Friday, September 24, 2010

Pratham Books donates books to Toybank Delhi!

Pratham Books India has donated 150 copies of their book 'Badi Lal Ball' (Big Red Ball) to Toybank Delhi!

In our upcoming events in Delhi children will receive a double surprise - a toy and a book! We thank Pratham Books for this wonderful gesture. We are sure the children will be thrilled!

Read and know more about Pratham Books and the awesome work they are doing!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Upcoming Events in September!

Toybank Delhi is gearing up for it's second distribution event in Delhi/NCR!. We will be distributing toys to children from Pankhudi Foundation. The toys were collected and wrapped through a collection drive in August in all the IBM offices in Delhi/NCR.

Details of the event:
Date and Time : Sunday, Sep 26th, 2010, 10 AM - 1 PM
Venue (Click on link to open the google maps).
No of Children: 45 (aged between 4 -14 years)

10 AM - 11 AM: Volunteer Orientation
11 AM - 1 PM: Fun events with children followed by toy distribution.
Directions to reach the location: Venue is on NH2 from Lajpat Nagar/Ashram to Faridabad/Mathura route.
1. If you are coming from Nehru Place:
  • Take the Modi mill flyover and take the 2nd left turn on the flyover towards Faridabad/Apollo Hospital.
  • Cross the Sukhdev Vihar bus terminal on your right. From the first red light at CRRI take a U turn(if you are driving).
  • Cross the gas station on your left and the slum comes after that.
2. If you are coming from Ashram Chowk:
  • Take the turn to Faridabad,you will reach the Sukhdev Vihar bus terminal directly.
  • Pass CRRI and take a U Turn from the first red light & move towards Ring road
  • You will see a CNG petrol Pump on left side. Venue is around 50m from there on your left.
  • Exact venue is around 5 mins from Harkesh Nagar where the kids go to school,around 100 me from their slum area. The slums are opposite the CRRI building on the other side of the road.

Public Transport Hints
Use Delhi Metro to reach the venue on time. The nearest metro station to the venue is AIIMS.

Please confirm your presence by replying to by Fri Sept 24th.

Toybank Bangalore is back in action. After reaching out to children from Good Neighbors India in Aug to celebrate our 6th anniversary, our volunteers meet up this Sunday to wrap the toys donated by Walt Disney's 'Donate a Toy, Spread some Joy' campaign in July.

Please be there and help us reach out to many more children in and around Bangalore!

1. Introduction to new volunteers about Toybank and it's activities.
2. Toy Wrapping Session

Date and Time : Sunday, Sep 26th, 12 PM

Address: Navgati
Apartment 203, Reach for the Sky
184, 9th cross
Indiranagar I Stage, Bangalore 560038

Directions to Navgati's office:
1. Reach the 100 Ft road in Indiranagar. Move past the CMH Road junction.
2. Just before Domino's Pizza, take a left turn.
3. On this road take the 3rd left, just before Kerala Niketan High School.
4. The fourth building on the left is Reach for the Sky.
5. Go to Navgati's office in this building.

Please confirm your presence by replying to by Fri Sept 24th.

Write up by Toybanker - Dr.Kothawala

Let me tell you a touching incident I faced when Toybankers gave me some toys which were to be distributed among the poor kids attending our NGOs and the slum clinics.

There was a two and half year old fair and fragile girl with burning fever, cough, and running nose and watery eyes. I put my hand into the bag of toys and pulled out a small stuffed teddy bear and held it in front of her. This little girl’s eyes brimmed with pleasure and she skipped two steps forward to take it but immediately jumped a step back saying “Naayega” , again came forward with a tiny clenched fist raised towards the teddy bear and again withdraw her hands and stepped back quoting “Naayega.... Naayega......”

Thinking that the brown teddy bear was dull and drab, I put my hand into the bag of toys and got out a bright yellow tweety bird, with blue eyes and a grinning beak.  Unbelievable joy leaps into the girls eyes, and she again jumped forth excitedly but once again reluctantly stepped backwards clenching her fist tighter and chanting “Naayega..... Naayega.......”  This went on and on,
back and forth.

Puzzled I asked her mother, “What is she saying? Does she not want the toy???” The mother gave a resigned sigh and patiently explained, “ She is saying ‘nahi aayega’, that means cannot be bought by giving a one Rupee coin, which she had clenched in her little fist. “

When I hugged her and gave her the toy, I don’t know whose eyes were redder and wetter, hers or mine? Whose eyes would have opened wetter, hers or mine? Her’s with joy and mine with wonder, and amazement that a two year old child must have faced umpteen rejections when she must have approached small shanty shacks for knick-knacks – a sweet, a biscuit, a balloon, a plastic whistle, marble.......only to be impatiently and rudely brushed away with a ‘Nahi aayega’ (not available with a one Rupee precious coin that she has)

I thank Toybankers unanimously for the joy they bring to these little ones.

These toys may be rejected by someone who got something bigger or did not like it or had outgrown them. But thanks to both the kids and their families, and the toybankers who helped the toys go to the yearning children to whom it will bring a whole new world and immense joy and fulfillment.

Dr. D. S. Kothawala


Friday, September 10, 2010

Toybank in the 'Happy Himalayan Kingdom'

Toybank is associated with the Early Childhood Development Centers (ECDC), a project of Bhutan Education Ministry and UNICEF since  the inception of the programme few months ago.

We now have an ongoing association with the schools in Bhutan and our coordinator from Bhutan - Ashima Sachdeva-Khemka has been instrumental in making this happen. Karma Gayleg from the Early Childhood Care & Development, Ministry of Education has sent us more pictures and smiles from the centre. 

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Updates from our 6th anniversary celebrations - Mumbai Chapter

Toybankers in Mumbai had an amazing time on the 15th of Aug, when Toybank turned 6! They reached out to children from “PRAYAS” – ek koshish.

We have been associated with Prayas from a long time and have reached out to many children from Prayas in the past.

Here's what Ashish Shigwan from Prayas had to say after a fantastic event:

"Like every year this year too we had celebration of 63rd Independence Day with the children, women and men that we work in various communities of western suburbs and four village of Madh area.  We had various activities planned with the flag hosting which was done by three senior citizen women who has been associated with the group since inception.

After the flag hosting we had some games for the children, discussion with women on domestic workers bill and the pension that the government is declaring from this year.  There were about 150 children and 60 women and men who participated in this program.

We would take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support that you have extended for making this program possible.  We distributed toys, clothes and other items at the program.  We had also provided snacks, chocolates and biscuits to all the participants.

Without your support all this would not have been possible.  Attached herewith are some of the photos for the program.  Looking forward for our continued association."
More fun here !

Citrix Systems UK and Toybank organize a toy drive!

Citrix Systems UK Ltd organized a toy donation drive at one of its offices, which is based in Chalfont, Buckinghamshire last month. All thanks to Shruthi Kaggenty- one of our core Toybankers from UK.

The event was a sweet success! Employees of Citrix Systems donated 3 big boxes of toys. Shruthi also managed to raise £30 for Toybank and Citrix Systems will in turn be paying a matching amount to Toybank. The toys have been brought to Bangalore, India and these will now be donated to children here.


A delighted Shruthi says "Thanks to Toybank for giving me the chance to do a wonderful job and feel great about it :)"

Kudos to Shruthi and our UK team who have tried to create awareness about Toybank through various means in UK in the last 8 months. Read more here and join us in UK to volunteer and get a chance to organize similar events!