Monday, December 31, 2012

Toy Library @ Poisar Municipality School

One more Bank of toys in process to open shortly in the city of busy life, Mumbai! With all the efforts from the Inner wheel club of Borivali and Poisar Municipal School, Toybank has made an entry in one more Municipal school of the city.

On 27th December 2012, Toybankers conducted a teachers training program at Poisar Municipal School. The training program was conducted for the Pre-primary and Primary school teachers. 20 teachers participated enthusiastically in the training. The teachers in the school were trained by the Toybankers on the functioning of the toy library and on the games bought to the library.

The teachers will start conducting the play sessions from January for the children. The Poisar Municipal School library is set for approximately 500 children from pre-primary and primary. There are 60 different types of toys given to the Library, and Toybank will replenish the toys after every 3 months of the operations of the Library.

Thank you to Jyotika Bhatia, Madhura and Akshit for helping us during the teacher training process.

A big Thank You to the School Principal Ms. Sangeeta Wade for coordinating with us and helping us all through out. With her presence at the School the Toy Library is definitely going to be a hit!

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Toy Library at Ashadeep Association

Toybankers visited the Ashadeep Association centre at Mahakali Caves on the 21st of December, 2012 to set up the Toy Library for the children.
This Toy Library will be accessed by the children in Balwadi up to the 5th standard.
The children who attend this centre are from the low income group, living in the slum communities. These children do not get a safe environment to play in.
Now 75 children will get access to regular constructive play through our Toy Library.

There are 35 toys given to the Library, and Toybank will replenish the toys after every 3 months of the operations of the Library.
Toybankers coded the toys at the centre and conducted a teacher training session for the teachers at Ashadeep.
Toybank used the toys purchased by the Deloitte team for the Library. 
A big Thank You to the Deloitte team for donating such a wonderful set of games for our toy libraries!
The teachers at the centre were trained by the Toybankers on the functioning of the toy library and on the games bought to the library.
The teachers will now start conducting the play sessions twice a week for the children. Toybank volunteers will visit the centre twice every month for conducting follow-up sessions.

To volunteer at Toy Library at Ashadeep on weekends, contact or call on 9699468235.

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Toybankers @ Tridha School

Tridha School children continuously volunteer for Toybank and keep collecting toys from their friends in their buildings and their School.

Toybankers Aashray Mody, Neel Sakariya & Aditya Iyer with all their enthusiasm go class to class announcing about Toybank and what we do to create more awareness and encourage children to donate toys in good condition.

Hemal, Aashray's mother has been even more encouraging and allowed him to run the Mumbai Marathon for Toybank.

Aashray and his friends, Neel Sakariya, Trisha Salva and Adita Iyer have volunteered at Toybank in a couple of our events.

This is what Aashray had to say about his experience with us:
"I enjoyed the work at Toybank it feels good to help the poor & marginalised children .It is overwheelming to help them and give toys to them it also helped in our work and understanding of life. I am happy to  help Toybank.
I will always like to work for Toyabnk. It is fun to be a part of your team.:-):-):-)"

Toybank celebrates Child Rights Day in partnership with Deloitte

To celebrate the Child Rights' Day, Toybank joined hands with Deloitte, under their Impact Day initiative to reach out to over 300 children from different NGOs on the 23rd of November, 2012.
Deloitte also donated 200 brand new toys to Toybank, out of which we will set up Toy Libraries at 2 NGOs.

Shweta Chari, the CEO of Toybank, sounded off the Toybank story to the 35 Deloitte volunteers who were going to be involved in the fun-filled day. 

35 enthusiastic Deloitte volunteers teamed up with Toybankers and split themselves into 3 groups. 
 All of us visited 3 NGOs:

All the volunteers had a great time interacting with the children at the 3 NGOs
We first conducted a movie screening session and showed the children a cartoon movie - "Trish, Krish & Baltiboy Part 1". Later in the day we played some fun games and taught the children how to make butterfly, flowers, pop-up cards etc. out of origami paper.

