Interning with United Way Bengaluru

United Way Bengaluru is inviting applications for a 2 month internship program from April to May, 2017 to work with the team and make valuable contributions to the organization’s programs. The last date for submitting applications is 31st January, 2017.

Will an internship at United Way Bengaluru mean brewing coffee and making copies of documents? Absolutely not! An internship benefits both the organization and an intern in different ways.
Duration of Internship: Minimum of eight weeks of sincere commitment.
How will an internship at United Way Bengaluru benefit students?
  • United Way Bengaluru has designed its internship program to ensure that suitable hands on experience will supplement the theoretical knowledge being learnt inside a university classroom.
  • In particular, the intern will be exposed to United Way Bengaluru’s dedicated efforts at trying to help corporates achieve their corporate social responsibility targets, match the root causes of problems in the society with NGOs who are willing to make a significant intervention and finally empower communities to take charge of their resources. This will offer interns with an in depth understanding of how NGOs and funding organizations function.
  • We understand that most interns may be undergraduate or graduate students who are unsure about what they would want be involve themselves with after graduation. Interning with United Way will provide exposure to the public space which may be an area of interest for students. Further, every intern will mandatorily visit at least two sites and generate a report which will complete their experience of engaging with the social sphere.
  • Internships are voluntary based which means that they are non-remunerable. However, interns will receive a certificate at the end of their internship recognizing their work in the organization.
Our Selection Process
  • United Way Bengaluru accepts university students who have completed at least one year of their college degree program.
  • The organization does not offer Work from home projects which means that interns will be expected to come into office for work.
  • Interested candidates are requested to fill out this application form  and send it to Your email should be accompanied by your profile and cover letter. Ensure the dates and duration of your internship is clearly mentioned. We do not host interns for durations less than 8 weeks. Internship applications should reach us one month in advance

1000 corporate volunteers undertake cleaning, planting activities at Saulkere

By Reena Pillai
Nearly 1000 corporate volunteers from Genpact came together for a two-day Corporate Engagement Activity as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility program at the Saulkere on 20th and 21st December, 2016.
A corporate volunteer engrossed in bird viewing activity
The volunteers undertook a number of activities such as de-weeding, picking up and segregation of waste and mulching. Nearly 500 saplings were planted on this day. Around 1 kilometer of the lake area was cleared and cleaned over the two days. Volunteers involved themselves whole-heartedly into the task and were determine to complete them.
Volunteers clear out clumps of weeds from the lake bund
Manjunath, Assistant Manager working for Genpact and a first-time volunteer was delighted with the experience, “The entire event was very well organised by United Way Bengaluru. Our team consisting of seven members planted nearly 80 saplings. I planted around 25 saplings and also undertook the de-weeding activity. We really sweated hard but at the end we were extremely satisfied with our work. I would definitely want to continue to volunteer my services for the betterment of the society ”.
Manjunath, (second from right) and his buddy Ganesh (center) pose with United Way Team members
Planting of saplings were undertaken on the occasion
Ruchi Sinha, CSR Head of Genpact poses with delight for the camera
Bird watching, painting on leaf and photography were fun activities organized on the occasion.

UWBe, AMD volunteers and beneficiaries bond at Community Initiative Meet at Mandur

