IDF join hands with Spreading Smiles team - Dr. Dipti Sanghavi and Dr. Samrat Sabhlok - to create awareness on Cleft Lips and Cleft Palate correction and provide surgery/ correction free of cost to the needy people.

Basic Information :
Facial clefts occurs one in 600 – 800 births.
Every year 35,000 children in India are born with facial clefts.
There are over 10 lakh cases of untreated clefts in India.

IDF team will support Spreading Smiles in reaching out the needy people through health camps and awareness drives.

IDF is committed to bring smiles on million lives.
A smile from a child is packaged sunshine and rainbows.

Dr. Dipti Sanghavi, Dr. Samrat Sabhlok and IDF Social Ambassador Mrs. Neeta Sanghavi visited IDF office on 25-07-2012 and held discussions with Dr. ARK Pillai and Dr. Narayan Iyer.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

IDF supports "Annamrita" - Mid-day Meal Project.

Annamrita - Mid-Day Meal project of ISKCON. Dr.Radhakrishna Das Prabhuji, Director of Annamrita felicitated Rotary Club Members for supporting Mid-Day meal project feeding poor and underprivileged children in Mumbai schools. Indian Development Foundation will take up the responsibility of supporting Annamrita - mid-day meal project and help in providing `food for education'. (26-07-2012)

— with Ark Pillai and Aunali Rupani in Mumbai.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Deepak Bal Gurukul : A model education project

Mrs. Kamal Rathore, Principal, Tagore International School, Jaipur accepted the proposal of Bal Gurukul and launched the project in her own school on 30th July 2008. DBG entered 5th year of its successful programme. The underprivileged children in the area are given best of education and best of training in extra-curricular activities viz., arts, crafts, sports and music. Mr. Unnikrishnan Nair, Co-ordinator of the school and Deepak Bal Gurukul takes special interest in managing the project. The entire Bal Gurukul operation is blessed by the Chairman of Tagore Group of Institution Shri P.D.Singh. 

The launch of DBG in IDF Blog.http://indiandevelopmentfoundation.blogspot.in/2008/08/inauguration-of-deepak...

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Gearing up for Goodness

IDF Board of Trustees geared up for strengthening project goodness. Discussions included - Leprosy/ TB Awareness, more Bal Gurukuls in India including North East regions, women empowerment programmes, IDF Centre of Excellence, Uttam Shiksha programme, Clean India programme and mid-day meal programme. The team met at IDF office on 21st July 2012.

Capt. Shankar Bala receiving Dr. Pillai's biography `Hope on the Horizon' from Dr.Ark Pillai.

Committed to spread smiles...... Capt. Shankar Bala sharing lighter moments with Rtn. Aunali Rupani

(L/R - Dr. C.N.N. Nair, Dr. Hari Vasudaven, Dr.ARK Pillai, Rtn. Aunali Rupani, Wg. Cdr. S. Balasubramaniam)

IDF Basaveshwara Bal Gurukul at Chikajala, Bangalore

IDF Basaveshwara Bal Gurukul at Chikajala, Bangalore on 21-07-12 at Govt. Higher Primary School, Chikajala, Bangalore. IDF is committed to spread smiles on million lives.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Lets bring smiles on many lives.

Students from Damien Bal Gurukul at Nilakottai, Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu along with the Gurukul teacher Ms. Jeyaseeli get geared up for the new academic year. 

IDF runs Damien Bal Gurukul in collaboration with Damien Leprosy Control Centre at Nilakottai (TN). IDF runs 85 such Bal Gurukuls in different parts of India catering to the most deserving children.

Serving people in need is a rare joy. Join hands with IDF and help those in dire need.

You support, we do the rest !!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Goodness from Ghaziabad

Ingraham Institute, Ghaziabad (U.P) supports IDF's health, education and development projects. Wg. Cdr. Prakash Jethro, Director of Ingraham Institute congratulated IDF team - Dr.ARK Pillai, Mr. Vikas Gill and Dr. Narayan Iyer for the excellent social responsibility. IDF team visited Ingraham Institute on 19-07-2012. IDF runs two Bal Gurukuls in collaboration with Ingraham. In all IDF has 6 Bal Gurukuls in Ghaziabad and 85 in India (as on July 2012)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Let noble thoughts come to us from everyside....... !!!

IDF team comprising Dr. ARK Pillai, Dr. Narayan B. Iyer and Mr. Vikas Gill called on Shri Ashok Pradhan IAS (Retd), Director of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Dr. Upendra Kaushik, OSD, Bhavans on 18-07-2012. Bhavans team complimented IDF team for the excellent social responsibility initiatives in India. .......... "Let noble thoughts come to us from everyside."

