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Sack race at AAWC Sports Day!
Sack race at AAWC Sports Day!

A bright student Arohi* was passionate about learning English and with AAWC’s help, she got enrolled in an English learning course, King’s Learning. Within a month, she has developed a keen interest in the language and also made a short presentation on career opportunities in front of her class. Yet scared of using big words, she attempts to use them in her daily conversation. However, she says chirpily, that the course has helped immensely in increasing her confidence.

With your kind donation and support, Arohi* now learns a new language. She loves to read horror and mystery novels and is always found with a book in hand during her spare time.

AAWC had a bright first quarter to the New Year!

Organizational updates

  • Accolades: Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC) was shortlisted as the top 5 finalists at the Dasra Girl Power Award. The award recognizes innovative and impactful programs that work with adolescent girls and our Udaan program was shortlisted under it!
  • AAWC is has received a Gold status as a certified NGO under GuideStar!
  • Mumbai Marathon: AAWC was privileged to be represented by Aria Parikh, Amruda Nair, Shalab Misra and Avanish Kumar at the 2015 Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in January.
  • Festival celebrations: This season AAWC celebrated Makarsankrati where the children flew kites. On Republic Day, the girls made presentations on the famous freedom fighters of India and during Holi the beneficiaries celebrated with colors, dance, food and merriment!
  • Capacity Building: Our Outreach Workers attended the MAF Meeting regarding the stock out for HIV medicines in the hospitals. They also attended a session with MDACS (Mumbai Districts Aid Control Society) and learned about the counseling hours with doctors, behavior of the departments towards a positive person and the problems faced by NGO’s in government hospitals.
  • AAWC hosted students from Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India where a presentation on sustainable livelihood based on our Umeed vocational training program was conducted.
  • Monthly Check-ups: Monthly medical check-up and dental camp was conducted for the beneficiaries.

Udaan updates

  • Career guidance: Computer classes organized by Vedanta Foundation have been a success and the girls are enjoying practicing MS-Office on computer.
  • Mentoring: The mentors from Project Lighthouse have been conducting one on one guidance and activity with the girls every Saturday.
  • Edutainment Workshops: Guitar classes in association with Mewsic Foundation are conducted thrice a week for the Udaan girls and they are enjoying the sessions and showing keen interest in it.
  • The bead jewellery making sessions with the girls have taught them to make beautiful earrings and necklaces using magazine paper. It helps improve their sense of colour co-ordination, concentration and nurtures their creative side.
  • The girls are enjoying art classes by Kavita Nanavati where they have been learning about famous painters such as Picasso and Modigliani and incorporating the artist’s work in their own art.
  • Recreational excursion: The girls visited Radio One Studio and RJ Rishi K taught them how to record and talk with listeners. It was a new experience for them and they were delighted.
  • Sports Day was celebrated where the girls participated in huge numbers and while a few were winners the others had a good time cheering for their friends. A healthy sportsman spirit was displayed by all our young budding stars.
  • The girls enjoyed a live comedy show by the artists of “Clowns without Borders”.
  • Girls had a fun excursion and exposure to organic gardening organized by Project Lighthouse where they learnt how to sow seeds and grow plants in an innovative way.
Art work inspired by artist Amedeo Modigliani
Art work inspired by artist Amedeo Modigliani
Participating in confidence development session!
Participating in confidence development session!
Fun Excursion to the radio station!
Fun Excursion to the radio station!
Immersing themselves in organic gardening!
Immersing themselves in organic gardening!
Impact Study of Udaan (Jan - March 2015)
Impact Study of Udaan (Jan - March 2015)
What we seek, always seeks us.
What we seek, always seeks us.

AAWC enjoyed a wonderful season!

Aditi couldn’t speak or understand any language other than her mother tongue Nepali, when she joined AAWC’s night shelter program, which led to frustration and aggression in her. As she started mingling with her friends at AAWC, she was able to understand, speak and write in Hindi and Marathi. Now she is also learning to read and write English through various activities in the centre like Spoken English sessions, newspaper reading, story-telling sessions etc.

With your kind donation and support, Aditi not only concentrates in studies and goes to school with enthusiasm but is always eager to participate in extra-curricular activities and learn new things.

 Organizational Updates

  • Festive Celebrations: This season we celebrated Navratri, Diwali, Children’s Day and Christmas with devotion and festive fervor.
  • Accolades:  AAWC was privileged to get selected by FunOKPlease as partner for fund-raising for the book launch event of “Brown like Dosas, Samosas and Sticky Chikki.” FunOKPlease is a Mumbai based publisher of children’s books in English. Udaan beneficiaries gave an amazing performance on “Mujhe kya Bechega Rupaiyya”
  • Capacity Building: The Communication and Fundraising Managers networked with partners, peers, technologists, diplomats, activists and experts and discussed about challenges in fundraising and communications in workshops conducted by Peace Tech Exchange and GlobalGiving Current Partner. The staff also attended a workshop organized by AAWC on ITPA on various definitions and provisions in the existing Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act of 1956 and proposed amendments to it.
  • Monthly medical check-ups: Umeed, Umang, and Udaan members were examined by medical teams from Reliance Foundation and Decimal Foundation and administered medicines, de-worming and Vitamins as per necessity.

