Creative Teaching by Mani Manjari

“If a child cant learn the way we teach, may be we should teach the way they learn” : Ignacio Estrada

It is very important to be creative and know different methods of teaching when in a class, more so when teaching the little ones. Recently we had a wonderful person and volunteer, Mani Manjari, visit us and she delivered classes to our teachers on how to teach more creatively. Among other things, her primary focus was to deliver a workshop on “Learning through Creative play”; that refers to play as an essential resource for teaching the curriculum in the Early Year classes (Nursery and Prep). Three different modals of teaching through play were introduced:

1. Art and Design: where children are encourage to use marks, picture drawings, paintings, and constructions to create their personal responses to what they had viewed and experienced though the teaching.

2. Music, Movement and Dance: where children are giving opportunities to listen to sound, rhythms, and nursery rhymes; which are considered important tools for language development.

3. Storytelling and Drama: where stories are used as instruments for language development through listening (receptive language) and through role play (expressive language)

As per Mani Manjari, “My over all experience was really wonderful. I liked working with the teachers. This service is very dear to my heart, because I love Vrindavan and I like teaching very much. I wish that I could spend at least three months yearly helping at the schools of FFLV “.

We are really grateful to Mani for taking out the time for us. It was really helpful and we hope that she is able to come and do this every year.

Words of Wisdom By Kamlesh Patel

Time is all we have in Life. It is the essence of our Life. Without it we dont have anything.

In a small seminar given to our girls on Tuesday, Mr Kamlesh told them about the importance of Time. He compared time to money and introduced them to a revolutionary idea of using time as money.  One may ask how, turns out that Kamlesh ji has been successfully practicing this money less system in his cafe in Gujrat, where people can get a coffee or snack in return of their service. This makes people realize the importance of their time and encourages them to do free service for others. The girls really liked the idea and plan to use it in their lives too.

Brooke sends a girl to school

It is such a pleasure for us to share with you the stories of our little heroes from around the world who would go out of their way to help another girl get an education. One such example is set by Brooke, an 11 year old from Canada, who auctioned hockey tickets that she donated, and managed to raise 1000 USD. She donate this money to Food for Life Vrindavan towards the education of a girl. The amount is enough to cover the education and supplies for a girl at SMS for almost two year. Dear Brooke, we want to tell you this, you are a hero and we are so proud to know you. You are such an inspiration to other girls and also our school girls here at Sandipani Muni School. Thank you very much, and we hope to meet you one day.



The Joy of Giving is Magical!

Dear Friends,
Another successful festival, thanks to you all! This year we reached our funding goals of distributing 5,500 gifts matching our gifting goal of last year!
In this three day festival, on 25th, 27th and 29th of January 2017, we went out to distribute gifts but what we got in return was priceless. The happiness and excitement, eagerly waiting eyes, restless chitter chatter, the precious smiles was all so beautiful to watch. The children wait every year for this festival, because they know that there are people in this world who care to make their new year a special one too.
Every year we celebrate giving and organise this festival around New Year to gift a smile to those that are left behind in the society. While we all celebrate New Year with our families and make them feel special, your little contribution of $6 makes sure that someone on the other side of the world feels special too. That someone may not be from your immediate family but they certainly belong to the family of mankind. And this is what makes us love another human being, by giving just to make them happy, without wanting anything in return. Thank you very much on behalf of the children of Vrindavan!

India’s 68th Republic Day

On the 26th of January, 2017 the children of Sandipani Muni School, along with the rest of the country, celebrated India’s 68th Republic day. The children were so excited, some had the tricolor painted on their cheek while others carried it in their hand. So many colorful performances were given by the girls. Some were meant as a tribute to the soldiers of India, while others were portraying the beauty of different cultures. Also some performances raised issues of women safety in a free and developing India.

Republic Day honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on 26 January 1950. Our school kids very well understand its importance and thus express their respect for it every year.

