Prajwal’s mental age is between 3-6. Prajwal has weak legs and cannot stand or walk for prolonged periods of time, but this has never stopped him from trying. The Government Home for the Mentally Challenged Boys has a strict routine. Through the week they have physiotherapists working with them and on Sundays, the volunteers visit them. Their Sunday routine consists of an hour of curriculum, a 20 minutes dance session and finally snack time. During classes, Prajwal prefers to take a back seat until its time to dance. He is ecstatic and gives you his hands in order to be ferried out to the corridor where the other boys are dancing. Since Prajwal’s legs are quite weak he cannot stand for a very long time so he prefers to sit and listen to the music and shake his hands, if he’s feeling extra bubbly, he usually gives you his palms and expects you to dance with him while he sits and shakes in excitement. One of our most dedicated volunteers who spends time with Prajwal every Sunday was excited to share her experience, “Prajwal has the most contagious laugh you’ll ever hear, I believe it’s the one time he is truly happy. I can confidently say that I’m at my happiest when I’m learning from the boys because we, as volunteers, can only give them so much but they in turn teach us humility and help us serve humanity.”
As we inch closer to the end of the academic year, U&I is extremely proud of our 350 dedicated volunteers and the work that they have been able to accomplish. We realize that we have been able to create niches of change because of our volunteers, our children and people like you. With about eight weeks of academics ahead of us, we are looking forward to a strong finish. Your belief in the children and your constant support will allow these children to successfully finish another academic year.
Thank you again for everything that you have done for U&I. We appreciate it and will keep you posted about the children's progress.
Dear Friend and Partners of U&I
We've had a great start to a new academic year and are thrilled to share this journey with you! This year, we have partnered with 4 more organisations, set up new Learning Centres in their facilities and have also increased the teaching courses in Learning Centres of already existing partners. As of today the U&I Teach Programme has 25 classes a week, offering English and Tuition lessons in 11 Learning Centres set up in partnership with 8 organisations here in Bangalore.
A highly valued partner in the U&I Teach programme this year is the Flippen Group. Established in 1991, the Flippen Group is the largest educator training organisation in North America today and has been working in countries across the globe, changing the learning environments in schools and learning institutions. We have been immensely blessed to have trainers from the Flippen Group work with us to customise classroom management tools to fit the needs of our Learning Centres. They also conducted a 2-day training session for all the volunteer leaders and staff and we have since then implemented these tools in all our Learning Centres.
We are really looking forward to seeing how this year progresses and the positive impact its going to have on these wonderful children. All this is made possible by your continued support and encouragement. Thank you once again for believing in what we do here at U&I and for partnering with us to BE THE CHANGE within our communities in need.
Hello friends and partners of U&I!
We've had a great academic year 2013-14 and are gearing up to start a new year of learning, buliding relationships and impacting lives.
We participated in the World 10K Run here in Bangalore on the 18th of May to raise funds for two of our programmes - U&I Teach and U&I Care. It was a hectic couple of months as the team worked hard to rally support and funds for our work this year. Run Day, May 18th was an exciting and fulfilling culmination of our efforts for this fundraiser and we had nearly 500 people run for this cause! It was a hot but fun day and the U&I bunch was by far the noisiest and most entertaining group that day. We want to thank LG and its team of 315 runners who supported us and ran for our cause this year.
This year we also had champions of U&I's cause run for us in Sydney, Australia!
Raj Mudaliar, this is a huge huge shout-out to you for the phenomenal support that you have raised for us in Australia through your friends and family! We are so blessed to have you champion our cause!
Through the attached pictures I hope you get a glimpse of the incredible support and superb fun that the World 10K Run has meant for us. Thank you so much for joining hands with us and maybe next year you could run with us; in Bangalore or in whichever part of the world you call home! =)
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Warm regards and a big thank you from Team U&I!!
Its very exciting to bring you news about the work happening in the U&I Teach program over the past few months. We have had a very fulfilling teaching season in all our Learning Centres and are looking to end this academic year with many success stories of well-deserved rewards for our students and their teachers (our volunteers).
Our volunteers are the grass-root champions of our work and I know you will love hearing from them directly. Nandita has volunteered with U&I for the past year at the Muslim Orphanage, one of our Learning Centres. It is her proactive enthusiasm, creativity and love for the children she teaches that shows brilliantly as she now leads a team of volunteers teaching English. Here is her story:
Testimonial by Nandita
My name is Nandita and my approach to life has changed immensely since I started working with U&I during Summer Camps 2013. I volunteer as a Class Head at the English Learning Centre:Muslim Orphanage. Let me start by saying that Muslim Orphanage is unlike any Learning Centre you’ll ever go to. No matter how much preparation or planning is done, every weekend is a bit of an improv session - there will always be kids to chase, new rhymes to sing, etc. Having said that, this Learning Centre has been an absolute joy to work at. Its true that it gets overwhelming and exhausting at times, especially around 4:15 on a lazy Sunday afternoon where the kids who aren’t falling asleep are throwing hula hoops from the 3rd floor. But when I look back, there are so many things I take back from having volunteered here. I remember this one class with 9th and 10th grade girls; they were having a story-building competition where they were divided into groups and given 5 different words that they were to use through the course of their story. It was great to see the normally shy and quiet girls open up and speak about their dreams for their lives. But there was this one girl, who kept chiding her friend for revealing her dreams and cynically remarked that these things were too far-fetched to ever come true. In my conversation with her, I asked her if it would be so bad if she dreamt anyway and as the others came up and presented their stories, she wrote one for herself and gave it to me later. Her note said that maybe being a princess is too far-fetched but being a doctor or a teacher isn’t and that is what she wanted to become and that she had been inspired by us, her teachers. I realized afresh the value of what we were doing among these children and it has strengthened my resolve to continue. If going there every weekend helps even one girl or boy then I know I have made a change. I truly look forward to every weekend I spend with these girls and will always strive to make a difference because I too, like the author of this quote would say that “I have the gift of faith and foolishness to believe that I can change the world”.
We thank you for believing in these children like we do and we really appreciate all you do to partner with us in our work here at U&I. Attached is a report about the progress at each of the Learning Centres that you support through your generosity. I would love to have you write to me with your thoughts, feedback and insight that would help us serve our communities better. Do write in at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again, THANK YOU from everyone in Team U&I!!
The U&I Teach Program has had a very sucessful first quarter, with our centers completing the scheduled lesson plans and our teachers building a great relationship with the students. Over the past few months we have taught 650 women and children through 500 volunteers who have given upwards of 10000 hours in volunteering.
This report describes what we have been doing in each of our Learning Centres in the 4 months (July to Oct) and below is one of the many stories of success in the lives of the ones we reach.
Kanchana has lived most of her life seeing extreme poverty around her, everyday. Her parents beg on the streets of Bangalore and her drunken father squanders away their 'earnings'. With the little money that she manages to save, Kanchana's mother tries to buy things for her and her little siblings. Having never seen any other form of earning, Kanchana believed that begging is normal and her way of life. With this worldview came arrogance, fierce independence, disrespectful behaviour and a low self-esteem.
Kanchana was brought into Chaitanya to help rehabilitate her, give her a home and schooling and a chance at a better life. She proved to be a very bright and intelligent student but was very averse to positive affirmation as she did not believe that it was true. She disliked the other children and would disrupt class everyday. Throwing tantrums and crying continuously until she was left alone, Kanchana would then study by herself and did not like being instructed.
A big THANK YOU for partnering with us, our work is made possible through your generous and continuing support.
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