Archive for December, 2014

December 22, 2014

Home of Art Amsterdam-official opening tomorrow

Haven’t made much time for blogging, I’ve  been so busy with my very own Pop Up Art Gallery Home of Art!

Home of Art Welcome

Home of Art Welcome

When the opportunity arose to use a space in the Museum District (just across the Concertgebouw, the Royal Concert Building of The Netherlands), the idea to create a “Home of Art” Pop Up Art Gallery was born. After a lot of hard work, we are happy to hereby invite you to the opening of Home of Art on 23 December.

Home of Art combines art and design, old and new and creates a platform by bringing these together. Home of Art exhibits work from artists and designers from a.o. Croatia, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Slovenia, Turkey and United Kingdom.

Home of Art Dishes:Marvin Corneille Photo: 56SPaces Flower art: Chiyuki Kaneko

Home of Art
Dishes:Marvin Corneille
Photo: 56SPaces
Flower art: Chiyuki Kaneko

On Tuesday 23 December 2014 Home of Art is officially opening and we’ve got 2 concerts planned for you that day!

At 14.00 The Balcony Players will play at Home of Art’s balcony. The Balcony Players play energetic Klezmer and Gipsy music, traditional songs and original compositions inspired on their tours through the Balkans, Brasil and the USA.

The Balcony Players@Home of Art, Photo edited by 56Spaces

The Balcony Players@Home of Art, Photo edited by 56Spaces


At 19.00 One of Amsterdam’s freshest singer songwriters Tara Wilts will share her songs and beautiful warm voice at Home of Art.

Tara Wilts@Home of Art, photo edited by 56Spaces

Tara Wilts@Home of Art, photo edited by 56Spaces

Pass by Home of Art, enjoy the homey atmosphere and score your last Christmas presents with us!

Pop Up Art Gallery/ House of Arts is located just behind the Museumplein in Amsterdam and easily to reach.

Home of Art location photo edited by Stefania Ballero

Home of Art location photo edited by Stefania Ballero

Opening hours flexible, but on 23-12-2014: 14.00-22.00h.
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December 7, 2014

Cell phone tips to pregnant mothers! -A Mumbai Smiles article

Mumbai smiles

Mumbai smiles

Globally, more than one third of under-five deaths are attributable to under-nutrition. About 20 per cent of children under-age five in India are wasted (acute malnutrition), 43 per cent underweight and 48 per cent stunted (chronic malnutrition). In terms of numbers about 54 million children under five years in India are underweight which constitutes about 37% of the total underweight children in the world. In India, 25 million children under five years are wasted and 61 million are stunted, which constitutes 31 per cent and 28 per cent of wasted and stunted children respectively in the world.

It is clear that India is not likely to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), (eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000) on child malnutrition, which uses children underweight as the indicator.

Since the MDGs were adopted in the year 2000, knowledge on causes and consequences of under-nutrition has greatly improved. Research shows that the most critical cause of malnutrition emerges from nutritional deficiencies during the periods of mother’s pregnancy. Hence intervention at this stage is an opportunity to prevent under-nutrition among children and ensure that they reach appropriate growth levels.

Mumbai Smiles’ vision and mission to alleviate poverty is closely aligned with the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). It aims to achieve their goals through these MDG’s. With this vision Mumbai Smiles has collaborated with Armman foundation and international body MAMA (Mobile Alliance for maternal action) to provide voice-call health advice service for pregnant women and lactating mothers through a project called ‘mMitra’

So how does this work?

The women who register for delivery in this project are called on the phone twice a week and a health message is played to them. Mobiles being ubiquitous in India, it becomes very easy to deliver vital health information directly to the Indian women in the slums.

This project aims at improving the well-being of 7900 pregnant & lactating mothers. Mumbai Smiles will be covering the communities in the slum areas of Andheri East in Mumbai. They will be registering the beneficiaries and then begin the voice call services. So far, 1200 mothers have been registered. The project will attempt to raise awareness about government schemes and services on maternal and child health.

Mumbai Smiles hopes to contribute towards the larger goal of reducing child malnutrition and develop healthy practices among pregnant women.


Registering a beneficiary from the community M-mitra team member explaining a community woman about the project M-mitra beneficiaries M-Mitra beneficiaries with members of Armman foundation and MAMA. Alice Lin Fabiano, Director of Worldwide Corporate Contributions, Johnson  & Johnson (partner in M-Mitra project) interacting with the beneficiaries