Monday, August 27, 2012

Toybank turns 8!

Toybank celebrated its entry in the 8th year of its being with the children at Community Outreach Programme at Thane.

On the 15th of August, 2012, Toybankers came together to put up a magic act for 250 children at the CORP centre in Thane area. The children and the teachers at the centre were delighted to watch the magic act, and to interact with our dear Happy Toybanker - Pinto Baba aka Pravin Tulpule!

Toybank is grateful to Pravin to have been with us year on year, performing magic/clown acts for children and entertaining them! :-)

We thank all our old friends of Toybank to be a part of this wonderful celebration, and we welcome all the new volunteers to the Toybank family!
Hope to see all of you Toybanking very often :-)

Post the magic act performed by Pravin at the event, all the children received a toy. 
It was a delightful experience to see the sparkle in the eyes of the little ones as they opened their gifts and began to play with their very own toy.

Toybank would like to thank our toy donors, who contributed for this event:
- Children from Ecole Mondiale School
- Bhavin Gajjar
- Kavita Gadkari
- Raj Khamkar
- Purvashri Padhye
- Dr. Shrama
- Dr. Vincent de Sa
Your toy collections have helped us make children more joyful!
You could catch a glimpse of the Toy Distribution event here.

Toybankers in action at MPS, Bangalore...

Toybanker - Omkar, helped us set up a stall and manned the stall all day long on the 14th of August, 2012 at the MPS office premises at Bangalore. 

Here's how he describes his experience at he Toybank Stall:
An avenue for multiplying know-how provided by the connoisseurs’ of corporate social responsibility to the evangelists of The Right to Play - is just modest verbatim to summarize the chance to impart ways of contributing to leave a mark in the life of an unknown lesser-privileged child. Toybank is thankful to MPS Limited for being a harbinger of opportunity in allowing us to create awareness about the various initiatives of Toybank and showcase the unique catchy products on offer during a six hour window from 11:00 AM to 05:00 PM on 14-August-2012 as part of early Independence Day Celebration at Residency Road office of MPS Bangalore.

The Toybank volunteers set about the Mission MPS armed with loads of yellow colored goods in arsenal and enthusiasm of a trigger ready artillery. After initial hustle-bustle of the MPS Cafeteria slightly receded, the Toybank volunteers were able to tactically acquire strategic location and temporal talismanic tableau. :)
The plethora of goodies ranging from key chains , magnets, badges, multi-sized greeting cards, bookmarks ,paper-envelopes and the bubbly bright munsell yellow Toyank T-Shirts were laid carefully drawing analogies with sumptuous lavish royal spread. Each item description and pricing was displayed on differently shaped pieces of yellow cardboards. There was also ‘About Us’ section having basic literature about Toybank and a feedback book. The table space was well fenced by the bright alphabets comprising TOYBANK with a yellow line of billowing balloons complimented with a footer about entry into Children Zone.

Toybank volunteers engaged in conversation with the visiting strolling MPS employees and briefed about the model of working of Toybank. MPS employees were also told of Toybank history, the purpose of having every kid the privilege to play with Toys at young age rather than being deprived of this opportunity, the equal stress on the motto of ‘The Right to Play’. People were also told of ways of contributing – in terms of toy donors, time as a volunteer. Toybank initiatives in and around Bangalore were made known – including tie ups with corporate for corporate collection and distributions, past activities and nature of activities. People were more interested in donating toys and some showed interest in volunteering or to recommend Toybank to someone else as a different clean NGO to volunteer for. People showed sufficient response and lend a patient ear to hear about us and our purpose coupled with significant outlay on Toybank memorabilia.

We would like to thank Shikha Gupta, old friend of Toybank from MPS for her time and efforts to liaison with both organizations to make this event symbiotically successful. Let us rest with hope that a latent smile of child bearing vagaries of class war gets converted into blooming smile lighting up their eyes and future.

Thanks a ton to Omkar for managing the Toybank stall so beautifully! :-)

For more pictures click here

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Toybank Delhi sets up 1st Toy Library at Aspiring Foundation

Toybank Delhi set up it's first toy library in Delhi at Aspiring Foundation on 28th of July! Toybank Delhi had already visited children from Aspiring Foundation this April and had liked the enthusiasm levels of the children to learn more! This led to us establishing our Toy Library in Delhi/NCR for around 63 children at Aspiring Foundation. 

We had an amazing event and here's what Edith, who was our coordinator from Aspiring Foundation had to say, "Our children had a lovely time! We are very happy to have created this association with an esteemed organization such as yours which is making its mark in social good with each passing day to us and many other NGOs".

This event also saw our interns work with us closely in setting up Toy Libraries in Delhi. Here's something two of our interns Rhea and Anmol had to share, post the event:

"Toybank did a splendid job by establishing a toy library for the little kids at Aspiring foundation. I knew all through my internship that ToyBank stands out in its goals and motto among a series of NGOs that focus on the academics than toys. However, I never imagined how impactful it could be for those children who have been deprived of a playful childhood.

We interns did everything possible to make this event a success. Working hard for days was absolutely worth it! They were delighted to have play time on their schedule that day! The little room was filled with excitement and fun-filled moments. The smiles on their faces lightened up everyone’s mood. They expressed their amazement and joy enthusiastically. Also, as we played along with them, it was like getting a glimpse of our childhood once again!

I have been volunteering at NGOs where I have taught young kids, which brings a sense of satisfaction that we can make a difference to their lives. Likewise, playing with those kids gave me immense pleasure! Honestly, it was a more delightful experience than teaching! Altogether, I feel this was one of the best experiences of my life. I really want to thank Toybank for working for such a wonderful cause!"

"It was my first time and I really enjoyed the event.Those kids were something special, and one of them even was able to beat me in a game. I had fun playing with them. They were quick learners. Coordinators and teachers at Aspiring were very cooperative too. Overall it was a very good experience."

Ashima, one of our core volunteers from Delhi has also been responsible for helping Toybank set up Toy Libraries for children in Bhutan. Here's what Ashima had to share post the event:

"This was my first toy-library experience outside Bhutan - smaller in room size yet equally special :) The excitement and the energy levels that filled the room were overwhelming. I was surrounded by 10 kids, who had never seen this stuff before. To be honest, I first thought that this would be a disaster and I'll never be able to manage them together. But somehow 'magic' happened :). In no time, those kids became adept at those puzzles and games, and kept calling on me, only to show the final results. I was stunned! I was really underestimating them and overrating my role. All they needed me to do was to open the boxes :)"
Ravi, one of our volunteers and a huge supporter of Toybank's work was visiting Delhi and managed to drop by at our event. "The event was an eye opener. Kids coming from marginalized society showed their brilliant IQ by solving puzzles within no time.The volunteers were awesome. With pure spirits and affection, they handled the kids marvelously. In a crammed place, I saw so much of dedication, affection and intelligent interaction. Thanks Toybank Delhi, for giving me an opportunity to be a part of the event"