At first, our heartfelt thanks to all of you for your continued support towards SUKRUPA's cause.
SUKRUPA Education Centre is in the middle of it's acaddemic year 2014-15. It has been a wonderful year so far, with children amidst there classroom learnings have been able to utilise the platform that SUKRUPA has created for them. The highlight being, the Independence Day celebraton at SUKRUPA. The children enacted the ten most important milestones towards India's independence through a series of tableau. Also, the children from high school participated in sporting event called 'Get Fit for kids' - a fun day for them outside their school premise.
This year, so far has been a very fruitful year as we have been having international volunteers throughout. A great window to cross-cultural learning for our children.
Story of Keerthana
Keerthana, a student of Grade IV has been with SUKRUPA since Nursery. The bright eyed curiosity of the child coupled with her ambition is exemplary. When asked about her favourite subjects, her enthusiasm is infectious. “I love English, Hindi, Maths, EVS but I like English the most”, she says brightly. Naturally, her favourite teacher is Leela Ma’am, her English teacher. “She is very kind and teaches us many things. She is like a friend to us and I love her classes.”
Her father Murthy works in a garment store and her mother Krishna Veni is a domestic worker. Keerthana spends her time after school completing her homework and studying with the help of her older brother who is also a student of SUKRUPA and currently in Grade IX. The soft spoken child adds that she aspires to become a doctor. Her good grades reflect her dedication and efforts. She is also popular and has a large circle of close friends. We hope that Keerthana continues to work hard and reaches great heights someday.
Greetings from SUKRUPA!
Hope you enjoy this edition of the quarterly report. It's packed with activities right from Summer Camp to starting of the new academic year 2014-15
This time, we thought of bringing a small change in our Summer Camp compared to the previous years. The kids that we work with are very talented. However, working solely with them doesn't suffice our goal knowing well that, they come from difficult backgrounds. As such, a small module on life skills were taken each day during the camp, to brace them for a life ahead, which will help to induce the much needed determinants of coping with hurdles in the course of reaching their goals. It is a continuous initiative that we thrive to follow.....
"One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world."-Malala
Every child deserves the right to education...and school supplies.
On June 22nd, we commemorated the new academic year by presenting all the students with books and bags. The ecstatic expressions writ large on the students’ faces as they received their supplies warmed our hearts.
Profiles of Sharath & Komathi
Witten by Rajkumar (Ex-student of SUKRUPA, currently in 12th standard studying in St. Joseph's Pre-University College)
Sharath a student of SUKRUPA is a studious boy studying in 10th Std. He has been with SUKRUPA for the past five years. It has been a long journey for him to be where he actually is now. He was a boy who used work in the fields in his village. He always had the desire of going to school but he thought he would never get that opportunity. SUKRUPA gave him a wonderful life ahead. One day, when he came to SUKRUPA to drop his sister, there was a urge within him to attend school too. He was so excited with the idea that he told his mother he wanted to go to school. Sharath was about 12 years when he came to SUKRUPA. He did not have any basic education till then. Sharath started off as a helper at SUKRUPA. After a few months he was put into nursery. He started learning the alphabets, numbers, and phonics and was able to communicate well in English. He was a very studious boy and and worked really hard. The next year he was put in 1st grade. This way gradually he went to 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th and now this year he is successfully studying in 10th Std. SUKRUPA has been his journey’s success. He is a very disciplined and a hardworking boy. He enjoys spending time with his friends at school. His willingness and hardwork has brought him a bright future ahead of him. Sharath says that “I want to become a successful business man and help many more children who are in need of education like me “
Komathi is a conscientious student from Grade 8. Her strengths include her positive attitude and her diligence. In addition to treating teachers and peers with respect, she strives to achieve high marks in all her subjects, especially in English and Science, her favourites. She aspires to become a Computer Engineer one day. "I want to be successful and help my parents", added the soft spoken child. When asked how she spends her free time, pat came the reply “I love spending time with my family." On Sundays she visits her grandparents who live in a village close by. Her father is a driver and her mother a homemaker. She has three siblings, all of whom are students at SUKRUPA as well.
Greetings from SUKRUPA.
