Monday, January 24, 2011

Toybank and RCMG open Toy Library in Hashiyachi Patti, Matheran!

 Swades is the flagship project of Rotaract club of Mumbai Ghatkopar which was started in the year 2005. 

The RCMG, has adopted a village called Hashiyachi Patti, located on the foothills of Matheran. It is a very small village with the population of not more than 315, as per year 2010. The basic motto of adopting this village is to contribute for the development and upliftment for this region in the best possible manner.

This January the RCMG tied up with Toybank to launch a TOY LIBRARY to reach out to the children from this village.

Here's a note sent to Toybank from Nisha Doshi, Vice Prisident of The Rotaract Club Mumbai Ghatkopar

“To the Toybank Team
I, on the behalf of Rotaract Club of Mumbai Ghatkopar would like to thank Toybank from the bottom of my heart for helping us establishing a Toy library in Hashiyachi Patti under our Swades Project. Your support and contribution has made a lot of difference and bought a smile on the innocent faces of students out there.

I appreciate the fact that your organization is doing great work and taking up various initiatives every time to make a difference in the society in some way. If we, RCMG and Toybank, together can work for few upcoming projects then am sure can make a lot of difference and uplift the society in a great way."

More glimpses of fun here!

Toybank's first Card Making Workshop!

We kick-started our events in 2011 with an amazing event in Mumbai. Toybankers all set with drawing papers, Hari Puttar colors and painting kits and ofcourse toys :), walked into Dreamz home on this Tuesday afternoon.

For the very first time Toybank was conducting a card making workshop for the children at Dreamz Home. Dreamz Home is a project managed by the Social Development Centre. It is a rehabilitation and recreational home for street children and child beggars.


Volunteer Speaks:

Lavita - A first time volunteer with Toybank:

" ‘Toybank’ was formally launched on August 15th, 2004 to conceptualize the vision of Shweta Chari, an Electronics Engineer of a world where all children have a happy and healthy childhood. To bridge the gap between children from different backgrounds various activities are undertaken such as dance, sports, painting, etc through creative play/group events/community events. One such group event was held on 18th January, 2011.

The children attending this event were between 4 to 15 years of age group. A total of 10 volunteers along with Toybank Mumbai coordinator Farnaza, Toybank Founder Shweta Chari and a Toybank supporter Nathan Hugh Coll (who has come all the way from UK to run the Marathon for Toybank!) interacted with the children. 

The team conducted a card-making event where in the children were assisted in making greeting cards for one another after being split into six groups. The entire stationary including paints, pencils, erasers, colours etc. were provided to the children. Everyone present at the event was surprised to see the beautiful cards made by the children. Some of the cards were made very artistically. The children were asked to present the cards to the ones they had made it for. Few were lucky to have received more than two cards. This was followed by distribution of toys to the children.

The event proved to be an immensely satisfying experience for the volunteers as well as succeeded in spreading joy among the lesser privileged children. It was great interacting with the children whose enthusiasm and vibrancy infused a great deal of satisfaction in everyone’s hearts."

Tarunika - A Toybanker:

"I recently had a very good opportunity of being a part of Toybank Distribution and I must say that the very feeling of giving a child a toy, of bringing a smile on those innocent faces is just simply beautiful!

Being at Toybank has actually made me realise that its not always about money. There is something way bigger than that and that is  LOVE! Somewhere I had read that “Time we spent enjoying is not wasted time” It is only here that I understood the meaning of that.
I am really glad to be a part of Toybank. The feeling of gifting is something that can only be experienced and not described and I am grateful to Toybank for giving me such a pricless experience. I look forward to various such events. Below are a few pictures I clicked during the Toybank distribution event just to capture some beautiful memories :)"

 Catch all the fun from the event here!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

It's time to run for Toybank!

Toybank is participating in this event for the very first time and we have over 85 runners representing us on 16th of January! We are aiming to raise 500,000 rupees through this event in order to reach out to 5000 kids this year!

You can fund our cause by simply visiting the links below: 
This Marathon check out our funky Toybank T-shirts. Show support at the Marathon by sporting them! To buy these contact us right away!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Toybank visits Bal Anand

2011 has arrived but Toybank's 2010 updates seem to be still coming! :)

Toybank had an awesome time with the children at Bal Anand on the 14th of December, 2010!

Many Toybankers got together to spend time and play games with the children at Bal Anand. We donated 50 toys which will be used to set up a play centre.

Here's what Toybanker Nidhi had to say about this event:

"My first ever experience of being involved in a social cause.Had always heard about little kids who are orphans and who themselves learn to survive in this world. But it felt great to see that there are people or rather social workers who have taken up this responsibility to help these children grow in a better way.

The kind of pleasure I got by being with those innocent and lovely kids for just a couple of hours was surely more satisfying than anything else.The happiness explicitly expressed by the kids while receiving toys from the Toybank volunteers still brings a smile on my face. 

For the first time I felt proud of myself for devoting my time outside of the routine schedule for such a noble cause which I am sure makes me feel a better human being than before. I wish I could get more such future opportunities with Toybank where I can be a part of the activities undertaken so as to bring happiness in the lives of these kids in as many ways possible."

Catch some more dhamaal here!