FFC Induction

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Induction Program:
Objective
FFC held its Induction Program, for all the new volunteers who wanted to enroll with FFC.

Details:

Venue: Hislop College, Civil Lines,Nagpur
Date: 12th July 2009
Time: 3.00pm
This Induction Program was for the new volunteers,who showed interest and zeal to work for the cause. 40 new volunteers became part of FFC and 28 existing volunteers participated in the program.FFC always welcomes people who have the zeal and the will to serve.
"Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.... You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. "

We have always welcomed people who wish to give their "Time and Knowledge", and so we welcome all!!
Posted by.....
Ms. Sharmin Malik
Founder-President
Friends For Care
V r NGO wid a Difference......!!!

Keep Caring......

"Saathi"

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Under the programme "Saathi" of FFC, the volunteers undertook visit to old age home on 19th July 2009.
Venue: Shantibhavan, Katol Road, Nagpur
FFC’S AIM IS TO EXTEND A HELPING HAND WITH FOOD, CLOTHING, AND EDUCATION AND OF COURSE LOTS OF LOVE, AFFECTION AND CARE TO THE UNDER-PRIVILEGED.
WITH A VIEW TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO THE DISCARDED AND DISCRIMINATED LIVES THAT BELONG TO ALMIGHTY, ON 19.7.2009, THE TEAM VISITED “SHANTI BHAVAN”, A HOME FOR HOMELESS, BETWEEN 3.30 P.M AND 5.30 P.M. THERE DWELLS AROUND 150 INMATES, OF THEM SIXTY ARE WOMEN. MOST OF THEM ARE EITHER MENTALLY CHALLENGED OR HANDICAPPED AGED BETWEEN 2O YRS TO 80 YRS. A YOUNG BOY OF AROUND 30 YRS WHO WAS WORKING IN AN MNC, MUMBAI HAS ALSO BEEN SHELTERED SINCE THERE IS NOBODY TO LOOK AFTER HIM AFTER HE MET AN ACCIDENT AND LOST HIS LIMBS….
THE TEAM MET THE MANAGEMENT OF THE HOME, AND EXPRESSED THE AIMS OF FFC. THE MANAGEMENT WAS VERY SUPPORTIVE AND CO-OPERATIVE AND KIND ENOUGH TO MEET THE INMATES.
ONE OF THE ELDERLY INMATES WELCOMED US ON BEHALF OF THE HOME AND INTRODUCED US WITH THE OTHER INMATES…
DURING OUR INTERACTION, WE LEARNT THAT ONCE THEY HAD THEIR OWN SWEET HOME FULL OF LIVELY ATMOSPHERE. BUT DUE TO SOME OF THE EMBARASSING SITUATION, THEY WERE ABANDONED / DISCARDED WHICH THE TEAM DID NOT LIKE TO PEEP INTO THEIR PAST………..
IT WAS ALSO LEARNT THAT THEY ARE SELF- SUFFICIENT, USED TO OBSERVE DISCIPLINE, ACTIVE AND SUPPORTIVE TO EACH OTHER. APART FROM THEIR DAILY ROUTINE WORK, THEY MAKE GREETING CARDS, OTHER HANDICRAFTS AND SELL THEM. WITH THOSE SMALL BUCKS EARNED, THEY CELEBRATE EACH OTHERS HAPPY BIRTHDAY, WITH GREAT ZEAL.
AT THE END, THE TEAM OFFERED EACH OF THE INMATES COLOURFUL BALLOONS, FLOWERS, SWEETS AND SNACKS WHICH THEY ACCEPTED WITH GREAT GESTURE AND AN INNOCENT SMILE. THE TEAM ASSURED THEM TO VISIT THE HOME AGAIN AND EXTEND ALL SORT OF HELPING HANDS……………….
THE TEAM WHILE THANKING TO THE MANAGEMENT, OF THE HOME TOOK LEAVE WHEN ALL THE INMATES EXPRESSED THEIR HEARTFUL GRATITUDE AND WAVE THEIR HANDS, SOME SAYING “MAY GOD HELP YOU!”
THE TEAM LEFT THE HOME WITH A HEAVY HEART BUT CAN WE EVER FORGET THEIR PRECIOUS SMILES WITH THOSE SPARKLING EYES WHICH HAD BEEN CAPTURED IN OUR HEART….?..? CERTAINLY NO……..

