Dear friends and donors,
This time of the year is a time of festivals and celebrations in India so we thought of combining learning with some fun activities for all our children.
TALENT EXCHANGE: A visit was arranged for young girls sponsored by IDEA to a Home for visually challenged girls. The aim of this visit was to sensitize the girls to the problems of less fortunate girls of their age. IDEA girls taught them the art of paper quelling and both groups made beautiful greeting cards together. Both groups enjoyed the interaction and we hope that this interaction has enriched them.
FUN GAMES: Innovative and enjoyable games were organized for little children by IDEA’s youth groups (older children who have been sponsored by IDEA for many years). This was a unique child to child interaction which gave an opportunity to the youth groups to show their leadership and event management qualities with the added pleasure of showing their little friends a fun time. Such one to one interaction is important as it builds interpersonal and leadership skills in children.
MUSEUM VISIT: A visit to a local museum was arranged for high school students to familiarize them with India’s cultural heritage. It was learning plus picnic that the children enjoyed thoroughly.
After all these enjoyable activities it was time to acknowledge the efforts of some deserving students who have, by their sheer grit and determination achieved outstanding success in their 10th standard board exams.
SOMNATH-Our rising star
It is always a pleasure to see your efforts bear fruit and it was indeed a joyous moment to felicitate IDEA foundation’s shinning stars- our achievers for this year. Many children from slums and tribal areas living in squalor and sometimes hostile living conditions have fought many odds stacked against them and have passed their exams with flying colours. Friends, it gives us much joy to introduce one such bright young star- SOMNATH.
Somnath, a poor slum boy lost his father in his early childhood and his mother supports the family by working as a domestic help. Her meager salary could not even provide the family with two square meals let alone books, tuitions and extra classes. He used to work at a bakery to support his mother along with his schooling till he met us, post which he was immediately enrolled at our study centre. Quick learner that he was, he showed promise from the beginning by coming to the study centre regularly, studying hard and participating in all other activities like English enhancing sessions, exposure visits and career guidance workshops. He was also fortunate to get the support of his study centre teachers who personally guided him and continuously motivated him. Their efforts paid off and Somnath scored 83% in his 10th board exams which is an excellent score by any standards. Now Somnath is pursuing Commerce in a good city college and has even bigger dreams for himself and his family.
Thank you dear friends it’s because of well wishers like you, children living a hopeless life can now dream and hope again.
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Dear friends and donors !
We take pleasure to update you with a few activities held in the field . The two volunteers of Global Giving from U.K Hannah Sainsbury and Dan visited IDEA twice to study the Girl Effect project and the Holistic Development project. They understood the program in details by visiting the field activities to understand the program and the approach. They were happy with the progress of the project. IDEA has provided the sponsored and the study center children with the necessary school kit like school bag, notebooks and stationary in the beginning of the academic year in June 13.
Creative Learning in study centers
IDEA runs 23 learning centers in 14 slums from Pune city and Bhor taluka, Pune district to support the academic as well as overall development of the child. These classes are held daily two hours catering 3 to 14 years of age. The focus is to help children to have a strong foundation in Marathi (local language), Maths and English. We have introduced ongoing Science activity twice in a month for children from grade 5 to 7 and Art activities are held once in a week to retain the interest of the students in the class. We are presenting a brief report on the activities:
Usually children find it difficult to remember the science terms. The concepts are not clear. So we took up an innovative way to teach science. They are taught to make games, toys and then the scientific principle behind it is explained to them. In the last few sessions we have taught the children to make a simple bottle rocket using the principle of Air pressure, a game based on the friction, a polythene parachute applying the gravitational force and a rattle using the magnet. The children were so excited .
We got a wonderful feed back from a few children that they teach the same to their siblings or peers. Teaching makes them more perfect. A science competition based on their learning is planned in February2014. Children will receive exciting prizes!
IDEA planned the theme of CLAY ART in the month of August. Each study center has chosen one theme like fruits/vegetables/animals/toys etc.
The children learnt right from the mixing of the clay, giving shapes, finishing and coloring the model. The joy has no bounds after making a model on their own. A few elder children are taught the art. They will be the trainers for other centers.
