May 23, 2016

Helping them RISE...

Happy kids at RISE Centre
Happy kids at RISE Centre

Helping Them RISE...

For more than 500 kids, remedial education is not just preparation for life, it has become life itself. They are moving forward, new doors are opening, they’re doing new things, they’re becoming curious… and curiosity is leading them to new paths.RISE (Remedial Innovations in School Education) Centres are showing the way to a brighter future for all those kids who are deprived and marginalised. Your generous support made this journey possible for these kids.In six months of learning, their progress cards are shining, literally, as they now know the value of this piece of paper.

Ravi, a poor kid living in Tigri, had been deprived of education and was helping his father at the tea stall. When he first came to the RISE centre, at 8 years of age, he could not even recognise the alphabets. After six months, he has become a regular at school and is proud to show his grades.

Teachers who are the backbone of this initiative, not only teach the subjects, but also bring the much needed behavioural transformation in the kids. The teachers try to improve their self esteem, confidence and personal attributes.

Ramwati, a domestic servant, had been taking her 10 year boy Dinesh to work, and the house master was asking Dinesh to do household chores. Dinesh wondered why he could not be like the kids in the house where his mother worked. Things changed when Dinesh was brought to RISE Centre. He is looking smart. He is aspiring to be a doctor and gaining the confidence that he can do it!

There are regular meetings with parents which is helping in child’s development. Creative teaching learning activities help in bringing our hidden talent in the children.

Many volunteers are coming forward to be with the children and help them in this journey towards a better life. We hope that the support and donations would keep flowing so that we may reach out to many more children who are waiting out there for some one to hold their hand and save them from lives of drudgery and misery!

Creative learning at the RISE Centres
Creative learning at the RISE Centres
Enjoying celebrations
Enjoying celebrations
Volunteers love to be with the kids
Volunteers love to be with the kids
Feb 22, 2016

500 and counting

Child enjoying learning at the centre
Child enjoying learning at the centre

500 and counting…

We embarked on this journey with your kind and generous support to help 100 children learn better and score better in formal education. Sangam Vihar slum being the hub of deprivation, as last reported, we ended up enrolling more than 200 children, who started learning at five remedial learning centres.

We are glad to report that the project has received further support owing to which we are able to support more than 500 children now! The caravan has grown bigger in less than 3 months. Many of these children were not attending school regularly and were engaged in menial jobs like rag picking and waste picking. The support is providing them a opportunity to secure a place in the society and be worthy citizens of the nation.

With your support, we are able to save these children from misery and drudgery and help them enjoy a normal childhood, which is their right. We have been able to secure the Right to Education of more than 500 children.

There are 12 teachers who are imparting project based learning to the children who have varied learning abilities. The curriculum is designed in a way which supports the school curriculum, yet ensures that children imbibe the fundamentals through the creatively designed modules.

Children feel that studies have never been so much fun and the time spent at the centres is most cherished enjoyable moments for them.

Volunteers have come forward to give them books, clothes and other stuff to bring joy and happiness to their deprived lives.

Regular meetings with school teachers and parents, help build long term sustainability of the effort and buys commitment from other stakeholders. The schools have started appreciating the change in children, which is quite visible.

Children are participating in various events and activities planned at the centres, which is also helping to nurture the talent in these kids.

We are thankful to your support which has brought a ray of hope in the lives of these poor and underprivileged children, who can now dream of a future. The pain is slowly giving way to smiles on their faces. For the first time in their little lives, they’ve felt a sense of worth and belongingness, 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 and to serve more and poor and underprivilged ones.

Children enjoying the activities at the centre
Children enjoying the activities at the centre
Nurturing their talent and creativity
Nurturing their talent and creativity
Project based creative learning methods
Project based creative learning methods
Nov 24, 2015

A ray of hope for slum kids

Children enjoying learning at the centre
Children enjoying learning at the centre

A Ray of Hope

Padho Aur Badho – Improving Learning Outcomes

200 poor and underprivileged children from Sangam Vihar, Asia’s largest slum, found a ray of hope, thanks to your generous support. Five remedial coaching centres were started for children who are not able to attend school regularly and have very poor learning outcomes.

The children belong to the poorest migrant parents who have no time to take care of these children as they’re busy in making both ends meet. Oftentimes, these children become the supporting earning hands, otherwise they have to sleep on empty stomach. They are seen doing menial and hazardous jobs like waste picking, rag picking, sorting of hazardous industrial waste, etc.. Some of the kids show the injuries and boils on their little hands.  

Staring with a target of 100 children, the educators of the project had gone to enroll the most needy and underprivileged kids, but the number was so large that 200 children had to be enrolled. Who to leave out was such a difficult choice!

Project staff also went to the schools to get the performance scores of enrolled children and were surprised at the poor level of learning of these kids. They were enrolled at five different centres established in the vicinity of their homes and a pretest was taken to understand their status of grade-specific learning.

Though India has made considerable progress in curbing the economic exploitation of children over the last decade. It has introduced laws to protect children and ensure their schooling, as well as a range of social welfare schemes. Census data shows there were 4.35 million labourers aged between five and 14 in 2011 against 12.66 million a decade ago - although it is said that the figures are under-reported.

Such children who are not able to learn due to their explitative circumstances have got a new lease of life through this project and your support. These children are being given regular classes through project-based learning approach. Their zeal and enthusiasm is great and the opportunity to learn is not being wasted by the kids. They are not only learning their study curricula, but also participating in extra activities like art and craft, singing, sports, celebrations, etc.

The children are on their way to a brighter future….

Praying for better learning and future
Praying for better learning and future
Happy to have new notebooks and startionery
Happy to have new notebooks and startionery
Painting made by a talented child
Painting made by a talented child

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