Feb 22, 2021

Back to School

Fun Learning or just FUN
Fun Learning or just FUN

Dear Friend of the Rainbows!

Hope you're keeping well and safe.

After what seems like ages, the society, public spaces, workplace and people's everyday routines are coming back to the old normal. And we cannot thank you enough for staying connected with us and the children at Rainbow Homes Program. With your support, we've been able to chart the eventful year and out from a pandemic situation to some sense of normalcy. 

1. Back to School

The very first good news with which we want to start this report is by informing you all that children from the Rainbow Homes Program like all other students, after almost a year of school closures, are returning to schools across the country. While individual states are approaching the challenge in different ways, the general trend has seen more school boards trying to facilitate the return of students and teachers into classrooms while ensuring all necessary precautions are being taken. Considering the number of children living in individual homes, it is imperative that all precautions be taken during this period, so as to avoid any health issues for our children or home team members. The Learning Loss for children which occurred during this past year is another aspect being addressed, with home education teams focusing their efforts towards foundational literacy and numeracy skills for all children.

2. Focus on Social and Emotional Learning

The past year has also seen the Rainbow Homes Program initiate several programs which address the social and emotional learning needs of our staff and children. Several state teams have associated with organisations that have led intensive thematic workshops with our children on topics such as gender sensitivity, justice, mental health, career preparedness, citizenship and life skills. Parallelly, our internal teams have initiated life education programs at the home level which will lead to a lasting impact on the well-being and positivity of both our children and home teams.

3. Exam Preparation

With important examinations around the corner, home teams have focussed time and effort to assist our children who are preparing to write these examinations. In addition to the existing teaching teams present in each home, additional subject experts have been brought in virtually and at some level physically to assist these children in the final months and weeks before the examinations. Volunteers and organisations are also participating as tutors and guides. With a wide range of responsible volunteering and  educational organisations, Rainbow Homes is happy and grateful to have hands to help and guide through examinations preparations,

4. Welcome Support during the lockdown

The past year has seen several organisations and individuals reach out to the Rainbow Homes Program to interact with and support our children through this difficult time. Through online interactions, competitions and visits, virtual conferences, exposure visits, webinars, the number of people who have engaged with our children through tutoring classes, mentoring sessions, games, interviews and ordinary conversations has been overwhelming.

We continue to engage the children in a productive and innovative routine to ensure they do not feel stressed to go back to school routine and rigorous studies which were lax virtually in pandemic times. Apart from the interventions listed above, we also went into training sessions, expert talks, webinars and specific sessions for our educators who are involved with the children to ensure quality education. We hope to continue receiving your moral and fund support to help us scale these initiatives and to help the children learn not only what knowledge is there but also to enable them to explore more above & beyond the ideal education. 

Creative minds at work!
Creative minds at work!
Homework!
Homework!
Project work - team work
Project work - team work
CLASS
CLASS
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play!
Jan 15, 2021

Workshops for Young Adults

Workshops
Workshops

Dear Friend of the Rainbows

Hope you're keeping well.

This quarter's report talks about the immediate intervention taken up by the Futures team at Rainbow Homes Program. Through workshops, we aim to help the young adult tap his/her hidden potentials and grow in the area of their interest. Below are some workshops interventions taken up:

Workshop on Self Identity Introduction: The young adults (YAs) started with a list of expected objectives of the program in their minds. Next involved talking about opinion, giving respect to each feeling, maintaining confidentiality about shared thoughts.

Life journey: Activity: all YAs to sketch their life’s turning points.

  • It helps them to analysis the highs and lows from a panoramic view.
  • Everyone has a different identity they associate themselves with.
  • Due to this, some are suffering and some don't in everyday life.
  • Need to give importance to their own identity and respect others identity. Post this discussion they were asked separate from their groups and sit alone to rechart their interest, strength, and weakness.

Outcome:

  • Have strength, how can they practice self motivation.
  • Have to build their own identity and try to analyze society given identity. 

My Relationship: Activity: In the session, we made YAs group of two members. One person was made to close their eyes with clothes so another person needs to give direction. We had a discussion on trusting others instincts and teamwork with each individual. Post activity the YAs shared - some were hesitant and scared and some got confused on how to trust the other completely, in life's ways. 

Multiple Identities and Me: Activity: To stand in a circle and come forward on being asked about certain labels they identify themselves with, for example - who is having glasses, a watch, earrings. Who identifies themselves as lazy, black-skinned, shy, low caste, high caste etc. 

Outcome: here YAs felt proud in the beginning of their identities but after many rounds they began understanding the labels they associate with and how these labels are a factor to boost or bring their confidence down.

Conclusion: we all have different Identities we set for ourselves and let the society set for us too. What is needed is we stop restricting ourselves and not judge others on it too. And even if they change in society takes time, start from yourself.

Me and My voice 

Activity: YAs had to volunteer for this activity. They went outside the room and the facilitator made arrangements for small things on each sides of a curtain where one side was arranged and the other wasn't. After this, both volunteers came and sat on the opposite side with partners. The participant of arranged side needs to guide through his voice on how to arrange the other side.

Outcome: YAs got to know there are many different perceptions and each one will understand in a different way. What is needed is to analyze what fact remains same for all and how to get the right information from the right person. How to communicate with each individual with clarification, own effort or analysis is very much important and the need to be a good listener before working on something. Then we will get the society or others to listen the voiceless too.

Self and society - Workshop on “Understanding Sustainable Development”

Ecological Footprint Calculator: the impact of a person or community on the environment, expressed as the amount of land required to sustain their use of natural resources.

