Reaching Hand

Vision: Reaching Hand is a charitable organization ushering holistic transformation in economically & socially challenged individuals thus impacting communities. Mission: Build the lives of children at risk Care for the sick and broken-hearted Serve the helpless and neglected by equipping and empowering individuals and communities.
Aug 19, 2015

Children need love esp. when they don't deserve it

Tanu cheerful as always
Tanu cheerful as always

Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it. ~Harold Hulbert

Dear esteemed supporter of Reaching Hand,

With much gratitude we are happy to update you on the happenings at our New Home- a care and protection centre for destitute children over the past three months. 

The New Home Children are back to School and are almost finishing their first semester for this acedemic year. This year we are focusing extra on their acedemics as it was so funny that all the  Children have got caught up with football fever and for a season it was only football ringing in their ears 24/7, esp. the boys. So, we had to work extra-hard on teaching them to balance their hobbies and studies at the same time, so that they don't neglect either of it.

Health Check up and Tanu's surgery

All the Children were given a routine health Check up and the minor health issues are being addressed. But the GOOD news is we are finally looking into doing the knee replacement surgery for one of our boy named Tanu(Photo attached) who had lost his one leg due to an accident at his home and had also lost his parents to this incident. But the problem is Tanu will have to be on bed rest for 6 months after his surgery. But since it's for his future good, we are cheering him up and going ahead and also looking for a nurse who can watch over him during the same. We are sure he'll recoup soon as he is a very strong hearted and cheerful boy.

Summer Volunteers visit and "Cupcake for a cause"

Reaching Hand had the privilege of having 12 amazing summer volunteers this year for the first time and all of them have contributed a lot to Reaching Hand in all of it's projects. They also got to spend considerable time with children and educate them about their respective countries and gave them special sweets and also played with the children. The group photo attached below.

The volunteers headed by Mai Soua Chang from Wisconsin, United States made and sold amazing cupcakes to the corporates and raised Rs. 1,00,000 for Reaching Hands project Home for 500 Phase II- a home for 100 destitute children. This event was very commendable. Thanks to all the volunteers.(Photos attached below)

Home for 500 Phase II-a permanent home for 100 destitute children

The owner of the Girls Home has given us a deadline of a year to vacate the rented premise we are in. So, we have decided to go ahead with building a Home for the current 100 children at the Reaching Hand New Home plot and gradually build further to accomodate more children when we receive enough funds.

We are glad to anounce the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of Reaching Hand on 26th Aug, 2015 at the project site of Home for 500 at Manchapana, Hosahalli, Bangalore, India. Reaching Hand takes privilege to invite all our dear sponsors, friends and well wishers to be a part of the event. For more details, do visit our website. Attached below the plot division of Reaching hand.

We wish that all our well wishers attend the event. Thank you again for your constant support and hoping you will continue to do so and we also request support for our Home for 500 project with your presence or in donation as we will join with you in fulfilling the dream of these children in having a home of their own.

Warm Regards and wishing you a blessed life.

Just a random pic of our beautiful Children
Just a random pic of our beautiful Children
Group pic with all the volunteers
Group pic with all the volunteers
Master mind behind
Master mind behind 'Cupcake for a cause'
Split up of Reaching Hand New Home Land
Split up of Reaching Hand New Home Land
Jun 9, 2015

The school Girls are in for a surprise-New Toilet!

The new toilets for Girls of RM Govt. School
The new toilets for Girls of RM Govt. School

True education must correspond to the surrounding circumstances or it is not a healthy growth.- M.K Gandhi

Hoping all of you are doing good. On behalf of Reaching Hand  yet again and again and again a big THANK YOU, because of all your generosity over the last three months we have been able to bring a new change in the lives of Girls in Rural Bangalore.

Building of Toilets

The children at Schools were out on School Summer Holidays due to which we were able to work on constructing Toilets in Three Schools and Five more to be completed in the mid of June. Do Scroll down to get a glimpse of the pictures of the new toilets. When the Girls come back after vacation, they are all in for a surprise and as Mahatma Gandhi rightly said we will be able to bring in a healthy growth in them.

Inaugral Program

On May 29th we had the inaugration of the toilets at Ramurthynagar Government School which is one of the Schools we have adopted under our Girls Glory Project. We were previleged to hear from the principal what he had to say about this initiative and how it would help the girls. It was pretty sad condition in this particular School, because all the Girls had to run to their own homes back to use toilets in case of emergency. Now they longer have to do that. Since its a big School we decided to build two more toilets for girls, which is under construction.

