young people employment
children with complex health
ABOUT MAD (MAKE A DIFFERENCE)
Make A Difference (MAD) is a youth driven, non-profit organisation working to ensure equitable outcomes for children in orphanages and street shelters. It was registered as a non-profit in 2006 and made a difference that reached over 4,250 children in 81 shelters across 23 cities in India, through a highly efficient 4,300 strong volunteer network. Volunteers commit a year and spend between 2 to 10 hours every week mentoring, teaching and interacting with children in order to ensure that they get the support and care they need during childhood.
Vision is that even the most vulnerable children in shelters are able to realize equitable outcomes. Understanding the most vulnerable as children who either do not have a family to support them, or children whose families are unable to provide a safe space for them to grow up in. Many of these children end up in shelters, which struggle to address more than infrastructure and basic needs, so Make A Difference focuses on providing them with additional care and support systems to ensure that they flourish.
Mission is to improve the quality of life and for the children in shelters and to ensure that every child is able to fulfill their potential irrespective of his or her circumstances.
Minimum target is to ensure that these children are able to live a life free from exploitation and are capable of managing emotional and financial life crises. However the real goal is for the children we work with to end up on par with a stable middle class demographic that allows to break the cycle of poverty and abandonment.
COLLABORATION WITH MAD (MAKE A DIFFERENCE)
Both Agni Foundation and MAD (Make A Difference) are NGOs situated in Tamil Nadu state, whose main goal and mission are to work for the welfare of children who are vulnerable and underprivileged. On 27th Feb 2016, Agni Foundation and MAD collaborated for a social cause. Both the organization joined hands and organized a Dream Camp for children to mark its impact of skill development and recreational camp for children at risk to provide them with a holistic learning experience which was held at Muttukadu. The camp was organized for around 100 children from two homes (Tambaram and Injambakkam-ECR). Several activities were organized during the camp, which include recreational activities games and sports, also educational and learning activities. Apart from entertainment and fun, several workshops were organized in which people from corporates and field experts also participated as resource persons, several topics were covered such as on entrepreneurship, internet awareness.
Who is an Entrepreneur? An Entrepreneur is someone who organizes a business venture and assumes the risk for it. The capacity and willingness to develop, organize and manage a business venture along with any of its risks in order to make a profit. The most obvious example of entrepreneurship is the starting of a new business. The Workshop on Entrepreneurship for children was conducted in order to make them understand about the skills of business. To prepare them to be the future entrepreneur, who can make their own decisions and start their own business, to be someone as an employer in order to employ people who seeks for jobs.
Another workshop was on Internet Awareness. We all are aware about different kind of online social media and social blogs that are available and majority of us are connected to one of these social media, it can be twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp and so on. Using Internet facilities has become a daily part of our life, especially among youth and children. It is a fact that most of the time are spent on internet. It has made an easy access to everything that we wish to see by the use of Google, Wikipedia and so. Just with one click of a button, you can have access to everything you want. There are many advantages of using internet these days, as human lives have become more and more busy. So in this busy world internet plays an important role in minimizing and saving the time. But there are also some disadvantages of excessive usage of internet. As most people become fully dependent on internet, they neglect other means of social and physical interaction, which also affect the social participation of a person. So as a result we should know and learn the proper use of internet, so that it won’t affect our personal and social development and participation. A dance workshop was also organized as a part of entertainment and talent search. Volunteers from our organisation and MAD accompanied the children to the camp area and conducted several activities with them. Apart from this transportation facilities were arranged and provided by us, Agni Foundation.
The feedback and response that we got from the children were satisfied. Each of them were very happy and enjoyed during the camp. They had fun and the same time learning were also imparted to them. This would help them to improve in terms of their social development and participation.