Sonalika CSR Beyond The Boundaries of Punjab

Youth & Child Welfare “KILKARI”

Brief

Youth and Children are the founding stone of our nation. We at Sonalika started working for these two segment of our society which can ultimately help in building a strong nation. Various initiative has been taken for child welfare and development under our CSR.

PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN IN SCHOOLS UNDER KILKARI:

Enriching education in school under pilot projects

  • “THE BEACON” our “Mentorship Program”, which we will be running in government schools of Delhi. Mentoring is a simple and powerful tool that expands a child's mind, raises their aspiration levels and perpetuates trusting relationships.

The Objective

  • Mentoring the children in groups of full classrooms and individually as well.
  • It will be a way to help those children who have a dream but no proper guidance to achieve them.
  • Inspiring the young minds to be able to realize their dreams and achieve them through forming a structured path.
  • The mentors, being frontrunners of their field of work will encourage the children to be able to achieve whatever they wish to, as they could be role models to each of them.

FOCUS AREAS:

'The Beacon'

- Initiative and Self direction: For each child, self awareness and management
- Critical Thinking and Making Decisions: Making them aware abou the pros and cons of each decision and making them self reliant to select the best option.
- Channel of conversation: Making the children comfortable enough to be able to share their problems freely.
- Relationships and Communication: Social awareness and skills to tackle difficult situations and forming better relationships.

Goal-setting is a powerful technique for helping a young adult develop a solid foundation for future planning and organization. By having an ultimate life goal, one is better able to concentrate on related goals and areas for self-improvement.

We use the following to help the children:
- Establish a relationship of trust.
- Establish confidentiality as a prerequisite.
- Directly involve the mentee in setting goals. With the mentor's guidance, the mentee articulates each goal, and it must be genuinely his/her goal.

Ways in which we go about in setting these goals:
- Be Specific. What do you want to accomplish?
- Ensuring what it is that they exactly wish to achieve: To make it happen, they need dedication and commitment. Thinking about their goals and confirming whether they are willing to sacrifice the time and effort to achieve them. Also, weighing the achievement of their goal to the sacrifices that they may need to make to achieve it. If it's worth it, Great! If not, reconsider their goal.
- Break up the goal into smaller sub-goals. If you have a large goal it is a good idea to break it up and make little goals that are easy to achieve. Breaking up ones goals not only makes the goal list less intimidating, it gives you more motivation to succeed.

Under this project mentors who are the member of our CSR advisory committee are assigned, as per their choice and mentored children of grade 10th or 11th from a particular school mainly, Government Schools. This initiative has been taken up as we at Sonalika, felt that children from these schools, for whichever reason, lack the guidance and leadership to be able to decide on a suitable career path and various choices they can make to create a successful career for themselves. The first session of this was held at Jamia Senior Secondary School, Jamia with approx. 200 children, with His Excellency, Dr. Sabit Subasic Ambassador of Bosnia & Herzegovina to India as their mentor. The session was done at Sarodaya Co Ed School, Vasant Vihar with approx. 100 children with Mrs. Vimla Mehra, retd.IPS, first Sr. Spl Women Commissioner of Delhi Police.

TEACHERS TRAINING PROGRAM:
The teachers training program is planned for Nursery till 3rd std teachers. The teachers are trained in Developmental Patterns of the child, Social-Emotional Needs of the child, and Behavioral Problems of the child. The early childhood social, Emotional cognitive and language development of the child. Trainers from Institute of Home Economics, DU along with Dr. Mrs. Renu Gulati will execute with help of Sonalika team. After the training the teachers will be then be able to address these basic issues of children and will be better position to teach keeping these facts in mind. This program is to empower the teacher to address the basic need at the early age of the child so once the child is entering the main stream education can grasp the class room teaching in a much easier manner.

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
This program is designed to empower the children and utilize their time in giving them some extra life skills depending on their interest.
Activities for children which are mentioned below:

  • Spoken English
  • Theater
  • Music
  • Extra Classes for science and Maths

With the Help of School Sonalika CSR arrange these after school activities with the help of existing school teacher and teachers hired from outside for specific skills. The Class will boost extracurricular activity among school children and strengthen them in subjects they are poor, where English is concerned it will increase self-morale and confidence in future ventures of their life.

SELF-DEVELOPMENT CLASSES
These classes has been arranged for the children of class 2nd- 5th standard. The children of this age is a very important base to learn these habits which will enhance their life and create a better society through their habits. Topics which are being infused in their knowledge bank is

  • Moral and Value education
  • Health & Hygiene and
  • Traffic Rules.

