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July - September, 2011 | Update : Issue 3
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Shaping Lives Update

Dear Friends,

Season’s Greetings!

With the third quarter of the year coming to an end, it is a pleasure to share with you the contributions made by our Travel Foundation over the last quarter. Truly, it has been a really humbling experience for us to have your support in creating a meaningful CSR footprint in India.

This quarter, we also celebrate our 9th Foundation Day in August, where the team engaged in philanthropy instead of extravagant celebrations, bringing a smile to many less fortunate children and their families. Read more about the foundation day activities and all that you helped us do for the underprivileged in this edition of our Shaping Lives newsletter.

We wish you a pleasant festive season and a wonderful Indian winter.

Most warmly

Arjun Sharma
Managing Director



 
QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER : QE SEPT 2011
The lean season of a receding summer and monsoon showers limited inbound arrivals and consequently slowed down the external activities of Shaping Lives just a little. However, with the Foundation Day in Aug, the internal CSR activity was in abundance. Also taking up major time was the preparations and inputs to our Special Business Units on queries for social interventions to various groups from across the continents. While detailed reports are listed in the events on the website, a synopsis for the quarter proceeds below.
 
July 2011
World People’s Peace Ceremony : July was dedicated to peace and harmony, as a very special NPO from Japan, conducted peace ceremonies and planted poles for world peace in two very different settings facilitated by Shaping Lives. One was in the NGO Deepalaya, Sanjay Colony slum cluster school for less privileged children, while the next day, our ‘peace spreading’ guests were exposed to Salwan Public School, Rajinder Nagar, one of Delhi’s elite schools. Children, wherever they may be, are the same, and both ceremonies saw enthusiastic participation by them and honest pledges to follow the path of peace in their lives. The Salwan experience became all the more memorable, due to a mid-ceremony cloudburst, which left the body soaked but the spirits soaring.

NGO Manzil Utsav : Close on the heels of the WPPC, the talented young turks of NGO Manzil held their “Utsav” or annual day. With a theme of self reliance and independence, the children, all self taught, staged one beautiful item after another to enthrall every guest present. The choreography, the choir, the mimicry and even the tiny toddlers’ shone in whatever they performed. The icing was a solo dance to music by a hearing impaired little girl. Her movements, taken on just one starting cue left us spellbound and she deserved the standing ovation accorded to her. Shaping Lives facilitated the event of this wonderful evening grooming NGO for less privileged children.

 
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August 2011

Le Passage’s Ninth Foundation Day : From the blood donation starting on 06 Aug morning, to the high tea and presentations of sponsorship renewals to 16 Deepalaya children, cartons of gifts to Project Arman children, the Gurukul lunch and the old clothes donation to NGO Goonj, saw willingly and open hearted participation by every colleague in the organization. Our voluntary collection for sponsoring children having exceeded expectations, the balance was utilized to donate 40 Jaipur Artificial Limbs to the needy at a special function held for the same at Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (Jaipur Foot Organisation), Jaipur. The Goan chapter, large hearted as always, utilized their collection to contribute to the central sponsorship as well as use the balance to gift football jerseys and some equipment to both the under-14 boys and newly formed girls’ teams of the Holy family Convent School and Orphanage.
The combined philanthropic attitude of the Le Passage family once again came to the fore and it is with great pride that we boast of continuing the tradition of unbridled ‘giving’ on our Foundation day rather than hosting lavish parties and spending on ourselves.

Belgian Fam Courtesy Mintcentive : Mintcentive created the time to showcase NGO Akshar Society at Jaipur, to their esteemed Belgian travel partners. The guests were bowled over and spent double the allocated time interacting with the children, the staff and the founders of this unique NGO which educates approximately 900 children living in various slums of Jaipur. The visit would facilitate our travel partners to encourage their Indian traveler onto leaving social footprints courtesy Shaping Lives.

Misc Highlights : The month end also saw the High Commissioner of New Zealand visit our informal schools at Project Arman, Nizamudin. She was suitably impressed by the work being done for the waste pickers’ children and assured support. The visit took place while the Shaping Lives Head was in Chennai, to attend and also address an All India Guides Convention on the creation, vision and mission of our pioneering CSR effort in the travel industry.

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September 2011

Second Fam Visit by Mintcentive Guests : Mintcentive took the second group of guests, this time from Germany, France, Italy, USA, South Africa and Poland to a similar successful interaction with the Akshar children. This time we crossed another milestone in that our esteemed guest from Germany, Dr (Ms) Ricarda Merkwitz expressed a desire to become a godmother to one girl child. Multiple location, NGO and children options were given to her by Shaping Lives, and she is today the proud and contented ‘godmother’ to a differently abled girl child from NGO Deepalaya’s Special School at Sanjay Colony slum cluster in Delhi. We are sanguine that her act of compassion will be emulated by others.

 

Seng Kang Primary School, Singapore : The faculty of this primary school in Singapore visited Project Arman informal schools to assess the feasibility of an interactive day or two by their children on their social learning cum sight seeing trip to India. Many options were discussed after the visit over a two hour session and Shaping Lives is hopeful, that should the school be able to raise funds for this visit, our Armanis will have a grand event on their hands.

Guides Briefing : Close on the heel of attending the TGFI convention at Chennai and receiving a warm reaction to the launch and work of Shaping Lives, we had two sessions of the Foundation’s works and interactive social dimension required from our guides, in the last week of Sept. The interaction was interesting and positive, with the guides appreciating the setting up of such a Foundation, promising support and willing cooperation and even suggesting NGOs Shaping Lives could research and add to its empanelment.

Conclusion : The QE Sept ended on a hectic note with a recce of Jaisalmer to co-opt social charity into a major event scheduled for Feb 2012 and the preparations to receive a UK based group working for and with children with Cerebral palsy and other mental disabilities. Shaping Lives wishes its supporters greetings and blessings for the oncoming festive season, as we step into winter.


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