Aug 9, 2017

A Time to Celebrate

August is the time to celebrate the achievements of our children in the previous year. All our merit children – up to 3rd ranked in all the schools at all levels – are given incentives to strive harder and do better. We give out cash prizes, as well as interesting English story books to the rural children.

We also encourage the children by making them all participate in a show which is put up that day for the parents, donors, volunteers and all. This year, as usual, the kids entertained the audience with rhymes, songs, dance and two “not to be missed” skits. They really did us proud.

The kids, and all present, were also served a wholesome meal at the end of the show. 

Of course all this would not be possible without the active participation of our rural Coordinators who work really hard to make the annual event a success. Our ex-Coordinators also love to visit us on that day, and their association with OBLF does not cease with their finding better opportunities.

Munirathna C, who had to look for an office job due to family and financial compulsions, keeps in touch with us, and in a very touching gesture, annually donates Rs.3,000/- ($50) to our cause. This is indeed a princely sum, when you think of her income. This year too she was present at our Annual Day, not just to encourage the kids and the Coordinators, but to show her appreciation.

Please do go to the links to view our very brief program. The 2 skits and the dance are not to be missed – it will take up only 20 minutes of your time.

Munirathna C
Munirathna C

Links:

Jul 10, 2017

A New Year at OBLF

A picture of concentration
A picture of concentration

We said good-bye to the old year with a wonderful 5-week Summer Program and with lots of nostalgic moments to remember the past year. Our attached Annual Report says it all.

The new academic year has started, bringing with it the joys of adopting more rural schools and impacting more underprivileged children – as also a multitude of challenges.

This year we have so far adopted 18 more schools covering over 1,250 more children, bringing a total of 2,250 kids under our Program. We have trained and welcomed to the OBLF family 25 more rural ladies as Coordinators. We hope to change their lives for the better, as we have done for our existing 24 ladies.

We have started in earnest, and have already completed the Baseline Assessments – Oral and Written – of all our children. Our Senior Coordinators have become real pros at this and conduct the assessments with ease. These baseline assessments will help us track each child’s progress, when we compare it with the year-end assessments in February 2018.

The challenges of the new year have already visited us in the form of logistical impediments coupled with the resistance of the new rural families to the challenging idea of a “working woman”. But we are confident that as in the past, we will work through all this, to achieve our goal of providing quality education to our under-served children.

All in a row
All in a row
"Did I get this right?"
"Did I get this right?"
Being outdoors helps
Being outdoors helps
We're all in this togther
We're all in this togther

Attachments:
May 22, 2017

It's Fun to Learn in the Summer

Kavya V
Kavya V

Summer Holidays are fun for children – and it was no different for about 130 to 150 rural children who attended our annual 5-week Summer Program which concluded on 19th May. OBLF conducts this program at a single centre for multiple reasons – First, children from scores of village schools gather in one place and get a chance to make new friends. All our rural Coordinators work together, providing them with a unique opportunity to observe and learn from each other and from their trainers and volunteers. For the children, it also means continuity in their knowledge of English and being constructively engaged while their parents are off to work, leaving them unsupervised. And this year, there was an added incentive – the Government of Karnataka provided mid-day meals during summer too!

Thanks to a few supporting Corporates, we had 4 Travel tempos picking up and dropping children safely from distant villages, to the Program venue daily. The children simply love this “school bus” experience, which is a novelty for them. Besides, our Program is all about learning with games, puzzles, activity cards, story-telling, songs, rhymes, craft, drawing, laptops, and Tablets, which makes it a whole lot of fun every minute of the time.  

It is for this reason that many of our ex-OBLF children keep returning to our Summer Program. OBLF runs its Program of teaching English only in Primary schools. But Kavya V, (as well as a few others), who was in our Program while at the Hale Chandapura Primary school, has attended our Summer Program every year, even though it is 3 years since she went to High School. And the results are there to see. This year Kavya appeared for her SSLC exams (the State Board exams for completing High School) and scored 95% in English and 93% overall.

Each such success story spurs us on to work harder to impact more lives.

Kavya at 2017 Summer Program
Kavya at 2017 Summer Program
Waiting for their colleagues
Waiting for their colleagues
The "School Bus" experience
The "School Bus" experience
Teaching with laptops
Teaching with laptops
Encouraging Creativity
Encouraging Creativity
Getting comfortable with the latop
Getting comfortable with the latop
And the Tablet too!
And the Tablet too!
Learning with Activity Cards
Learning with Activity Cards
Stories are so interesting!
Stories are so interesting!
Even better with hand puppets!
Even better with hand puppets!
Jumbo Fun
Jumbo Fun
What's the good word?
What's the good word?
I will not go home hungry
I will not go home hungry
 
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