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Aug 31, 2017

Turning mirrors into windows by Education

Outdoor sports activity
Outdoor sports activity

A significant proportion of Sangam Vihar in Delhi, population growth is occurring in the most unplanned and deprived areas with extreme survival struggle. These fights combine to push essential services especially education beyond the reach of children and families living in Sangam Vihar and neighbourhoods. Through our initiative, we aim in imbibing the idea of education as the most important lever for social, economic and political transformation. A well-educated population, equipped with the relevant knowledge, attitudes and skills is essential for economic and social development in today’s society. We have developed an educational model which aims to make students as learners, innovators, scholars, researchers and trainers.

Understanding the dire need of an holistic program for multidimensional growth, our project emphasizes not only on the scholastic raise of the child but we 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.  It not only kills the monotony of stressful lives of these deprived kids but also help them create new ways to be off the streets.

Eventually for the purpose of intermitting basic education with daily life, theories and post based designed curricula is put in place that would help children stay in classroom and simultaneously relate to daily life dealings. We conduct regular impact evaluation of all 500 students on regular interval and keep a strict monitoring over the growth-fail charts. Not just classroom teaching and learning, we keep a close watch on the school results of the children too. A group of 10 students were randomly chosen from one of our centre to read and assess their school results. Indeed the hard work never goes unpaid. Growth could be minimal but there was inclination in all 10 students. Educators remain in direct touch with school for real time progress report and need of individual child and also to receive positive/negative feedbacks from them for further improvisation.

On this verge, when our children are touching new heights every single day, we would like to express our gratitude to all you selfless donors over the year. You’ve demonstrated your deep commitment and faith in our work and we ensure that every penny of yours goes towards achieving the dreams of these children. With this honoured association of ours, these children now proudly say that they’re “Dreamers-Doers”

Singing & Dance Academy exposure
Singing & Dance Academy exposure
Green India initiative
Green India initiative
Classroom learning
Classroom learning
Glory of Indian Independence celebrated
Glory of Indian Independence celebrated
Play participation
Play participation
Jun 7, 2017

From Misery to Glory!

Winning hearts as little Krishna
Winning hearts as little Krishna

Last year we embarked on the journey to bring better education and better life to the poor and deprived slum children in Delhi. Generous support from our donors enabled us to nurture hopes and aspirations of more than 500 underprivileged children living in slum of Sangam Vihar in national capital region of Delhi.

Most of these children suffer not only poverty but are also neglected in many other ways. They miss their normal childhoods as parents have no time to give them love and care. They are left to fend for themselves and most of the times they are waste picking of doing menial jobs to fill their empty stomach. The apathy and misery is writ large on their faces when they’re brought to RISE Centres.

With love, care and learning at the Centres children find their lost hope very fast and soon learn to dream about their brighter future. There is a remarkable rise in their confidence level and self- esteem.

Lot of creative activities are taken up at the Centre to unfold their hidden talent and potential. Soon they start showing their talent in singing, dancing, painting, art and craft and several other avenues which are opened at the Centres. The children even get opportunities to compete with mainstream children when they are taken to such schools where ‘rich children’ are studying. It is heartwarming to see them perform with great confidence and win prizes.

Last month, RISE children were invited to an Annual Day celebration of a reputed private school. Lata, one of our beneficiaries, won everyone’s heart as little Krishna, as she also won the best dancer’s award.

The parents who had been neglecting their children now come forward to take better care of their precious little ones. They feel reassured due to their regular engagement at the Centres. The parents are aware of, not only of their child’s progress, but also of the problems and challenges faced by the child because of his family circumstances. Understanding the importance of education, many parents have been paying attention to their children’s need to attend school and learn. They are no more asked to work!

With your continued support, 500 children are being led to a brighter future. They are being saved from life of misery and drudgery and given an opportunity to enjoy a normal childhood, which is their right.

We are indeed thankful to your support which has brought a ray of hope in the lives of poor and underprivileged children, who can now dream of a future. The lines of misery on their faces are slowly wiped out to bring a smile of confidence. Their little lives are filled with fun and learning, a sense of security and safety, which your help has brought.

We look forward to further support from you to pave their path firmly on the road to success and glory.

For a healthy childhood!
For a healthy childhood!
Happy kids at RISE!
Happy kids at RISE!
Providing learning opportunities!
Providing learning opportunities!
Working on Body and Mind
Working on Body and Mind
Mar 15, 2017

Say NO to Hunger!

Child enjoying a juice!
Child enjoying a juice!

City slums are hubs of poverty and deprivation. Most of the slum dwellers are not able to provide two square meals to their families. Many a times families have to sleep on empty stomach. Little children in these families remain hungry and starved for long periods. Mostly children are made to work to earn themselves a meal. They are forced to work like adults to fill their little stomachs. Hunger steals their childhoods!

The claws of hunger not only rip them of their childhood, but also subjects them to various types of aberrations. Hunger often becomes the cause of poor performance in underprivileged kids. The effects of hunger, malnutrition, and stress on brain development are not only devastating, but can be irreversible.

For a large percentage of RISE children, being hungry is a routine matter. Most of the kids do not get sufficient food at home or what they get is not of adequate nutritive value, leading to large scale undernourishment and malnourishment. Hunger and lack of nutritive diet puts them at risk of infections and diseases. Living with chronic hunger and malnutrition puts children at risk of dying from common colds and infection. And even if children do recover from these diseases, their recovery times are often delayed.

Besides affecting physical growth and development, hunger is seen to cause behavioural problems. Undernourished children lack energy, so they become less curious and playful and communicate less with those around them, which impairs their physical, mental and cognitive development. In the classroom setting, even a single child’s behaviour can affect the rest of the students, the teacher’s attention and the overall learning atmosphere. Hunger not only disturbs the affected child’s learning, but the learning of others as well.

The project aims to provide nutrition supplements to kids coming to RISE centres. The kids are given milk, fruit juice or a fruit as food supplement. This brings down the pangs of hunger and children feel strong and cheerful. In the long run this would lead to better growth and development. Adding food supplements and reducing hunger will also bring improvement in learning outcomes. Children are able to concentrate if they have eaten well.

Thanks to your generous support, we are able to serve food supplement to children who have not had their stomach full before coming to the Centre or do not get enough nutritive value in what they eat. We strive to reach out to thousands of such kids and help them to live healthy.

 
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