Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Following the leader's footsteps....

After Rajani tai's felicitation for the Teacher Warrior award, we have one of our teacher's, Ms. Monika Hiwale who received the IIHM Teachers Day Award.

Every year International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) felicitates teachers on occasion of Teachers' Day on September 5. This is a unique initiative by IIHM in association with the International Hospitality Council, London & Delhi. Educators across the country look forward to this event as valuable contributions towards improvement of the education sector, are appreciated through this initiative.This year, Ms. Monika Hiwale from Door Step School, Pune was awarded the IIHM Teachers Day Award. 

Ms. Monika joined DSS in May 2007 as a Teacher. Currently she is responsible for our Janta Vasahat Community Learning Center on Senapati Bapat road and manages a class of 30 students. Her strengths include detailed planning, regularity, punctuality and her willingness to learn new things and impart knowledge to her students. Owing to these qualities, she has been given more responsibilities of taking life skill sessions, conducting Science experiments and helping children with their Scholarship studies. She is a very warm person with a great rapport with students as well as team mates.

Heartiest congratulations to Ms. Hiwale for bagging this excellence award!

Ms. Monika receiving the award

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

One more feather in her cap...

Rajani tai was awarded the Annual Teacher Warrior Award by Scoo News at a function held at the City Palace, Udaipur on August 3, 2018. Scoo News appreciated her invaluable contribution to education and felicitated her with other such warriors at their Global Educators Fest 2018.

With her dream to ensure that every child in the country gets access to education and becomes capable to read and write she continues her efforts to impart education to children across the country, and help the disadvantaged sections of society.

To read more about the Fest and Rajani tai’s talk, please visit

Rajani tai receiving the award

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A performance for a cause....

Disha is a XII grade student from Fremont, California. She has been learning Bharatanatyam for the past 10 years under the guidance of her Gurus Smt. Suganda Sreenath and Kum. Shreya Iyer of Jayendra Kalakendra. Recently, Disha completed her Arangetram in the US and wanted to combine her passion for dance and value for education together. While visiting her relatives in Pune India, she came up with an idea for a fundraiser performance and selected Door Step School as her charity. Disha performed various Bharatanatyam items to a captive audience for an hour and donated the amount raised from the event to Door Step School, Pune.

It was a mesmerising performance depicting her passion for dance and inclination to do good towards the society. Disha says,” I visited a few projects of Door Step School in Pune including their School on Wheels and Educational Activity center at a construction site. These visits helped me see the value of contributing to the cause of educating the "invisible children" of construction workers, slum dwellers and migrant workers in Pune. I realized how privileged I was to have a good education and felt strongly the need to help give the same to these children".

True to her name she has helped in giving a direction to the children of DSS by her contribution.
We express our heartfelt gratitude to Disha and her entire family who supported her for the cause and wish her all the very best for her future.

Disha during her performance

Contributed by Mrs. Sonali Kurane.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Rajani tai at IIE, Pune to commemorate the 100th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Chitra Naik

Rajani tai was invited to speak at Indian Institute of Education,Pune on July 15, 2018 on the 100th birth anniversary of Dr. Chitra Naik, known for her contribution in the field of education.  A common thread that binds Dr. Naik and Rajani tai together is their passion for eduaction with focus on non-formal education and education for children from marginalised communitites.

While addressing the students of IIE, Rajani tai emphasized on the importance of offering education to children from underprivileged communities by understanding their needs and challenges. A different and more practical curriculum could also be designed for these children. It is the only way to develop an interest for education in them and hope to spread literacy.

Rajani tai's speech was covered by Sakal Today, July 17, 2018

One more "School on Wheels" added to the fleet.

We are glad to announce the addition of one more School on Wheels to our fleet of 4 buses. Door Step School, Pune inaugurated its 5th School on Wheels on 19th July 2018.Supported under NICE Interactive Solutions India Private Ltd.'s CSR initiative, this bus will serve as a mobile classroom and a mobile reading room for children living in roadside settlements and construction sites in Pune and PCMC.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” – Hellen Keller.

A quote that holds true for so many people and organisations working towards the upliftment of the underprivileged. For those who are working at the grass roots, it is always their work that takes the top priority and it is only through word of mouth that the common man is made aware. However when communication was never so effortless as of today and the reach of media never so restricted, it is but natural to have media houses rooting for what interests them and their audiences.

One of such names is the Borgen magazine, one of the media channel for people interested in global issues, politics and human rights. We are very proud to share with you that Borgen magazine has published our story - Door Step School and the Brain behind it. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

An inspiration for all!

Sometimes surprises come from unexpected quarters. That day it came from the team of our drivers, eight of them in all. They were all standing in front of us, Mr. Alkunte, the leader was standing in front of them with a bundle of books in his hands. The rest of them behind him, all with a smile on their face and a look of pride in their eyes.

They said they wanted to give a gift of books for our staff library. It was such a pleasant surprise, rather a double surprise for us. We did not know how they thought of it. Firstly, how they thought of giving a gift when there was no such occasion or precedent to follow and how they thought of giving books as a gift.

When Mr. Alkunte was asked the reason behind this gesture, he said, “I never read books before, but Nagesh sir, gave me a book to read. It was a big fat book and I was not sure I would be interested in reading it. But he insisted that as a driver I had a lot of time in between driving trips and hence I  should use it for reading. By the time I finished that book I started liking reading and continued reading more and more books. “Who Moved My Cheese” was one of those books and it proved to be a turning point of my life. I learnt two things from the book. I realised that one has to be ready to accept change and one should share with others what one has learnt. Be a leader and show direction to those who are behind you".

Mr. Alkunte did just that. He motivated others from his team, other drivers, to read. The task was not easy. He faced the opposition but finally he was able to convert them from non- readers to readers. And then one day they all thought of donating books to our staff library. The selection of books was amazing. But more amazing was the thought behind the gift, “The organisation has given us so much. We want to show our gratitude. Gift of books is just a token” they said. 

Our team of Drivers

As shared by Mr. Sanjay Alkunte, Coordinator, Transport, DSS, Pune.