Jun 29, 2017

Story of Sandhya, an ACT success story

Sandhya studying for herexams
Sandhya studying for herexams

We are sending a project appeal to each of you to contribute a small amount of your income to make a difference in a child's life.More than half of the children in India do not get the opportunity to go to school and fulfil their dreams. Your small contribution can help children get a basic education,

Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT) is a 16 year old registered NGO, based in Bangalore, India, with a mission of educating and empowering underprivileged children and supporting them until they are gainfully employed. Summer vacations are over and the children are back to school .Now they can reconnect with old friends and they get new books, pencils, bags, uniforms,sweaters.shoes and bags A  new  school year means one step closer in reaching their goal of a basic education.

This is a story of one of the ACT children

Sandhya has been with ACT for eight years now. After her family moved to Bangalore from rural Tamil Nadu in 2005, her mother found work as a housemaid, while her father was employed as a construction labourer. She began as a student in 2009, when her parents found it difficult to pay  her school fees. Despite having to deal with her father’s alcoholism, and the physical abuse directed towards her mother, Sandhya successfully graduated secondary school. She credits ACT as being a part of this achievement, as the organization supported her throughout her education, providing her with food, resources and tuition. Though, as she says, she was always studious by her own accord.Now studying Commerce, she currently volunteers at the Trust herself, teaching English and Math to the children. She says it’s a hobby more than anything, as she’d rather teach than sit at home. When asked of the future, she said she’s prioritized focusing on her studies.

Please help us make her dream and dreams of more children a reality by contributing toward the education of a child on  July 12th . GG rewards Bonus Day will be from 9:00 EDT to 23:59 EDT on Wednesday, July 12th! On this day, GlobalGiving will have $110,000 in matching funds. Superstar organizations like Ashwini Charitable Trust will be matched at 50%of your donations. In addition to matching funds, there will be many additional prizes up for grabs on this day!  Please donate on July 12th and so we can get the matching donations.

Sandhya  taking part in a marathon
Sandhya taking part in a marathon
Using computers for her project work
Using computers for her project work
Jun 5, 2017

Back to school program

Pradeep
Pradeep

Pradeep isa student of the Government Tamil  Higher Primary School, Murphy Town  studying in 4th standard. He comes from a very poor family, his mother is working as a maid and his father has abandoned the family when Pradeep was 2 years old child. Pradeep is the youngest among  three siblings. His eldest brother has discontinued his studies and his other brother is studying in 5th std in the same school. Pradeep  is a intelligent student in and  is very regular to  school.His mother goes for work early in the morning and returns late at  night . His family is in need of money so Pradeep  works in a shop  during his summer holidays. In spite of all these difficulties ,Pradeep is determined  to  attend school  regularly  and get a basic education.We are committed to all these children and will help them continue their education beyond this  primary school.

 Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT) has adopted the Government Tamil Higher Primary School in Murphy Town, Bangalore in 2013. After the adoption, we have been working hard to increase the student strength of the school and absorb this children into our trust to finish their basic education These children are first generation literates, so they do not have the motivation to come to school or to continue their education.So we will go to the homes of these children to bring them back to school with the help of the school teachers.We have been providing all the basic academic support and school necessities like books,shoes,stationery to the children of the school. We also arranged school van to pick and drop the children from the  school.We distribute a healthy porridge every alternate  morning and goodies  to all the students during special celebrations like Christmas or Diwali.

The months of April and May are school annual vacations after the final exams which happen during the middle of March. Our staff help the teachers for the smooth conduct of the exams. .We at ACT motivate the students to come to the school regularly by engaging volunteers to spend time with the children regularly.We also have volunteers from different organisations interacting with the children. Six  ACT volunteers and staff go to  the school regularly and help  the students by teaching english,maths and craft. ACT has taken shoe measurements for all the students and will provide shoes along with school bags,stationery and sweaters to each student during the next academic year

ACT sent a proposal to Lodge Tirunalu no. 179 from Bangalore  for the renovation of the  leaking asbestos sheet roofs of the building containing classrooms for the students.They kindly accepted the proposal and completed the renovation of the school building during this time since the children are not in school. When the children return to school after the holidays they will be thrilled to see the new building .It has been newly painted ,cleaned and all the electrical fittings installed.  