Volunteer speaks:
"Being a part of the Toybank thread at the Impact Day was an overwhelming experience. Playing with the kids, watching cartoon movie, teaching them origami, dancing with them and in the end distributing toys was like getting the opportunity to be a Santa for a day. The session started with a cartoon movie and the kids were really excited. It was fun hearing them sing aloud the catchy tunes from the movie and making fun of the characters. All of them were very keen on learning the origami flying bird and the jumping frog. Watching their enthusiasm for learning and interacting with everyone was very inspiring. The idea of Toybank is to give the right to childhood to the kids, but believe me it was like going back to our childhood and being kids again. I definitely look forward to being involved in the other ongoing activities at Toybank."
-Mor, Rashi Kanhaiyalal

"I knew the importance of toys when I associated myself to the thread called Toybank. I got connected to this thread in 2011 and was overwhelmed by the response that we received then. Above all, the joy of giving is what got me again enrolled for this thread in 2012.
In fact the whole thread is driven by the smile & enthusiasm that you see on the faces of each little ones. By the way of Toybank, I feel we are doing justice to underprivileged kids, by giving them their right to …..Play."
-  Nair, Pradeesh Balkrishnan

"It was a very good experience volunteering for the Toybank thread on the impact day. It was a memorable experience which bought to forefront all the sweet memories of childhood while watching the cartoon films and doing origami with the kids. I am also greatly inspired by the tireless work that Toybank does with creativity, commitment and love to bring a smile on the faces of these little children. I am highly honored to be a part of this the thread and I look forward to working with this thread in the future as well.  And lastly I would like to say, keep volunteering and contributing to the community as it’s rightly said that “Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.”
- Lakhani, Aamin

"I had been to Snehasadan as part of Deloitte’s Impact Day thread – Toybank.
It was a very touching experience in meeting the kids and teaching them Origami, drawing and also distributing toys to them.
I was amazed by the zeal and talent in the kids and relished the few hours I had spent in spreading joy in their hearts and nurturing their talent."
- Viswambharan, Sajan

"Novak Djokovic said, 'What I learned as a young child continues to have a tremendous impact on my life today.'
Most of our lives have an uncanny resemblance to the words he said. The impressions left on us as youngsters remain with us forever.  But sometimes when we take a step forward to being more ‘humane’ than we already are, we realize that there are so many people and things that we can leave an impact on.
The same happened on the very aptly named “Impact Day”. Those were moments that I would remember and cherish for the years to come. Our first experience with children who hailed from impoverished backgrounds, but aimed for the stars.  Interaction became an understatement when we started playing with them, helping them draw and color. A few of them took the craft paper righteously from our hands and taught us how to make a hat! It was overwhelming to hear them talk about their aspirations and tell us their versions of the movie shown to them. In all the day taught us a lot more than we could ever teach them, and when it was time to say goodbye, very innocently the shiny- eyed kids asked us “When would you come next?”  And the day couldn’t have been better!!"
- Khanduri, Divya

“A bunch of us volunteers at Deloitte chose to go to Snehasadan, a home for the less fortunate children as part of our Impact day activity.  We spent the whole day with the Kids, watching movies, doing creative stuff like drawing, painting and origami. At the end we distributed toys to each of these kids, after all, we were a part of the Toybank!!! I was mesmerized by the energy and talent that these children possessed.  It was a rewarding experience to see them enjoy themselves. The smile on their faces made my day.“
- Bhat, Swastika

"It was all splendid experience to attend the impact day session with Toybank.
Children from various houses were at same place, but it was difficult to tell that they belonged to different places. Whatever activities were played – Movie, Origami, and Drawing or juggling, they actively participated in all the session. They all were very enthusiastic and energetic to learn the the end; they thanked us with a smile.
After the session, father addressed all the volunteers. When, how and why houses are built? What challenges they face?
It was great to hear the insights and moved me to be more actively participate and meet these kids more often.
On summarize, I think that few hours spend that day, I learnt and enjoyed a lot."
- Sachdeva, Mukta

"I have been part of social activities before like teaching lesser privileged children, spending time in an orphanage, etc. Being at Snehasadhan was a whole different experience. The kids there were very welcoming, friendly and in high spirits. I feel I enjoyed more than those kids would have while spending time with them watching movie, drawing or making origami patterns.  I am really glad Toybank came up with such an innovative idea of setting up toy library and taking care of the child-part in these children. The smile these children had, when we were giving them toys is something that will stay with me. It also encourages me to continue being a part of Toybank. I am really grateful to Toybank and Deloitte to provide me with this experience. I look forward to spending more time with these kids.
Congrats for doing such a great job."
- Saraf, Manisha

