Sep 18, 2017

School year 2017 starts with a bang

Ramkumar (name changed) gets his Karate Black Belt
Ramkumar (name changed) gets his Karate Black Belt

School started on June 1st for the academic year 2017-18. Ashwini Charitable Trust(ACT) sponsors the education of about 150 children from the urban slums of the Ulsoor area in Bangalore.

This is Ram Kumar(name changed) ,a student of ACT studying 1st year degree( Commerce) staying in Kalahalli Government quarters. He is growing in every aspect of life through this five year journey with ACT. He used to be shy and had trouble mingling with others. After joining ACT he has got the courage and confidence to communicate with people. His father is a ward boy and mother a maid but he is keen to change their lives by studying hard and getting a good job. He wants to learn new skills every day and apply whatever he has learnt. He has learnt to organize events, use his computer skills to make AV’s, update the data base ,mentor smaller children, make paper bags, he is a black belt in karate and  his confidence is growing day by day all thanks to his mentors and volunteers in ACT.

  • ACT provides each child with all the school essentials like Note and Text books, Uniforms, Stationery, School Bags, Sweat shirts, Black and Canvas shoes, black and white socks in the new academic year
  • We assessed all the new children for this academic year. We went through Pre-Term Assessment for English Reading Skill, in order to allot the children to various levels of our English Skills Program.
  • Our volunteer based teaching programs which include corporate, individual and group volunteers has also started. We provide after-school academic teaching, English and Math Skill classes. The children have a different session of life skill classes every month.
  • Birthdays of the children were celebrated each month. The children cut a huge 8 kg cake and they were gifted a 1 kg cake to take home and celebrate with their families
  • ACT organized a dental camp to make sure our children’s teeth are protected and free from cavities.We also provided the children with treatments to prevent further problems.
  • 60 Students from a reputed Institute of Management Studies volunteered their time for 10 days and worked hard to help take inventory,clean up our office space and surroundings, taught and interacted with our children, did some fundraising andspoke to people about the Trust and its work.

 

 

 

Children  with their school requirements
Children with their school requirements
Jaya(name changed) mentors her juniors
Jaya(name changed) mentors her juniors
Anushree(name changed undergoing dental assessment
Anushree(name changed undergoing dental assessment
It is our birthday!
It is our birthday!
Sep 5, 2017

Give Aishwarya hope to see a bright future!

Aishwarya loves to pose
Aishwarya loves to pose

Aishwarya started coming to the school along with her elder sister when she was 3 years old to escape physical abuse from her father. She is  now in the 4th standard and she is the second in the family of three girls . Aishwarya  is good at studies and she helps her younger sister as well. She is from a very poor family and often they do not have enough food to eat. She is very regular to school and so the teachers decided to employ her mother who takes the leftover food from the school midday meal scheme for her children to eat at  night.

These children like Aishwarya are first generation learners, so they do not have the inclination or feel the need  to come to school. The staff and volunteers of  Ashwini Charitable Trust(ACT)  work hard to motivate the students to come to the school regularly.

  • We give the children school essentials like books and stationery, 2 pairs of school shoes and socks, sweaters and school bags.
  • Every day we have at least 3 to 4 dedicated volunteers from India and abroad spend time with the children to help them with English speaking, reading and writing skills using a tablet and  story books , teach Basic computer skills and conduct Science experiments
  • 60 Volunteers from a reputed Management College spent 3 days, 20 hours each by interacting with the children one child with one volunteer, conducting English, Mathematics, drawing and painting fun activities for them. They also organized  a exciting sports day with many races for all the children and later distributed medals to the top three winners.
  • Volunteers from the Sri Krishna Wellness Centre taught Yoga to all the students and teachers on World Yoga Day, 21st of June.
  • Since most children are not fortunate to celebrate their birthdays at home, we started celebrating them once every month at the end of the month. The ones whose birthdays fall in that particular month get on stage, cut the cake and blow out candles in front of the whole school singing for them.  
Running the 50 m dash with joy
Running the 50 m dash with joy
We love our new school bags
We love our new school bags
My birthday celebrations
My birthday celebrations
Chloe from France teaches the children
Chloe from France teaches the children
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
 
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