Trainers from Institute of Home Economics, DU along with Dr. Mrs. Renu Gulati will execute with help of Sonalika CSR. The self-development classes are the need of the hour for these age group of students where the base of the society and can make an effort to change the society

SELF DEFENCE CLASSESS
In a volatile world where child’s personal safety is what we are concern about so we plan to empower each individual child with self-defense skill to fight against any wrongdoing against them. We run this program along with Delhi police’s internal program. This program teaches various skills for the children to protect themselves at adverse situations when faced.

TEACHING NON READERS OF THE SCHOOL
We off late found out that there are many nonreaders in the government school even when they are in class 9th and 10th. It is a very dangerous situation for the student as well as nation. After giving a very careful thought we decided to engage the higher secondary students who can teach the nonreaders and can be awarded with service certificates and with help for their further education. This program aims to grow the habit of service to the human being and where students at the early stages of life have a sense of service for the society. Which in turn helps in their growth as an individual responsible citizen

PROJECT UNDERTAKEN WITH UNIC UNDER “KILKARI”

It was a great achievement for Sonalika that we are partnered with UNIC and signed a Memorandum and Understanding to create awareness about 17 Sustainable Developmental Goals of United Nation.

With UNIC Sonalika is working in three projects:
UNIC-SONALIKA FOR ART4SDG’S

The United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan along with Sonalika CSR division has decided to jump-start the Sustainable Development Goals by launching a creative campaign and involving 17 schools in the Delhi-NCR region. Young minds from these schools are faced with the work of translating their creative vision of one goal into a painting. These painted canvases was then displayed at the India Habitat Centre for the month of March 2016 to communicate the SDG messages to the wider public. Through this project, we aspire to promote education of and participation by ordinary citizens, so they too can own this agenda and take it forward, ensuring that no one is left behind. Staying true to the UN principles by involving young people from all walks of life. UNIC wanted to use public art as a medium to enthuse the community and sensitize people at the grass root level.

On the sidelines of this project, UNIC held a briefing session for the three government schools involved on 14 December 2015. Through an interactive discussion, Mr. Rajiv Chandran very eloquently spoke to the students and teacher in-charges about the role of the United Nations and the newly adopted SDGs. Each person was asked to describe their interpretation of the goals. The session concluded with a walk around the United Nations office and a brief introduction of the various UN agencies.

Mitigating Air Pollution of Delhi”-UNIC-Sonalika along with the help of NPSC- Shakti- Joined together

In September 2015, world leaders came together at the United Nations in New York to adopt Agenda 2030, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that will help us map development and environmental protection for the next fifteen years. The SDGs seek to integrate the spheres of social, economic and environmental action, focusing on the interconnection between them, how each thing is dependent on and affected by everything else. And we see this so clearly, particularly in Goal 13, Climate Action.

Nearly everything we do and need in our daily lives, from drinking water, to eating food, to driving from one place to another – everything causes a certain amount of carbon emissions, and the rampant increase of carbon emissions is causing climate change. This in turn affects everything in our lives, perhaps starting with the most basic need – the air we breathe.

Studies from 2010 found that outdoor air pollution was the fifth-largest killer in India, and over half a million early deaths occurred from air pollution-related diseases in that one year alone. According to a WHO study, 13 of the 20 most-polluted cities in the world are in India. And Delhi has among the worst air pollution on the globe.

In early November, levels spiked to the highest they’ve been in seventeen years. That led to the closure of over 5,000 schools, impacting an estimated 4.4 million children. There is therefore, a unique aptness in turning to those most affected, for their solutions to this problem.

And it was with this idea that Mr. Deepak Mittal from Sonalika had been to their Partner UNIC and said, “We have to do something.” And so, this science and art project began. Then UNIC turned to NPSC, a nearly 200-strong network of schools around the country, to invite their members to participate. 36 schools responded, and over the course of September and October, they came up with scalable science projects to mitigate air pollution and eye-opening art works, to raise awareness for the cause.

Together, then it was decided that this work could not be allowed to stop here, at this level. That’s how Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation was brought on board, to help us propose the selected projects to the Indian Institute of Technology, to determine how the ideas could be put into action. Sonalika will be awarding the best prototype then to the IIT students who would take the project forward.

As an additional judge for the science projects, we invited Dr. Sumanth Chinthala, who is working on various projects at IIT Delhi in the stream of Environmental Engineering, especially focused on air pollution.

