Saturday, January 30, 2016

Training of Mentors for IDF SLP.

Mr. Shanker Viswanath, IDF Social Ambassador (Learning and Development) made a masterly presentation and trained the the volunteers by taking them through the journey of mentorship. Mrs. Mallika Ramchandran, IDF SLP Co-ordinator gave inputs on SLP and shared the contents. The participating volunteers were presented with Certified SLP Mentor certificate. IDF thank all the mentors for coming forward to strengthen the journey of goodness. For more info - Those interested to volunteer for two hours every Saturday may fill-up the form.
The session started with Dr. Ark Pillai and Dr. Narayan Iyer paying respects and rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhiji on the Martyrs Day (30-01-2016)
Participants - Dr. Usha ChavaliArati JaggiJaishri KimmatkarZenobia Khodaiji,Namrata ThakkerSantosh Kushe, Shreya Verma and Deepthi Nair

India Observes Martyrdom Day Today !

India Observes Martyrdom Day Today !

30 January is  observed  as Martyrdom Day at the national level. The date was chosen as it marks the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1948..  On Martyr’s Day (also known as Sarvodaya day), the President, the Vice President, the Prime Minister, the Defence Minister, and the three Service Chiefs gather at the Samadhi at Raj Ghat memorial and lay wreaths decorated with multi-colour flowers. The armed forces personnel blow bugles sounding the Last Post. The inter-services contingent reverse arms as a mark of respect. A two-minute silence in memory of the Father of the Nation and other martyrs is observed throughout the country at 11 AM.

The martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi (30th January) is observed as Anti-leprosy day throughout the world.  It is also called "International Anti-leprosy day". NGOs, international voluntary agencies and government machineries observe a week-long programme starting from 30th Jan. to 5th Feb. giving scientific information on leprosy to the masses and sensitising the public on the disease. Various activities in public places are organised for disseminating message on leprosy.

SOMETIME IN 1945, Prof. T. N. Jagadisan invited Mahatma Gandhi to inaugurate the Kasturba Kushta Nivaran Nilayam building in Tamil Nadu. Gandhiji wrote back, "Get someone to open it; opening a hospital is not a big matter, but I shall come to close it.'' By this Gandhiji meant that leprosy should be soon eliminated so that there won't be any need for leprosy hospitals.

Mahatma Gandhi's cherished dream of a leprosy-eliminated India has come true. Thanks to the support of the various NGOs, national and international bodies along with the Government machinery, the number of leprosy cases has come down from 40 lakhs in 1982 to 1.27 lakh today. Since the prevalance rate of leprosy has come down to less than 1 per 10,000 population in India, the govt. has declared that leprosy has been eliminated.

Leprosy is completely curable today. An air-borne disease caused by mycobacterium leprae, leprosy was a scourge of humanity and it carried a lot of misconceptions. Leprosy is a socio-medical problem. Though the number of leprosy cases has come down, the stigma still prevails. A lot need to be done with regard to rehabilitation of persons affected with leprosy (PALs).

Social stigma continues to haunts the patients though a lot of awareness campaigns  had been conducted. We could find new cases being detected in some regions.  Medical team and social workers are on the move to reach-out to the needy people.

Indian Development Foundation (formerly Indian Leprosy Foundation) team will be covering up government schools and other educational institutions during the week disseminating scientific information on leprosy.  Students' participation in leprosy elimination programmes needs to be written in the letters of gold. IDF is committed to leprosy elimination work.

I wish you a nice day!

Dr ARK Pillai

Anti-Leprosy Day observed at Trichy

Indian Development Foundation and Sagayamatha Medical Centre jointly conducted with anti leprosy day programme at Sagayamatha Hospital, Pullambadi, Trichy on 30th January 2016. 
Rev.Fr.Dr. S. Gasper, Director  of Sagayamatha Leprosy Hospital welcomed the gathering and appreciated their people's participation in leprosy work. 

Dr. S. Karthikeyan, Block Medical Officer and Dr. Ms. Jeevan, gave special talk on leprosy awareness.  Mr. Devadass, Correspondent, Child Jesus Matriculation High School also spoke at the function.

Students from nursing college took part in the citizens reach-out meet.  Mr. J. Solomon Raja, IDF Development Executive, co-ordinated the public event and thanked all the participants.

