Mar 7, 2017

Making it a cheerful and safe school

Arvind,a student of the school.
Arvind,a student of the school.

This is a story of a boy called Arvind , a student of the Government Tamil  Higher Primary School, Murphy Town,Bangalore.

Arvind  is studying in 7th standard. He comes from a very poor family, his parents are daily wage labourers. Arvind is the youngest among  the four siblings. He is an average student and  is not encouraged  or supported by his family  to get an decent education or even attend school regularly.His parents go to work early in the morning and return late at  night His older brothers are working but are not supporting the family financially.The parents are expecting Arvind to work to supplement their meagre income. In spite of all these difficultie,Arvind is determined  to attend school  regularly and get a basic education.

Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT) has adopted the Government Tamil Higher Primary School in MurphyTown, Bangalore. After the adoption,we have been working hard to increase the student strength of the school and to raise funds to repair and maintain  the existing infrastructure.

These children are first generation literates, so they do not have the motivation to study or to continue their education. We have been providing all the basic academic support and school necessities like books,shoes,stationery to the children of the school. We distribute a healthy porridge every morning and goodies to all the students during special celebrations like Childrens day or Christmas.

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

  • Volunteers from ISB visited the school and had music  and dance therapy classes for the  the students. They played different musical instruments and danced with them. They also sponsored some sports equipment for the school, took individual photographs of all children and distributed snacks.  These volunteers visit the school every Saturday.They also take spoken english classes for the children since this is a vernacular medium school..
  • ACT hired a JCB for a day  clear the grounds behind the school  to make  football and throwball fields. Children are very happy now and play in the ground every day.  
  • Thomson Reuters volunteers visited the school and engaged all the children by conducting English and Math classes.
  • We organised a comprehensive health camp for  students , teachers and for the supporting staff of the school 74 people  benefitted from the camp where doctors checked for physical ,dental and optical problems.We also had blood and urine tests done for each of them.
  • 6 ACT volunteers and staff go to  the school regularly and help  the students by teaching english,maths and craft

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 Global Giving, so that the poverty stricken parents can send their children to a safe and cheerful place..





Health camp for the children
Health camp for the children
Doctor seeing a child
Doctor seeing a child
Volunteers with the school children
Volunteers with the school children
Dec 8, 2016

Engaging the children in the Government school

Ashwatha
Ashwatha

Here is a story of a girl called Ashwatha, a student of the Government Tamil Higher Primary School.

She is studying in the 4th standard and is the eldest of three daughters of the family. Her sisters Aishwarya and Anushree are in 3rd and 2nd standard respectively. Ashwatha is good at studies and she helps her sisters in their studies as well. She is from a very poor family where her father is the only bread winner of the family and her mother was not employed. Her father was an alcoholic and abused all the members at home. In spite of the problems at home, Ashwatha started coming to the school around three years ago. She later started bringing her very small sisters to the school just to avoid them being at home. Seeing her commitment to attend school, the teachers decided to employ her mother to work in the school. After a lot of intervention by the teachers, her father has changed his attitude and is proactively assisting their children in their academics

 Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT) has adopted the Government Tamil Higher Primary School in Murphy Town, Bangalore three years ago.  After the adoption, we have been working hard to increase the student strength of the school and to raise funds to repair the infrastructure. This year we decided to renew the adoption agreement in July 2016.  

These children are first generation literates, so they do not have the right motivation to come to school. We have been providing all the basic necessities to the children of the school. We distribute a healthy porridge every morning and have given sweaters, sandals and kurtas to all the students. We try and motivate the students to come to the school regularly by engaging volunteers to spend time with the children at regular intervals

  • Volunteers from an auditing firm had come to the school to spend a few hours interacting with students, teaching English and Math to elementary students and drawing and painting to other students
  • Volunteers from a multinational mass media and information firm worked in the school area for almost 70 hours in October. The volunteers planted 10 saplingsacleaned the garden and play area and interacted with the students
  • Volunteers from an architecture firm, spent a full day in the school, they painted the 1st standard class room, interacted with the students and distributed chocolates and juices

Since the school building is very old, built in 1924, it has been declared a heritage building and has many infrastructure issues such as leaking roofs, damp walls and broken floor tiles. Lack of funds is constraining us from doing more. We appeal for more funds through Global Giving, so that the poverty stricken parents and their underprivileged children are attracted by the facilities and amenities and hence come back to school.

Ashwatha with her mother and sisters
Ashwatha with her mother and sisters
Dec 5, 2016

Exploring the talents of our children

Children acting
Children acting

Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT) is a registered NGO that educates and empowers underprivileged children from the urban slums and supports them till they are gainfully employed.  ACT is a transparent and efficiently run social organization in Bangalore, working towards the end-to-end needs of the underprivileged children, school education, early childhood development to English training, from proper nutrition good health by giving vaccinations to personality development, from livelihoods training, hobby activities, life skills training to job placements.

During the last quarter September - December we involved the children in a lot of extracurricular activities and hence explored new talents in dancing, singing, acting and also created audio visual reports on the calendar of events of the trust.

Some of the events are listed below:

  • On 8/9/16 the children participated in a Movie Marathon Event where few volunteers showcased videos on creating about conservation of water. The children were quizzed on the videos and enjoyed the learning experience.
  • On 12/10/16 the Bengali association organized Durga Pooja celebrations and this year our senior children participated in the invocation dance.
  • On 27/09/16, during Daan Utsav joy of giving week, a business hotel and cafe each organized a Wishing Wall Activity. 40 children could wish for a gift and the employees came forward to buy these gifts. The children were invited to the hotel where they participated in various fun activities and were given gifts they wished for.
  • On 19/11/16 a corporate company organized a greeting card making activity where 10 of their volunteers helped around 30 children from various age groups to make greeting cards.
  • On 26/11/16 we celebrated our Annual day, our most awaited event every year. We always celebrate our annual day with our volunteers, our children and their parents. This year the children presented a musical play "The Last Call", showcasing their talents in the fields of Dance, Drama and Music. This musical addressed serious current environmental issues. The play was in English and some of the performers were so eloquent that the audience was in awe of the performance.
  • The children also designed and created a movie showcasing all the activities at the trust during the previous year.
Children singing
Children singing
Durga pooja dance
Durga pooja dance
Greeting card making workshop
Greeting card making workshop

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