Monday, 1 July 2013
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
We own many thanks to Julia Toth, our graphic designer from Hungary. She is responsible for designing the website, which she did pro bono. She also did the designs for our logo and our business cards. In short, Julia played a crucial role when it comes to our marketing!
Thanks to a generous contribution from one of our business partners we could have our website built by professional web developers in Vietnam.
And last but not least, we say thank you to BB-Hosting in Montfoort, The Netherlands, for hosting our website for free.
Go take a look, and tell us what you think of it: www.narangi.org
Saturday, 20 October 2012
Thursday, 6 September 2012
- Vanaf 09.15 uur: Na-inschrijving open - Afhalen startnummers
- 10.30 uur: Kort openingspraatje door Henny Sikken (directeur Eduniek) en een hele korte inleiding door stichting Narangi
- 10.35 uur: Startschot - Start hardlopers, gevolgd door start wandelaars
- Vanaf 11.30 uur: Inleveren rugnummers en ophalen herinneringsmedaille
- Als de 10 km binnen is: Prijsuitreiking aan de winnaars van de 5 en 10 km
- Als de 15 km binnen is: Prijsuitreiking aan de winnaar van de 15 km
Friday, 31 August 2012
Torrential showers because of the monsoon created havoc in large parts of Jaipur in the past few weeks. Many residential areas were flooded and power supply was hit. Hundreds of houses developed cracks or collapsed, and thousands of people were evacuated. Transport was heavily disrupted as water was flowing on the roads, train tracks and Jaipur airport’s runways. At least 14 people were killed in rain-related mishaps. This year’s rainfall is the heaviest in over three decades in the drought-prone state of Rajasthan.
Friday, 15 June 2012
It’s over 45 degrees Celsius in Jaipur. Schools are closed for summer holidays.
Saturday, 25 February 2012
Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Saturday, 26 November 2011
Building awareness on education and health, and encouraging parents to send their children to school is an ongoing job for The Wisdom Academy.
The monthly door-to-door health visits by the nurse and a female teacher are more and more about prevention and raising awareness, besides offering basic medical care. It took some time to gain trust from the (female) slum dwellers. Now, the ladies tell their stories, share information on families in need, and are willing to be educated about health, personal hygiene and cleanliness.
The nurse tells the women, for instance:
- To limit the amount of hot spices (garam masala) in the food to reduce stomach problems and diarrhoea.
- About the harms of tobacco consumption. Many women have the habit of chewing tobacco, as a ‘medicine’ for weakness, anaemia and headache. The nurse gives them iron tablets and vitamin pills.
- That (if possible) they and their family members should have breakfast in the morning before leaving for work and school, to feel fitter, perform better and avoid health problems.
Saturday, 29 October 2011
India is the land of festivals. Throughout the year there are numerous celebrations. In addition to national festivals, all states and regions have their own local festivities, many of them lasting for several days. Indian children have many holidays from school!
Two big festivals in October are Dussehra and Diwali. Dussehra is devoted to celebrating the defeat of the demon king Ravana by Lord Rama, it signifies the victory of good over evil. In Rajasthan, people are burning effigies of Ravana on Dussehra, symbolizing the burning of evil. Diwali is the Festival of Lights. It’s one of the most important festivals for Hindus. It represents the start of the Hindu New Year and is celebrated as the victory of light over darkness. Lots of small clay lamps (diyas) are lit and placed in and around houses, and fireworks are let off everywhere. People give each other gifts and (lots of) sweets during the festival.
The Wisdom Academy schools were closed for one week for the Dussehra/Diwali holidays.
|Lakshmi Pooja during Diwali. |
A sacred ritual during which Lakshmi is being worshipped, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, both material and spiritual.
Unfortunately, in the past months, some children were taken out of school by their parents. A 10-year-old boy was sent to Delhi by his family to work as a domestic worker (‘servant’) in a middle class household. Two girls (9 and 10 years old) returned to the rural villages in West Bengal from which their families have migrated to Jaipur. They now have to take care of their grandparents and work in the fields.
Many children in the slums are forced to work to support their family, and do not have the opportunity to attend regular schooling. That’s why The Wisdom Academy is also running afternoon school programs inside some slums, where huts are being used as class rooms. Classes are being given in the late afternoon and shortened to about two and half hours, so the children can work during the day.
Friday, 26 August 2011
|School in Nirman Nagar|
The school in Nirman Nagar is serving two slums: a slum very near to the school (a few minutes on foot), and another one some kilometers further on. Students from the second slum are being transported to and from the school by auto rickshaws. As the attendance of children from this second slum fluctuates greatly, The Wisdom Academy will soon start giving classes inside the slum. Hopefully, providing education closer by home will increase the number of students going to school daily.
The children who started attending classes a few months ago are beginning to learn the basics of the ‘serious’ school subjects. As almost all students never went to school before, it’s a daily challenge to have them settled into the routine and structure of the class. Coming to school on a regular basis, sitting still, listening, learning good manners, and taking interest in studies; it all takes a lot of time before the actual studying can start.
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Thursday, 17 March 2011
Two more slums