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It’s a tradition at Helping Brainz to celebrate the New Year Eve with the grandmas and grandpas of a selected old age home, as we feel it is meaningful to end the year, and celebrate the year’s ending with the homeless and the orphaned, wherein we celebrated the 2018 eve at Sai Sahara OLD Age Home at Rajendra Place, New Delhi. We were happy to see many like minded individuals volunteering for the concept. Materials (heating pads, groceries and medicines) were donated by Deepak Kumar Jha, Kirti Kumari Tikyani, Vivek Vaid, Vachaspati Mishra, Shanaya Mishra, CA Tarun Kumar and Soumya Sahadevan.
Note: From this event we’ve stopped posting photographs on social media shot at old age homes, until required/requested.
Women’s day with mothers and sisters from Jeevodaya Ashralaya
Though the world celebrated International Women’s day on March 8th in their own way, we still believe that we don’t need a day to showcase our respect for the womanhood. In this juncture Delhi based weekend volunteer group HelpingBrainz thought of lighting lamps in the darkened lives of few mothers and sisters (around 66) from Jeevodaya Ashralaya, Vikas nagar, New Delhi. Jeevodaya is a home for abandoned, destitute and orphaned mothers and sisters, based in West Delhi.
The main idea behind this event was to tell the world that even the abandoned and destitute women has their right towards womanhood, and the society needs to accept them as one among themselves. The daylong event was orchestrated by Shipra Mathur (the young Women Empowerment Leader from Helping Brainz), supported by talk shows by Seema Ji (Seema is an inhabitant at Jeevodaya, who researched and prepared an excellent and informative talk show about ‘women’s day’), #Bharatanatyamperformances by Tishya Laskar, ITL Public School, Dwarka and Sahana Iyer, Indira Ideal School, Dwarka (both are Class 6th students), Musical (instrumental) performances by Tishya, Lunch sponsored by Monika Ghoshand Gopikaa Vaidya (deliciously prepared by Shri Dharamsastha Ayyappa Pooja Samiti, Hastsal, Vikas Puri), Sweets and clothes sponsored by Dipansha [a class 6th inspiration from Kerala School, Vikas Puri (Dipansha also collated clothes during our winter clothes donation drive) and special gifts (bedsheets, slippers and daily use groceries) by VEDMA, Vasundhara Enclave.
eople who volunteered were Ambika P Menon (Managing Trustee, Helping Brainz), Poulami Laskar, Geeta Sundaram, Monika Ghosh, Sree Lakshmi, Avin Lakhenpal, Arun John, Fatima Zabi, Virendra Kumar, Yedhu Krishna Menon and Murali Menon and volunteers from VEDMA, Vasundhara Enclave. We thank Sister Elizabeth and Sister Ramya for their support.
We are happy that we enlightened and voiced for their womanhood in a bit different manner from the orthodox ways of celebrating the same. It was our 103th dedication towards the community.
Let’s respect our elders!
Life at an old age home, is something which we cannot define – as we are not into it however ‘why’ they, the framers of today’s generation, are in an old age home and what prompts their kids to send them to an old age home – is a question, HelpingBrainz is still hunting to find out..
We were moved into tears, when we saw “the 70+ year old grandma Mrs. Annie Robinson (name changed), was preserving all the biscuits for her grandchildren” whom she expects will visit her sometime soon. Our old age home visits are programmed just to stretch the wrinkles, share some love and happiness and to make the younger generation learn the importance of respecting elders – as they can also led in the same juncture very soon! The time moves fast!
“Their love was unconditional and unbiased,
why should they be deprived of love that they deserve?”
