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.
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.

 

 


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.

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