Social Trek/21 - Aug 22 - Udavum Nanbargal Illam
As a part of 'Trek with a cause' initiatives of CTC, we are organizing a kids' trek on Sunday, Aug 22, 2010. The objective of this 1day trek is to take out 30 poor & orphan kids from Udavum Nanbargal Illam home to Nagalapuram and provide them a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
About Udavum Nanbargal Illam -
Udhavum Nanbargal is a non-profitable organization which was started on 20-Aug-2004 by Mr.Sarathy and youths in Alathur Village, Palavedu Post, and Chennai-55 (near Thiruninravur) with a mission to help -
The destitute people and poor children
Achieve the development of villages
At present 45 Poor Students are given training. They are also arranging Employment opportunities for the trained Students. At present 18 orphan Destitute Children and elderly person are inmates of the home.
Participants will provide transportation, guidance and sponsor (share transportation/food costs for kids). We will start from Chennai on Sunday early morning, pick up the kids from the home in Alatur and take them to Nagala, guide them along the initial water stream, let them splash in the water, play games together, have lunch, snacks and return to the Chennai in the evening.
More info, photos, experiences from our members on past social treks in our forum.
Link to photos from a previous social treks -
4:30am - assemble at TIDEL park (bus stop)
4:40am - assemble at Madhya Kailash (Bus stop)
4:50am - assemble at Guindy Kathypara (Toyota showroom)
5:10am - assemble at Koyambedu (Nathans Cafe)
6am - pick up kids at Alathur
8am - arrival at the dam in Nagalapuram (Western side)
3km trek along scenic stream
11am-3pm - enjoy playing with the kids near a beautiful water falls + have lunch
4pm - return back to the dam/cars
6pm - drop the kids at the home
8pm - return to Chennai
What to bring?
Comfortable pair of walking shoes
Small backpack to carry personal items, water and food
1 bottle of water (filled)
Spare set of clothes (to change after splashing in water)
Sun cap, sunscreen
Any small gifts, chocolates, sweets, fruits, ... for the kids
Food will be provided by the organizers
Thilak - email@example.com (9840873859)
Peter - firstname.lastname@example.org (9600004509)
Yes we made it again!
Very few cars participants, no cabs ready to come to AP, heavy rains, booked cab did not come.... There was a big question mark, will ST 21 happen as planned?
But yes we made it. Even god didn’t want to disappoint the kids.
40 volunteers took 30 kids from Udhavum Nanbargal Illam, which is 20 km from Avadi, to our mother land Nagala.
We reached the home by 7.30 am and had a wonderful breakfast with the kids at the home and headed towards Nagala. We reached the base by 10 am. Kids and the volunteers started with a brisk walk after collecting the food and fruits. We spent awesome time at mango pool splashing water on each other and also we splashing competition. We reached the first pool by 12.30 pm. We had yummy lemon and curd rice with potato curry and chips. Played in the in the pool. We started back as it was getting cloudy and drizzling. Most of the volunteers had bought chocolates, cookies, sweets and shared with the kids. The kids were so happy about the trek. We reached home by 6 pm. We had a hot coffee at the home and took a group pic.
The kids were so happy that they went to all the volunteers one by one and thanked them for that day which was made very special by CTC members.
Volunteers, Hats Off To You. You had brought a million dollar smile on these kids face.
Punit: for sponsoring 30 sets containing notebook, sketch pen, pencil, sharpener, eraser and scale.
Lakshmi: for sponsoring the fruits.
Sudhir: for purchasing snacks and coordinating at Guindy
Param: for coordination at tidal and Madhya Kailash.
Gangadharan: for handling the accounts.
One good heart: for sponsoring colour pencils. Sorry dude I am unable not recollect your name.
One and all: Whom I have failed to mention by their names.
Pls Share you memories and photos, the evidence of you memories here:
It’s a shame I couldn’t make it for the trek. On behalf of the Udvaum Nanbargal kids I would like to THANK YOU guys for taking this initiative and all the help towards taking them for this trek. It was a lifetime experience for the kids and they seemed to have had a ball of time. During the start they felt like they were in a convoy. Some of them had never been in a car and many of them never been to a picnic so they said it was their first experience in their life and an unforgettable one they enjoyed every bit of the trek like the pool, food, long care free walks etc. While narrating their experience one of the kids said that he felt like he was being lead to the heaven. Thanks guys the kids were so thrilled about receiving the colour pencils, crayons, fruits, chocolates, sweets and other goodies. Their narration of this adventurous yet thrilling experience was very touchy. Special thanks to THILAK for coordinating the program despite the rains and other hurdles such as not being able to hire a van etc. Thanks to all other volunteers for all the help. Guys you made their day.
It was really a wonderful experience. I cant forget the excited looks on the kids faces when we arrived at home. All dressed and eagerly waiting for the trek. Then the drive towards Nagalapuram.... simply awesome!!!! It reminded me of the places in North Bengal where we are from. Finally Nagalapuram.... nature at its best. Overall a great Sunday. Made new friends and a life time experience. Thanks Thilak and Sudhir uncle and everyone else. Peter, we missed U.
pics from my cam @ http://picasaweb.google.com/sumansam/NagalaSocialTrek#
Shumon and Suchi
Hope all r doing gud after the social trek... It was a very pleasant Sunday with chill breeze.
