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Shaping Lives
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January - March, 2012 | Update : Issue 5
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Shaping Lives Update

Dear friends

Summer greetings!!!

With gorgeous flowers blooming and the sun at its shining best, summers are inching back in India to ignite the urge for long relaxing summer vacations. Shaping lives has on its part added warmth and smiles to our multi-focused empanelled NGOs in the winter quarter gone by. Our newsletter is an initiative to share these smiles with you all and hope in your next visit to India, you too be a part of it. A blissful start to 2012 was given by TUI Travel PLC top management team by their volunteer NGO visits that motivated us while adding excitement in our NGO kids.

January saw a flurry of activities, while in February, we tried to add life in the life of a sensory impaired child Salman from one of our partner NGO’s. You must read his delightful story. March was equally hectic. The joy of changing lives is overwhelming and there is much more in store that we would like to share with you in this edition, so read on. Hope you would feel a sense of contentment and feel motivated to join our efforts to touch lives through a planned and well-coordinated social effort via Shaping Lives across a wide diaspora of options in key tourist destinations. We look forward to your joining hands with our Foundation.

Do write in to us with your views and thoughts, we love to hear from you.

Have an incredible summer!

Most Warmly
Arjun Sharma


January 2012
The New Year brought in very close associations with TUI Travel Plc in many forms. The visitors included Mrs. Linda Long, wife of Mr. Peter Long, CEO, TUI Travel PLC and subsequently Mr. Mario Habig, Director Corporate Development, TUI AG, Germany, who both visited and were deeply moved and impressed by our children in Project Arman, Nizamuddin. During this period, we also carried out extensive events and shoots for the TUI worldwide ‘Spreading Smiles’ campaign. Project Arman at Delhi, and
suitable real time little ‘stars’ were selected from Umang, DISHA and I-India NGOs at Jaipur. The shoots involved both indoor and outdoor amateur still and video photography. The same are being processed by TUI and would to be launched through 2012.

Shaping Lives also donated one solar light to its Delhi NGO TESF for their old age shelter. The frequent power cuts were endangering the safety of these abandoned senior citizens on routine movement at night. A cascade effect of the November JAL shoot in Samanvai Art Gallery resulted in a second team from Japan coming in to shoot some more footage with obvious benefits to our affiliated NGO Akshar Society.

Republic Day saw us facilitate a live painting medley for NGO Friends of Disabled at Select City Walk Mall. The artists and the many visitors enjoyed the paintings and the live interaction. Niyaz, one of our sponsored children from Deepalaya earned accolades for his work besides the experience of this exposure for himself.
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February 2012

Shaping Lives donated sensory and other equipment to NGO Umang’s Salman, a child who also had his first outdoor picnic experience at age 22, courtesy us. His is a strange but touching story and we were glad to put happiness into his mother’s life due to a small contribution as sought by Umang.

The Feb 2012 JAL onboard magazine issue gave intensive coverage to the visit and shoots of Mr. Iseya facilitated by Shaping Lives in Nov.

The month also saw Mrs Deepak Kalra, Director Umang being appointed as the first Chairperson of the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights in Rajasthan, while at Delhi Mr Ravi Kalra, the man behind NGO The Earth Saviors Foundation in Delhi, was conferred the prestigious international Sardar Rattan Award, by the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Foundation as recognition of his selfless social service for humanity. Both were a matter of pride for us as we were associated with such fine NGOs.
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March 2012
The Le Passage team solemnly paid homage to the doyen of the Indian travel industry and a mentor and guide to senior echelons of Le Passage to India, late Mr. Ghulam Naqshband on his second death anniversary on 05 mar. The fatiya prayer at his grave was followed by distribution of lunch in his memory to all our children at Nizamuddin.

Holi, the festival of colours, was as usual celebrated with the children at Deepalaya’s Special Unit at Sanjay Colony. It is debatable as to who enjoyed more, the children or us. As usual it was pure fun and laughter and a riot of colours.

For the first time ever, Shaping Lives set up its own stall in the CSR Live Week exhibition in Gurgaon, Haryana. This exhibition had the best Indian Corporates displaying their work and it was a matter of pride to note Shaping Lives was the only one from the travel industry, and appreciated by every visitor for its innovative approach to spreading ‘goodness’ across continents. A number of NGOsexpressed their desire to be empanelled and that further authenticated our credibility.

Education and Excellence Grant: This grant floated by the Foundation for giving monetary assistance up to two children of colleagues in eligible criteria and salary level in the company took off on 01 Jan 2012 and the first quarterly installment to the eligible parents was disbursed in end Mar 2012. This internal initiative is a small endeavor to ensure that our colleagues in the lower salary bracket send their children to school.

Conclusion : The quarter saw many hectic moments and details of events can be perused in the ‘events’ page of our
website www.shaping-lives.org

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