Ann Foundation Inc

The Ann Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth with disabilities and/or from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in developing countries. Through partnerships with local NGOs and educational institutions, we primarily provide educational services including English, computer literacy, and personality development through Skype and other technology. We also support health and humanitarian services through mission trips to developing countries.
Dec 18, 2011

Students are making progress - Ann Foundation

Students attending the class
Students attending the class

This is our second successful year at IELC School. We at the Ann Foundation would like to thank all our generous donors for their support during 2011.

At present, 80 visually challenged students are making good progress in both conversational English and interpersonal skills. The classes have been running smoothly while the enthusiasm of the students is growing. Many students say it is the highlight of their week, a time when they can learn and speak English in a fun way without having to sit for exams.

In addition to their English skills, the students are enjoying extra-curricular activities.  They have won numerous awards and accolades, participating in many Quiz competitions, volleyball, cricket, dance, music, kabaddi and more as they compete in state level tournaments.

The teachers also enjoy the classes conducted in both Tamil and English. Every teacher is given a chance not only to speak from the script but also to come up with impromptu lines for the topic under discussion. When they assign homework, the teachers complete it along with the students and present their work in class. Even the shy, hesitant teachers have now become more vocal as compared to the start of the classes. 

Interacting with these students has been a rewarding experience for our volunteers.Even though the school has limited resources, teachers and students show so much enthusiasm, inspiring everyone to strive for more. All the volunteers agree that they learn more from the experience than the students learn from them.

Our volunteers have also spent much time and effort over the past several months designing and developing a curriculum that could be adopted by our international tutors. We look forward to reaping the rewards of these efforts.  

In addition to continuing the current classes, in the coming year, we plan to give a sleeping bag to each of the 170 students at a cost of $50 each.

We appreciate your continued support for our project.

Students of IELC school
Students of IELC school

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Sep 18, 2011

Updates from the field - Ann Foundation

Students of IELC School, Vellore, India
Students of IELC School, Vellore, India

 

Our  ESL educator Deepa visited  IELC school and here is her testimonial.

My experience at the school was simply great. The students came to me on their own and initiated conversation in English. The difference between the students who have had the conversational English classes and those who haven't is evident. 
 
More than anything, these classes have given students the confidence to want to speak English on their own. In fact, two students, Anbu and Sandini, have chosen English literature for their undergraduate degree because of the confidence they have gained from the conversational English classes. 
  
The students are very friendly, respectful and eager to learn. Despite their disabilities, they are working hard to learn a trade. The students gave me a tour of  their weaving and envelope-making blocks. 
 
 
In contrast to the increasing arrogance and boredom we see in a lot of young people these days, these students are a happy, humble and respectful lot.
 
The teachers are also very friendly and co-operative, inspiring their students to perform their best. 

Deepa Padmanabhan
ESL Volunteer
Ann Foundation
Students attending the class
Students attending the class
Jun 13, 2011

Instilling Confidence - an Ann Foundation Program

One of the many services that Ann Foundation provides to the children we reach are Personality Development classes. These classes aim to provide disabled children with the confidence, social skills, and conversation skills needed to thrive in this world. One Ann Foundation volunteer, Rahul Srinivasan, has been instrumental in developing and teaching these classes to our students at the Vellore school. Rahul, an electrical engineer from Mubai, gained experience educating underprivileged children during his work with an Indian central government directive called the Shiksha Abhiyaan program. He now brings his expertise to AF in Vellore, teaching children self esteem through song, class discussions, poetry recital and other techniques.

We recently spoke with Rahul who told us that he believes it is important to "think outside the box" in order to make education an engaging and exciting experience. His class, he said "Just does not want class to end. They treat me like a friend and often joke with me". Rahul teaches a variety of lessons, not limited to environmental awareness, the importance of honesty, and speaking with confidence. 

Thanks to your help, Rahul and other AF volunteers can continue their mission of assisting these underprivileged children in need, providing them with multi-faceted education in order to prepare them for successful living.

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