The inmates thanked the organizers as they received dress materials and eats at the event.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Student Leadership Programme

Team CHM College, Ulhasnagar gear up to create student leaders through IDF SLP (Student Leadership Programme).
Thanks to the Mentors - Anil Shivdasan - Ram Kumar - Shanker Viswanath - Mallika Ramchandran

Salutations to the entire Schoolteam

Team Indian Development Foundation Thank and Salute Dr. Suresh Nair,, Principal, Vivek Vidyalaya & Jr. College, Goregaon (west), Mumbai for extending all support for humanitarian causes. Salutations to the entire Schoolteam for the uninterrupted support and overflowing goodness !!!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

27th National Road Safety Week

Mr. Norman and Mrs. Magi from Belfast , Northern Ireland who are campaigning for road safety along with IDF and road safety club members and Principal addressing students of Badam Saroja Devi DAV School, Banjara hills, Hyderabad after the wonderful road show at KBR along with Harley Davidson bikers - 23 Jan 2016

Team Indian Development Foundation and Team Sarthak Manav Kushthashram @ Jaipur.

Discussed on Women Empowerment, Skill Development, Computers for Bal Gurukul, Eye Camp at Chhapra, Bihar and Teaching English to Bal Gurukul children through Skype.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Salutations to the Schoolteam

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Mehta Vidyalaya supports Indian Development Foundation. Dr. Anu Tandon, Principal of the school and the co-ordinator Dr. Jyoti Rishi presenting the contributions voluntarily mobilized for leprosy work to Dr. Narayan Iyer.
(22-01-2016 - New Delhi)

27th National Road Safety week - Walkathon

27th National Road Safety week - Walkathon on 22nd Jan 2016 by St. Francis college, Begumpet NSS and NCC students in Hyderabad. 
IDF and Road Safety Club thanks St. Francis college principal Sr. Christine Fernandes and Mrs. Shobhana NSS coordinator, all NSS and NCC coordinators , all the students who participated and the police personnel who helped in the walk.
Jai Ho!

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Goodness beyond boundaries

Goodness beyond boundaries !!!
The visiting students from Areum Middle School, Sejong, South Korea to Mount Carmel School, Chandigarh under the Indo Korean International Learning Programme 2016 were updated with the national work of Indian Development Foundation. The visiting schoolteam appreciated the work of IDF. At this occasion, Dr. Narayan Iyer presented IDF Award of Excellence to Mount Carmel School for the excellent and uninterrupted social support to leprosy, TB and Bal Gurukul projects. (21-01-2016)

Students' Social Responsibility Recognized

Students' Social Responsibility Recognized.
IDF salutes the excellent social support extended by Bhavan Vidyalaya (Junior), Sector 33, Chandigarh. Salutations and Respects to all the supporters and social soldiers. Jai ho !!!

Indian Development Foundation recognized the social responsibility initiatives of Bhavan Vidyalaya

Indian Development Foundation recognized the social responsibility initiatives of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27B, Chandigarh on 21-01-2016. Dr. Narayan Iyer spoke on the journey of goodness and thanked Team Bhavans for their uninterrupted support and goodness... The school received IDF Award of Excellence for social work and the students received social action awards. Dr. Narayan thanked Principal Mrs. Vineeta Arora and her team for motivating students to visit IDF Bal Gurukul projects in Jaipur and spread goodness. Let noble thoughts come to us from everyside.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Goodness Talk and Health Awareness

Goodness Talk and Health Awareness at Rajkiya Balika Senior Secondary School, Sanganer, Jaipur on 20.01.2016. The girls received the message in rapt attention and willingly came forward to strengthen the goodness journey.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Spread the message of goodness

IDF Social Ambassadors - Kovid Oli and Aaroosh Singh Sethi - gearing up to spread the message of goodness. (@Jaipur - 19-01-2016)
The team will lead in creating student leaders through IDF SLP - Those desirous of joining hands with IDF to mentor for creating student leaders may write to and fill the form

Goodness Beyond boundaries

Drs Chandni & Mayank Agarwal along with their young kids visited Deepak Balgurukul, Jaipur. It was so nice of them to share time during their UK Christmas holidays. Children received new sports equipment & welcomed the family with Suryanamaskar, songs & poetry. How sweet! It's truly Goodness Beyond boundaries.
IDF-UK supports poor children such as these who are struggling to learn through supplementary education sponsorships via Balgurukuls.

Monday, January 18, 2016

IDF's iDiscover programme

As part of IDF's iDiscover programme, Team IDF took the students of Mary Immaulate Bal Gurukul, Jayamahal Extension, Bangalore to the Planetarium and Sir M. Vishveshwariah technical museum.

The children enjoyed the program thoroughly as they had better understanding on the Space and on the Scientific concepts. They also had hands on experience in the museum.

Sr. Sheela, the program incharge, felt quite happy and thanked IDF for giving the valuable exposure to the Bal Gurukul children.

Mr. Ramakrishnan and Mr Arulraj organized the programme beautifully well and won the love and appreciation of all  the children.