On the 23rd of November at Bal Bharati Public School, Ganga Ram Hospital Marg, the science projects were judged by representatives from Shakti, NPSC, Sonalika and UNIC.
1. On the 30th of November, the art projects were judged at the Ahlcon International School in Mayur Vihar, by these representatives, who were also joined by independent artist Ms. Seema Pandey.
2. Finally, on 10th of December, the science projects were again judged by Dr. Chinthala, to determine the results of the special Innovation Award.

The grand finale of the entire project was the award ceremony organized at the India Habitat Centre on 21 December. The event started out with a short SDG themed skit performed by ASN school students. The results were announced and the winners were felicitated by our Chief Guest, Prof. Chintamani Mahapatra, Rector of Jawaharlal Nehru University and our Guests of Honour,Mr. Deepak Mittal, Managing Director of Sonalika Group of Companies and Mr. Ashok Pandey,Chairman of the National Progressive Schools Conference and Principal of Ahlcon International School. UNIC's ever so charming NIO Rajiv Chandran, congratulated all the participants for their marvelous ideas and stressed on the importance of working together in achieving our shared goals. Mr. Deepak Mittal, Managing Director mentioned that this is just the beginning to address the issues of air pollution of Delhi involving the young minds. Sonalika did not stop here and had gone towards the neighboring state to stop the stubble burning which has become the major cause of the air pollution of Delhi.

UN-SONALIKA-SUDEVA GIRLS FOOTBALL TROPHY
Under the United Nations 17 SDGs, is the banner of Sports for Peace and Development. Sport encourages equality and on the sporting field the only differences are those regarding skill and performance. Colour, race, religion and gender have no place on the sports field. It is therefore a great platform for women to be regarded as equals especially in a country as diverse and as biased towards the fairer sex as ours. Through this league/tournament we want to encourage women to play football not just to drive India up the ladder, but also to create a platform that provides them with equality, give them the courage and the will to excel and be recognized for it.

With the rapidly growing popularity of football in India and its women’s national team being ranked 57 in the world, such a league is instrumental in promoting girls talent in football right from the elementary school level.In the very first season of this Trophy, schools from diverse backgrounds- government schools, NGO-run schools, as well as private schools compete for the UN Trophy. Such an unprecedented blend of social backgrounds is an effort to promote complete inclusion and will be an important step towards reducing social disparities.

Sport often provides safe environments at the grassroots and community levels, at which participants are brought together in the pursuit of common goals and interests; learn values of respect, tolerance and fair play; and develop social competencies. As a common denominator and shared passion, sport can build bridges between communities regardless of their cultural differences or political divisions. In times of conflict or instability, sporting activities can provide participants with a sense of normalcy.Apart from being the first of its kind League, the event will also promote the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda promoted by the UN. SDG 5 specifically encourages gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

DEVELOPING COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN MADRASA UNDER KILKARI
We saw a need for developing communication skills in students of Madrasa and started this project along with the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzogovina in the month of November 2016 the aim of this project is:

  • To capacitate student to speak in English language
  • To develop the ability to understand newspaper
  • To develop the ability of writing
  • Developing their listening ability especially news channel.
  • Giving the phonetics training.
  • Develop leadership quality
  • To imbibe the etiquette and make them understand the worth of their lives
  • To developing their mind to be a responsible for their behavior towards themselves and the society.
  • Making a shift in their approach from “Absolute Personality” towards “Relative Personality”

This training aim to elevating their lives. It will develop their communication skill that is very essential to give them a way for mainstream in the society. Some time, absolute knowledge is provided to the children inadvertently, that may cause harm the co-existence of every human being in a pluralistic society. This training will make their lives an asset to the society and make them understand the worth of their lives.

FUNDING SCHOOL AT VARANASI FOR EDUCATION UNDER KILKARI
In continuation to our endeavor to encourage children to attend school we have adopted Varanasi public school.

Concept note:Encouraging Children from under privileged background of Banaras for Education in Association with Tathagath Trust

It is our believe that every child is unique and therefore we have to fully embrace and support children from various section of society. It is an integral part of thought that every child should get the whole educational experience in their life and basically at the early stage of education.
1. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Principles and Early Learning Goals in providing an inclusive education tailored to individual needs, both through ability and interest.
2. We encourage children to have choice with differentiated activities matched to their identified next steps of learning, both using indoor and outdoor opportunities.
3. We are committed to facilitating active learning opportunities within the Nursery grounds and making the most of the facilities available on the main school site.

