Ashraya

"Ashraya" meaning 'shelter', was founded and registered in 1982 and has since then brought hope and love into the lives of many children and adults. Ashraya is committed to alleviate the sufferings of women and children in distress through our various programs.
Apr 7, 2015

Quarter Update (Jan - March 2015)

Ashraya Creches - New Year Celebrations 2015
Ashraya Creches - New Year Celebrations 2015

New Year

January is a very special month for all of us at Ashraya as we celebrate the New Year with all our crèche children and the staff from the 5 crèches. This year the New Year party was held on the 17th of January 2015 at Ashraya.

We had 135 children and 16 staff attending the program; vehicles were arranged to ensure that  all of them were picked up from and dropped back to their respective crèches.

Intercall sponsored the New Year gifts for all our children and Ms. Prathiba Pillai (HR Manger from Intercall) was the Chief Guest.

We had organized different programs such as Magic Show and Jumporee for the children. Lunch was also arranged for the crèche children and the staff.

The children from each crèche put up wonderful performances.      Individual crèche teachers put in a lot of effort to make the children practice for the program and were thrilled to see the tiny tots perform. Overall it was a great program.

In January parents were informed about school admissions and information regarding the process of applying etc was shared with them. Crèche teachers also helped the parents fill the forms. Quite a few children have got admission in regular schools for academic year starting in June 2015. Parents were very grateful to the teachers for their timely guidance and help.

The teachers explained the significance of an important festival celebrated in March –Ugadi. This is celebrated as New Year in Karnataka and A.P. Special sweets were also made by one or two teachers and distributed among the children.

Health

All the crèches have regular doctor’s visits. The children were advised to take Vitamin A drops, their polio immunizations were updated; the teachers instructed the children on the importance of cleanliness and personal hygiene. The teachers made sure the children and parents understood the importance of washing their hands before eating etc.

The regular health checks of weight and height show that the children are healthy and developmental milestones are normal. If the children are found to be undernourished then the crèche teacher advises the parent to include more nutrition in the food.

Play and study activities.

The teachers at the crèches use innovative play and teaching methods to  explain various concepts like  different colors, shapes, sizes, numbers, names and nutrition values of  vegetables and fruits are all taught to the children; various methods like coloring with particular colors, drawing objects and  bringing vegetables and fruit of a specific color are used. Games and pictures are also used to help the children understand better ex: make a circle.

Concepts of opposites- ex: - fat thin, tall short etc and different forms of transport- bus, auto etc were explained through pictures and the children  were encouraged to draw as well.

Parent Teacher meetings are held at regular intervals- this quarter Ms. Shoba a volunteer used this occasion to explain to parents about “good touch and bad touch and encouraged them to help their children understand the same as this is an important part of growing years for the children.

Sports activities

On 20th of March we celebrated Sports Day at one of the crèches followed by a photo session- group pictures of the children and staff. All the children were beautifully dressed.

All the children participated in the Sports Day.  The teacher had organized 4 different sports program- running race, sack race (rug race), musical chairs and object relay race. All the children were energetic and did a great job. It was a pleasure watching them play with such enthusiasm. At the end of the program each child was given individual gifts. The gifts were distributed by the President of Ashraya, Ms. Shanthi Chacko.  The teacher had arranged for some snacks for the parents and the children.

Feedback

On the same day we had Parents Teacher meeting. The parents gave good feedback about the teacher and the staff of Ashraya who monitor   the crèche program. The parents were very happy and appreciated the great work. Since most of the children will also be going to a regular school this year, the parents thanked us for helping their children grow in a safe and clean environment, with good values and stimulating education.

Beneficiaries:  

The children attend crèche regularly and the overall attendance is 95 %

  • Indiranagar Community Creche – the average attendance for the quarter is 36 / out of 38
  • Shivajinagar Community Creche – the average attendance for the quarter is 45 / out of 46
  • Avalahalli Community Creche – the average attendance for the quarter is 40 / out of 40
  • Siddapura Community Creche – the average attendance for the quarter is 31 / out of 32
  • Banaswadi Community Creche – the average attendance for the quarter is 35 / out of 35
  • Nelamangala Community Creche – the average attendance for the quarter is 25 / out of 25

If you are Interested in volunteering at our project - Ashraya community and site crèches , please send us your consent and Bio-data via email to ashchildedu@gmail.com . To learn more about us please visit: www.ashraya.net and https://www.facebook.com/Ashchildedu?ref=hl

Thanks again for your continued support that keeps us moving forward.