In all we had just a handful of experienced people to lead and sweep the whole group.
I would also like to highlight few volunteers/members without whom this trek would have never been successful. Thilak, Sudhir, param, ganga & etc for their extraordinary efforts and contributions towards successful completion of this trek.
Last but not the least, all our participants who had proved that they were the best no matter what the odds may be....
WE are also thankful to Mr. Peter van geit without his assistance, these trekking activities would have ever happened in Chennai.
The kids were so happy that they went to all the volunteers one by one and thanked them for that day which was made very special...It was a lifetime experience for the kids.
I hope, it was a wonderful experience to all..
It’s been 2 days since we departed from a wonderful trek.
Why shall we make a get together to catch up with your newly found friends????
why shall we catch up next Saturday on 24th September morning in somewhere???
Please add your suggestions!!!!
Based on your suggestions, will confirm this event , and have a blast and also end our show with lunch...
No doubt it was an unforgetable trek. we have never seen so many uncertainites as witnessed in this one.Thanks to all the volunteers who inspite of cloudy sky and a forecast of heavy rains came out in full strength for taking the kids of udavum Nanbargal to Nagalpuram. Hats off to Tilak who inspite of all odds made this trek a great success.
Tanvi's report: My first trekking trip with CTC:
The day before the big day I was in a fever of excitement. I started packing so excitedly I didnt know what I was packing. After everything was ready I went to sleep. Next day Bipasha aunty woke me up early in the morning. I was sleepy but when I thought about the trip I forgot my tiredness and got up to get ready. Bipasha aunty told me how we are going to take children like me from the orphanage so they can also enjoy. It was a long drive from Chennai to the orphanage. So strange I didnt go to sleep. The people in our car were Madhu aunty, Veena aunty and Sucharita aunty; later, the kid was Vijay. Strange he looked like a 3rd std boy but he insisted he was in the 8th!. When we finally reached the home all my plans for making friends with the kids went kaput. There were so many kids and I was feeling so shy. I thought the food they served was awesome though I had only one vada.
We reached a little late and parked near a temple - 1st landmark. We climbed up onto a dam which led into the hills and forest. It was a long trek led by Thilak uncle. He was quite strong and full of energy. We reached the first lake and we splashed so much. I panicked when I heard there was harmless water snake( I know2, harmless, but still...). We continued trekking and went up. Soon we had to climb rocks. There was a dog called Penny too. 2 mongrel dogs followed us. Soon we reached the lake where we could go swimming. I ate the lemon rice(which I thought was yum) with potato curry and a jam sandwich my mother had packed. When I finished eating I gleefully put on my cap and goggles and headed for the pool. I swam a lot in the shallows and found out I could not breathe properly underwater and found it hard to swim. Bipasha aunty taught me the dog stroke which didnt work very well for me. When I got a tube I didnt want to give it to anybody. I swam and swam and lost track of time. When I thought I had enough I changed my clothes and put on my shoes and went exploring for only 2 minutes when Thilak uncle told us we have to go back. We started going back and then suddenly we were on a different path. I thought we were lost but instead we reached first. It was terrible in the rains but still I enjoyed it a lot. I was glad when we reached the warm and snug car. We went back to the orphanage and were first again. It was a long drive back home and I slept the whole way. I was happy to be back home again and immediately started boasting .
Well, that's the end folks.
From: Nafil Khan <email@example.com>
Sorry for the delay... Please click the link below for our ST-21 Nagalapuram
Trust in those who are near
They are the ones who are dear!!
Wonderful trek, guys! I was initially a little apprehensive about the fact that we were going to be responsible for the safety of 30 young children. However, just a few minutes into the trek I discovered that they were all little bravehearts by themselves, and didn’t need us to hover over them at all. It was delightful watching them enjoy the lovely pools in Nagala, especially the second one, where I happened to be in the proximity of couple of the tiniest tots in the group. They were having such a blast in the cool waters with the safety of the rubber tubes. Happy to have spent such a gratifying and thoroughly enjoyable Sunday! Special thanks to Thilak and all the people who brought their vehicles along to make this trip possible.
Please find the snaps from my camera in the link below. I wish I had taken more, but I was too busy enjoying myself, and thoughts of the camera completely escaped me most of the time.
It took almost a year to get my guts sign up for a trek with CTC and what a fantastic experience it was! A group of wonderful people willing to give a bunch of kids an experience of a life time and I am so glad to have been a part of it. It was really nice to see the kids enjoy the trek and especially have fun in the waters.
It was very well planned out and organized, thanks to thilak. Special thanks to Sudhir and the other swim champs to have taught many of us how to 'wade' through the waters to begin with! :) Thanks to everyone who brought along their cars and bikes to help make this trek complete success :)
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