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May 20, 2020

The New Normal

Online sessions
Online sessions

Dear friend of the Rainbows

We hope you're well and keeping safe.

While the world fights its worst pandemic to date, countries are combating it by going in a lockdown of people, businesses, shops, institutions, and livelihoods bringing the world to a standstill. But Child care is a service, which cannot be stopped, put on hold, or ignored. We at Rainbow Homes Program are doing every possible bit to ensure the children both young and older remain safe, protected, and cared for mentally and physically.

In this bit we share with you the new normal - adapting to the new routine wherein, we try to break that chain on the anxiety of being locked in and ensuring the quality education does not stop. We aimed at various innovative online virtual spaces of learning for young adults.

1. Life exposure and Life education - Josh - motivational videos were showcased. Live talks where people from various social, educational, career backgrounds shared their inspiring stories and journeys of facing struggle and overcoming the same. Key highlights out of the expert's life sessions were -

  • Story of how a student dropped out of MBA and started his tea stall, now earning millions
  • Importance of believing in your dreams and working hard for them
  • Taking the first step in the career
  • What happens when you gather the courage to make a decision and stick to it
  • Taking responsibility of your life
  • An inspiring story of facing failures and overcoming them to become a successful entrepreneur
  • What happens when you refuse to give up
  • Akshay Kumar shares the importance of discipline
  • It is okay to not speak good English, your language does not define you, your confidence does
  • Importance of knowing yourself inside out
  • How sometimes a career gets shaped without planning
  • How skills developed in one career help you in other careers
  • Dream big, start small, act now
  • Importance of giving your best in everything you do
  • It takes hard and patience to succeed when people question your caliber
  • Realistic positive thinking
  • An Indian navy captain shares how his never-give-up attitude helped him survive
  • Importance of pain in life
  • Importance of doing everything as a process and not talent alone makes you successful
  • Importance of having a goal
  • The journey of becoming an IPS officer
  • Life of an IPS officer

2. Personal grooming/personality enhancement/ Job readiness training - Live interactive sessions with videos were shared to help Young adults understand the various aspects of personality enhancement. Key takeaways - 

  • How to overcome inferiority complex
  • Efforts needed to improve communication skills
  • Importance of voice quality in speaking
  • Converting ideas into action
  • Importance of commitment
  • Importance of self-confidence
  • How to prepare for interviews
  • Effective Communication techniques in Sales field

3. Career guidance - Young adults took part in weekly webinars on various careers, first-hand information directly from the professionals on what it takes to make a career in a particular sector, the various options available, and the details of the involved options. Following careers options were discussed:

  • A career as an artist by Shiba K, Bollywood playback and pop singer.
  • A career as an entertainer by Ashi K, ex-founder- Goibibo and founder -Ind wealth.
  • A career in fashion industry by P Bida, India’s most influential fashion stylist and choreographer.

With further support from you and other patrons, we hope to start a digital literacy program to help reach the homes, where we are unable to provide for electronic gadgets and other necessary interventions to virtually conduct the sessions. One of the children undergoing these sessions exclaims " I absolutely loved the sessions, getting to know my favorite choreographer, learning his life tale made me realize they're in every way the same as me and my friends, and that it's alright to not feel happy all the time. With pressure and responsibility and a constant willingness to prove myself I too can fulfill my life's passions. " - Polomi

(All the names discussed above are changed to respect the privacy of the individuals)

 

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Learning from an expert
Learning from an expert
Career Sessions
Career Sessions
Never back down!
Never back down!
Never give up
Never give up
Online lessons
Online lessons
Dreamers are achievers
Dreamers are achievers
Failure means you're learning
Failure means you're learning
Life's a journey - one of a kind
Life's a journey - one of a kind
Live Q & As
Live Q & As
Homework
Homework

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Mar 2, 2020

Education & Development

Education Program for Vulnerable Children
Education Program for Vulnerable Children

The importance of education for street children cannot be overstated. It is a catalyst out of poverty and a path to independence. The education plan is, therefore, a central facet of the Rainbow Homes Program. It is unique in its holistic approach as it overcomes gaps in education, supports children with personal and psychological demands as well as catering to unique learning difficulties. As such, Rainbow Homes cater to the unique needs of every child, supporting them through the most important years of education to lead happy, healthy, fulfilled lives.

Last year, all 4120 Rainbow Home’s children were enrolled in age, grade-appropriate education. Children with a disability or learning difficultly were all provided with special interventions. This is an impressive achievement since 51% of our children had never enrolled in formal education prior to Rainbow Homes. Child-specific education plans and bridge courses taught by specialized teachers help our children begin their journey in education. Children then go on to access our vast support network that assists them through to completing their board exams. Last year, volunteers donated their time as role models and tutors, part-time teachers were appointed to offer remedial education support, in house Education Committees consisting of fellow children acted as stewards and confidants in times of need and finally, house mothers continued to create an environment of love and care that is vital for children when faced with the ups and downs of education.