It was our (Helping Brainz’s) 100th event, and thereby we thought of celebrating it in “Shashiraj Foundation Old Age Home, Kabool Nagar, Shahdara”. The groceries were sponsored by Vidya Nandakumaran from Bangalore and Vivek Vaid, from Delhi. Others who contributed were Naina Jain, Anu Choudhary Deshwal, Neha Babu, Arun John, Fatima Zabi, Kirti Tikyani, Vineeth M Sadanandan, Vishal Pandita , Himanshu and Yedhu Krishna Menon. The entire event was beautifully orchestrated by Sandeep Gujjar (Project Head, Elderly Care Projects – Helping Brainz). As we have made it a trend to celebrate all our birtdays and anniversaries in an old age, we celebrated our team mate Kirti Tikyani’s birthday at the old age home.
Lets celebrate another 100 years with them, come join hands with us
An old age home visit: When we plan the visit an old age home visit, we plan it with all enthusiasms however the heart beats with some sorrow when we are with them, seeing their ‘real’ situations. Helping Brainz’s Elderly Care Projects, beautifully led by Sandeep Gujjar and Meenakshi Paswan, has been successful in building meaningful relationships with elderly members of the community and broaden their own understanding of various elder-related issues by conducting monthly visits to retirement homes, daytime elder-care centers and old age homes.
HelpingBrainz celebrates an old age home visit, just to spread love and stretch the wrinkles. We feel blessed that we became instrumental in imparting love to some needy noble beings atleast for some hours.
We celebrated our December 31st eve with the grandmas and grandpas (around 10) of Sahara Old Age Home (led by Mr. Arun Virk), Fatehpur Beri, Chattarpur. Our celebrations including music, donations of grocery and daily use items, cake cutting, gifting of saplings, and lots of love. We were glad to see that the grandmas and grandpas, are living like a family, giving away all their sorrows.
Daily use (sanitary and and grocery items were gifted by Sunchit Shehrawat and Monika Ghosh, and Dental Campaigns were led by Dr. Shweta Yadav . People who volunteered were, Vineeth M Sadanandan , Ashish Kumar, Neha Babu, Meenakshi Paswan, Dr.Shweta Yadav, Anil Kumar , Nidhi P. Menon and Yedhu Krishna Menon.
Old Age is something which can happen to anyone, let’s respect our elders.
The concept of OLD AGE Homes still gives us a question mark, thinking about the subtle mental condition of a son or a daughter which makes them think of sending their parents (who made them make their first step) to an orphaned state at an Old Age Home. Today’s technological revolution is making more and more old age and shelter homes to come up, because in this money making materialistic world we are forgetting the value of love, being loved and giving it back to the needy.
On behalf of Shraddh or Shraddha (a ritual wherein we honour our great grandparents and beloved) we visited Sai Sahara Old Age Home at Todapur, Rajendra Place and made the grandpas and grandmas stretch their wrinkles, smile at least for a short while. The event was conceptualized and sponsored by Mr.Rajesh Arora (Good Enough NGO) and Orchestrated by Meenakshi Paswan (Old Age Home Projects Leader, HelpingBrainz) and Dr.Shweta Yadav (Volunteer, HelpingBrainz).
It’s better to serve, honour, help and at least love them when their alive rather than calling a function to remember them.
You’re soon going to be in their shoes
With tears of happiness,
#Love #Happiness #Smile
Love! We always get mesmerized by the language of love they speak!
Happiness! Their happiness makes our inner consciousness enlightened!
Smile! We feel blessed for becoming an instrument to make a smile happen, which appears like a zephyr in the life’s darkness they’re being through.
Helping Brainz spend their last weekend with the Mothers and Sisters of Jeevodaya Ashralaya by being advocates of love, happiness and lots of smile.
Meenakshi Paswan, Remya, Dr. Shweta Yadav and Vivek Vaid and Vivek Vaid sponsored a delicious lunch prepared with Shri Dharmasastha Ayyappa Pooja Samiti Hastsal. Sreelakshmi, Shipra Mathur Shivasni Bhatt Meenakshi Paswan, Vandana, Jitendra Kushwaha and Yedhu Krishna Menon volunteered for the event. We thank Shri Dharmasastha Ayyappa Pooja Samiti Hastsal and Jeevodaya Ashralaya for this opportunity.
