Feb 26, 2018

One more Year passes

Students' Assessment at Chikkahosahalli
Students' Assessment at Chikkahosahalli

As in the past, this academic year too ended with oral and written Assessments of all our 2500 rural children from 45 Rural Government Primary schools adopted by OBLF. A testimonial to the “FUN” way in which we teach basic English language to these children was amply displayed at the remote Chikkahosahalli school. Team OBLF arrived there just before their lunch time and obviously decided to wait till the kids had finished their lunch. But the kids were ready and eager to undergo the Assessments and delay their lunch till after the “tests”. They enjoyed the evaluation process as much as our regular interventions.

Our rural Coordinators once again showed their mettle and dedication, by travelling long distances from school to school, on dusty bumpy village roads on their 2-wheelers for 5 consecutive days, to complete the Assessments in record time.

Kavitha D, one of our senior Coordinators, had suffered a dislocated shoulder, minor fractures and multiple bruises and cuts all over, due to a bad fall from her scooter just over a month back. However, she insisted on being part of the Assessment team, and was with us right through the process.

In a well-deserved break for our Coordinators, our program will close for 2 weeks.   

Kavitha D
Kavitha D
Oral Assessments at Chikkahosahalli
Oral Assessments at Chikkahosahalli
Orals
Orals
Nerlur School
Nerlur School
Bidruguppe School
Bidruguppe School
Dec 27, 2017

The Joy of Giving

In October 2013, an Executive of a Company had a moving experience, when OBLF requested his Company to put up a Wish Tree so that the employees could donate to fulfill a wish of each rural child in our Program. Since then, this Executive has organized this event and enthused others each year. This year when I called to thank him, he told me why he was so motivated. In 2013, one of the kid’s wish was to get “a piece of cake”. He suddenly looked at life with a different perspective. He was so moved by this simple wish – which we so take for granted – that he not only used it as a source of motivation, but stopped the practice – in his company, as well as his personal life – of getting a spare cake during any celebration, just to smear on each other’s faces for fun!

He experienced the Joy of Giving!

This quarter saw us continuing with our Program, but was interspersed by many festivals. This period is a period of celebration in our country and of people exchanging gifts and having parties.

However, for the under-privileged, there is not much to celebrate. Thus was born, a few years back, the “Joy of Giving Week”, which is now called “Daan Utsav”, to have a more inclusive effect. The week starts very appropriately, from the birth date of Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd October.

This very informal utsav encourages every Indian to “give” – believing in the philosophy that no matter how poor or underprivileged, each of us has something unique which we can part with, to bring joy into another person’s life.

We at OBLF, use this opportunity to give toys to each child in our program. We see that almost all of the time, donors generously give for the education that we provide. But we feel that kids need to experience the sheer joy of getting something which is not always connected to education. And the unadulterated pleasures we see on their faces justify our belief.

We are of course extremely grateful to the employees of many corporates who put up Wish Trees for our kids and donate so generously to this cause.

Oct 2, 2017

A Beginning with New Apps

Our new curriculum which was introduced last year, has enhanced the learning experience of our children. However, complacency is not in our ethos, and we continuously strive to keep improving on our own efforts.

This year we have introduced Apps which have been specifically developed – completely free of cost - by our Technology Lead and Volunteer Mahadevan’s own company, Playknow. These apps are in sync with our new curriculum, and very ably reconfirm the knowledge that the children have been taught by our Coordinators.

The Coordinators were personally trained by Mahadevan himself and the children are getting a new exciting experience with these new Apps.

Our Program had to pause mid-September, due to the schools’ mid-term exams, but we will resume as soon as they are out of the way.

 
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