Nikhil and Ratnadeep's enriching journey
When Nikhil and Ratandeep first came to Daffodils, they were tiny tots, deep rooted in poverty and speaking only in their local tongue. Their parents dreamt of sending them to school but could not afford it. We had to convince their parents to send them to us and since then the organisation have almost adopted them. They provide the children with uniforms and books. Their teachers and staff guide them. They are brought to school every day by the school transport and dropped home afterwards. Today they are visibly confident and easy going, with reasonable fluency in English, Hindi and Marathi languages. Well mannered and disciplined, they are an asset!
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The Mazi Sainik Shishan Ani Swasthya Kalyan Sanstha (MSSASKS) is a charitable Trust established by ex servicemen (ESMs). The NGO believes that education is a vital tool to amalgamate the underprivileged tribal into the mainstream, find a vocation, obtain a job, become self-sufficient, keep away from the evils of the society. In 2004, an English medium school named Daffodils was conceived as an educational initiative in this remote tribal area long before electricity and water was available to them. After considerable efforts and through personal funds contribution, Daffodils school became a reality with its own concrete structure of 14 rooms, hall, independent wash rooms for girls and boys, play ground, PT and Drill areas. Tiny tots from the tribal families were enrolled into Nursery and Kindergarten. One standard was added each academic year. School is up to Grade 9 currently. Affiliated to the State Board of Maharashtra. School Timings are 9a.m. to 3 p.m. The school has since grown in consonance of a policy decision to add one class every year. Daffodils caters to students from eight villages in remote areas within a radius of 25 kilometres from the school. The villagers are very poor and there is no organized child-safe transportation service available. It becomes imperative to convey the children by school bus. Since the parents are not in a position to pay for the bus service it is necessary to fund it. A bus service requires a driver, a conductor cum child escort. There are no paved roads to the villages and the terrain takes its toll on the bus. Therefore, the maintenance cost, fuel expenditures are substantial. A dedicated bus service has assured the parents of the safety of their children. It encourages them to send their children to school.
Mazi Sainik Shikshan Ani Swasthya Kalyan Sanstha
5 October, 2021
Monthly bus fees for a tribal child
Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months
Daffodils English Medium school celebrated its 74th Republic Day on 26th January 2021 enthusiastically. The whole school was decorated. Chief Guest Commodore Biman Mistry, Chairman M. Prasad, all Trustee members, Headmistress and all school staff were present on this day. Students performed speech, drama and patriotic songs.The Annual exams were conducted from 25th March 2021 to 31st March 2021. From 1st April summer vacation was started. In summer vacation teachers gave different types of projects based on various subjects. Teachers were connected with the students through Whatsapp and Google Meet. Teachers arranged different seminars on various subjects in summer vacation. School’s new Academic session started on 15th June 2021. Because of Covid 19 all teachers conducted online lectures for classes 1st to 10th. School teachers went to the rural areas and guided the students in their studies.21st June is a world Yoga Day. On that day our students did different Aasans of Yoga at home with the guidance of Yoga teacher. On Google Meet our Yoga teacher gave instructions to the students. She told the importance of Yoga to the students. On 15th August 2021, the celebration of the 75th Independence day was held on the campus of Daffodils English Medium Charitable school. The chief guest Commodore Biman Mistri, Chairman M. Prasad, All trustee members, Headmistress Mrs Aarti Sawant, school teachers and school staff were present on this day.After the flag hoisting, Chairman M. Prasad Commodore Biman Mistri, Trustee members and Headmistress went to village Mangaon to present the gift to the SSC students of the Daffodils school who achieved good scores in the SSC exam. Our SSC students achieved good score in the SSC Exam.
Challenges faced and next steps
Conducting online classes in rural areas is a big challenge. Many parents not being educated, lot of connectivity issue in the majority areas and even weak network signals add to the problems.In some rural areas there is no electricity. In pandemic situation many people lost their jobs so they cannot afford the expenditure of Wi-Fi or net charges.
Stories from the ground
Impact story: Om Milind Deshmukh was studying in 10th Std. He is very creative and good in other activities. He is good in chess. He achieved a score of 83% in SSC this year(2020-21).He is one of our student who belongs to the economically backward section. His father is an auto driver. His father’s annual income is not more than Rs.50,000/-. His mother is a housewife. He has one younger brother who is also studying in our school in 8th Std. Om’s family is facing many economic problems in this pandemic situation. He is capable of doing better if he gets proper guidance and economic help.
23 March, 2021
Sponsor monthly bus fees for a tribal child in a remote area
The Mazi Sainik Shikshan ani SwasthaKalyan Sanstha [MSSASKS] is a charitable Trust. It has been established by ex-servicemen. In 2004 an educational project was conceived. It was named as “Daffodils”. The idea of imparting better education and health facility to the local community was executed 2 mission led by Mazi Sainik:- (1) Mission Education (2) Mission Health.
Because of the pandemic situation school is closed from 22nd March, 2020. So all activities of school are online.
On 5th July, 2020 on the occasion of Guru Pournima many students participated online. They performed song as well as speech.
On 15th August 2020 on the occasion of Independence day many students performed online songs, speech as well as dance.
5 July, 2020
Children availing all the amenities
Children availing all the amenities
Our school gave facilities to the students in Rural Area.
Because of school bus facilities given to the students they came in the school in time and attend the class regularly,
While using school bus, parents can rest assured about the conveyance and safety of their kids. They are not worried about daily commute of their kids.
Students also feel safe while travelling by school bus. One school teacher is also present in the bus at the time of pick up and drop.