"Here's to the strong women. May we be them, may we know them and may we raise them." This is what struck me when I saw these girls at Save The Children, India.
Their lives revolved around each other. It is said that blood is thicker than water and we witnessed the same. The girls we met were previously trafficked and then rescued and put into shelter homes. And no matter what they have gone through, the smiles on their faces were wider than the perpetual flow of the ocean. They have each other and that is all they need. When we gave them hygiene kits, half-stitched cloth materials, jewellery making boxes and sewing kits, they taught us the true value of gratefulness.
We are blessed with several things but, we never fail to grumble. They were satisfied with the little things they have. Majorly, we saw that if we have even one person to count on at the end of the day, we are more than blessed. However, some of us fail to realise that. These girls were strong and fierce and above all, supported each other. They dream and they don't fear to dream. And they're rigorously working towards that dream. They inspired each one of us to not only dream but, the motivation to work towards it. And truly, there is no force equal to a woman determined to rise from the ashes of a Phoenix. There is nothing more rare and beautiful than a woman unapologetically being herself and comfortable with her imperfections. That, is the true essence of beauty.
Leo Shaili Shah
Project Head of Save The Children India Project
Alpha Leo Club of SVKM JV Parekh International school
Tanya Pankaj Joshi
15 December 2016
Food For Hunger
The Alpha Leo Club experience
On the 10th of December, Saturday, the Leo Club of Juhu along with the Alpha Leo Club of SVKM JV Parekh International School set out to help the underprivileged by distributing food amongst the slums and the road dwellers. With Warm hearts all the members worked hard and helped collect enough Biryani (rice) to satisfy almost 80 stomachs.
“They are in dire need of clean food and water, many of whom are single mothers with their children, who are suffering bitterly without a proper housing structure with necessary facilities that are in accordance with good standards of living and health facilities.”
Leo Pritha Bhangale
With wholehearted commitment and zeal, the Leos visited three locations in various parts of the city and worked collectively to make sure nobody left with an empty stomach. It was the concerted effort between the Leos and the gratified smiles of the children, that truly made the evening a success. At every location we were warmly welcomed by the chortles of the toddlers, ecstatic to see us. The activity started off at 7:00pm in Juhu, Mumbai and ended at 9:30pm in Andheri, Mumbai. We were able to meet with all our aims and had constant smiles that truly conveyed how content we felt towards the end.
Being a part of Alpha Leo and gaining the opportunity provide help, in such a large scale project was truly exhilarating. It gave us an opportunity to give back to the society in a productive manner and help out someone in a positive way. May it be a small act of kindness or a very liberal noble deed. The Alpha Leo Club of SVKM JV Parekh International school looks forward to helping out the society in boundless ways in the close future.
Leo Tanya Joshi
Alpha Leo Club of SVKM JV Parekh International School
A few months ago, the dedicated members of the Leo Club of Juhu came up with a bright idea of providing happiness to the little toddlers living in the villages near Mumbai. “Why not build a safe playground outside their schools for them to play?” With constant dedication and hard work on their part, the plan was finally put into action resulting in 17 well equipped playgrounds being built right outside their schools. To inaugurate this admirable achievement, the Leo Club of Juhu along with the Alpha Leo Club of SVKM JV Parekh International School visited Vajeshwari on the 4th of December, 2016.
The members of both the clubs reported by 7:00am and reached Vajeshwari by 9:30am. The aim of the trip was to inaugurate schools, while also witnessing the usefulness of the playgrounds. On arriving at the destination, the members were divided in to two groups, each group visiting 5 villages. In each village, the Leo’s were warmly welcomed by the villagers, with sweets and flowers, as a token to express their gratitude. After interacting with the teachers and their students, the members finally got a chance to play with the little ones on their beloved playground. The silent smile and the enthusiasm that lit up their faces at the mention of the word “playground” was enough to tell us that our efforts had paid off.
The fact that we, as members of Alpha Leo Club, could essentially bring about a difference in their lives just by adding a few swings, inspires us to carry out many such projects. For no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. The Alpha Leo Club of SVKM International School hopes to carry out many such projects in the distant future.
-Leo Tanisha Agarwal,
Alpha Leo Club of SVKM JV Parekh International School
Our Leo's reactions after the project Sparsh.
'Making one person smile can change the whole world!Maybe not the whole world , but their world'
To see little kids enjoying themselves to the fullest was so satisfying for me
- Leo Naishil Mehta
Unifying People, Transforming Lives "
Leo Club Of Juhu once again proves it's excellence and it's tag line.
It was such a great experience seeing little kids with no good financial background getting motivated to choose the path of education. It was a great feeling for me helping transforming lives of such kids.
Truly a great Memorable Day !
-Leo Chintan Shah
The Anganwadi Project,
Spreading a smile was the key motive and to see that accomplish was a dream come true experience . The impact of the project was overwhelming . The emotions and the mesmerising smile of the little ones proved that the club is heading to the right path.
This was the first rural project that i have attended and this only makes me promise myself that now I wouldnt miss any other rurals days.
- Leo Meghna Agrawal
Happiness is not something ready made .It comes from your actions. Life is full of choices but i choose to make others happy and bring smile on their face:).The smile which I saw was overwhelming. It just changed the way of looking at them. Their emotions just touched my heart.
-Leo Krunali Shah
I loved it when I saw all the children enjoying sliding, swinging and just simply running around. Just being surrounded by smiling happy faces gave me a wonderful feeling and made me forget about all my problems and just appreciate the happiness I could spread. I wish I could have stayed in that moment forever.
-Leo Manav Hirani
One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood. The only thing luckier than that would be making someone else's childhood happy.
-Leo Krutant Bilakhia
Greensole is an organization which refurbishes discarded shoes into comfortable footwear and also provide these to the needy, protecting them from diseases caused by unprotected feet.