Oct 24, 2020

Material Support to Families in Need

"It was the best gift that we could give to our child. Her happiness is beyond words", says the Principal of a rural school in Kochi, after handing over a tablet from ATMA Foundation to his student. Hailing from a poor family who lost much in the flood fury, and were then hit badly by the pandemic, she had no means to attend the online classes that her school was offering. 

Even as support was being continually sourced to flood-affected familes to help them get back to normal life, the covid pandemic dealt an even more severe blow. With schools going online, poor families have been struggling to provide material accessories to their school-going children. 

School-kits were distributed to 600 children in 11 rural areas. Two tablets and two televisions were provided to 4 children in economically backward situations. Grocery kits were provided to 100 daily-wage workers. 

Efforts are on to organise support programmes for children and for families to help them overcome this drastic situation. 

Oct 24, 2020

More Success Stories

When ATMA Gurukulam was started in 2012, the vision was to develop a new model in institutionalised care, with focus on the total development of each child. The goal was to ensure that every child who came to us would be empowered to stand on her own feet, with a successful career.

This year, two of our girls successfully graduated after their 3 year degree programme. One of them has cleared the All Kerala Law Entrance Examination and got admission for a 3-year Law programme at the Govt Law College, Thrissur. The other has secured admission for Masters in Social Work at a reputed college in Thrissur. 

4 children who completed their 10th grade have secured admission for 11th grade in the same school - two of them have opted for the humanities stream, one for science and the other for commerce. Three children who completed their 11th grade last year, have got good results - two of them have got an A+ in 5 out of 6 subjects, with one of them scoring 100% marks in 2 subjects. 

Even amidst the Covid situation, great care is being taken to ensure that the children's studies are going on in full swing. All are attending online classes from their respective schools. Special online classes have been arranged to improve their english. The children are also having dance, music, craft and value education classes online.

Jun 25, 2020

Celebrating the Lockdown!

"To be safe, to be together, and to be happy - what else can we ask for during these tough times...", says an elated Manju (name changed to protect privacy), when asked about her lockdown experience. "This is an altogether different vacation, but we are still enjoying it", she comments. 

The children of ATMA Gurukulam were right in the midst of their final exams when a nation-wide lockdown was announced at the end of March. The exams were postponed, and suddenly everything that was considered 'normal' was no longer so. The children were used to an eventful summer holidays, with camps, outings, movies, and special trainings in dance, music, painting, english, and so on. Suddenly, they were faced with the possibility of a rather long holiday season with none of these activities.

Fortunately, Ms Parvathy and Ms Jisha, both teachers and ATMA volunteers, were already staying at the Gurukulam, as part of the exam preparations, along with the child welfare officer Ms Sreena. With guidance and support from Mr C K Suresh, Director, and Ms Sangeetha, ATMA Volunteer and Research scholar, the team chalked out a plan to make the holidays fun and useful for the children. It was important to boost the children's morale and to keep their minds off the fear and hysteria created by the pandemic.

The daily routines were reworked, with additional thrust on breathing excercises, yoga, and creative activities. A learning plan was also formulated for each child. Many fun activities were devised, with inputs from the children. They played a lot, lounged about a bit, read books, dreamed, acted out small skits, danced and sang. They also included in their daily routine, a prayer for the well being of the world.

On the whole, the five weeks of total lockdown was a celebration - their creativity was unlocked, and they are all the more happier for it!

Now, schools and colleges have reopened with digital learning modules. ATMA has taken care to provide the children with the required facilities and devices so that each child can access the learning opportunities without hitch and make the best use of online resources. ATMA teacher-volunteers have started supporting the children through online sessions. 

Even as they send up another prayer for the world, the children are also using this as an opportunity to work on themselves to build their dream future. 

 
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