January 2019 Events: 

1. Christmas celebrations for preschoolers  


To celebrate the season of goodwill, 250 Balwadi children along with their parents participated in the Navjeet Christmas Day celebrations at the Centre, organized by Navjeet on 4th January 2019. Our special guests to share in the joy, were Mother Giovanna, Pioneer of Navjeet, Sr. Carla UMI  and Sr. Kripa, Director of Navjeet. Our Guests of Honor were Mrs Penelope Bajaj and Mr. Eswar Bajaj.


The Balwadies put up wonderful performances which brought out the hidden talents of the children and helped them get rid of stage fright and which expressed the enthusiasm and festive feeling amongst them.


Mrs. Bajaj was all praise for Navjeet and the teachers who had helped and put in the extra effort with the children, to make the morning enjoyable.


The children were overwhelmed by receiving gifts and snacks. It was truly a great joy and for the children and it left behind a lot of hope for the future.

December 2018 Events: 

1. Organic Farming – An Initiative for Navjeet farmers groups

Shade net plantation, a better technique of vegetable cultivation which involves a structure enclosed by agro nets or any other woven material to allow required sunlight, moisture and air to pass through the gaps, and protection from pest attacks was initiated by Navjeet in October 2018. The work included bed preparation and mulching (spreading of bed) which was done on 1st and 5th December 2018. On 10th December 2018, youth members, students and staff assisted in the planting of capsicum saplings for over a quarter acre.

2. Navjeet Tuition Children’s Christmas gathering   

 To bring in the festive spirit for children, Navjeet organized Christmas Party for Navjeet study centre children on 3rd December 2018 sponsored by Small Christian Community of Almeida Park, Bandra. The message of Christmas was shared by Fr Tony from St Peter’s Parish. 36 children who attended enjoyed games, singing and dancing, the snacks and gifts. 

3. Street Plays

Street plays have proved to be an effective method for behavior change, and to provide villagers a rational way for making family life happier, harmonious and fruitful, 2 street plays on Family Planning were conducted at Bershingipada, and Jambulpada of  Shahapur Taluk  on 3rd & 5th December 2018.

Water, sanitation and hygiene are rightfully at the top of the list of issues facing women and adolescent girls, and on 5th December 2018, a session on Personal Hygiene was conducted for 40 students of Jambulpada. The session included a video presentation and talks on the theme. The women and the girls greatly benefited from the session.                                        

On 7th December 2018 a street play on HIV/Aids and the seriousness of this illness was performed for the members at Mt. Mary slum, Bandra. Over hundreds of slum dwellers received awareness on prevention of HIV/Aids and how to take care of those who are affected by it. 

4. Children’s Theatre Competition 

To fine tune the skills and enhance their self confidence of dialogue delivery, script writing and presentation 11 budding dramatists from Supari Tank Municipal School, Bandra, was taken by Navjeet to participate in a play Dhani Wagh, held at Damodar Hall, Prabhadevi on 12th December 2018. A good performance was put up by the children, especially the child who acted as the “generous tiger” and received a Certificate of Appreciation.


5. A Christmas Musical Concert 

The Christmas Musical Concert filled with the magic of Christmas was organized by Navjeet Community Health Centre, on 13th December 2018 at St Andrew’s Auditorium, Bandra.  The audience immersed into the rhythm of music and enjoyed the laughter and togetherness.

The concert was produced by Mr. Felix Flor in support of Navjeet Community Centre, Bandra. Mr.Shariyar Atai kicked off the show as a shepherd boy, and introduced singing sensation one after another. Over 150 amazing musicians and dancers entertained the audience with their mesmerizing voices, music and dance.  

 Bishop Dominic Savio Fernandes, as the Chief Guest, delivered a riveting keynote address on Navjeet’s work which relies heavily on community participation. Mother Giovanna, Sr. Kusum and Sr. Olga the pioneers who worked tirelessly for the Navjeet cause were honored with a shawl and memento. Sr Kripa, Director of Navjeet thanked Earnest John Group of Companies, the Main Sponsors, Penelope Bajaj, Co-Sponsor and all the patrons, benefactors and volunteers who  supported Navjeet during the past years. A souvenir was released on the occasion.

6. Nutrition Program 

Navjeet Community Health Centre provides daily nutrition for 250 malnourished children and 50 women for the Shahapur tribal communities from June 2018. Started with nutritional ladoos included a change in which ground nuts, dall, puffed rice,  ragi flour, sugar, ghee, cardamon, rava and wheat flour were mixed. Based on weight parameters taken, there has been a substantial increase in the weight of women and children who receive the nutrition.

7. Pinkathon


Three of our students from Study Centre, participated in Pinkathon, Mumbai on 16th December 2018, a marathon to share the belief that a healthy family, a healthy nation and a healthy world begins with empowered women.


8. Balsansad Programme 

45 children from Awale, Borichapada attended a session on the Importance of Participation, organized by Navjeet at Awale on 19th December 2018. Members from Center for Social Action were present for the same.


9. Nav-e-Bureau : Ward Attendants Meeting  


An annual meeting of all the Navjeet Ward Attendants was held at Navjeet on 29th December 2018, to allow free exchange of ideas and reviewing. 46 Ward Attendants were present at the meeting. Sr Lucien, Executive Director of Holy Family Hospital, Mr Santosh Kumar Singh, Senior Manager – Operations and Quality from Holy Family Hospital and Sr Kripa, Director of Navjeet and Navjeet staff were present.

After the prayer song, and reading of last year’s Minutes,  Mr Santosh addressed the gathering on 3 important aspects of cleanliness, healthcare and personal hygiene and shared with them the responsibilities expected from them.