Monday, July 16, 2012

IDF team organised massive TB awareness programme at Jaipur

Indian Development Foundation organised TB awareness talk for the students of Maheshwari Public School, Pratap Nagar, Jaipur on 16-07-2012. IDF team - Dr.A.R.K.Pillai, Dr. Narayan Iyer, Mr. Simon Peter and Mr. Kovid Oli - sensitized the students and sought their support for social causes. Principal Mrs. Reeta Bhargava appreciated the work of IDF in health, education and empowerment projects in India.

IDF launched IMAYAM BAL GURUKUL at Coimbatore

The Panchayat President of Dharapuram, Coimbatore Mr. Kuppusamy inaugurated IDF Imayam Bal Gurukul on 15-07-2012. The function started with a prayer song by the Bal Gurukul students. Mrs. Parameshwari and Mrs. Meenakshi from Imayam welcomed IDF's social initiative. Rev. Fr. Paulraj, Corespondent of C.S.I. Primary School, Chinnapudur encouraged the students to avail of the wonderful Bal Gurukul facility . Mr. F. Fredrick of IDF congratulated the students on getting Bal Gurukul facilities and expressed happiness on IDF spreading wings on 'right education' at different parts of India.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Rajasthan Education Minister appreciates IDF work

IDF team comprising Dr.ARK Pillai, Dr.Narayan B. Iyer and Mr. Kovid Oli and SMK President Mr. Suresh Kaul called on Hon'ble Shri Brij Kishore Sharma, Education Minister of Rajasthan on 15-07-2012. IDF-SMK team apprised the Education Minister on IDF's health awareness programmes carried out in Rajasthan for nearly three decades. The Minister appreciated the role of IDF in setting-up Bal Gurukuls in Rajasthan and proposed for more Bal Gurukuls in all the districts in Rajasthan.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Goodness redefined at Deepak Bal Gurukul, Jaipur.

Deepak Bal Gurukul enters 5th year of academic excellence. The students of Deepak Bal Gurukul, (an empowerment programme of Tagore International School and Indian Development Foundation at Jaipur) received books and uniforms on 14-07-2012. Shri P.D.Singh, Chairman, Tagore Group of Institutions - Mrs. Kamal Rathore, Principal, Tagore International School - Dr. A.R.K.Pillai, Founder President, IDF - congratulated all the students. Mr. Unnikrishnan Nair, Co-ordinator of TIS wished all the students good luck as they entered the new academic session. Dr.Narayan Iyer, Mr. Kovid Oli and Mr. Simon Peter from IDF appreciated the excellent work of TIS. An excellent social responsibility initiative of TIS and IDF.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Blessings from the city of Aravalli Hills (Ajmer-13-07-12)

IDF team visited educational institutions at Ajmer (Rajasthan) on 13-07-2012 and thanked them for their wonderful and continued support to various social projects of the Foundation. IDF salutes the schoolteams.

IDF team thank Mr. Sahhil Sethi, Administrative Officer of Presidency School, Ajmer for extending all support for the social projects of IDF

Hill View Adventist School, Ramble Road, Ajmer.  Mrs. Evangaline Massey, Principal congratulated IDF team for providing constant social support to projects in Ajmer region.

Mr. S.S.Choudhary, Director and Mrs. Suzana Phillips, Principal, Queen Mary's Girls School, Ajmer congratulated IDF team for excellent social responsibilities initiatives. IDF salutes QMGS for their constant support.

Mr. Ashok Vaid, Principal, Maheshwari Public School, Ajmer receives IDF publications from IDF team.

Mr. Amit Solomon, Director, Sparsh, an NGO working in Nasirabad, Ajmer and several rural pockets on education and environment met IDF team at Ajmer. IDF launched Sparsh Bal Gurukul in Peesangan Block of Ajmer district in collaboration with Sparsh.

Goodness UNlimited.

IDF team met Capt (IN) Alokesh Sen (Principal, Birla Public School Vidyaniketan, Pilani (Rajasthan)) in Jaipur on 13-07-2012. IDF team conveyed special gratitude to Capt. Sen and his entire schoolteam for rendering excellent support to the Foundation's national development programmes.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

IDF Salutes Schoolteams

IDF thank the educationists, the Principals and everyone in the schoolteam for extending continued support to IDF's leprosy/ TB and education projects. IDF team visited schools in Jaipur on 11th July 2012

Dr. Nisha Rani Bhargava, Principal, Maheshwari Girls Public School, Vidyadhar Nagar, Jaipur congratulates IDF's social responsibility initiatives. IDF Salutes the excellent support extended by MGPS team for leprosy/ TB and education projects.

Shri P.D.Singh, Chairman, Tagore Group of Institutions, Jaipur presenting his books `Down the Musing Lanes' and `Chintan ke Galiyaron se' to Dr. ARK Pillai and IDF team members. Shri R.N. Kabra, Co-ordinator, TPS congratulated the social development efforts of IDF in Rajasthan for over two decades

Dr. Bharat Singh, CEO and Ms. Kalpana Singh, Principal of Children's Academy, Bani Park, Jaipur congratulated IDF team - Dr.ARK Pillai, Dr. Narayan Iyer, Mr.Kovid Oli and Mr.Simon Peter - for excellent social work in Rajasthan. IDF Salutes Children's Academy Team for extending continued support to IDF.