Project objectives:

  • To develop the confidence of students from underprivileged background of Benaras area
  • To encourage them to come to school and include them in normal schooling experience
  • To create awareness among the parents learning is about getting the right balance between child and adult initiated tasks, as well as focusing on individual needs.
  • To provide quality learning experiences for all children, which are structured, balanced and relevant to the child and related to the real world.
  • To provide a curriculum which takes account of, and responds to, the child’s individual developmental need and allows them to make progress related to their different abilities.
  • To ensure that children have positive experiences of success in order to give them confidence and motivation for learning in the future so they can be in a happy and caring environment and to be aware of each other’s social needs in future.

Annual expected outcome

  • To promote education among children of 3-5 years old
  • To encourage and familiarize children about basic education
  • Inclusion of these children in the normal society

To encourage every child to adopt a positive attitude towards learning which will provide a solid foundation for their future education.

“UMDAHA” Academy for Education, Culture and Sports- along with Sonalika Charitable trust
Specially for Slum Children- New Delhi


The basic objective to develop the children from Slum areas through education and Sports activities. This initiative has uprooted with the idea of developing and enhancing the educational, sports and cultural development of the Slum children and use it as a medium of development for them.

No facilities has been exclusively made for them in this perspective nor are the facilities provided by schools enough for the purpose. The crucially of this area can be sensed only after visiting the place and so can be the needs known. The Centre serves in a Jhuggi, located in Okhla Village, New Delhi. The locality is one of the largest Slum hub. We as a team understood the necessity and are working for a cause. After visiting the site we understood the need and we involved Shikhar Organisation for working hand in hand with us.

Objectives:

  • Provide Educational, Sports co-curricular facilities to slum children.
  • Make the Children a good citizen, borne good qualities in them.
  • To Develop Moral & Educational Values.
  • Develop educational curriculum amongst Slum Children especially girls.
  • Organize different educational activities in Slum area.
  • Conducting 2-3 hrs classes each day for subjective teaching like English, Science and Maths, and games and co-curricular activities which includes Carom, Chess, Ludo, Yoga, dance, singing & acting etc.
  • Encourage the children to pave a future for them.
  • Make them self-confident and connect with main stream of the society.
  • Distracting the Children from unwanted actions by keeping them involved in Education and Sports.
  • Developing positive Competition among them.

Focus Area:

  • Govt. Schools going children & Children from Slum and especially girls residing in Slum.

Activities:

  • Daily Subjective Classes
  • Organise Sports & Co-curricular activities
  • Different educational activities
  • Moral & Health Talks
  • Sports Activities
  • Swachta & Environment Awareness Rallies
  • Celebration of National Days
  • Co-curricular Activities

SONALIKA-SUDEVA PROMOTION OF FOOTBALL IN INDIA:along with Sonalika Charitable trust

Sonalika’s constant endeavour to promote sports and creating sports person has brought Sudeva NGO in their platform. Sonalika currently sponsor 3 football player under various age group and groom them to be a better player and play for the international matches. The player’s details are mentioned below.All players have represented their state for many years in junior and senior level till date
1) Waris Rashid (Originally from Punjab)
Age: 23 Captain of the team.

Very hard working midfielder. Strong mind. Always doing 100% on each practice and is a leader on and of the pitch. Has good potential.
2) Nitin Bhandari (Originally from Uttrakhand)
Age: 18

Young kid that can play both central midfield and winger. If he works like now he might be a national team player in the future.
He takes big steps every week and as of today he can already play I-league.
3) Zoma (Originally from Mizoram)
Age: 16

Been trained under us for around 1 year. Already selected from India by Manchester United Club for a month training in Old Trafford Stadium. Young kid that represents Sudeva I League U16 team as central midfield. He has a lot of potential to be a national team player in the future.

OTHER INITIATIVES TAKEN UNDER KILKARI ARE:

  • To provide better health care for children for which we work with implementing agency like “Parivartan Sandesh Foundation” for supporting them with operation of children until the age of 5 for their operation and health care.
  • To encourage school children through various activities and to fulfil this objective the following actions have been taken:
    • For children’s mental development we have joined hands with the Rotary Garden City for organizing the Debate competition for children of various schools.
    • We constantly work with the schools for encouraging children to take up various activities. We took part in Valedictory Function of SVISG Model United Nation (MUN) Conference. The learning outcomes of MUN are:
    • Familiarity with the historical development of international organizations
    • Basic knowledge of the structure and purpose of the United Nations
    • An understanding of the inner workings of the United Nations
    • Familiarity with the assigned country
    • Familiarity with writing position papers and resolution
  • School uniforms are been distributed in chabbewal and bajwara schools of Punjab

New shooting range is being built in Chabbewal for encouraging sports among children