"It was very pleasant experience to be with the children at Snehasadan .
It was fulfilling as well as thought provoking journey. On the one hand, it makes us see the anomalies of the world, while simultaneously we could see the path of change as well. But the intriguing part for me was that, what I could understand was those children are more in need of affection and time other than anything. It was heartening to see their fight for survival and a better future but our collective indifference as a society towards them has to be changed.
To sum up, it was experience of a life-time.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity."
- Parashar, Saurabh

"It was a different kind of experience interacting with so many children. I left in the evening with a completely positive attitude in life.
I would look forward in helping out for such a cause in the future."
- Kaul, Vikas Virandhar

Responses from our NGO partners:

Dr.Smita from Asha for Education: "The event was very enjoyable for the children, especially the Movie shown by Toybank was thoroughly enjoyed by all the kids. We would appreciate it if Toybank could conduct other such activities at Asha for Education and also establish a toy library here."

Sister Thresa from Snehasadan: 
Thank you for distributing toys, and I know fully well the children will make the best use of it. The screening of the animated film was a beautiful idea and the children did enjoy it very much.

Father Fonseca from Snehasadan: It was a very rewarding experience for the children to interact with such wonderful set of enthusiastic people. Thank you for spending a full day and entertaining the children. This event was a gain for both the kids and the volunteers.

Toybank would like to thank all our Toybankers who helped uswith the preparations of the event and during the event 
A big Thank You to:
  • Simadri Rout
  • Trisha Salva
  • Aashray Mody
  • Neel Sakariya
  • Jyoti Bhat
  • Nutan Raj
  • Sonia Chaudary
  • Madhavi Singh
  • Shalaka Targe
  • Kalpita Mahadik
  • Aditya Iyer
  • Niyati
  • Nidhi
  • Aishawariya
Keep Toybanking! :-)

Pictures of the event... coming soon...!!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Toy distribution at Hamara Foundation

The Toybank gang visited yet another centre of Hamara Foundation at Elphinstone Road in the month of October to spend some fun time with the children there and to distribute toys to the children.

There were around 50 children and all of them had a wonderful time interacting with the volunteers and learning how to make cricket caps out of newspaper.
The children were fascinated with the caps they made, and told us that they would wear them when they play cricket with their friends. :-)
All the children were gifted toys after the activity.

Volunteer Speaks:

It has been a great opportunity for me to have my 4 year old child gift toys to the children who are lesser-privileged. My child is lucky to have attended such a heart warming event. I was touched when she started asking me questions about the children there, as she was surprised to know that these children live their lives on the streets.

Jay Trivedi:
It was amazing to see the enthusiasm of the children to learn and their ability to grasp new things. The children at Hamara Foundation are very sharp, and the support they receive from Toybank will surely help them to be smarter and brighter individuals in life.  

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped us conduct this event: Grishma, Hitanshree, Jay & Ami.
 Keep Toybanking :)

Pictures of this event will be uploaded soon. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Toybanker celebrate Children's Day @ Trishul Learning Centre

Trishul is a registered charitable organisation working in all directions towards cause of Humans and Environment for almost two decades. At the Trishul Learning Centre, they provide free education for less-privileged children helping them to be more: self aware,  capable, responsible, independent and confident citizens. 


On this Children's Day, Toybankers gathered at Trishul Learning Centre at Versova, to spend jolly time with the children there.
Toybankers interacted with the kids, and taught them how to make caps out of newspaper.  

Our little Toybanker Rhea along with her friends, collected loads of toys for this distribution event.

Volunteer speaks: 

Deepika Unni - My daughter, Rhea, was very excited about the Toybank concept and tried to motivate her friends from school and building to donate one toy each and she had some success.
The activity at Josephs Wadi was an eye opener for Rhea and her 2 friends Harshika and Anushka.
It is so vital that we inculcate the spirit of giving In our young children and that's what I hoped to achieve. I know that Rhea and her friends will continue the work for Toybank and others too.
Rhea Unni - I hope our toys give the children as much happiness as they gave us.
Harshika - I loved the craft activities and being with the children and helping them. 
Anushka - Giving out the toys brought such big smiles to the kids. I am so happy seeing their smiling faces. 

Pictures of this event will be uploaded soon.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Toy library at Literacy India, Gurgaon

This time we broke a record and created a Child:Volunteer ratio of 3:1 :)) - Thanks to the efforts of the amazing IBM team from Noida! They made the collection drive as well as this toy library possible, all within the span of a month.

