April 15, 2014

Dreamhouse

Often passed by this house, dreaming…

 

Dreamhouse DLCS

Dreamhouse DLCS

April 14, 2014

Zadnjica valley – illuminated 2 by Tardigrade8

DLCS Management:

Love this area!

Originally posted on Aquamosh's Blog:

Zadnjica valley – HDRi The highest slopes of Trenta surround the Zadnjica area, a starting point for discovering the mountainous karst features of Kriški podi, Prehodavci, the Dolina Triglavskih jezer valley and Triglav (2864 m), Slovenia’s highest mountain. The splashing and roaring of the Beli potok and Krajcarica streams in the Zadnjica valley break the tranquil silence of these pristine corners. Things to do in Zadnjica: -visit the Beli potok waterfall, -guided hike to Kriški podi, discover the Kriška jezera lakes and the mountainous karst features, -guided hike to Triglav (very difficult), -guided hikes in the mountains over Zadnjica and visits to mountain cabins and lodges: the Pogačnikov dom mountain lodge on Kriški podi, the Tržaška koča mountain cabin on Dolič, the Zasavska koča mountain cabin on Prehodavci. Access to Zadnjica: – On the Bovec-Trenta road, take a left on the 50th bend in the road across the Vršič mountain…

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April 10, 2014

Always an excuse..

Happy 3 yrs anniversary to my blog DLCS Management

What started off as a way to kill time, is now a blog with almost 1000 followers and 50.000 hits. I’m amazed! THANK YOU ALL!

It’s an excuse for bubbles, here’s my fave:

Cava Freixenet by DLCS

Cava Freixenet by DLCS

 

P.S.: To really celebrate, follower number 1000 will receive a personal present from me! 

April 10, 2014

Zen in Slovenia

I truly love my city and can not imagine ever missing Amsterdam for ever. BUT. I can not wait for my ZEN- visit to Slovenia and waking up with the view below…

 

Zen in Slovenia by DLCS

Zen in Slovenia by DLCS

April 10, 2014

Mumbai Smiles – A Sporty day for the children of Balwadis.

A Sporty day for the children of our Balwadis.

Under the various Education Projects undertaken by Mumbai Smiles, one of the projects is known as the ‘Balwadis’, which are pre-school educational centres. It’s a project that cultivates healthy habits though education among children from 1 to 6 years of age. It’s through this project that Mumbai Smiles reaches out to approximately 700 children living in the slums of Mumbai and ensures quality education along with promoting the development of sound health and nutrition among them.

Among its various activities planned by Mumbai Smiles for these children throughout the year, one was a Sport competition for these little ones.

As we all know, participating in sports can have a healthy developmental impact on young children. These activities can promote cooperative play, teamwork, and good sportsmanship. Sports also help children in getting along with their peers, family members, teachers, and coaches. As also through positive feedback, group play builds self-esteem, helps children accomplish significant achievements.

With this in mind, sports competitions were organized at all our 23 Balwadi centres a few weeks back. The primary objective behind organizing these competitions was to enable the students to have fun outside the class environment. Students demonstrated active participation in all the sports such as Basketball, Racing, Book balancing, Lemon and spoon etc. The activities were held in open areas surrounding the Balwadi centres. As always, parents and the people of the community were present to encourage these children.

The day came to end with attractive prizes being distributed among all these wonderful children as an appreciation and motivation for their participation.

 

 

Mumbai Smiles - sports day Balawis

Mumbai Smiles – sports day Balawis

 

Mumbai Smiles - sports day Balawis

Mumbai Smiles – sports day Balawis

Mumbai Smiles - sports day Balawis

Mumbai Smiles – sports day Balawis

 

With thanks to Natasha Rolston of Mumbai Smiles for providing text and pictures. 

More info about the Balwadis HERE

How can you contribute and donate a smile? Check Mumbai Smiles’s website HERE

 

March 24, 2014

President Obama in Amsterdam

President Obama just visited our national Museum, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

What a circus, what a show, quite impressive! I managed to get a good shot of his chopper.

Pres.Obama@Ams by DLCS Management

Pres.Obama@Ams by DLCS Management

 

For all news in Dutch, check out the Amsterdam local tv channel AT5 (Dutch only).

March 11, 2014

Mumbai Smiles – Life Skills Education: Clarity on Thought and Knowledge

As mentioned in my previous blog an introduction on Mumbai Smiles , I’ll help out this non for profit organisation, by creating some exposure and publishing some of their articles.

Here’s a report on their last event:

 

Life Skills Education: Clarity on Thought and Knowledge

On the 31st of January 2014, Mumbai Smiles organized an evening event on Life Skills Education: Clarity on Thought and Knowledge. This event was held in one of its partner schools, Mapkhan School and Jr. College of Arts and Science, Andheri East.

With the growing importance of developing skills to combat life’s various challenges among children and young people, having a strong control over ones choices and behaviour is imperative. With this objective in mind, Mumbai Smiles launched its first such initiative based on the importance of Life Skills Education for 50 children of the Mapkhan School. The event had the presence of Ms. Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman, the Director of the UNIC India and Bhutan as Chief Guest of Honor, Ms. Mohini Mathur, The Executive Chairperson of Maharashtra United Nations Association (MUNA) and Vice President of Indian Federation of United Nations Associations (IFUNA), New Delhi, Mr Ashraf Ahmed Shaikh, Hon. Secretary and Founder President of Maharashtra United Nations Youth Association (MUNYA) and Mr A.A Syed, Secretary General – Maharashtra United Nations Association, (MUNA) and Secretary- Indian Federation of United Nations Associations, (IFUNA), New Delhi. Joining in the inaugural ceremony was also Mr. Narendra Kumar Dundu, the Executive Director India, Mumbai Smiles, who elucidated the work carried out by the organization since 2005 in 5 major slum areas of Andheri (East) of Mumbai , thus having a total reach out to 30,000 families in these slums.