We strive to make education more stimulating, exciting and effective. The following notable
initiatives were implemented last year:

1. The Delhi Rainbow Homes and Sneh Ghar has inducted dedicated, specialized English and
computer teachers. These teachers make use of the newly equipped computer lab and library to
ensure every child from 4th class is provided with basic computer and English skills. This has been
made possible with the help from institutes such as Inlingua, who provide child-centric English
lessons.

2. Bridge courses are central to the success of our education program. In this regard, homes in Patna
and Pune implemented training sessions with the help from Prayas in Patna and Sarva Shiksha
Abhiyan, MSCERT and Quest in Pune to teach participatory and interactive methods. These methods
have been actively implemented with noticeable increased participation and understanding from
children.

3. Hyderabad homes have implemented new education techniques with the help from Learning
Space. These new techniques promote equity and equal opportunities in the classroom through
democratic, secular values that incorporate inclusive, transparent and sustainable learning practices.
By engaging, the children in real-world issues children form a greater understanding and can relate to
the topics.

4. In an attempt to introduce more arts and crafts into our children’s lives, homes in Patna have received help from retired volunteers from renowned art institutes to teach children local crafts and art. Furthermore, every Sunday, children from all Patna homes are attending “Kilkari Bihar Baal Bhawan”, by the Dept. of Education, to take part in arts and crafts and various other activities. They are learning photography, skating, dance, singing and statue making among others.

Comprehensive Care in Rainbow Homes Program
Comprehensive Care in Rainbow Homes Program
Bridge Course helps child in age appropriate class
Bridge Course helps child in age appropriate class
Newspaper reading sessions help build awareness
Newspaper reading sessions help build awareness
Types of Education Graph 18-19
Types of Education Graph 18-19
Jan 24, 2020

Journey to becoming - from streets to star chef!

Lily with a pleased customer.
Lily with a pleased customer.

 Originally from Manipur Gaon in Assam, Lily an ambitious girl was born in Nizamuddin but later lived with her brother in Delhi before she came to the Rainbow Home. Now, 20 years old Lilima, fondly known as Lili/lily in Kilkari, is the eldest girl at the home. 

Her name was given by her mother that meant “redness of sunshine”. She lost her parents when she was very young and does not remember much except that her mother worked in as domestic help and her father was a cleaner. It was her mother’s second marriage and she died of T.B, her father died under mysterious circumstances. Lilima’s eldest sister committed suicide 7 days after her marriage. Since then she was brought up by her elder brother and his wife. Her elder brother Akhtar lives in Delhi and has no permanent source of income, and does odd jobs to make a living. He is a drug addict and has suffered from depression and other ailments due to his addiction.  Her sister in law at present stays separately and works as a teacher earning 500 Rs to take care of her 2 sons. Lily’s younger brother Gulab is 14 years old and stays in the village with their Masi.

Lily was orphaned at the age of four and spent much of her childhood on the streets, picking garbage and begging. In times of hope and reunification with family, she faced physical and mental abuse leading to further neglect. After being forced back onto the streets for the second time, Lily’s luck turned, and she found refuge in Rainbow Homes. 

Rainbow Homes provided the necessary bridge course and support to help Lily back into education. Passing Class X with ease Lily took education and Homelife in stride. In 2012, Lily’s family in Assam were badly affected by the devastating floods. Lily was eager to help her family any way she could and decided to find a job. Rainbow Homes supported Lily in her decision and helped her to enrol in open schooling and to find the path to becoming a chef, her childhood dream. After being selected as the ideal candidate for a vocational training program, Lily was trained and working in a high-end Delhi restaurant, earning enough money to live independently and support her family. Lily was quick to pick up new skills and was frequently promoted to different sections of the restaurant. As she acquired advanced professional knowledge and was promoted from Junior to Senior Chef. Eventually, she earned expertise in baking, Indian, Italian, Thai, Chinese and continental cuisines. After working for five years, she saved enough money to register a plot in her name near Ghaziabad where one day she will build her own home. 

Lily’s achievements are ongoing, as not only was she hired as a Senior Chef in another high-end restaurant taking home much hard-earned salary, she also crossed 5 rounds into the top 75 contestants in India’s biggest cooking reality TV show, “MasterChef India”. Lily’s characteristics of determination and persistence shine through as she leads the way as an exemplary role model.

Chef in her kitchen!
Chef in her kitchen!
Donning the chef whites!
Donning the chef whites!
Empowering women of her age.
Empowering women of her age.

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