Report by Mr. Dipan Pal
FFC Visit Incharge

"Barish"

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An event raised by one of the companies named "Zero" in Nagpur, in order to raise funds for the HIV+ children. An initiative taken by Zero Group with an NGO "Accept", which works for AIDs patients. Friends For Care proudly associated with them, for a cause, in order to raise some funds for the HIV+ children.
Event Details:
Date: 5th,6th,7th June 2009
Venue: Bishop Cotton Ground, Nagpur

The event Barish was put up in the form of a village scene which had full entertainment for the complete family. It had games, food stalls and all one could imagine. The event was nicely handled and the arrangements spread beautifully.

What FFC was doing there?

FFC had put up two stalls as seen in the pictures. One was a stall made up of handmade stuff which was put up for sale. The amount raised has been put to use for making shed for the existing slums to protect children from upcoming rains.








Another stall of FFC was an enquiry counter which gave away information of the past and current projects of FFC. Many new members registered to join FFC. The registration was done all three days. Apart from this, the children of slums adopted by FFC were brought to the fair, where they njyed to their heart's content and witnessed something they would have otherwise loved to attend but for reasons were not able to. Their smiles and thrill was clearly shown by the way they enjoyed at the event.
It was Great to be associated with the event!!!
Ms. Sharmin Malik
Friends For Care
Founder-President
V r NGO wid a Difference......
Keep Caring....!!!!




FFC Pune - Old Age home Visit

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FFC – Pune chapter organized a visit to an old age home “SAHYOG” which is close to PICT College. First there was a briefing in the college about the past experiences and the planned activities for the ones who were coming for the first time to the old age home from the ones who had been there before.

We had a group of 8 people and the activities we planned included dancing, singing, story telling and encouraging the people from the old age home to share their experiences. We carried the laptop for playing music. When we reached the old age home we found that they were waiting for us. We started by having a conversation with the members of the old age home. Initially they were a bit hesitant but after a while they started interacting normally. There were people from various states and backgrounds so at first language seemed like a barrier, but as time progressed we realized that our conversation was not constrained by language.

The people who came to the old age home also did a commendable job. Once they were comfortable with us then we had a small intro of our group and asked them to talk about themselves. Initially they were not sure about what to speak, but later each one gave a nice intro. Then we started with some entertainment stuff as per our plan. One of our members, Pranali and Ashwin did a wonderful job with her dance .Also Abhishek did a few steps from his dance in college cultural program. There was one girl from neighborhood who is a regular visitor there, she also joined us and showed a few dance steps .Also we all joined them and shook a leg with the real dancers. We got our new friends with whom we had talked that evening on the floor and made them dance. It was heartening to see them smile and clap and dance. Every one of us enjoyed and shared that beautiful moment with each other.

After the dance we asked the members of the old age home to sing a few songs and one of them obliged us with a wonderful song from the yesteryears. He was followed by many others and this really lightened the mood and the evening really became a fun evening. Many of them sang Bhajans .

We bid them bye and took a promise from us to visit them again, wished us the very best and said that they would wait for us to return.

Sheetal N,
Member FFC Pune

Dental Check Up Camp

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FFC organised Dental Check up camp for all at School 2 of FFC, opposite Hitvada office, Rahate Colony, Nagpur on 15th March 2009. The camp was organised for children, adults, elders and old people of the area. FFC and the Dental Dept of Lata Mangeshkar College(LMC), Nagpur came together for the camp.

FFC volunteers were present at the event and the interns from LMC conducted the dental check up camp. The interns and the doctors did the check up of approximately 60 people and the patients who were found with problems were routed to Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Nagpur.








The doctors and the interns taught the children brushing techniques and other relevant information on brushing and eating habits. They also distributed informative brochures, toohpastes and toothbrushes, bananas etc to the children and others.








FFC has adopted the place in all ways and takes the complete responsibility of the welfare and upliftment of the place where it works. FFC strives for the overall development of the people of the place it adopts and tries to provide complete care in all possible ways it can.

FFC reaches out to people and tries to give maximum benefit to all.

We welcome your support and suggestions!!!!

Keep Caring and Keep Lovong.......!!!!

Fund Raising For FFC

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Funds has been difficult for FFC as every month FFC volunteers contribute within themselves to raise fund for their activities as there is no fixed channel of sponsors or donors for FFC. FFC volunteers took this platform of Marathon to win the prize money in order to do much more for their slum children and other activities.










Friends For Care volunteers took part in an event organised in Nagpur named "Nagpur International Marathon for Peace and Non-violence on Shahid Diwas" held in the orange city Nagpur.

Event details:

Venue: Kasturchand Park, Nagpur
Date: 30th January 2009
Time: 6.00am
Dignitaries Present at the event:
Many noted film and television personalities were present at the event. Also present were Former-MP of the city Shri Datta Meghe, City Municipal Commissioner Aseem Gupta, Mr. Abinav Bindra, Hussain and Urvashi Sharma, Mr.Muttemwar,Vidharbha girl Vaishali Made etc.








