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.
May 4, 2012

Update on the creches

The creches are running very efficiently and our creche teachers counsel the parents and the family and motivate them to encourage their children to pursue education. The outcome is most fulfilling as 100% of our kids, when they reach the age of four, are put into formal schooling by the parents and family. This is an important indicator of the quality of work done by our creche teachers and the impact of the Creches project on the weaker section of the society. 50% of our children have got into Government English medium schools, which is remarkable!!

We organized a Teachers' training workshop at our premises in Indiranagar, for our Creche teachers. It was conducted by Ms.Nandini Prakash, Secretary of the Indian Institute of Montessori Studies, who has many years of experience in teaching Montessori style and working with children

The objective of the workshop was to:

1.To improve their teaching methodologies and skills

2. To help better understand children and their needs

3. To help manage issues relating to childrens' behavioural problems

It was a whole day's workshop and our teachers enjoyed the workshop and thought it was a very good experience as it gave them a platform to voice their thoughts and discuss various issues relating to the field of teaching.Overall, it was a wonderful learning experience for all of them.

Banaswadi creche- The compound wall at the creche deserved a transformation as it was looking too bare and simple for a fun-place where kids were having a great time. So we decided to get a professional to make a colourful and bright Warli painting, an exotic form of Indian Art, on the wall. Warli folk paintings are the painting of Maharashtra and Warli is the name of the largest tribe found in the northern outskirts of Mumbai, in Western india. We also had an increase in the number of admissions once the painting on the wall was made. Also the parents and the families are so proud to have their children going to the most attractive and hygienic creche in the area.

We have been having committed volunteers working with us in all our creches and they have been of immense support to the programme.

Feb 15, 2012

Project report

On the academic front, the senior (10th grade) children have been busy preparing for the preparatory exams in January and special 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 join the boarding in school in order to attend special classes. Children are seen studying very hard for the upcoming final exams in January and March.

The kids had a great time at the Cultural and Sports event that was held in the month of December. It included competitions in various sports such as baseball, cricket, etc. and cultural programmes such as dance, singing, yoga and drama. Children participated actively in various activities and the event helped to bring out their hidden talents.

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.

The School had some very special visitors recently, Shekar, an old student of Neelbagh, who is now, working in Hungary and doing very well in his career and Kate Horsburgh, granddaughter of David Horsburgh, the founder of Neelbagh School.

Shekhar's words of appreciation in our Visitors Book - ' An oasis of trees and beautiful architecture, friendly and welcoming teachers, which transpires through the kids here. I like the cleanliness!! Otherwise a very successful place that causes nostalgia to ex-students like me. Great work!!'

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!!!

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