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An Interaction with Mrs Manisha Tripathy

By Sankalp Sharma

Mrs Manisha Tripathy is an acclaimed and accomplished swimmer, who has both participated and won at most levels of competition. She recently won medals in the khel Mahakumbh and swam in the ocean in Mumbai. She was awarded the Udgam’s Continue reading An Interaction with Mrs Manisha Tripathy

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With Dr. Mayur Joshi

By Sankalp Sharma

We spoke to Dr. Mayur Joshi, the Founder and the Chairman of Udgam Trust. Dr. Mayur Joshi has had an illustrious career in the field of social work for the last 19 years. He has also been awarded on numerous occasions by various organisations on a national and international scale. He received the Universal Humanity Award and awards from the United Nations Organisation in the year 2006 and 2008.

Dr. Joshi comes from a family of dedicated family of social workers. His grandfather was the first doctor in India to treat Dalits and lower caste patients in his clinic Continue reading With Dr. Mayur Joshi

Interaction with Mrs Amee Shah

By Sankalp Sharma

We spoke to Mrs Amee Shah, who has done remarkable work in the field of social sector. She was awarded the Women’s Achievers Award by Udgam for taking that extra leap in the social sector. From awareness programs to field work, she has done it all.

Her role model is her father who always inspired and motivated her to move ahead in her life. She said that the initiative by Udgam to felicitate women who have gone out of the four walls of the home and worked towards their passion for the betterment of the society was a noble one. She also said that Udgam is an organisation that has come out of sheer hard work and has worked its way up.

She laid stress on the fact that a woman should be confident, strong and independent. These are qualities that would help her when she is facing obstacles in her journey. The role of the people around her should not be ignored as well. They need to be the pillars of strength that would guide the woman in the right direction with sufficient drive to accomplish big things in life.

We wish Mrs Amee Shah all the best in her future endeavours.

The Story of the Girl Child

By Sankalp Sharma

She is the reason that we have men,
She is the reason for life on the earth,
She is the bud to every flower, then
Why she is still tortured, then why
Does she still have to struggle to get the right”

The worst feeling in the world, arguably is that of being unwanted. And if that feeling arises from one’s own parents, even before birth, a paradigm shift in the way a society thinks is called for. Right from birth, the girl child faces discrimination, outright rejection and death. Everything from her nutrition to education is secondary. She is considered to be ‘Paraya Dhan’ Continue reading The Story of the Girl Child

Celebrating Sport’s Day With the Children!

By Sankalp Sharma

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Udgam celebrated Sport’s Day on 20th February in the Government Primary School, Sec-30, Gandhinagar. It was a day filled with a variety of emotions among children and us. Happiness, excitement, enthusiasm, exhilaration, anxiety and many nail-biting moments turned this day into an amazing roller coaster ride. As they say, ‘All is well that ends well’. After some heroic performances by the children and show of extreme sportsmanship, the Sport’s Day concluded on a good note.

IMG_4325.JPGThe day was planned well in advance by Udgam and the School Administration and events, prizes were all arranged for. Being a Saturday, it was a half day for the students and the event was held from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. The first event was the ‘musical chairs’. We played the tambourine to start and stop the process. This was welcomed very well by the children who shouted excitedly when the announcement was made. Though it is majorly a game of chance, we saw that some children were running very tactfully which helped them sail round after round. In the end, 3 girls made it to the final 3. Due to the sudden death nature of the game, it had a lot of exciting moments. The next event was the sack race, where theIMG_4366.JPG children put the lower half of their body in a sack and hustled to the finish line. We saw many fall and many rise back up and run and win. It was an encouraging experience which taught us to not get botched down because of failures and rise up to give our best and ultimately succeed.

The Spoon and Lemon race for the younger ones was a hit with the younger students who participated in large numbers. But ultimately the one with the most balanced and stable posture coupled with an appropriate speed took the glory. Some of the children actually prepared for this event by choosing the most stable, flat bottomed lemon, which showed how smart and driven the children these days are.

IMG_4428.JPGAnother game that provided the much needed comic relief was ‘The hidden chocolate’ , where a toffee was hidden in a plate of wheat dough and the children had to find out the toffee and come back to the starting point. But there was a catch, you were not allowed to use hands. Only way to do it was to  navigate your mouth in the plate resulting in ‘white’ faces and a lot of chuckles from the children.

However, easily the most popular event was the ‘Running Race’ both for boys and girls, where there was a lot of cheering for one’s friends. Everyone had a favourite and cheered for them throughout. The entire ground was filled with these cheers and literally the faces of all children were lit up. We saw the competitive the students were and this is a positive indication for their futures too considering the fact that the life ahead is filled with thorns of competitions.

This was the last event and we headed to the ‘Prize Distribution; ceremony where all the winners and the Runners-up were given prizes by Dr. Mayur Joshi, the teachers and the Principal ma’am of the school. The children were exhausted but their enthusiasm didn’t fade out as they cheered and clapped for each of the prize. Udgam also gave prizes to all the children of the school for being an amazing audience.IMG_4394

After the prize distribution ceremony, we spent some time playing cricket with the students. Some of them even showed us extreme gymnastics by doing cartwheels. A lot of these children play well and have a good potential in the fields of sports. All they need is a little push and encouragement from our side. These kids will achieve wonders.

This was a day very well spent. It showed us how happiness is absolute and can be experienced and achieved by anyone in any situation. It is merely a state of mind. Faraway from the worries of careers, families, society live these innocent children who have given us a lot to think about in terms of life and its true meaning. It is rightly said that –

                                      “Children are the purest form of true happiness”

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