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.
Anushree, studies in Class IV at SUKRUPA, and her brother Vikas studies in Class II. Their mother, a woman merely in her mid-twenties, is already widowed, without education or means to an income, and two young children, 6 and 9 years, to take care of. Anushree's mother now works as a domestic helper to support herself and her two children. Anushree is an extremely bright student. Her hardwork and sincerity not only makes her a student at the top of her class, but also makes her shine in her extra-curricular activities. Anushree has already cleared the first level of her French exam and is now taking an advanced French lesson at SUKRUPA. It is extremely important that Anushree finds a sponsor to be able to continue her education at SUKRUPA.
Dilip is a student of class V. He is 10 years old. He lives with his grandmother in the slums of Bhuvaneshwari, R.T. Nagar, since both his parents tragically passed away. His grandmother works as a domestic help to support Dilip, his brother and himself. With her less than a $1 a day income, she would never have been afford to educate Dilip and his brother. But thanks to SUKRUPA, Dilip and his brother are getting an excellent English medium education, meals, and health care. Dilip likes playing cricket and also likes dancing. Dilip likes Mathematics and Kannada and wants to become an Actor. He has been part of SUKRUPA for past 8 years.Above you can see Dilip during one of SUKRUPA's sapling plantation drives.
Karun Kumar 13 years old Karun Kumar has passion for books. A diligent student that he is, Kumar loves to read books on Indian history. He is also a regular visitor to the RT Nagar public library where he would spend time reading books on various topics. Student of 7th standard, his math teacher says that Kumar has the urge to learn and is one among the studious students of his class. Born to parents who works in garment factory, there was a time when it was difficult to continue his education since the school fees were high. At the time,an acquaintance of his father introduced them to SUKRUPA and Karun Kumar was enrolled to the 4th standard here. He reflects on his progress and says, " the time when I first came to SUKRUPA, I barely could speak in English but today, I am very comfortable with the language and also get proper guidance from teachers and mentors for any difficulties that I face in studies"
Activities at SUKRUPA
SUKRUPA's Young Movie Makers Students from Class VII to X have been part of Adobe's Youth Voices program, through America India Foundation, for the past two months. As part of this program, the students learnt the entire process of making films, from the concept, to making a story board, shooting, editing, and even creating animation. After this intense learning experience, our students are making a series of five films about issues relevant to their lives. These movies will lend voices to problems that they face in their everyday lives and the solution they have conceived for these problems. The movies will soon be ready and uploaded on our YouTube channel. So watch this space!
The children of SUKRUPA celebrated Christmas to their hearts' content....
The hours of preparation by the children was reflected on the day when all of them gave their best performance as part of their Christmas celebration programme. The little wonders from the pre-primary danced on 'snow is falling' and 'jingle bells' and the high school children danced to Micheal Jackson's song 'Beat it' amongst many more programmes that added to the fun-filled day!
With abundance of joy, the children at SUKRUPA celebrated Makara Sankranti. The Spring Festival where the farmers worship Sun God for their harvest.
Little ones from pre-primary to high school teens everyone dressed in their best of festival outfits that spun the Sankranti celebration even more. The celebration continued with cultural programme and traditional rice preparations of sweet pongal and spicy pongal, sweet potatoes, ground nuts and sugarcane.
Children at National Public School
It was an amazing day for some of SUKRUPA children to visit National Public School Indiranagar. The first expression of our children was WOW such a huge play ground! Little Anna, Gowtham, Sudershan, Prathyusha, Harshitha and Raj Kumar, spoke on various topics such as education, learning, environment, keeping Bangalore clean. ‘Little Angel’s Choir Group’ of SUKRUPA who are learning music at SUKRUPA and Bangalore School of Music gave an excellent performance with Rajkumar on the guitar and keyboard. Ms.Krupalatha Martin Dass the Founder | Executive Director shared her childhood how her parents instilled the value of giving and sharing at a very young age that helped her to set up SUKRUPA along with her mother Suguna. It was a day to remember for the children of SUKRUPA as the Headmistress of NPS made their day by asking all the kids to give a standing ovation. SUKRUPA Thanks NPS Indiranagar for the generous donation and inviting the kids to their premises. To watch one of their performance in NPS, please visit the link below: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151252656522343&l=3390301144325467202
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