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Mar 21, 2017

Exam Time at Aasraa!

Supervised study session at PMV Wings
Supervised study session at PMV Wings

March is the end of school year in most schools across India. All our mainstreamed students are taking their end of year - final examinations this month. Since all our mainstreamed students have regualrly attended the Wings program all year, they seem pretty confident in terms of their course content.

For the month of February and March, the time table of the Wings Program was amended to ensure that special attention was given to subjects such as English, Mathematics and Science. Individual sessions were also arranged for students struggling in particular subjects. Weekend classes and supervised self study sessions were also organized.

With the hard work put in by our entire team, teachers and students, we are confident that they will come out with flying colours. 

Please wish good luck to all our students!

Students preparing for their exams
Students preparing for their exams
Mar 20, 2017

Phool Kumari - Her Journey from Street to School

Phool Kumari
Phool Kumari

Aasraa Trust would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to all its wonderful donors. Kind and generous people such as you make it possible for us to continue our work for the education and empowerment of slum and street children. Our goal is to give each of these children an education that they deserve, an education that empowers them. Because of your constant support and encouragement, we are able to bring more and more children under Aasraa's umbrella.

This month, we bring to you the story of Phool Kumari, one of the brightest stars of Aasraa Trust. This little girl is a power-house of energy, always up for a challenge. When we found her on the streets, 4 years back, she used to rag pick to support her family’s income. Both her parents are illiterate and with 5 children to take care of, they never considered education as an option. With counseling and encouragement, Phool Kumari  started attending the Street Smart program regularly.

After one year in the Street Smart program, Phool Kumari was mainstreamed into St. Agnes School in Class I. The following year, she was transferred to Sri Guru Ram Rai Public School in Class II. Phool Kumari has just been promoted to Class IV for the academic year 2017-18. She wants to become a doctor when she grows up and we are going to do all that we can to help her achieve this dream.

Phool Kumari is a classic example of a child who had all the odds stacked against her. Without an outside intervention, she would have continued to beg or rag pick, with no chance of breaking out of the poverty cycle. In India, there are thousands of girls like Phool Kumari who are smart, intelligent and have a fire in them - a fire to learn. All they need is an opportunity to dream, aspire and fly ! With your support, we at Aasraa are helping them do just that.

During her Street Smart days-3rd frm Right
During her Street Smart days-3rd frm Right
A powerhouse of energy !
A powerhouse of energy !
At home with her siblings
At home with her siblings
We want all children to dream, aspire and fly !
We want all children to dream, aspire and fly !
Dec 20, 2016

Taking Steps to Bolster Education with Technology

E-learning "on the go"
E-learning "on the go"

Aasraa’s mission is to provide children an education that they deserve; one that empowers them. Our Wings program, providing homework and tutorial support to our mainstreamed children as well as children from government schools, is a perfect reflection of this idea.

Set on this mission to provide the best and latest for our children, we recently adapted the concept of a Mobile Computer Lab to our specific needs. Sponsored by the Hans Foundation; our Mobile Computer Lab (MCL) was launched on October 11th. A 26 seater bus has been redesigned to be a computer lab for 20 students, accommodating 2 students per terminal. Fitted with 10 computer terminals, power back up and Internet connectivity, this bus is the start of a revolution in Computer Education across Uttarakhand.

We are dedicated to provide high quality computer education to all children reached out through the MCL. Our MCL reaches 160 children per day, at various schools across Dehradun. Children develop the necessary IT skills and also get the opportunity to explore and read about different topics that fascinate them. Computer aided learning is a powerful tool for students and we firmly believe that our children from the streets and slums should have access to this.

Currently, Aasraa’s Mobile Computer Lab is scheduled to conduct classes at five different schools. These are CNI Girls Inter College, Sneha Doon Academy, GIC Dobhalwala, Mangala Devi Inter College and Summer Valley After School program.

We extend our heatrfelt gratitude to all our donors and supporters for their constant encouragement !

Aasraa's Mobile Computer Lab
Aasraa's Mobile Computer Lab
Vikram, our computer teacher, hard at work
Vikram, our computer teacher, hard at work
 
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