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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 ...
Sep 22, 2014

U&I Teach Report May - Aug 2014

Dear Friend and Partner of U&I

We've had a great start to a new academic year and are thrilled to share this journey with you! We have partnered with 4 more organisations, setting up new Learning Centres in their facilities and have also increased the teaching courses in Learning Centres of already existing partners. As of today the U&I Teach Programme has 25 classes a week, offering English and Tuition lessons in 11 Learning Centres set up in partnership with 8 organisations here in Bangalore. 

A highly valued partner in the U&I Teach programme this year is the Flippen Group. Established in 1991, the Flippen Group the largest educator training organisation in North America today and has been working in countries across the globe, changing the learning environments in schools and learning institutions. We have been immensely blessed to have trainers from the Flippen Group work with us to customise classroom management tools to fit the needs of our Learning Centres. They also conducted a 2-day training session for all the volunteer leaders and staff and we have since then implemented these tools in all our Learning Centres. 

We began the academic year with an intensive 2-day workshop for all the volunteer leaders during which they were given leadership training, introduced to the various roles within the U&I Teach Programme, the tools that would help them work efficiently and the value of teams which they learnt through a number of fun team-building activities. 
We also had the Annual Orientation for the 500 volunteers who have signed up for this year. It was a day of much learning, inspiration and lots of fun. Smaller orientations were also conducted to introduce the volunteers to the curriculum, schedules and their roles for the year.
Here is an overview of all our Learning Centres, the children we reach and the courses we teach.
  • Ashwini Charitable Trust: This is an NGO that provides non-formal education to the underprivileged children. The English course we run here has 43 students from Standards 3 to 7 and the Tuition course has 24 students from Standards 8 to 10. 
  • Good Shepherd Home: This is one of our new Learning Centres and it is an orphanage run by the nuns of the Good Shepherd Convent. These girls study in a nearby government school. We teach 25 girls in our English course here. 
  • Citizen's Foundation: This is also one of our new Learning Centres. It is an orphanage that provides accommodation, food and schooling to orphans. They currently have 26 students who are enrolled in our English course.
  • Chaitanya: Chaitanya is run by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd Convent. It is a hostel for young girls studying in St. Euphrasias High School. We have 24 students in the English as well as the Tuition Course that we run here. 
  • Sparsha Trust: A new partner of U&I, Sparsha Trust is a home for children who have been abandoned, orphaned or neglected by their family and community. Most of the children at the home have never been to a school or have dropped out after a couple of years. We teach English to the 25 children in this home using a very basic curriculum since these children have missed a number of years of schooling. 
  • Karunalaya: Karunalaya is a home for 24 underprivileged children. The home is run by an elderly couple who provide for the shelter, education and medical care of these children. Here we conduct both English and Tuition classes 
  • Refugee Home: The Refugee Home is the 4th new Learning Centre Partner and it is a home for children rescued from trafficking. It has 28 children at present for whom we conduct English classes and also help with school work. 
  • Snehadeep Trust: This is a home and training institute for visually impaired students. At present there are 22 students here who are taught their course work in a Tuitions programme run by U&I.

We are really looking forward to this year and the positive impact its going to have on these wonderful children. All this is made possible by your continued support and encouragement. Thank you once again for believing in what we do here at U&I and for partnering with us to BE THE CHANGE within our communities in need.

Sep 9, 2014

U&I Care Report Jun - Aug 2014

Dear Partner and Friend

The Institute for Mentally handicapped children (IMHC) currently houses 85 boys with special needs who have been abandoned by their families or lost and brought to the Institute. Working with the boys in a State run Home is as rewarding as it is challenging and everyday brings us new issues, experiences and reasons to celebrate. Thank you so much for supporting our work at the Institute and believing in the work we do among these wonderful children.