With about 20 board games (including puzzles & craft kits) and 13 volunteers, we organized two sessions with about 60 kids in total. Each volunteer worked with small groups of children for about two hours, and could satisfactorily educate them on the game as well as the skills to achieve success. In the process, also improved the English instruction reading abilities! The craft groups came up with some really beautiful moulds, paintings and Diwali greetings. But the excitement trophy was taken by the group that re-created paper replicas of the 'Tower of London' and the 'Chichen Itza'.  And oh yes! one group also assembled a 108 piece puzzle :)

Besides, the staff and the coordinators of the Literacy India centre were very cooperative and displayed a keen learning intellect themselves. It is due to their earnest efforts that the kids show very good IQ & social skill-sets. The kids also enjoyed a diwali treat of chocolates and were delighted to learn that all of these games would become a part of the library at their school :)

As for the volunteers, here are a few experiences that say it all:

Ipsita Bhattacharya:
I realized today that when we complain about not having time to do anything good, we actually waste ourselves away. Normally, on any other given weekend, I spend time with my family and friends ... ... However, something invaluable happened this Saturday!
Read full -

Geetanjali JainIt wasn't just a regular Saturday this time, it was a special one as we got a chance to do make others feel special. It takes a lot of effort to bring a smile on to a persons face and I am glad I was able to do that by playing with the little angels. It was an overwhelming experience which lead to purity of heart and a feeling that devoting a little time of your life can make others happy.Thanks to you for organizing it , I look forward to more of such activities.
Shalini Sahay
Even as I agreed to engage with the Toybank and volunteer for the event, I had no idea that it would be such a fantastic experience. It just seemed to be an “accident” waiting to happen. It came as complete surprise to me when I found out during the sessions that not only were the children very enthusiastic and intelligent, but also very well behaved. I came back with a feeling of having gained something valuable from the experience of interacting with kids.  Plus the event was very well organized and I have only words of praise for the organizers. It was wonderful to meet the other volunteers as well.  In future, I would love to continue associating with similar events.
Jean Matthews
I did clay modelling with the first batch of girls. Both of them loved the experience of creating something colourful. However with the given resources, we had just one brush to paint. I was quite happy to see that both the girls shared the responsibility of painting one at a time instead of fighting over the paint brush. The outcome was two wonderfully carved clay models: A Butterfly and A Mushroom. 

With the 2nd batch, I play lego blocks with 3 boys and 1 girl. All the kids had fair understanding of what a screw, nut, bolt and a player was. Based on a blue print, we created a hovercraft and a crane. Although some of the blocks were missing, we did have some spare time to create a windmill out of the rest of the blocks. The kids were very happy to see it turn. Overall, the kids were well behaved and were able to use the toys to their benefit. Hope to visit them soon.   

Amit Sinha
It was a great experience to be a part of this drive. We really enjoyed a lot and felt satisfied sharing a few hours with the extraordinary kids of Literacy India. I, personally, would like to be a part of these kind of drive in future and really thank you for taking these kind of initiatives.

Tarun Sharma
It was a great experience being with such enthusiastic kids. I am sure it was a learning experience for the kids.. moreover it was learning experience for me personally to be know and play with the kids … understand that with such small things we can bring a smile to them. It was really nice to see the Literacy mission educating the kids and I must say some of them were really intelligent with great potential.

Finally, before we wrapped up the event, the volunteers got a chance to play a round of Scotland yard amongst themselves and brushed up their knowledge of the game for the next event! .. Yes, we are targeting higher!! :)

To view snapshots of the this event click here.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Young Toybankers at work!

Arya and Garima are 2 young Toybankers that have done some beautiful volunteering work in September 2012. Below are details of what they did, also written by them.

Our experience with TOYBANK (Sept 2012)

First of all, we would like to introduce ourselves. We are two friends - Arya Menon aged 10 and Garima Merani aged 11 staying in Chembur. We go to Avalon Heights International School at Vashi. We became Toybankers a couple of years back when our parents started volunteering for Toybank. We had helped them during the toy donation drive in our society and later in our school.

