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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
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
 
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