By Reena Pillai
United Way Bengaluru and AMD organized a Community Initiative Meet at an old age home in Mandur on 13th December, 2016.
Volunteers listen attentively as they are briefed on the agenda for the day
The purpose for this meet was a joint engagement of the leadership team and corporate volunteers with the senior citizens whom they have been supporting for the past one year.
Corporate Volunteers engaged with the inmates of the old age home
United Way Bengaluru in association with AMD have been supporting the holistic needs of 25 senior citizens which include nutritious meals, 24/7 health care facilities and recreational activities.
In addition, the senior citizens are being trained in various income generation activities like candle making, broom making, paper bag making and tailoring.
AMD volunteers participate in various activities together with the inmates
AMD Leadership team look on at an ongoing game of musical chair
Around twenty corporate volunteers and six senior leaders participated in the various activities the inmates of the old age home undertake on a day to day basis. They were extremely happy with the ambience, facilities and the overall positive vibe of the center.
A fun game of musical chair played by volunteers and beneficiaries
The meet began with an ice breaking session initiated by Mr Manish Michael, Executive Director of UWBe. The session began with the rain clap mimicking the day’s rainy weather followed by self-introduction and sharing the meaning of his/ her name.
It was an invigorating start followed by the fun musical chair game between the volunteers, inmates and intellectually challenged young children living in a hostel within the same premises.
Mr Manish Michael, Executive Director and other participants listen as a senior leader speaks
On the occasion, Mark Papermaster, CTO and SVP at AMD said, “We are extremely happy to be in a partnership with United Way Bengaluru. With all the technological advances we have achieved as a company, we as a team also wish to give back to our community. We look forward to partnering on more such initiatives.”
Mark Papermaster, Senior Leader of AMD lauds the work undertaken at the old age home
Kiranmai Pendyala, CVP of HR at of AMD shares her positive feedback on the support program
Gurudutt, aged 83, who worked as a professor in his younger days shared thought provoking words of wisdom. Having being abandoned by his family for being unable to fulfill their never ending materialistic demands, he said, “Please be content with whatever you have in your life. It’s understandable to have certain expectations in life but don’t be greedy.”
Gurudutt, an inmate of the old age home shares his experience
Lakshmamma, another inmate who is 80 years old and living here for the past one year is extremely glad with the support she receives, “I’m childless and lived with my husband in a rented house. I used to work in a temple for most of my life as a cleaner. When I fell sick people, people advised me to join this home as I was unable to look after myself and my husband. My husband went on to live with his relatives while I came here. I love it here. We are looked after very well and live as one big family.”
Women beneficiaries engaged in broom making activity
Kalyani an employee who volunteered said, “I’m so happy that I got a chance to participate in the various activities. I have never done anything like this before. I thank my company for giving us this wonderful opportunity. I would definitely love to volunteer in the future too.”
Nehal, lead volunteer who was instrumental in organizing the meet gave the vote of thanks. The meet ended with food and hot beverages and everyone departed with a resolve to work even more closely with the aged and the underprivileged.

UWBe celebrates International Volunteer Day

By Reena Pillai

On occasion of International Volunteer Day, United Way Bengaluru, BBMP and the Traffic Department coordinated volunteering events over a period of two days i.e, on 4th and 5th December, 2016.

Volunteer strip off illegal posters from the underpass wall

United Way Bengaluru along with BBMP and 100 corporate volunteers from Allegion coordinated a Spotfixing painting activity in association with The Ugly Indian movement, to give a facelift to a major underpass near Dairy circle on 5th December, 2016.

Volunteers scrub the wall clean
Volunteers apply the base coat of paint

On their third anniversary, Allegion proposed to undertake the unique volunteering initiative to instill the spirit of volunteerism and the need to ‘give back to the society’ among their employees.

Volunteers commence work on the other side of the underpass

On the occasion, a representative from Allegion said, “This Volunteering initiative is a celebration of our third anniversary in Bengaluru and we couldn’t have done this on a better day than International Volunteer Day. Our volunteers were extremely happy to participate in this painting activity and they had a wonderful time. We hope to organize more such events in the near future too.”

Volunteers painting the peacock motif on the walls of the underpass

The Spotfixing painting activity is a part of Project UFO (Under Fly Over) – a joint initiative of citizens and BBMP to transform the areas under Flyovers and Underpasses.

Engrossed in the painting activity

It aims to deter people from sticking illegal posters on the wall and ensure that public property is secured from defacement. In an innovative way, this project was undertaken to ensure aesthetic transformation of walls of the underpass.

Commuters appreciating the initiative

The following activities were undertaken: removing posters, cleaning the walls, filling in the pre-sketched BBMP approved peacock motif with colors and paining the sides of the footpath. These activities were undertaken under the guidance of experienced volunteers, who had earlier managed and executed dozens of similar transformation projects in partnership with BBMP, BMRCL and Indian Railways.

