Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All ( IDEA)

MISSION: ' Our mission is to create equal opportunities for the underprivileged sections of society for their all round development.'. We believe that along with equal opportunities, people from socio-economically weaker sections of the society need guidance and support to utilize these opportunities effectively. VISION ' IDEA's vision is a just society where individuals have access to equal opportunity' Our ultimate GOAL is poverty eradication.
Feb 4, 2014

FIRST UPDATE REPORT

Social Worker visits Vandana
Social Worker visits Vandana's home

Dear Donors,

Greetings from IDEA!

We are very happy to bring to you the first report on our new project on Global Giving - “Educational Sponsorship for 50 children- INDIA”.  IDEA is running this sponsorship programme since the last 6 years and has made it possible for hundreds of underprivileged children to finish their schooling and college successfully. There are many children in our Educational Sponsorship programme from Primary schools, High schools and colleges. Different activities are planned for them every month according to their age groups.

 

(1)    ENGLISH ENHANCEMENT SESSIONS:

Knowing English gives an edge to students in their studies now and will also create a strong base for their future.  Keeping this in mind IDEA has started English language sessions especially for High school children. An experienced teacher conducts these sessions in which she focuses on improving basics of the language like reading, writing, basic Grammar and speaking skills. Efforts are made to teach in a light and friendly manner through storytelling, games and charts.

 

(2)    Session on “HOW TO PREPARE FOR BOARD EXAMS”

A child counselor conducted this session for 10th std children as they are in the last leg of preparing for their board exams. She explained to them that studies do not only mean academics but also learning through day to day activities and observation. She covered some important aspects of studying like –

-          ‘How , When and What to study’

-          Goal setting and planning should be SMART and accordingly to our capacities.

-          Make a weekly time table and stick to it to reduce stress later.

-          Give enough time to study both difficult and easy subjects.

-          Make time for pursuing hobbies and sports.

-          Nutritious diet and sleep are very important before the exams.

 

(3)    Social Workers’ HOME VISITS:

An important part of the Educational Sponsorship programme is home visits by social workers. The social workers regularly visit the children’s homes to interact with their parents, to find out their needs and problems. The social workers also guide the families and counsel them whenever required. Most of the adults are casual labourers who are illiterate or school drop and families are struggling with many issues like marital discord, alcoholism, adolescent issues and poverty. In such an atmosphere it becomes extremely difficult for the child to concentrate on her studies. This also affects her mental and physical growth. At times like these the social workers offer emotional support and guidance to the children. Their role in the sponsorship programme is pivotal.  

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION! THERE ARE MANY MORE CHILDREN WHO NEED YOUR SUPPORT!

 

English Enhancement Session
English Enhancement Session
How to prepare for Board Exams
How to prepare for Board Exams
Dec 23, 2013

Get Set Go...

A close Finish
A close Finish

Dear Donor,

Christmas Greetings from IDEA!

            Exams are over and winter is here - a perfect time to go out and play and play is what they did. In our Holistic Development programme there is emphasis on sports and physical activity along with educational activities so we encourage children to take up a sport as sports instill many good qualities like team spirit, leadership qualities and confidence plus the benefits of fitness and good health.

Athletic Event enjoyed:

            Recently a media company organized a national level athletic event for school children. 20 children from IDEA participated in various running races. It was a good experience for them to compete and interact with children from other backgrounds. We were very happy to see that even without any coaching, the kids put up a tough fight. Every year we organize sports meets and many kids also participate in marathons and sports competitions. One of these sports enthusiasts is Swati who is a budding sports star and we are happy to share her story…

Swati - an athlete in the making:

            Swati got associated with IDEA when she was in 6th Std. She has been under different IDEA projects like learning centers, sponsorship program and vocational training course. Swati continued attending our study centre till 10th std as there was lot of disturbance in her small single room house which made studying impossible for her. Her father is jobless and mother works as domestic help. Because of sponsorship support, Swati could continue her schooling and scored 68% in 10th board exam.  In the mean time she also completed a 6 months basic nursing course conducted under IDEA’s vocational training programme and also took a part time job for a few months to support her family.

            Now she is pursuing graduation in Commerce stream. In college she got interested in the game of Kabbadi which is an old Indian sport. She is showing all signs of an athlete in the making with her good performances and winning laurels for her college Kabbadi team. Swati is now a national level Kabbadi player which is a matter of pride for us and is still associated with IDEA’s youth groups and helps conduct games and activities for IDEA’s young children. She frequently helps other children and her mentors from IDEA. Her helping nature is appreciated by all. Swati is currently sweating it out for a national level sports competition representing her club. IDEA wishes her good luck!

        Please continue supporting Swati and her friends who are at the most important time of their lives.

Get Set Go
Get Set Go
Proudly showing their certificates
Proudly showing their certificates
Swati- our sports star
Swati- our sports star
Dec 23, 2013

Our fight against child abuse

Children listening intently to the child counselor
Children listening intently to the child counselor

Dear Donor,

Greetings from IDEA!

Our children are not safe, it’s sad but true. There are so many predators lurking around seemingly harmless but with a sinister motive of robbing a child’s innocence.  It is becoming harder and harder for parents and teachers to protect children all the time so it is important to educate the kids especially girls about the possible dangers they may fall prey to and to teach them to protect themselves. Keeping this in mind we conducted a life skill session on Child Abuse for 25 children in the age group of 12 to 15 years.

 Life Skill Session 1 – Preventing Child Abuse:

An expert child counselor conducted the session. She began with ice-breaker activities through which she could know more about the group. They were asked to list out what they think is dangerous according to them, they reported use of mobile while crossing the road, bursting crackers while still in hand and girls going out alone in the night. Then they were asked to list down incidents which have caused them anger, guilt, jealousy and embarrassment and with whom they share when they go through these negative feelings. They were told how to practically deal with these emotions. Then the counselor came to the most important part- Different types of touch like- a hand shake, pat on the back, touching the nose, shoulder or privates. Who can touch them and who can’t. What is good touch and bad touch. The children were told to be careful and observant about who touches them, when, where and how. They were told that as soon as they feel uncomfortable they should tell their parents or teachers but should never keep quiet and if at all something goes wrong they should immediately raise their voice without feeling embarrassed, scared or guilty because nobody has the right to touch them or talk to them if they don’t find it comfortable. Lastly a National child helpline no. open 24/7 was given to them so that they can call the experts if they want some more information, emotional guidance or when they or their friends are in trouble. This knowledge will empower the children to fight back predators in the future.

Life Skill Session 2 – Love and Friendship:

The session began with a discussion on behavioral changes adolescents go through.  The children reported disagreements with parents at home, frequent mood swings and peer pressure as the changes that they observe in themselves. The counselor then told them that all teens go through these emotions and changes and how they can deal with them without hurting their parents, friends or themselves.

They were explained that these emotional changes are also because of the physical and hormonal changes that their body is going through. One of these changes is the changing attitude of adolescents on friendship and love.  It is very easy to confuse the two but both relations are different and each relationship comes with different responsibilities which the people involved must keep in mind.

This was a conversation starter and we plan to have more sessions on these topics in the coming weeks. Thanks for contributing to this project, these discussions will sensitize them and enrich their minds. 

A handshake is a "good touch"
A handshake is a "good touch"
Touching the nose, may or may not be a "bad touch"
Touching the nose, may or may not be a "bad touch"
Child help line- India
Child help line- India

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