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.
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

Oct 15, 2013

Quarterly Report

Annual Day 2013
Annual Day 2013

Ashraya Neelbagh School 

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,

In this quarter children were given various platforms to participate and exhibit their talents in academics, sports and cultural activities.

Academics:

The first monthly tests for Grade 1-10 were held from 22nd to 24th of July 2013. The performance of the students was evaluated and was discussed in the staff meeting to help teachers understand where the children needed more assistance. In the month of August, tests were held from 25th to 27th. The children performed well in both the tests.  The first semester examination for Grade 10 is scheduled to be held on 27th september to 5th October 2013. 

Events:

Ashraya Neelbagh School solemnly celebrated its 18th annual day on 14th August 2013. It was a grand celebration which saw the little stars twinkle on the ground. Chief Guest, Sri Sandeep Chachra, Executive Director - ActionAid, Mrs. Shobha Bannerjee, Mrs. Sumati Satish, Mrs. Christy Abraham, Mrs. Naina Mallika Williams, Ms. Evalin Christabel, parents, friends, well-wishers and over 300 people were present on this occasion. The event commenced with the lamp lighting ceremony by the chief guest and the other dignitaries at 11:15 a.m. 

The Annual Day and the Founders Day are traditionally very important days in the school calendar - management, students, staff and friends - meet to commemorate Mr. David Horsburgh and his contributions in the field of education. Shri. Sandeep honored the founder by offering flowers and lighted the games torch. Sports activities were complemented by a marching band the beats of which infused a sense of pride and belongingness towards the alma mater.

 
Exhibition: showcasing the School’s accomplishment in various other departments was organised.

Mr. Manjunath Reddy the Head Master presented the annual report showcasing the prominent events, scholastic and co- scholastic activities of the school during the academic year 2012-13. Appreciating the conducive learning environment and excellent infrastructure of the school Mr. Sandeep Chachra addressed the august gathering and motivated the parents to strengthen school-home connections and environment. In his address, he stressed upon the importance of education and said that 'One must always aim for higher studies and have perseverance and patience for the attainment of the goal' After that prizes were given to the students for academic excellence. It was followed by the cultural programmes. The programme came to the end with a vote of thanks proposed by Mr. Srinivas Reddy, Asst. Head Master.

Independence Day was observed to educate the children on its prominence in our history.

On September 21, 2013 our senior students participated in the GE Science Fair for educational institutions which was held in GE Campus Bangalore.  This year’s topic was Agricultural Waste Management. It is an inevitable by-product that arises from various anthropogenic activities; it is also considered as one of the major sources of environmental degradation as it causes air, land, and water pollution and contributes to global warming. Different kinds of industries, change of lifestyle, and population growth are assumed to be among the main factors that increase the rate of waste generation globally and locally. Hence, proper waste management options are vitally important in terms of cost-effectiveness and environmental sustainability. They competed with 29 schools/ educational institutions and won the First place for coconut waste management. The students fared very well.

Some of the great uses of the coconut waste that were projected are :

  • The coconut husk, also known as coir Coir is a natural fibre extracted from the husk of coconut and used in products such as floor mats, doormats, brushes, mattresses, sacks, floor coverings, ropes , pots , coir handicrafts, cleaning scrubs etc.
  • Coconut Charcoal - Clean fuel for domestic and industrial use.
  • Coconut shell is just waste which can be turned into something unique and cool decorative shell handicrafts like – key chains, baskets, cups etc.
  •  The coconut wood because of its distinct grain characteristics is ideal for making wall panels, furniture, doors and windows, show pieces, etc.
  • Coconut leaves are plaited and used for thatching houses and sheds , making baskets, headgears and for erection of temporary fences. Midribs of leaves are used to make brooms of different types which are used for cleaning rough grounds and floors.

Activities:

1.  Selection and school enrolment of children from poor and marginalized communities

As always, priority was given to children from below poverty line families. The School, currently, has 372 students studying, and 190 are enrolled in the sponsorship program 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.

