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Newsletter (Jan 2014 – Mar 2014)

Dear Friend,

Enclosed please find our Newsletter for the period January to March 2014. We are extremely grateful to Ms.Subhadra and Mr.Kalyan for volunteering and helping us with the newsletter.

Team Unnati

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Volume 2: January – March 2014 | www.unnatiblr.org

Welcome Note

 

“Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”… said Margaret Mead, a very popular American Cultural Anthropologist.

These committed people are the Volunteers who spare their time, talent, money and efforts to make a difference to someone that needs help. The world today is not perfect, many people, animals, places and communities need help to make things better. Philanthropists often spot these problematic areas and quickly invest their energy and money for the betterment of the society. Their selfless efforts which never look for a reward of any sort, come purely from their generous nature, magnanimous hearts and willingness to walk that extra mile to reach out to people in need. These acts of selflessness definitely reap their dividends in due course that benefit a larger population and society.

The idea of volunteerism is not new; it has been around for a long time, even the word “volunteer” has been in use since the 1700s. History has seen many great volunteers who stand as an epitome of selflessness and service. A few examples are as follows:

Mother Theresa: By blood, I am Albanian, by citizenship, an Indian, by faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world- said this mother of millions. Small of stature, rocklike in faith, Mother Teresa of Calcutta was entrusted with the mission of proclaiming God’s thirsting love for humanity, especially for the poorest of the poor. Mother Theresa stands as an epitome of selfless service, kindness and compassion for fellow human beings, forever.

Baba Amte: Dr Murlidhar Devidas Amte popularly known as Baba Amte, was an Indian social worker and social activist known particularly for his work for the rehabilitation and empowerment of poor people suffering from leprosy.

Christopher Reeve: After an accident left him paralyzed, the late actor became an advocate for people suffering from spinal cord injuries. He co-founded the Reeve-Irvine Research Center and created the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation which funds research that develops treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries and works to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities through grants, advocacy, and a paralysis resource center.

Team Unnati is blessed to have several such people who are extremely committed to our cause of “Youth Empowerment” which has been demonstrated in multiple ways on countless occasions.

March – April is the beginning of new year for different states in India, it is time for new ideas, new thoughts, new actions and new wishes. Team Unnati wishes you all a very happy new year.

    ” Don’t ever question the value of volunteers. Noah’s Ark was built by volunteers; the Titanic was built by         professionals.” Dave Gynn

 

Editorial:

 

Life is always busy, it is difficult to find time for myself, how do you expect me to find time for others?

is a very prominent question that comes to our minds when we think of volunteering. With the ‘ race against time’ it sure is difficult to find time to volunteer, but once we notice the benefits of volunteering the age old saying ” where there is a will, there is a way ” becomes a reality, an act that leaves us with great satisfaction and motivation. The act of Volunteering is an extremely therapeutic hobby one can ever cultivate and is a major stress buster in today’s hectic life. Just to list a few of these immensely beneficial aspects:

  •  Feeling good about oneself: Develops a positive sense of self which helps in bringing high self-esteem and morale, bring more enjoyment to all other activities of life.
  •  Better Connect with others: Having a sense of community, a supportive circle of friends will increase your resilience and quality of life
  •  A sense of meaning and greater purpose of life: The bigger picture of life beyond “me” and “my family” opens up new avenues and helps tackle our problems with great ease
  •  An opportunity to use your unique skills: Volunteering provides an opportunity to utilize our unique skills for others’ benefit which is very satisfying.
  •  Learn or develop a new skill: Volunteering is the perfect vehicle to discover something you are really good at and develop a new skill. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Different volunteering activities help discover new talents in us and learn new ones.

There are a plenty of inspiring and motivational stories that will help us to tune to volunteering if we are not already inclined to it. This is the most invaluable activity that one can get engaged in with the care and passion of likeminded friends.

A very impressive definition of a volunteer by Mr. Anand Krishna, a volunteer is as follows (Source:https://www.energizeinc.com/reflect/quote1.html)

Volunteers are not mere workers. A worker could be good at working, but not at planning or decision-making. Similarly, the planners and decision-makers could be good at their jobs, but not at executing them. They are specialists, whereas volunteers are all-rounders. They are good as workers, as executioners, as planners, as decision makers, as initiators, and as leaders.

