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INTRODUCTION Our journey began in May 2009, when a few friends from a local youth group visited a home for mentally challenged boys in Bangalore. From a small group of friends, to becoming a movement that hundreds of people would get involved in and to eventually becoming an organisation that would have projects across the city of Bangalore - no one would have guessed that this was how things would eventually turn out. Even today, we're amazed at all that's happened in the last two years & are excited about all that is to come. Since our inception in January 2011, we have focused most of our activities towards the education of underprivileged and special needs children. We have worked ...
Feb 19, 2014

U&I Teach Report Nov 2013 - Jan 2014

Hello there!

Its very exciting to bring you news about the work happening in the U&I Teach program over the past few months. We have had a very fulfilling teaching season in all our Learning Centres and are looking to end this academic year with many success stories of well-deserved rewards for our students and their teachers (our volunteers)

Our volunteers are the grass-root champions of our work and I know you will love hearing from them directly. Nandita has volunteered with U&I for the past year at the Muslim Orphanage, one of our Learning Centres. It is her proactive enthusiasm, creativity and love for the children she teaches that shows brilliantly as she now leads a team of volunteers teaching English. Here is her story:

Testimonial by Nandita

My name is Nandita and my approach to life has changed immensely since I started working with U&I during Summer Camps 2013. I volunteer as a Class Head at the English Learning Centre:Muslim Orphanage. Let me start by saying that Muslim Orphanage is unlike any Learning Centre you’ll ever go to. No matter how much preparation or planning is done, every weekend is a bit of an improv session - there will always be kids to chase, new rhymes to sing, etc. Having said that, this Learning Centre has been an absolute joy to work at. Its true that it gets overwhelming and exhausting at times, especially around 4:15 on a lazy Sunday afternoon where the kids who aren’t falling asleep are throwing hula hoops from the 3rd floor. But when I look back, there are so many things I take back from having volunteered here. I remember this one class with 9th and 10th grade girls; they were having a story-building competition where they were divided into groups and given 5 different words that they were to use through the course of their story. It was great to see the normally shy and quiet girls open up and speak about their dreams for their lives. But there was this one girl, who kept chiding her friend for revealing her dreams and cynically remarked that these things were too far-fetched to ever come true. In my conversation with her, I asked her if it would be so bad if she dreamt anyway and as the others came up and presented their stories, she wrote one for herself and gave it to me later. Her note said that maybe being a princess is too far-fetched but being a doctor or a teacher isn’t and that is what she wanted to become and that she had been inspired by us, her teachers. I realized afresh the value of what we were doing among these children and it has strengthened my resolve to continue. If going there every weekend helps even one girl or boy then I know I have made a change. I truly look forward to every weekend I spend with these girls and will always strive to make a difference because I too, like the author of this quote would say that “I have the gift of faith and foolishness to believe that I can change the world”.

 

We thank you for believing in these children like we do and we really appreciate all you do to partner with us in our work here at U&I. Attached is a report about the progress at each of the Learning Centres that you support through your generosity. I would love to have you write to me with your thoughts, feedback and insight that would help us serve our communities better. Do write in at susan@uandi.org.in

Once again, THANK YOU from everyone in Team U&I!!


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Jan 7, 2014

U&I Teach Report July - Oct 2013

The U&I Teach Program has had a very sucessful first quarter, with our centers completing the scheduled lesson plans and our teachers building a great relationship with the students. Over the past few months we have taught 650 women and children through 500 volunteers who have given upwards of 10000 hours in volunteering. 

This report describes what we have been doing in each of our Learning Centres in the 4 months (July to Oct) and below is one of the many stories of success in the lives of the ones we reach. 

Kanchana's Story:

Kanchana has lived most of her life seeing extreme poverty around her, everyday. Her parents beg on the streets of Bangalore and her drunken father squanders away their 'earnings'. With the little money that she manages to save, Kanchana's mother tries to buy things for her and her little siblings. Having never seen any other form of earning, Kanchana believed that begging is normal and her way of life. With this worldview came arrogance, fierce independence, disrespectful behaviour and a low self-esteem. 

 Kanchana was brought into Chaitanya to help rehabilitate her, give her a home and schooling and a chance at a better life. She proved to be a very bright and intelligent student but was very averse to positive affirmation as she did not believe that it was true. She disliked the other children and would disrupt class everyday. Throwing tantrums and crying continuously until she was left alone, Kanchana would then study by herself and did not like being instructed. 

The U&I Teach Manager who heads up our work in Chaitanya along with the volunteers who teach the children there, were very distressed about the situation and were determined to help Kanchana. Along with a Counsellor, they worked out a program to help Kanchana overcome her anger and aggressive behaviour. They also counselled the other children to help them understand Kanchana's difficulty and extend love and warmth towards her. 
We've been amazed to see a marked difference in Kanchana over the past few months; today she is a lot more positive in her interactions, enthusiastic and keen on learning in order to give herself a chance at a life different from that of her parents. It is truly heart-warming and encouraging to see Kanchana heal and blossom and we look forward to more of these successes in the lives of the women and children that we work with. 

 

A big THANK YOU for partnering with us, our work is made possible through your generous and continuing support.

With gratitude

Susan Koshy


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Jan 2, 2014

U&I Teach Report July - Oct 2013

The U&I Teach Program has had a very sucessful first quarter, with our centers completing the scheduled lesson plans and our teachers building a great relationship with the students. Over the past few months we have taught 650 women and children through 500 volunteers who have given upwards of 10000 hours in volunteering. 

This report describes what we have been doing in each of our Learning Centres in the 4 months (July to Oct) and below is one of the many stories of success in the lives of the ones we reach. 

Kanchana's Story:

Kanchana has lived most of her life seeing extreme poverty around her, everyday. Her parents beg on the streets of Bangalore and her drunken father squanders away their 'earnings'. With the little money that she manages to save, Kanchana's mother tries to buy things for her and her little siblings. Having never seen any other form of earning, Kanchana believed that begging is normal and her way of life. With this worldview came arrogance, fierce independence, disrespectful behaviour and a low self-esteem. 

 Kanchana was brought into Chaitanya to help rehabilitate her, give her a home and schooling and a chance at a better life. She proved to be a very bright and intelligent student but was very averse to positive affirmation as she did not believe that it was true. She disliked the other children and would disrupt class everyday. Throwing tantrums and crying continuously until she was left alone, Kanchana would then study by herself and did not like being instructed. 

The U&I Teach Manager who heads up our work in Chaitanya along with the volunteers who teach the children there, were very distressed about the situation and were determined to help Kanchana. Along with a Counsellor, they worked out a program to help Kanchana overcome her anger and aggressive behaviour. They also counselled the other children to help them understand Kanchana's difficulty and extend love and warmth towards her. 
We've been amazed to see a marked difference in Kanchana over the past few months; today she is a lot more positive in her interactions, enthusiastic and keen on learning in order to give herself a chance at a life different from that of her parents. It is truly heart-warming and encouraging to see Kanchana heal and blossom and we look forward to more of these successes in the lives of the women and children that we work with. 

 

A big THANK YOU for partnering with us, our work is made possible through your generous and continuing support.

With gratitude

Susan Koshy


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