Current status of the project:
Currently Udayan Outreach Programme is providing financial support and counseling to 80 children and 67 families.
Our young achievers
Ravi is a resident of Savitri Nagar, New Delhi. His father passed away after cancer claimed his life. His mother works as a domestic help and fetches for a family of four. In addition to taking care of the family, she also bears the burden of being infected with HIV and is prone to illness. Ravi joined the Outreach Programme when he was studying in IVth standard. He has been consistently fairing well in his academics and has recently passed class Xth exam with 62% marks. He is a confident and an intelligent child who aspires to do well in life.
The support from the Outreach Programme has brought about some relief to his mother who now feels unburdened about her son’s education. She feels that it would have been impossible to send Ravi to school without the support of Udayan Outreach.
Purnima cannot help but beam with joy; she has cleared her Xth exams with 65%. It’s hard to believe that this happy and confident child is the same Purnima who joined our programme four years back. Her mother who works as a domestic help, virtually forced her to dropout from the school due to her inability to look after her three children as a consequence of her husband’s early death. To have two squares a meal a day was their top priority. But through our Outreach Programme, Purnima and her family are not only financially supported but are also dealing with the stigma positively through our workshop and activities which we organize every month.
With the help of the monthly funds, Udayan Outreach provides an opportunity for the affected children to overcome the hindrances caused due to their parents’ illness and lead a normal and healthy life. The children currently enrolled with the program use the monthly amount provided to them to pay for their school fees, after school tuition and a nutritional diet.
During this quarter, the fund was electronically transferred to all the children on a monthly basis.
The first workshop took place on 24.04.2011 at Mahavir Senior Model School and the motto of this workshop was to teach the children the essence of team work. The theme of the workshop was, “Personality Development”, facilitated by Megha Garg. The children were divided according to their age and were assigned tasks like making shirts with logos or a list of cities starting with specific letters, group discussions etc.
This workshop provided the children a chance to face groups which will help them in increasing their confidence level. It also aided them in identifying their weaknesses in communication skills and helped them understand ways of improving the same. The children felt more confident after the workshop and felt encouraged to educate themselves about general issues and facts.
The children were assigned task for next month’s workshop and were asked to make one more shirt, to write name of capitals of the cities which they wrote in class, to read newspaper so that current topics can be given for group discussion in next session.
The parents also took part in a separate session on the same day which was facilitated by Sameer Pathak, Mohd. Faheem Khan and Megha Garg. The session initiated a general discussion to impart information on the government scheme for Jhuggie dwellers to give Pucca houses as about 30% of our group members come under the scheme. On the other end, the discussion was focused on children’s education and the role of parents in guiding their children use the summer vacations in a fruitful way.
Facilitator also guided the parents to identify good tutors, who can help the child to perform better in academics and were told that it is every parent’s duty to meet the tutors on regular intervals to monitor the progress of their child.
The workshop encouraged free sharing and the parents started thinking about following the instructions seriously.
The second workshop took place on 29.5.2011 on the topic, ‘Encourage Children’s Talents & Interests’ at Mahavir Sr. Model School and was facilitated by Sameer Pathak, Megha Garg and Faheem Khan.
The message imparted by the workshop was that every child has some natural talents that are special to them. These are such areas of interest and ability that motivate a child to achieve well in life. Nurturing those talents and interests is important since it might enable many children to have a happy, fulfilling life-long career based on their individual strengths. Hence, supporting children's individuality is important for developing their self esteem and is necessary for all parents to locate and encourage the area or interest where their child’s unique talents lie. The session ended with the parents acknowledging the importance of helping their children pursue their interests and encourage them in their own little ways.
The third workshop took place on 26.06.2011 on the topic, ‘Importance of Academic Performance’ at Mahavir Sr. Model School and was facilitated by Faheem Khan. The aim of the workshop was to talk separately to children and parents and explain them the importance of sound academic performance for a child’s future. This workshop further became an occasion to congratulate and encourage students with good results and make them understand the importance of sound academic progress. While the parents left convinced, the children promised to work hard.
(*Children’s names have been changed on their request to protect privacy rights)
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