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Jul 7, 2014

Infrastructure and improvement in education

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Here is Ashwini Charitable Trust‘s (ACT) story of how you are helping to Save A School. Your kind donations has enabled us to take up these projects.
  1.  Improving INFRASTRUCTURE and RESOURCES 
  • Electrical Works -One room has been converted into a Computer Lab. Before setting up the computers ACT ensured proper earthing of the electrical points in the room. An MCB (Miniature Circuit Breaker) and extra plug points have been installed.
  • Computers - ACT has shared its resources in order to create a computer lab. Two Desktop computers, Four Laptop computers and two computer tables, all donated  have been installed in this computer lab so that both the teachers and the students of the school can be taught how to use computers by the ACT volunteers.
  •  Library- Two steel cupboards have been installed in the school for the purpose of storing the library books. ACT has bought a set of 150 books that are age appropriate for the children of the school from Tulika Publications. ACT has introduced Hippocampus’ Grow By Reading programme for the children of the school and has bought books that have been graded for 6 levels. The ACT volunteers regularly use these books to improve the reading skills of the students.
  • Gardening & Tree Planting- ACT believes in sensitizing the children towards nature. Since we follow Howard Gardner’s theory of ‘Multiple Intelligences’ which says that being close to nature is one way of identifying and arousing the latent interests and intelligences in a child, we are particular that the children of the school learn to take care of the garden and the trees that have been planted by ACT volunteers in the school compound. Towards this end, ACT celebrated a small ‘Vanamahotsav’( Tree planting festival) function in the school on 30.11.13, wherein 32 tree saplings donated by the Karnataka Forest Department were planted within the school compound.
  • Classroom Furniture – Tables and chairs donated by the Mallya Aditi International School have been installed in the school classrooms. ACT is grateful to Ms. Ann Warrior of MAIS for this kind gesture.
.2. Improving the quality of EDUCATION 
  • Volunteering- ACT’s volunteers have pitched in at various levels to improve the attendance, infrastructure, learning processes and fun activities in the school. Particular focus has been given to improve the reading and writing skills of the poor learners, so that the teachers can concentrate on completing the academic portions before the final exams.
  • Improvements in classroom interaction and quality of engagement with the children and their families - In order to achieve this ACT has improved one school classroom and converted it into the Library and Computer Lab. We believe that children learn better in an audio-visual manner and in this regard have also started the “Flow of English” Computer Aided English program. The Chipper Sage ‘Flow of English’ programme was commenced in the school on 29-01-2014. The founder of Chipper Sage Ms. Latha Srinivasan conducted a workshop for the teachers of the school in order to familiarize them with this new concept. Chipper Sage is a reading software for beginners which helps the child to read English fluently and willingly. The teachers received this orientation workshop very well and have wanted more of the same after school hours.
  • Art Classes –Regular art classes have been conducted by an established Bangalore based artist since art helps children to relieve stress and express their feelings.
  • Computer Classes- Computer classes are being held regularly for both the students and the teachers.
  •  Waste Segregation – Ms. Safeera from ACT has initiated the waste management programme in the school and is educating the children on how to reuse and recycle water.
  • Home Visits –Ms. Sahay Rose, an MSW worker and ACT volunteer has been visiting the homes of the children who live in the vicinity of the school to find out what keeps the children away from the school.
  • Needs Analysis – In order to understand the children and their families we have had Ms. Sahay Rose do a Needs Analysis after visiting the homes of the children. According to the social worker the children and families need regular orientation classes on personal health safety, sanitation, cleanliness and hygiene. It has been proposed to have these workshops after school so that the children, parents and teachers can all benefit from the same.