Here we are with another round of updates from our Project!!!! These few months have been packed with many activities as the school year 2013-14 has come to an end. Before, the children started preparing for their final term exam, they had their Annual Sport's meet, that started with a well-synchronized march-past by all the four houses : yellow, green, blue & red. It was indeed a fun day for everyone.....
Soon after their exam, it was time for SUMMER CAMP!! This year, we planned something different for our high school children. Since, they come from poor scio-economic background it is important that they are trained in their life skills which will help them to face life ahead with ease. Though, fun-filled activities were very much part of the camp, they also had sessions on life skills for a week. These sessions were taught adopting an interactive method in which many videos were played and discussions were generated among the children.
Meanwhile, the results of the final term exams has also been declared. We are very happy that almost everyone have done well in their exam. Thanks to our teachers for taking extra bit of initiative to groom these bright children.
Sharing the profile of Prathyusha ..............
Prathyusha is one of the bright students in SUKRUPA. She has recently been promoted to 9th Standard; all these years she has always scored 1st rank in the class. Prathyusha lost her father at an early age. Her mother who was a housewife then, was devastated. With her 3 children, she didn’t know how to move forward. At that time SUKRUPA intervened and took matters in their hand. Prathyusha’s mother was provided with teacher’s training and was employed as a teacher here at SUKRUPA Education Centre. Now, she is a breadwinner of the family and very encouraging to see that her three children including Prathyusha is doing very well in school. A multi-faceted girl that she is, Prathyusha wants to be a Computer Engineer. Her love for reading is reflected from the books that she issues from the school library. She says “I love reading, recently I finished Arabian Nights. I also make sure that my younger sister and brother develops reading habit and so, I get books for them too”. When asked about whether she helps her siblings with their studies, she promptly states “They are good in studies, I don’t need to help them every day. Whenever they have any problem with any subjects, I am there to help them” Prathyusha is part of the ‘Little Angel Choir Group” too. She is trained by Bangalore School of Music along-with the other choir members.Like Prathyusha, we have many girls studying in SUKRUPA who have talents & skills; they just need our support to dream, become independent & to earn their own identity!!!
As we share our updates with you all, our heartfelt thanks for your continued support to our children. Hope we can keep our association for a long time and reach more number of children who needs our service.
Up until then I had never gone out of my way to raise funds, used up all my savings as I was busy setting up the programs. Was not a easy journey, however I am glad that I have overcome some major challenges, health is slowly back on track and we are moving towards sustainability at SUKRUPA. Thanks to all our friends, supporters, partners and volunteers who believed in us and stood by us all these years. First thing I did was to set up a team, system and process that would support the smooth functioning of all the programs. Last year we brought in a motivated and committed teachers team to bring stability in education, creativity & values, which was crucial for our core program. With these major inclusions, and lot of hand holding last two years now I am able to spend some time on strategizing the growth plan for SUKRUPA, for next three to five years. Hope I can do this with all your support!!!!!!!
Krupalatha Martin Dass
Founder | Executive Director
Most of the Indians are familiar with the Sanskrit Shloka
Na chorharyam, Na cha raj haryam Na bhratubhajyam Na cha bharkari Vyayekrutevardhartevnityaam Vidyadhanamsarvadhanepradhanam No one can steal it, not authority can snatch, Not divided in brothers, not heavy to carry, As you consume or spend, it increases; as you share, it expands, Education (Vidhya) is the best wealth among all the wealth anyone can have.
However reality is bleak, Education as an asset is seldom a privilege that many girls in our country receive. They are confined to hosehold chores and are married off early. Recently watching a video of Malala, I was reminded of my childhood where my parents priority was education, not just for me, my brother and sister also for the entire community that we lived in the industrial neighborhood in Bangalore, Their minimal qualification did not stop them fromchanging hundreds of lives who now lead a dignified life because of Education, whose life otherwisewould have been uncertain.Growing up in such an environment helped me to understand the ‘importance of education’ Andthe reason behind establishing SUKRUPA – to nurture and cater to underprivileged children.
As we all know empowering a woman is empowering a family, it starts with providing strong education to the girl child!!! for their secured life and for their individual identity. Education is the only solution!!!.
As Malala Says “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world”.To become a change agentSponsor a Girl Child at SUKRUPA Today. There are 185 Girl Children waiting for your sponsorship each one them with the possibility of becoming global citizens with quality education.
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