Volunteers covering the sides of the footpath with fresh coat of paint

On the occasion, Manish Michael, Executive Director of United Way Bengaluru said, “Prominent places are being defaced by illegal advertisers without any sense of ownership or pride towards their city. Thousands of citizens who pass by everyday are assailed by the visual pollution and ugliness of this public infrastructure. We hope that through this volunteering initiative people feel empowered to come forward and make a positive change. This move will also provide additional assistance to the municipal corporation, whose task it is to remove posters and maintain the cleanliness of the underpass walls and footpaths”.

Team Allegion pose against the backdrop of their Spotfixing masterpiece!

This initiative hopes to create an impact in the community by encouraging many corporations to come forward to undertake such activities, lessen the burden on the BBMP and also improve the self-image and pride of citizens who pass by every day. This will hopefully also help in prevention or control chronic illegal activity that defaces and damages public property.

Awareness program on Road Safety

Student United Way volunteers displaying banners when the signal turned red

In order to sensitize the public on the importance of adhering to traffic rules and its benefits, the student wing of United Way Bengaluru, Student United Way (SUW) in collaboration with Chilume organization organized half a day Road Safety Awareness Program on Sunday, on 4th December at two locations; Marthahalli Traffic Junction at Outer Ring Road and Yamlur Traffic junction.

Volunteers waiting with banners at strategic traffic signal points

Volunteers of SUW organized a public rally displaying placards and repeating slogans, urging people to obey traffic rules. When the traffic signal turned red for 20 to 30 seconds, students came to the center of the road and flashed their placards.

Roses were distributed to people who flouted traffic rules urging them to be responsible citizens

They also distributed roses to those obeying traffic safety regulations like wearing of helmet, pillion rider wearing helmet, strapping of seat belts, using the zebra lines to cross the road and like- wise.

Traffic police felicitated on the occasion

On the spur of the moment, roses were also handed out to those who didn’t wear their helmets, in order to encourage them to follow the rules.
Around five traffic police were felicitated on the occasion and they were honored with shawls and garlands.

Wake the Lake Campaign inaugurated at Seegehalli Lake

By Reena Pillai
United Way Bengaluru in association with Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), inaugurated the adoption of Seegehalli Lake by Dell EMC India Centre of Excellence (COE) for a period of three years, under its ’Wake the Lake’ Campaign on 30th November, 2016.
A scenic view of the Seegehalli Lake
Around 140 Corporate volunteers, United Way Bengaluru team members and local residents celebrated the event with much eagerness and excitement. The program event kick started with a quiz competition on lakes which was followed by speeches by the chief guests for the day, marking the event by planting of saplings, unveiling the signage board and cutting the ribbon.
Manish Michael, Executive Director of UWBe planting a sapling
Speaking on the occasion, Manish Michael, Executive Director, United Way Bengaluru said, “We live in a society facing complex challenges. The problems in our community can only be permanently resolved when the Government, Community, Corporate and Civil Society Organization come together to address these issues. We all have to play a critical role in building up our neighborhood. This rejuvenation initiative is one such shining example on how we can address complex community problems together”.
Sarv Saravanan, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Dell EMC India COE plants a sapling on the occasion
Corporate Partner Dell EMC India COE who is committed to the cause of making a positive impact on the society revealed that the company would also adopt the Mahadevepura Lake shortly under the ‘Wake the Lake’ campaign.
(From left to right) Jagannath Rao, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike; Sarv Saravanan, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Dell EMC India COE; Dr. Sadanand Hegde, Trustee, Bangalore Environment Trust and Manish Michael, Executive Director, United Way Bengaluru unveil the signage board at the lake
Speaking on the occasion, Sarv Saravanan, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Dell EMC India COE said, “At Dell EMC India COE, we are inspired to make a meaningful difference in our community and the larger planet. Bengaluru’s green cover and lakes are both disappearing fast, resulting in unprecedented heat waves and water shortage. This project of restoration of Seegehalli Lake will help to recharge groundwater and restore the green cover around the lake. We aim to continue working towards enriching our natural environment and our teams are excited to get cracking on cleaning up and restoring this lake.”
Volunteers planting saplings
Seegehalli Lake which comprises of 32 acres is one of the partially thriving water bodies located near KR Puram. The BBMP has completed certain civil work like inner and outer fencing, desilting, diversion of sewage and overhead tank while the walk pathway is under construction.
Volunteers show off their painted pebble
Mr. Jagannath Rao, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, said, “Lakes serve as life support systems, serve as habitat for a variety of organisms including migratory birds for food and shelter. BBMP would like to thank UWBe and Dell EMC India COE for coming forward and supporting us in maintaining Seegehalli Lake.”
Dell EMC volunteers at work
Dr. Sadanand Hegde, Trustee, Bangalore Environment Trust added, “I’m pleased to be associated with United Way Bengaluru since its inception and I have notice that there is a lot of progress and involvement of the local residents in the lake rejuvenation process.”
The exhilarated team members of Dell EMC pose for the camera
A series of activities were planned for the volunteers for the day. They were engaged in planting 200 saplings, pebble painting and photography competition.

