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Feb 28, 2020

Expressing Talents, Celebrating Creativity

“The children of ATMA Gurukulam are incredibly amazing! How easily they come up on stage and speak! And how polite they are in their interactions!” Dr Deepthi, renowned obstetrician and a well-wisher of ATMA, was bowled over by our children’s performance at the ATMA Gurukulam Day.

She was just one among the many who watched in wonder as the 20 girls at ATMA Gurukulam came out with their creative talents and management skills.

The second ATMA Gurukulam Day was conducted on 2nd February, at the ATMA Gurukulam premises at Puranattukara. The programme is conceptualised as a leadership development opportunity for the children, where in ATMA volunteers and mentors guide the children to organise and conduct the event by themselves.

This year, apart from cultural programmes and experience sharing, there were special donor counters set up and managed by the children. There was a live mehendi (henna designs on the hand) counter, a hand-made gifts counter, a selfie corner and a food specialties counter. Our children, their friends, and ATMA volunteers worked together for more than a week to make beautiful hand-made gifts, fun selfie frames and packed foods for the counters. They also made ‘microgreens’ by growing edible sprouts in old food containers.

The children themselves manned the counters, welcomed the guests and conducted the stage programmes. Ms Shyama (name changed), the first professional graduate from Gurukulam, was honoured for her achievement. The ‘mothers’ who take care of the children were also appreciated on stage for their selfless service.

More than 200 people attended the Gurukulam day function. All of them were mesmerised by the programmes, and touched  by the love and affection that they could closely feel within the ATMA Gurukulam Family. For the children, it was a day they could call completely their own.

Feb 18, 2020

Empowerment through Financial Planning

Financial Literacy classes for children
Financial Literacy classes for children

“Natural Disasters strike without warning, often without precedent. We may not be able to prevent them, but we can be prepared to face them.”

ATMA Foundation continues its efforts of rehabilitation by empowering the people in flood-prone areas with the basics of financial literacy and financial planning. A large number of people are still unaware of the benefits of insurance, and many do not make effective use of their bank accounts and savings plans. The existing practice of depending on cash for all transactions, and the absence of insurance or investments have taken a huge toll on people’s financial situation in the aftermath of the flood.

Over the last few months ATMA has been engaging with women, children and senior citizens, imparting to them the basics of digital & financial literacy. Sessions by Financial Counsellors, and interactions with bankers and insurance officers have helped them gain a good understanding of the financial world. Many of them have opened new bank accounts, and started using mobile or internet banking facilities. In the unfortunate event of a disaster striking again, their financial preparedness will definitely be better than the last time.

Other projects in the pipeline include distribution of school kits to children in flood affected areas and installation of water purification units in flood-prone areas.

Basics of Digital Literacy
Basics of Digital Literacy
Dec 2, 2019

Our First Professional

Congratulating our first professional
Congratulating our first professional

“Our duty is to do more than protect these girls – we should strive to empower them, help them stand on their own feet, holding their head high and holding out their hand to support others around them”, C K Suresh, Director of ATMA Foundation had this vision for his team when the ATMA Gurukulam Girls’ Home was started in 2012.

And it was a success achieved, when Swarna Devi, our senior-most girl at ATMA Gurukulam, cleared the 4 year BSc Nursing programme with flying colours.

Swarna was an average student, who cleared her 10th exams with reasonable grades, and opted for the science stream. Compassionate and helpful by nature, and guided by the career counselling sessions at ATMA Gurukulam, she chose to pursue her interest in nursing. After completing Plus Two, she got admission into the prestigious Govt College of Nursing, Thrissur.

Now, after 4 years of committed and consistent efforts, she has achieved another milestone for herself and for ATMA Gurukulam – she has become the first professional to qualify from ATMA Gurukulam. She is soon to start her one-year internship in the medical college, after which she will be seeking employment as a full-fledged staff nurse.

Ever the dreamer, she has set her eyes upon a lucrative nursing career in the govt sector, and is preparing in full swing for the exams and interviews.

As we share this joy with all our well-wishers and donors, and the GlobalGiving team, we look forward to creating more success stories, brighter futures and happier lives!

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