Opentree Foundation, The (Toybank) is a non-profit set up with the aim of providing toys to all children. It believes that play is essential to development as it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of children. Toybank believes that although accessibility to good quality education is of prime importance, we should not overlook the importance of extra-curricular activities in moulding the lives of children as they evolve into strong, sensitive individuals.
They believe that spending time with children is key to their development process rather than showering them with expensive gifts. Toybank works towards bridging the gap between children from different backgrounds by creative play, group events and community events. Toys are also a means to channelize their energies towards developing social and communication skills,this forms the premise of their ideology of Power of Play. Toybank works with a network of volunteers to execute their program to induce familiarity with the play groups where children are in an environment of comfort to develop their confidence and help them become better thinkers. Since inception Toybank has touched the lives of around 85,000 children from various backgrounds through their centres in Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune. It works with several partner organisations and has also started work in rural areas.
Toybank encourages donors to give toys in good condition and it ensures that these are clean and appropriate for children before distribution. Toys are gift wrapped and distributed one-on-one to less privileged children. Toybank has noticed visible changes (beyond expectations) in the children they guide at their various centres in terms of better attendance at schools, increased efficiency in English, better emotional balance and reduced aggression.
Income Rs1 cr
Expense Rs45 lac
Source : Audit Report 2017
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