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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Diwali Decoration and Celebration at Old Age Home

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Diwali Decoration and Celebration at Old Age Home

Ever imagined celebrating festivals with unknown people away from home? Many of us can’t even imagine celebrating festivals without our loved ones around. This weekend, Saturday 10th Oct 2009, Team Umang has reached a scenic venue where its members are not from a single family.

Yup, you guessed it right! Team Umang has visited a beautifully located Old Age Home in Bhayender (W), Kisan Gopal Rajpuriya Vanprastha Ashram – a second inning home for approx 50 people to bring in the festive spirit of Diwali in all its glory for those who are at a home away from home. This Old Age home is located near Uttan Area in the outskirts of Bhayender.

Team Umang reached the second inning home at 10 a.m. The residents were already seated in the hall area of the Ashram eagerly awaiting the arrival of Team Umang and the celebrations that would come along. The old age residents shook hands and greeted Team Umang with enthusiastic fervor and seemed happy and excited to have them in their premises. Team Umang then went around chit-chatting and greeting the residents individually and after a wholesome, scrumptious breakfast of Poha, dhoklas and tea initiated the celebrations at the Ashram with a bang.

The day was started with Introduction note about Umang Foundation by Diksha Bhojwani and Ashish Goyal to all the inmates and not to a surprise; many inmates could recognize Ashish as this was his 5th visit to this second inning home.

A Bhajans Mandli was invited to entertain and interact with the house members. They were very delighted to hear their favorite bhajans LIVE in front of them.

The bhajans turned out to be a huge hit with the residents and most of them, some even above 70 years of age, stood up to shake a leg or to sing their hearts out with any song they were fond of. The result was an atmosphere filled with divine music and merry and the ashram hall turning into a dance floor.

Who said, practice makes man perfect, we have seen age has no barriers for those who believe people go old by thoughts not by will. These excited housemates were dancing better than any of the members of Team Umang out there then, started the demonstration of singing skills, and they were really melodious.

Meanwhile, the Girls of Team Umang were busy in decorating the house with rangoli, flowers etc. Even boys got a chance to show their hidden talents in rangoli!!! Doors were decorated with stickers and Flowers all around.

A very special bouquet made by uncles and aunties to honor our Trustee Mr. R S Goyal and special thanks to Mr. Yogesh the vocalist of the Bhajan Mandli.

Then at 1:00 PM, its time for lunch which was served and arranged by Team Umang with a simple staple food and sweets in the menu. Housekeeping team of the Old Age home had their share of rest that day, since all the major tasks were handled by the Team Umang. Some of the house mates could not be a part of all these activities because their body is not supporting them to move from their bed but utmost care was taken to interact with them in their respective rooms.

They got emotionally attached with the Team Umang within some time and started narrating sweet memories of their past.

Action resumed in the evening with all the residents assembling inside the temple where a game of housie was organized by Team Umang. Excitement started as game master Gaurav Gujare announced the prizes which were either a medicine box or a spectacle case and it seemed everybody was determined to win the game with fervor, innocence and competitive spirit.

Also, the temple was decorated with Flowers and a beautiful rangoli made by girls of Team Umang.

There were several prizes to be won and in the end every player ended up with a prize in hand. The residents were then distributed packets of ‘Laddoos’ and ‘Namkeen’ as snacks and a Diwali memento of a packet of beautifully decorated Diyas were handed over to each resident.

The residents, away from home, missing their families, had joy on their faces, memories in their eyes and expressed their wholehearted gratitude with priceless smiles, heartfelt blessings and a promise from Team Umang to come again to the Ashram soon, to be their family in the many more festive seasons to come.

Team Umang bid the residents and the Ashram farewell with a mixture of emotions, joy in their eyes and tears in their hearts.

Sometimes, small events bring the greater joy in life. This was a perfect example for understanding how small moments of life can bring greatest joy to people who have given their whole and soul in making young and responsible citizens.

May these Housemates and their families have a very wonderful and happiest Diwali ever!

Team Umang:-
R S Goyal, Sophia Ali Ansari, Gaurav Gujare, Ajay Pardeshi, Vishal, Akansh Goyal, Sweta Singh, Ashish Choudhary, Rahul, Roli, Diksha Bhojwani, Chetan Karkhanis, Mayuri Parekh, Rahul Gupta, Pooja Agarwal and Ashish Goyal

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Free books for kids

Courtsey : Times of India - Dombivali-Kalyan Plus (

Posted On Saturday, October 03, 2009 at 04:40:30 PM

A Correspondent

Members of Umang foundation- a Mumbai based registered NGO provided education material to underprivileged students’ free of cost at schools across Kalyan. Five hundred students from Ganesh Vidyamandir, Nutan Hindi Vidyalaya and Gyan Vidya Mandir were given free materials.

Notebooks, pencils, pens, scales, erasers and sharpeners were distributed as part of the campaign. Ashish Goyal, founder of Umang Foundation interacted with kids and made them realise the importance of education. The kids were in the age group of 5 to 15 years.

For any further details contact Ashish Goyal at or call on 9819940222
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Distribution of Notebooks

Creating ‘Umang’ among school students: A Glimpse

Vithalwadi, Kalyan – 03/10/09: Gone are the days when youngsters planned out parties and trips with friends to enjoy the weekend. A group of 20 youngsters enjoyed their Saturday in a more sensible way last week.

This Saturday, the hangout place for these young professionals was a school in Vithalwadi (A small town near Kalyan). Umang Foundation had planned for the Distribution of Notebooks and Stationery to the students of R.K Tripathi Hindi High School in Vithalwadi (East).

Members of Umang Foundation R S Goyal, Sandeep Bhanushali, Yograj Kolhe, Chetan Karkhanis, Deena Sawlani, Anand Prakash, Suni Chanchlani, Roli, Karishma Thakur, Rahul R Gupta, Kirti, Renuka Bhavake, Amit Tyagi, Mohit Gogia, Ashish Choudhary, Pooja Agarwal, Sweta Singh and Ashish Goyal have reached to school on scheduled time of 09:00 AM.

Distribution started with Class 6 students and then followed with the students from Class I to Class X as per their school timings. Umang Foundation’s members were busy preparing the packets for the students as per their Class standards. As the classrooms were not spacious enough, the arrangement was made in an open space just outside the school. Humidity, Load Shedding and scorching hot sun didn’t de-motivate any of the youngsters who usually spend their major time in posh IT offices.

These innocent Students were seen standing in a queue to get their share of packets containing notebooks and stationery as per their Class Standards [Class I to Class X]

Around 500 students were given the packets in separate batches and children were quite excited about it. Distribution was followed with an interactive session with these little kids in their classrooms. Hearing out their future plans and dreams concluded that seriously, ‘Dreams has no boundaries and limitations’. Umang Foundation promised to help these students with such studying materials in future too.

Principal and Teachers of the school were happy with the motivation given to these needy students. Some students expressed their gratitude by touching the feet. The young team of Umang Foundation was overwhelmed with the response of the students and teachers.

Kamana Tripathi, principal of R K Tripathi School has appreciated the efforts made by members of Umang Foundation, she further stated that these kind of activities, helps school students not only in terms of supporting their education but also gives them a picture to become responsible citizen of country and help fellow citizen.

The event was a source of inspiration for the young professionals and entrepreneurs in our country and proved wrong the statement made very popular these days that “Weekend party is the only way to de-stress yourself”. This young team of Umang Foundation has a different perspective though.

Ashish Goyal, Founder, Umang Foundation ended the event by announcing next activity of Diwali Celebration for Old Age Home.

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