May 16, 2017

Outsanding Results - Thanks to You!

We had outstanding results this year and YOU share the credit!

We are thrilled to announce that in contrast to the parched Karnataka state Pre-University results of 52%, it rained centum in DSF, with results of a whopping 91%! Accomplishing astounding results of 7 centum, our students proved their mettle, with our topper, Arbaz Ahmed, achieving 97% - just 2% less than the state topper in science! Scoring 100 in physics, he was a strong competitor to the 8 lakh students who attempted the exam this year. Rumiya Fathima, our topper in commerce with 95%, bagged the second place, effortlessly scoring 100 in Economics! Following closely, Ramya TM scored 93% with a cool 100 in Computer Science!

The success of our students is due to their grit, strongly supported by the combined efforts of our teachers, volunteers, mentors, and donors! These results not only reflect the focus, hard work, and potential of our students but also reinforce the impact your involvement and support can create!

Similarly, of the 7 lakh students who competed for the position of the topper, at the 10th standard state level examinations, achieving great heights of success is, Varsha V, who scored an astounding 99% - a mere one percent less than the state topper! She scored full marks in two subjects and secured the first position in DSF. Giving her good competition, Muskan Afreen scored 95.3%, with centum in one subject. Following closely, Abhijeet Singh Rawat and Shivam Kumar, scored 95%, with Abhijeet bagging centum in 2 subjects!

It is said that ‘Success does not lie in ‘results’ but in the ‘efforts’’, and it is indeed the tireless efforts of the students, teachers, volunteers and YOU, which has helped many students move one step closer to their dreams! These results stand testimony to the impact collective action can create!

Thank you for partnering with us in making the Right to Education real!

We look forward to your continued faith and support in our efforts, to create new possibilities for such highly deserving students!

Dec 12, 2016

Their dreams have become a reality - Thanks to you!

Class at DSF
Class at DSF

Every act of giving creates impact. It is more profound when it is towards something vital like education. Education creates opportunities for individuals that did not exist before, empowering not only them but their families as well. Your contribution has created such opportunities for hundreds of students from socio-economically vulnerable backgrounds, and changed the lives of their families. We are thrilled to share that all our students pursuing final year, graduated with flying colours this year and 90% of them are gainfully employed - thanks to you! Your support not only helped them gain a degree, but also equip them with skills, which will help them succeed in their careers of choice!

More than 10 million students graduated from various courses in India for the year 2015-16. With a difficult job market and employers looking for more than just degrees in prospective employees, only 50% of the graduates stand to get gainful employment. Having faced these odds, our student Ashwini, is now successfully employed in a job of her dreams at JP Morgan, India. Ashwini enrolled into our programme in 8th standard, just after she had lost her father. A single parent, her mother struggled to educate her and her twin brother and elder sister, and found support in DSF to fulfil her dream of all 3 children getting an education. Living with her mother, siblings and an ailing grandmother, a cheerful and happy-go-lucky girl, Ashwini had just one goal, to become a banker and make her mother proud. She attended classes regularly at DSF. “I found many mentors here who have shaped me since school. They have been great support systems when I needed it the most” she reminisces. Despite her mother’s health issues and financial condition of her house, she focused on her studies and pursued Bachelors in Commerce with grit. “Through DSF I was part of a mentoring programme at PWC, India. It required me to travel 40 km to and fro from my house, for few days, but it not only gave me lot of exposure, but also gave me an understanding of expectations in corporates and skills required. Soft skills workshops were out of my reach, that’s when DSF conducted finishing school workshops for us. I got to interact with professional trainers and experts, who trained me in various skills, right from communications skills, to how to attend interviews. This gave me confidence and was extremely useful for me when I attended interviews and helped me bag my dream job in such a big organization” says an excited Ashwini.