Here are some of the main highlights and challenges:

  • Health & Hygiene – Many of the boys are now trained and independent in their activities of daily living. 17 severely and profoundly challenged boys have their teeth brushed and are are given a bath every morning by the assistant carers at the home. We have been facing an issue with lack of sufficient water over the past few months and that has made bathing in the mornings for all the boys a little difficult but we ensure that all the boys are bathed once a day. Health issues have been minimal. A few boys suffering from epilepsy, had a few attacks in the past few months and are now under medication.
  • Therapy & Activities – In the various vocational therapy activities conducted over the past few months, the boys have learnt to make baskets, flowers and pen-stands out of paper. They also learnt to paint aesthetically using a combination of colours. U&I has also hired 2 Special Needs Teachers who use play and activities to teach the boys shapes, colours, identification of everyday objects and even manners! 
  • Physiotherapy – 3 out of the 10 boys undergoing physiotherapy have shown improvement in gross motor abilities in the past few months. They are now able to grip big objects better and for a longer duration of time.
  • Volunteering at the Institute – New volunteers have been recruited to interact and engage with the boys every Sunday for the next 9 months. These volunteers have been assigned to the different groups of boys and will engage with the boys through various activities and games. Every Sunday interaction ends with a lively session of dance and serving off snacks for the boys. 
  • Independence Day and Friendship day celebrations – Independence day was celebrated by the boys with much enthusiasm; a few of of them learnt some dance moves to patriotic songs and they performed for the others. They also made friendship bands with woollen thread and tied them on each other's wrists on Friendship day.

BIG BIRTHDAY BASH 2014

The biggest and happiest event at the Home is the Big Birthday Bash. It is that day of the year that we host a carnival to celebrate the lives of these 85 special boys. This year we celebrated it on the 8th of Aug and had nearly 50 volunteers come to enjoy the day with the boys.

The place was decorated and the kids with their volunteers were ready to party. The carnival included everything from merry-go-rounds, bouncing castles and a (mini) giant wheel, to horse rides and a magic show! It was great to watch the volunteers help the kids get on and off the rides and also accompany them on some. The boys got their faces painted and ate as much pop corn and cotton candy that they could get their hands on, but not before making sure the volunteers with them ate well too! Once the excitement with the rides died down, the boys cut 5 birthday cakes while the volunteers sang for them. After lunch, the magician brought out his bag of tricks and the boys were amazed by all the colours and magic around them! No good party ends without dancing and it was a whole lot of fun watching them move and groove with their volunteers. We ended the days by giving each boy a gift bag, which had in it, colourful toys bought by our friends and partners at Tymtix, a Bangalore-based software company.

Balloons, cotton candy, popcorn, face-painting, carnival rides, and an atmosphere of excitement! The Big Birthday Bash 2014 had it all! Thank you for helping us give the boys at the Special Needs Home a day to remember all year long!

Aug 1, 2014

Thank you for supporting us!!

Hello friends and partners of U&I!

We've had a great academic year 2013-14 and are gearing up to start a new year of learning, buliding relationships and impacting lives. 

We participated in the World 10K Run here in Bangalore on the 18th of May to raise funds for two of our programmes - U&I Teach and U&I Care. It was a hectic couple of months as the team worked hard to rally support and funds for our work this year. Run Day, May 18th was an exciting and fulfilling culmination of our efforts for this fundraiser and we had nearly 500 people run for this cause! It was a hot but fun day and the U&I bunch was by far the noisiest and most entertaining group that day. We want to thank LG and its team of 315 runners who supported us and ran for our cause this year. 

This year we also had champions of U&I's cause run for us in Sydney, Australia! 

Raj Mudaliar, this is a huge huge shout-out to you for the phenomenal support that you have raised for us in Australia through your friends and family! We are so blessed to have you champion our cause! 

Through the attached pictures I hope you get a glimpse of the incredible support and superb fun that the World 10K Run has meant for us. Thank you so much for joining hands with us and maybe next year you could run with us; in Bangalore or in whichever part of the world you call home! =)

I would love to hear from you so do write back to me with your thoughts and feedback at susan@uandi.org.in

Warm regards and a big thank you from Team U&I!!

Some of the 315 runners from LG
Some of the 315 runners from LG
Raj (centre) with his son Rohan and friend Bofan
Raj (centre) with his son Rohan and friend Bofan
Who says you can
Who says you can't dance at a Fun Run?
A day well-spent
A day well-spent
Thank you for Being the Change!
Thank you for Being the Change!

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