Another proud moment

Dear Friends,

We are excited to share with you that Sherin Qureshi, the student of Sandipani Muni School, was recently awarded a Laptop from the Government of Uttar Pradesh for her excellent performance in studies. Always performing well in studies, Sherin scored 84% in her 10th Board exams. Not only that, Sherin is a great dancer and actor as well and participates regularly in many programs at school. She has set an example for other girls in the school. We are so proud of her and wish her a bright future ahead. Sherin is our student of the month.

Sharanya’s endeavour

Sharing a beautiful story of Sharanya, a 15 year old student from Frankfurt, who raised funds for the children of Sandipani Muni School.

Initially Sharanya had thought of simply asking for money from relatives and neighbours in Jaipur during her stay in winter break. But when encouraged by her parents to be creative to raise the funds she decided to raise the money instead. Since she likes to work in the kitchen , she came up with this unique idea of making pizzas.

She went to a girls’ hostel which is very close her house and few other neighbours and told them about Sandipani muni school and convinced everyone to order pizzas. She was helped by her cousins and grandparents and they ended up selling around 40 pizzas.

“It was such a fulfilling day for me to serve meal to so many people and collecting contributions for the best cause”, says Sharanya. She will be volunteering for Sandipani Muni school in July end and is looking forward to it.

We will be sharing this inspiring story of Sharanya’s endeavour to help others with our school students.


Chief Minister Awards FFLV

 We are pleased to inform you that on the 14th of December 2016, our founder Rupa Raghunath Das, on behalf of Food for Life Vrindavan received the Swayam Award 2016. The award was given by the honourable CM of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Akhilesh Yadav. The award ceremony was organised by Gaon Connection Foundation. 

It is noteworthy that out of a total of 650 nominations, Food for Life Vrindavan was amongst the top ten selected organizations. The award has been given to the those that have been working at the grassroots of the society to bring a positive change. The CM said that such organisations inspire others also to work towards the betterment of the society. 

Food for Life Vrindavan has been working in the field of girl education, women empowerment and social development for the past 25 years. Currently we have 3 schools that are providing free education, transport & meals to 1300 girls. We also have other projects such as skill training, organic farm, medical camps, free meal distribution, water projects etc. FFLV is honoured to receive this award and it has given us great encouragement. We hope to doing more and more work in this direction in the years to come. 

Dental Camp: An experience

Ms Deesha Ramji, a successful dentist from UK visited us recently and offered her services by organising a free dental check up for our school children. She wrote about her experience with us and we are sharing it with you all here:

Over the three days volunteering as a dentist, I must have seen over 500 children. I was very warmly welcomed every morning by your students and staff and really enjoyed participating in morning assemblies for Arti and Tulsi puja before class. I could see that the children were very enthusiastic and very organised because of the special guidance and dedication offered by the staff. 

The children were very eager to learn and responded very positively to any advice and questions when they had concerns. Towards the end of the morning, I found it very entertaining that Rupesh had fully grasped the diseases and their causes and proceeded to give advice to the children in Hindi according to the clinical findings I expressed to him at the examination. He is now a very good oral health educator for the children at the school.

On my last day I went to the school 5 km away where there are 350 children I managed to see most of them for check ups, advice and a list made of the those children who needed treatment. The children here were also very keen to learn. My translator, Hemlata mataji, was very good and was able to speak to the children about the causes of their problems as well as give them advice on how to avoid them. Mataji is a radio disc jockey so requested that she broadcast this information to a wider audience.

I hope you invite me back. Thank you so much again for this wonderful seva, it has been my very good fortune to have your association. 

Rena visits school

A beautiful young lady Rena recently visited our school. She came only for a few days and wanted to volunteer with the kids. She had some really fun time with the tiny tots in the KG section teaching them yoga, singing songs and playing. She also gave out really cute gifts to the children. The overall visit experience was so pleasing for her that she decided to come back in March 2017 and organise a Yoga Retreat in Vrindavan. She will also inspire people to help the school by fundraising and inspiring others to sponsor the girl education. We look forward to the group visit next year.