Brief Report:
There were many groups, college and school students who participated in the event. There were people dressed up in peace messages and other anti-terrorism messages. Also there were races for different categories like for women, for men, 21km, 42km, and there were races for the handicapped, senior citizens and others.

The people round the city took part in the Marathon. Apart from students, there were many NGOs who took part in the Marathon.The event motivated people round the city to come forward and take part in the event and join hands against terrorism and stand for world peace. The highlight of the event was that it was International and it brought together many individuals all around the world on one platform.
FFC won:

FFC volunteers were dressed in "Peace Messages Dresses", which were collectively prepared by FFC volunteers. Volunteers showed undying spirit for the preparation of the event to raise funds for FFC and also FFC volunteers took part in the 1.5 km race. Around 35 FFC volunteers took part in the 1.5km walk and sang slogans for peace and messages. The volunteers made special wrist bands, head bands and other messages and were dressed in fitness attire.








FFC volunteers won the following prizes:
Best Dressed Female: Ms. Zainab Dhamangaowala, Rs.7900
Best Dressed Male: Mr. Arshad Dalla, Rs.4900
Mr. Chaitanya Nerkar, Rs.2900

So FFC volunteers successfully managed to raise Rs.1600(appx) for FFC and the money would be used for the welfare projects run by FFC.
A special thanks to Superhitz 93.5 SFM , Nagpur and their team for their support and cheer.
We are proud of our volunteers and the hardwork!!!!
Come be a part of this change........."be the change by being the change......"
Ms.Sharmin Malik
FFC Founder-President
Keep Caring and Keep loving.........












"School 2: Early Marriages"

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FFC volunteers in School 2 with the children there. The place where we come together not only to learn and play but also to learn and care. This is our school 2 where volunteers of FFC take classes everyday. This is basically a roadside area opposite Hitvada Office, near Panchsheel Square in Nagpur, where the migrants from Gujarat live and sell Cricket bats and other wooden stuff to earn their living. Its an all together different experience to be with the people and be with the children there.

There are children of age group that ranges from 5 yrs to 22 yrs. The children are very much keen to study and are always welcoming towards the FFC volunteers. There are children who go to school and there are others who are dropouts. Among those who are dropouts, comprises of mainly of girls between age 14 yrs to 22 yrs who are already engaged in the villages of Gujarat and are just waiting for the season of Navratri to get married.
The elder girls and boys informed the FFC volunteers that in Gujarat which is their native place, the children are engaged as soon as they are born. So throughout their life they are aware that they have to get married to the person who they have never seen.
Apart from this there are other children who have the will and wish to study. But somehow this trend of getting the teenagers married so early still exists in our society.
We at Friends For Care stand and raise our voice for a change.
Are you with us?

If yes, join us in spreading awareness and educating the young minds in the society.

Which is why we say,
"Bringing the Change by Being the Change......".

Come join us in our endevour.
To Volunteer mail us at:
Or visit our Website:
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A Salute to Maharashtra Police

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Objective of the event: ·

To acknowledge the work of the Police and their efforts to minimize criminal activities. · To spread awareness amongst the people against Terrorist Activities and the Role of Police in safeguarding the citizens.
The city is always able to sleep safely in the night just because the police is AWAKE!!! Whenever there is a threat to the country, state, city, it’s the Police that comes into action first. We witnessed this even during the recent Mumbai terror attacks where on one hand the barely armed Railway Police faced the two terrorists bravely, and on the other hand the Mumbai Police had started rescuing the hostages from Taj before any other help arrived. Similarly, in Nagpur we witnessed the terrorist attack where the Nagpur Police showed up bravely. Nagpur Police shot dead three heavily armed militants who tried to enter the RSS headquarters in Nagpur in the wee hours on Thursday. As part of checking the influx of criminal activities and spreading awareness amongst the citizens, Nagpur’s Traffic Police has launched a vigilance activity through checking booths and barricades for vehicles etc.Also, the night patrolling police jeeps ensures peaceful sleep to the citizens of Nagpur. People always think negative about the police and doubt their ability and performance. But in the times of threat and crisis it is the police who comes into action first.


The Message:
So to make the people aware of their spirits and work, FFC decided to spread awareness against terrorism in a unique way, sending out the message to those who are enemies of the nation to become alert, that our “Police” is into action and we fear no terror on their part. We are ready with the brave armymen like these policemen. So as an acknowledgement to the activities of Police and to the whole Police Force, the members of “Friends For Care”, NGO working for the people, consisting mainly of youths from the city, presented a token of appreciation and gratitude towards the Police Force. By felicitating Traffic Police, the volunteers aimed at felicitating the Police Force, be it railway police, ATS, Local Police etc, for their efforts and hardwork, for risking their lives for people, for endangering their lives for safeguarding our homes. The Nagpur’s Traffic Police felicitation marked the felicitation of the whole Maharashtra Police.