Volunteers work without any personal motivation. They work for the benefit of others, not themselves. This makes them workers par excellence, executioners and leader par excellence. The Volunteer Dharma, therefore, is dharma par excellence.

To volunteer is to live in accordance with dharma, in accordance with the values of righteousness, selflessness, and above all ‘egolessness’.

To volunteer is to practice humbleness; to volunteer is to live in synchronicity with Mother Nature, loving, caring, and sharing as She does.

A Volunteer is essentially a Spiritual Practitioner, a Sadhaka, a Karma Yogi ,one who is striving for the ultimate union with the Supreme through selfless action. Blessed, indeed, are all of you, engaged in this holy work.

Simply put any volunteer propagates the simple philosophy of life “Work is Worship, Working for your fellow humans is Devotion”.

With this “Team Unnati” salutes all its committed volunteers for all their efforts, talent, time and dedication.

 

” Too often we under-estimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. “ – Dr. Felice Leonardo Buscaglia

Events at UNNATI:

 

1. TATA GROUP VOLUNTEERING:

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2. INTERNSHIP FROM NMIMS and Christ University:

1. A team of 20 students from (NMIMS) Narsi Monji Institute of Management Science, Bangalore, interned at UNNATI. Unnati asked them to think and prepare projects on

  1.  Sustainability
  2.  Outreach
  3.  Skill coverage
  4.  Marketing of Unnati Auditorium

The students evinced great interest in the projects and have given us reports on the above projects. Unnati is exploring ways to implement some of the projects. We thank the students for their work.

2. A team of 68 students from Christ University interned at Unnati on 3 different days (27th Jan,3rd Feb and 24th Fe.14) The students were very enthusiastic and completed a variety of work which would benefit the organization. We thank them immensely.

3. Leadership Workshop A One day leadership workshop was conducted on 1st Jan 14 for the 41st Batch and on 20th March for the 42nd Batch. These workshops are always liked by students as they consists of a lot activities, role plays and other interactive sessions. These also benefit them in terms of improving their personality and self confidence.

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4. Memory Session:

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5. Art Of Living: 
A one day Art of Living classes was as usual conduced for 41st batch on 16th Jan. 14 and for 42nd batch on 27th Mar. 14. This is the day when students are made to realise their full potential and are energised to bring in their best. The students also learn to laugh loud, clap and appreciate others. Students also learn the importance of prayer and its meaning and message.

6. Debate: 
Unnati conducts two day long debates for every batch- one on ’employment’ and the other on ‘social issues’.
The debate for 41st batch was conducted on 24th Jan.14 and for42nd batch on 31st Mar. 14
The students are divided into groups- one group arguing ‘for’ and another group ‘against’.
The employment debate would include issues like
1. Is it good to one’s career to continue in the job or quit in a short span of time.
2. Whether savings is better than spending etc.

The social issue debate acquires a more interesting tone as students love to participate and express their ideas on issues such as,
a.Whether women should marry early or late.
b. Whether its good for women to take up job to be economically independent.
c. Is an arranged marriage is better than a love marriage.
The debate opens up to showcase their ideas,their debating skills, expression etc., and is enjoyed by every student. These activities also acts as a refreshing change from their regular classroom sessions.

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7. Blood Donation Camp By Rotary Club:

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” No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor is given by what he gave. “ – Calvin Coolidge

Placement Record
All the students from this batch have been placed with 100% placements.
Here is a list of organizations who have provided employment opportunities for Unnati Students:

Lifestyle, Concentrix, Shell, First Source, TCS, Nuware, Food World, Freshworld, Vindhya, St Marks Hotel, Billion Smiles, Manipal County, Chai Point, Invents Retail, Katherine’s Gallery, Miracle Touch
Salary : INVENTS RETAIL – 10,613, Shell- FIRST SOURCE – 8800, NUWARE – 8500, FRESHWORLD – 8,383

We are grateful to all the corporates who have stretched their support in placement of our candidates.

 

” You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give. “ – Winston Churchill

Teacher/Volunteer’s Corner

 Name: Mr. Rebello

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Mr. Rebello, a retired officer from Indian Air Force, has been associated with Unnati for many years. He handles spoken English Classes to all the vocations whose jobs demand excellent language skills. He is an excellent facilitator, takes keen interest in students development and progress. He always keeps track of students placements and their well being evern after completing the course. .

