“Growth” is the word that best captures Dream A Dream’s journey so far this year. We have now reached out to 4739 young people directly through our life skills programme. Our Dream Team is growing and today we have 70 member staff with sharp design and delivery skills.
With this report I would want to share with you a few highlights so far and the story of Goutham (name changed), from the words of our Life Skills Facilitator, Kishen.
Meet Goutham, who is studying in 4th standard and has been part of our Dream life skills programmes since the start of this year.
The Challenge: When we started sessions, he was very mischievous and would sit in the back bench of the class and disturb his friends. He was never attentive in class and showed the same behaviour in our sessions. He would pretend to be doing the assigned activity during the sessions. One day, I sat with him and spoke with him regarding this issue and asked him to be attentive in the classes and to understand the instructions carefully before he does the activity. During the next session in the Reflection circle I asked Goutham to take initiative and speak about the experience he had in the activity. He said “I don’t know what to speak.“ After the session that day, we both had another chat for 20 minutes and I explained that if he had participated in the activity with interest and dedication he would have been able to speak like the others. Also I explained what life skills are and why they are important just like academics is in our life.
The Change: From that day Goutham has realized and has been showing interest in sessions and also participates very actively. Now, he loves the sessions so much that he asks me to take more than 3 classes in a week. He follows all instructions carefully and asks for clarifications. He also takes initiative to lead the group.
The Dream Power: At Dream A Dream, we take pride in our approach to bring 'care and empathy' into our engagement with young people through Life Skills Facilitators like Kishen. Kishen’s ability to build a personal bond with Goutham and gain his trust; Kishen’s ability to not give up on Goutham and create a safe and supportive learning space for Goutham are hallmarks of Dream A Dream’s unique approach to learning.
Organization and Programme Updates and Highlights:
We look forward for your continued support and an enduring relationship.
As we continue to weave the magic for this year there is excitement all around and the schools are bustling with energy. In this update, we are excited to share with you story of Najma from our Life Skills Programme.
Meet Najma, a 13-year-old, who has been part of our Life skills through Creative Arts Programme since the last year.
The Challenge: Najma was well behaved through the sessions but was afraid of talking in front of other children and would not allow herself to be completely involved in the sessions. One of the methods Lokesh (our facilitator) uses during the sessions to create a space that gives a chance for each young person to become a leader is to call on a different student in each session for that day’s activity. During one such activity called ‘alien conference’ (an activity which is designed to build creativity and communication skills); one person gets to be an “alien” who is invited to a conference and gets to make up their own language to speak and there is a “translator” who translates what the alien is saying to the audience (the rest of the class).
The Change: Najma was the “translator” who had to explain to others what her "alien" partner was saying. Her creativity really came out during this activity and she fabricated an intricate story about aliens which fascinated the other children. She came to the art facilitator at the end of the class to tell him how much she liked the activity. After the alien conference, the artist in her came to the fore as she became more aware of her creativity and speech.
The Dream Power: With her new found strength, Najma started creating new games and activities for her peers to enjoy. One of the new games she made was a hand clapping game which she demonstrated to the entire group. Since she designed these new games, the children listen to her and followed her instructions. She has become a leader in the class and is more comfortable sharing thoughts and ideas with others and the facilitator. She wants to continue Dream A Dream creative arts sessions next year. Says Najma to the facilitator, “When school is boring, I have the Dream A Dream class to look forward to.”
Organization and Programme Updates and Highlights (April 2013 – August 2013):
At Dream Connect center our young person, Zahid (name changed) mentions something interesting in the reflection circle. He said “Before coming to Dream Connect center I used to smoke a lot. My mother used to repeatedly insist that I should quit smoking but I always ignored her. But after participating in the DreamConnect program and having discussions with the group here, I’ve decided to give up smoking. I haven’t even touched a cigarette in over a week now. Thanks to Mahesh (DreamConnect – Facilitator) and my friends for consistently guiding me to change”
We look forward to your continued support and enduring relationship!
As we continue our journey on creating a vibrant, positive, and healthy future for our young people; we are all set and geared up to start our regular sessions in mid-June.
With this update we would want to share with you story of Alisha (name changed), who was part of Dream Life Skills Program,
Meet Alisha, a 15-year-old, who has been part of our Life skills through Sports and now she attends Life skills through Creative Arts Programme. Her father is a plumber and her mother is a home maker. Her two elder brothers Suraj and Adit are doing their studies.
