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Dec 21, 2018

Seasons greetings

Santa proved a hit last year
Santa proved a hit last year

Thank you for your support of our project this year. We simply couldn’t do what we do without your backing so on behalf of those whose lives you are improving may we wish you and your loved ones all the best for the new year.

As 2018 draws to a close we would also like to share some of the highlights of the year with you. As you can see from our Review of 2018 video below, our beneficiaries are as diverse as our projects and you are helping to put the smiles you see on their faces. You are also helping us to advocate for change through our work with global campaigns for girls education and to end trafficking as well as more localised work we do for women and child rights.

We won’t stop until every woman and child has the equal right to live a life free from cruelty, discrimination and violence and we hope you stick with us next year and beyond.

In the meantime as Christmas day approaches our children are getting very excited. Last year Father Christmas visited our Rehabiliation Center giving our children a day to remember with oranges and chocolates left in the stockings they put up on their beds on Christmas Eve. We don't want to let them down this year and need your help to make sure they experience the magic again..

The good news is we are currently taking part in GlobalGiving’s End of Year campaign and are in the top ten on the leader board. We need your help to keep us there and make sure we qualify to win bonus prizes that will buy these small gifts and help us to continue our good work in 2019. 

Finally we would like to take the opportunity to wish you a very merry festive season and a happy new year.

We hope Santa comes again this year
We hope Santa comes again this year
Give before 31 Dec & make you donation go further
Give before 31 Dec & make you donation go further

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Dec 10, 2018

Role models

Varsha teaches kindergarden
Varsha teaches kindergarden

Girl’s education November 2018

As 2018 draws to a close we would like to thank you for all the support you have given to our girls this year.

Empowering women and girls through education is at the heart of what we do and we are constantly striving to improve our provision. We do this by monitoring and evaluating our projects, children’s achievements and the development of our staff through teacher training.

Helping us is former volunteer and Snehalaya UK trustee Sarah. A special education needs teacher in the UK she has been visiting our Indian projects regularly since 2010 and is committed to helping the teachers who work in our own school, slum community centers and our Rehab Center. Through her own fundraising she has been able to develop and deliver a programme of teacher training, bringing educational specialists and teachers from the UK to share best practice with our Indian staff. This has included a range of areas including classroom management, activity-based learning and special education needs. Our teachers have embraced everything they have learned and while they are always enthusiastic and keen to introduce new ideas to improve the education of our children nothing beats seeing it in practice.

Which is why, this October Sarah secured the funds to allow her to host three of our teachers, Jayashri, Bhakti and Varsha, from our English Medium School and Sangeeta, the Education Coordinator for our slum schools, and arrange for them to spend a full two weeks based in four UK schools. Over the fortnight, they were able to visit a special education needs school, two primary schools and one academy, as well as after school activity clubs, giving them a good breadth of experiences to draw upon. They shadowed teachers, delivered their own cultural program, learnt more about lesson planning and preparation, use of technology, feedback and reporting but most importantly were able to see for themselves what they had previously learned being put into practice in UK classrooms.

The teachers were selected based on an application, interview, their vision for their own classrooms and their commitment to their pupils and our education projects. For us it was important that they saw how integrated and equally treated children are regardless of gender or learning abilities. It’s also really positive that the exchange so far was been led by women, helping to create role models and inspiration for our girls who dream of travelling the world to develop personally and professionally.

As 14 year old Tamana said: “I am so proud that my teacher Bhakti was chosen to visit the UK, she is a really great teacher and will come back with some good ideas. Next year can we send the children as well?”

The teachers really threw themselves into the hectic and intense schedule, fuelled by their passion and commitment to get the best out of the experience to serve our children better. It’s wonderful to see them already implementing what they saw and sharing their experience with their colleagues and we have seen improvements in the behaviour, concentration and understanding of their pupils as a result.

As 24-year-old Jayashri , our 8th Standard and maths teacher, says: “This was the opportunity of a lifetime to visit the UK and see how teachers work there. I learned many new things and am excited to start putting what I’ve seen into practice with my own students.”

Sarah will be visiting our projects in India again at her own expense in a few weeks to evaluate the effectiveness of the exchange and all being well we will repeat it with some other teachers next year. And who knows, with your support maybe we can send Tamana and her friends too!

Help us continue to provide a meaningful and professional education to our girls. Give before 31 December and we could qualify for bonus prizes as part of Global Giving’s End of Year Giving campaign.

Jayashri teaches maths
Jayashri teaches maths
Bhakti takes real pride in her students
Bhakti takes real pride in her students
Sangeeta leads a team of over 20 teachers
Sangeeta leads a team of over 20 teachers

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Nov 21, 2018

Bon voyage

The official hand over of Sonu
The official hand over of Sonu

The work done by this fantastic organisation you support is always mind blowing and every day brings new joy and surprises. There are too many stories to tell in one report but I would like to share one story from today when I had the huge honour of anchoring one of our adoption ceremonies.

We currently hold around 18 of these ceremonies each year, but today had a double impact with two families extending their families. The first is a couple and their daughter from Italy who have been waiting five years to meet one and a half year old Rani. The other couple from Orissa in the south east of India have also been patiently waiting to bring 11 month old Sonu home. Both families arrived a day earlier to finally meet their new children and start their bonding and learn more about their babies’ routines from our caregivers.

I spent the night at our adoption center to meet with and learn a little more about the parents and to offer my congratulations. Getting to know them both I can see that our children are in safe hands and going to great families. I also managed to spend some time with both babies and I was struck by how happy they were and how they have already developed their own personalities. Sonu in particular won me over with his love of wrestling, particularly with his younger friend Prabu. Maybe we will see him in the WWF some day!

Personally I really admire both families for their persistence and patience in navigating the mountains of paperwork and rigorous checks involved in reaching this huge milestone. I also applaud their choice in wanting to give their love and a future to our babies abandoned and relinquished at birth.

The official handover ceremony was such a happy and emotional event with one and a half year old Rani stealing the show in her bright pink tulle dress. Short speeches preceded blessings and finally the handover of the children to their new families and there was barely a dry eye in the house. It’s a real privilege to be part of such a momentous day in these families lives and to see each happily ever after start to unfold.

Although you couldn’t be there in body you were there in spirit and we would like to thank you for the part you play in making this happen, without your support our babies would never reach this stage. We have on further request for you to join us in wishing all the best to Rani boarding a flight to Europe in a few short days and 11 month old Sonu who has started the journey east to Orissa.

Finally, we are taking part in #GivingTuesda next week on 27 November. Any donations made that day to our project will be eleigible for bonus funding and prizes spreading your support much further.

Such an honour to be part of this
Such an honour to be part of this
#GivingTuesday is next week
#GivingTuesday is next week

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