Kalanjiyam Trust

Our Vision "Kalanjiyam envisions an energized and empowered community, that can take part in its own development, is able to mobilize and organize itself and take actions to ensure quality education, improved health and overall well-being of all its members." The mission of Kalanjiyam is to bring about impact in a core set of areas: Ensuring that children have access education quality education Bringing health and well being resulting in a RICH community, Making sure that communities are aware / have knowledge and have correct information for making decisions and choices in their lives Facilitating and broadening the skills and capacity of communities Providing for ways to ...
Feb 10, 2015

Improving hand washing practices of children

The importance of proper hand washing with soap is not well understood and the actual practice is also very poor among the children in our rural schools.  To improve the situation, we have intensified our health education classes and now teaching students to understand why one should wash with soap and the consequences of not doing so for their health and well-being.  To facilitate the practice, we have started to provide liquid hand washing soap in all the project schools, and project staff assemble the children and ensure that they wash their hands with soap, prior to eating the school lunch. During after school tuition classes the messages on hand washing and hygiene are emphasized through stories and songs.  The children are also provided these topics and they have to create stories and stage small skits, to tell the messages to other children.  We find that this type of activity has a lot of impact on the children and they are less likely to forget the proper hygienic practices. 

In the last few months, the project also provided the project supported schools with steel storage drums, so that drinking water can be kept in each class room.  We also provided the class rooms with steel stand, on which the drums can be placed.  The clean drinking water from Reverse Osmosis filtration system is collected in the drums each morning and placed in each class room. This ensures that children get drinking water in the classroom. 

The school environment and the sanitation conditions continue to be the critical focus.  All project placed sanitation workers, maintain the school premises as well as the school toilets.  The activities of the project, have become a model for many other schools in the area, and we are getting considerable requests for support to improve the hygiene and sanitation conditions in other schools.  With support from donors we hope to take up more schools in the coming year.  Thanks to all donors for your generous contributions last year and particularly during the year end period. 

Feb 9, 2015

Special activities to encourage children

Rural students require actvities that will faciltate all rounded edcaution. Over the last few months we have conducted some special activities with children in school or during the after school tuition, to make interesting and to encourage the the children. Activities such as drama, songs, stories and play activities were done with 1st and 2nd standard students; Drama classes were conducted, based on moral stories, once a week; Songs in ABL cards were taught with action; and stories were told by instructors and students were asked to develop their own stories as well; different types of games were also taught to the children.  For 3rd- 5th activities include games, recitation of poetry/ prose, and GK questions; these were conducted during the tuition classes and student who did well were provided small prizes to motivate them.  In addition games like running race, skipping race, puzzles, and brain teasers were conducted. 

Competitions: The drawing instructor conducted drawing competitions at the school level and selected the good students and prizes were given. The students in all the schools participated in speech competitions and the best students were given prizes on programs on 26th January for Republic day.

Newspaper reading habit is being encouraged. Each day the Kalanjiyam para teachers present recent / important news stories.  Other general knowledge is also being imparted on a regular basis.

Engaging with girl students: One of the needs identified is to begin addressing information needs/ vulnerabilities of girl students.  We have started to take efforts to gather girls (in 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th) at the community level to engage with them and start talking to them on their health, importance of education and any problems they are facing in school or at home.  We are conducting monthly once awareness programs at Kalanjiyam training center, on reproductive health,   

We thank all the donors for your support which makes is possible for Kalanjiyam to implement our programs for rural children. 

Nov 12, 2014

Cleaning Drive for Children's Day

We planned and implemented a hygiene and sanitation campaign to culminate on Children's Day (November 14th) to provide prizes to the best maintained school / sanitation facilities. Over the last 12 days, Kalanjiyam team of para teachers, and hygiene and sanitation workers came together and went to all the 20 project schools to spread the message of hygiene and sanitation to children and teachers / school officials.  

A cleaning drive in each school involved the entire school campus, hygiene and sanitation facilities and trying to beautify the school environment overall.  The schools were already informed of the event ahead of time, so they were prepared to receive our team. Our teams started out with assessing the hygiene situation in the school and then started clearing the premises - picking up waste/ garbage, even picking weeds and clearing the garden areas to make the school environment more appealing.  Seeing the effort of our project the children and teachers joined the effort and participated in the cleaning drive.  The entire activity was done with much cooperation and enjoyment, so as to ensure a learning for the school - at the end of the drive in each school, the importance of good hygiene and ownership of the school - and children was emphasized to all.  The school teachers and children had definitely been motivated and energized to take more efforts to keep their school environment clean going forward. 

All the school toilets were assessed for cleanliness, availability of water, proof of regular maintenance and feedback from children and teachers.  An external person was brought to look at all the hygiene facilities and the best maintained school was awarded and the hygiene and sanitation worker was also provided a prize to keep them motivated to continue their good work. 

In light of the recent campaign initiated by Prime Minister Modi in India, the project takes pride that we have already been focusing on hygiene and sanitation - through working with our future generations- the children in our communities. In all our schools we have habituated our children to use the toilets and made the provisions for the necessary pre-requisites for facilitating this behavior.  Along with this we have been highlighting the importance of personal and environmental hygiene.  We are happy to say that our efforts suggest that change is possible through persistent efforts and involving local communities for increased ownership.   We thank GlobalGiving and all the donors who have supported this project, as you have helped to make this change possible, through your donations.  We hope to continue to take the message of hygiene and sanitation to more communities in our project areas with your support.

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