Thanks and Regards,

 

 

Project Head – Ashraya 

Apr 6, 2015

Ashraya Neelbagh School - (Jan to March 2015)

Beneficiaries of Neelbagh
Beneficiaries of Neelbagh

Academics:

 The New Year was warmly welcomed by students of Neelbagh with enthusiasm and gaiety; a lovely campfire and a variety entertainment program was accompanied by a delicious meal. Everyone enjoyed the day, a rare occasion for all to say thank you for all that has been and a fiat for all that will be. 

The first preparatory examinations, for the 11th batch of SSLC students were held during the month of January from 8th to 14th . The second preparatory examination were held from 9th – 14th February 2015. All the students have shown considerable progress in their studies as they are gearing up for the public board examination, which is scheduled to commence from 30th March and will conclude on the 14th of April 2015. The monthly tests for class 1 -9 are conducted regularly.

Sports Competitions:

24th January 2015:  The monthly sports competition was organized. In the Volley ball competition held for boys Yellow house stood first and in the Throw ball held for girls Greenhouse stood first.

16th February 2015: The monthly sports competition was organized. In the basketball competition held for boys, Green house stood first and in the Kho-Kho held for girls Blue house stood first.

5th March 2015: Quiz competition was organized for Juniors and Seniors. In the junior section Green house won 1st   place, Yellow house won second place and in senior group Red  house came 1st and Blue 2nd  place.

Cultural events:

31st December 2014: On New Year’s Eve  the school had special cultural programs and students performed splendidly. 

24th January 2015: The folk songs competition was organized and in the junior section Red won 1st  place, Green 2nd  place and in senior section Yellow won 1st place and Green 2nd  place.

21st February 2015: The fancy dress competition was organized and in the junior section Yellow won 1st  place, Green 2nd  place and in senior section Blue won 1st place and Green 2nd  place.

Other Events:

26th January 2015:  Republic day was celebrated. The Headmaster hoisted and saluted the National flag. Students were briefed about the significance of Republic Day.

13th March 2013:The Farewell function for students of class 10th was organized and Mr. Raghunatha (Poet, writer and Social worker) was the Chief Guest. He motivated the students to do well in their future as they were fortunate to receive their education in Neelbagh with all the facilities provided by Ashraya.  Conduct Certificates were handed out to all 10th class students. Ms. Shanthi Chacko, Mrs. Dechu Banerjee and Mr. Manjunath, the Head Master counseled the parents and the 10th grade students on choosing the right career path and encouraged the parents of all the girl children to support their daughters through their college education.

Workshops:

  1. Career guidance Workshop

Career guidance plays a very important role in the lives of all individuals, as it helps in setting future goals and enables choice of careers. Career guidance is a much needed service for those children who do not plan for their future at an early stage; more should be done to assist the younger generations in personal career development. When high school students have a clear understanding of the best career choices for them, the end result is better planning, more college enrollments, and a more productive society for the future. To facilitate this on 19th and 20th of January Mrs. Mamata Mutt (Corporate Trainer) conducted a career guidance workshop for 10th and 9th Grade (around 60) students along with their parents / Guardians at Ashraya Neelbagh School. The aim was to help every individual student understand the importance of one’s academic potential, attributes, personality, talents, interest, expectation, resource, strength and weakness while choosing a course of study for a suitable career at the right time for a bright future.

In this workshop students were made to understand different career opportunities, process and procedure to prepare for those careers, different competitive exams, and the importance of setting goals and showing passion and hard work to achieve the desired goal.

