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.
Jun 16, 2011

Dream A Dream surges ahead with your support!

Children engaging with Volunteers
Children engaging with Volunteers

Greetings from Dream A Dream!

Someone rightly said, "Every child can be reached; you just have to stretch far enough." ~ Copyright © 2006 Robyn Sorrell. At Dream A Dream, it is a consistent endeavour to reach out to many more like you to support our effort to reach out to every child we can.

Thank you very much for coming forward to support Dream A Dream with your generous contributions.

The funds contributed by you will help Dream A Dream continue to strengthen and deepen its work with its 3000 children. Here is a few examples of how;

Faheem is 17-years old and after being part of the Life Skills Programs at Dream A Dream, he started volunteering in our computer education program to support other children like him.  “I am putting my free time to use. Since I attend evening college, I have a lot of time during the day. My experience with Dream A Dream was extremely good. I learned a huge amount in such a small amount of time. It's amazing working with children.”

Here is another story from one of our facilitators as they heard it from Saraswathi, a young adult at Dream A Dream.

Saraswathi is 15 years old and lives with her father, mother and sisters. When she was in her high school she got associated with Dream A Dream and participated in their various Life Skills Development programs. The participation gave her courage and self-confidence. This inspired her to study well and complete her 10th standard. It made her sad that she would not be able to keep in touch with Dream A Dream (since she was leaving the school). But then she got to know of a new opportunity – Life Skills for Career Development at the DreamConnect Center run by Dream A Dream. They were offering Spoken English Classes over the summer vacation.

 

Sarawathi was delighted and joined the program. Meanwhile, her 10th grade board exams results were announced and she passed in flying colours. However, she was anxious because she was unable to choose a particular stream of college education (Arts/Commerce/Science). DreamConnect introduced her to a Career Counselor and through an assessment she confidently chose to pursue a degree in Commerce.

 

Since then, she has been a regular at the DreamConnect center. Saraswathi expresses her gratitude and hopes that more youth will benefit in future.

 

In the year 2011-12, Dream A Dream has impacted the lives of 3000 children and young adults like Faheem and Saraswathi with your belief and faith in us.

 

Do check out our latest updated and sign up for our monthly newsletter at www.dreamadream.org. We would also love to hear from you about how else you can support us and how we can build this community of supporters. 

 

Thank you and look forward to hearing from you,

 

With Dreams,

 

 

Vishal Talreja

Co-founder & Executive Director

Dream A Dream

www.dreamadream.org

 

Dream A Dream is a professional NGO focused on empowering children from vulnerable backgrounds by developing life skills and at the same time creating a sensitive community through active volunteering. We offer high quality, high-impact after-school life skills learning programs to over 3000 children every year using mediums such as sports, outdoor adventure, creative arts, computer education, mentoring and Life Skills for career development. 

 

The children largely come from vulnerable backgrounds such as orphans, abandoned or runaway children and many of them from Bangalore’s urban slum communities. While their basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and education are taken care of, Dream A Dream provides them the critical opportunities to develop skills such as creative thinking, decision making, team skills, communication and inter-personal skills amongst others that are so crucial to help them breakout of the cycle of poverty.

 

You will be delighted to know that Dream A Dream was recently announced as the Winner of the “Outstanding Annual Report of the Year Award”. The CEO of CSO Partners stated, “We congratulate you for upholding high standards of transparency and disclosure in this most important credibility building tool.”

 

Dream A Dream has been a Regional Finalist at the India NGO Awards in 2007 & 2009; Runner-up at the Outstanding Annual Report Awards in 2008 & 2009 and a Runner-up at the Global Award for Most Innovative Development Project 2010. 

Children at a Dream Life Skills Program
Children at a Dream Life Skills Program

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Apr 12, 2011

Building Skills for Life: 3000 children a year

Children shaping their dreams
Children shaping their dreams

Greetings from Dream A Dream!

Someone rightly said, "Every child can be reached; you just have to stretch far enough." ~ Copyright © 2006 Robyn Sorrell. At Dream A Dream, it is a consistent endeavour to reach out to many more like you to support our effort to reach out to every child we can.

Thank you very much for coming forward to support Dream A Dream with your generous contributions.

The funds contributed by you will help Dream A Dream continue to strengthen and deepen its work with its 3000 children. Here is a few examples of how;

Faheem is 17-years old and after being part of the Life Skills Programs at Dream A Dream, he started volunteering in our computer education program to support other children like him.  “I am putting my free time to use. Since I attend evening college, I have a lot of time during the day. My experience with Dream A Dream was extremely good. I learnt a huge amount in such a small amount of time. It's amazing working with children.”

Here is another story from one of our facilitators as they heard it from Saraswathi, a young adult at Dream A Dream.

Saraswathi is 15 years old and lives with her father, mother and sisters. When she was in her High-School she got associated with Dream A Dream and participated in their various Life Skills Development programs. The participation gave her courage and self-confidence. This inspired her to study well and complete her 10th standard. It made her sad that she would not be able to keep in touch with Dream A Dream (since she was leaving the school). But then she got to know of a new opportunity – Life Skills for Career Development at the DreamConnect Center run by Dream A Dream. They were offering Spoken English Classes over the summer vacation.

 

Sarawathi was delighted and joined the program. Meanwhile, her 10th grade board exams results were announced and she passed in flying colours. However, she was anxious because she was unable to choose a particular stream of college education (Arts/Commerce/Science). DreamConnect introduced her to a Career Counselor and through an assessment she confidently chose to pursue a degree in Commerce.

 

Since then, she is a regular at the DreamConnect center. Saraswathi expresses her gratitude and hopes that more youth will benefit in future.

 

In the year 2011-12, Dream A Dream has impacted the lives of 3000 children and young adults like Faheem and Saraswathi with your belief and faith in us.

 

Do check out our latest updated and sign up for our monthly newsletter at www.dreamadream.org. We would also love to hear from you about how else you can support us and how we can build this community of supporters. 

 

Thank you and look forward to hearing from you,

 

With Dreams,

 

 

Vishal Talreja

Co-founder & Executive Director

Dream A Dream

www.dreamadream.org

 

Dream A Dream is a professional NGO focused on empowering children from vulnerable backgrounds by developing life skills and at the same time creating a sensitive community through active volunteering. We offer high quality, high-impact after-school life skills learning programs to over 3000 children every year using mediums such as sports, outdoor adventure, creative arts, computer education, mentoring and Life Skills for career development. 

 

The children largely come from vulnerable backgrounds such as orphans, abandoned or runaway children and many of them from Bangalore’s urban slum communities. While their basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and education are taken care of, Dream A Dream provides them the critical opportunities to develop skills such as creative thinking, decision making, team skills, communication and inter-personal skills amongst others that are so crucial to help them breakout of the cycle of poverty.

 

You will be delighted to know that Dream A Dream was recently announced as the Winner of the “Outstanding Annual Report of the Year Award”. The CEO of CSO Partners stated, “We congratulate you for upholding high standards of transparency and disclosure in this most important credibility building tool.”

 

Dream A Dream has been a Regional Finalist at the India NGO Awards in 2007 & 2009; Runner-up at the Outstanding Annual Report Awards in 2008 & 2009 and a Runner-up at the Global Award for Most Innovative Development Project 2010. 

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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.

Web: www.dreamadream.org
FB: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dream-A-Dream/189948419595

Adventure Camp at Savanadurga
Adventure Camp at Savanadurga

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