I am sure you can impact more and more lives :)

29 Apr




Feels “super cool”, “great” “proud” to see that have worked closely with 20 NGOs out of 97 registered for “TCS World 10K Run”/ Marathon… I am running for 19 NGOs to show my consistency towards various causes dear to me and towards which I have been contributing my bit for past 9 years. I am participating in Run solely with an intention to make thousands of people aware about various Social sector issues and how few like minded people are trying to bring the change. I have chosen NGOs with whom I have volunteered atleast to some extent in past and who are doing excellent work, are in need of funds to sustain the organisation and can utilise the money “You” donated to the bestJ My sincere request to please spare some time, read my appeal page, read about organisation, choose the one you like and please contribute your bit wholeheartedlyJ Thanks sooooooo much from all beneficiaries who would enjoy benefit of funds donated, all NGO staff members who run the show and from me for supporting a good causeJ Thank You!!! Now just click, read my appeal pages, choose the one you like from my run pages and donateJ




P.S: Above link has all my NGO’s run pages in it, but if you specifically want to know each one at one go, it’s at end of my email… As iVolunteer doesn’t have donate option on TCS World 10k Run Page, pls contact me to donate online directlyJ


Warm regards,

Prarthana Unkalkar Kaul


From: Prarthana Unkalkar Kaul [mailto:prarthana@ivolunteer.org.in]
Sent: 10 April 2013 20:03
Subject: Look forward to see you impacting many more lives in 2013:)


Hiii thereJ


Time for me to get some galis and get some praise as TCS World 10K Run is here and I am running for NGOs I have volunteered for in past and are in need of funds and are registered for Run… Started writing appeal pages (finished 11, many more to go), went back to mast memorable time:) Now time for spamming on Networking sites and emails… So… Sooo… many galis/curses, many appreciations and many people coming forward to support by donating and doing their bit in whatever capacity possible… Which category you fall in???:) Would be super haaapppy to see many in last category of doing Ur bit and giving back to the society:)


Last year because of support from many of you, there were many beneficiaries  who could avail lot of good facilities like education, fulfillment of wishes, care taking of terminally ill, inclusiveness for disabled, training for Blind and Hearing Impaired, awareness of basic human rights, etc etc manyyy more…. I am sure you would generously do the same this year as well, below link has all my NGO’s run pages in it, just go… click… read cause dear to you… read my little journey with them… choose the one you like… click donate button and donate generouslyJ




Thanks and look forward to see you impacting many more lives in 2013J


P.S: Above link has all my NGO’s run pages in it, but if you specifically want one over here, it is below my email…


Warm regards,

Prarthana Unkalkar Kaul




NGOs I am supporting this year through my Run:


Enable India – Donate and help me build an inclusive society and empower people with disabilities!!!






You cannot add days to their life, please try and add some life to their days!!!




Nanhi Kali


Donate for a girl child’s education and she will do the rest!


Last year I raised funds for few couple of Nanhi Kalis and feels so good when my Donor/friend/volunteer Rohit Gupta posted few days back – “Divya is going better and better now ..I am so happy that I donated money for the right cause” Yes you will be posted on the progress of child U support:) So go ahead and support a Girl Child’s Education – Rs 2,400 for class 1 to 5 and Rs 3,600 for class 6th to 10th ….



One Billion Literates Foundation


Support my run to create those One Billion Literates!!!




Make A Wish Foundation Of India


While writing this appeal page I closed my eyes and there were all those little one’s happy faces, who unfortunately were suffering from life threatening illness…  Happy that I could add some happiness in these little ones’ lives… Support Most cherished wish of a child suffering from life threatening illness!!!




Need Base India


Support Protection of the vulnerable street girls, in the slums & streets of Bangalore






Support most ignored basic needs of human i.e. clothing and its various aspects right from dignity, deaths during winters, opening up taboo subject of menses and explored in the absence of the most basic need such as cloth, what do women use in remote villages…




Baale Mane


Support Shelter home for girl children rescued from domestic violence…




Mobility India:


Support healthcare, rehabilitation, education and livelihood of people with disabilities!!!






Support Human rights Education and Monitoring!!!




Sambhav Foundation


Support most Difficult area of working with Developmental Disabilities and rural development…






Support runaway children on railway stations with the objective of reintegrate them:)






Support Bringing garbage back into our homes as resources!!! From waste to resourcesJ




Anga Karunya Kendra


Enabling the Disabled – like getting an amputee to run!