 

2.   Provide residential facility to children - The total hostel strength is now, 100 children.

Construction Laborers – 49 boys and 40 girls

Single Parent – 3 boys and 5 girls

Daily Wagers – 1 boy and 2 girls

Total strength - 53 boys and 47 girls

 

3.    Provide educational courses - This quarter all children have been attending classes regularly.

4.    Provide vocational training courses and workshops (carpentry, pottery and tailoring) -  All 372 children attend dance classes and 306 children from Grade 1- 10 attend computer and pottery training classes and from High School (Grade 6- 10) 80 boys attend carpentry and 69girls attend tailoring classes. 

5.   Organize cultural and sports activities

June 12th – Ms. Sunitha Kulkarni, volunteer from Self Organized Mediation Environments visited the school and organised Fun at learning. These activities encouraged children of all ages to read and enact short English stories.

June 21st – Drawing competition

June 22nd – Cultural program by 10th grade students – Drama - Health is Wealth, Folk songs and dance were appreciated by all.

July 2nd – Mr. Mohammed Khalil (B.E.O) and Mr. Padmanab Rao (DDPE) visited the school to review the Primary school files and the Renewal of Recognition for primary school has been extended for 6 years (2013 - 2019).

July 5th –Sports competition, Kabadi for boys and throw ball for girls.

July 21st – Cultural program by 4th grade students- songs, dance and drama were appreciated by one and all.

July 25th –Inter school sports competition was held and in the primary level, the school is qualified to the Taluk level in the following events: 100,200,400 mts ,400 mts relay, Shuttle cock, Kabadi, Cricket, Volley ball, Basket ball and Yoga. On spot pick & enact competition was organized for juniors and seniors in the school.

August 2nd and 3rd – Yoga workshop for seniors and juniors was conducted.

August 14th – Founder’s Day and Annual Sports Day was observed.

August 15th – Independence Day was celebrated.

August 16th and 17th – Taluk level sports competition were held in Srinivaspur Taluk and qualified for District level in the following events: 100,200,400 mts race, Shuttle cock and Yoga.

September 21st – seniors are participating in the GE Science fair, the topic given is Agricultural waste management. 5 models and posters were prepared on Paddy, Silk worm, vegetables, sugarcane and coconut garden waste management.

6.   Maintenance of a computer lab - All children from Grade 1-10, i.e. 306 children, have been attending computer classes. The computer lab is used by each child for two hours a week

7.  Orientation meetings with families - Parents belonging to below poverty line families (migrant construction workers, petty traders, domestic workers) are actively supporting the right to education of their children. 26 children who passed out of 10th grade are pursuing their higher education

8.   Sensitization meetings with community’s representatives - We have a good relationship with the community representatives and they are more than willing to extend their support. The Local Member of the Legislative Assembly has promised to get a 50 thousand liter overhead tank for Ashraya Neelbagh School as a token of appreciation.

Workshops and Enhanced learning opportunities provided by the School:

  1. Yoga workshop - Mr. Raja Manickam, an experienced yoga teacher from Raja Yoga Centre, a non-profit organization, where every member involved, is working towards building a better society by inculcating divine virtues, through meditation, knowledge sharing & self-volunteered community services conducted a very inspirational  yoga workshop for the seniors on 2nd and for juniors on 3rd August 2013. The session covered some very useful yoga postures, sun salutation and breathing techniques to keep mentally and physically fit.

 

  1. Teacher’s Training Program - : An Effective Training Techniques - training workshop was conducted by Ms. Indira Ganapathy on 6th and 7th of September 2013. It was a way of celebrating Teachers’ day  productively.  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.

