United Way of Bengaluru

United Way Bengaluru is part of United Way Worldwide networks that are present in 41 countries and territories. We are a volunteer led, non-profit organization that seeks to tackle the grass root key issues such as education, health, livelihood and environment. Vision To be a leader in intelligent and accountable philanthropy, and to make an impact in our community. Mission Helping build community capacity for a better quality of life in our geography, through voluntary giving and action
Apr 10, 2015

Quarterly Update of Born Learning Campaign.

Progress of 240 Children
Progress of 240 Children

Our heartfelt thanks to all the donors for their support to our Born Learning Campaign!

In this quarter, we would like to stress on three important aspects besides the regular updates.

  • 2015, we have an ambitious plan to initiate partnership with Government run Anganwadis - Government Anganwadi is a government sponsored child-care and mother -care center in India. It caters to children in the 0-6 years of age group. The word means "courtyard shelter" in Hindi.
  • A guide to our Born Learning Campaign and it’s importance in India
  • United Way of Bengaluru is championing for Born Learning Campaign in World 10K, marathon to be held in Bangalore on 17th May, 2015.

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We would like to share an excerpt from an article written by Mr. Manish Michael, Executive Director – United Way of Bengaluru(http://www.csrtimes.com/community-articles/a-case-to-shift-csr-focus-area-in-2015/416).  The know-whys for our incessant effort to reach out to many children below the age group of 0-6 years through our Born Learning Campaign.

With the percentage of school enrolment staying at 96 percent or above for six years in a row as of 2014, it is encouraging to note that India is close to achieving universal enrolment for children in the age group of 6-14 years. While reaching universal enrolment is a significant milestone, the daunting reality is that there are immense unmet challenges.

The recent Annual Status of Education Report has found that, children who are enrolled in Standard V across India cannot read Standard II books.  The children in our city are not better off too, a survey done by the municipal corporation of Bangalore (BBMP) found 3800 children being malnourished.

According to World Bank research, children in the age group of 3 – 6 years develop very critical skills which determine their overall development & performance for the rest of their lifecourse. These facts induce the urgent need to shift focus and work with children below 6 years in ensuring their holistic development

As such, United Way of Bengaluru is striving towards addressing the issue of Holistic Childhood Development for children under six years of age, since 2012.

The areas of intervention are

 (i) Enhance early learning skills of children

(ii) Educating parents (esp. mothers) on early child care

(iii) Provide fresh, hot, wholesome nutritious food

(iv) Mainstream Born Learning Centers with Government Anganwadis 

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Activites that were carried out this quarter:

Web preparation:  It is a theme based teaching methodology adopted for the BLC centers. This being an interactive method, children enjoys and retains more knowledge. For this quarter, they learnt about the harvest festival  called ‘Makar Sankranti’ which is celebrated across India.

Nutrition Mela: Nutrition Mela is an awareness building exercise conducted at different BLC centers. The parents are sensitized on the readily available nutrition rich ingredients and its importance in our daily lives.

They cooked all different local nutrition food  such as Ragi roti, herbal rasam, Kosambari, etc, and shared with parents to create awareness.

Preparation of Education Play Materials: A workshop for preparation of play materials at one of the center was organised. They prepared early learning materials such as shapes made out of wood and paper, charts to teach the children alphabets, numbers, concepts of colour, shapes etc.

 PTA Monthly Meetings: Quarterly parents and Teachers Association meeting was held in all 9 centers. The objective of the meeting was to share the progress and concerns of the children. To encourage the parents to enroll their children in primary schools under the Right To Education Act. 

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Success story:

Raziya 

Raziya is the second child born to Mr.Al-Bakash and Mrs.Reshma who live in Hosur Bande. They have four children one elder son, Rihan studying in 1st standad and  a pair of twins ( two boys). Al-Bakash works as  a driver and his wife is a home-maker. Due to family burden, they did not enroll Raziya to pre- nursery. When Raziya was noticed by one of the field workers, she was malnourished and lacked social skills. After  routine sessions of counselling with the parents, Raziya was enrolled in a Born Learning Center.

Her intervention started soon after getting enrolled to the center. The teachers gave her special attention and was also referred to a Primary Health Center. Today,  after 10 months  she has an improved height and weight.  Moreover, she interacts with her fellow mates and is physically active too.