 Udaan Updates

 Empowerment

  • Career guidance: Computer classes in partnership with Vedanta Foundation are started twice a week and the girls are catching up with tremendous enthusiasm.
  • Mentoring: In collaboration with Raindancer, Project Lighthouse continues and Dog therapy session for the girls in the Night Shelter is started.
  • Edutainment Workshops: The girls attended a workshop on creative writing by Ms. Seher which probed them to think beyond the regular boundaries and put their ideas on paper in creative ways. The Ooperai Foundation (Panama) held a drawing analysis session with the girls and in creative ways allowed the girls to explore the idea of their favorite place.
  • Self DefenseWork-shops: A self defense training session was held for the Udaan girls to teach them the basic defense tactics to protect themselves from unwanted attention. The session was taken by Mr. Lazarus Mascarenhas followed by a motivational lecture by Mr. Rajendran Nair.
  • Recreational-excursions: Udaan girls participated in the Concern India Foundation sports day where 26 NGOs participated in this event at Priyadarshini Park. Girls visited Salam Bombay on 18th Oct 2014 for Diwali celebration.
Performance on "Mujhe kya bechega Rupaiya"
Performance on "Mujhe kya bechega Rupaiya"
One on one session with Lighthouse Mentors
One on one session with Lighthouse Mentors
Creative writing Session
Creative writing Session
Christmas with Secret Santa & the Beautiful Tree!
Christmas with Secret Santa & the Beautiful Tree!
Impact Study of Udaan Oct-Dec (4Q14)
Impact Study of Udaan Oct-Dec (4Q14)
The spirit of empowerment
The spirit of empowerment

AAWC has enjoyed a wonderful monsoon!

 

Organisational Updates

  • Festive Celebrations: This monsoon, we celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr, Gopalkala, Independence Day, Raksha Bandhan and Teachers' Day  with devotion and festive fervour.
  • Accolades: Apne Aap Women’s Collective (AAWC)’s Udaan project has been shortlisted among the Top 50 projects out of more than 500 entries from 70 countries worldwide for the Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World competition, which is a joint initiative from the Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard. Moreover we are now eligible to receive grants from Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
  • Capacity building: Our staff attended workshops on leveraging the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2015 as a fundraising platform, use of digital media to retain and grow donors, work-life balance for women in the 21st Century, child protection,child rights, social innovation, government schemes for PLHIV and also the NGO India Giving Back 2014 Conference-cum-exhibition organised by UBM and GuideStar India.
  • Monthly medical check-ups: Umeed, Umang, and Udaan members were examined by medical teams from Reliance Foundation and Decimal Foundation and administered drugs, iron biscuits and flavoured soya milk, as per necessity.

 

Udaan  Updates

       Empowerment

  • Career exposure visit: The girls visited the office of Pricewaterhouse Coopers(PwC) , interacted with the staff and also enjoyed fun activities.

  • Career guidance: The girls attended a workshop on occupational profile and also learnt about Architecture as a career and Geography as a degree, conducted by our volunteers, Allegra and Mary.Regular computer classes have been started for girls.

  • Mentoring: In collaboration with Raindancer, Project Lighthouse one-to-one mentoring programme for girls was started.
  • Edutainment workshops: Our girls attended classes on English speaking, drama, ballet , drawing, diyaa-paintingtheatre, clay Ganesha idol making conducted by our dedicated volunteers like Aria, Ishaan, Susan,Cindy, Fatimatou, Aria, Suzanne and the Khula Aasmaan team.

  • Health  workshops: The girls attended workshops on concentration building through yoga,basic self defence techniques conducted by Aria, Mr. Lazarus John Mascarenhas, Mr. Rajendra Nair.

  • Recreational excursions: Girls visited the Symphony Orchestra of India workshop and open rehearsal at NCPA.

 

 

Diyaas painted with the hues of happiness
Diyaas painted with the hues of happiness
Adding life and divinity to clay
Adding life and divinity to clay
Learning basic self defense techniques
Learning basic self defense techniques
Aditi
Aditi's story...
Updated Statistics
Updated Statistics
Dance on importance of education
Dance on importance of education

AAWC has enjoyed an eventful and exciting quarter, as it turned 16!

