The New Year at Dream A Dream started in April and in June as the school year began, 3000 children in the age group of 6-15 enrolled into our Life Skills Programs for the year. This was the most number of children we have enrolled in our programs in one quarter.
Over 97 batches are run across 16 locations in Bangalore, India, 1-2 times a week,engaging 25-30 children per batch in core Life Skills programs. This has largely being possible due to the commitments and support from donors like YOU, who have helped us build this organization – one child at a time.
A child like Vishnu.
From unlocking the computer room at 3 PM to packing up the laptops and locking it up, Vishnu would do everything. One look at him and you’ll realize that he is pretty much the star of the school, a kind of icon that his classmates look up to. Vishnu recently completed 2 years at the Dream Life Skills program teaching computers and as he graduated from this 10th grade, his confidence was clearly visible.
Coming from a free school run by a partner charity because his parents could not afford to send him to school, Vishnu has been a story of determination and transformation.
Vishnu can be characterized by his ability to take initiative and volunteer for tasks in the sessions and at the same time committed to complete all his session plans as part of his learning. Along with completing the given activity on time, he would assist in buying snacks and packing up after the session. Being one of few who have the privilege of owning a computer, Vishnu puts it to good use. Not only does he learn and practice at home but also ensures that his peers are doing well.
Vishnu wears a naughty grin on his face, perpetually and at the same time is one of the most brilliant students in his class.
The Dream LearnIT program helped not only hone his computer skills but also helped him inculcate in himself some life skills which he began exhibiting in his behavior.
Looking ahead, one cannot deny that Vishnu’s future is bright.
We at Dream A Dream feel tremendously proud of Vishnu’s achievements and are happy that we are able to provide these experiences to over 3000 children a year now.
Some of the key highlights of the last 6 months have been:
We look forward to this year with excitement and hope. Everyday brings a smile on our face when we see a child taking on challenges in their life with determination and commitment. You are an integral part of this journey and YOUR support makes all the difference.
We have just launched a campaign to enroll 200 donors in our monthly giving program. You can sign-up to be a monthly giver at GlobalGiving and ensure that every child at Dream A Dream is able to graduate successfully from our Life Skills program just as Vishnu did.
Thank you. Do visit our website for continued updates at www.dreamadream.org
Greetings from Dream A Dream!
Someone rightly said, "Every child can be reached; you just have to stretch far enough." ~ Copyright © 2006 Robyn Sorrell. At Dream A Dream, it is a consistent endeavour to reach out to many more like you to support our effort to reach out to every child we can.
Thank you very much for coming forward to support Dream A Dream with your generous contributions.
The funds contributed by you will help Dream A Dream continue to strengthen and deepen its work with its 3000 children. Here is a few examples of how;
Faheem is 17-years old and after being part of the Life Skills Programs at Dream A Dream, he started volunteering in our computer education program to support other children like him. “I am putting my free time to use. Since I attend evening college, I have a lot of time during the day. My experience with Dream A Dream was extremely good. I learned a huge amount in such a small amount of time. It's amazing working with children.”
Here is another story from one of our facilitators as they heard it from Saraswathi, a young adult at Dream A Dream.
Saraswathi is 15 years old and lives with her father, mother and sisters. When she was in her high school she got associated with Dream A Dream and participated in their various Life Skills Development programs. The participation gave her courage and self-confidence. This inspired her to study well and complete her 10th standard. It made her sad that she would not be able to keep in touch with Dream A Dream (since she was leaving the school). But then she got to know of a new opportunity – Life Skills for Career Development at the DreamConnect Center run by Dream A Dream. They were offering Spoken English Classes over the summer vacation.
Sarawathi was delighted and joined the program. Meanwhile, her 10th grade board exams results were announced and she passed in flying colours. However, she was anxious because she was unable to choose a particular stream of college education (Arts/Commerce/Science). DreamConnect introduced her to a Career Counselor and through an assessment she confidently chose to pursue a degree in Commerce.
Since then, she has been a regular at the DreamConnect center. Saraswathi expresses her gratitude and hopes that more youth will benefit in future.
In the year 2011-12, Dream A Dream has impacted the lives of 3000 children and young adults like Faheem and Saraswathi with your belief and faith in us.
Do check out our latest updated and sign up for our monthly newsletter at www.dreamadream.org. We would also love to hear from you about how else you can support us and how we can build this community of supporters.
Thank you and look forward to hearing from you,
Co-founder & Executive Director
Dream A Dream
Dream A Dream is a professional NGO focused on empowering children from vulnerable backgrounds by developing life skills and at the same time creating a sensitive community through active volunteering. We offer high quality, high-impact after-school life skills learning programs to over 3000 children every year using mediums such as sports, outdoor adventure, creative arts, computer education, mentoring and Life Skills for career development.
