Celebrating Commitment – January 2015 Newsletter

 

Friday Kitchen feeds our passion

Jan15_01_Friday KitchenThe story of the Friday kitchen team was what inspired our founder Anubha Sharma to go looking for kids to feed which eventually led to the birth of Angel Xpress.Five women led by Sulekha Malhotra decided during a kitty party that their time and money will be spent better in feeding poor children, from there started the project of satsang over cooking, various offshoots of this idea today feeds an astounding number of children every Friday including a substantial number at AXF. The Juhuteam led by MrsYashi Oberoi and Kirron Kumar among others feeds our children at AXF Juhu while the Bandra offshoot led by Anita Golani and NamrataRajgarhia caters to our children in Santacruz. Most of the children coming to us live in extremely strained circumstances and the treat at the end of the lesson is something they really look forward to.

 

 

 

 

#TeamSpreadingSmilesspread more than smilesJan15_02_SpreadingSmile

Another story of a citizen’s movement started when AnushkaBasantani the founder of a children’s activity center called Joykidzconnected with us to host one of the 10 events they had planned to commemorate their 10th anniversary. This intention gathered momentum and today a group of over 150 mothers have come together to become a part of a movement called #TeamSpreadingSmiles which is on the verge of completing their 100th event on a quest to create happiness of which among others,the children of Angel Xpress Foundation have been a happy recipient.

 

 

 

 

The right guidance helps kids ace the OlympiadJan15_03_photo math olympiad

Anushka Basantani decided to go beyond hosting fun events at Angel Xpress Foundation and along with three other mothers from the #TeamSpreadingSmiles made a commitment to coach 4 of our first graders from #AXFJuhu for the Math Olympiad that she specializes in training kids for. In four short months these ladies had taken the kids from counting on their fingers to ace the Math Olympiad in which 600 children from affluent homes who had the support of educated parents to help prepare participated. The future for these children now may go on to be something less than ordinary thanks to their hidden talent having been brought to the fore by these ladies.

 

 

 

 

 

What a merry ChristmasJan15_04_Christmas

We cannot possibly end our coverage of December without a mention of all the special Christmas activities held across our centers this season. #TeamSpreadinSmiles arranged for special Christmas activities across all AXF centers, Fatima Soomar and SwapanaKode made Christmas special for our Bandstand kids, DakshinAdhyayanta and friends took 51 of our kids from Lokhandwala for a screening of PK at fun republic. Bombay Dyeing hosted an all-day interactive event for 25 of our kids while 15 of our kids got to enjoy a special meal at Vedge. The Juhu Gymkhana Club arranged for a special Christmas celebration for 120 children from AXFJuhu and 4 women opted to play Santaclaus by sponsoring brand new bikes for 4 of our deserving students who really needed this miracle in their lives.

 

 

 

 

COMING UP – DAY OF GRACE 2015   

We were humbled with so much love and recognition all of 2014, that we decided to celebrate our Annual Day of Grace by counting our blessings and charting our growth from good to great.
At the event: We’ll doff our hats to the large hearts of Mumbai – our volunteers, donors, sponsors and our supporters. Our children will put up performances to say “thank you”; plus performances from artists and more.
Block your diary for Day of Grace 2015 on 31st January 2015, Saturday, From 6.30 pm onwards, At The Beautiful Bandra Fort Amphitheater, provided to us once again by the very first citizen’s forum that believed in us “The Bandra Bandstand Resident’s Trust”