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 World10K, 2015 Marathon

United Way of Bengaluru is participating in World 10K, 2015 Marathon event – the largest fundraising platform for Non-Profits in South India. We would like to encourage our donors and supporters in Global Giving to help spread awareness on Born Learning by sharing it with friends and families. If you or your relatives & friends are in Bangalore, you can participate with us for W10K event. Or, help us raise funds for Born Learning Campaign!

 To know more visit us on: http://icfn.in/tcsworld10k/UWB/

Children Learning shapes and colours
Children Learning shapes and colours
Parents at Nutrition Mela
Parents at Nutrition Mela
Volunteers painting a BLC center
Volunteers painting a BLC center
Raziya - Featured in the success story.
Raziya - Featured in the success story.

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Jan 9, 2015

Progress Report September - December 2014

QUARTERLY PROGRESS REPORT

(September 2014 – December 2014)

 Project Report: Born Learning Campaign to impact 50,000 children.

Goal:                                                              

To provide holistic development to children from vulnerable communities. This includes helping them develop their early learning skills and nutritious supplement meals critical for their normal growth.

Project Location: Born Learning Centres (BLCs) at 9 Quarry villages of Bangalore region in Karnataka, India:

Project locations:

-  Kogilu Bande

-  Hosur Bande

-  Agrahara

-  Hegdenagar

Total No of Children 0-6 years in 9 BLC Centers: 240

Focus Group: Quarry children between the ages of 0-6 years.

 Key Activities carried out:

  1. Teacher’s Day Celebration: On September 5th, 2014 all 9 centers independently organized teacher’s day celebration with sports and cultural programmes and felicitated their teachers. The parents came along with children to help organise the programme.
  2. Preparation of Nutrition Food: On September 29th, 2014; more than 26 volunteers and PTA members jointly came and prepared locally rich multi-grain nutrition foods at Hosur Bande to be served in the BLCs.
  3. Celebration of Gandhi Jayanthi: On October 2nd, QWARIDS organized sports and cultural programmes in all Born Learning Centers, the celebration of Birth date of Mahatma Gandhi. Children also presented Fashion Dress competition and Gandhi’s attire was a special attraction of the day. Sweets were distributed to children and prizes for all winners.
  4. Preparation of Education Play Materials: On October 28th, 2014, volunteers visited Kogilu Bande centre and prepared various educational play materials to be used for teaching children alphabets, numbers, colours, shapes, etc.
  5. PTA Monthly Meetings: Conducted monthly parent’ teacher’ association meetings in all 9 BLCs and discussed about mainstreaming this to regular schools. 
  6. Engagement with Target Company’s volunteers: On 16th of October and September 10th, 2014, Target Group volunteers visited BLCs in Kogilu Bande and Agrahara and engaged in sports, singing, and other extracurricular activities with the children.
  7. Health Camps: October 16th, and November 13th, 2014, QWARIDS organized two health camps at Kogilu Bande and Hegde Nagar areas. Over 655 people and children benefited from general checkups held in these places. Doctors provided free screening, general tests, prescription and also referrals to emergency cases.

OVERALL ASSESSMENT AND CONCLUSION

During this quarter, we had focused mainly on early learning and holistic nutrition across all the BLCs. Community was engaged in common activities such as health camp which helps as curative and preventive means to ensure holistic community health, we also had two volunteer base programmes such as: sports, singing. Regular programmes like preparation of nutrition food, monthly PTA meetings and other events like Gandhi Jayanthi were organized with the help of the community members.

CASE STUDIES

Case Study #1: Keerthana

Child’s information

  • Name: Keerthana                  
  • Age: 3-0 years                       
  • Admission date: 1-3-2014      
  • Weight: 10 kg
  • Height: 79 cm            
  • Father’s Name: Sadananda, 32 years
  • Mother’s Name: Bhavani, 25 years
  • Address: Bellahalli, Bangalore-64

Family Background: Keerthana’s Father, Sadananda is an auto driver and mother is a housewife and Charunya is 1 ½ year sister. Due to poverty and negligence, Keerthana was not admitted in a BLC or Anganwadi

Before Intervention: The child was mal nourished and underweight. At the time of enrolment, Keerthana was assessed and graded III. She was weighing 10kgs and her height was just 79cm

Our intervention: During our house visit, we found Keerthan’s parents not willing to admit her to BLC for fear of high fees, and other commitments. We counselled her parents on the importance of early childhood education and their responsibilities. Parents were then convinced and enrol their child to a BLC. On 1st, March 2014 Keerthana was enrolled in a BLC at Bellahalli quarry village. Teachers gave special attention to Keerthana’s issue on mal nourishment.  Parents were also counselled to give good nutrition food at home as follow up, which they provided

After intervention: Keerthana responded immediately, and started to improve in six month’stime. Keerthana now gains 12kg and increased 81cm. Parents have become more responsible and are interest in her nutrition.