 

Organisation updates:

  • 16th anniversary celebration: We at AAWC have renewed our commitment towards a better life for the women and children in the red light area and continue to empower, nourish and energize them. We celebrated it with the Annual Udaan Felicitation Programme, with energetic and thought-provoking performances by our Udaan girls on themes like anti-dowry and right to education, followed by an award ceremony to encourage our girls to excel and fly even higher.
  • Awards: During the past quarter, AAWC was named Jury’s Choice Winner in the AmeriCares India Foundation's Spirit of Humanity Awards and was shortlisted in the Top 10 Small NGOs category in the GuideStar India NGO Awards.
  • Participation in State level research on Anti-human trafficking: AAWC has been selected by the Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Mission (MSRLM) to be a participant in a research on Anti-human Trafficking, as a resource and data base. For this purpose, our CEO, Program Director and an Umeed beneficiary gave a presentation and talk on "Vocational training for trafficked women." Our staff were interviewed and a focus group discussion was also done with our Udaan girls (likes, dislikes, aspirations, etc.), as a part of this state-level research.
  • Capacity building: Our staff attended workshops on viral load testing, HIV/AIDS, anti-human trafficking, paediatric counselling,and annual report writing. Management also attended the Annual Stakeholder’s Conference on Child Sexual Abuse organised by Arpan Foundation and an Anti-human Trafficking:Orientation and Perspective building session conducted by Maharashtra State Rural Livelihood Mission (MSRLM).
  • Monthly medical check-ups: Umeed, Umang, and Udaan members were examined by the medical team from Reliance Foundation and administered drugs, as per necessity.

    Empowerment
  • Annual felicitation programme: The girls performed theme dances and were awarded for academics, overall performance, discipline, etc. They also attended an informative workshop called "Snakes: Types; myths and superstitions" organized by Sarp Mitra.
  • Career exposure visits: The girls explored future careers at Nagpada Police Station, Byculla Fire Brigade, Bank of India, and American Library.
  • Career guidance: The girls learned about interior design as a career, from a volunteer in the profession.

     Edutainment 

  • Our girls attended workshops on English speaking, diary making, story-book making, mandala art therapy, mehendi designs, paper bag making, jewellery-making, puppet-making, conducted by our dedicated long-term volunteers like Susan Laidlaw, Cindy, B’jorn Eklund, and Nishtha Modi. 

    Health

  •  The girls attended  awareness workshops on nutrition, child sexual abuse, and yoga.

    Recreation

  • The girls enjoyed excursions to an IPL cricket match, Shangrila Waterpark, and a Parle-G factory.
Cheering  Mumbai Indians  at an IPL cricket match
Cheering Mumbai Indians at an IPL cricket match
Yoga classes with Cindy
Yoga classes with Cindy
Career exposure visit to Byculla fire brigade
Career exposure visit to Byculla fire brigade
Impact Story
Impact Story
Impact Statistics
Impact Statistics
Celebrating Republic Day with a colorful mural
Celebrating Republic Day with a colorful mural

Organisation Updates

  • New facility: We moved to a larger facility in Kamathipura in January to accommodate our rising membership!
  • State Visit by Government of Canada: AAWC was selected as one of six NGOs across India to host the Government of Canada during its nine-day State Visit to India.
  • Accolades: During the past few months, AAWC been named Jury’s Choice Winner in AmeriCares India Foundation's Spirit of Humanity Awards, Finalist in MATCH International Women’s Fund, Semifinalist in Dasra Girl Power Awards, and Semifinalist in Ennovent’s Power to Empower Awards.
  • Capacity building: All staff members received a series of advanced trainings in Microsoft Excel from a volunteer from Vodafone India’s “World of Difference” program. Namita Khatu, AAWC Program Director, also attended a full-day workshop on performance management conducted by Pentagon Consultants.

Education

  • Exams: All girls studied rigorously for their year-end exams. We are proud to announce that 99% of them successfully passed!
  • Computer literacy: Volunteers from an environmental NGO in Australia taught computer literacy and played computer games with the girls.
  • Math: A volunteer from the Kotak Education Foundation conducted a math workshop.

Empowerment

  • Achieve Together Conference: The girls attended a full-day leadership conference hosted by the American School of Bombay. Conference speakers included Dr. Mukund Rajan, Chairman of the Tata Council for Community Initiatives; and Nandita Das, a prolific actor, Masters in Social Work graduate, and Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society.
  • Career and education choices: SNDT University conducted a workshop on degree programs and Non-Formal Education (NFE).
  • Engineering: A group of corporate volunteers conducted a workshop on career opportunities in engineering.
  • Arts and crafts: The older girls learned basket making and advanced greeting card design.

Health

  • Menstruation workshop: Interns from SNDT Women’s University conducted a workshop on menstrual health for the older Udaan girls.
  • Annual Sports Day: The girls actively competed for prizes in various sports and fitness activities.
  • Dental camp: AAWC organised a community-wide dental camp in partnership with Nair Hospital.

Recreation

  • Makar Sankranti: The girls made a collage of kites and wrote their aspirations on the collage to celebrate this kite-flying festival.
  • Republic Day: The girls participated in arts and crafts, competed in a history quiz, and painted and signed a mural with their handprints to celebrate the birth of India.
  • Annual picnic: The girls enjoyed a day at Shangrila Waterpark.
Daily evening pledge recited after studying
Daily evening pledge recited after studying
New educational toys & games from State of Canada
New educational toys & games from State of Canada
Annual Sports Day - sprinting competition
Annual Sports Day - sprinting competition
Enjoying a sunny day at Shangrila Waterpark
Enjoying a sunny day at Shangrila Waterpark

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Chandni Patel

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Mumbai, MH India

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