Our team of social workers is regularly in contact with children and their parents. They identified the need to guide the parents of the adolescents. A counselor cum psychologist held a session for the parents on understanding the changes in this stage and the communication of the parents with them. The session started with introduction and the most common dialogues between the parents and the child. The counselor quoted a few examples of such dialogues seen in the families. This made mothers feel comfortable & relate the problem as in their family. The mistakes made by parents sometimes lead to so called “Problems” of the child. The most common problem is “Children watch TV for long time and do not study”. The mother has inculcated this habit unknowingly. The child when young is told to watch TV so that he /she are not a hurdle to her while working. The same child gets habituated to TV and watches it for long hours in his teenage and then this becomes a problem.
The parents slowly opened up and asked questions to the counselor on the current problems they are facing. The social workers were facilitating the group. The questions raised by parents were about the dressing style, spending too much time with friends, talking arrogantly to parents, overreacting etc. The parents felt a great support as they got guidance to their problems. Mrs. Asha mother of three children said, she will definitely give an ear and try to be a friend of her children. Mrs. Dhanashree who used to be worried on the increased irritability observed in her daughter, was confused how to deal with it and often had clashes with her. She said,”My tension has reduced. I was scared to share my problem with others from the community. I am happy to get Guidance from right person “
Thank you note from IDEA :-
On behalf of the children and their parents we are very thankful to you for your donation and looking for your continued support!
We are here again with an update from the field. This time we would like to present a brief report on the visit of a Global Giving Donor to IDEA and a case study on the impact of your donation in giving access to Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) to poor children .
GLOBAL GIVING DONOR MARISA VISITS IDEA
On 28 March 2013 , Marisa Rawlins from UK visited IDEA’s office in Pune . She has been a consistent supporter of IDEA since many years . We explained her about IDEA’s Projects & Programs in general and the Global Giving project ‘Holistic Development for 300 Poor Kids in India’ , in particular . She appreciated us and was very pleased to see how children are benefitting from the donations received from Global Giving ., especially how IDEA could help poor children access to Early Childhood Education in a remotely located slum in Pune . She was so impressed with this new center and suggested us to present the CASE STUDY of this particular project in the quarterly feedback report to Global Giving / the Donors.
A CASE STUDY
Access to Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) for poor children
While working in Ramnagar- a thickly populated slum in Pune, IDEA came to know about KhanVasti, an extended part of Ramnagar but situated on the hilly area. A survey was done in that area where the total population is approx. 2000. 32% children were identified in the age group of 3-5 yrs but only 34% children in this age group attended the private or the govt. preschool which were at a distance of 2 KM from this slum. The private preschool was charging an yearly fee of approx Rs. 900/. The parents also found it difficult to carry children or make them walk as their houses are on the hilly area. Though there is a norm to have a Preschool or anganwadi within the habitation of such a cluster ,it was absent. So most of the parents preferred to enroll their children directly in grade 1 , rather than in preschool. Our experience shows that chances of children with no preschool background dropping out of school are more than that of with preschool background. So IDEA took the initiative to start a preschool in the locality, otherwise they would be deprived of this education which is important to prepare the child for the formal schooling.
There are 30 children in the age group of 3-5 yrs regularly attending the preschool started in June 2012. It is conducted every day between 10.30 am to 12.30 pm except on Sundays. Here they learn good habits, songs, poems, stories, coloring & pasting for their intellectual as well as the motor skills development, eye hand coordination & concentration . Nutritious snacks are provided every day. All important religious & national festivals are celebrated in the center.
The children are regular to the preschool. Average 95% attendance is there every month. The parents are happy as their children are able to attend the preschool in the community itself. It is accessible for parents and their children . The center is very popular in the locality that 11 children from other far off area too now attend this preschool. Shifa is one of the child who is glad to attend IDEA’s center. The parents of Anjum, Afrin Kaif feel proud that their children are able to recite poems, alphabets, numbers etc. Children enthusiastically participate in all activities.
Minakshi, the mother of 3 children -Om, Jay and Jagdish- say, she is able to go for work without any tension as her two tiny tots attend IDEA’s play & learn center . She works as a maid servant in 3 houses. She says her elder two sons never went to preschool and were directly enrolled in 1st std, so they lag behind in studies.
Anjum’s mother says that earlier Anjum used to play and wander in the community. Now she is happy to attend the center. She wakes up in time and is behind her mother to get her ready for the pre- school. She is one of the brightest children in the center. The preschool has channelized her talents at the right age.