Mumbai Smiles-Life Skills Education: Clarity on Thought and Knowledge

Mumbai Smiles-Life Skills Education: Clarity on Thought and Knowledge

The event began with an opening prayer in Arabic by one of the students of the school, followed by an astounding, prize-winning performance by young students of the school with a message on Child Labour which truly left an indelible impression in the minds of the audience.

The Chief Guest Ms. Kiran Mehra –Kerpelman, addressed the audience stating about the work of UN agencies linked to Millennium Development Goals with a special emphasis on Human Rights, Education and Development. She appreciated the work of Mumbai Smiles in providing qualitative education and health to the underprivileged children in slums of Mumbai.

Mumbai Smiles-Life Skills Education: Clarity on Thought and Knowledge

Mumbai Smiles-Life Skills Education: Clarity on Thought and Knowledge

The session on Life Skills Education was facilitated by Ms. Vasanti Godkhindi, an individual with 22 years of rich knowledge and experience with community level projects, adolescents and children. The session was an interactive session helping the children and parents in recognizing various life skills and the need for young children to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.

It included the students participating in the session that added to interest of the students and the people present at the event. The session showed the children the importance of recognizing their strengths to bring out the best results in group activities, and also helped the children understand, assimilate and grasp some very essential life skills.

The event was followed by a Scholarship distribution for 21 girls of whom 6 belonged to the Mapkhan School and Junior College, for the academic year of 2013-14. Certificate distribution to 15 Livelihood Project Beneficiaries was conducted and these women were felicitated upon their completion of their training courses with Mumbai Smiles under its SEED Project.

This event will be one of many such events and sessions held in the future on Life Skills Education for our children in various partnering schools.

Thus, with a remarkable opening act on Child Labour by young students, the presence of children who were greatly benefited by the session and the motivation to continue our efforts from our special guests, it truly was an evening to remember for all of us.

Mumbai Smiles-Life Skills Education: Clarity on Thought and Knowledge

Mumbai Smiles-Life Skills Education: Clarity on Thought and Knowledge

March 11, 2014

An introduction to Mumbai Smiles

A very dear friend of mine, Laia, recently visited India and got in touch with the organisation Mumbai Smiles. She told me she was impressed by their work and would like to help them out. From Europe the easiest way to help them is to get them exposure. I offered my blog for that, so from now one you can expect articles on Mumbai Smiles and their work regularly. 

Who they are:

Mumbai Smiles is a non profit organisation founded by a Spanish journalist, Jaume Sanllorente in the year 2005. He was on vacation to Mumbai which happened to be a life changing experience for him. He started what he calls a “peaceful struggle against poverty”, a struggle that has today been taken up by a growing team of dedicated professionals. It engages with thousands of people with multiple projects focused on Education, Health and Livelihood.

Mumbai Smiles operates through their projects in and around the slums of Andheri East area, Mumbai. Mumbai Smiles believes in delivering quality services to its beneficiaries and hence has strategically chosen to work in a specified area for holistic development of the community.

Their target population is the children, women and youths in the slum communities of the operational area. Their projects on education, health and livelihood are interlinked with each other and aligned with the MDG goals to contribute largely in the overall socio- economic development of the area.

What they do:

This integrated program aims to end poverty and the violation of the most fundamental human rights in the poorest communities in Bombay.

Their education program includes:

  • Balwadi project focused on Cultivating a Healthy Lifestyle through Education to children in below 6 years of age.
  • Future Smiles project focused on adolescent youths above 14 years of age providing financial support to underprivileged youths to continue their education and build a bright future.
  • Girl Child Education project focused on adolescent girls by providing them scholarship support to continue their education thus alleviating the gender disparities existing in society and giving equal opportunity to girls to continue their education.

 Their health program includes:

  • HOPE project which gives psychosocial and financial support to children with cancer.
  • Eye check up and health camps.

 Their Livelihood project includes:

SEED Project: This project on vocational training rolled out in the year 2012. It was initiated with the vision to connect with ongoing education programs and provide a link to those left out youths who were not covered under the Future Smiles project. Thus it aims to provide marketable tangible skills to underprivileged youth in the age group of 18 – 29 years and women above the age group of 29 years providing them meaningful employment to lead a dignified life. The larger objective of the project is to promote gender equality by empowering women financially. Mumbai Smiles believes that a woman is a foundation to a healthy society and plays a central role to development as a whole.

 Those interested in visiting Mumbai Smiles Projects can do so by simply writing them  on: mumbai@mumbaismiles.org, and they will organise a one day visit for you to all their projects.

You can also visit their Blog: www.mumbaismiles.org to learn more about them.

Thank you!

March 3, 2014

Natural stress relief

Close your eyes and imagine the sound…

Plitvice by Ivo Pervan for CROATIAN TOURIST BOARD http://croatia.hr

Plitvice by Ivo Pervan for CROATIAN TOURIST BOARD http://croatia.hr

CROATIAN TOURIST BOARD : http://croatia.hr

January 23, 2014

Valentines day…. Yes/No?

 

Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them. St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Modern romantic connotations were added several centuries later by poets. Continue reading HERE.

 

 

Do you have plans with your loved one(s) for Valentines Day?
What was the most beautiful Valentines Day ever for you?
Have you ever been romantically surprised for Valentines Day?
Do you not like Valentines Day? Why not?

 

 

Romantic birds

Romantic birds

ThX Wikipedia.

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