Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Toybank set up toy libraries with Ummeed , Delhi

Ummeed Ghar is an institution that provides educational and boarding facility to underprivileged children. They have three campuses in Delhi, two for girls and one for boys. In total they house around 250+ children. Toybank Delhi was fortunate to receive the opportunity to provide toys and games for all their three campuses.

It was a high energy afternoon at Ummeed Ghar, Mehrauli, where 15 Toybank volunteers showed up to provide and play, games and sports with over 100 boys from age group four to eighteen years. In my 4 yrs of working with Toybank, this was clearly the most exciting session that I have ever seen. Other than the puzzles and board games, this time we also brought with us, sports kits for volleyball, basketball, badminton and yes cricket! These kits were provided by the sporting company Game on India and were a hit amongst the toybank volunteers as well as the boys at Ummeed Ghar.
Here's a summary from the volunteers, mainly from GENPACT, IBM, Deloitte, Delhi:

''It was an exhilarating experience to set up Toy Library with kids at Ummeed. The enthusiasm kids had their was truly overwhelming. Looking forward for more such events with Toybank.''

Here's the feedback from Nadira, who runs the Aseem library at all of Ummeed's centres and with whose initiative Toybank was invited to the institution:

''The children and adults of Ummeed Home, all loved the session, with all you wonderful volunteers. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. do convey our joy to all your friends, and keep up the good work, we need you!!''

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Power of Play workshop, 21st April 2014, Powai- Mumbai.

On the 21st of April 2014, Toybank conducted a workshop in Powai. We as volunteers, helped organise competitive games which had learning outcomes.
Power Of Play, our workshop was conducted in two parts. It was our first time helping Toybank with their workshop and the experience was one of a kind. With the objective of telling parents how important “Play” is for children, they lived like they were kids again for those couple of hours. It was an extremely amusing sight to watch these grownups enjoying themselves as if they were five years old again.

 Each volunteer was in charge of a particular category of play, the categories being Make-believe, Physical, Discovery, Strategic and Constructive. We had an array of games in each category and had to show parents how to play with them. During this time, we observed how the parents no longer knew the games their children play with. Their faces were filled with curiosity as they moved from one category to another in order to familiarise themselves with the games.

After fifteen minutes of play time, they were made to stand in a circle and recite a poem written by a fellow volunteer. The parents were made to dance and sing which they did very enthusiastically. The learning objective was to show how learning could be fun and creative.

As new volunteers, this experience was unique and enlightening. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. The smiles that the workshop brought on these parents faces were priceless and will be ingrained in our memories.
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Shubhalakshmi and Sanjana.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Toybank conducts follow up visit at the Rural Centers

Toybank team conducts follow up visits to its existing rural set ups at Kolad, Raigad district and Wada, Thane district in the month of January and March respectively. The visit particulary was conducted to gauage if the toys provide are useful for the children and definitately to surpervise the implementation of toy libraries at all these centers. At Kolad , our interns visited all the 5 Zilla Parishad Schools that we catered to last year in association with Institute of Social Serivice, we were happy to learn from the teachers that there was an improvement in the school attendance.

Visit to our Wada centers with the team of Impact India Foundation was also quite similar to above, the teachers are using the games in their classroom teaching and also helping the children to learn new games. One of the teacher also shared that the children participate more than before.
And not to forget the best part, Children are having FUN with the toys !!!