United Way of Bengaluru

United Way Bengaluru is part of United Way Worldwide networks that are present in 41 countries and territories. We are a volunteer led, non-profit organization that seeks to tackle the grass root key issues such as education, health, livelihood and environment. Vision To be a leader in intelligent and accountable philanthropy, and to make an impact in our community. Mission Helping build community capacity for a better quality of life in our geography, through voluntary giving and action
Jan 17, 2017

Kaverinagar Anganwadi Gets A Fresh Look

Before Painting
Before Painting

Case story notifying impact:

Ever since the Kaverinagar Anganawadi centre in Bengaluru, India was inaugurated 10 years ago, it hasn’t received a new coat of paint. Under the Born Learning Campaign and with the support of donors and Global Giving, the walls were repainted and murals with educative themes were painted. Minor repair work on windows and the main door were also completed.

Laila, the teacher at the anganwadi was extremely happy with the new look and ambience, “I am extremely happy with the new look of the anganwadi. The children are happy too and look forward to coming to the Anganwadi now.  The community members and mothers too have expressed their appreciation. We wish to thank United Way Bengaluru for their generosity”.

United Way Bengaluru with the generous support from our all donors and Global Giving undertook painting activity at a Born Learning Center at Kaverinagar in Bengaluru, India between from October to December 2016 benefitting a total of 261 beneficiaries out of which 134 are girls and 127 are boys.

Objectives of Born Learning Campaign:

Enhance early learning abilities, including fine and gross motor skills, among children.

Engage mothers to spread awareness on health and hygiene among children

To provide conducive environment for the children for early learning

 Highlights:

One anganwadi center was cleaned and given a fresh coat of paint

Beautiful murals were painted in the inners and outer walls of anganwadi centers

Mothers’ committee began to gain momentum in the recently added new anganwadi centers

 Action Plan for next Quarter: 

 Community Participation

Supply of Early learning play material

Greening of Anganawadi

Health camp

Basic refurbishment

Putting up of informative Signage boards.

 Challenges: 

High cost of procuring early learning materials

High cost of providing nutritious meals to children on a sustainable basis

Need more funds to hire more resource people

We thank our donors and Global Giving for their generous support to the Born Learning Campaign. United Way Bengaluru is focused to develop and upgrade all the 42 centers to bring it at par with mainstream educational centers in terms of facilities and amenities. We also aim to provide a holistic development of the all the children and ensure that they are school ready when they step into the first grade. We request you to kindly continue your support and disburse additional funds to accomplish all the above mentioned tasks and much more.

 

Thanking you,

 

UNITED WAY BENGALURU

 

 

 

After Painting
After Painting
Children served nutritious food under BLC
Children served nutritious food under BLC
Mother feeding children
Mother feeding children
Dec 13, 2016

Festival of lights celebrated at three lakes

Inner periphery of lakes decked with earthen lamps
Inner periphery of lakes decked with earthen lamps

Dr Yellappa Reddy, a noted environmentalist and chief guest at the week- long Kere Deepotsava celebrations stressed on the importance of celebrating festivals in an eco-friendly manner. He said, “Accordingly to Ayurveda, the traditional natural blend of oil when burned is proven to destroy bacteria and virus which thrive during transitional season from monsoon to winter and the smoke emitted also purifies the surrounding air”.

The “Wake the Lake” campaign initiated by United Way Bengaluru strives to restore, rejuvenate and revive dying lakes in and around Bengaluru. Lakes are the integral part of the city’s landscape and backbone for the city’s water needs but now lie in pathetic conditions. This campaign aims to give these lakes a new lease of life thus ensuring that they become flourishing water bodies, pristine in condition and rich in bio-diversity.

Kere Deepotsava (roughly translated as Festival of Light at the Lake) celebrated at three city lakes

Under the ‘Wake the Lake Campaign’ community engagement during the lake rejuvenation process is extremely crucial for its success. United Way Bengaluru conducts a series of event which help to bring the community together and enable them to take ownership of the lake development. One such event was the celebration of the ancient festival of lights called Deepavali which was celebrated in an eco-friendly way.

Nearly 1000 people in total participated in the eco-friendly celebrations of Kere Deepotsava at three lakes, which are Kaudenahalli Lake, Uttarahalli Lake and Rachanahallli Lake. On the occasion, earthen lamps were lit with pure organic natural oils which were blended with essential oils like lavender, lemongrass and Citronella. 