Run for Girls Glory

As mentioned in our previous letter, about 90 volunteers from various corporates ran in the marathon conducted by the Tata Consultancy Services on May 17th to raise funds for our Girls Glory Project. It was a success and especially the Children from our New Home ran with a lot of enthusiasm and most of them completed the 5.7Km race. Do look below or onto our Facebook page for the photos of the event.

Painting and Cleaning Programs

We are continuously working on cleaning the surroundings and keeping the class rooms clean and hence atleast thrice every week along with the help of corporate volunteers we paint classrooms of various Schools and also clean the surroundings.

Future Plans

We plan to construct many more toilets and to reach out to every Government School in Bangalore with all of your help and bring in a bright future and healthy and balanced education for the Girls. We have attached a link to the video made by one of our volunteers who is taking an initiative to raise funds to build toilet in a particular School. Do watch it to hear about her experience. 

With the help of our donors like you we as an organisation are growing day by day. We'll be attaching on the annual report of all our works last year along with our next report.

Wishing you a wonderful months and may God bless you for all that you are doing to bring a change in the lives of the little Girls.

Warm regards

A quick look inside of Toilets and construction
A quick look inside of Toilets and construction
TCS Marathon Namma Bengaluru 2015
TCS Marathon Namma Bengaluru 2015
26 of our Children took part in the TCS Marathon
26 of our Children took part in the TCS Marathon
Just Painted Kothanur Govt. School
Just Painted Kothanur Govt. School

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May 26, 2015

Summer always ends with good memories

Surya Our little Jugglur
Surya Our little Jugglur

Dear sponsor,

Greetings to all of you from our founder and from Reaching Hand. Hoping all is well with you and your family. Because of all your support, our children are doing well and a belated but not very late Happy Mothers Day to all our sponsors who are also moms.

Here are some highlights of our previous three months.

Acedemics
We had mentioned in the last letter that all the children at Reaching Hand were busy preparing for their exams. Here I am proud to say that most of our children have done exceptionally well in their academics. Our children have yet again made our sponsors like you and Reaching Hand proud of them yet again. This year few children are going to special classes at school as they are going to their 10th grade this academic year which is one of the most important milestone for students in India. Our oldest boy Chuimayo is perceiving his college along with specialized coaching classes.

New Joinees
In the month of April three new children have joined in to our home. All three with different characters. Its a lot of fun having new faces. Thanks to all of you for your continual support. We hope yo touch many more lives like this.

Summer vacation
Meanwhile all our children are enjoying their summer vacations. They had many volunteers and corporates visiting and engaging the children in different activities , outings, character building exercises and games. 

Trip to Goshen Camp center Idukki
Children also got a chance to visit Idukki a tourist spot south of Kerala and stay at a Goshen Camp as part of their summer camp. Their they learned about teamwork and courage and were counselled on various issues that children's face and quality time was also spent with our wardens in building them up and dealing with their issues.

TCS Marathon
On May 17th we had the Tata Consultancy services Marathon at Bangalore and 25of our New Home children ran 5.7 Km for another project of Reaching Hand called the Girls Glory Project through which Reaching Hand along with corporates is building toilets for Girls in Government schools to stop the tabu around menstruation and stop school dropouts.

Home for 500
Its our dream as I mentioned in our previous letter to build a permanent home. We still want lot of funds to start. But we are hoping to start the foundation by August this year. Thank you to all of you for your continual support . Do visit our website for more details on this.

Ruth one of the girls is growing up to be a good composer and singer. Hoping to send you all the songs written by her in the coming letter. And Believe it or not, our girls organised a mothers day party for all the mothers who belong to Reaching Hand family and prepared a sumptuous dinner for them. It was yummy indeed. Maybe you all should visit us and taste it too.You are always invited.

Finally a big thank you again to all of you for your support, wishes and prayers. Do continue supporting us. We grow each day only because of all your supports. 

Warm regards

Children all prepared for the TCS Marathon 2015
Children all prepared for the TCS Marathon 2015
Girls learning dance from an Volunteer
Girls learning dance from an Volunteer
Building made of paper cups by Sigesh
Building made of paper cups by Sigesh
Team Building Activity at the Summer Camp
Team Building Activity at the Summer Camp
Rock Climbing Activity at the summer camp
Rock Climbing Activity at the summer camp

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