In Auguest 2009, we visited the Blind Relief Center of Delhi again to donate $1000 towards the expansion of their music department.
MOC – Success Stories
* MOC worked with Jeena, a US non-profit resource center for disabled Indian children.
* Trained Children in ethnic dance and music performances with the help of high school volunteers
Showcased their performances at many public events.
* Received positive feedback from the children, parents, and community alike.
* Coached special needs children in a little league baseball team.
* Organized a performance for the Louis Braille Day Celebration on Jan 4, 2008 at the New Delhi School for the Blind.
“Matters of Community” (MOC) is a California registered nonprofit organization that was started in early 2004 by Neal Bharadwaj while he was a junior at Washington High School, Fremont, California. Neal was inspired by the volunteering experience he obtained at another nonprofit organizations sch as Jeena, that also support the needs of disabled children.
MOC envisions enhanced self-esteem and improved integration of special needs children around the world into mainstream community through the use of music, art, theater and sports. MOC takes on projects directly supporting individuals and organizations as well as sponsors projects and funds activities of other nonprofit organizations globally that support its mission.
MOC Strives to achieve the following
• Every child is special & must be treated equal. Mainstreaming their educaiton must be a goal.
• Education system must be designed with “special needs” considerations right from the beginning.
• The education must be individualized for all children to maximize opportunity creation.
• Among other techniques, elements of Music, Arts, Theater and Sports (MATTERS) support these goals.
Conference organized by Government of India and may philinthropic organizations from across the world. in New Delhi to invite People of Indian Origin from all over the world to discuss among other topics, Mass Education In India. At this conference, Neal Bharadwaj, founder of MOC worked with another non-profit US organization called Global Organization of People of Indian Origin and made a presentation at the conference. It illustrated the need to provide unrestricted access to all opportunities with individualized delivery in order to ensure successful mainstreaming of special needs children. Stressing further that such children must be guaranteed equal rights in the Indian Education system by the constitution.
To illustrate its point, MOC shared its work with such children it has undertaken to mainstream special needs children through the elements of music, art, theater and sports. Among its many recommendation, the following was adopted by the forum:
* A focused discussion on special education in context of the education for masses of India would be useful.
* GOPIO-Youth could participate with philanthropic organizations like MOC to undertake more special education projects in India.
* GOPIO could help create resource pools, teacher training camps and volunteering and discussion opportunities among interested parties
MOC supports the Niles Canyon Challenger Little League (NCCLL) that organizes baseball for specal needs children belonging to the Fremont Unified School District. Here the founder of MOC personally volunteered as the bench coach and found that experience very rewarding. He also recruited other volunteers to help out with the game and also worked as a buddy for some of the children. MOC intends to continue support the NCCLL in its sports activity by helping recruit volunteers as well as provide possible baseball equipment for the use of the children.
MOC supports the excellent work being done by Jeena, a nonprofit organization that works with disabled children and provides resources to their parents. It is here that the founder of MOC began working with disabled children as a volunteer and was awarded “volunteer of the year” for helping special needs children learn how to dance. He eventually was able to make a team of dancers that also included special needs kids and showcased their talents at several public events including Martin Luther King Celebration in East Palo Alto, District 7 Day Celebration in San Jose, and Festival of Light Celebration at Great America Park, Santa Clara.