Case Study #2: Mudashir

Child’s information

  • Name: Mudashir                    
  • Age: 3-2 years
  • Gender: Male            
  • Admission date: 2-4-2014      
  • Weight: 12 kg
  • Height: 76 cm            
  • Father’s Name: Musthakim, 30 years
  • Mother’s Name: , Esraath, 26 years
  • Address: Bellahalli, Bangalore -64

Family Background: Mudashir is enrolled on 2-4-2014 to our BLC. His father is Musthakim who sells dress materials. His mother name is Esraath who is a home maker. He has two siblings, Jaffer who is diagnosed with epilepsies and has been neglected, his younger brother has speech development issues and stays at home always. None of the children are enrolled in a BLC.

Before Intervention: During our house visit at Bellahalli to Musthakim family, we found that all children were totally neglected. Mudashir was 3 years and was not enrolled in an Anganawadi or BLC. As a result, Mudashir was alone and had not developed his language skill, does not interact with brothers, neighbours, is very silent. Parents did not show any interest towards the children’s early childhood education.

Our Intervention: When staff identified Mudashir and his siblings at home neglected, parents were counselled to give proper attention to children’s early childhood education and asked them to enroll Mudashir in a BLC. They also explained how the child was lacking linguistic skills and unable to communicate or mingle with other children. Finally, they were convinced and enrolled Mudashir to our BLC on 2-4-2014 at Bellahalli.

Teacher gave special attention to Mudashir. Every day, they had different physical games and engaged the child to mingle with other children. Though child resisted initially there was gradual improvement after other children in centre engaged him in games and other activities. Teacher gave him many rhymns and poems to sing front of the class, which gradually, helped Mudashir to improve his language skills.

After Intervention: There has been a great improvement in Mudashir in his language development. Every day, parents say that he recites lots of poems in his home and sings aloud. He has come out of his loneliness and mingles with other children in playing various games given in BLC. Parents are very happy and content in seeing him improve. 

Oct 9, 2014

Education with nutrition for underprivileged kids

QUARTERLY PROGRESS REPORT

(June-August-2014)

 

Project Report: Born Learning Campaign to impact 50,000 children.

 

Goal:                                                              

To provide holistic development to children from vulnerable communities. This includes helping them develop their early learning skills and also compliment the program with the right nutrition as it is critical for their normal growth.

Project Location: Born Learning Centres (BLCs) at 9 quarry villages of Bangalore region in Karnataka, India

Project locations;

-  Kogilu Bande

-  Hosur Bande

-  Agrahara

-  Hegdenagar

Total No of Children 0-6 years in 9 BLC Centers: 240

Focus Group: Quarry children between the ages of 0-6 years

 

Key Activities carried out:

  1. Tree Plantation: June 20th 2014 - Tree Plantation organised with mainly nutritional plants for families of children enrolled at our BLCs. Over 40 volunteers from Goldman Sachs planted 280 nutritional plants at individual houses in Hegdenagar.
  2. Health Camp: June 11th 2014 - Conducted a General Health check-up camp in association with the Lions Club, Sanjay Nagar at D. J. Halli. Totally, 209 people attended and benefited from the camp.
  3. IGP Training: June 26th 2014 - Income Generation Activity for Beggars' Colony for SHG members. Over 18 SHG members were trained on preparation of artificial earrings, fancy item sets and decorative items for self employment.
  4. Preparation of Nutritious Food: June 19th, 2014 - More than 20 volunteers and PTA members jointly came to prepare nutrition food for all BLCs children.
  5. Preparation of Education Play Materials: United Way of Bengaluru volunteers prepared education play materials in different shapes, colors, etc. to be used in all BLCs at the Kogilu centre.
  6. Independence Day Celebrations: August 15th 2014 - Vibrant celebration of Indian Independence Day by hoisting the National Flag at all BLCs. Local leaders were invited and cultural programmes were organized . Sweets were distributed to all children.
  7. PTA Meetings: Conducted monthly Parent Teachers’ Association meetings in all 9 BLCs and discussed mainstreaming to regular schools.
  8. Enrolling New Children to BLCs: 104 children from 9 BLCs enrolled to the BLCs out of which 59 are boys and 45 are girls. Similarly, we have mainstreamed 104 children to regular schools for the new academic year of June 2014 - 2015.