Training workshops enhanced learning opportunities and required teaching aids are provided to teachers in a timely manner. These boost their confidence and motivate them to continue as effective teachers

 

PTA Meetings:

Periodic PTA meets are organised to raise awareness among parents and provide them with an option to enrol their children in a good quality, easily accessible residential school. This would act as an enabler for holistic child development that engages children themselves in their learning by using classrooms and cooperative learning methods. This equips children with 3 Ls - learning, life skill and livelihood skill to secure a better future.

 

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 to make Ashraya Neelbagh School a sustainable Project.

 

Appreciate all your support!

 

Thanks and Regards,

 

Evalin Christabel

Project Head – Ashraya Neelbagh School

GE Science Fair 2013
GE Science Fair 2013
Winning Team - GE Science Fair 2013
Winning Team - GE Science Fair 2013
Jul 8, 2013

Model & State Best Environment Friendly School

10th Grade Students -Who acheived100% First Grade
10th Grade Students -Who acheived100% First Grade

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,

This quarter has been a time to celebrate, it gives me immense pleasure to share that, Ashraya Neelbagh School, a Kannada medium rural school secured 100% results consecutively  for the 5th time and this year with 100% first class, out of 280 schools in Kolar District, despite having several problems.  

On 18th of June 2013, Ashraya Neelbagh School won the “State Best Environment -Friendly School Award” or “Parisara Mitra Shale Award” out of 7,324 schools, from the Government of Karnataka and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board.

This milestone was achieved only because of the dedication of students and teachers. There were many people, who strived for the success. On behalf of the entire Ashraya staff and Board Members I would like to thank you for your support. We hope that the school would continue this performance in future too.

The majorities of our students are first generation literates who belong to the most vulnerable groups – Migrant construction workers, domestic helpers, daily wagers, single parent, auto drivers, poor farmers and also belonging to SC/ST communities.

While all 26 students, who appeared for the examination, were successful and secured first class marks, 3 students - Karthik, Poojashree and Sandhyashree bagged Distinctions. Jayashree scored 99 and Narendra scored 98 in Social Studies and are the toppers in Kolar District.

Due to the high standard of education attained, the 26 scholars from Neelbagh have won various scholarships from the State Government, Individuals, Ngo’s and other institutions, to pursue their university studies. All 26 students’ i.e 14girls and 12 boys are continuing their education and 3 girls have moved into the Ashraya hostel facilities to continue their higher education in Bangalore.

The school hostel reopened for old boarders on 15th May 2013 and the School reopened after the summer break on 16th May 2013.

 On June 5th, the new admissions list was finalized. Forty three students were shortlisted and thirty three were admitted for LKG, 20 new students for senior classes. The school made no difference based on caste, religion or ethnic group. Currently, with the new admissions, the School has 372 students

The School received a total of 209 and 143 applications for LKG and other class admissions, respectively, where the number of seats available was only 30 and 16, respectively. This is a significant indicator of the need, the performance and the reputation of the School in the District.

During LKG admissions, as always, priority was given to children from below poverty line families and the School continues to give impetus to ‘girl child’ education in the rural area. About 50% of the applicants, who were granted admissions in LKG and senior classes, are girls, thereby ensuring equal opportunities to girl children to access good quality education. Improved access to education for girl children from most vulnerable groups ensures that children are not exposed to situations of trafficking, sexual abuse or forced into a marriage or child labour. Further, 50% of children attending the school are girls.

The school ensures that no child drops out of school and they have the support to ensure that they get high quality of education along with opportunities to develop their overall personality and achieve significant learning improvements within a short span of time, To ensure that there are no girl children dropping out of the school,

  • The community is sensitized on regular intervals about the repercussions of early girl child marriage would result in,
  • There are separate hostels and toilets for girls.
  • 40% of the teaching staff is women and 60% are Men.
  • Children from nearby villages are picked and dropped by the school van.

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 to make Ashraya Neelbagh School a sustainable Project.

Appreciate all your support!

Thanks and Regards,

 

Evalin Christabel

Project Head – Ashraya 

State Best Eco School Award
State Best Eco School Award

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