Dream A Dream

Dream A Dream is a registered charitable trust which seeks to empower children from vulnerable backgrounds by developing life skills and at the same time sensitising the community through active volunteering leading to a non-discriminatory society where unique differences are appreciated.
Mar 15, 2011

Giving Children Wings To Their Dreams

Pallavi from the LearnIT
Pallavi from the LearnIT

Dear Donors,

Pallavi is a 15-year old, studying in the 10th Grade at a Charity-Run Free school for children from very poor family background. Two years back, she enrolled into Dream A Dream’s various Life Skills Development Programs.

Today, Pallavi is a confident spokeswoman for the girls in her batch. She leads group activities boldly and with spunk. Pallavi recently successfully completed two years in the Dream LearnIT program (A Life Skills through Computer Education program) and graduated with the rest of her class.

In the beginning, she was an introvert and bashful. In the two years that she has been engaged with Dream A Dream, her life seems to have taken a 360 degree turn. Coupled with the LearnIT program was the influence of her sister, Sunita, a student of the LearnIT program and a year older to Pallavi. Slowly but steadily Pallavi left her inhibitions behind to evolve into a poised young lady approaching problems head-on. While in the beginning, she directed her doubts to her friends, she started clearing her confusion with the volunteers and facilitators towards the end of the program.  The exposure and Life Skills that come along with the LearnIT program have helped Pallavi immensely. The change is there for everyone to see. Pallavi is just one child from the 2500 we have reached out to this year.

We are happy to bring you the report for the last quarter of the year 2010-2011[Jan-Mar]. This year we have touched the Lives of 2500 children from across our 11 Partner charities. The Dream Life Skills Programs are specially designed to develop critical life skills that are required in children to help them become positive and contributing members of the society. Key Life skills focused on are Interpersonal communication, ability to take initiative, ability to manage conflicts, ability to overcome challenges and solve problems and the ability to understand and follow instructions. The Life Skills programs using mediums such as sports, creative arts, computer education, mentoring, outdoor adventure provide an opportunity to children to step outside their boundaries and push their comfort zones. Activities are designed to bring about a sense of belonging, a sense of making significant contribution and a sense of achievement. We bring to you the impact and culminating events of each of our Core programs below.

1] Dream Creative Arts.

(Children aged   8-14 years receive 8 hours of intervention per month for the entire academic year from facilitators trained in life skills approach to facilitating]     

1007 Children participated in our Creative arts Program over the entire year. Dream A Dream Holds annual exhibitions in each of the centers exhibiting the beautiful work of the participating children. This year each and every exhibition has brought out some amazing talent, like Pot painting, clay modeling, and painting on various other materials. Artwork using many kinds of materials These were splashed the walls of the exhibition with color as much as they also colored the dreams of these children.

2] Dream Football

(Children aged 8-14 years receive 8 hours of intervention per month for the entire academic year from coaches trained in life skills approach to facilitating]

1320 Children have been trained in Football this year through .Our Football teams have done us proud in 2 annual events .Dream footballteam participated in the HOMELESS WORLD CUP held in Nagpur in February this year and has been awarded the Fair Play Award. 3 of the team were further selected for round 3. If selected for the national team they will go on to play the International matches in Paris.

INSIDE FOOTBALL is an Annual event for all the teams from the centers.   One beautiful Saturday,14 energetic  matches and 2 teams emerged Winners. The winners were awarded certificates of achievement.

3] Dream Connect

(Older children aged 14-18 years receive 16 sessions from volunteer facilitators having knowledge of computer applications and internet and trained in the life skills approach)

Bits and Bytes is the annual IT event for each center to display IT skills they have learnt through the year. Every center put up beautiful presentations and did us proud in front of their teachers and parents.431 Children have taken part in the Learn IT program.

Dream Mentoring is in progress. 25 Mentors are being matched to young adults from the Dream centers .These mentors will remain with the children for 12 sessions over a period of 4-6 months, helping them through turbulent times by just being there for them.

4] Fun days and Adventure Camps.

(Children aged 8-14 years receive outdoor camping opportunity for 2-4 days under the guidance of trained adventure specialist and volunteers)

Adventure camp closed on a high note. Reaching 881 children through 25 camps .These camps are instrumental in honing skills of adjustment, courage, sharing, caring and sense of achievement and of belonging to a group. All of which are important life skills for the school children.

1083 Children participated in 24  Fun-days. These are day outings for the children to the Museums / parks/ gardens and places of historical importance in the city.

 

We would like to thank the dedicated team of volunteers [We had 645 active volunteers] for engaging with us in such a positive and contributing way and contributing nearly 13000 hours. And we would like to thank all of you whose contributions have been used in the meaningful programs bringing joy and the possibility of the choice of a better tomorrow to all our children.

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Adventure Camp at Savanadurga
Adventure Camp at Savanadurga

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Jan 3, 2011

Completing Education for Vulnerable Children

Dream Football Program - Children in Tournament
Dream Football Program - Children in Tournament

Dear Donors

Season's Greetings from Dream A Dream!