  • Introduction activity:  In this game we involved the students to make them aware about the importance of networking. Students were actively involved in this activity and they understood the basic theme of the activity. This activity helped facilitators to build a rapport with the participants and also get active attention from them.
  • Career Interest Test:  As we explore career options, we should know what skills, talents and personality traits one brings to the table. This assessment helped students to understand and discover what they like and what they dislike, what they’re good at, and how well their interests and ability match up to different careers.
  • Printed Materials: After the session the printed reading material was provided to all participating students. It contained  detailed information about  of a variety of careers and different competitive exams.
  • Individual Career Guidance Interactive Session: This was the core part of the workshop, this session was mainly handled by Mrs. Mamata Mutt and she was accompanied by Mrs. Dechamma Bannerjee , Consultant - Ashraya, Headmaster and the 10th grade Class Teacher. The session was very interactive; students and their parents / guardians were very attentive and asked questions and clarified their doubts. In this session resource persons covered courses available for each stream in Arts, Science and Commerce. Many career options were also discussed.

Overall the workshop was constructive for the students. Activities and presentations were effective, students / parents interacted and gained much knowledge by clarifying their doubts with the resource persons.

If you are Interested in volunteering at our project - Ashraya Neelbagh School, please send us your consent and Bio-data via email to ashchildedu@gmail.com . The School is generally closed for summer break during mid April to mid May 2015.

To learn more about us please visit: www.ashraya.net and https://www.facebook.com/Ashchildedu?ref=hl

Thanks again for your continued support that keeps us moving forward.

Jan 9, 2015

Happy New Year from Ashraya Creches

Happy New Year
Happy New Year

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,

Happy New Year 2015 and we want to thank all the donors for their continuing support.

We are most appreciative of your interest to help us and be involved with our work. I would like to share with you what is happening in our community and site crèches in Bangalore.

In this quarter along with  the regular activities of  practicing  the rhymes, painting and drawing , the young children are made to orally recite regularly - Alphabets  A to Z , Kannada alphabets  and numbers 1 to 15; alphabet books , number books  and charts  are used to teach the children. 

The older children were introduced to writing using slates and chalk. For the first time the children find it very difficult to hold the chalk and write; hence the teacher helped each child individually to draw shapes first and then encouraged them to write alphabets.

Extra-curricular activities:  children were encouraged to use building blocks, legos that helps to build eye and hand dexterity. This also helps in building the motor skills in the children.

Apart from this children are taught in detail on a particular animal, shapes, mean of transport and color every month. Children enjoy their Moral Story time.

Social Worker and the Doctor have been regularly visiting the crèches during these months. Most of the children in our crèches have been found to have good health. Thanks to the combined effort of parents and teachers.

Parents Teacher Meeting: Regular PTM’s were conducted in Indiranagar, Shivajinagar and Nelamangala community crèches.

  • Parents to ensure their children are punctual
  • To ensure children study and revise regularly at home.
  • The de-worming medicine to be given to the children once in 6 months.
  • Teachers emphasized on cleanliness.
  • Healthy and nutritious food like vegetables sprouts and fruits to be included in children’s diet.
  • To ensure with the onset of winter children wore warm clothes.
  • Also we informed the parents not to try home remedies for all types of disease. Some can be cured only by doctors hence if their child is not keeping well they need to take their children to proper doctor.

Special Occasion

Diwali Celebration: Diwali is the festival of light and happiness. Children enjoy fireworks hence the teachers reiterated to the parents about the safety of their children and to ensure the children burst crackers under the supervision of an elder. A get together was arranged for the staff of Ashraya on 25th September 2014.

Gandhi Jayanthi: Gandhi Jayanthi was celebrated on October 2nd in all the crèches. The teacher educated the children why Mahatma Gandhiji is called as Father of our Nation. The teachers emphasized that just like Mahatma Gandhi everyone should work hard for the betterment of our nation. We should never fight and always live in peace and harmony with one another.

Christmas: Children learnt about Christmas and enjoyed the story of Lord Jesus’ birth. They were also educated that it is the most important festival for Christians around the world and they decorate their houses with Christmas trees, cribs, lights, exchange gifts, sweets and cakes. Kids were excited about Santa Claus.

 Beneficiaries:  

The children attend crèche regularly and the overall attendance is 98 %

If you are Interested in volunteering at our project - Ashraya community and site crèches , please send us your consent and Bio-data via email to ashchildedu@gmail.com . To learn more about us please visit: www.ashraya.net and https://www.facebook.com/Ashchildedu?ref=hl

Thanks again for your continued support that keeps us moving forward.

Thanks and Regards,

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