Event Details:
Venue: Near Hislop College Road, Nagpur
Date: 24-01-2009
Time: 4.00pm

Dignitaries Present at the event:

1) Joint Commissioner of Police: Mr.Baba Saheb Kangale
2) Traffic Police In-charge: Mr. Jamil Ahmed
3) 35 constables of Traffic Police
4) Founder-President of FFC: Ms. Sharmin Malik
5) 15 volunteers of FFC
6) 30 children of the slum adopted by FFC

Other Details:

The children of the slum which FFC has adopted had prepared beautiful cards for the policemen with the help of FFC volunteers. The children presented the constables and others with cards and roses. Also the volunteers presented a collage of the bravery stories of the policemen as a small token of appreciation.

Come be a part of this world......
Keep Caring.......

"WORDS tat r SILENT"

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Visit to Deaf and Dumb School, Saoner:
Their mornings start with "Silence" and night falls in "Silence". They too have dreams and they too want to become someone in this "Nomansland", this world. Around 20 volunteers of "Friends For Care", on a sunday paid visit to these children. The volunteers were very excited and they gave quality to children there. The volunteers as a gesture of love gave the children sweets, fruits, biscuits, cricket bats, balls, rackets etc. The children too reciprocated their love with kisses to the volunteers and some cards to the volunteers.

The children had vision to become something and be someone.

"I felt so touched by their dreams and their dreams. I wish we could contribute for their better future", said Akshay, one of the volunteers.

"It was great to be with the children, their silence was powerful than the words", said Arshad, another volunteer.

The experience was great and the feeling was everlasting.

Join us to understand their "WORDS".
Keep Caring........

"Khushi......spreading smiles"

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Dear all,
It gives me immense pleasure to inform you guys that the program "Disha" is running successfully in two slums of Nagpur.
And now we are all set for another program "Khushi".
"Khushi" is aimed for finding the children who are physically and mentally challenged and who are living in the unexplored parts of the city without any proper medical care and attention.
The objective of this program is to find such children and people and to route them to a proper channel of medical aid and make their families aware of their talents.

"Every individual has talent. Khushi will just try to fill in colours in the uncoloured pictures of life".

So please be a part of the program and let us
"help them help themselves.....with Khushi....."
"bring smiles for miles......."

Keep Caring.......coz tats the way it has to b........

"Christmas Party with Children"

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This 25 th of december 2008 was celebrated with a difference.


The volunteers of Friends For Care celebrated Christmas with the children. The children along with the volunteers decorated the christmas tree and hung jingles and bells to the tree. The children then sang songs and danced to the beat of music with the volunteers.



The children also sung jingles, rhymes taught to them by the volunteers. Each child showed his talent by enacting something, or singing song. Few children recited poems taught to them by the volunteers and few completed the number countings and alphabets taught to them in the FFC classes.
The cheer and thrill of children was worth a sight and their enthusiasm was at its peak. The volunteers distributed their love and affection in the form of sweets and cake and the children reciprocated their love to the volunteers with acknowledgements and kisses.
Its a great feeling to be with them, live with them, teach them and learn from them.
Come be a part of "Disha.....where we value each child's dream".

"Second Earners"

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The 24th of December 2008, Friends For Care arranged a medical health check up camp for the children and the elders as well. The doctors conducted the check up. Also a small talk on cleanliness and hygiene and good habits was taken by few medical interns. It was nice to see children listening to the interns. The effect of the program was such that the children themselves came with "Being Clean all time" promises and came neatly and tidily dressed in the events that followed.

Along with the health check up, we arranged a small talk with the people of the slum wherein around 20 ladies and gents actively participated and expressed their views. They discussed issues like low income, drop outs of young children from school, gutkha eating habits among parents etc. It was notable to see women taking interest in learning english and coming forward to become "Second Earners" for their families.

In order to help them, generate income for their homes, the volunteers of Friends For Care distributed samples of mobile covers to the ladies of the slum. The volunteers taught the ladies to stitch the mobile covers. Almost 100 mobile covers were made by the ladies of the slum. The material for making the mobile covers was distributed by volunteers of Friends For Care. The volunteers ensured the sale of mobile covers in their peer groups and the income generated was given on basis of number of covers made by each lady in the village. This way volunteers tried to motivate the ladies to become a second hand in income generation for their families.