We have some touching stories to share with you from the month of February at Samiksha, some of these are moving, some adorable, and it turns out nearly all of them involve literature, writing, and the arts in some way!
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Gift of Warmth
Gayathri Shenoy visited Samiksha a few months back and brought with her, huge boxes and bags full of blankets, 250 new fleece blankets ! She distributed them to children at Samiksha (kapur ward) and also to those in Dharamshala building.The Children were so happy to get a blanket and it was a great gift for them for the winter months.Thanks, Gayathri ! Your concern towards these children is an inspiration for us to strive better to serve them.
This last year has been special for us and for our children. Since we collaborated with “Make a Wish Foundation”, some 23 wishes have been identified by us and presented to them, and to date 7 have been fulfilled. The journey to make this happen has been very interesting. These are some of their stories as narrated by Chitra Ramesh, our dedicated, sincere, amazing volunteer at Samiksha.
There is a format of questions that are presented to the children in order to be able to identify their most desired “wish”.While Chitra asks these questions to the children, these are some answers.
Our wonderful experience at Samiksha….
“One of the deepest secrets in life is that, all that is really worth doing is done for others.”
Coming across “Samiksha Foundation- Caring for Children with Cancer” was one of the most enlightening experiences we have had so far. Many of us are not aware that there are organizations like Samiksha Foundation- silently and persistently working toward numerous needs of the individuals around us.
।। সমীক্ষা সমাচার ।।
ছোট্ট শিশু মিষ্টি শিশু,
দুষ্টু শিশু সুস্থ শিশু-
শৈশবের এই বদ্ধ ছবি ই
সবার মনে ধরে ।
সেই শিশুর-ই রুগ্ন শরীর,
নির্বাক চোখ শিথিল ও স্থির-
You see before you a room full of children of different ages. They all seem to be so immersed in what they are doing. Their faces speak of their enjoyment. Some of them giggle as they play, others are engrossed in coloring their activity books, while some are totally absorbed in reading their books, their bright eyes hungrily devouring the pages.
When Rotarian Mr. Pai (we call him Pai Uncle!) mentioned this nomination to me several months ago, I was actually taken aback. I never really thought that i would be a candidate for such a prestigious award by such a highly respected family such as Mr. and Mrs. Pai’s, because of my involvement in community service. It is indeed heartening and I am really moved by this gesture of theirs.I accept with humility and hope to be at least half as graceful and humble as Mrs. Sushila Pai was, in her commitment to community service.
Volunteer’s Reflections: Sheela SR
“Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart”
I would like to thank Samiksha Foundation for giving me opportunity to fit in someone’s heart. Yes, a worthy weekend spent at an oncology ward with children fighting cancer. I’m really proud of Samiksha Foundation for their initiative of taking care of the children’s education while they are under treatment.
29th Oct 2011.
We organised a birthday party for 8 kids in the oncology ward. Our storytellers Anushri and Ambika started off with a beautiful Japanese Farmer story.The children listened enrapt to the story which had a different setting. They had a lot to imagine. Then they were encouraged to make little japanese hats with paper and straw. A simple thing that made them smile putting it on their bald heads.They wanted us to take fotos of them with these new hats. Then Lioness club of Bangalore West sponsored the event by bringing in some guests and distributed fruits to the children. Mrs. Bhatnagar donated handmade mobile pouches to all the children in the ward. Our special guest was – Member Secretary of a Laughter Club of Bangalore. She presented some interesting insights into laughter and its importance. With her skill and communication abilities she drew the kids out into peals of laughter and taught them some laughter exercises.