Explorers kids Dance @ Christmas 2016

In celebration of the wonderful birth of Jesus Christ, King of Kings who became a human being and entered our world 2000 years ago, these children performed a beautiful dance.

Performed by children who are part of the Explorers club of Sunday school of Living Hope Church, all these lovely dance steps were conceptualized by the famous Gwendoline, their dance teacher. On site supervision was done by Divya and Racheal.

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Enjoy the wonderful performance!

 

Living treasure Hunt

This summer, children in our building did something different. We organized a Living Treasure Hunt in and around the place where we stay, and wow! Did you know what they discovered?


These are just some of the living treasures discovered by our children.


We were really amazed at the amazing creatures they captured on camera, and the way they researched and presented their findings. It made us realize just how many living treasures are there around us, each made so wonderfully by God.



But first, a brief background on what this is all about.

It is summer vacations, and children are out playing almost the whole day. If it is too hot they end up consuming cool drinks, and digital audio video content, yes that means movies, games and what not.

This time we decided to do a totally immersive activity to make them engage with the world around them.

We called it the Living Treasure Hunt!

This is how I designed it:

Objective: Identify and document living creatures in and around Raj Sarovar

Skills

•    Observation

•    Photography

•    Research

•    Documentation


Conditions

•    Open to members of Raj Sarovar and their friends

•    Age limit: 4 to 19 years

•    Teams should have two or more members, atleast one of the team should be a resident of Raj Sarovar

•    Identify living creatures [Insects, animals and birds] upto gate at Link Road entrance You have to identify any living creature right from ants to birds yourselves

•    You shall not harm or kill any living creature for this competition

•    Document by Photographs taken by you, one close up and one with surroundings

•    You can use any camera or mobile phone, and use the Internet or any other resource to identify what you have captured.

•    Points will be awarded for the total number of creatures, correct identification with biological name and photograph quality

•    Winning Photographs will be put up on Facebook page and Notice board

We kept cash prizes for the top three winning teams.

The children immediately formed teams with their friends, and were up early with their cameras and notebooks. They excitedly discovered many insects, birds and small animals! After capturing the photos, the children discovered a way to identify these living creatures using Google Image search!

There were some insects which the kids could not identify even with Google, making them realize the limits of technology!




We used the help of BNHS experts and they willingly identified the pictures which I emailed to them. A big thank you to Rahul Khot and Divya from BNHS for giving your expert comments. BNHS has a very useful set of field guides which can be of use to find out more about what you discover. Kindly visit the following link to know more on field guides and other products by BNHS

http://www.bnhs.org/catalogue.html

You can buy set of six books herehttp://www.bnhs.org/shop/special-offers/set-of-6-books-detail.html

There are more offers if you check through the site.

The kids got the correct Biological name and details of most of the various creatures from the Internet, and made excellent Powerpoint presentations.


Team Photogenia and their presentation


The children who took part, with a senior lady from our Building who distributed the prizes.

You are free to use this Living Treasure Hunt in your locality or building! Let me know how it goes!

Thanks for reading J


Citizens foil Dumping on CRZ: Times of India

CITIZENS FOR THE CITY

Dahisar locals foil debris dumping bid

Linah Baliga Times News Network


Mumbai: Alert locals recently foiled an attempt to dump debris in Dahisar.
The New Link Road Residents’ Forum (NLRRF) received a call from a local on Sunday afternoon, saying some dumpers were headed towards Prithvi Palace off New Link Road. The land falls under Coastal Regulation Zone-1, which restricts construction close to the coastline.
A few residents rushed there and saw three dumpers—two empty and one filled with debris. The empty vehicles had dumped at least eight mounds of debris on the mangroves behind Prithvi Palace. There were saffron flags on the dumps, said residents. “We prevented the third installment of debris from being dumped. We were expecting arrival of more dumpers but they must have been alerted,” said Dr. S P Mathew, NLRRF president.



The MHB police were informed about the dumping by Mathew and others, after which a senior inspector and a few beat marshals reached the spot. “They ordered the dumpers to be taken to the police station and recorded our statements. We asked the police to file complaints under the stringent Environment Protection Act and inform the authorities concerned,” said Mathew.
Offenders, especially the builder lobby, dump debris on the CRZ land in Dahisar on public holidays and weekends.
“The dumping on CRZ-1 land is shocking. It usually takes place on holidays when the offices of BMC and Tehsildar are closed and it is difficult for the police to nab the offenders,” said Mathew. “We have filed a panchanama and written to the tehsildar’s office. They will have to lodge a complaint and we’ll register an FIR,” said senior inspector Suresh Kilje, MHB police station.
This is the second time this month that residents have prevented debris dumping on the mangroves.


MHB Police officers surveying the site and taking Panchnama


On May 1, 2013, which was a public holiday on account of Maharashtra Day, two dumpers were caught dumping debris behind Prithvi Palace. Two locals—Harishchandra Pandey and David Soosay—had got to know that a politician had purchased the land and was planning to construct a temple there. Residents wrote to the Tehsildar, Police and State environment secretary Valsa Nair Singh, saying debris was being dumping on CRZ-1 land and demanded immediate action.

Dear Reader,

Hope you have been encouraged to take steps to protect your own neighbourhood. All it takes is a little determination. Go ahead, only you can protect your own neighbourhood from becoming a dumping fround or a illegal slum colony. Act now before it is too late. This is a great way to actively put into practice what we have learnt about the value of saving our Environment.