3M Volunteers deliver impactful message on waste management

By Reena Pillai
3M India employees volunteered at GPHS Koodlu, a government school near Anekal by organizing an awareness program mainly on pollution and waste segregation as part their CSR Volunteering initiative on 23th November, 2016.
Excited students pose for the shutterbug
The awareness program covered various topics like segregation of waste, types of pollution, effects of pollution on air, water and soil and health and hygiene.
Students practicing deep breathing before the commencement of the session by the volunteers
Students from class 6th, 7th and 8th standard received the easy and practical instruction along with demonstration on the above mentioned topics.
Volunteers putting up charts for easy reference for the students
Two sets of dustbins totaling six in number in Blue, Red and Purple colors were handed over to the school to practice segregation of waste. This was also done to build a sense of ownership and responsibility among the children.
3M volunteers demonstrate segregation of waste
The team also gave the students a compost pot to manage the school’s wet waste which in turn could be used as manure for their plants. One of the volunteers Geeta spoke about the ill-effects of spitting in public spaces as numerous diseases can be transmitted though saliva.
Along with segregation of waste, students were also taught about composting and given a clay pot to practice the same
3M CSR Agastya-65
Geeta talks about the ill-effects of spitting in public spaces
Suparno Hazra, Technical Project Manager – Commercialization of 3M India and a volunteer said, “We express our sincere thanks to United Way Bengaluru for helping us with the CSR activity at the Government High School, Koodlu. The whole team had a great experience that day, interacting with the kids. We were skeptical about the whole program initially, but we were overwhelmed to see the participation from the students and teachers as well. The kids were really bright, courteous and disciplined. For those few hours we were also taken back to our school days, where we had our share of fun and learning.”
He added, “We would definitely want to be engaged with the school in future, and see that we contribute a little to their development. We would also want to see that the practices we initiated are being followed by them”.
3M India volunteers in front of the Mobile Science lab
Children receive juice and biscuits from 3M India volunteers
United Way Bengaluru with the support of 3M India is working with Agastya International on instilling curiosity among children through the mobile Science Lab and the Lab on Bike programs in Anekal, Karnataka and Ranjangaon, Maharashtra reaching out to  74 schools and benefiting nearly 5000 students.