Hats off to volunteers like Mr.Rebello a thespian whose energy is unbounded even at his age. Unnati salutes this energetic YOUNG volunteer.

 

” It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference. “ – Tom Broka

 

Know Your Team

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Name: Rekha

Ms. Rekha joined unnati as a Computer Faculty in May 2011. She motivates and inspires the students many of whom have never knew of computers earlier. She is an excellent facilitator who instils confidence in students, extremely committed to her duties. She is a person who does not hesitate to walk that extra mile, lends her hand in facilitating admn related work and is always full of energy and enthusiasm.
Team Unnati is extremely happy to have her in the team and wish her success.

 

” The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others. “ – DeAnn Hollis

 

Students speak

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Name : KALPANA.V

My father sent me to Unnati after seeing the newspaper ad and also based on a relative’s recommendation.
I was not interested to join Unnati initially because we were told that we had to be in Unnati from 8 am to 8 pm . First few days I was just thinking I will not be able to manage, I used to think how will I be able to manage 70 days. But everything turned beautiful once the classes started and as days went by I got more and more interested in attending classes. Intitially I used to call my mother and cry. I used to call her twice or thrice daily but later I started calling her once a week which made her surprised. The classes were so interesting that I didn’t have time to call my mother. I wanted a job as I was from a very poor family, I wanted to support my parents and wanted to stand on my own legs. I started working hard. I have not seen a training centre like Unnati. The teachers are awesome, they take utmost care and are friendly. They teach us in such a way that even the dullest student is able to understand and is ready to talk in English. I was not knowing what is lifeskills before joining Unnati, that has really transformed my life. I am thankful to Unnati for this.
I have learnt and improved in all these areas after joining Unnati.

  •  I. Confidence
  •  II. Stage fear
  •  III. How to face problems
  •  IV. Spoken English
  •  V. Life skills
  •  VI. How to attend an interview
  •  VII. Analytics
  •  VIII. Computer
  •  IX. Computer typing.

I was very afraid to take up interviews, but gained confidence by the motivation from my teachers. I attended TCS interview and was selected after 5 rounds of interview. It was a dream coming true. I will try to donate some money to Unnati. I will also send many students to Unnati. I am grateful to all teachers and staff who have brought in the transformation in my life. Too good. Thanks, thanks, thanks.

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Name : SOMASHEKAR 

I am here at Unnati because of my friend. I am dwarf built, so no one gave me a job. I came for the interview at Unnati, and was selected for guest care vocation. First week I was very confused and it was very difficult to adjust because everyone at Unnati speaks in English which was very difficult for me to understand. So I thought of going back to my village. Some of my friends at Unnati stopped me from going back. They told me to wait and see for a week otherwise we can go back. Now I feel good that I did not leave because I have learnt to be a good person, my attitude has changed and have learnt many good things.. I am able to speak in English now, I am sure hereafter I will improve my language. I have changed many aspects of my bad behavior and have become a good person. I realize the value of human being and the value of food and totally the value of everything around us. I did not believe when my friend told me about Unnati, but now I have seen with my own eyes how the transformation has taken place in me. I want to do something like this for the poor people like me and improve society status. I thank one and all at Unnati. Now I am placed in South Indies group of restaurants. I am very happy working here. Thanks to one and all who have brought in this transformation in me.

 

” It is one of the beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself. “. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reminiscences
Valediction:

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The valediction of 41st Batch was held on 4th Feb. 2014. The guests of honour included personalities such as Mr.Puroshotham ,Adithya Birla,Mr.Subu Krishna,Nuware,Mr.Kishore, San Engineering, Shraddha Prabhu Kumar,donor, Mr.Bir Singh, SNSF Foundation,Mr.Anurag, Boeing,Mr.Mohit, Derrick Petroleum and Ms.Shobha Narayanan, writer and donor
The valediction is entirely organized by students, they wear many hats by performing different roles like anchoring the event, inviting guests, enacting skits relating to what they have learnt at unnati, talking about their experience at unnati during the 70 day training and proposing a vote of thanks. Unnati always ensures to instill a ‘sense of belonging’ and leadership skills in them by making them the owners of a function that is planned for them. Course Completion certificates are issued to each and every student at the end of the event. Emotions run high on this day as students leave their abode of learning with a heavy heart.
 

” Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve. ” – Martin Luther King, Jr

 

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