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.
Feb 2, 2012

Two new creches at Banaswadi and Indiranagar up and running!!

Ashraya currently runs 7 creches in Yelahanka, Siddapura, Shivajinagar, Nelamangala, Avalahalli, Banaswadi,and Indiranagar.

The Ashraya creches in Banaswadi and Indiranagar are our most recent projects, that were started in December and January, respectively.

The Banaswadi creche: The creche, after renovation, has been operational for the past 2 months. The creche is located in the midst of the Banaswadi slum to cater to the children of slum dwellers, street vendors and of other below poverty line families. Currently there are 36 children in the creche, who are taught the alphabets, numbers, colours, objects, etc. Most of them being first generation learners, this sets a path for learning for the children. The families are advised on the need to maintain daily hygiene such as bathing their children everyday. The Ashraya teachers insist that the children be brought to the creche with clean clothes, combed hair, etc. which imbibes a certain sense of responsibility on the parents before they leave the children in the creche.

Indiranagar Creche :The Creche in Indiranagar has  been up and running for a month now. It was started on January 2nd 2012. The objective was to enable women to maintain their livelihood without worrying about their children. Most of the children are of domestic maids, dhobis ( 'dhobis' are traditional laundrymen who wash and press clothes or only press clothes), construction labourers, gardeners, of women who string flower garlands from their home and barely earn INR 10 a day for their job, etc., in the surrounding area.

We recently organized a New Year Party for all the children in our creches. The party was held in Ashraya's Indiranagar premises on January 13th 2012.

It started with the children playing in the bouncing houses (inflatable units) that was sponsored by 'Jumporee', Kids' Bounce House Rental Company' who wanted to start off their project with a Charitable event, involving underprivileged children. The kids had a fabulous time as they had never experienced anything like this before!!

This was followed by dazzling performances of singing and dance by the creche children, each one more stunning than the other!!! The little ones were rewarded with a great magic show which left them spellbound.

We had organized a hearty vegetarian meal for the kids, that included rice, rotis (Indian breads), vegetable curries, etc. after which each one was given a New Year gift.

Overall it was day that was full of life and fun for the kids!!!

Nov 17, 2011

One more new creche!

The four creches currently operating in Shivaji Nagar, Yelahanka, Siddapura and Alahalli are progressing well. There are 167 children in these four creches. In Alahalli, there are now 35 children and every day, we have to refuse new admissions :( as we are filled to capacity.

The need for more creches is very acute and validates Ashraya's vision of opening more such creches. As a realization of our vision, we have purchased land in a big slum area called Banaswadi/Lingarajpram, where we have seen a need for day care centres. This enables women to go to work knowing that their children are in a safe place.

Work is in progress in the new land. The land already had a building, which is being updated. There are 2 classrooms, one kitchen,two bathrooms and an outhouse that will function as a store room. Outreach is being done by our social worker and a lot of interest is being shown by the residents of the area. The creche can hold a maximum of about 50 children and is expected to begin functioning by the beginning of December 2011.

Nov 17, 2011

Project Update

The academic year, the school has 334 students, of which 98 are in hostel.

The Annual Day was celebrated on August 11th 2011. Ms. Mottamma, M.L.A., Leader of Opposition Council, was the chief guest. There were many cultural activities and the highlight of the evning was a traditional folk dance of Karnataka, which is performed with cymbals. The boys learnt this dance from an expert, who was very impressed by the boys' skill. The event was a grnd success.

To quote Mrs. Mottamma, “…this is one of the finest schools in the state and the students are shining examples of the quality of the school.”

On 20th of August, our students participated in the GE Electrical Science fair held in Bangalore, where our students competed with 18 schools. We got First place on Reuse model.

On 16th of September, the District level sports competitions were held in Kolar where the children did very well. In the Primary School level, students from our school have qualified to the state level in the following events: 400mts running race, Yoga – boys & girls and Javelin.

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