Imbibing respect for the old age among the youth is one of the key aspect Helping Brainz focuses on. Young Helping Brainz mates from the engineering colleges of Meerut conducted an old age home visit near Shopprix Mall, #Meerut on Father’s day. Well it’s a Helping Brainz culture to celebrate the ‘days’ with the abandoned and orphaned.
Our teammates from Meerut spent an entire day ”stretching the wrinkles”, “cooking food for them”, “sharing and hearing stories” and “making a difference”. A Dental Campaign was orchestrated along with the same.
People who contributed were @Harshit Gupta, Eklavya Agarwal, Utsav Anand, Mansi Gupta, Prakriti Jain and Satyam Kumar.
Our grandparents come and stay with us, and we definitely feel the affection. Think about those grandmas and grandpas who really want to be with their grandchildren however are caged within the walls of an old age home, with no one to share and care for them. Well old age homes and the people who cage them are still a mystery!
HelpingBrainz.Org’s Elderly Care team to show its commitment towards the senior citizens of the country and in its mission to improve the lives of the elderly by providing companionship visited Sai Sahara Old Age home located near Rajendra Place metro station.
We together watched a cricket match, shared gossips, had tea, clicked photographs and donated few vegetables. Thanks to Dr.Rajeshwari for this opportunity. People who contributed were Pratee Sudera, Gitanshu Khurana , @Kirti Tikyani, Vanshita Kumar, Parul and Yedhu Krishna Menon .
Girls (Helping Brainz) from Lucknow made a difference.
Helping Brainz Team Members from Lucknow (fortunately all ladies) made a difference by giving a difference approach to the traditional old age home visits, which even Helping Brainz was practicing till date.
– 6 young ladies from Helping Brainz Lucknow made a visit to Dorothy Croshwaite Homes where we have 13 grandmas and pas, in whom we’ve guitarists, martial arts experts, novelists, voracious readers and singers, and after all they are experienced souls.
– Helping Brainz contingent was lead Ainee Tanwir, who is the VP for Organisational Development and Effectiveness at Helping Brainz and she also spearheads the Lucknow operations (Ainee is a nutrition science student at Isabella Thoburn College, Lucknow).
– Now our young innovators designed a packet of food for age old, calculating and analyzing the consumption, did some fund raising, delivered the product.
– The sang, danced and played games to make them forget their sorrow. .
– Ladies who made a difference are
- Fatima Naqvi – A Class 12th Commerce Student
- Swati Chaudhary – Who just graduated and is preparing for competitive exams
- Apoorva Singh – Just completed PGDHRM from Lucknow University
- Divya Nagar – A Teacher
- Nidhi Singh – Pursuing LLB 2nd year from Lucknow University. Nidhi is a registered Helping Brainz volunteer and a former Chapter Leader of Helping Brainz in Lucknow.
- & Ainee Tanwir.
Old age homes are still a mystery for us. How can someone send the ones, to an old age home, who made them learn to walk and talk? By the invent of technology, and people being more globalized the count of old age homes are rapidly increasing in urban areas/ metros however surprisingly in rural areas – but why?
Does that also mean that we’re more loving the materialistic world than the natural ones?
Anyway we at Helping Brainz made a sudden plan to celebrate “Teacher’s Day” (as we don’t want a day to celebrate our love for our teachers JUST on a specific day however 365 days are teacher’s day for us, we thought of celebrating the same with few who graduated from the university called “life”) Sai Sahara Old Age Home in Rajendra Place run by Dr.Rajeshwari. Vibhesh Anand, Vivek Vaid, Vikas Vaid, Pratik Bishen and Yedhu paid a visit to the old age home, donated some groceries had an awesome tea made by a grandpa, stretched the wrinkles and walked back home with the same sort of questions and to be honest it was sad to see them saying them a goodbye and waving hands till the time we were getting lost into the darkness.