CHILDREN TOY FOUNDATION has been lucky enough to have got favourable reactions from industry and business circles; but not as much as was expected of them. All the same, resource crunch is one of the major factors that has come in the way of any major expansion of the FOUNDATION’S activities. To overcome that, the FOUNDATION has thought of creating a corpus fund of Rs. 7 crore through donations and grants. Even the annual interest from that amount will be sufficient to make several of the FOUNDATION’S dreams come true. By a rough estimate,the interest should be sufficient to supplement the budget of at least 100 new libraries every year. One deserving case is the extra expenses involved in buying a wider range of toys for children with special needs. Another, the funds shortage chronic in the case of municipal schools, remand home, orphanages, old people’s homes and rehabilitation centres for women. Lf a handicapped person procures a specially equipped van which he wants to convert into a mobile library,
if a group of street kids want to set up a play centre, if a retired jawans want to self-employ themselves by running a library these cases can be deemed deserving of the special grant. Tax exemption will be sought from the Government on the Rs 7 Crore corpus fund in the light of the humanitarian goals. As it is, donations to the trust running the FOUNDATION are exempt from tax under Section 80 G of the Income Tax Act. If good response comes forth we can apply for 35C exemptions also. That is just the beginning. To materialise the other projects like Khilona Place, Toy/ Game workshop and Toy/ Game Bank / Exchange , the FOUNDATION would need further infusion of funds. Being incorrible optimists that to optimists with a vision we are confident of making all these dreams come true. In a country renowned for Harischandra and Daan Shoora Karna , seeking assistance from individuals and organisations, from business and industry , from the haves to help out the have – nots cannot be deemed demanding too much.
A giant playhouse where toys/ games are in constant motion. Adult volunteers will help out, but it shall be children who will occupy the centre – stage. In theis arena of romance, children will take to whatever catches their fancy. And they will be taught how to derive maximum joy from whatever they lay their hands on. In this toy/ game plaza , the little ones will be the kings and queens, with the adults playing the role of courtiers.
Nothing is static particularly toys/ games. Experiment inventiveness and innovation is the essence of things if India toys/ games have to make strides in the international arena. While corporate investment in R&D is quite limited in this country, the FOUNDATION would like to contribute in its own humble way to R&D in this field.
Which will contain all relevant literature from all over the world. Such a data bank is essential if we have to keep up with the changes taking place at the global level. Roping in creativity, culture and tradition for enriching the play environment, doing close-ups of nature , architecture and landscape to improve the physical environment, studying play in the community to improve the social environment all these are issues which need to be looked into in depth if we have to sustain increasing awareness of the intrinsic value of toys/ games. A library of the above sort can play a key role in this attempt at enlightenment.
Curiosity is the key to learning. It should be remembered that children have often been small keys to major investors. Alfred Graham Bell happened upon the idea of a telephone while toying with a kite. Benjamin Franklin was flying a kite in a thunderstorm when he made the momentous discovery : that lightning and electricity are one and the same. Marconi too picked up the first ever trans – Atlantic wireless signals while flying a kite. Then there is the age old spinning top which gave birth to the gyroscope and which in turn triggered the invention of the automatic pilot. French doctor Lennoe devised the stethoscope after he watched two boys on a see saw one boy scratching at one end, the other listening at the other end by applying his ear to it. The FOUNDATION believes that none should discourage a child which loves to dissemble a toy / game as long as he/she is also keen on reassembling it. Because the eagerness to learn the hows and whys of things is the right way to true knowledge. The workshop will play a major role in satisfying this curiosity.
It is not dollars and yens alone that count. Toys and games can make a better currency. It should be recalled that the toy movement in India took off thanks to a consignment of toys/ games sent to Indian children by a philanthropic Indian based in Canada. One way to promote quality consciousness among Indian manufacturers as well as consumers is to introduce them to toys and games of international standard. Off and on the FOUNDATION has received gifts of toys from abroad, and it is high time the process was streamlined and the flow of toys/ games regularised at both ends. The FOUNDATION, therefore , intends setting up the Bank / Exchange to facilitate swapping at both national and international levels. In the common pool that will be formed, children can revel and romp around.
If you think running a toy/ game library is child’s play. You are sorely mistaken. The expertise needs to be acquired through dedication and thorough training. Right now a corps of volunteers has been helping out in setting up new libraries, but in the light of the expansion that is planned , a training centre of that sort is an absolute must.
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Devendra S. Desai
Founder / Managing Trustee
We are looking for a Candidate, who can communicate and do fund raising for our cause.
Here is the following requirement:
Good at Fund Raising
Good at Liaoning with Government, Corporate Bodies
Ready to Travel at Times
Knowledge of Accounts
Good in Sports / Games
Qualification: Any Graduate / MBA
Location: Fort (Mumbai)
Experience: 3 – 5 year preferably
Salary: Up to 30,000
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