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.
Jan 14, 2014

Quarterly Update

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,

With the onset of winter Neelbagh School has been in full swing, throughout this quarter, with the active, energetic events round the clock.  On 2nd October Gandhi Jayanthi was celebrated.  The hostel students and staff did SHRAMADANA for about 4-5 hours; together they uprooted weeds and widened roads close to the school campus and in the evening cultural programs were organised.

The 3rd semester exams were held in the first week of October. The progress reports were handed over on the 9th October. Every extra hour of studies put in for the exams were rewarded with Dasara vacation break of 10days from October 10th – October 20th. The School reopened on 21st October and the campus was bustling with activity, as the teachers and children got back to their schedules.

PTA with Grade 10 students was held along with their parents in order to motivate them to work hard for the final SSLC exams. The students were given a time table to follow during the Dasera holidays and the parents were informed about their schedule so that they can  enforce it in their homes.

On the academic front, the senior (10th grade) students have been busy preparing for the preparatory exams in January and remedial classes are being conducted after regular school hours to help students with difficult subjects. Teachers spend time after school hours to help slow learners. Day scholars of 10th Grade joined the boarding in early January to benefit from special classes. Children are seen studying very hard for the upcoming final exams in January and March.

Other Events:

The New Year's eve was celebrated with great pomp and show. The evening had special cultural programmes such as singing, dance and drama by our talented children. They enjoyed themselves and welcomed the New Year with great enthusiasm. Statehood day was celebrated on 1st of November. Children’s day was celebrated on 14th November.

Cultural and Sports:

The students had a great time at the Cultural and Sports event that was held in the quarter. It included competitions in various sports and cultural programmes. Children participated actively in various activities and the event helped to bring out their hidden talents.

2nd October - Gandhi Jayanthi was uniquely celebrated by Staff and children by performing SHRAMADANA for the welfare of the community.

30th September – 5th October : Semester Exams were conducted

9th October – PTA with Grade 10 students was held along with their parents in order to motivate them to work hard for the final SSLC exams. The students were given a time table to follow during the Dassara holidays and the parents were informed about their schedule so that they can enforce it in their homes

10th – 20th October: Dasara Holidays

21st October – reopening of the school

23rd November – Sports event, Kabadi for boys and Throwball for girls was held yellow and green house won respectively.

26th October – Cultural program, skit competition was organised for juniors and seniors, Blue and Red House won respectively.

1st November: Celebrated Statehood day

11th – 13th November: Mr. Umesh conducted the workshop between the 11th -13th of November 2013. Around 300 seniors / juniors students were taught to draw, color, painting on different surface; students also learnt to make sculptures. This provided opportunities to explore students' creative and artistic interests, hone their talents, and develop self-management and interpersonal skills.

14th November: Children’s Day was celebrated by organising sports and cultural events. For boys Cricket and for girls Basketball was organised, yellow and red house won respectively. Fancy dress competition was conducted for Juniors and Seniors, Red house won in both the section.

30th November: The Inter NGO Sports meet competitions were held in Bangalore and the student’s performance was remarkable. They bagged the 1st place in more than 15 events and won the Overall team Championship Award yet again.

3rd – 5th December: Monthly Tests

7th December: Ashraya Neelbagh School participated in the Skimmer Competition in AWIM Regional Olympics 2013 held at The Indian International School, Bangalore organized by SAEINDIA Bangalore Section and the School secured First Runner –Up position.

24th December – on the eve of Christmas, Free style group dance competition was organised and Red house won in both the junior and senior sections

29th December – Monthly sports day was organised, Long Jump for boys and High Jump for girls; yellow and blue house won respectively. 

Art Workshop:

Mr. Umesh conducted the workshop between the 11th -13th of November 2013. Around 300 seniors / juniors students were taught to draw, color, painting on different surface; students also learnt to make sculptures. This provided opportunities to explore students' creative and artistic interests, hone their talents, and develop self-management and interpersonal skills.