 

  • W worker and ACT volunteer has been visiting the homes of the children who live in the vicinity of the school to find out what keeps the children away from the school.
  • Needs Analysis – In order to understand the children and their families we have had Ms. Sahay Rose do a Needs Analysis after visiting the homes of the children. According to the social worker the children and families need regular orientation classes on personal health safety, sanitation, cleanliness and hygiene. It has been proposed to have these workshops after school so that the children, parents and teachers can all benefit from the same.
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Their midday meal.jpg
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fully furnished classroom.jpg
electrical wiring work
electrical wiring work
Mar 31, 2014

Shashikala's Journey out of Poverty

Shashikala
Shashikala

Shashikala came to Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT) as an eleven year old girl. Her mother worked as a janitor in a mall. Her  father who passed away recently,  was then  bedridden. She has 2 brothers, one a school dropout and the other pursuing distance education in order to support the family. Shashikala had a zeal to succeed, she just needed a sponsor to pay her college fees.

Thanks to the funds raised by Ashwini Charitable Trust Shashikala was able to go to college. She worked very hard on her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Application, secured 86%  and was placed second in St. Joseph's College of ARTS and Science. As part of her overall development she was groomed to make presentations and interact with people from various walks of life . She was also invited  by corporates  to address their gathering at one of the Taj group of Hotels.

Later on Shashikala shared with us , how she was awestruck seeing the distinguished delegates who were so friendly with her.

Then one day  a group of Ashwini children including Shashikala were invited to visit the Infosys Campus at Mysore for 3 days. This visit widened her horizons, she was determined to work in Infosys.

Some dreams do come true. Shashikala miraculously made it through several rounds of interviews and finally got a job at Infosys. After many decades of back breaking work Her mother no longer has to work to make both ends meet.  

And today Shashikala’s dream has come true.

 

There are currently 250 children like Shashikala in ACT. Come join us and give wings to their dreams.

Dec 30, 2013

Quarterly Report DEC 2013.

Celebrating Christmas with the other children
Celebrating Christmas with the other children

Where Education makes Us Equal: A dream Is born

 This story is truly inspirational.   

    Lakshmi and Revathi B. are two sisters who passed out of Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT) recently. Ten years ago, their father used to be a watchman. Their completely illiterate mother worked as a housemaid. Their older sister  married very young, and had 2 daughters,  one of whom was suffering from leukaemia. The father had several health complications due to excessive drinking and spent many moons in and out of hospital taking medical help for a damaged kidney, liver and excessive blood sugar issues. The family had run up huge loans for the father’s hospitalisations. That is when the mother appealed for our help. Her first daughter was uneducated but she was determined   to end the vicious cycle of illiteracy and poverty by seeing that her other daughters would complete schooling.        

  We took the girls under our wing. After 10 long years they completed their education.  Lakshmi passed out of St. Joseph’s College of Commerce with 65% aggregate in B.Com. and Revathi completed B.A. at St. Joseph’s Arts and Science with 66%. During their tenure at the Trust, they learnt dancing, drawing, acting, and computer skills. They used these skills to complete their college assignments and also learnt to email them to their lecturers via internet. They learnt to make Power Point Presentations and picked up the skills of making presentations in front of an audience. When they graduated in 2011, we helped them get jobs with AXA Business Service.

    In their first year at AXA BS, they carved a permanent niche for themselves in the hearts of their team members with their hard work, reliability and dedication. Lakshmi won the Best Joinee Award and Revathi won I Prize in the Cultural Activities of the company.

   The girls saved up their salaries and within a year cleared off all their father’s outstanding loans that had been raised for his many health problem. Currently, they are saving money to realise a family dream:   to buy a permanent roof over their heads.

Education has indeed made them Equal ………

Lakshmi and Revathi are only 2 of the305 children of Ashwini Charitable Trust. Each of these children is special and every child in the Trust is underprivileged … waiting for an opportunity to grow and make India proud.

This quarter  we received more than $2500 from all the generous supporters of our cause.We will use the money for the education of 23 children of the trust for the next academic year. We are truly owerwhemed by all your love and kindness.Thank you all very much and wish each and every one of you a very happy and prosperous new year 2014!

Come join our movement and create more such successes and be a part of the ACT family!

Lakshmi celebrating Christmas
Lakshmi celebrating Christmas
 
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