The original school building is very old built in 1924 and it has been declared as a heritage building .It has many infrastructure issues such as leaking roofs, damp walls and broken floor tiles.Lack of funds is constraining us from doing more work to make this school a happy place for these underprivileged children.We appeal for more funds through GlobalGiving, so that the poverty stricken parents can send their children to a safe and happy place.

Renovated classrooms
Renovated classrooms
May 17, 2017

Helping Children Succeed!

Assessments of children
Assessments of children

Ashwini Charitable Trust(ACT)  has supported for over 500 children in the last 17 years, many of them going on to be be responsible adults with steady jobs.ACT is one of the most transparent and efficiently run social organizations in Bangalore, working towards the end-to-end needs of the underprivileged children, right from early childhood development to english training, from proper nutrition provision to personality development, from livelihoods training to job placements.

At present every child receives different interventions like academic support,  Quality health care including vaccinations, Hobby classes and Fun outings, Computer literacy, Financial inclusion by starting savings bank accounts, Mentoring & Counseling.We run After School Centers. We follow the World Health Organization's Community Participatory Model and have for the last 17 years been integrating the under-served into mainstream society.  We believe in giving everybody an opportunity.

 This quarter we had these activities

 Fun Outings

The children of Middle School, High School and College along with their mothers watched Aamir Khan’s film, Dangal. All the children were inspired by the sheer determination and focus of the 2 Phogat Sisters and their father’s untiring spirit to break away from the shackles of gender role discrimination. For the first time in their lives, the mothers saw a man encouraging women to succeed in the male dominated world that they deal with everyday. We alsohad our Mothers Sports Dayconducted bythe senior children of the Trust, from classes I PUC to III year Degree.They conducted a fun filled Sports Day for their mothers. 75 mothers participated in the sports and  encouraged  each other to Run the 100 meters dash, or when they pulled with all their strength at the tug-of-war. Lemons and spoons, bursting the Balloon and Musical Chairs were organised.  We  organized an Excursion to Kokkerebellur and Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary,Around 45 students, including High School and College going children, were taken on a zoological trip to the nearby sanctuary to understand migratory birds.


 Health Camp

Thomson Reuters along with Saral Health and Apollo Hospitals conducted a massive primary health drive for all the children. Every child’s Height, Weight, Blood and Urine samples were examined. Every child also got an Eye and Dental checkup. Based on the above all the children got a Health card. Our in-house pediatrician then went through all the Reports and the interventions are underway.


Academic Support

End Term Assessment in English for all the children

All the children who are in Elementary English, Flow of English, Hippocampus English and Reading Club programs undertook an end term exam to gauge their progress for the academic year 2016-17. The test involved real time activities around the language.

 Volunteers Meeting

As our academic year ends we usually conduct an Annual Volunteers Meeting. Volunteers are the back bone of our program and those who have completed almost a year of their activities with us, receive a Certificate highlighting their talents. It is also a time when we get one-on-one feedback on each child. The meeting ends with a delicious lunch.

Meghshala Classes

Children of classes 6 and 7 were taught their school syllabus using the Meghashala Classes where lessons are created that empower teachers to facilitate and lead classes effectively.

House of Intelligences Exhibition.

Howard Gardner ofHarvard University has identified 9 distinct Intelligences. Our children exhibited those intelligences in which they are strong. Each room exhibited one intelligence with colourful charts and Fun activities. All the mothers, volunteers and children were able to find their dominant intelligence.

 Social Media Seminar

One of our volunteers, Sarah Patel, enlightened our senior children about the Do’s and Don’ts of theSocial media like Facebook, Twitter .Instagram and Whatsapp

You, Make this happen….It is with the support of special individuals like yourselves help us keep growing every year.

Trip to bird Sanctuary
Trip to bird Sanctuary
Doctor checking a child
Doctor checking a child
Social Media Seminar
Social Media Seminar
Mothers
Mothers' Sports day
 
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