Nandini Maharaj, New Delhi

Friends, it’s my pleasure to share about our new donor Nandini Maharaj, who has donated lot of books of her childhood. Instead of donating these books to blue pen kids, Blue created and nicknamed them as ‘Nandini’s Blue Pen Library’, which started issuing this books to Blue Pen kids for one week. Borrowing kid, while returning book back to Library, needs to discuss about content of book in front of other Blue Pen kids.

Born in Civil services family, Nandini Maharaj has done BA (Hons) History from Lady Shri Ram college. Later she did MA in Applied Human Rights from Sheffield Hallam University. She is Kapila Hingorani Scholar. Her Father Mr Raj Kimar Maharaj is PMG (91 batch), Delhi while mother Mrs Suchitra Sharma is Principal Commissioner (GST) in Delhi.

While discussing about blue pen kids, Nandini emphasises “Education leads to empowerment, enlightenment and employment. It is a strong tool towards fighting most social issues like the patriarchy, poverty etc. It adds to Quality of life.”

When questioned about reason for donating so many childhood books, Nandini explains,”I have been motivated in increasing access to education in India: usually by directly teaching students, and this time by making literature accessible to them. These Enid Blyton’s and Ruskin Bonds shaped my childhood. They make their readers kinder, more emphatetic human beings. I hope someday, every child can delve into the magical world’s created through literature.”

Friends,We all need to appreciate that there is no joy greater than “joy of giving”. While we r enjoying cosy homes in this chilling winter and enjoy decent lifestyles full of warmth, there r thousands of unfortunate deprived ones on streets, who cant afford any shelter and are left with no option but to shiver whole night without blanket.

I would request all viewers to come forward and use distribution network of Blue Pen to donate New/Old items like Toys, Blankets for upcoming winters, Toys, Clothes, School Bags or other Daily utility items, for our Flyover/Slum kids/Women.

Blue Pen provides best way of celebrating Birthday/Anniversaries of your and Dear ones. It will be great if Donor himself comes and donate by hand, else Blue Pen also provides facility of picking up this stuff from your home and distribute it on your behalf.

(NOTE: Sharing our bi-weekly posts carious groups of Facebook/Whatsapp helps us identify more volunteers, and cover more slums)

A. WHAT WE DO? :- Our objective is to impart to Kids/Women of Flyover/Slums, following modules:-
* Regular Teaching sessions, with special focus on females (on lines of “Beti Padhao-Beti Bachao Abhiyaan”)
* Teaching Cleanliness & Personal Hygiene (on lines of “Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan”)
* Nutritious Food (on lines of “Swastha Bachpan” Program)
* Skill development (Ex. Cycle/mobile/auto repair etc) (on lines of “Kushal Bharat Abhiyaan”)
* Regular Medical Checkups (on lines of “Swastha Bachpan” Program)
* Teaching Electronic Gadgets (on lines of “Digital Connect India Program”)

B. OUR SCHEDULE:- Every Sunday, our timetable is:
*930-1030AM : Munirka-I, Munirka-II & IIT flyover (all parallel sessions)
*11-12PM: Safdarjung & Nizamuddin sessions (parallel sessions)
*12:30-1PM: lunch of volunteers at near moolchand metro
*2-4Pm: “Extended” sessions at Prajapati mohalla, Tughlaqabad village & Sangam vihar (all parallel sessions)

(For exact Google locations of sites, pls visit our website www.bluepenindia.org )

C. HOW VIEWERS CAN CONTRIBUTE / PARTICIPATE IN BLUE PEN TO HELP ‘FLYOVER KIDS’?
(Note: We only accept Crossed Cheque/Draft/RTGS, only in name of “Blue Pen”..Home collection of Cheque facility available..Please avoid Cash as Blue Pen believes in ‘Transparent-Cashless’ philosophy… visit https://www.bluepenindia.org/campaigns/donate/donate/ ….Feel free to Ring up 9013130000 for any help)

C-1. VOLUNTEERING EVERY SUNDAY: Best way to contribute to this noble cause for these deprived kids/women, is to participate in our 1Hr teaching sessions at different Flyovers every Sunday.Every new volunteer enables us to cover 20 new slum kids.
https://www.bluepenindia.org/things-can-slum-flyover-kids-blue-pen/#c1

C-2. “MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM in name of your Beloved ones” (15000/Yr):- Our viewers can contact us to announce “Memorial Scholarship in memory of their own parents/Grand parents/beloved ones” for selected meritorious kid of Flyovers/Slums, which will be popularised by us on various media platforms as well as our Website.
https://www.bluepenindia.org/things-can-slum-flyover-kids-blue-pen/#c2

C-3. SPONSOR A FLYOVER (10,000/month):- This will cover cost of Food & Education of all kids of a particular Flyover for one month.Name of Donor will be flashed on our website as well as publicised on various social media platforms.
https://www.bluepenindia.org/things-can-slum-flyover-kids-blue-pen/#c3

C-4. SPONSOR-A-SLUM (20,000/Month):- This will cover cost of Food/Education of all kids at particular slum like Sangam Vihar/Tughlaqabad etc, whose no.of kids far more than flyover.
https://www.bluepenindia.org/things-can-slum-flyover-kids-blue-pen/#c4

C-5. CELEBRATE BIRTHDAY OF YOUR BELOVED ONE WITH FLYOVER KIDS (Cost: Actual Receipt of McDonald+1000/-as Trust charges):- McDonald receipt shall be given to Donor. It is desirable that at least one member of Donor’s family is present during celebration with flyover kids.
https://www.bluepenindia.org/things-can-slum-flyover-kids-blue-pen/#c5

C-6. SHARE OLD BOOKS/TOYS/CLOTHES/BLANKETS WITH FLYOVER KIDS/WOMEN : Home collection facility available for NCR region. Contact us at 9013130000 for appropriate logistical support
https://www.bluepenindia.org/things-can-slum-flyover-kids-blue-pen/#c6

C-7. INTERNSHIP PROGRAM:- It is for Students of all Levels of Academics. This Certificate will be important for International/Domestic Admissions/Jobs for youngsters, as it certifies their commitment towards Social Causes. This Two month Internship (Sundays only) also helps in connecting younger generation with ‘Real India.
https://www.bluepenindia.org/things-can-slum-flyover-kids-blue-pen/#c7

D. Visit us at www.bluepenindia.org or
Ring 09013130000 or click following links
1. for Sponsoring https://www.bluepenindia.org/campaigns/donate/donate/
2. for volunteering https://www.bluepenindia.org/volunteer/

Ranjan Khanna,
BTech (IIT Kanpur-EE-1993 Batch)