The children largely come from vulnerable backgrounds such as orphans, abandoned or runaway children and many of them from Bangalore’s urban slum communities. While their basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and education are taken care of, Dream A Dream provides them the critical opportunities to develop skills such as creative thinking, decision making, team skills, communication and inter-personal skills amongst others that are so crucial to help them breakout of the cycle of poverty.
You will be delighted to know that Dream A Dream was recently announced as the Winner of the “Outstanding Annual Report of the Year Award”. The CEO of CSO Partners stated, “We congratulate you for upholding high standards of transparency and disclosure in this most important credibility building tool.”
Dream A Dream has been a Regional Finalist at the India NGO Awards in 2007 & 2009; Runner-up at the Outstanding Annual Report Awards in 2008 & 2009 and a Runner-up at the Global Award for Most Innovative Development Project 2010.
Pallavi is a 15-year old, studying in the 10th Grade at a Charity-Run Free school for children from very poor family background. Two years back, she enrolled into Dream A Dream’s various Life Skills Development Programs.
Today, Pallavi is a confident spokeswoman for the girls in her batch. She leads group activities boldly and with spunk. Pallavi recently successfully completed two years in the Dream LearnIT program (A Life Skills through Computer Education program) and graduated with the rest of her class.
In the beginning, she was an introvert and bashful. In the two years that she has been engaged with Dream A Dream, her life seems to have taken a 360 degree turn. Coupled with the LearnIT program was the influence of her sister, Sunita, a student of the LearnIT program and a year older to Pallavi. Slowly but steadily Pallavi left her inhibitions behind to evolve into a poised young lady approaching problems head-on. While in the beginning, she directed her doubts to her friends, she started clearing her confusion with the volunteers and facilitators towards the end of the program. The exposure and Life Skills that come along with the LearnIT program have helped Pallavi immensely. The change is there for everyone to see. Pallavi is just one child from the 2500 we have reached out to this year.
We are happy to bring you the report for the last quarter of the year 2010-2011[Jan-Mar]. This year we have touched the Lives of 2500 children from across our 11 Partner charities. The Dream Life Skills Programs are specially designed to develop critical life skills that are required in children to help them become positive and contributing members of the society. Key Life skills focused on are Interpersonal communication, ability to take initiative, ability to manage conflicts, ability to overcome challenges and solve problems and the ability to understand and follow instructions. The Life Skills programs using mediums such as sports, creative arts, computer education, mentoring, outdoor adventure provide an opportunity to children to step outside their boundaries and push their comfort zones. Activities are designed to bring about a sense of belonging, a sense of making significant contribution and a sense of achievement. We bring to you the impact and culminating events of each of our Core programs below.
1] Dream Creative Arts.
(Children aged 8-14 years receive 8 hours of intervention per month for the entire academic year from facilitators trained in life skills approach to facilitating]
1007 Children participated in our Creative arts Program over the entire year. Dream A Dream Holds annual exhibitions in each of the centers exhibiting the beautiful work of the participating children. This year each and every exhibition has brought out some amazing talent, like Pot painting, clay modeling, and painting on various other materials. Artwork using many kinds of materials These were splashed the walls of the exhibition with color as much as they also colored the dreams of these children.
2] Dream Football
(Children aged 8-14 years receive 8 hours of intervention per month for the entire academic year from coaches trained in life skills approach to facilitating]
1320 Children have been trained in Football this year through .Our Football teams have done us proud in 2 annual events .Dream footballteam participated in the HOMELESS WORLD CUP held in Nagpur in February this year and has been awarded the Fair Play Award. 3 of the team were further selected for round 3. If selected for the national team they will go on to play the International matches in Paris.
INSIDE FOOTBALL is an Annual event for all the teams from the centers. One beautiful Saturday,14 energetic matches and 2 teams emerged Winners. The winners were awarded certificates of achievement.
3] Dream Connect
(Older children aged 14-18 years receive 16 sessions from volunteer facilitators having knowledge of computer applications and internet and trained in the life skills approach)
Bits and Bytes is the annual IT event for each center to display IT skills they have learnt through the year. Every center put up beautiful presentations and did us proud in front of their teachers and parents.431 Children have taken part in the Learn IT program.
Dream Mentoring is in progress. 25 Mentors are being matched to young adults from the Dream centers .These mentors will remain with the children for 12 sessions over a period of 4-6 months, helping them through turbulent times by just being there for them.
4] Fun days and Adventure Camps.
(Children aged 8-14 years receive outdoor camping opportunity for 2-4 days under the guidance of trained adventure specialist and volunteers)
Adventure camp closed on a high note. Reaching 881 children through 25 camps .These camps are instrumental in honing skills of adjustment, courage, sharing, caring and sense of achievement and of belonging to a group. All of which are important life skills for the school children.