This brings you the report card for Dream Life Skills Development Program (Dream Program) for first half of current academic year; June - November 2010. Overall it has been a great success!  This academic year, the program has close to 2500 students from 11 schools across Bangalore already enrolled. The target is to close the year in March reaching out to 3000 children.  Students are doing well in schools and in the Dream Programs. Some of the highlights of this year have been:

  1. Dream LearnIT Program's Bits and Bytes event. The event is organized towards the end of the program. Students make 'PowerPoint' presentations on topics of their choice. On December 4, 2010, children attending the program got an opportunity to make presentations. According to one of the program’s volunteer-facilitator “The event is a true test of how impactful the LearnIT program has been. The confidence and maturity in each child has clearly been affected positively by the program also the children have grasped the computer applications and internet use taught to them very well”. The achievement of these children is significant because this is their first exposure to computers - computer applications and use of internet.
  2. On the June 26-27, 2010, Dream Creative Arts Program held an art exhibition. It exhibited the paintings done by children through the year in the program. The exhibition was open for parents of the children and it was wonderful to see the children show their works to their parents. According to many parents, their children loved being a part of the program and looked forward to attending it. Exhibitions like this help us in getting the community involved in our programs.
  3. The third highlight is the participation of 2 teams from Dream Football Program in the Under 14 Mahindra Football Tournament. The participation holds great significance for our children because they got an opportunity to play with some of the top football teams in the city; mostly from the city's elite schools. It also provided a platform for selection into Karnataka State team. Dream Team goal keeper, Hemanth Kumar from Balamandira (home for street boys in Bangalore) has been selected for the Under 14 Football training camp and may get a chance to play for 'Under 14 Karnataka' team.

Thank you for choosing to make a difference to the lives of our children. Your support is truly appreciated. We hope you are satisfied with our updates. We look forward to building a long lasting relationship with you.

Thank you once again for believing and engaging in our work.

Warm Regards

Priti Ramachandran

Dream Learnt IT Program - Children Presenting
Dream Learnt IT Program - Children Presenting
Dream Creative Arts Program
Dream Creative Arts Program
Dec 13, 2010

Equitable Quality Education for All Children

Dream Football Team at Mahindra Tournament
Dream Football Team at Mahindra Tournament

Dear Donors

Season's Greetings from Dream A Dream!

This brings you the report card for Dream Football Program for first half of current academic year; June - November 2010. Overall it has been a great success!  This academic year, the program has close to 1000 students from 7 schools across Bangalore already enrolled. The target is to close the year in March reaching out to 1500 children.  Students are doing well in schools and on the football field. The highlight of this year has been the participation of 2 teams from Dream Football Program in the Under 14 Mahindra Football Tournament. The participation holds great significance for our children because they got an opportunity to play with some the top football teams in the city; mostly from the city's elite schools. It also provided a platform for selection into Karnataka State team. Dream Team goal keeper, Hemanth Kumar from Balamandira (home for street boys in Bangalore) has been selected for the Under 14 Football training camp and may get a chance to play for 'Under 14 Karnataka' team.

We would also like to introduce to you 2 of our star graduates from Dream Sports Program - Revanna and Manjunath. They truly represents the ‘dream’ we have for each child in Dream Program - to develop the ability to make healthy and productive life choices.

Both Revanna and Manjunath are 19 years old. Studying in college and working as Sports Coordinators cum coaches in Dream Football Program. They have a great desire to share the learnings they had from Dream Program with children from similar vulnerable backgrounds as they come from. This desire of beneficiaries to give back to the program indicates their belief in the programs and its benefits and we at Dream A Dream consider this as our best evidence of impact the program is making to date.

Revanna is currently pursuing his graduation and also working as Sports Coordinator and coach in the Dream Sports Program; achieved through hard work and a will to succeed against all odds. Being born poor and orphaned at a tender age of 9, he was picked up from Bangalore railway station and spent his formative adolescent years in a home for street children where he was introduced to Dream A Dream. According to Ravenna " I want to say 'thank you' to Dream A Dream for making a BIG difference in my life. I did not think I would one day be studying for my graduation (BA degree), able to make a living for myself and pursue my interest in sports like running marathons and playing football". Revanna's success is an inspiration to other children at Dream A Dream. He is constantly looking for ways to inspire children through his coaching; pushing them to work hard and overcome the challenges faced due to their difficult backgrounds. 

Manjunath recently got an opportunity through Dream A Dream to participate in the Adidas Exchange Program. According to Manju, “It's one of the memorable moment for me and I feel lucky I had an opportunity to be part of Youth Leadership workshop. Since I see myself as a youth leader it was really fortunate for me to be part of these discussions. First few days I was little nervous to speak but when youth leaders from other organizations shared their journey, it helped me speak, ask questions and share. It was really a wonderful opportunity for me to understand more about youth leadership. We discussed on the topics such as how could we recognize youth leaders, what we could do for developing the leadership skills, qualities of a youth leader and the emergence of the youth leader. At a personal level also it was great for me as I got my first chance to travel in a flight! It was a really exciting experience and my dream come true”.

Thank you for choosing to make a difference to the lives of our children. Your support is truly appreciated. We hope you are satisfied with our updates. We look forward to building a long lasting relationship with you.

Thank you once again for believing and engaging in our work.

Warm Regards

Priti Ramachandran

Revanna coaching at Dream Football Program
Revanna coaching at Dream Football Program
Manjunath in flight
Manjunath in flight
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