Inter NGO Sports meet

On 30th of November the Inter NGO Sports meet competitions were held in Bangalore and the student’s performance was remarkable. They bagged the 1st place in more than 15 events and won the Overall team Championship Award yet again.

AWIM Regional Olympics

On 7th of this December, Ashraya Neelbagh School participated in the Skimmer Competition in AWIM Regional Olympics 2013 held at The Indian International School, Bangalore organized by SAEINDIA Bangalore Section; Asha and Bharathkumar.J from 5th standard are CIAI Sponsored students who competed and secured First Runner –Up position.

Academics: Textbook change – Xth std (SSLC) syllabus to resemble CBSE's

Secondary School Leaving Certification (SSLC) students (Class 10) will get revised textbooks based on the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) in 2014. Classes 1, 2, 6 and 9 will get revamped textbooks from the next academic year, while Classes 7, 3, 4 and 10 will get revamped textbooks in 2014- 15. The new textbooks will be activity-based learning and team work.  In the Class 10 Mathematics book, the committee is inserting Trigonometry, in Social Studies - Economics and in Social Science - business studies and sociology.

Link: http://www.dnaindia.com/academy/report-textbook-change-sslc-syllabus-to-resemble-cbses-1709842

This change has created ripples in the student and teacher communities. We at Neelbagh are focusing more on teacher training and holding talks with a few institutes to provide extensive residential on-site training with practical inputs to our teachers. At Neelbagh we are also proposing to conduct a Bridge course for SSLC (10th Standard) as students are bound to face some hardship and pressure while switching over to the CBSE syllabus. .

The School continues to provide opportunities to underprivileged children from poor and marginalized communities. Out of a total of 372 children studying at Neelbagh out of which 89 are construction labourers children, 8 are single parent children, 73 are daily wagers children, 6 auto drivers children and 14 are poor farmers children.   . The total hostel strength is now, 100 children. All children from grade 1-10 i.e. a total of 306 children attend computer and pottery training classes and from High School (Grade 6- 10) 80 boys attend carpentry and 69 girls attend tailoring classes.

On behalf of the entire Ashraya staff and Board Members I would like to thank you for your support. Your support and positive comments are the fuel that keeps us moving forward.

 

Appreciate all your support!

 

Thanks and Regards,

Jan 13, 2014

Quarterly Update

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,

Ashraya’s Community / Site Crèches have been running in an efficient manner.

This quarter, our skilled and caring crèche teachers carefully planned and executed many activities. Like traditional pre-schools, we do focus on development. Learning through play is our valued concept. In a city like ours, where open spaces are a constraint, we are also happy to be able to provide a garden brimming with play equipment and play ground for outdoor activities.

In an environment that is clean, vibrant and positive, amongst caregivers that are affectionate, we provide creative and warm care for children from underprivileged backgrounds.

Our day is a structured one and we follow the same basic schedule each day. Specific activities are planned and encouraged to develop fine motor skills, gross motor skills, perceptual discrimination, cognitive development and social and emotional development. A typical day includes:

Language and Vocabulary Development:
When playing with other children or adults (Teachers, Volunteers, Interns, Crèche helper etc) vocabulary and language skills are fostered.
·         Circle Time - also called group time, refers to any time that a group of children are sitting together for an activity involving everyone. It is a special time to share finger plays, rhymes, songs, read a story, and participate in movement games and relaxation activities. Circle time provides a time for listening, developing attention span, promoting oral communication, and learning new concepts and skills. It is a time for auditory memory, sensory experiences, socialization, and a time for fun.
·         Vehicles and Animals- Playing with cars, trucks and trains as well as animals provides for many new vocabulary words as children learn the names of each, what they do, what they eat or where you can find them.
·         Soft toys and Dolls- Playing with a soft toy or dolls allows children to reenact what happens in their everyday life, using the words and phrases they hear.

Imagination and Creativity:

Children who are not given frequent opportunities to play may have a difficult time entertaining themselves as they simply do not know what to do without instruction.