The Ward Attendants enjoyed games organized for them. The meeting ended with distribution of snacks and Christmas gifts to all.

  1. Theatre Competitions: Participating in competitions  help children explore their feelings and lessen their fears. Navjeet took initiative to help children to exhibit their talents through helping them to participate in theatre competitions. 16 children from Awale exhibited their theatre skills in the play Paisa Bolta Hai at the Athavan Kala Manch Children’s Theatre Competition held on 9th January 2017. At the Balko (BMC Competition) held on 9th January 2017. 22 children from the English Section of Supari Tank Municipal School enacted a play on the Environment and won the 2nd prize, and 11 children from the Marathi Section also took part in the play Zawabdar kaun and won the consolation prize. E:\PHOTOS FOR ANNUAL REPORT\P_20170109_140257.jpg


  1. Assistance to apply for PAN card - 9th and 23rd January 2017:  63 villagers from Ambyachapada,Vihirichapada and Dhobipada were assisted in applying for PAN, which serves as an identity proof for financial transactions. For them this is a big achievement of possessing the important document.

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  1. Session on Animal Husbandry - 11th January 2017: 48 members from Jambulpada attended a talk given by Dr Patil, Officer from the Animal Husbandry Department which will be beneficial to motivate and train cattle owners, to undertake enterprising activity in different spheres of development.



  1. Distribution of home appliances to Bharari group -  16th January 2017 : 18 girls from the Barari group of Ambyachapada, were provided daily living necessities and kitchen utensils to help them learn the art of cooking and reduce malnutrition.  Pressure cookers, mixer grinders, fry pans, and other household necessities were distributed among the group to provide the families a new start in life, thus building self esteem and confidence.

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  1. Haldi Kumkum celebration, biogas and housing inauguration and distribution of solar lamps – 21st January 2017 : 120 girls and women assembled for the celebration where they put up various dance performances as  part of Haldi Kumkum program. 2 houses and 3 biogas plants were also inaugurated in Jambulpada. 42 families from Junavanepada and Kashivali received solar lamps from Navjeet to help extend their workday and do extra activity through home industries.



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  1. Session on Acupressure - 25th January 2017 :  17 women were present at a talk where Ms Diana from Health Promotion Trust spoke about how pressing a point on the body through Acupressure, has a healing effect.


  1. Session on Female Feticide – 30th January 2017 : 38 women listened attentively to Advocate Kavita Ranade from Legal Aid Centre who spoke on the topic of Female feticide, an old practice which takes place among uneducated, poor sections of the Indian society due to causes such as poverty and dowry system.


  1. Inter-Balwadi Sports day - 2nd February 2017:  120 children from 7 Navjeet Balwadi centers took part in Sports Day at St Andrew’s School ground. The day offered a perfect platform for the children who showcased their never give-up spirit in various sports like races, relays, and other games. Medals, trophies and certificates were distributed to the winners and Petit School which won 25 medals, bagged the trophy for the Best performance.


  1. Community Cultural Programme   -  9th February 2017 : Cultural activities are not more than just entertainment, but help to build communities, and Navjeet organized a Community Cultural Programme for tribal villagers of Kasara where 1200 tribal villagers got together to showcase their traditions and talents in 32 folk and tribal dances which they performed. A stall selling nutritious food items prepared by village youth group members formed part of the programme.



  1. Housing cum income generation innovation - 9th February 2017 : As part of rural projects in Ambyachapada, Navjeet provided 3 houses, 4 bio gas plants, a flour mill and construction material including motor pump to create income generation activities for the tribal youth in Shahapur taluka. It was inaugurated 9th February 2017.

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  1. Inter-School Drama and Dance Competition and a Science Exhibition – 17th February 2017: Navjeet which is focused on bringing about a qualitative change in the lives of underprivileged children through holistic education, organized  the inter-school competition at Awale village in Shahapur Taluka.  550  students from 32 schools engaged themselves in a healthy and exciting competition through dance and drama, which provides opportunities for the child to realize his/her inner capabilities and talents, and the science exhibition where students presented their designs and models on solar lighting and composting, through posters and makeshift models.IMG_20170217_165439IMG_20170217_104443 (1)


  1. International Women's Day programme - 5th March 2017 : Navjeet, who in its constant endeavor to empower women since 1978 celebrated International Women's Day, at Apostolic Carmel High School hall. Be Bold for Change, the theme was food for thought for our women to be courageous and to realize their rights and make our world a better place to live in. IMG_1766

The function was attended by above 550 women from our self help groups and Mahila Mandals in Bandra East & West and Khar as well as rural women from Shahapur. IMG-20170307-WA0025




  1. Health Camps  - 8th to 10th & 15th March 2017 : Apart from emphasis on learning, Navjeet also works towards improving the health and nutrition of children in all our centres. 163 balwadi children attended various health camps where medicines were distributed free of cost.


  1. Eye Camp – 23rd March 2017   : Navjeet and Bachooali Hospital, Parel together organized 2 eye check up camps for the villagers of Ambyachapada and Borichapada. Many of the villagers got their eyes checked, and some of them were detected with Cataract while  others were referred to hospitals for other ailments and further treatment.


  1. Session on effects of early marriages – 24th March 2017 : 46 women from Jambulpada and Borichapada listened attentively to our staff Smita D’Britto speak on how children below marriageable age would be deprived of education, health and their rights, if their marriages were performed at an early age because they would not be physically developed and mentally prepared for marital life, and hence performing child marriages is socially and legally incorrect.