Nearly 560 people participate in UWBe health camp in Mahaura, Bihar

By Reena Pillai
United Way Bengaluru in association with GE Loco and implementing partner Nari Gunjan successfully organized a free health camp on 18th November, 2016, in Marhaura, 200 kms from Patna, Bihar.
Various scenes from the free health camp organized in Marhaura, near Patna, Bihar
Organized at the Referral Hospital, around 600 people turned up of which 560 of them registered at the camp. People from five villages namely Tejpurva, Talpuraina, Mirzapur, Piapurva and Israuli attended the camp. Free first aid kits were distributed to the first 300 people.
Padmashree Sr Sudha Varghese from Nari Gunjan (center) flanked by other dignitaries on the dais
For the first time, all the seven doctors from Referral Hospital came together to provide free health check-up for the people and support the camp. This included two lady doctors and three nurses exclusively worked with women and children. Routine health check- up like checking the BP, sugar, thyroid and others were conducted.
Padmashree Sr Sudha Varghese from Nari Gunjan said, “For many of them this camp was their first experience.  The women were given a separate orientation on general health and gynecological issues . They were happy to learn about ways on tackling anemia and malnutrition among children and women . Several elderly people suffered from vision problem. They were glad to learn that there was an eye camp organized separately as well.”
An elderly person undergoing a health check-up
The Rashtya Bal Sastya (RBS) Team took the responsibility of checking every person’s height, weight and other parameters.
Awareness program organised exclusively for women by anganwadi workers
Aganwadi workers (ANMs) conducted awareness sessions on various issues like vaccination, personal hygiene, nutrition, briefing on various health schemes provided by the government etc.
Continuous auto rickshaw canvasing was undertaken
To garner a favorable response for the free health camp, the volunteers of Nari Gunjan distributed tokens to most families across five villages and undertook auto rickshaw canvassing where repeated announcements were made urging people to make use of this facility. Street plays were organized on health issues in all four villages. In addition, pamphlets were distributed and banners were displayed at prominent locations.

MAKKALA HABBA –  Of traditional games and leisure pastimes

By Reena Pillai
The two – day Children’s carnival Makkala Habba – 2016 organized by United Way Bengaluru in association with the Department of Women and Child Development, (DWCD) Government of Karnataka and Vidyaranya, an NGO concluded on a high note with nearly 15,000 adults and children having the time of their lives as they participated in a number of fun traditional games and activities.
Our volunteer Abhinav at the Born Learning stall demonstrates the catapult to a child
As part of the Government’s Children’s Day program, Makkala Habba recreated the traditional lifestyle, pastimes and sentiments for the people of Bengaluru in Cubbon Park, behind the library, on the 13th and 14th of November, 2016.
The traditional entrance at the Makkala Habba – 2016
Shrimati Umashree Minister for Women and Child department and Kannada and Culture and Shri NA Harris, MLA Shantinagar Constituency were the chief guests on the first day. Both dignitaries tried all the traditional games and activities.
Shrimati Umashree, Minister for Department of Women and Child Development at the Born Learning Stall encouraging a child to complete a ladder activity.
Many adults were thrilled that they got the chance to play traditional games like Lagori, Buguri (top spinning) Gilli Dandu, Chatara billu (catapult), Chowka bara, Chinni Mane, Cycle tyre race, Pagade, Skipping, Kunte Pille (hopscotch), Ane Kallu, Pachchi, Cup and ball, Kavade aata which they grew up playing, while the children got a glimpse of the exciting traditional games their parents used to play.
A mother and her daughter enjoy a traditional Mysore tonga ride
Pottery making, basket weaving, brick making, ragi grinding, churning of buttermilk were some of the other traditional activities both adults and children watched and also participated in.
A stunning display of mallakamba, traditional acrobatics
Bullock cart rides, tonga ride, storytelling by grandmothers, skating on coconut palms, painting on leaf, gangettu, mallagamba and Kushti were other exciting activities which were the highlights of this event.
Children enjoy a ride in a bullock cart
People also got to savor traditional food like akki roti (rice roti), ragi mudde (ragi balls) with sap saru (gravy with green), holige (traditional sweeten roti), rasam (spicy broth) made in rustic style which brought back fond memories among the adults and created new ones for the children.
A food stall offering authentic traditional cuisine
Mr. Manish Michael, Executive Director of United Way Bengaluru said, “Urban children who are busy with modern way of life have absolutely no or very little exposure to the traditional life.  Most of these experiences be it food, games, crafts or occupations can enable children to have a deeper understanding of the rich, vibrant and vast culture of India. Through this event we aim to connect every child back to its roots to enable them to embrace and cherish the past of their elders, parents, friends, community.”
A child eagerly tries her hand at pottery
Anand Babu who visited Makkala Habba with his daughter was ecstatic with the vast display of traditional games and activities. He said, “It was really a fantastic experience. I stepped back into my childhood and that moment cannot be forgotten. My daughter Harini who is 12 years old too enjoyed a lot and was glad to know that I knew how to play all the games. She participated in them and also took home a clay pot which she made.”
An ecstatic Anand Babu and his daughter Harini at Makkala Habba
He added, “It is indeed sad that our lives have become so mechanical and void without these fun games. Our children have missed out on most of these games.”
Traditional lifestyle is deeply embedded in being in touch with nature and such perspective shows how one should respect and protect nature
Mr. MC Ramesh, General Secretary of Vidyaranya said, “Following the success of Makkala Habba last year, the government invited Vidyaranya and United Way Bengaluru to promote this concept for the children of Bangalore. We are extremely proud that this year too we received such a resounding response from nearly 15,000 people. They couldn’t get enough of all the traditional and fun activities that were offered. With such encouragement, we wish they incorporate these fun activities in their day to day lives.”
A child tries her hand at grinding ragi in a stone mill
Sachin Sanap, Senior Staff engineer who originally hails from Pune and is living in Bengaluru for the past 4 years visited Makkala Habba with his wife and two children was delighted with the experience. He said, “We are absolutely stunned to see that the basic traditional games like gilli dandu, spinning of top, seven stones remain the same in various parts of the country though their names may differ. For us it was an awesome experience to live back our childhood and we want our children to learn these games again”.