1083 Children participated in 24 Fun-days. These are day outings for the children to the Museums / parks/ gardens and places of historical importance in the city.
We would like to thank the dedicated team of volunteers [We had 645 active volunteers] for engaging with us in such a positive and contributing way and contributing nearly 13000 hours. And we would like to thank all of you whose contributions have been used in the meaningful programs bringing joy and the possibility of the choice of a better tomorrow to all our children.
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Season's Greetings from Dream A Dream!
This brings you the report card for Dream Football Program for first half of current academic year; June - November 2010. Overall it has been a great success! This academic year, the program has close to 1000 students from 7 schools across Bangalore already enrolled. The target is to close the year in March reaching out to 1500 children. Students are doing well in schools and on the football field. The highlight of this year has been the participation of 2 teams from Dream Football Program in the Under 14 Mahindra Football Tournament. The participation holds great significance for our children because they got an opportunity to play with some the top football teams in the city; mostly from the city's elite schools. It also provided a platform for selection into Karnataka State team. Dream Team goal keeper, Hemanth Kumar from Balamandira (home for street boys in Bangalore) has been selected for the Under 14 Football training camp and may get a chance to play for 'Under 14 Karnataka' team.
We would also like to introduce to you 2 of our star graduates from Dream Sports Program - Revanna and Manjunath. They truly represents the ‘dream’ we have for each child in Dream Program - to develop the ability to make healthy and productive life choices.
Both Revanna and Manjunath are 19 years old. Studying in college and working as Sports Coordinators cum coaches in Dream Football Program. They have a great desire to share the learnings they had from Dream Program with children from similar vulnerable backgrounds as they come from. This desire of beneficiaries to give back to the program indicates their belief in the programs and its benefits and we at Dream A Dream consider this as our best evidence of impact the program is making to date.
Revanna is currently pursuing his graduation and also working as Sports Coordinator and coach in the Dream Sports Program; achieved through hard work and a will to succeed against all odds. Being born poor and orphaned at a tender age of 9, he was picked up from Bangalore railway station and spent his formative adolescent years in a home for street children where he was introduced to Dream A Dream. According to Ravenna " I want to say 'thank you' to Dream A Dream for making a BIG difference in my life. I did not think I would one day be studying for my graduation (BA degree), able to make a living for myself and pursue my interest in sports like running marathons and playing football". Revanna's success is an inspiration to other children at Dream A Dream. He is constantly looking for ways to inspire children through his coaching; pushing them to work hard and overcome the challenges faced due to their difficult backgrounds.
Manjunath recently got an opportunity through Dream A Dream to participate in the Adidas Exchange Program. According to Manju, “It's one of the memorable moment for me and I feel lucky I had an opportunity to be part of Youth Leadership workshop. Since I see myself as a youth leader it was really fortunate for me to be part of these discussions. First few days I was little nervous to speak but when youth leaders from other organizations shared their journey, it helped me speak, ask questions and share. It was really a wonderful opportunity for me to understand more about youth leadership. We discussed on the topics such as how could we recognize youth leaders, what we could do for developing the leadership skills, qualities of a youth leader and the emergence of the youth leader. At a personal level also it was great for me as I got my first chance to travel in a flight! It was a really exciting experience and my dream come true”.
Thank you for choosing to make a difference to the lives of our children. Your support is truly appreciated. We hope you are satisfied with our updates. We look forward to building a long lasting relationship with you.
Thank you once again for believing and engaging in our work.
We thank you for choosing to make a difference to the lives of our children. We are grateful for your support and want to share how your donation is been put to work!
We have been successful in scaling our Dream Football Program. The current strength of the program is 760 children, an increase from 516 from March 2010. We plan to scale the program to 1500 children by March 2011.
Children graduating from Dream Football Program, now youngsters, have started managing the programs in their centers. 19-yr old Revanna takes the initiative to show children inspiring sports-related movies and seeks ideas to motivate kids to play well and play as a team. 21-yr old Manjunath coaches boys from the shelter home where he grew up.
A recent validation of the quality, impact and potential of the Dream Football Program was the global membership to streetfootballworld (www.streetfootballworld.org) network. According to SFW, “We are convinced that Dream A Dream’s valuable work in the field of Development through Football, your networking commitment, and strong community support will enable Dream A Dream to make a tangible contribution to the network and its mission: to develop a centre of competence that interconnects and strengthens long-term football based social / development initiatives that transform the lives of disadvantaged individuals from around the world, increasing their opportunities and consolidating an environment of social change on a global scale.”
Thank you once again for believing and engaging in our work.
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