This year, during the Ganpati festival a fun fair was planned in our society where people could put up their own stalls. It was the first time this was being done in the society, so all of us were very excited about it. We also wanted to put up a stall all by ourselves. When we told this to our parents, they suggested that we could make something and sell it. We had heard about some children helping Toybank by making cards etc, so we thought we could also do that. But we thought we should make many more things and so we decided to make bookmarks, magnets, envelopes and cookies in addition to cards. Both of us didn’t know how to make envelopes, so Arya’s mom helped us with that cutting and sticking the envelopes. We decorated these envelopes with cute pictures of little children playing and some other nice designs. Garima’s mom helped us with the chocolate cookies. We loved making the bookmarks for kids with interesting messages related to books like ‘ Readers make leaders’, ‘I am a book worm’ etc . We made separate bookmarks for adults using pictures from magazines. The fridge magnets were also fun to make with nice messages like “Daddy’s lil’ girl”, “Mommy’s lil’ boy!”, “My father’s a Superman” etc. The funny part was we decided to make these magnets just the evening before the event! We both took more than a week to do all this work. We were lucky to have had holidays for five days during this time, so we used that time to make these things. We then decided the prices for these items and Arya’s mom helped us to make a rate card. We sold bookmarks for Rs.20, envelopes for Rs.15 and Rs 20, magnets for Rs 25 and cookies for Rs.15and Rs.20. 

We felt very good that we were made something for Toybank, all by ourselves. We decorated our stall by covering the table with yellow chart paper and some stickers. In the beginning, nobody was coming to our stall ,so we told some of our friends to tell people to come to our stall. Then everyone started coming. All the people who came were amazed that we both could do make such nice things! We felt we did a very good job because by the time we fun fair got over not a single thing was left and we had collected Rs.2400. Everyone was happy that we were donating the money for Toybank who would use it to buy toys for children who don’t have them.

We want to do the same thing next year also and collect more money for Toybank by making and selling many more beautiful things.




Wednesday, October 31, 2012

International Literacy Day with Pratham Books and Toybank

8th Sep 2012, New Delhi

To mark the International Literacy Day, Toybank Delhi became a Pratham Books champion. We participated in their book reading campaign. Armed with two beautiful stories titled 'Susheela's Kolam' and 'Ambili', two of our volunteers Ashima and Jean carried out a reading session for the girls at Protsahan. The volunteers and the children were totally mesmerized by the innocent characters of the stories, and we thank Pratham Books for creating such humble lives.

Besides the book reading, we also had a games session with the children. It was a follow up of the toy-library that we had set up a month before. The children at the centre impressed us by showing a willingness to learn more complicated games such as 'sudoku'. Based on observations made during the follow up, we updated the library with 6 new games and some craft-kits.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Joy of Giving Week 2012 Update

The festival of Giving was celebrated all over India from the 2nd of October to the 8th of October, 2012.

Like every year, through the Joy of Giving Week people from all parts of the country come together to serve the society and to bring smiles of millions of peoples faces.
Mr. Rabindranath Tagore expressed the joy of service by saying that, I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.

Toybank joined the Joy of Giving Week celebration and hundreds of Toybankers from different parts of Mumbai were involved in various activities at Toybank as a part of the Joy of Giving Week.
Snapshot of Toybank @ JGW2012:
Events conducted/participated in:
  • Footsteps4Good
  • Learn for a Cause 
  • Sensitization talks in Schools and Corporate companies 
  • Skit and Medley performed by Gold Crest School students for a partnering NGO of Toyban
  • Movie Screening in association with Children's Film Society
  • No. of volunteers: 100+
  • No. of people sensitized: 1000+
  • No. of toys collected: 2000+ 
  • Funds raised through Footsteps4Good: Rs. 79100
  • Funds raised through Learn for a Cause: Rs.34000
The celebrations started on Oct 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, at the Footsteps4Good event conducted at Bandra-Kurla Complex where 35 Toybankers marched along the Walkathon path in support of Toybank. Toybanker, Purab Kohli, also participated in the Footsteps4Good event and spoke wonderfully about Toybank to the audience gathered.
With the monies raised from the Footsteps4Good Toybank will now set up a new Toy Library in a School in rural Maharashtra.

