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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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Sep 16, 2016

Help educate urban slum children in a clean school

Volunteering
Volunteering

 

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.

Infrastructure

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.    

Academics

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.

 

Volunteering

ACT facilitates the CSR activities in the school.

  1. 10 Volunteers from Thomson Reuters came on 18th July 2016 and taught English for 45 students for 20 hours, all together.
  2. 3 Volunteers from France taught the students Jewellery making, took Computer classes, Drawing and Painting and Flow of English classes for 30 days - every day for 4 hours .  

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.  

Appeal

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.

French girls Volunteering in school
French girls Volunteering in school
Distribution of shoes to the children
Distribution of shoes to the children
Sep 7, 2016

Let every child get a education!

Doctor administering the vaccine
Doctor administering the vaccine

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. Our organization is 16 years old and we support 500 children from about 350 families thus raising the quality of life of more than 900 people in Bangalore slums. 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, In June which is the start of the school year we paid the fees for the children, gave them their school essentials and we involved them in a lot of extracurricular activities. We worked towards our goal with a lot of enthusiasm .We are sharing a few activities

  • On 23/6/2016 we took the children to visit to museum of art and photography where volunteers taught them all there is to know to appreciate art and learn photography.
  • On 25/6/216 and 3/7/2016 the local Bengali Association conducted an inter NGO competition in debates, art and music. Our children took part in the debate competition and the drawing competition and won the overall championship cup.
  • On 3/7/2016 the children attended a drama workshop at the famous Jagriti theater where they participated enthusiastically and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
  • On 5/8/2016 we started the one to one mentoring program by the PwC volunteers which is very helpful to the children.
  • On 6/8/2016 we gave the children the typhoid vaccine.
Drawing for Competition
Drawing for Competition
Museum Visit
Museum Visit

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