Being a son of a migrant labourer from a rural area, can limit opportunities leading to a predictable future. Ayyanar, who joined DSF in 8th standard came from one such family, from a village in interior Tamilnadu, where his parents had no education, and were clueless as to what their son’s future could look like. Coming from dire economic conditions, his parents did not think beyond providing two square meals to their children. Unassuming and reticent, Ayyanar, studied in a Tamil medium school. Although he was not very sharp in his academics, he was very good at hands on projects, creating the most complicated models with ease. Recognizing his creative bent of mind and his passion for it, his art teacher at DSF strongly recommended he follow Art as his career. With his parents expecting him to take up a regular job to support the family, it seemed as a far off dream. His financial condition and parents’ aspirations pushing him towards a run of the mill course, DSF’s support enabled him to choose a course he was passionate about. Enrolled for a Fine Arts programme, he started exceling in his studies, scoring distinction every year, which was far above the average marks he scored in 10th standard. His next challenge being English, he took up spoken English classes at DSF for better prospects. Taking up freelance projects for big organizations, he gained exposure and confidence. Today after completion of his BFA, he is employed with a renowned advertising firm, through a DSF contact. “His dream has become a reality. I never thought he would achieve so much in his life” beams his ecstatic mother.

Bright, hardworking and disciplined, is how teachers at DSF describe Sunil Kumar. Sunil is the eldest of two sons in a family of four, where his father is a driver and mother a housewife. Very keen on educating him, his parents enrolled him in DSF in 8th standard. Sunil lives in a small house with just a living room with a partition for a kitchen. Despite not having quiet and enough space to study, Sunil did extremely well in his academics, through sheer focus and determination. Ever keen on grabbing every opportunity to learn, he never missed a single class and workshop in DSF. “I had to pursue diploma instead of pre-university after my 10th standard, as my financial conditions required me to take up employment soon. Pursuing my Diploma in automobile engineering, I needed to equip myself with additional certificates if I had to get a well-paying job. Understanding my need, DSF supported me to pursue a course in a designing software. This, along with soft skills workshops, gave me an edge over others “, says a happy Sunil. Now working as a trainee in Mercedes Benz, Sunil has created a great possibility for himself and his family.

Your support has helped give exposure, polish skills, challenge predictable futures and upskill students from disadvantaged backgrounds, giving them equal opportunity as their peers. Thanks to you, hundreds of students like Ashwini, Ayyanar and Sunil now have a choice and pursue the careers of their dreams, which will transform theirs and their families lives!

Thank you for partnering with us in our mission to make the Right to Education real! We look forward to your continued support in making more dreams a reality!

Group discussion workshop
Group discussion workshop
Art class at DSF
Art class at DSF
Full fledged artist
Full fledged artist
Leader during school
Leader during school
Finishing School workshop
Finishing School workshop
Sep 30, 2016

Exceeded Expectations- Thanks to you!

The start of an academic year brings with it the excitement of learning new things and creating new possibilities. Many children from vulnerable backgrounds are deprived of this, owing to lack of basic educational material. With many of them not having requisite notebooks and stationery, it is a challenge for them to learn and therefore remain interested in education. What started as a 5000 school kit challenge, thanks to your support, we were able to reach out to 5200 students from 35 government schools in north Bangalore, giving them access not only to school kits but a brighter future!

The happiness on receiving brand new colourful kits was visible not only on the faces of students but also had a deep impact on parents and communities as well. Senior and respected members of the communities around the schools were very appreciative of the school kits. “These are basic needs for education, and when people are making an effort to provide even the smallest of things so that children go to school, we will do all that we can to ensure our children go to school and get good education”, said an influential member from one of the communities.

The school kits have not just made the academic year brighter for some students but have also motivated many more to attend school. Head Mistress of Government Urdu Higher Primary School, Chamundinagar, was elated at the increase in strength. “The bright colourful bags and brand new stationery motivated many students who had dropped out, or were extremely irregular, to come back to school. Seeing many of their friends going to school smartly dressed along with the kits, they also wanted to be proud owners of the kits and a part of this group. They are now attending classes more regularly”.

Most parents of students from government schools find it very hard to make ends meet, let alone provide materials to their children. “It is a struggle for me when my child comes home and asks for even one notebook, as with great difficulty I manage to get her uniforms. It gives me great joy to see her happily write and interested in studying”, shared the mother of a student from Government Kannada Higher Primary School, Chalgatta.

Your investment has not just made the academic year promising for many children but have also positively impacted the government schools and the communities around. A seemingly small effort can bring about big changes. Thank you for your contribution and support which has helped us to together challenge the predictable future of thousands of children!

We look forward to your continued support!

 
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