·         Arts and Crafts: Arts and crafts activities stimulate children’s imagination and creativity, helping with physical and mental development.
·         Storytelling, Music and Movement: Reading, songs and rhymes are a very important for the development of young children.  They not only help with using and understanding words but arouse an interest in these areas. Children love songs and rhymes with actions.   This encourages them to be involved in group activities.  In participating they not only learn the song but the actions too; both of which need skill and lots of concentration to put the two together at the same time.
 
Physical Education:
We believe that physical activity and movement enhances fitness, fosters growth and development, and helps teach children about their world. In addition to the health benefits of physical activity, movement is an integral part of a young child's life and education.
Playground Time - Children's play unlocks their creativity and imagination, and develops reading, thinking, and problem solving skills as well as further develops motor skills. It provides the base foundation for learning.
Events: Teachers' training workshop
Teachers play a vital role in the overall development of the students. Teachers are responsible for imparting academic knowledge, and are also responsible for inculcating the right values and principles to students. It is very important to have professionally qualified trained teachers to ensure the right development of students. 
An Effective Training Techniques - training workshop was conducted by Ms. Indira Ganapathy on 17th of September 2013 for 10 Crèche Teachers. It was a way of celebrating Teachers’ day productively.  
To make the classes interesting and fun for the children
To help manage issues relating to children’s behavioral problems
To make simple craft works that can make learning fun.
The workshop introduced teachers to creative ways and methods of teaching, addressed common problems faced by teachers such as dealing with limited attention span of children. It also involved group activities and games for the teachers which helped team building.
Overall, the workshop was a fun experience coupled with lot of learning and boosted their confidence to continue as effective teachers.
Children’s Day
The month of November is a special month for all the children. As this month we celebrate Children’s Day on 14th November in memory of the First President of India Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru or lovingly called as “Chacha Nehru”s Birthday.
All the crèche had great fun. They celebrated Children’s day by playing games, colouring and drawing.
Regular monitoring and feedback
The Social worker made regular visits in this quarter to monitor and evaluate the functioning and maintenance of the crèches. The doctor also paid monthly visits to the crèches to monitor the general health of the children.
PTA’s are conducted periodically to discuss the performance of the children and to sensitize the families on the various measures of precautions.
The month of October India was hit by a cyclone named Lehar. This affected the weather in Bangalore city as well. This quarter has been extremely cold and chill; hence the teacher had to educate the parents to ensure the children wore warm clothes to protect their children from falling ill.
Teachers and volunteers have been regular to their classes. Volunteers have been an immense help in areas like teaching and conducting the extracurricular activities.
It is reiterated to all crèche teachers to achieve the goal of stimulating children’s overall development, to promote their academic success, to ensure to increase their intellectual abilities, support their linguistic development by providing high-quality learning experiences.
On behalf of the entire Ashraya staff and Board Members I would like to thank you for your support. Your support and positive comments are the fuel that keeps us moving forward.
 
Appreciate all your support!
Thanks and Regards,
 
Oct 15, 2013

Ashraya Community / Site Creches

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,

Ashraya’s Community Crèches have been running in an efficient manner.

This quarter our skilled and caring crèche teachers carefully planned and executed many required activities for the initial development of their relationship with the new children; their primary aim was to help children settle down with the routine of crèche and also develop love towards learning, this would help children to be regular to their classes.

The children are now happy and excited to come everyday. New friendships have blossomed and every effort is made to be the teacher’s pet.

Early this quarter, the day usually began by teachers checking for individual kids cleanliness followed by prayer and exercise in all Seven community / site crèches. The teacher’s effort in making the classroom sessions interesting was witnessed by them using various teaching modalities, such as small group process, lecture / narration, and experiential activities. They were mindful to be flexible to meet each learner’s (Kinesthetic, auditory and visual) needs. They ensured to overlap, reiterate and reinforce information throughout the day

ü  Narration of stories emphasizing a morale principle,

ü  Learning of rhymes in different languages and with actions,

ü  TV session – Discovery /Animal planet

ü  Interactive discussions using puppets and soft toys on topics like – cleanliness, consuming right amount of food, eating vegetables and fruits, being regular to class and being punctual etc.

