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.
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:
Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT) adopted the Government Tamil Higher Primary School in Murphy Town, Bangalore 3 years ago when the school buildings, toilets, drinking water facility were all in a run down condition and the surrounding ground was overgrown with thorny weeds. ACT worked hard to mobilise funds for repairing and renovating the infrastructure of the school. As a result, now 94 children studying in the school in clean and accessible environment.
ACT set up a science lab and computer lab in the Govt. School and appointed a teacher to teach the practical application of scientific concepts through live experiments. It is gratifying to report that the school children love these live demonstrations and eagerly participate in the,. ACT has also setup a Library, built a new Kitchen and Watchman’s room, rebuilt the Toilets and the Drinking water facility . All the rooms are well ventilated and have electricity. ACT has handed over the watchman’s room to a family which now provides the security for the school and the children. ACT prepares a special porridge mix keeping in mind the nutritional needs of growing children, and this with jaggery to sweeten the porridge is supplied to the school children. The porridge and milk for the children are now prepared in the new clean, and well lit kitchen. The garden is maintained by a gardener employed by the Trust. It is de-weeded regularly and the stone benches and walls of the park were painted recently. The children and the teachers are proud of their garden with bright flowers and growing fruit trees. The fence was redone and bricks were arranged around the plants. Recently, ACT has provided the BSNL telephone and internet connection in the school so as to enable the children to access the internet on the computers provided by the Trust to enhance their learning. ACT distributed sandals for 47 old students in govt school.
The school reopened on 1st June, and ACT volunteers,a ACT appointed science and Computer teacher and theACT program coordinator are back to assist the teachers and students with their academic work, especially in English and Maths.
ACT facilitates the CSR activities in the school.
ACT’s work in the school is ongoing and a lot more has to be done. The school has a huge ground behind it, which can be utilized very effectively for the benefit of the children.
Since the school is an almost hundred year old heritage building, there are many infrastructure issues such as leaking roofs, damp walls and broken floor tiles.
Currently ACT is in the process of consulting experts as to whether the roof tiles have to be replaced or whether putting a tarpaulin sheet above the tiles would take care of the problem, at least temporarily.
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 come back to school regularly.