OVERALL ASSESSMENT AND CONCLUSION

During this quarter, we had focused mainly on mainstreaming our BLC children and enrolling new children into the 9 BLCs. As a result, we have mainstreamed 104 children and enrolled the same numbers to our Born Learning Centers.

Secondly, we had two volunteers based events: nutrition tree plantation and preparation of education play materials which were more successful. Regular programmes like preparation of nutrition food, monthly PTA meetings and other events like Independence Day and health camps were also held with great participation.

CASE STUDIES

Case Study #1: Ujwal

Child’s information

  • Name: Ujwal              
  • Age: 3-1 years                       
  • Admission date: 6-1-2014      
  • Weight: 10.8
  • Height: 90 cm            
  • Father’s Name: Ranganath, 30 years
  • Mother’s Name: Mala, 24 years
  • Address: Agrahara Layout, Bangalore-64

Before Intervention: Mr.Ranganatha and Mrs.Mala have two children Ujwal and Chethan and both stayed with their children. Father works as a photocopy machine repairer on daily wages and mother is a home maker. They did not enroll their children to a crèche or Anganwadi due to poverty and negligence. During our home visit, Ujwal was not able to speak and pronounce words properly. He was unwell and was frequently urinating.

Our intervention: When staff visited Ujwal’s house, parents did not understand why he was not able to speak and reasons behind his frequent urination. Staff sensitized the parents on the importance of sending children to pre-school and showing them to a doctor for health issues. The parents understood and Ujwal was enrolled to our BLC in Agrahara Layout. The teacher paid extra attention to Ujwal. He was given many activities for his speech and linguistic development. The child was also taken to Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) for examination.

After intervention: Ujwal has now started pronouncing well and has developed his language skills. He mingles with other children and is able to perform any activity given by the BLC teacher. Doctors have also adviced his parents to take him to the government hospital. He underwent surgery for the condition and is now an active boy at the BLC. His parents are thankful to the campaign and its intervention.


Case Study #2: Ashifa

Child’s information

  • Name: Ashifa             
  • Age: 4 years
  • Gender: female                      
  • Admission date: 3-2-2014      
  • Weight: 12 kg
  • Height: 99 cm            
  • Father’s Name: Chandaa, 30 years
  • Mother’s Name: Nazma, 28 years
  • Address: Bande road, Kogilu Layout, Bangalore -64

Family Background: Mr.Chandaa and Mrs.Nazma have 4 children. The father is a mason and mother makes incense sticks at home. One child is enrolled at the Government school, and the second child, Ashifa though elder was at hom with the mother and 2 other children.

Before Intervention: During our visit, we found that Ashifa was not enrolled at school and was neglected. Parents  too neglected her and did not bother to get her into an Anganwadi. As a result, Ashifa was always playing alone, feeling lonely, and did not interact much with others. After the counseling, her parents agreed to enroll Ashifa into the BLC.

Our Intervention: The teacher paid extra attention to Ashifa at the BLC. Initially, she always sat alone, not mingling with other children, crying and wanting to go home. Noticing this, the teacher befriended her and gave her many tasks.

After Intervention: Today, Ashifa plays happily with the other children, sings away to her heart's content, stands first in class academically and is one of the most regular students at the BLC.

 

Case Study # 3 – Umar

Child’s information

  • Name: Umar
  • Age: 3.3 years
  • Gender: Male            
  • Admission date: 11-2-2014    
  • Weight: 10-8 kg                     
  • Height: 90 cm
  • Father’s Name: Sheikh, 32 years 
  • Mother’s Name: Shakila, 28 years
  • Address: Kogilu Bande, Bangalore

Family Information: Umar is the only son of Mr.Sheikh and Mrs.Shakila. Sheikh is a daily wage laborer and works as a painter for a local contractor. Shakila works from home making incense sticks.

Our intervention: We visited Umar’s house and sensitized the parents on the importance of enrolling their children into an Anganwadi or our Born Learning Centres. The child also looked mal nourished. After counseling, parents enrolled him to our BLCs. The teacher took extra care of Umar as he was malnourished. He was also given additional supplements and nutritious food to improve his weight and height.

After the intervention: Umar showed rapid improvement; now he weighs 12.5 kgs and 95 cms in height. He has moved out of malnourishment. The parents have also been made aware of the RTE scheme for free and compulsory education for which they can apply in the next academic year.

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