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Oct 17, 2013

Atma's Most Significant Stage

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What is our impact? How has our work made a difference? Development organisations often ask themselves these questions. Over the years Atma has been assessing its work and impact through internally developed tools.  However, in a bid to dig deeper, Atma recently piloted an impact assessment tool called Most Significant Change (MSC). This process involves collecting stories of change experienced by beneficiaries through interviews or discussions.

To pilot this technique Atma chose one partner organisation -Bright Future. With the help of an external MSC consultant- Ms. Andrea Farley, Atma interviewed the various stakeholders involved in the Atma- Bright Future partnership- Bright Future founder, program director, program officer, Atma partnership manager. The stories of change collected were then evaluated by an external panel to choose the Most Significant Change story. This story represents all the changes that Atma has helped bring about in Bright Future.

Nilofer Jailor (Program Officer, Bright Future - Atma portfolio)

“I completed my M.A in psychology in 2009 and I came to NRI (Bright Future)* in 2011- Kishor selected me to work on their school program which was called Bright Future. At that point of time we had only a vague idea about what we wanted to do -something in the area of career guidance and support. We planned our program accordingly, but at that time we only did career awareness sessions with students.IMG_3081

There were no real processes or structures in place before Atma. After Atma began to work with us in July 2012 we realised the importance of processes, documentation, reporting- Atma gave us a clear direction, more structure and helped with planning. Our program is now whole and strong and aimed at well-rounded development of children.

Now we are not just working with students- but also their teachers, parents, principals and the community. We are much more focused on outcomes now- for me quality of our programs is very important- no matter how many students I work with- 500 or 900 the quality of delivery should remain the same.

I have a lot of tasks at Bright Future- conducting life skills sessions, counselling, career guidance sessions, coordinating mentor meetings, parents meeting etc. which I found difficult to manage earlier. But I have now learnt how to manage my time and tasks. I have started prioritizing my work which has helped me to cope with my workload.

All the Atma volunteers who have come to Bright Future have been wonderful- they have been very involved in not only their work but have also taken the effort to interact with our students.

Maude was one such volunteer who came to work with us. She took all of our inputs and then creatively put together a great module. In fact both- the bright future and mentoring- modules have made my life very easy.

Today we can confidently speak about our programs to schools and parents. We just got permission to work with a school called Shivaji Vidyalaya where we will be working with 180 students from 9th standard. Hopefully by the end of this year we will have added two more schools. Last week we also launched our mentorship program with 40 engineering students and 7 mentors which is a major achievement for us.

The biggest change for me personally has been the improvement in my communication skills. When Atma sent its first volunteer to us- Tom- all of us had to work on our language because he obviously could not understand Hindi. I am so thankful to Atma for this as these interactions with foreign volunteers have helped me gain my self- confidence. All the changes that Atma has brought- the monthly planning, progress reports, documentation- have brought so much more structure to Bright Future.

All of this together has brought about a change in me- I find myself becoming stronger every day. Now wherever I go I ask people- friends, family or acquaintances to engage with Bright Future- whether as mentors or through funding. I don’t hesitate to speak to anyone about us. I can now wake up from my sleep even and talk about Bright Future. This organisation is in my head, my heart and just about everywhere.”

*Bright Future was previously called New Resolution India (NRI).

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(L-R: Nilofer with Atma Volunteer and with Bright Future student at their Independence day celebration)

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Jul 26, 2013

Atma Newsletter Q2

Welcome to the Atma Newsletter!

 

Through this newsletter we would like to share with you the latest Atma news, happenings and updates. Atma's

 

Current Project: Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2014

 

Each year the Mumbai Marathon hosts a very diverse group of runners from international elite athletes, Indian elite athletes, amateur runners, fun runners, senior citizens to the differently-abled. Not only is the marathon the largest mass sporting event on the continent but is also India's largest fundraising platform. Atma Soles -

 

Run, Raise, Educate

 

Are you a marathon enthusiast? Do you want to be part of a community? Do you want to change the way education is being delivered? If your answer is yes to any or all of these questions, then the Atma Marathon team is the place for you. The Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon is a fantastic opportunity for you to witness and be part of a social awakening of sorts. With Mumbai Marathon 2014 being Atma's 7th year of participation we want this year to be special! We want to give you an opportunity to not only support the cause of education but also have a fun, memorable and fulfilling marathon experience. We are looking for motivated, inspiring and fun individuals to be part of our team. Write to us at marathon@atma.org.in for more information.

 

Atma will be working full steam for the next several months on this project so please stay tuned for progress updates along the way.

 

We are grateful to all our donors for their constant support!

May 10, 2013

Atma Newsletter Q1

Welcome to the Atma Newsletter!

Through this newsletter we would like to share with you the latest Atma news, happenings and updates.

20 & Growing!

On 28th March 2013, Atma reached its big goal of partnering with 20 incredible education NGOs. Through our work with these organisations we hope to move closer towards our goal of delivering high quality education to underprivileged children and youth! 

We are excited about our growing Atma Partner Portfolio.A big thank you to all our mentors, volunteers, donors and well-wishers for helping us make our goals a reality!

We are grateful to all our donors for their constant support!



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Feb 7, 2013

Atma Report Card

Dear Donor,

Welcome to the Atma Report Card: designed to feature in-depth financial and partnership updates for October-December 2012.

Atma addresses the lack of capacity in India to effectively provide Quality Education to all children. 

Consider these statistics:

  • 20% of India’s poor have no access to education.
  • 86% have no access to technical and vocational training;
  • 45% drop out before eighth grade.
  • By 2015, 65% of Indian population will be youth.
  • By 2050, 50% of the world’s illiterate will be in India.

In the face of these startling statistics, Atma aims to bridge the education gap through collaborative partnerships.  

The Atma Model is a three phase relationship-based intervention which helps organisations move beyond their day-to-day resource constraints.

Atma helps NGOs to break the cycle of insufficient  funds, staff and time. This allows Atma Partners to deliver more Quality Education to the children and young adults they serve. The Atma model is defined by four key services: consultancy, skilled volunteers, training and advocacy.

Consultancy

Consultancy helps Atma Partners to take a step back from day-to-day challenges and think about long term goals. Atma helps partners break big goals into small, achievable steps. In this way, big dreams become manageable.

Skilled Volunteers

Every organisation requires experts across areas of finance, product design or sales. This is true for businesses and NGOs alike. Atma provides Atma Partners with skilled volunteers to do specific projects that result in concrete, measureable results. These skilled volunteers support Atma Partners in taking on the challenges faced in running and growing an organisation.

Training & Workshops

Atma Trainings and Workshops are offered based on the unique needs of Atma Partners. These trainings are generally focused at the management and staff of an NGO, to build skills and competency within that organisation. Workshops and trainings are for Atma Partners and other NGOs.

Advocacy

Atma’s advocacy services focus around creating a platform for awareness, resource-sharing and exchange between NGOs.

With an increase in number of Partners, we will be focusing on key updates from a few partnerships in our Report Cards.

Kindly check the attachment for a detailed report on our current partnerships. 

Thanks and regards,

Atma Mumbai

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Organization

Atma

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
http://www.atma.org.in

Project Leader

Kinjal Shah

Mumbai, Maharashtra India

Where is this project located?

Map of Mumbai's education non-profits need expertise