ü  Pictorial talk

ü  Games: playing with a ball, passing the parcel, learning rhymes with actions, reciting poems, narrating stories of their choice, building blocks, solving puzzles etc.

It is quite essential to train children and their parents on cleanliness, sharing and good manners in the initial days as this forms the basis for all round development.

Special Events: Independence Day

This year Independence Day was celebrated at Indiranagar community crèche on 15th August 2013 at 10:30am. The volunteers Ms. Rukmani and Ms. Monica taught the children dance for the most sought after iconic patriotic song “nanha munna rahi hoon, Desh Kaa Sipaahii Hoon, Bolo Mere Sang, Jay Hind, Jay Hind, Jay Hind “– which means A tiny moppet explorer, I am And a tenderfoot soldier of my land Come, sing along with me, fame be to my India” 

The children were very excited and enjoyed dancing.  The chief Guest           Mrs. Shobha Banerjee hoisted the National Flag along with Child Keerthana. Everyone present - children, volunteers, parents, and staff in oneness of heart sang the National Anthem.

“It was a golden opportunity for me to share the tale of our struggle for independence while preparing the children for the final program’” said Mrs. Agnes (Indiranagar Crèche teacher). Children enthusiastically learnt the National Anthem and took pride in singing the anthem. Children were also taught about our National Animal, Bird and Flower.

Children thoroughly enjoyed sweets, special lunch and small gifts specially prepared for them by Ashraya.

 

PTA Meet:

 

The quarterly PTA meeting at Banaswadi community crèche was held on 13th August 2013. The teacher Mrs. Shashi discussed the progress their children were making, the curriculum followed and the significance of attending the PTA meetings and also encouraged 100% participation in future as well. 

Banaswadi Community: Stray dog menace is one of the major concerns and the matters become worse at night as the canines are found attacking the pedestrians and two-wheelers. They also bark constantly, disrupting the sleep of residents. Mrs. Shashi proactively discussed and educated parents on measures to be taken to protect their children and the course of action to be taken in an emergency. She also educated them on the facilities provided by the local government through BBMP like – free medical care extended to below poverty line families and tackling stray dogs menace etc.

Corporate Volunteers:

GE: A group of volunteers from GE spent a day with the children at Indiranagar community crèche. After a quick round of introduction, they engaged themselves in games, singing songs and dancing with the children. Volunteers were thrilled to serve lunch to children and appreciated the fact that none of our children wasted food. The volunteers were very happy and thanked Ashraya for giving them an opportunity to invest their time fruitfully.  

IBM: Volunteers from IBM visited Indiranagar and Banaswadi crèche on the same day – July 27th 2013. The team of 30 volunteers was divided into 2 groups. The activities were discussed and planned much earlier with their respective team leaders. They began the day by introducing themselves they then started to teach the children rhymes with some actions. The children enjoyed their interactions and imitated the volunteers. This was soon followed by paper craft such as toys, crowns, paper cars and chains. Later the volunteers and the children formed small groups and got all busy painting posters. The children were very happy and enjoyed coloring the posters with the volunteers. Volunteers captured many precious moments and thanked Ashraya for extending an opportunity for them to interact with the children.

Both the teams also deeply appreciated the work done by Ashraya in these communities.

The Social worker made regular visits in this quarter to monitor and evaluate the functioning and maintenance of the crèches. The doctor also paid monthly visits to the crèches to monitor the general health of the children.

 Teachers and volunteers have been regular to their classes. Volunteers have been an immense help in areas like teaching and the extracurricular activities. The total number of children we reach through all the 7 crèches is around 220.

It is reiterated to all crèche teachers to achieve the goal of stimulating children’s overall development, to promote their academic success, to ensure to increase their intellectual abilities, support their linguistic development through the provision of high-quality learning experiences.

On behalf of the entire Ashraya staff and Board Members I would like to thank you for your support. Your support and positive comments are the fuel that keeps us moving forward.

 

Appreciate all your support!

 

Thanks and Regards,

Evalin Christabel

Project Head – Ashraya

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