Aug 29, 2014

Newsletter August - September 2014

August- September 2014


News letter from the Aasraa Trust



Our 1st batch of 40 children will appear for the NIOS exam in March 2015, at our very own NIOS exam centre!

To facilitate our NIOS candidates, a teacher training workshop was organized by State Resource Centre, under the aegis of RLEK.


Our abandoned, mute dynamite, Deepak is undergoing speech therapy after acquiring a hearing aid. And for the 1st time ever he can now say ‘Hello’ and ‘How are you’ !!

Immensely intelligent, with an innate ability to think on his feet, Deepak is a blessing and we are very lucky we have him!


We wish to thank all our wonderful friends for the tremendous support you gave us that earned us the 3rd highest ranking among 342 NGOs worldwide.

We were invited as speakers to the 1st Summit organized by Global Giving. This helped Aasraa to come out of the woods, so to speak, to interact with NGOs from all over India & Nepal.

The icing on the cake was when a photograph (taken by Erin Steigerwalt) submitted by us was shortlisted for the photo competition.


Shyam, 22, physically challenged, begging till 3 years ago, has evolved as a master block printer under the nurturing guidance of JOYN.

JOYN has sponsored surgery on Shyam’s right leg and foot to enable him to walk normally.


For the 1st time in Dehradun and probably in the whole of Uttarakhand , the immunization of street and slum children was carried out. 550 children were vaccinated for Typhoid, Tetanus & Hepatitis B. The blood grouping of the children was also done.

The drive was sponsored by AshaJyothi USA, an organization of concerned Indians living in the US. The immunization was conducted at Sakya Hospital and the pathology work done by Ahuja Pathology.

Our grateful thanks to Ravi Kantamsetty, Sailaja Ganty and the empathetic team of AshaJyothi USA; to the Director & Ms.Tsering for conducting the drive at Sakya Hospital so efficiently; to Alok & Alka Ahuja for the blood work that was carried out.

Airtel Delhi Half Marathon (ADHM)

We have registered for the ADHM 2014, to be held in Delhi on November 23rd.

We would greatly appreciate corporate sponsors for our runners .  Details available at :






Jul 25, 2014

Thank You Donors for Supporting Our Children

Children from Bindal Slum
Children from Bindal Slum

Hello Supporters!  

First of all, we, at Aasraa Trust, would like to thank you all for your donations and continued support.  

In Dehradun, there are approximately 3 – 4 thousand children, living in slums, who are registered in Government Schools, but do not attend school.  Many of these children are found in slums, such as the Bindal Slum pictured below.  These children are subjected to several types of abuse including, physical, sexual, emotional, and mental.  Some even grow harmful addictions to tobacco and/or whitener when living on the streets.  

Aasraa Trust’s work focuses on reaching out to children in slums and on the streets, including beggars, rag pickers, and child labourers, through a variety of different programs which follow a progression to adequately support and prepare the child for school.  Our several outreach programs prepare the children for our Street Smart Programs.  The Street Smart program gives these children a basic elementary level education, focusing on basic math and literacy rates.  After this program, we help children enroll and attend mainstream schools throughout the city.  In addition, we also offer an afterschool program, Wings of Doon, which provides supplementary education and a support system for the children.  Finally, each of our programs strives to give the children adequate access to nutrition, medicine, health care, and shelter to those who require it.  

Right now, we have reached out to approximately 655 children through our various programs, taking the children from the streets into schools. 92 of those children have been mainstreamed into schools. 


Since the Global Giving Challenge, a 163 more children have joined us. 18 children have been mainstreamed in just one month.  15 of these 18 children have been provided with residential facilities to ensure they stay in an area where schools exist.  These children live in a governmental residential school called PurvaMadhyamikVidalaya until Class VIII. They are all attending St. Agnes, which is affiliated with the CBSE Board and will complete high school.  

On July 3rd, 145 more children began to attend our supportive and supplementary afterschool program for mainstreamed children, Wings of Doon. 

We are also excited to announce that we have been approved by the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) to allow children to sit for an examination as a chance to enroll in an age appropriate level. Through this, we have 33 more children who have an opportunity to apply and go to a formal, mainstream school. 


The Story of Kalawati & Shubham

Kalawati is ten years old and an orphan.  We found Kalawati living on the street with an old woman who had looked after her since the demise of Kalawati’s parents. Even with this old woman taking care of her, living on the streets as a young girl puts Kalawati at risk of abuse and harm. Supported by Aasraa Trust, Kalawati is now staying at Government Junior High School. Delighted to live there and receive a good education, she has shown a huge improvement. Right now, she is in Class II and is a bright, active young girl.  Although she has a shifting behavioral problem, her dedicated teacher and hostel warden supervise her studies and her overall wellbeing. 


Another resident at one of our hostel facilities is Shubham, a 13-year-old boy who lost his father at the age of three. After the death, his mother was denied all support from her mother-in-law. This forced her, along with her three daughters and two sons, to migrate from Jharkhand in search of a livelihood. Shubham’s mother has worked to earn a daily wage at various construction sites.  She is currently employed as a construction labourer in the Dehradun district.  None of Shubham’s four siblings have studied beyond Class V due to their family’s financial constraints.  Shubham is the only one who has continued with his studies, and is currently in Class VIII. He was admitted into the St. Agnes School. Shubham has proved to be prudent, responsible, and an earnest learner. One day, Shubham wants to become an entrepreneur and start his own business.   


QUOTE FROM ONE OF OUR CHILDREN, Vikram: “I want to study and become a policeman, so that nobody can beat my mother. I also want to do something for my country.”


Thank you again for all your support throughout the Global Giving Challenge!  Without supporters like you, children like Kalawati and Shubham would not have had the same chance to attend a mainstream school. 

Dismal Condition of Bindal Slum
Dismal Condition of Bindal Slum
Orphan Kalawati
Orphan Kalawati
After School Tutorial Programme
After School Tutorial Programme
Initiation into Education
Initiation into Education
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