The challenge: Alisha was not at all confident about attending the initial days of the Creative Arts sessions. She used to be very nervous when asked a question, had problems in mingling with other members in the group, and did not want to take initiative in any activity. However, after attending few sessions, with the help of group activities, she started to get involved in the group.
The Change: She now takes care of other children in the class to help them in case of any issues in understanding during sessions.
The Dream Power: Alisha says,“I am confident now. In the yoga class, when my teacher asks me to show the types of Asanas (Yoga postures); I show them without any hesitation. I take initiative in answering the teacher’s questions in my school. I grab opportunities to learn by expressing my view point. I can share my feelings now which helped me to get rid of my selfishness and it also helped me to know who my true friends are. I do not have stage fear now. For example, I did the ‘Master of Ceremony’ in the Children’s day celebration without any hurdle. This is because of the help from Dream A Dream classes. Now I feel I am thinking positively at each step. I want to become a Radio Jockey, my brother is my inspiration to do so. With the help of Dream A Dream, I am much more confident and I can achieve my dream.”
Organization and Programme Updates and Highlights (December 2012 – February 2013):
We are excited to share with you many updates and highlights as we are nearing the close of our programmes for this year. We are all geared up for the Graduation Ceremony on March 3rd, where 252 young adults are graduating from our Life Skills Programmes. Thank you for making all this possible, we would have never made it without your support.
In this update we would want to share with you story of Rani, who is part of our Life Skills Program since last year,
Meet Rani (name changed) from our Life skills through Creative Arts Programme: Story as narrated by our facilitator.
Rani is 14 years old and has been a part of Dream Life Skill programmes since 2 years. Rani was previously very shy in nature, she would avoid making herself heard or seen in a crowd. She would get tensed when she was asked to do something. Almost always, she needed a friend to assist her in completing a task or assignment, and even trying to persuade her to participate was difficult.
Change after being in our Programme:
However, as time passed, with the use of group activities, she became more involved in the Dream A Dream Creative Arts session. She recently put herself into a leadership role in one such activity within the curriculum that was intended to teach ‘responsibility.’ The activity was new and exciting to her which made Rani realize she can make behavioral improvements independently. She is gaining the courage to take on initiatives and become a leader in the group.
Rani says, “I’ve had the opportunity to express my feelings. I realized the importance of 100% participation in any activity. This helped me to speak without fear in front of people.
When the Deloitte company personnel visited our school, they appreciated me for speaking aloud with enthusiasm and boldness. All these compliments gave me courage which enabled me to participate in a school speech competition. I did not get nervous. In previous years’ speech competitions, I used to get so nervous.
Dream a Dream helped me understand how to appreciate other people including friends, family, and teachers. I learned compromising things in life. I am no longer putting other people down.
Thanks to the Dream A Dream team for giving me the opportunity to know about myself and discover my best qualities.”
She says, her family is her inspiration and she aspires to become a district collector.
Organization and Programme Updates and Highlights (December 2012 – February 2013):
"Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Around 4000 young people from Dream A Dream Life Skill Programmes are on their path to strengthen their belief in themselves by realizing their potential and explore various opportunities for their future. Thank you for helping us continue this journey.
Meet Ravi (name changed) from our Life skills through Football Programme: Story as narrated by our facilitator.
Ravi has been in the football programme for the last one year. Initially when we started the programme with the structured sessions, he did not understand what was being taught to him. He never used to mingle with any of the other young people in the sessions; he was also very naughty and often used foul language. I used to try and exclude him for some time during the sessions for bad behaviour and even one of his school teachers came and told me to exclude him from the session. His parents also complained about his behaviour saying that he was being disrespectful, taking money from them without their knowledge and fighting with his brother. He would also lie to them, telling that there was a sports programme and arrived home very late. After we excluded him from a few sessions, he came to classes and pretended to behave.
One day, the young people had a structured session with the topic being ‘Dealing with Parents’. All the young people spoke about their parents and everyone spoke positively about their relationship with their parents, explaining that they loved their parents and their parents in turn also loved them. I then shared my personal story. I used to disobey my parents and as a result, faced a lot of difficulties in my life. This story had a lot of impact on Ravi and he understood the importance of respecting his parents. His behaviour gradually improved both in the sessions and at home.
Sharing personal stories and building a personal connection with young people with authenticity helps build trust in them.
Organization and Programme Updates (September - November 2012):
Your support has repeatedly played a key role in continuing our programmes with young people from vulnerable backgrounds realize their potential to take over life’s challenges with confidence.
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