Jeevarathni Foundation


Support Protection of the vulnerable street kids, in the slums & streets of Bangalore




Makkala Jagriti


Support facilitate (non-formal) education and holistic development of children




Bubbles Centre for Autism


Support children with developmental disabilities, especially Autism Spectrum Disorder and other neuro developmental disorder…




Vishranthi – Multifaceted Centre for Seniors, Orphans & Vocational Training


Provide care and comfort to the lonely elderly & orphans…





iVolunteer: You won’t be able to donate online on TCS Run site, details in appeal page below:


Help iVolunteer work with young people through its India Fellow program


I am running for iVolunteer to show my consistency towards various causes dear to me and towards which I have been contributing my bit for past 9 years. I am participating in Run solely with an intention to make thousands of people aware about various Volunteering opportunities which are available under one umbrella named iVolunteer and to raise funds for my organisation and invest the same in productive projects like Refurbishing an organisation/Government school (library set up, basic needs availability, painting of school etc).


Through my run I want to also bring focus to the India Fellow program that iVolunteer is starting which aims to work with young people and build them into social leaders of tomorrow. 


We believe that  In each and every sector, India needs talented young leaders who have had deep exposure to India’s broader realities, who understand the challenges and opportunities presented in diverse environments, and who have the skills and determination to discover and implement innovative ideas. Fellowship programme will give them exposure to One year immersion with organisations  working on social change through leadership training throughout the program. The India Fellows program will develop skills, perspectives and empathy of the Fellows so that they approach their future path with passion and purpose… We will need minimum of Rs 2,50,000/- to launch the same. Hope through support from many of you this will be achieved…


Very important PS: Pls note iVolunteer is a social enterprise but we will not be in a position to give you 80G receipts, so this won’t be the right place if you are looking for Tax benefits, but a right place if you are looking for Social development and Inclusive growth…  You won’t be able to donate online on TCS Run site here but if interested to support the India fellow Programme you may do an online donation with message “IF Prarthana Run”


Name of Account Holder: Mitra Technology Foundation

Bank Name : ICICI Bank Limited

Account No. : 630001020813

Branch Address: B-78, Defence Colony, New Delhi – 110024

IFSC Code : ICIC0006300


If you believe in me, my passion and commitment and great work done by my organisation, please support iVolunteer. At iVolunteer we believe and use our biggest asset –our people – to remove our biggest problems. Our mission is to bring volunteers and organisations together to share time, skills and passion for India’s Social Development.


Thanks and enjoy volunteering…


Warm regards,

Prarthana Unkalkar Kaul



My little gratitude to traffic police for their tireless efforts

8 Feb

It was 12th January 2013, Saturday early morning I reached Traffic Police Park, St. Mark’s Road, where I saw many traffic police constables, equal no. Of Children from various schools, volunteers, auto drivers and Pourakarmikas (people/sweepers on road, garbage pickers who keep our city cleanJ) With a hope and wish to spread some happiness and show my gratitude to traffic police for their tireless efforts in keeping Bangalore city safe, I decided to be part of Traffic Police Day celebrated by CMCA every year.


Let me add some more detail about event and organisation before I go ahead and share my experience:)

Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA) is an 12 year old volunteer driven, civil society organization that conducts a national ‘civic club’ program in schools across India. This systematic and structured intervention is dedicated to moulding and nurturing active citizenship in children and youth across the country! CMCA seeks to sensitize children and youth to civic & democratic issues thereby improving quality & equality of life. This year alone CMCA has reached out to 15,500 children through 261 volunteers working in 289 schools and 364 civic clubs in 6 cities (Bangalore, Mysore, Mumbai, Nagpur, Hosur & Hubli-Dharwad).


CMCA (Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness) has stepped into the 8th year of celebrating Traffic Police Day (TPD) where the children of the city have been acknowledging the traffic constables. This event seeks to celebrate and thank the untiring efforts of the Traffic Police to maintain order amidst chaotic traffic, compounded by the appalling road sense of road users and at the same time ensuring public safety.


Objectives of the event

i.       Sensitise students to the ordeals of the traffic constable and the problems of managing traffic and road safety

ii.      Appreciate and acknowledge the efforts of the traffic constable to ensure safety of road users

iii.     At a broader level, the event will serve as a means of enhancing awareness on the need to follow traffic rules


Moving ahead with my experience… I reached there quite early and saw few traffic constables and CMCA team arranging the Traffic Police Park, St. Mark’s Road. There were many traffic Constables, 1 or 2 each representing various areas of Bangalore. After a while a bunch of 4-5 kids each from different schools arrived… I could see few Pourakarmikas (sweepers) and also few Auto driver representatives too… The kids and constables seated next to each other in order of 1 kid 1 constable. We all were eagerly waiting for the show to start. As there were few minutes in hand before the Chief Guests arrived, I was requested to manage the show… I so wanted to do this ever since I had heard about thanking traffic police. I always wanted to do few energisers with them and give them a short smiling break. And I was happy I got a chance here. I did few energisers with all of them:) All were very enthu and participated actively…



After 10-15 mis we had Chief Guests ( Mr. Ajay Kumar Singh (DG-IGP in 2009 and Mr. M.A.Salim, Addl.Commissioner of Police, Traffic, Bangalore City) on the stage… Their speeches weren’t boring and lengthy but  gave us lot of facts and info like:

  • Just in 2012 in Bangalore 52 lakh cases were registered and Rs 54 crores were collected as fine
  • How much ever infrastructure you get on roads it’s less, Be it CCTV, no. of traffic police or the cones in middle of road… But until and unless we citizens instil the rules in us, we can’t see much impact.
  • It’s not just traffic police duty to protest or question violation of traffic but each one of ours…

In between we have lovely poems by few kids on Traffic Awareness and thanking the traffic police… Followed by this were thanks giving by Auto driver representative and experience sharing by one of traffic constable…



I just can’t forget his words, “ Talmeinda (Patiently) we are working and will keep working. This event is like a festival for us”


At the end after thanks giving speech and National Anthem while we were dispersing, I, Vijay, Sankar and Sandhya were interacting with few Traffic constables and thanking them… I felt so honoured when a bunch of Traffic Police thanked me for the break and energisers done… Infact while I asked one of them hope you liked them and got a small break after a short term, the reply was,” I got a short and sweet break after a long long time” I had a plain greeting card in my bag and requested few of them to give their Autograph for the lovely work they have been doing to keep our city safe. Their smiles and happily signing on card moment is still in front of my eyes… And ya not to forget few Traffic constables actually stopped and auto and told auto guy to drop me safely to my destination:) While I was leaving one of constable came running to ask me my nameJ It was a day full of honour for them and for me too for have brought in some change:) Thanks again to Traffic department for keeping city safe and managing so much of traffic in day and night in heat and cold weather and in rain… Thank you!!!!

Enjoy viewing few glimpses of my and their happiness at Thank you to the Traffic Department for keeping city safe



GiftAbled…. A Dream for 2013…

8 Feb

I still remember sometime in November 2012 when Prateek had a event with blind kids of National association For Blind as part of his office CSR, he was given responsibility to volunteer to manage the event. We were struggling to find apt gifts for the kids at various stores we visited… Thanks to my past Volunteering Experience and contacts who helped us with few ideas like how they connect with shapes and music and finally we bought some gifts… That was the day we realised how in India we lack to have an Ideal Inclusive Stores which are Disabled Friendly and have atleast few options to choose from… What if I have to give a greeting card to a blind friend… If I give him/her cards with words that I read and he can’t , he has to take help from someone… What if s/he has to gift a card to me, again take help from someone…. Why not have a greeting card which can be read by both of us, which is in Braille and in language which a sighted can see…. YUPPP, now that’s Our Dream for 2013 to start GiftAbled, an inclusive place to fill in the gaps created unknowingly in the society…  


I loved the idea of tactile with Braille which is seen in larger markets in USA but not in India… Where a blind can feel what is written along with reading. I saw this while Shantala was training few blind students using books imported from US. I was talking to her about GiftAbled and We decided to make calendars for blind students of Enable India with help from Volunteers (Sighted, Hearing and Hearing Impaired)


Calendars are more often than not very colorful with attractive pictures in them. We mostly choose the calendars based on how attractive these pictures are because for the functional part – seeing the date – each one is same. Another functionality comes with the size – table top, wall mounted or pocket calendar. But have you ever thought about how a low vision or a blind person would be viewing dates daily? How can we give them a dates and picture experience with calendars? A regular braille calendar would just be boring with only dates and no pictures. In order to give the same experience to people with visual impairment, we decided to make calendars with tactile paintings. The calendar is in Braille (for totally blind) and large print (for low vision) and a tactile version of an image is next to it thus ensuring both the picture and the date functionality. These are also useful for people with learning disability.


It was a very different experience for me personally, as I have wanted to volunteer for something like this since long… In order to sensitize sighted people, blind fold activities were also conducted by Enable India. And what topped it all, was that we were taught by our special Hearing Impaired Volunteers and Tactile expert Shantala:) It was a day full of learning. Right from when and how help a blind cross the road, how to use Braille type writer, how to make creative tactile paintings, and how to make a completely blind friendly calendars. The tactile painting with every month depicted the month’s festivals. For example harvest season for January; Valentines’ Day for February; Holi – the festival of colors for March; rains for July; Independence Day for August; Diwali – the festival of lights for November; Santa for December and so on . Thanks to Kiran Rao for her support whole day and super super thanks to all Volunteers (around 25) for making it happen. We successfully completed 5 very good quality calendars to be gifted to our blind friends! But the day just didn’t end with 5 calendars; it ended with 25 people adding another language and art to their skill set and being more sensitized towards blind and low-vision people. Check it out at Special Calendar Making Event



I have been so motivated by this tactile and Braille concept that I am sure of initiating and working on different gifts for disabled shortly. Would love to hear your views on same… Will not take more than 2 mins of your time… Please find the Survey link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QWYDBKH , fill it and wish that Our Dream 2013 comes true:) Thanks to the Volunteers gang who have pitched in to help and to Maniv for helping us with the name “GiftAbled”