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13th Year: 2011
- Piano Recital by Robyn, Mosaic Art Portrait & CNY Reunion Lunch
- Chinese New Year, PA Got Talents, Alvin's Birthday & Opening of Clay-Street New Studio
- Bye-bye Heni
Seva Wk 01: Art of Living Ashram, Bangalore
Seva Wk 02: 1st Seva with Divine Karnataka Project & On Course
Seva Wk 03: Sponsoring Rural Village Sport Clubs & Bridge at Chikmagalur
Seva Wk 04:
'WHY DKP' Corporate Fund Raising
Seva Wk 05: DKP Helps Rural Farmers, Gadag & Koppal, Karnataka
Seva Wk 06: Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, Konark, Puri & Sri Sri University
Seva Wk 07: Tribal School Project, Jharkhand
Seva Wk 08:
Tribal School Arts Festival on Facebook
Seva Wk 09: Tribal School @ Dumuria & Ranchi
Seva Wk 10: Tribal School Digital Contest & Kolkata
Seva Wk 11: Kolkata to Delhi to Himachal Pradesh
Seva Wk 12: Shoghi, Shimla & Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh

Seva Wk 13: Homestay @ Tirthan, Kullu Valley
Seva Wk 14: Sangla, Peo, Nako, Kinnaur Valley
Seva Wk 15: Tabo, Kaza, Kye, Spiti Valley
Seva Wk 16: Demul to Komic on Yaks, Spiti Valley

Seva Wk 17: Kaza to Manali to Gurgaon, Delhi
Seva Wk 18: Gurgaon & Barefoot College,Tilonia
Seva Wk 19: Jaipur & back to Bangalore
Seva Wk 20 & 21: With the Murthys in Bangalore

Seva Wk 22-24: Meridian 101 Ambassadors for India & Bye Bye India
Seva Wk 25: Seva in Africa - Jumbo Kenya!
Seva Wk 26: Seva at the Children's Garden Home
Seva Wk 27: More Seva Projects at CGH
Seva Wk 28: Self-drive Safari to Masai Mara, Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate
Seva Wk 29: Short Break to Arusha, Tanzania
Seva Wk 30: Safari at Nairobi National Park & Children's Day Celebration
Seva Wk 31: Launching BEADwear for Christmas
Seva Wk 32: Robyn turns 13 in Kampala, Uganda
Seva Wk 33: Rafting the White Nile, Jinja, Uganda
Seva Wk 34: Sipi Falls, Uganda & African Child Mega Dance in Kenya
Seva Wk 35: Nairobi to Mombasa, Malindi & Lamu
Seva Wk 36: Seva@Lamu - Donkey necklace + Kaya
Seva Wk 37: Seva@Lamu - Hands Up 4 Kids
Seva Wk 38: Bye Africa, Hello Istanbul, Homeward-bound Singapore
- Home Sweet Home in Singapore

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SEVA WEEK 4 (28 Mar - 3 Apr 2011)

r e f l e c t i o n : ON SEVA (VOLUNTEERISM)...


The Divine Karnataka Project: 'WHY DKP' Corporate Fund Raising Strategy

We have had a tremendous seva experience working with the DKP Team over the past month. Given our corporate, marketing, and CSR experiences, we took on the task to develop a strategy for raising funds from the corporate sector. In order to do that, we went to many slums and rural villages to observe the different social transformation initiatives, interacted with the DKP teams of leaders and Yuvacharyas, interviewed the beneficiaries comprising children, youth, women, etc. Jin does the interviewing, Robyn and Alvin do the photo shooting. We then extract the essence, copy write out the best of stories, pick the best shots, and stir-fry them creatively into a 4-page marketing collateral and a 20-min presentation. We also designed a corporate funding strategy that maps out the critical steps for a superior Donor Relationship Management process.

You are cordially invited to download the "Why DKP in 4-Page" and "Why DKP in 20min" presentation, and share them with your friends (especially potential corporate sponsors). Donation, private or corporate, is welcome to help DKP scale up and sustain all its initiatives to uplift over half a million lives in the slums and rural villages across Karnataka in India.

Download "WHY DKP" and help spread the word !
Why DKP in 4-Page

This is a 4-page infosheet (pdf) that captures the essence of the Divine Karnataka Project, introduces some of its key social transformation initiatives and highlights stories of lives changed for the better. It is used as a marketing collateral to be printed and mailed out to prospective corporate CEOs/MDs along with an appeal letter. Objective is to secure a meeting in person for a "Why DKP in 20min" presentation.

All photos were taken by us and are of real people being helped by DKP.

To download, just click here.

Why DKP in 20min

This is a 20min presentation (pdf) that tells that story and vision of DKP, the social impacts on the beneficiaries since July 2009, the people behind the efforts, and the many ongoing upliftment initiatives worthy of support by the corporate sector. It also lists the Return-on-Donation benefits to donors.

The presentation will be given by selected presenters from the DKP Donor Relation Team to prospective corporate sponsors/donors.

To download, just click here.


3 Apr 2011 - Last Sat evening, there were fireworks and cheering deep into the night after India beat Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup. On this leisure Sunday, we decided to venture into the heart of Bangalore city and visit the Bangalore Palace.

The Bangalore Palace

The Bangalore Palace is a beautiful dwelling of the past Maharaja and their families. The tour was of DIY fashion as the visitor would pay for an auto-voice with earphone that plays pre-recorded stories as he walks through the 21 destinations, guided by signage.

Excited children with the donated sports items and game sets

Alvin and Jin at the grand spiral starcase
Alvin and Jin at the grand spiral staircase

The grand high-ceiling reception hall
The grand high-ceiling reception hall
Elephant leg and Robyn

Spainish bench

Hunting was a popular hobby during the time of the Maharaja. There were photos showing the shooting of tigers and elephants. The design of this palace was inspired by many European styles. The above bench showed Spanish design.

The palace architectural design seems to have borrowed a mixed of ideas across Europe.
The palace architectural design seems to have borrowed a mixed of ideas across Europe.
Robyn uses the canon on her Daddy!
Robyn fired the canon on her Daddy! Luckily, he was quick and muscled enough to stop the canon ball.
Rice puff hawker

Heating rice puff with a charcoal pot

We walked by the Cubbon Park and visited the Industrial and Technology Museum. Robyn really enjoyed the interactive exhibits in there.
Outside, we saw a rice puff hawker who uses a charcoal pot to keep the rice puff hot and crispy.

Picnic lunch at the Mahatma Ghandi Park Picnic lunch at the Mahatma Gandhi Park.


> Week 5: DKP Rural Development to Help Poor Rural Farmers...


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