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.
Aug 2, 2012

Hallelujah!! 100% pass results at Neelbagh School

The SSLC results were out on 16th May and the School is very proud of our bright students who performed gloriously well and our committed team of teachers who made it happen. The School achieved 100% pass results, once again, this year, and this is one of the most important achievements of the School, in this quarter. It is the fourth consecutive year, that the School has achieved 100% pass results. Out of a total of 22 students in tenth grade, 4 students passed with a distinction (obtaining above 85%), 15 students passed in first class (obtaining above 60%), 2 students passed in second class and 1 just passed.

Two students obtained 98% in Social studies subject and turned out as Kolar District toppers in the subject, out of which one child Archana is sponsored by CIAI. As outstanding performers, they are both rewarded with a sponsorship amount of INR 15000 per annum for two years, by the State Government of Karnataka, to pursue higher studies.

 Ashraya also works to help and support the bright children to pursue higher education. We liaise with other NGOs and facilitate the sponsorship of the higher education of our deserving and bright students. Two NGOs, Upasana and Prerana are currently supporting and sponsoring nine of our bright students, who have got admission in different colleges for Science and Commerce.

Ashraya-Neelbagh School was shut for the summer break from April 19th to May 19th 2012. On June 1st, the new admissions list was finalized. The Ashraya Neelbagh School’s management team screens the applications carefully to ensure that deserving children, from below poverty line families, are given admission on a priority basis. These are children of poor farmers, construction laborers and workers, who earn a meager income and live hand to mouth. They can hardly think of providing their child with quality education without support.

Thirty two students were shortlisted for LKG and other classes. The School received a total of 136 and 49 applications for LKG and other class admissions, respectively, where the number of seats available was only 32 and 16, respectively. This is a significant indicator of the performance and the reputation of the School in the District.

Currently, with the new admissions, the School has 351 students studying in Neelbagh School. 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. Forty percent of the applicants, who were granted admissions in LKG, are girls and fifty percent of the students, who were given admission to other classes, are girls, thereby ensuring equal opportunities to girl children to access good quality education.

Overall, it has been a great start to the new academic year. Thank you all for your support and generous contributions towards the School that nurtures generations of rural, deserving children.

Jul 24, 2012

Ashraya's creches continue to make a difference!!

Ashraya's Crèches program has a chain effect on children and their families’ livelihoods. We organize regular parents’- teachers’ meetings to generate awareness on the importance of cleanliness and hygiene, to sensitize them on the significance of educating their children, irrespective of their sex.  The women in the surrounding areas of Ashraya’s crèches are able to leave their children in a safe, conducive and intellectually stimulating environment and go to work, thereby helping them augment their family income, which in turn benefits the living conditions of the families.

Ashraya's crèches at Shivajinagar, Yelahanka, Sidapura, Avalahalli, Banaswadi, Indiranagar and Arsinakunte have been running in an efficient manner. The Social worker makes monthly visits to each creche 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. Progress in health and nutrition is evaluated and he also advises the teachers on nutritional requirements so that they can inform the families. Malnutrition is detected early and parents of undernourished children are advised to give the child a better diet to ensure their good health. Every Ashraya creche provides a good, healthy afternoon meal which generally consists of rice, a curry with lentils and veggies, followed by a fruit, which gives the children a good balance of carbohydrates, proteins and other essential nutrients for growth and development.

A meeting was held with families in this quarter to discuss their plans for their children, with respect to their education. Teachers and staff motivated and counselled the families regarding various options and support programs offered by the government.

 Ashraya’s Creches program has brought about a significant change in the outlook of the families in the slums, and in the labour colonies. It has imbibed in them a sense of responsibility, awareness regarding health, nutrition and also most importantly driven the importance of educating their children. Almost 100% of the children at our crèches, when they reach the age of four, are moved to regular, formal schools, either English medium or Kannada medium.  The crèches program helped women go to work which led to families having better income, thereby, resulting in a positive frame of mind to take sound decisions, regarding the education of their children.

May 17, 2012

Neelbagh School project update- Jan, Feb, Mar

General progress -

About 11 day scholars were brought to the hostel in January so that they could focus more on their studies to prepare for their preperatory exams that were coming up in the end of January and final exams in April. Monthly tests were also held to gear them up for the finals.The tests were held frequently to evaluate their academic progress and help them in weak subjects.

January 21st -Cultural programs were held with dance, drama and music performed by Grade 7.

January 26th, being Republic day, the grand Flag hoisting ceremony was followed by a colourful cultural programme performed by the children.

Cultural and sports competitions - The monthly sports competition was held on 17th February. The boys participated in the kabadi competition and the girls in throwball. There was also a folk songs competition in which Junior and Senior school students participated very enthusiastically.

The School won the second best Eco School award in the district of Kolar, where 160 schools had applied for the award.

Workshops-

A. Science workshop - On February 20th, a Science workshop was organized for the children. Dr.Shonali Chinnaiah and Mrs. Sukanya Sinha from Curiosity, conducted the workshop and demonstrated many fun experiments, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. The workshop brought a practical approach to the subject and helped them understand the science theories better.

 The children were very enthusiastic and participated very actively in doing the experiments.

 B. Career guidance workshop – A career guidance workshop was organized on February 19th 2012 and March 12th 2012 for the benefit of the 10th grade students.  Mrs. Mamata Mutt, a Professional corporate trainer and career counselor conducted the workshop. It was organized in small batches so that she could give them individual attention. The workshop was split into two sessions. In the first, Mrs. Mutt took them through all the different options, courses- diploma, degree courses, and corresponding career choices based on their areas of interest.

The second session was conducted about a week later, giving the children enough time to reflect on the discussions that were held in the last session. The children came up with their thoughts, doubts and raised questions which were addressed by her.  

The Valedictory function for the 10th standard students (22 children) was held on March 16th. Many of them volunteered to speak and they expressed their gratitude to Ashraya-Neelbagh School, which gave them ‘the opportunity’ to access good quality education.

 The 10th class students and their parents were counseled, independently, by Ashraya members and Neelbagh staff, regarding the importance of pursuing higher education. The objective of the session was to find out their fields of interest, educate them about different career options and its requirements, based on their individual capacities and potential. The bright and committed students who could not afford to pursue education were informed that Ashraya would find a way to help them.

 

 


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