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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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
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..
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
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.