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Dec 19, 2016

Vocational Training at ISBT Center

Morning Assembly
Morning Assembly

Aasraa’s Mobile Learning Center at ISBT has been a tremendous success. On most days, we have more than 100 children flocking to the bus, excited to learn and play. So in order to effectively cater to the needs of all the children coming in, we decided to find a spacious location within the locality. Our new center is centrally located in Azad Colony and easily accessible from all the surrounding slum settlements.

Our new ISBT Center has 8 large rooms, which can easily accommodate more than 100 children and keep them safe from heat, rain and cold. So while the teachers have more space to teach the children, the e-learning continues on the Mobile Learning Center. Also, now our children have more space for playing games and for other activities.

We have also hired a dedicated teacher for the playgroup children. The center has a fully functional playgroup, complete with toys and learning aids. This is especially crucial for our work since the older children can now get their younger siblings to school instead of being stuck at home, minding them. Additionally, the tiny tots get early access to a much needed education.

Based on feedback received from the community, Aasraa has also started Vocational Training at the ISBT center. We have started with two trades for now; tailoring and computers. This program is targeted at the many young girls in the area who have passed the age for formal education. Apart from trade specific skills, we are also teaching them conversational English and soft skills with the aim of increasing their employability. We have hired specialized teachers to facilitate these trainings. The response received by the Vocational Training program has been overwhelming and 54 young girls from the Azad Colony area are already attending the trainings in different sessions. We are also encouraging them to start studying via the National Institute of Open Schooling.


This month, we are busy making sure all our children have warm clothes for the winter; buying sweaters, thermals and winter uniforms for them. 

We want to thank all our donors for their constant support and encouragment towards our children and projects.

Playgroup
Playgroup
More than 100 children attend classes everyday
More than 100 children attend classes everyday
Tailoring class
Tailoring class
Computer classes for the young girls
Computer classes for the young girls
Sep 21, 2016

Wings Update !

L to R: Tarun, Karishma, Raghuveer and Mukesh
L to R: Tarun, Karishma, Raghuveer and Mukesh

Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program

It gives us great pride and joy when we see graduates from our Wings program literally take wings! In this update, we would like to share with you the new journey that three of our recent graduates from the Wings program have embarked upon.

Karishma

Karishma graduated from standard 12 this year. She studied at Government Girls Inter College, Rajpur road, Dehradun. A regular student at Aasraa’s Wings program, Karishma was extremely excited to go to college. She was also eager to start working and be independent. She has always loved cooking, and used to help out in the hostel, sometimes experimenting with different desserts. Thus, when Vana Resorts, one of the leading hospitality brands in the country offered to hire one of Aasraa children as an intern, she was our immediate choice.

Karishma went through a rigorous interview process and was finally selected as an intern at the Vana Resort’s kitchen. The internship is for a period of six months during which she is training under some of the best chefs in the country. This internship has also given her some financial independence as she is also being paid a stipend. Karishma will also be pursuing her graduation through distance learning.

Karishma aspires to be a chef and we are sure that this internship is her first step towards realizing this dream.

Raghuveer

Raghuveer is one of our young adults who have been with the Aasraa trust since 2009. Over the years we have seen him grow from a charming young boy to a young man full of determination. He is currently studying at DBS College, Dehradun pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree . Alongside his regular studies, he has undertaken courses such as English Speaking & Computer Basics. He is also preparing for the Railway Service examinations for the coming year.

However, it is quite inspiring to see him back in Aasraa time & again teaching young children computers in his spare time. We are proud of him and even more so seeing his desire to help other youth who are on the same ambitious path as he is.

Mukesh

The eldest of seven children, Mukesh is the son of a daily wage labourer from Dakiarna, Chakrata. Seeing the bright spark in the young boy, the Pradhan of his village referred Mukesh to Mr. Uniyal, principal of Purva Madhyamik Vidyalaya (PMV), one of the schools that Aasraa supports. Mukesh joined the boarding school at PMV in 2009. Mukesh was one of the first students of Aasraa’s Wings program.

Since then, Mukesh has been a regular and consistently performing student. He graduated from standard 12th this year and aspires to join the army. He will be joining an Army Camp starting this October to prepare for this.

Additionally, he has also completed a three months course in Computers and Conversational English. While waiting for the army camp to start, Mukesh has been doing an internship at the Aasraa Trust office. He is putting his computer skills to good use, doing data entry and helping maintain student records.

Karishma
Karishma
Raghuveer
Raghuveer
Mukesh
Mukesh
Sep 21, 2016

Street to School - Rita's Story !

Aasraa Trust would like to thank all the donors who make it possible for us to continue our work for the education and empowerment of slum and street children. Because of your constant support and encouragement, we are relentlessly working to mainstream children into regular schools.

This month, we would like to share with you "Rita's Story". Resident of Kanwali slum in Dehradun, Rita is one of the 327 children who have been mainstreamed through Aasraa's Street to School program. A student of standard 4th at Sri Guru Ram Rai Public School, Rita is an achiever;a dreamer. We at Aasraa are elated to help her chase her dreams.

 

Street to School - Rita's Story

 
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