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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.

Mar 14, 2017

All Children have a Right to Dream!

Happy child with a pack of juice
Happy child with a pack of juice

A child without education is like a bird without wings!

With your support, last year AROH embarked upon a journey to improve the educational status of 500 children. 10 RISE centres in Sangam Vihar in New Delhi are the hubs of action where children learn while they play. Besides the teaching learning activities, the children are seen engrossed in various creative activities like painting, singing, dancing, craft making, etc. Every child is trying to give expression to his or her thoughts. The teachers are always encouraging and appreciative of their creativity.

It has been almost an year at RISE! The confidence level of children has gone up; their learning outcomes are improving progressively; their behaviour has changed; and they dream! They spread joy and cheer on every festival and every important day celebrated with them. This month children enjoyed Holi (the Indian festival of colours) with their teachers. They had great fun at their centres.

Poor parents, who had never thought that their children even have a right to dream, have tears in their eyes when they come for parent teacher meetings at the centre. Ramesh, who is the father of 10-year old Tina, is happy to see his daughter performing so well in school. Ramesh is an illiterate labourer and cannot help his child in studies. His wife is also illiterate and works as domestic help. Both Ramesh and his wife wanted Tina to become ‘something’ in life. But they did not know how? They were helpless. RISE gave them a hope! Now Tina is learning fast and is one of the brightest girls in her school. “I want to be a doctor” says Tina with a twinkle in her eyes

RISE not only strives to provide a better educational status to poor and underserved children, but the programme also tries to improve their nutritional by providing food supplements. Holistic development of children ensures a healthier and brighter future for them.

With your support, 500 children are being led to a brighter future. They are being saved from misery and drudgery and given an opportunity to enjoy a normal childhood. Your generous support has helped us to serve and secure the Right to Education of more than 500 children living in extreme conditions of depravity. 

Playing with colours
Playing with colours
Children doing Yoga
Children doing Yoga
 
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