The inner periphery of the Kaudenhalli lake was lit with 7,000 earthen lamps, Uttarahalli Lake with 5000 lamps, while Rachanahalli lake was lit was 250 lamps. When the lamps were lit, the oils imparted a heady aroma and the overall visual impact was spectacular and mesmerizing.

The community members were thrilled to participated in the Kere Deepotsava and pledged to look safeguard the environment, especially the lakes, ensure minimal usage of crackers and use only eco-friendly materials to celebrate festivals.

On the occasion, ladies were busy by with other activities like drawing colorful rangoli patterns and making floral designs on the ground, while children were engaged with painting on the leaf.

Join hands with us to support eco-friendly celebration of events at the lake to bolster community engagement and participation as part of the lake rejuvenation process.  

 The objectives of Wake the Lake campaign are

a. Restoration of quality of water in the lake; free from garbage, effluents and other pollutants.

b. Revival of eco-system in the lake by creating micro climate for aquatic flora and fauna.

c. Increase ground water level in the vicinity of the lake leading to availability of potable water.

d. To bring about community ownership through active volunteerism.

We are pleased to state that the rejuvenation work on two lakes have already been completed and handed over to the community for their continued maintenance. They are

  1. Chinnapanahalli Lake
  2. Ulsoor Lake

United Way Bengaluru is presently working on seven lakes in partnership with the government, corporate partners and community members. They are

  1. Kaikondranahalli Lake
  2. Soulkere Lake
  3. Kaudenahalli Lake
  4. Devsandra Lake
  5. Kundalahalli Lake
  6. Munnekolala Lake
  7. Uttarahalli Lake

We have now been permitted to take up the restoration work of six additional lakes. They are Iblur, Devarabeesanahalli, Rachenahalli, Kasavanahalli, Yellahanka Lake and Devasandra lakes.

Other than funding, individuals also involve themselves in volunteering activities to help in the maintenance and upkeep of these lakes. They usually undertake activities such as de-weeding, mulching, picking-up and sorting of waste into degradable and bio-degradable, tree plantation and plant census which includes measuring the height and girth of saplings

Women light the main eco-friendly lamp
Women light the main eco-friendly lamp
Community members turned up in large numbers
Community members turned up in large numbers
Children were engaged by leaf painting activity
Children were engaged by leaf painting activity
Colorful rangolis were made by children and women
Colorful rangolis were made by children and women
A mother shows her child to light a lamp
A mother shows her child to light a lamp

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Oct 16, 2016

Five new Born Learning Centers in Bengaluru

Children at the inauguration
Children at the inauguration

With the Born Learning Campaign declared as United Way’s national campaign of India and statistics reflecting the urgent work required in this direction,United Way Bengaluru will support five new anganwadis in the city in an effort to scale up this initiative.

It was earlier supporting 32 BLC centers and the five new centers will take the total up to 42 in Bengaluru Urban and Rural.

Supported by our corporate partner, the five anganwadi centers too will be brought under compliance by United Way’s Born Learning Campaign with its clear cut objectives which are:

• Enhance early learning abilities, including fine and gross motor skills.
• Engage mothers to spread awareness on health and hygiene
• To provide a conducive environment for early learning

The initiative was inaugurated in September, 2016 by Political leader of the area Mr Krishnappa and Executive Director of United Way Bengaluru Mr Manish. Nearly 100 mothers, teachers from neighboring schools, anganwadi workers and children participated in this event.

The program commenced with an ice breaking session for mothers who played fun games, sang songs and also actively took part in a discussion on the legal repercussions of child marriage which is still a prevalent practise in rural areas.

The chief guests for the event were CDPO of the Women and Child Development Department Mr Siddaramanna and Political Leader Mr Krishnappa.

Speaking the occasion, the CDPO Mr Siddaramanna hailed the role of a mother in a child’s life and stressed the importance of guiding the child in the right direction through its formative years. He also urged mothers to use their time constructively, “Take up income generation activities in your spare time. In today’s day and age, one income is not enough, especially when living in the city. Once your child is able to handle most tasks independently, use your spare time to learn a new skill or take up a small job to financially support your family”

Political leader Mr Krishnappa said, “United Way Bengaluru is reaching out to children from the poorest of poor communities. We are happy with the impact they have created. 

The event ended with a sumptuous meal and positive resolve among all present to enhance and better their lives.

Dignitaries light the traditional lamp
Dignitaries light the traditional lamp
Fun and game session for mothers
Fun and game session for mothers
 
   

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