His wife Rajshri Sanap, a homemaker added, “After going back home, I’m going to ensure that we teach these games to all the children of our apartment complex. They are really missing out on the fun games like seven stones and others. We didn’t plan this event but we are glad that we landed here”.
A special walkathon to create awareness for children afflicted by diabetes was organized at 8 am and nearly 100 people participated in it including 35 children afflicted by diabetes. A quiz competition on diabetes was held for them and the winners were awarded prizes.
A walkathon for children afflicted by diabetics was organized
The objective of this event was to increase public awareness about diabetes in children. Knowing about the symptom of type 1 diabetes can be life-saving as early diagnosis helps in better management and prevention of complications.
As part of the Children’s Day celebrations and to support the Government in providing early childhood education to children studying in anganwadis, United Way Bengaluru showcased its flagship campaign called ‘Born Learning’ which works with children between the ages of 3 and 6 years. This campaign champions the concept of ‘School Readiness’ among anganwadi children.
The stall attracted the maximum number of children for its painting on the leaf activity, followed by the building block activity, ladder climbing, balancing of bean bags on the head and other fun obstacle course activities.
Mr. Manish Michael added, “Through the Born Learning Campaign we are reaching out to nearly 1200 children across 42 anganwadis located in and around Bengaluru. This year, the Born Learning Campaign was declared as the national campaign for all the United Way Chapters in India. In three year’s time our Born Learning Campaign will reach out to over 100,000 children in the age group of 3 – 6 years across seven cities in India to attain holistic development and help them become school ready.”

Xerox Business Services, India volunteering team became ‘Children’ on this Children’s Day

