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Mar 2, 2018

All work no play makes jack a dull boy

Celebration of colours
Celebration of colours

Education is a pretty broad concept that surpasses the four walls of a classroom. The core aim of education is to foster all round development of a child. All round development essentially means intellectual, physical, moral, sensible and social development. To fulfil these objectives, there is a prime need of striking a balance between syllabus, curriculum, books and also co-curricular activities beyond that. Co-Curricular activities are those which are undertaken side by side with the curricular activities. It gives the students an opportunity to develop particular skills and exhibit their non-academic abilities. Activities such as music, art or drama, participating in school sports team, school debating team or student newsletters all comprise of co-curricular activities. They are the true and practical experiences gained by students by their own learning. 

At RISE, the importance of co-curricular activities in education is realised with the teaching curriculum RISE centres follow. Last few months saw RISE centres engage in multiple co-curricular activities to engage the students. In January, AROH Rise centre undertook a cultural event cum excursion trip in association with Akhil Bhartiya Gayatri Pariwar to JNL stadium. An all day long trip saw students witness the famous JLN auditorium, their cultural events, speeches, behavioural tactic training to tackle day to day life and other struggles. Performances by many children were made. Children also went to attend Food Festival at the JLN stadium only. They enjoyed many delicious delicacies and dance along the tunes being played by open bands at the garden. After having lunch and enjoying various cultural, funs, sports and food activities, all of us moved ahead to visit a temple nearby.

RISE centres also celebrated India’s 68th Republic Day on 26th January, 2017. RISE Team with 500 children, educators and slum community members were seen in full patriotic spirits. Republic Day Celebration was organized at all RISE centres Sangam Vihar and Devli, South Delhi. Starting from flag hoisting ceremony, students of RISE expressed their spirit of unity and secularism by participating in drawing competition, chorus singing of patriotic songs like Ae Mere Watan Ke Logo and singing and dancing competitions followed by speeches that reminded the students of the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters. The students were also awarded prizes for best participation to reward the top performers and motivate others.

Apart from the visits and celebrations, children were also introduced to the scholarship programs which RISE centres in association with Akhil Bhartiya Gayatri Pariwar which provided the best performing students an opportunity to realise their dreams. AVGP has enrolled all over RISE children for yearlong activity program. Around 50 well performing children are engaged for scholarship exams which would allow them to tackle hurdles of financial crisis and continue education with obstacles. Children are given books and educators are being trained to prepare well for the screenings. Children were also introduced to using OMR sheet which will be a common practice when these children would appear for higher exams in future. In numerous ways, these scholarships have been tailored for the purpose of ensuring that each student may avail crucial push during their educational journeys, depending on their personal aspirations.

With your continuing support, RISE fraternity is growing by leaps and bounds and RISE kids are looking forward to their bright future.

Child studying
Child studying
Towards a brighter future
Towards a brighter future
Happy RISE kid
Happy RISE kid
Dec 11, 2017

Metals outside can be destroyed not Metal inside !

Food distribution
Food distribution

Singbahini village in Bihar has suffered unprecedented loss of life and property in the recent floods. Hundreds died and thousands were stranded with no food and water. Sickness prevailed all round creating epidemic situation. Also, as most of us are aware, the immediate impacts of flooding included loss of human life, damage to property, destruction of crops, loss of livestock, and deterioration of health conditions owing to waterborne diseases. Singhbahini was on a zoom phase towards development as link roads and bridges were recently made by local administration (panchayat), but this disaster caused damage to life and property which was unprecedented, as thousands became homeless, newly made roads caved in and along with physical damages, dreams and hopes were swept away too.Floods had traumatised these victims and their families for longer periods of time. The loss of loved ones has deep impacts, especially on children. Displacement from one's home, loss of property and disruption to business and social affairs has caused continuing stress.

As the relief phase is in full swing, and people were coming back to their homes, there was an urgent need to support the recovery of the flood-affected population from the impact of the recent floods.