Tagore Public School, Ambabari, Jaipur supports IDF's leprosy/ TB and education projects for several years. Mrs. Rathore, Principal and Mrs. Hemlata Gulati, Co-ordinator of the school congratulated IDF team for excellent social projects carried out in Rajasthan.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A step ahead in Clean-India initiative. "My Malwani - Mast Malwani"

Mrs. Seema Redkar, Officer on Special Duty (Solid Waste Management), Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai visited IDF office (10-07-12) for discussion on `My Malwani - Mast Malwani', a clean-India initiative of IDF. Shri O.D.Singh, Asst. Engineer (SWD) also visited IDF to get to know the plan. IDF team Dr. A.R.K. Pillai, Rtn. Aunali Rupani, Mrs. Rekha Bajaj and Dr. Narayan Iyer - appreciated the great work of Mrs. Seema Redkar in clean-up drive in Mumbai region and also for implementing novel projects. IDF thank MCGM team for coming forward to support the clean-India initiative of IDF launched in Malwani as a model project.

Koshish Bal Gurukul launched in Malvani.

Bal Gurukul to empower young minds !!!
Educate a child..... Enrich your life !!!

Indian Development foundation Launches Koshish Bal Gurukul- Malvani, July 2012, Elia Sarwat English School, Malvani, Malad (W).

The Bal Gurukul was launched in the auspicious presence of Rtn. Sana Rupani, Social Ambassadors- Prof. Prajesh Trotsky & Mr. Keshav Poduval. 

IDF is committed to bring smiles on million lives. 
You support, we do the rest !!!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

IDF launches its 85th Bal Gurukul.

IDF launches its 85th Bal Gurukul.
Madhur-Arunima Bal Gurukul in Sardarshahr, CHURU Dist of Rajasthan on 08-07-2012

IDF launched its 85th Bal gurukul today in a village Charanvasi in Sardarshahr, Distt. Churu, Rajasthan. Dr. Madhuri Lata Pandey, Senior Educationist and Principal, UPS, Charanvasi, officially inaugurated the newly established Bal Gurukul in the launching ceremony witnessed by the villagers. She encouraged the students for their overall development and offered to help in their career counseling. Mr. Krishna Kumar, the teacher of the gurukul told about the strategies to be practised therein. Children introduced themselves with great confidence and let us know what they think could and should be done in their village for the betterment. They were all very confident. IDF Social Ambassador Aryaman explained the working structure of IDF and its areas of concern. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed. Children were distributed some snacks and the session was concluded.

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WAH WAH..... Sunday at Vimala Centre

Members of WAH (We Are Hardevians) from Jogeshwari, Mumbai took time off on a pleasant Sunday (08-07-12) and visited Vimala Centre. IDF team Dr.A.R.K.Pillai, Dr. Narayan Iyer and Mrs. Sreelekha (Sindhu) led the WAH group comprising Shashank, Ankur, Vikram, Akshay, Sanjeev, Sonal, Poonam and Neha to various departments and finally took them to children's wing where they interacted with the children. 8-members from WAH have been inducted as IDF Social Ambassadors to spread the message of goodness.

Friday, July 6, 2012

IDF salutes St.Gregorios Schoolteam

Our sincere appreciation and thanks to Mrs. Ranjini Krishnaswamy, Principal, St. Gregorios School, Chembur, Mumbai and all the Gregorians for extending kind and continuous support to leprosy/TB and education projects of Indian Development Foundation for several years. Dr. Ark Pillai and Dr. Narayan Iyer called on the Principal on 06-07-2012 to convey best wishes for the academic session.

IDF salutes the schoolteam.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Launching of IDF's women empowerment programme at Hyderabad

Indian Development Foundation (IDF) launched its first women empowerment programme on 18th June 2012 at CSS NAM, Hayat Nagar, Hyderabad. IDF team comprising Dr.Narayan Iyer, Mr.Sanjaay Ramm, Mr.Samuel Vincent and Mr.P.V.Rao, visited the centre and presented sewing machines and embroidery machines to CSS -NAM Centre's team Dr.Vijaya Lakshmi and Mrs. Janaki Rao. The women in the locality and nearby slums will be benefited by the program. We are very honoured to get the support from IDF for a noble cause, Dr.Vijayalakshmi said. IDF team will be soon networking with fashion designing institute for social interaction and design plan in the initial session. This is the first training centre for women launched by IDF. Seeking your blessings in the journey ahead. 

Empower women - empower family - empower nation !!!