Activity: Before the workshop day, we gave the task to YAs to work on ecological footprint calculator. This will be available online will help our YAs to understand what are the things they use what contribution we are giving to the environment issues, Made 4 groups and gave topics to different group food, shelter, energy, cloth.

Process : In this discussion, YAs were asked to have a discussion about how food is important and how we procure it to consume. YAs presented their thoughts on food lists and had a discussion on organic and healthy food.

  • Shelter - what materials we are using and how much land is needed for living space. After hearing the presentation we talked about building, the space and stress on land.
  • Energy utilization, what kind of cloth we need to use and how it works to help farmer.
  • A story from a book on development concept.

Outcome: In the presentation, all Yas participated and practised leadership skills while leading discussions. Participants started to think about their contribution to saving the earth through sustainable living, And about farmer suicides and stress.

Life exposure:

Anoop: founder of Nalanda institute. Anoop gives priority space to include youth for higher education. After having interaction with YAs he extended his support in examinations and preparation.

Laxman : he is a theater activist and makes plays on understanding dalit community where he wants to make society listen to stories from poor people, focusing on Dalit and religious intolerance issues in his story.

Kuvempu : he is Kannada jhnanpeeta awardee talking about pluralistic life and sustainable life in his poem and stories. His poems and stories are a syllabus in Kannada literacy. A resource person Dr Kumarswami, a Kannada lecturer in Loyola college with an understanding of kuvempu thoughts gave lecture on kuvempu writings.

Outcome: YAs get exposed to people and their work in society through these interactions and get inspiration, guidance and strength. In the second life journey, many YAs heard about the mantra mangalya (simple and respectful marriage) concept the first time. This concept introduced by Kuvempu. In Karnataka, many social activists and thinkers are supporting and getting married. Some YAs asked about the book availability of kuvempu writings.

Financial management: a session on financial management session to understand Financial management.

Activity : 

  • Introduction of name, age, and goal
  • Smart concept introduction in goal.
  • Financial management to reach my goal 

Process: thought PPT all activity was done by YAs where they made a list of their needs in the future. It was a very expensive budget after some discussion they got the knowledge about practical things in financial management.

Outcome: YAs got to know about realistic goal setting in reality, and how to work the way to reach the goals, a practical calculation on expenditures, and priority of savings. 

Apart from the workshops, this quarter we had some good achievements;

1. Living Arrangement :

  • 3 YAs are got the job in November, they got salary in December so stopped taking Stipend support.
  • 3 18 above YAs are going to sift PG for the future living plan. so they are searching PG, they got contact and shifted in January first week with Home team’s help.

 2. Continuing education:

  • One dropout YAs in Puc rejoined in college writing exams in march having preparation. 
  • After 18 years one YAs restored in family but she got early marriage and discontinued education. With intervention from state team, she got re admission for distance education. 

3. Health awareness: session on menstrual practices. In this YAs got understanding on menstrual myths in India like touching trees, entering a temple, not having certain food. After discussion, YAs understood the hollow beliefs of the patriarchal society.

 4. Living support and personal expenses: 21 members living support in different category process done. 

5. Entitlement:

  • 3 YAs are got new Bank account
  • 8 YAs are got correction in Adhar date of birth 
  • 2 applied scholarship in LIC Department.
  • 2 applied for voter ID 

 (All names were changed for privacy).

Me and my activity
Me and my activity
Leading
Leading
My voice
My voice
Open rounds
Open rounds
Life exposure talks
Life exposure talks
Find out
Find out
Dec 15, 2020

Rainbow homes program report - covid response

children are Rainbow homes Patna
children are Rainbow homes Patna

A brief update on the support

  About Rainbow Homes: The Rainbow Homes program for girls and boys is an ‘Open, Voluntary, Non-Custodial, Long-Term, Residential, Comprehensive Care’ program to enable the mainstreaming of children from street situations in India. This means children are not locked up, they have made a conscious decision to leave the street, come and stay in the home, the environment is not regimented and there is a plan for the education, nutrition, healthcare and future employability of every child. Rainbow Homes programme works in collaboration with the local government, civil societies and other likeminded groups & individuals in every city by creating a movement for caring for these vulnerable children.  The program has successfully reached out to over 10000 street children. Currently, we are running 56 homes, where about 5000 children receiving direct care in 10 cities in India.  

 

Support:  Patna is one of the Rainbow Home’s operational cities where Rainbow Homes run 5 homes, covering about 450 children. The support received from supporters has been helpful in providing complete care for the children of  Gharaunda Vikasaarth Rainbow Home for 1 and a half months. All these children received safe shelter & protection under the care of 11 caregivers in the home. 

 

 Gharaunda Vikasaarth Rainbow Home runs within the premises of Dhirachak Government Middle School, Anisabad, Patna. There are a total of 78 girl children living in the home where 11 caregivers are placed to extend comprehensive care programme to these children.  Through the support of funders from GlobalGiving, children could access to the following major facilities & activities:

The support raised from GlobalGiving has been diverted to the above-mentioned program in Patna. 

The children are provided nutrition and academic training as a measure of the ongoing programs. 

Now as winter is approaching and the second wave of Covid is rampant, the life of children still remain to me largely under secured and restricted movements. The socio and emotional impact is being catered by regular counselling and interactive sessions. 

A lot of focus is on hygiene, prevention and protection against catching the virus. 

The program is still in need of continued sustained support towards the needs of the program. Due to the economic slowdown, the CSR funds have dried down and there is an imploring gap in the provision of digital and online academic engagements for the children.

 

 

study time
study time
staying safe
staying safe
nutrition
nutrition
 
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