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Dance Competition For The Visually Challenged Exploring New Horizons

Sapney Team felt proud on being invited by AICB (ALL India Confederation for Blind) for the  Dance Competition by the Visually Challenged .

An innovative and most absorbing display of skill and talent was witnessed at Shah Auditorium, Delhi, when competitors from all over the country vied vigorously with one other. What was so special?The competitors were all visually challenged; the event: An All India Dance Competition.

The assumption that visually challenged people can excel in sedentary activities alone was disrupted when the Amway Opportunity Foundation & All India Confederation of the Blind organized this nationwide dance competition. Over 110 competitors from 15 institutions across India congregated at the auditorium in Delhi.

Open to both boys and girls, the competition consisted of both solo and group dance performances.  Dance forms included classical, folk and freestyle.

The performances were adjudged by a jury of eminent dance specialists and Mangat Ram Singhal, Minster for Social Welfare in the Delhi Government, handed out prizes to the winners.

The budding artists left the audience spellbound with their graceful movements, expressive gestures and rhythmic action.  This was the first All India Competition of its kind in the country, but hopefully not the last!

We enjoyed the show a lot. The winners in freestyle dance group were kids from AICB Captt. Chandan Lal School for blind. The same place where we visited in 2007. Check out Pandey Ji. Sweet little kid who sang a poem for us at that time was the lead dancer in the dance group.

 

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Year V – 2009

Yipeee!!! SAPNEY was now blooming in varied colors, with so many new members joining the noble cause.

Our new friends came in from different fields of work and life, making the year remarkable for SAPNEY. Now, we were not limited to our own college and school friends, but friends from our past offices, current offices, new colleges and friends of friends joined hands with us… People started trusting us and we were more confident in presenting ourselves.

The next event was held at the Missionaries of charity, Civil Lines in New Delhi. This charitable organization is an orphanage for tiny tots. Abandoned childrens under 5 years of age find a safe shelter there.

One thing common in all the events we conducted so far is – the warm welcome we receive. It was so lovely to be there.

Best part of the event was when we were escorted to their nursery and infant section. Hygiene levels were very impressive and we enjoyed seeing children playing with colors.

The swings, the class rooms were so beautifully decorated.

By watching what we saw, anybody can wonder how heartless a human can be at times, to leave his child and at the same time, we all can see how beautiful are the people at Missionaries of charity, Civil lines to take care of such children with such pious motherly attitude.

Mothers and Nuns out there, have sacrificed their family to serve a bigger family of God, called humanity. Sapney salutes their spirit and dedication.

Hopefully our new friends enjoyed the event and will continue to attend future events.

A special thanks to Aadhar.  Sumit Chawla, Nimisha, Abhishek Dhingra, Meenakshi and Komal welcome to SAPNEY family.

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Year IV – 2008

Yet another incredible year fFriends of Sapney distributing Brailee books at AICB, gurgaonor SAPNEY. This was the year when most of us were taking a move ahead in life. We were graduates by now and moved to either a higher-level college or a new job.

Way back in the year 2005, when we laid the foundation of SAPNEY, we thought it to go with college and probably end with it too. But, the good news is that we continued.

By this time, the number of SAPNEY members had shrank. Best of the friends still remained together, also, a few others came in. Earning members led to generous fund generation from SAPNEY events.

In 2008, once again we went to the Blind school in Haryana and organised the event with the great assistance of Mr J L Kaul, Chairman of AICB.

Apart from all the nobility, there was a surprise element waiting out there for us. Guess what!! Children out there, not only remembered us by our names, but they also inquired about our friends, who had visited them close to 2 years back.

It was so beautiful to see the welcoming smiles and feel the enormous love. We met our favorite superkid, Pandey ji again.

Aadhar gave a presentation to the senior children, regarding money management.

Everyone (both the benefactor and the beneficiaries) enjoyed a lot and contributed in preserving childhood by spreading incessant smiles and monetarily fulfilling a few of their basic requirements.

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2007

sapney 2007SAPNEY then organised an event at AICB Capt Chandan Lal, school for blind in Bahrangpur village, Haryana. The school is a part of a bigger association, All India Confederation for blind, Delhi. We planned the event with the solicit contribution of Mr J L Kaul, Chairman of AICB.

Braille books were purchased from biggest Braille press of Asia. Academics, comics, general knowledge, fiction, series of Harry Potter…et al were some of them.

The premises was situated in the interiors of Haryana. The school was connected through a broken road. But, nothing could deter the zeal with which SAPNEY marched towards its goal.

The members were received a warm welcome from the management. Children remained a little shy initially, but rounds of introduction excited them. With this their whiffed off their timidity and they embraced their SAPNEY friends. Songs, Dance, games…. followed like a miracle.

The event was another eye opener for all the members toward the harsh realities of life.

Special contributions: Aadhar Girotra, Sahil Arora, Ruchira sehgal and all the other members…

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Year III – 2007

Year 2007 marked the hottest summer of the decade. Both humans and animals fell prey to scorching heat.

SAPNEY, being sensitive about the tenderness of children, decided to do something which could bring relief to them from the merciless season. SAPNEY’s third event was a ccomprehensive output of the thought.

This time the venue was ASHA KIRAN, Rohini, an organisation for Special children.

With the permisssion of its management committee, the members of SAPNEY distributed cotton clothes, prickly heat powder, and toys amongst its beneficiaries.

Once again, not only does the children received SAPNEY with much warmth and excitement, but also SAPNEY felt incredible satisfaction. So receptive and inviting the children were, that the members found hard to say ‘bye’.

The event also made the members realize a totally different, but unfortunately a far too hard way of life. As a result, many eyes got wet, several hearts melted but each one of them thanked the gracious God.

Special Contributions: Rajan Gaur (Sunny). It would have been impossible without him.