Monday, May 21, 2012

Toybank Summer Bash!

18 Toybankers eagerly awaited in UPG College on a Tuesday morning to welcome 200 children from Asha Kiran.

The children had a ball of a time in the Toybank Summer Bash! They were engaged in various activities from Origami to games, etc. They all were shown a fun movie – ‘Krish, Trish & Baltiboy’ which was sponsored by The Children’s Film Society India.
The event started at 9.30am, the children in both the classes were told about 3 core rules for the day:
  1. Not to make too much noise
  2. Not to litter the classes
  3. And to do masti!
Both the classes were filled with 100 children each! The event unfolded with the origami session in both the classes. One class was taught to make a rotating toy – ‘Flexagon’, and the other class was taught how to make a ‘Star Frisbee’.   

In each of the classroom there were 8-10 volunteers helping out children to fold the papers and follow the instructor. At the end most of the children got the final toy made by themselves, and started helping their peers make the toy for themselves. 

Both the classes took a short break after the fun origami session, some of them were playing with their new toys they made, and some of them were munching on the snacks provided to them.

After the break Toybank screened a movie for all the 200 children gathered at UPG College.  The children enjoyed the movie – ‘Krish, Trish & Baltiboy’. The movie went on for around 1hour and 10 minutes. The movie DVD was sponsored by The Children’s Film Society India.
Volunteer stirred a discussion with the children in both the classes after the movie. Here are some of the responses from the children who saw the movie:
  • Duriya Pande said that she liked movie because it was animated and her most favorite story was of lion and farmer because it shows how to take decision when we are faced with problems in life.
  • Sabiya said that she liked the story of deer and family because the family members love each other, and ready to die for each other. Due to the bonding seen in the deer’s family, the king in the story also learned a lesson and became good to all people.
  • Surender said that he liked all the three stories because they were animated. He also said that the queen was greedy. The last story of farmer and tiger interested him as he was impressed by the way the farmer’s wife solved the problems in her life..
  • Gopal said that he learned to study and progress in life from these stories, One of the stories also taught him that we should be together in difficult times.
  • Gaurav also learnt to smile in the face of difficulties and to solve problems happily, he also learnt that he should not condemn others and should not be greedy.
After the discussion of the movie, the children were served lunch, later we had a short interaction with the children, and some of them promised to give a written feedback about their experience of the day and the learning’s from the movie they has seen!

The NGO bus arrived at around 2pm to pick-up the kids from the College. The children went home very happy with smiles on their faces and a new toy made by them in their hands!

We thank Children Film Society India for lending us a copy of the DVD of Krish, Trish and Baltiboy.

We also thank Usha Pravin Gandhi College for letting us use their infrastructure for this event!

Toybank would also like to appreciate all the volunteers who attended this event and helped us execute the event smoothly.

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Toybankers visited Ashray Home!

Toybankers from Stylus collected wonderful toys for Toybank and gift wrapped them for the distribution event at Ashray Home which runs under Committed Communities Development Trust (CCDT). 
Ashray is a residential home and a safety net for children aged 0-8 years who are infected/affected by HIV/AIDS.

13 volunteers from Stylus joined us for the distribution event on the 19th of May. The children had a gala time interaction with the volunteers and playing with them!

Here's what the Stylus team has to say about the event:
 "On the 19th of May, 2012 the Stylus Team visited Ashray in Bandra West. There were 40  children aged between 4 to 12.  It was wonderful experience to spend a few hours with them. We were greeted by Farnaza Governor who is a active member of Toybank who briefed us on the do's and don’ts before we could start the session with the kids. The Stylus team was divided into groups with the kids who took active part in the collage making, the kids were so proud of what the collage looked like once it was done! They took a lot of pride pinning it up on to the soft boards from there we went on to playing a couple of games which ended with the Toy Distribution session. 
The joy and happiness on the faces of these kids will stay in our hearts and minds for a long time to come. What was also remarkable is the wonderful work done by the staff who take care for the kids and do all they can to make the place as much a real home as possible. Thank God for places like this.
Thank you Toybank for making this happen for us, Great Job done and we will continue to support this cause for as long as we can!"

Toybank would take this opportunity to sincerely thank the Stylus team for supporting us through the event at Ashray Home.  

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