15 children who were attending this Preschool have been now enrolled in grade 1 and will attend a school in June 2013.
Thank you note from IDEA and an Appeal for support :
On behalf of the children and their parents we are very thankful to you for your donation and looking for your continued support!
Dear Donors & Supporters ,
Greetings from IDEA Team.
We are happy to present another report on the programmes and activities under the project. Before that we would like to update you about the programmes and projects of our organization.
Our holistic approach towards minimizing school drop-out amongst the marginalized children is appreciated by many sponsors and supporters like you including international & national foundations like Global Fund for Children ( GFC) , Sir Peter Ustinov Foundation ( SPUF), Volkart Foundation . Corporate associated with us include Symantec , Persistent , Vodafone , Systems Plus etc .
Due to this support , IDEA could expand its programmes and activities to many villages and Govt schools in Haveli & Bhor blocks in Pune districts, Maharashtra state in addition to our work in Pune city. However our focus remains the same- minimizing school drop-out amongst the marginalized children by adopting a holistic approach & creating a ‘ second chance ‘ to the drop out youth.
IDEA’s current programmes & activities are :
Report from the field
1. Guidance in Math for high school children.
With the objective to remove the fear of Math from the mind of children & to make Mathematics more interesting ,on 12th Jan 2013, a Mathematics workshop was held for 42 students of 8th & 9th Std . With the use of blocks and glasses , the concept of Square, Cube and the algebraic expression was explained to children. Using graph the area of square and rectangle was also taught in a simple way.
Another session was held on the origin of Mathematics-by a well known teacher and a recipient of Best Teacher award by State Govt. of Maharashtra. 52 children of 9th Std participated attended this session. The session included the beginning of counting, roman numbers, Invention of Zero and about the famous Indian Mathematicians- Bhaskaracharya and Aryabhata. The children and teachers found it very informative.
Some very needy children under the project were given festival dress , shoes and socks and a first aid box.
3. Health Check up of Children
A health check up of 153 children from 6-14 years of Ramnagar slum was done on 21st January 2013. It was done with the help of a Nursing college and Government Doctors. The Nursing students also performed a street play on Health and hygiene.
All children were provided with de-worming tablets and multi-Vitamin tablets. The height and weight of each child was recorded. 118 children had no problem; 35 were referred to specialists like eye, ENT, and skin. The common problem of wax in ear and dental caries was identified. A dental awareness session was held for children focusing on the dental structure, daily habits of brushing teeth & proper brushing technique.
4. Co-curricular activities
Children got many opportunities for their all round development through co-curricular activities. It gives them an opportunity to express their hidden talents and also retain their interest in the program.
Sports competition for children was held in two areas at Ramnagar, Warje and Shashtrinagar, Kothrud. The competitions held were running race and ball race for 1st & 2nd Std, Lemon & spoon and Book balancing race for 3rd & 4th Std children, Frog Jump and sack race for 5th, 6th & 7th std and slow cycling for 8th and above children. The children gave their best and were in full enthusiasm. The winners as well as the participants were given prizes.
b. Hand writing competition .
Handwriting Competition was held on 4th Feb 2013 in all the centers
c. Children’s Fun Fair (Balmelawa)
This was a whole day event held on 10th Feb 2013 in association with IDEA’s Foundation Day. 282 children and 50 volunteers and staff were present. There were 15 groups Dance performances of the children based on the folk dances of Maharashtra State. Three best prizes were given to the groups.
After lunch, a film show and slideshow on Wild Life was shown to children. The next session was on Shadow Painting. Children made beautiful drawings.
5. Importance of education through puppet show
In one of our project area- a very backward & remote slum, a puppet show was organised for children and their parents on the importance of education and parent’s role in educational development of children. The children & parents enjoyed responding to the questions asked by the puppets.
An appeal :
While expressing our sincere thanks to you , we request you for your continued support for the smooth implementation of activities under the project.
Global Giving Bonus Day is just around the corner! It begins on March 13, 2013 at 9 am ET and ends at 11:59 pm ET (GMT-5) or until matching funds run out. On this day Global Giving will match donations at 30%, up to $1,000 per donor per project.
So please don’t forget to make a donation to our project on this day .
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