Oct 6, 2020

Liberating children with Education & Learning.

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”

The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a paradigm shift on how learners of all ages, worldwide, can access learning. Even after months of the closure of schools, isolation and distancing learning never stopped, also RISE children have started to be very engaging & creative. COVID-19 has revealed how deeply interconnected all life on this planet is. Meanwhile, UNICEF and Microsoft Corp. announced the expansion of a global learning platform to help children and youth affected by COVID-19 continue their education at home. Despite COVID-19 threats, the past few months have created various opportunities for children to captivate & learn.

Understanding the dire need of a holistic program for multidimensional growth, we emphasize not only on the scholastic raise of the child but also ensure a balance that matches the child’s maturity, skills, and their interests with their co-curricular activities like sports, art & craft, Yoga, Singing and dance.  Though the past few months were very delicate & serious, 1000 children of RISE never stopped being exceptional with their creative mindsets. They’ve participated in all the activities & celebrated all the events & festivals keeping the social distancing in their minds. Even after the closure of schools the studies of children never hampered. For a better understanding of their academic conditions, surveys were conducted by RISE educators, where we got to know how children are studying in their homes even after COVID-19 threats. Educators remain in direct touch with children & their families for any kind of difficulties and need of the individual child and also to receive positive/negative feedback from them for further improvisation. After the regular impact evaluation of all 1000 students at regular intervals, we keep strict monitoring over the growth-fail charts. Indeed the hard work never goes unpaid. Growth could be minimal but there was an improvement in all RISE students.

A worldwide virus is a stressful time for everyone. But the stress gets worse for those who were already dealing with things like poverty, racism & violence. They are still resources that can help in this challenging time. In one of our surveys, Ms. Ishita, one of our brightest RISE students from Sangam Vihar shared her major problem facing while studying from home. On a survey, Ishita’s Educator Mrs. Neelam discovered that Ishita belongs from a poor family who wasn’t so lucky to own a laptop and continue her online classes. After knowing her condition, Ishita is now being led to a brighter future through your generous support. Not only Ishita, but many of our RISE students have also been benefitted with your funds. Children have been provided wife connections though with groups of children are able to resume their online education. Many of the children who have smartphones have received regular internet recharge packs through which they can study online & attend their school classes.

All the children as well as sweet Ishita thank you all for supporting them by all possible means. They shared, “we were sad about what if we won’t be able to study and learn. But you reached our endless hopes which have been encouraged all because of you. Thankyou for enlightening us with your immense help”. Through your initiative, we aim to imbibe the idea of education as the most important lever for social, economic, and political transformation. We shall be building-up the long-term wellbeing of children & families in Delhi in the communities of Sangam Vihar & Mundka.

Jun 9, 2020

Learning never stops.....

Fighting Corona
Fighting Corona

While COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe, many countries decided to close schools as part of a social distancing policy in order to slow transmission of the virus. However, these closure of schools, has affected the education of more than 1.5 billion children and youth worldwide due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The closures of schools have likely to widen the learning gap between children from lower-income and higher-income families. While many parents with access to technology and internet are increasingly turning to online education technology to keep their kids learning at home while some may not be able to. School closures in response to COVID-19 have shed light on various social & economic issues, including digital learning, food insecurity, and homelessness. The impact is more severe for disadvantaged children and their families, causing interrupted learning, compromised nutrition, childcare problems, and consequent economic cost to families who could not work. In response to school closures, RISE-AROH recommended the use of distance learning programmes and platforms that RISE and teachers can use to reach their students remotely and limit the disruption of education. While they have thankfully been largely spared from the direct health effects of COVID-19 - at least to date –the pandemic is having profound effects on children’s mental well-being, their social development & their safety. Children and families living in Sangam Vihar & Mundka or other crowded conditions are especially vulnerable. Education in COVID-19 is encouraging students to become advocates for disease prevention and control at home and in their communities by talking to others about how to prevent the spread of viruses. RISE is continuously supporting access to quality education which includes:

• Use of online/e-learning strategies

• Assigning reading and exercises for home study

• Assigning teachers to conduct remote daily or week

COVID-19 is helping children to be patient, understanding & stress free. In past months children have understand the basic concepts of disease prevention and control. Focusing on good health behaviours, encouraging others to express and communicate their feelings being at home through innovative & creative activities. The key insights from past months: students are continuing their studies more effectively and are more concerned about COVID-19; students are improving & spreading hygiene measures through their home only.

Closures in response to COVID-19 have shed light on various social & economic issues, including food insecurity, and homelessness. AROH Foundation understands these factors for which food packets were donated in the communities of Sangam Vihar & Mundka. Around 400 families were fed and helped from COVID-19 scare. AROH team even distributed hand washes, sanitizers and masks within the communities to make people aware about COVID-19.