Twelve volunteers from Xerox Business Services, India celebrated Children’s Day with 50 students of Vijayanagara Government Primary School located in Whitefield on Monday, 14th November 2016.
The event was organized by Xerox Business Services along with United Way Bengaluru and Whitefield Rising. The volunteers wonderfully transformed into ‘Children’ as they jointly participated in several fun and educational activities.
Volunteers from Xerox participate in the morning assembly
The day began with the assembly program where after the prayer and regular announcements, volunteers read news from a vernacular newspaper and shared the day’s news with the children; followed by creative activities
Drawing competition:
Charts and crayons were provided to students to canvas their thoughts and imagination to them. Houses, mountains, Seven Wonders of the World ‘Taj Mahal’ and best of their own school image popped out of their imagination. The colour combinations used depicted their moods on this day, which was outstanding. A box of pencil was also distributed to all as a token of appreciation for the zeal what they showed during participation. They also got the crayons to keep for themselves.
Volunteers evaluating the drawing competition
Quiz competition:
Children’s knowledge was tested by quizzing them to name our national bird, animal, flower, fruits, etc., we are so proud that our country really has some bright and intelligent brains.
Children play with a bunch of balloons
Pictures of famous leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and National Heritage were shown to identify. Competition evolved amongst themselves which unveiled the abundance of knowledge they possess. A copy of Jawaharlal Nehru’s portrait was distributed for them to colour.
Fun along with learning, with children was also one of our motto. Games including balloon bursting, ball pass, dog & the bone were played which brought smile in their faces and created memories. Talent show and rhyme recital were also a part of the fun activities. They sang, danced and acted to amaze everyone. A tremendous amount of participating spirit was seen.
Volunteers participate in the fun games
Health talk:
A talk on health and hygiene was delivered. A picture showing on how to clean your hands before and after food and waste management was distributed. As a healthy beginning, Bournvita bottles were distributed to all.
CSR lead Kiran Devaiah, who volunteered on this day said, “We were definitely overwhelmed by the experience. We felt like a kid among the kids! We were transported back to our good old school days. We thoroughly enjoyed and it was a great feeling spending the day with these children. The feel good factor of ‘Back to school days’ overwhelmed all of us”.
Along with other goodies, a pair of shoes and socks were gifted to children
The day was closed with distribution of student ID cards and pair of shoe and socks to every child. Everyone departed with wonderful memories to cherish.


MAKKALA HABBA –  Revisit your childhood

By Reena Pillai
On the occasion of Children’s Day, United Way Bengaluru in association with the Department of Women and Child Development, (DWCD) Government of Karnataka and Vidyaranya, an NGO will organize the second edition of Makkala Habba, a two-day children’s carnival in Cubbon Park, behind the library, on the 13th and 14th of November, 2016 between 8 am to 7 pm.
As part of the Government’s Children’s Day program, Makkala Habba will recreate the traditional lifestyle, pastimes and sentiments for the people of Bengaluru. Children can play Lagori, Buguri (top spinning ) Goli ( marbles) Gilli Dandu, Chatara billu (catapult), Chowka bara, Chinni Mane, Cycle tyre race, Pagade, Skipping, Kunte Pille (hopscotch), Ane Kallu, Pachchi, Cup and ball, Kavade aata to get a glimpse of the exciting traditional games their parents used to play.
Pottery making, basket weaving, brick making, ragi grinding, churning of buttermilk are some of the many traditional activities both adults and children can watch, enjoy and also partake in.


Bullock cart rides, tonga ride, storytelling by grandmothers, skating on coconut palms, painting, and exciting cultural performances will be the other highlights of this event.
Mr. Manish Michael, Executive Director of United Way Bengaluru said, “Urban children who are busy with modern way of life have absolutely no or very little exposure to the traditional life.  Most of these experiences be it food, games, crafts or occupations can enable children to have a deeper understanding of the rich, vibrant and vast culture of India.
Through this event the we aim to connect every child back to its roots to enable them to embrace and cherish the past of their elders, parents, friends, community and last but not the least mother earth.”
Traditional lifestyle is deeply embedded in being in touch with nature and such perspective shows how one should respect and protect nature
Mr. MC Ramesh, General Secretary of Vidyaranya said, “Following the success of Halli Habba held in Bangalore two years ago, the government invited Vidyaranya to promote this concept for the children of Bangalore in 2015. It was a great success last year and hence we decided to organize the second edition too. We hope this event resonates with the children of Bengaluru and they feel a sense of pride regarding their traditions and culture. With such encouragement, we wish they incorporate these fun activities in their day to day life.”