Click here for more photos of Toybank @ the Walkathon
For the very first time, Toybank initiated a learning mela - Learn for a Cause as a part of the Joy of Giving Week. 6 Professional Toybank volunteers got together to help Toybank raise funds through the Joy of Giving week by sharing their knowledge! Our professional held a series of fun workshops on Photography, Zumba Fitness, Magic Tricks, Puppet Making, Art and Guitar during the 6th and the 7th of October. The venue for this initiative was sponsored by Title Waves.
Click here for more photos of Toybank @ Learn for a Cause
Toybank screened cartoon movies which were sponsored by Children's Film Society India in two of our toy libraries. 300 children enjoyed the cartoon movies at Vidya Vikas Sabha Vidyalaya and Bhimanagar School in Borivali. After the movies children were asked about the stories shown in the movies and they gave some interesting answers.
The Toybank wagon stopped at many Schools, Colleges and corporate organizations to spread a word about Toybank and to board in volunteers from these institutions. 1000+ people were sensitized about the concept of Toybank. We collected over 2000 toys from all across the city.
Children from Gold Crest High School, prepared for a play and a medley to be performed for children at our toy distribution event at Eternal Hope Charity Mission.
Toybank also opened a new Community Game Library at CORP as a part of the Joy of Giving Week.
Click here for more photos of Opening of the Community Toy Library at with CORP, Thane
Toybank appreciates the constant support and efforts put in by each of our supporters and volunteers to make this Joy of Giving Week a great success.

Toy Corner at the Escorts Hearts Institute

Diseases do not see family backgrounds or age! This is the lesson that i learnt when I visited the Pediatric centre of the Escorts Heart Hospital. 
Toybank was invited there to participate in setting up of a toy-corner along with the Uday Foundation. I was initially a bit reluctant, as Escorts is known to be an 'elite' hospital - But I was wrong! There I saw parents, who were struggling to keep their children alive … Their households were probably running on bares and they were missing meals themselves, however they made sure that their child is getting the best medical treatment!

Toybank, along with the Uday foundation brought a smile to these ailing kids and their parents. The volunteers from the Uday Foundation conducted a story telling session with the children and also distributed some colors and books. We have set up two toy corners, one at the pediatric ward and the other at the echo testing room, and hope to regularly visit and replenish, as needed.

Check out more pictures here

Toy library initiated at Action for Community ad Training (ACT), Faridabad

It was a big fun start to the toy/games library at ACT, Faridabad on 6th Oct, as six of our Delhi Toybank volunteers turned up to play with around 75 kids. 

We had around 40 board games, craft kits, chess, blocks and quiz sets that we opened and played. It was challenging in the beginning due to the ratio of volunteers to children, however, with the help of the ACT teachers, the room was soon divided up into smaller groups. Most of these children were seeing such board games for the first time and even though the instructions etc were in English but with little help from the volunteers, they were able to crack them! 

It was quite heartening to see a lot of them displaying interest in scrabble and working hard to use their english vocabulary skills. The kids loved playing with UNO cards and also came up with interesting designs ranging from airplanes to furniture, using the block sets provided to them. The usual games of ludo, checkers and chess went on, as some others were trying to put together an electric circuit to light a low voltage bulb in an electro-magnetic game. The highlight of this session was a National Geographic DVD quiz set, which had a wonderful collection of wildlife and aquatic pictures that captured the imagination of both the children as well as the volunteer, who was translating it for them. 

Here are some experiences from the volunteers, who made this event possible :)

Richa Jain: (Deloitte, Gurgaon)
About the experience on Saturday, I would say had wonderful time with kids. Teaching and playing with them was a learning experience for me also. The way they were helping each other to play the correct cards and shared the games, it was very encouraging to see them. All of them were great listeners and learners and grasped the games very soon. All in all very-very enriching experience.

Kapil Bahl: (Genpact, Gurgaon)
:).,. I loved it...the kiddies were lovely and the opening the Toy Gift was such a joy and was so infectious...sad that had to leave when we did...

Deepak Soni (IBM, Noida)
It was a wonderful and totally different experience, it's first of kind experience for me. I like work being done at the grass root level. Playing with kids, helping them understand games / puzzles and the way they respond back  was very joyful.

Apurv Jain (Deloitte, Gurgaon)
I really enjoyed with children. The event was very effective as we could see the level of happiness of children. Particularly in the DVD game I found children enjoying and gaining knowledge while having fun.

Jean Matthews (IBM, Noida)
I had a fulfilling experiencem especially when I saw the kids arranging a sky-scraper out of lego blocks and placing the final piece of the picture puzzle :) ... look forward to more such experiences!

Ashima Khemka
For me it was about raising the bar, as the game sets that we had taken to ACT, were indeed a bit more advanced that usual. However, with a little more effort from the volunteers and a lot of help from the kids, who could read a bit of English, we cracked it! ... It was challenging as the ratio of volunteers to kids was much less than adequate but the results were very encouraging. As a result, the concerned NGO i.e. ACT has allocated three days a week during which they'll have a dedicated game hour between the kids and the teachers :)
Check out the pictures here