In the past days Ms Ashita, a student who enrolled two years ago in RISE centre in Sangam Vihar, area of Delhi, has been a star performer helping to understand the communities the power of hand washing, health & hygiene and what not. She has been very creative, practical and reachable to all by making numerous innovative videos & pictures. She is spreading key messages to us all how to prevent & keep us protected during COVID-19. Now she has been under RISE project and got admitted in a government school in the community.

We thank all the donors for Ms Ashita and all other 1000 children who are able to access quality education because of your contribution.

Children enacting Corona terror
Children enacting Corona terror
ration kit distribution by AROH
ration kit distribution by AROH
Sanitization kit distribution
Sanitization kit distribution

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Feb 11, 2020

Cultivating Successful Mindsets!

National Pollution Control Day at RISE AROH
National Pollution Control Day at RISE AROH

Cultivating successful mindsets!

RISE, on its journey to achieve quality education for all irrespective of their socio-economic background has brought accessible education to those who need it the most. As part of their Remedial Education Programme AROH aims to provide holistic development which extends beyond the classroom. All interventions are planned to achieve that it is necessary to incorporate the celebration of days of remembrance, acknowledgement and awareness in the lives of children who otherwise are not privileged enough to have such exposure. Children by engaging in these celebrations & activities often find a sense of belongingness that provides them a chance to move beyond and widen their horizons.

The months through December till February hold special cluster of festivals and celebrations in the Indian context. These celebrations not only provide them a chance to celebrate their own culture but rather allows them to open themselves to the Cultural Dynamism that India boasts. In the past three months, RISE centres have celebrated various National and International days of importance. National Pollution Control Day to commemorate the victims of Bhopal Gas Leak. The main objective was to make people aware, spread awareness in the industries that cause various pollution like water, air, soil, noise and affect the environment and obviously health. On 14th of December the World Energy Conservation Day was celebrated to instil a lifelong habit of energy minimalism. Similarly, the National Mathematics day was to celebrate the birth of great Indian Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. The beloved holiday of Christmas was a celebration of giving, receiving and the essence of community which is co-dependency. A celebration of New Year was done through best out of waste. With an ideology to teach students how to overcome shortcomings in life by making the best out of the adverse situations. The Punjabi festival of Lohri marks the beginning of harvest season and a celebration of abundance and prosperity.

RISE centres celebrated this Republic with focus on exchange of knowledge in different forms. A speech about the fundamental rights and duties of the citizens of India was explained to the students by one of our RISE educators. The celebration of Indian diversity through the means of art, music and dance brought the vibrance of Indian tri-coloured flag inside the centres. Vasant Panchmi marking the arrival of spring and a relief from the harsh winters was experienced. By worshipping the deity of education Saraswati, students prayed for wisdom and education. On the day of National Deworming the children were taught about the STH infections and were got checked by Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinic Doctors. India in its fight against malnutrition launched National Deworming Day in 2015. RISE in order to generate awareness upon this day conducted workshops across all RISE centres.

Mr Kumar inhabitant of one such community is son of Mr Ramprakash who works as a driver at a factory. Mr Kumar came at RISE centre when he was in 3rd grade, a shy kid in the past 2 years of his journey evolved into an avid reader. He recently performed a heart-felt poem about the love for his nation written by him on Republic Day celebration. The shy child who was too scared to interact even in the class have had changed into a completely new person. He later presented a thank you speech to all the teachers and is often found at the front lines of all celebrations at his centre. Mr Kumar has evolved into a social person at his school as well and is now confident to ask question in his class. This has improved his academic performance as well. Now, he wants to grow up to be an engineer at his baba’s factory, so that he doesn’t have to drive anymore.

With a vision to bridge the gap between education and knowledge RISE is working to ensure meaningful education to those who need it the most. While RISE is working to improve the lives of more than 500 children, it would not have been possible without our donors. We send out our gratitude to all our donors and ask them for their support throughout this long, fulfilling journey. See you until next time!

National Mathematics Day at RISE AROH
National Mathematics Day at RISE AROH
Christmas Celebration at RISE AROH
Christmas Celebration at RISE AROH
New Year Celebration at RISE AROH
New Year Celebration at RISE AROH
Lohri Celebration at RISE AROH
Lohri Celebration at RISE AROH
National Girl Child Day at RISE AROH
National Girl Child Day at RISE AROH
Republic Day Celebration at RISE AROH
Republic Day Celebration at RISE AROH
National Deworming Day at RISE AROH
National Deworming Day at RISE AROH
 
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