Category Archives: Stories We Have To Tell

Little stories and events we come across during our work

February at Samiksha: the beauty of the arts, poetry, and teamwork

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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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

blanket  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.

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Fulfilling wishes at Samiksha – I am a star

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.

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Reflections by interns Revathi,Mohit,Neenu,Adhriti,Madeeha-2013

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.

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our bengali teacher shares a poem on samiksha

।। 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-

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Gloria Davis- reflections at Samiksha

As written by Gloria in an email to Sandhya on 7th May 2013
“I started volunteering at Samiksha from December, along with my friends Archita and Priyatma. Initially, we were all clueless on how to go about teaching children in Kannada, and what overwhelmed us more was the thought of dealing with children suffering from one of the most dreaded diseases in the world.
However, on the very first day itself, most of our fears were allayed by the warmth of the welcoming children who were more than enthusiastic to learn from the “new akkas”. As the weekends progressed, it felt like the time flew by too fast – and funnily enough, it was the children who taught us how to teach them, and how to be grateful for even the smallest blessings.
I had resigned from my job as a Financial Analyst at Credit Suisse in June 2012,  as a result of a road accident. From June till December, I was at home in order to recuperate, and this was one of the toughest times for me personally, as I was never used to even the idea of sitting idle. However, spending time with the children at Samiksha changed my outlook and made me a positive person. I would not be exaggerating when I say that coming to Kidwai was one of the main reasons for me to wake up everyday with a smile.
As I had a lot of time on my hands, I used to come to Kidwai on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. I still remember trying to come up with the most satisfactory methods to teach the 10th grade kids, and it was a common sight to see Vaibhav, Akash and I pouring over a Kannada dictionary. Akash’s demise was a stark reminder of the reality that each of the children live with, but the hope and joy that they face every day with leaves the rest of us speechless.
On a different note, I have got admission into XLRI, Jampshedpur for the Human Resources Management course. I will be starting my term in June 2013, and as much as I look forward to the start of a new life in my career, I will forever cherish the moments spent in the Kapoor Ward. I hope the children benefited from my tutoring, and I wish all of you the very best in life as you continue to bring smiles to the faces of all the children through Samiksha.
Thank you for giving me this opportunity.”

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Independent view of a visitor to Samiksha

http://bprao.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/caring-for-children-with-cancer-samiksha-foundation/

22FridayMar 2013

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.

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Acceptance speech- SPM award

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.

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Worth a Weekend

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.

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An Exercise on Laughter

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.

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