AROH Foundation, in aid with local panchayat of Singhbahini has so far supported around hundreds of flood affected people with initial relief support of dry ration, emergency shelter along with water, physical support and intense psychological counselling. Millions of affected people have now returned to their native places only to find their homes destroyed and disruption of essential facilities such as hand pumps, toilets, roads, dreams, memories etc. but hopes are not shattered as they begin to rebuild their homes and communities on their path to recovery.

The damage caused by the flood is immense in many areas and people are in dire need of support. With the recent floods, livelihood opportunities have decreased up to a very large extent.  A lot of work needs to go in to bring the life of people back on track. We are determined to provide all possible support for the rehabilitation of the affected area and people and help them survive through immense stress. We have joined hands with selfless local panchayat to recover and develop with a pace which Singhbahini has dreamt of.

We thank our generous donors who have supported the cause. We cannot change the whole world, but with a mere thought of change, we can change one life, and that’s the beginning of changing of whole world. Thank you for walking through the path that has a long way to go.

Emergency shelter & food supply
Emergency shelter & food supply
Nov 28, 2017

Education is Freedom

Awareness against Slum Epidemics
Awareness against Slum Epidemics

Hope for solving the massive social problems associated with urban poverty appears to centre increasingly on improvement in the methods of educating the culturally deprived children of the slums. Remedial Innovation  in School Education has long recognized that such children enter school under handicaps not imposed on children of the middle class, that slum children often seem immune to standard instructional programs, and that a relatively large proportion of them quit school early and become misfits and unemployables. Some inevitably drift into delinquency.

Early efforts to increase the less fortunate child's capacity to learn took the form chiefly of remedial classes which are being held under RISE program of AROH Foundation in the Sangam Vihar Slums of Delhi. 500 children are being trained to shift from academic to shop or manual training work, and of providing extra services ranging anywhere from free meals to field trips, from co-curricular activities to scholastic enhancements, from slum to dream for world.  The stress holds a deep root within the psyche of these children and so stress busters like dance, plays, songs, arts, crafts and other workshops have been made essential and regular events of RISE. Cultural events, aligned to existing festivals, become a platform for children to proudly display their talents to the community. The community in turn becomes the owner, custodian, and propeller with its own identity stake to help the centre in its objectives. Blueprints of a holistic development of the child have been drafted after much experiments and researches and are being implemented. A team of 10 ultra-capable educators, a well-qualified management ensures 500 lives are nurtured towards growth, peace and prosperity.

Mohit is a fruit of hard work put up by RISE educators, and his parents. He was a student in 5th standard in Delhi government school. But at this stage also he was not able to hold pencil properly and identification of simple alphabet was a struggle for him. Coming from a chronic background fighting for meal and money, extra support for better education was not even in thoughts. But Mohit’s mother Sheetala Devi always saw education as a hope towards better life. During one of our RISE awareness campaign, Sheetala Devi came to know about RISE initiative in her region. It took her no time to get Mohit enrolled for the benefits. Mohit has been a regular student since start of RISE in 2016 and now after around 1.5 years, his growth is spectacular.

In her own words, Sheetala proudly says, “Nor just can he hold pencil, read and write but he is one of the best narrators of English poems and essays. Hard work put in by his educators, regular monitoring and his own dedication has made him score well both scholastically and in CCA too. RISE has given him wings to fly.

Education can be the catalyst needed by these children to pull not only them but their whole family out of the cycle of poverty and disparity. Education will give them the power to dream of a better future and a dignified life with improved food security and also better standard of health. And with support from all teh generous donors, we believe,

We Can & We Will !

Mohit with Sheetala  & RISE member
Mohit with Sheetala & RISE member
Diwali celebration
Diwali celebration
Children in scholarship examination
Children in scholarship examination
Body painting activity
Body painting activity
attaining freedom and RISing
attaining freedom and RISing
Our educators brigade
Our educators brigade
Mohit with Sheetala  & RISE member
Mohit with Sheetala & RISE member
RISE .. a hope in darkness
RISE .. a hope in darkness
learning to learn
learning to learn
 
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